OK, this is going to be looooong.
First off, a little background. I don’t like Bond movies or Bond books (though I like the books better than the movies). The first Bond movie I saw was Sean Connery’s ‘Never Say Never Again,’ all the way back in 1991. At the tender age I was then, I thought it was great fun but even then I thought it was cheesy (I later read the book and liked it much better).
Years went by with me Bondless and I didn’t feel the lack. Then I ended up seeing the Brosnan Bond movie with my family in the theater (I am blanking on the name but it’s with the woman who kills men with her thighs :P) and thought it was atrocious. I knew I was going to hate it from the moment Bond jumped out of airplane and broke the laws of physics catching someone in mid-flight.
After that, I ended up watching most of the other Bond movies at random intervals due to those interminable Bond-fests on TV. I never had any interest, but I’d be with a group of people who thought it fun. I thought they were atrocious: cheesy, poorly scripted and worse-acted, chauvinist, and having the same relation to emotional and physical reality as do cartoons drawn by three year olds. Oh, and I saw ‘Never Say Never Again’ again and yup, it was that way as well. The only strong feeling those movies evoked in me was the desire to switch the channel. And maybe to punch Bond in his smug face.
Fast-forward and I hear that they are desperately looking for new Bond. ‘Good,’ think I. ‘Maybe the franchise will finally die.’ I kept hoping they wouldn’t pick any actors I like, actually, and when they picked Daniel Craig I was a bit disappointed because I really liked him in ‘Layer Cake’ (and years before that in BBC’s ‘Moll Flanders.’) And then ff to 2006. I had no intention of seeing this in a movie theater. Or on DVD. Or, in fact, ever. And then someone mentioned that ‘Casino Royale’ was fresh at RT. And I checked and it was 96%! My mind was boggled and I developed a small desire to see a Bond movie that could score that high. It was like some sort of fearsome prodigy :P And then Best Friend, whose taste is freakishly similar to mine (she’s got me started on Battlestar, Farscape, and Firefly) went to see it and became a raving loony about the film. So my desire became quite strong. And then I saw the trailer and was gooooone.
So I went to see it yesterday, full of curiosity but not necessarily expecting anything much. It was Bond, after all, how good could it be?
So very very very very good. I am now obsessed and drooling and must see it again soon. ( Longish thoughts. VERY spoilery so if you haven’t watched CR stay away. It’s worth seeing this unspoiled )
OK, now link me to your thoughts? Icons? Fics? Please?