Skip to comments.Bonding Fifty Years Later
Posted on 12/08/2012 5:08:19 AM PST by Kaslin
If you really want to understand the vast changes that have occurred in America over the past 50 years, all you have to do is watch James Bond. Back in 1962, the first Bond movie, "Dr. No," was released, catapulting Sean Connery to international stardom. Even President Kennedy expressed admiration for Ian Fleming's fictional British secret agent.
Connery's Bond was ultra-suave but amazingly politically incorrect. The guy smoked constantly, drank, gambled and womanized without remorse. He was a rogue and couldn't care less what anyone thought. He was also brutal, liberally exercising his license to kill in the cause of justice, of course.
Now we live in a new age, and we have a different James Bond: Daniel Craig. His Bond is a much more sensitive soul than was Connery's. In the 23rd Bond film, "Skyfall," Craig rarely smiles, goes about his business with grim determination and looks like he's in the gym quite often. While Connery's Bond spent his spare time chasing ladies and drinking martinis, Craig's is apparently training for the triathlon.
However, the biggest difference between Connery and Craig is that the former seemed to be having fun racing around the world doing the bidding of the British government. Craig does not seem to be having a lot of laughs. In fact, Craig is a major brooder, and so is his boss, played by Judi Dench. Watching these two have a conversation is like watching Dr. Phil yell at some guy who just abandoned his family.
Nevertheless, "Skyfall" is a huge moneymaker, especially overseas. The formula is this: Blow things up every 10 minutes. It's kinda like the old Elvis movies where The King broke into song every eight minutes no matter what was happening in the storyline. They needed to fill up an album, so Elvis sang on cue.
Perhaps the biggest difference between "Dr. No" and "Skyfall" is the subordinate casting. Ursula Andress was the femme fatale in "Dr. No." She spent the entire film in a bikini except for about three minutes when she wore a robe. Ursula, a Swiss actress, did not say very much. But she liked James; that much was clear.
The ladies in "Skyfall" also like James. I think. But they were shuttled in and out of the film so quickly, it was hard to tell. Dealing with the opposite sex cuts into Craig's brooding time, and we can't have that.
Also, the villains say something about our changing world. Joseph Wiseman played "Dr. No." Yes, he was a mean guy, but he wasn't very menacing. The worst thing he did was give a henchman a tarantula to put in Bond's bed. That could never happen today because PETA would picket.
In "Skyfall," Javier Bardem is the bad guy, and the script implies that he may be gay. But it's not really clear. What is certain is that Javier is a computer wiz bent on killing Dench. While Dr. No wanted to dominate space, Bardem simply wants a little revenge for a past slight, a hallmark of many bloggers.
My sentiment lies with Connery. Craig is better than Pierce Brosnan, but he doesn't have Connery's charisma. The old guy wins.
Let’s put it so everyone can understand it.
This guy sucks as Bond.
Even Pierce Brosnan was better and he sucked.
I got dragged to see “Skyfall”, but left very impressed. The motorcycle chase scene in the beginning was epic. Nothing like that in the Connery movies—of course, the audience expectations for action scenes were a lot lower. I will agree that its more exciting when the Villian is trying to destroy the world than when he’s just trying to settle a score. On the other hand, films like “Moonraker” and “Die Another Day” raise that premise to absurdity. Both Connery and Craig are very good Bonds, but they are like apples and oranges.
The greatest Bond henchman is still “Jaws”.
Now this strikes close to home. When Skyfall came out, the CFO (who is younger than I) commented about the Bond history and we found a 20 DVD set on ebay about 2 months ago for 25 bucks and have been going through the set slowly but surely from Dr. No onward. It’s pretty interesting to see the advance of tech and filming advances as you move along. I don’t recall Roger Morre smoking in his time as Bond but maybe I missed it. Womanizing and boozing was there though. Once we figured out how to change the audio from chinese to english it made it easier to watch since we don’t speak chinese very well. (or understand) I saw Dr.No in England when it first came out since my dad was stationed there at the time. Hot stuff back then. LOL!
Share the lead.
There is only one James Bond.
The greatest Bond henchman is still Jaws.
And the best bond gadget was definately “Little Nellie” , mostly because it was real and useful with ultrashort takeoff and landing capabilities.
Well, I have always liked Sean Connery a great deal, but I am loving Daniel Craig as Bond. I like the brooding. I like the muscles. Maybe it’s a chick thing.
It was a tad more than a "past slight." And Bond had a good reason to be angry. Did this guy even watch the movie?
As a female, I definitely second that.
Maybe that was "politically correct" in JFK's America.
Could you really make Bond films the old way today without people thinking it was a parody?
Maybe you could have a Bond-like character but even he might be dark and brooding nowadays.
Make sure you see the last couple minutes of that one - missing from the DVD.