Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I Heart James Bond


When I was in London, I had planned to go to the Imperial War Museum's Ian Fleming Exhibition. As we all know, the food poisoning took care of that little plan, and I never made it.

However...

Since the new James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace, is due out next month, I'll just have to console myself with being first in line at the box office the night it opens on November 14.

I'm a big Daniel Craig fan. I didn't really know who the guy was until I watched Casino Royale, but now I'm most definitely hooked. I believe his interpretation of Bond is exactly what Ian Fleming would want. He's edgy, hard, and tough. Yet he bleeds. He hurts. He feels. Craig has breathed new life into this franchise, and I can't wait to see how he does in Quantum of Solace. This movie picks up a few minutes after Casino Royale ends, and ties up the loose ends from that movie.

Craig does a lot of his own stunts and has suffered a few injuries.
He talks about it here on the BBC, plus delves into Bond's character. Some consider Bond to be a cad, a woman-hater, and just plain mean. The BBC even has an article entitled, Is James Bond Loathsome?

As a writer, I find it fascinating that a character made up from a writer's imagination has spawned so much talk. Bond is one of those characters that has been around for 50 years and is still going strong, still evolving, and still generating controversy. Fleming would be proud.

6 comments:

  1. Your last paragraph speaks clearly to the craft of writing. What greater honor than a fictionalized character taking on a life of its own, decades later.

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  2. Several years ago, my boyfriend and I read a James Bond novel while on vacation, and we were struck by how LITTLE the novel's Bond resembled the Bonds we grew up with (Roger Moore, mostly). Craig has brought that original Bond to life: rough around the edges, ruthless, intense. Casino Royale was the first Bond movie I not only loved, but remembered for more than 5 minutes after walking out of the theater. Can't wait for QoS!

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  3. I agree - Fleming SHOULD be proud. And like you, I think Bond is a fascinating character, with many, many levels. And yeah, DC does seem to have breathed new life into the franchise. We're hoping to get in on the 14th as well - assuming it opens here on the 14th - our cinemas (only 2 of them) often don't get movies the week they're released as we're such a small place.

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  4. I just saw an interview with him on TV somewhere and I have to admit--he is everything you said he is!
    I remember watching Bond movies when they first came out but haven't in years. Hope you enjoy!
    You said you are moving? Wow--you pack a lot in your life!

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  5. Well, you know my feelings about Daniel Craig. As for Bond...I tried to read Casino Royale and just hated it. My husband is the opposite, he loves the very things that make Bond loathsome. I guess its a guy thing.

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