Sunday, 15 February 2009

"The name's Bond..." but which Bond?

There are some serious questions for the world to find answers for: How do we combat climate change; how do we come out of recession; how do we stop the march of extremism; more importantly, who was the best James Bond?

This is an argument I have listened to but rarely contributed to because up to now I have had no real idea. Each of the Bond's are so different in character and the style which the producers used around them is also different.

To start the process here are my top five Bond films:

  • Octopussy (1983) - Roger Moore
  • You only Live Twice (1967) - Sean Connery
  • Casino Royale (2006) - David Craig
  • Thunderball (1965) - Sean Connery
  • Live and Let Die (1973) - Roger Moore
My top five Villains:

  • Ernst Stavro Blofeld - Charles Gray - Diamonds are Forever
  • Doctor Kananga - Yaphet Kotto - Live and Let Die
  • Kamal Khan - Louis Jourdan - Octopussy
  • Le Chiffre - Mads Mikkelsen - Casino Royale (2006)
  • Jaws - Richard Kiel - various
Top Bond Girls:

Too difficult - they're all gorgeous.

So, James Bond? Well let me discount Timothy Dalton and George Lazenby who never really made their mark (in my humble opinion) with any real distinguishable character. Timothy was too much of a rebel for me. David Craig hasn't done enough yet to judge but he will certainly be up there if his next film is a good one - good looking (damn him!) reserved, slightly aloof - good British Bulldog. If I was female I'd vote for him (don't ask).

Pierce Brosnan is a great Bond. Cool, debonair, lots of stamina, likes his gadgets and always cool in a crisis. Can be too serious and over dramatic.

Sean Connery is so enigmatic and his Scottish brogue and snappy dressing is so appealing and always ready for action but too 'off the hip', sometimes badly prepared and he was let off the hook by the villains too many times. He was clearly never breast fed as a child.

Roger Moore. Handsome, not that fit, sense of humour, adventurous, daring in the situations he gets himself into and can be very ruthless; very British - he's someone us lesser blokes could aspire to be if we were to be given the chance to be 007. He just takes the medal by a short head over Connery for me.

Two favourite quotes:

Goldfinger - with Connery on the laser torture table.
Connery, "Do you expect me to talk?"
Goldfinger, "No Mr Bond, I expect you to die"

Moonraker - at the end when Moore is alone with Holly Goodhead!
M: "Good grief, what's Bond doing?"
Q: "I think he's attempting re-entry sir!"

Two spelling mistakes today.

Chat soon


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