BOND-ed for Life

Talk about a kick in the butt for this slacker…Bond, James Bond.  What a pleasant way to get me inspired.  A month of our favorite British spy too!

How am I to decide my favorite Bond movie?  I grew up in the Roger Moore days (just like the current Bond, Daniel Craig, has said in multiple interviews), but I have a certain respect for Sean Connery, the original.  You HAVE to respect Sir Sean.  I think it’s a law somewhere.  But as a kid, my favorite Bond was Roger Moore.  He was my first.  I dug the campiness of those Bond movies made in the 70s and 80s.  Timothy Dalton was easier on the eyes than Roger Moore, but I felt like I was cheating on Roger.  Then came Pierce Brosnan.  I didn’t want to like him, but I did.  However, I was in a state of flux and really couldn’t decide who my favorite Bond was.  I was older, more mature (at least in theory), and probably felt that Sir Sean was my favorite Bond given the perspective of 17 Bond films to choose from.  Then “Tomorrow Never Dies” happened.  While that is not my favorite Bond movie, it’s worth an honorable mention.  I liked Michelle Yeoh as his Chinese counterpart.  She was too smart and talented for me to relegate to simply being a “Bond girl”.  Plus it still has a relevant villain.  No, I don’t mean Jonathan Pryce as Elliot Carver per se, but rather the influence of M&M.  Not the wonderful chocolate candies but the ultimate evil, Money and the Media.  And lest I open up a whole nasty-a$$ can of worms about the power of Money and the Media wield over our political system, I do think the movie is dangerously close to the truth which may be why it’s not my favorite.

My second favorite Bond movie held first place until recently.  “Casino Royale” with Daniel Craig making his debut as Bond.  I mean, doesn’t this image just say it all?  (Please oh please let this picture show up!)

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Allow me a moment to sit and stare and my screen.

Sigh.  What?  Huh?  I’m drooling?  Oh, excuse me.

I still remember which movie theater I went to for “Casino Royale.”  My husband had come home for the weekend (was stationed in VA while the kids and I stayed in FL near family) and we had a date night.  Honestly, I wasn’t up for seeing a movie, much less another James Bond movie.  I liked them well enough, but I was exhausted and probably would have preferred a date with my pillow given my life at the time.  (Three kids aged 8 and under, teaching full time, and a long-distance hubby.)  But this was also a chance for a date with the hubby, so we were off for dinner and a show.  We’d heard the rumblings about this new James “BLOND”, but the movie was getting good reviews.  Oh.  My.  God.  I was in love with this new, grittier Bond.  Still am.

Which brings me to my favorite Bond movie, “Skyfall.”  It has Daniel Craig.  It has Judi Dench as M.  It has Javier Bardem as a delicious villain.  It has an adorable new Q (Ben Whishaw).  And it has a kick-ass Oscar-winning song by Adele.  ‘Nuff said.  I’m not going into any more about why it’s my favorite Bond movie.  Just go watch it.  Now.  I’ll still be here.  Staring at that picture and listening to Adele.

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13 Responses to BOND-ed for Life

  1. jeff7salter says:

    Felt like you were cheating on Roger Moore? LOL
    You’ve given this a lot of analysis, Micki. By the time we get to Hound Day tomorrow, I doubt there’ll be anything for me to say.

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  2. Don’t blow your wad the first week, Micki! We have all kinds of topics coming up…(you have your list, right?)
    I did you a disservice in my reply to your comment to Iris…forgive me.
    Yep, Roger’s were campy, but you have to admit, they were fun and the scenery(including HIM) , is worth more than a look or two.
    I’m glad you are having fun with this! I think we all are.

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    • Micki Gibson says:

      Oh yes, I have the list, but there are still plenty of Bond things to talk about…not to mention I have some time to go back and watch several of them to discuss more in-depth in the upcoming blogs. We could talk about favorite Bond songs (which I probably will), favorite gadgets provided by Q, and who knows what else. After all, there are 50 years of Bond to choose from.

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  3. Iris B says:

    How can I reply to great post like this …. Yes Yes Yes is all I can think of (although I’m getting cheated on the pic, gotta figure out how to load it!)
    Agree, Daniel Craig is so far the best, loved Sean Connery’s Bonds, but have to admit watching them nowadays they seem a bit cheesy. It cracks me up laughing when I watch the old Bond movies with my girls and they stare at me like “Really, Mum?”
    Pierce Brosnan has always been one of my favourite actor to look at, but Bond was perfect for him, that was the role he could do, he hasn’t been much of an “actor”.
    Skyfall was GREAT! “What did you expect, an exploding pen? “

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    • Micki Gibson says:

      The picture is of Mr. Craig coming out of the water in those blue swim trunks. You know the one. 🙂
      I would probably put Pierce as my third favorite. He did seem well suited (pun intended) for the role, but I think I was surprised by how much I liked Daniel Craig’s take on it.

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  4. pjharjo says:

    Micki! I’m so happy to see you here! I didn’t get the picture, either, but from what I hear, I wish I would have! After reading what you had to say, I’ve been inspired to start checking the new Bond’s out! Great Post! 😉

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    • Micki Gibson says:

      I love Google images. Type in what/who you want to see and bip, there it is. I simply googled Casino Royale and lots of wonderful Daniel Craig photos showed up, so I had to scroll to see the blue swim trunks, but I enjoyed the view until I found it. 🙂 You can do that with any of your favorites, Bond or otherwise. 🙂

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