Tag: James Bond

BOND, WHO’S BOND?

With ‘No Time to Die’ now finally out in the world, the question has gone back to just WHO will the next James Bond be?

The possibility of the next Bond being a woman inevitably raises it’s ugly head.
It’s never going to happen and I for one, don’t think it should!

Barbara Broccoli, movie producer and daughter of Albert R. Broccoli who was responsible for securing backing for and kick starting the films inspired by the popular James Bond novels written by Ian Flemming, has always stated that ‘James Bond will never be female’, which is reassuring.

So!! let’s weigh in with some of my own thoughts.
First things first.
Bond has to be British!! So that immediately rules out Adam Driver.
As much as I would LOVE to see him have a crack at Bond, it’s just not Adam and that kind of fame is not what Adam is after. It’s too much. He only just survived being Kylo Ren in the Star Wars movies……… except that Kylo Ren died…. but that’s not what I mean!! The Red carpets and all the attention made him very uncomfortable. The only good thing to come out of that experience was the ability to be able to do the kinds of films he actually ‘wants’ to do and be working constantly.

Right, if we’re going for rugged hard nuts like Daniel Craig then three actors stand out of the crowd for me.
Michael Fassbender, Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy.

My reasoning……..

1st, ….woof, woof and woof!
2nd, they all look stunning in a suit.
3rd, they have all got hard man roles already proven.
4th, they all appeal to both men and women.
5th, they all know how to seduce and smoulder, but they can also turn on the nasty when needed quite effectively.

Next we have a different class of actor choices in Richard Madden, Sam Heughan and Riz Ahmed.

Again. woof. woof and woof!
These three all have the potential to be more suave, more ‘Roger Moore’ than ‘Daniel Craig’ but at the same time will be able to seriously kick butt when needed.
Richard won a lot of hearts as The Bodyguard and this popularity could be harnessed for Bond.
Sam Heughan is ripe for the picking. He has proven his acting chops in the TV series Outlander but has yet to find his feet in a successful film.
Both Richard and Sam are Scottish, so they could be harking back to the days of Sean Connery.
Riz Ahmed is currently proving to be a bit of an all rounder and if given the chance, could bring something completely new to the character of Bond.

I’ve seen other names being mentioned occasionally but one name that gets surprisingly mentioned occasionally is Tom Holland!!

There has been talk about making Bond a lot younger and at just 25 years old, Tom Holland would be a great choice.
He’s adorable and already has leading man experience, however, I feel he is just a bit too young!!
James Bond is a Royal Naval Reserve Commander and you don’t make that rank at just 25 years of age.
Unless they are going to do a story that involves how James becomes 007 then I think Tom would be a very bad decision.

Anyway, after seeing ‘No Time to Die’ it remains to be seen if we’re even going to get a new Bond movie.
I’me very interested to see where it’s going to go.

DISH OF THE WEEK #63 – DANIEL CRAIG

OK, this Dish of the Week has been overlooked for far too long.
After seeing Spectre for the first time yesterday I’m now going to put that right.

Daniel Craig.

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YUM, YUM and YUM!!!!

James Bond has NEVER looked this good.
A little rough around the edges but smooth as silk.
This man knows how to rock a suit.

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He has a swagger that makes you go weak at the knees.

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The best thing about this bond is he’s like a pitbull!
If he gets his sights on you, you don’t stand a chance.
The opening sequences to all of his films proove this.
If you try and escape through a window…. bond will just go through the wall!!

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And of course…… just look at him!!

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HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED – PART 3

I’m sticking to just one choice for this one.
But there are actually 6 actors to compare.

James Bond.

The first Bond movie aired in 1962 and there have consistantly been Bond movies made ever since.
There have been 23 Bond movies to date with 6 actors in the lead role.
I am not including the David Niven outing or any others for that matter.

So, the first Bond was Sean Connery.

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He appeared in 6 Bond movies in total.
Dr. No in 1962
From Russia With Love in 1963
Goldfinger in 1964
Thunderball in 1965
You Only Live Twice in 1967
and then he had a break with Lazenby taking on the role and came back for
Diamonds are Forever in 1971

He was a very suave and tough Bond and to most fans of the series, he is the difinitive Bond.
He faced villains like Dr. Julius No, Rosa Klebb, Goldfinger, Largo and Blofeld.

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Like I’ve just mentioned, Connery took a small break while George Lazenby took on the role in
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in 1969
I liked Lazenby’s Bond.
He was suave, handsome, rugged, romantic and he actually made me cry!
He only had one outing as Bond and before the film was released he announced he would not be carrying on the role due to his conflict with the producers.

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His villain was also Blofeld but that part was played by a different actor.

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After another outing by Connery the role landed in Roger Moore’s lap.

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Roger Moore had 7 outings as Bond but I’m afraid this is where Bond took a bit of a nose dive for me.
They started to play Bond for the comedy and the rough and rugged was lost.
That’s not to say he didn’t have some good films, they just weren’t ‘Bond’

Live and Let Die in 1973
The Man With The Golden Gun in 1974
The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977
Moonraker in 1979
For Your Eyes Only in 1981
Octopussy in 1983
A View to a Kill in 1985

His villains included Mr Big, Scaramanga, Stromberg, Jaws, Hugo Drax and Max Zorin.

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After Moore, there was a big debate as to who would play the role next.
On top of everyone’s list was a very handsome and suave actor called Pierce Brosnan.
Unfortunately he was tied to a series called Remington Steele and couldn’t be freed up for Bond so he missed out on the part to Timothy Dalton.

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Timothy Dalton brought the tough Bond back but he was still suave.
He had 2 outings as Bond.

The Living Daylights in 1987
Licence To Kill in 1989

His villains included General Koskov and Franz Sanchez.

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After Dalton the role finally fell to Pierce Brosnan!

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Next to Connery he was the perfect Bond.
Rough, tough, suave and handsome and worth the wait.
He had four outings as Bond.

Goldeneye in 1995
Tomorrow Never Dies in 1997
The World is Not Enough in 1999
Die Another Day in 2002

His villains included Travelyan, Elliot Carver, Victor Renard and Gustav Graves.

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It was 4 years before we got another Bond.
One of the biggest breaks between films so far.
This time however, the whole feel of the Bond films needed a change.
They needed to be brought up to date and they needed to be a lot tougher.
Along came Daniel Craig.

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This Bond was definately the toughest yet.
So far he has had three outings with

Casino Royale in 2006
Quantum of Solace in 2008
Skyfall in 2012

All three films have opened with some of the greatest chase scenes in film history.
Bond really shows his ruthless side in all three.
And where the past Bonds have catered for the male audience, Daniel Craig’s Bond is definately more appealing to the female audience.

His villains have included Le Chiffre, Dominic Green and Raoul Silva.

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Verdict.
The Bond films are usually entertaining but they all started dating quite badly right up to Brosnan.
Daniel Craig’s Bond is for me, by far the best.
Casino Royale and Skyfall are films I keep returning to and I don’t do that with any other Bond movies.
So for me modernised and kick ass Craig Daniel’s Bond is my ultimate Bond.

Who will be next?
Daniel has at least one more outing to go, so who would I like to see in the role next.
Well my dream choice at the moment would be Henry Cavill!
Unfortunately with his current commitment to Superman I’m not sure he could do the part.
My next choice would be Benedict Cumberbatch, however, as much as I think he could be a great bond, I don’t think he could be quite as ruthless as Daniel Craig.
But that choice is years away at the moment with the announcement of Bond number 24 in 2015 on Daniel Craig’s IMDB listing.

How Times Have Changed Pt 4 will probably be Star Trek.

DISHETTE OF THE WEEK #1 – SOPHIE MARCEAU

OK, I said a long time ago that because I was doing Dish of the Week and because I have a fascination with faces, I should really think about doing a Dishette of the Week.
Well as I am coming up to a few months of needing something to do I thought I’d make a start.

Dishette of the week number one is a really easy one for me.
Sophie Marceau.

I’ve only ever seen her in two films but she completely blew me away in both of them.
The bonus is that she’s actually 3 years older than me!
Come to think about it, that isn’t such a bonus because she looks incredible in her mid 40’s

The first film I saw her in was ‘Braveheart’.
She played Princess Isabelle.
She was elegant and feisty and completely beautiful.

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The second film was ‘The World Is Not Enough’
Yes, she was a bond girl.
She played Elektra King. The kidnapped oil heiress rescued by Bond only to turn out to be the love interest of the Bond Villain.
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She is a naturally beautiful woman and I would kill to look like her.
So, I have three years to lose the weight, win the lottery and pay for lots of plastic surgery.
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So there you have it, my first Dishette of the Week.