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Monday, April 09, 2007

Bonding

I knew I wasn't going to have much time to blog on Easter Sunday, but I had no idea I would end my night with my parents at almost 2:30 AM.

For it was today that, after our paschal duties were over; after taking a swing over to Coconut Grove for a dinner nosh; after seeing the sights around this travellogueable city and relaxing, that we all 3 of us sat down to watch on DVD:





And though I feared my dad, a veteran of more Bond films than I'm sure he'd care for me to mention, would not like for the newest incarnation, the Blond Bond, he passed judgement minutes ago by saying that Daniel Craig is the best Bond yet!

(I don't know about that, but he seemed fairly certain he is better than Sean Connery. Oh, come on...even if he's a Manure supporter)

For you see, there is always a moment in a film which captures your attention and your regard (as it was with me in Children of Men with the statue of David), and for my doctor dad it was the scene with the difibrilators.

My mother said it was the psychological game the newest Bond girl and 007 played with each other, where they sized each other up simply by their powers of observation, which caught her heart.

As for me, it wasn't difficult. If you've seen the film, can you guess?

It was at the very start of the film, when 007 is in hot pursuit of a bad guy in Miami, and he is seen inside a taxi passing a vista I pass almost every day.





Miami going to Miami Beach via Macarthur Causeway, with the newest condominiums still skeletons, looming up ahead.

Each one of us three, liking what we like inside of us, what we love outside of us.

But above all, there is something wonderful about watching an enjoyable film with people you love.

It's absolutely great to Bond.

...see you later Monday, my friends, after I sleep the sleep of a thousand happy winks tonight! Hope your Easter was as grand as mine.

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14 Comments:

  • I found it very, very funny that Bond now plays Texas Hold 'Em.

    But if Craig isn't the best Bond (we'll see), this may be the best Bond movie.

    By Blogger JSU, at Mon Apr 09, 03:09:00 am GMT-4  

  • That sounds like a similar night I had watching the DVD with my Dad! We had a fantastic time watching it and totally agreed (amazing!) that Craig was the best Bond and this was one of the best movies we had seen in a long time.
    (and we were both exhausted after the first 10 minute chase scene!)

    By Anonymous Jo, at Mon Apr 09, 04:03:00 am GMT-4  

  • I don't know if Craig is the best Bond ever - I'm too old school; my preference is Connery, but then I didn't mind Dalton all that much so go figure. But this was the best Bond movie in a long, long time and I enjoyed it immensely. Even my wife did, and she doesn't like James Bond movies at all. Hard to believe, I know.

    But the best thing about your post is how you enjoyed your time with your family. Nothing beats a family time together.

    It seems, then, that this Bond is a uniter, not a divider.

    By Blogger Pete, at Mon Apr 09, 07:23:00 am GMT-4  

  • So funny, Richard and I watched Bond on Easter Sunday as well. I'd seen it before and really liked it...not many gadgets, lots of action, as close to the book as you can get in an end-of-the-cold war era. Needing a card playing outlet, Texas Hold'em is "the most popular" poker game today so I guess they were just making everything up-to-date. Read the original "Casino Royale" book. You'll be surprised how close these two are.

    Connery, he's number 1 in my book in that "I am definitely not taking this movie seriously" kind of way. Craig is a serious Bond, very different than the others. And if you don't like the words you can always turn down the volume and just watch the body...not that I would do that!!!

    And those are my two cents...probably more like four or five, but I'm not really counting.

    By Blogger Caroline, at Mon Apr 09, 09:08:00 pm GMT-4  

  • I LOVE all things Bond.
    And yes, I (surprisingly) really liked Daniel Craig.

    My favorite Bond would surprise some people. Take the following trivia quiz first (it applies only to the first five Bonds, that would be Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan.

    1. One of the first five Bonds is English, one is Australian, one is Welsh, one is Scotch and one is Irish. Which is which?

    2. Two of the five Bonds have been knighted. Who are they?

    3. Which former Bond became an American citizen in 2004?

    4. Two of the former Bonds are alumni of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Who are they?

    5. Which former Bond once played King Richard the Lion-Hearted?

    6. Which of the former Bonds is a black belt in several martial arts and once studied under Bruce Lee?

    7. Two of the former Bonds portrayed Bond-based characters in a spoof, in off-the-wall comedy movies. Which two former Bonds were they, and name the movies.

    8. Which former Bond became a crusader for breast cancer research after losing his first wife to cancer?

    9. Which former Bond is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, and which legendary actress recruited him into that organization?

    10. Which former Bond once played Rhett Butler?

    If you have answered all of the questions correctly, you will have named two of the former Bonds four times and three of them thrice. My favorite Bond will have been one of the two named four times, and will have been named together with the other Bond whose name you have written four times in one question (besides the first one of course). Then focusing on that question, my favorite Bond is the second to have achieved that distinction.

    And here is my Bond beef:

    The villains.

    Daniel Craig is a worthy successor to a darn good group. And Bond women have kept up the high standard (Vesper was certainly worthy of the distinction.)

    But what about the villains? Le Chiffre was a joke-- even on the run from his own guys! My Gosh, I miss the Blofelds, the Goldfingers and the Zorins. Heck, I even miss Brad Whitaker for crying out loud!

    By Blogger Eli Blake, at Tue Apr 10, 10:10:00 pm GMT-4  

  • I found it very, very funny that Bond now plays Texas Hold 'Em.

    Why, that?

    Am I missing a secret tell-tale sign of something? ;)

    (Or is it just the "Texas" thingie?)

    BTW, what is a "blind"? Bond was the double blind at one point.

    That's the only fact I couldn't explain to my parents.

    But if Craig isn't the best Bond (we'll see), this may be the best Bond movie.

    I confess, I love Goldfinger and From Russia with Love more, but this is JUST AFTER THOSE.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Apr 10, 10:26:00 pm GMT-4  

  • That sounds like a similar night I had watching the DVD with my Dad!

    When you said that, Jo, I was reminded about having said on Sundries, that I can't think of too many modern things which act as a cultural bridge between from grandfather to you.

    I was only able to come up with Mickey Mouse, before.

    But now, you made me think that my granddad (dad's dad) loved 007, and so we can safely add James Bond to the list. :)

    We had a fantastic time watching it and totally agreed (amazing!) that Craig was the best Bond and this was one of the best movies we had seen in a long time.
    (and we were both exhausted after the first 10 minute chase scene!)


    I was told the black chap was notable for those long runs. Not sure if he's a professional runner or stuntsman, but he set the tone for a lot of the movie.

    Low-tech, little dialogue, and athletic.

    Loved it.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Apr 10, 10:29:00 pm GMT-4  

  • I don't know if Craig is the best Bond ever - I'm too old school; my preference is Connery, but then I didn't mind Dalton all that much so go figure.

    Oh, I didn't like Dalton...but I know many who did!

    Dalton was a bit like Craig in his movies -- only more morose, and less cocksure. I didn't like that.

    But this was the best Bond movie in a long, long time and I enjoyed it immensely. Even my wife did, and she doesn't like James Bond movies at all. Hard to believe, I know.

    What! I hope she's great about other things. ;)

    But the best thing about your post is how you enjoyed your time with your family. Nothing beats a family time together.

    You said it. Nothing, my dear Pete, nothing. It's more precious as time goes by, too.

    It seems, then, that this Bond is a uniter, not a divider.

    Heh, so he is. And still relevant after all these years.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Apr 10, 10:31:00 pm GMT-4  

  • So funny, Richard and I watched Bond on Easter Sunday as well.

    Ahh, Richard is your main squeeze, I presume. :)

    I'd seen it before and really liked it...not many gadgets, lots of action, as close to the book as you can get in an end-of-the-cold war era.

    Exactly! You nailed the description.

    I'd also like to add my thoughts about the right Bond for this era.

    As my mother said, the time of the charming flaneur type that the Cold War brought out (with its sleezy but oft-jetset locations) is gone.

    Now, in the day and age of Al-Qaeda, with their unquenchable hatred and lack of permeability into their organisation, we don't need someone who can be arrestingly elegant -- a kind of lounge lizard double agent.

    We need someone rough-and-tumble, ruthless, and working-class, but who can scrub up well on occasion.

    That's Daniel Craig, the Scouser.

    Needing a card playing outlet, Texas Hold'em is "the most popular" poker game today so I guess they were just making everything up-to-date.

    Right! JSU I think observed that same point -- I didn't cotton onto the fact until now.

    For me, poker is poker -- just a card game.

    (I like poker, BTW)

    Read the original "Casino Royale" book. You'll be surprised how close these two are.

    Ah yes? How so?

    Connery, he's number 1 in my book in that "I am definitely not taking this movie seriously" kind of way.

    Again, that's my feeling too. He's gently sardonic about the whole thing (Daniel Craig is disdainful).

    Craig is a serious Bond, very different than the others. And if you don't like the words you can always turn down the volume and just watch the body...not that I would do that!!!

    LOL! I did notice those ripped abs in THAT beach scene...

    Dad didn't like that he was wearing that square-cut Brazilian sunga though. :)

    And those are my two cents...probably more like four or five, but I'm not really counting.

    Keep the change, babe. ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Apr 10, 10:38:00 pm GMT-4  

  • I LOVE all things Bond.
    And yes, I (surprisingly) really liked Daniel Craig.


    YAY! Excellent.

    And may I say, yet another Bond between us. ;)

    My favorite Bond would surprise some people. Take the following trivia quiz first (it applies only to the first five Bonds, that would be Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan.

    Shoot, I love quizzes!

    1. One of the first five Bonds is English, one is Australian, one is Welsh, one is Scotch and one is Irish. Which is which?

    Easy for me...

    Connery=Scots
    Lazenby=Aussie
    Moore=English
    Dalton=Welsh
    Brosnan=Irish

    2. Two of the five Bonds have been knighted. Who are they?

    Connery and Moore

    3. Which former Bond became an American citizen in 2004?

    Probably Brosnan.

    4. Two of the former Bonds are alumni of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Who are they?

    Probably Moore, definitely Dalton.

    5. Which former Bond once played King Richard the Lion-Hearted?

    LION IN WINTER BABY! I know this!

    Dalton played a particularly bisexual version of Philippe Auguste. ;)

    6. Which of the former Bonds is a black belt in several martial arts and once studied under Bruce Lee?

    Probably Connery.

    7. Two of the former Bonds portrayed Bond-based characters in a spoof, in off-the-wall comedy movies. Which two former Bonds were they, and name the movies.

    Connery in Never Say Never...gosh, the second I don't know. Is it Lazenby??

    8. Which former Bond became a crusader for breast cancer research after losing his first wife to cancer?

    Brosnan, I believe.

    9. Which former Bond is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, and which legendary actress recruited him into that organization?

    Oooh...Connery, Sophia Loren??

    10. Which former Bond once played Rhett Butler?

    Wow, Dalton?

    If you have answered all of the questions correctly, you will have named two of the former Bonds four times and three of them thrice. My favorite Bond will have been one of the two named four times, and will have been named together with the other Bond whose name you have written four times in one question (besides the first one of course). Then focusing on that question, my favorite Bond is the second to have achieved that distinction.

    Dalton!? Sorry, I'm not 100% concentrating. *g*

    And here is my Bond beef:

    The villains.


    Oh God, horrible. But as someone said via email, the Bond series depends more than any other series, on the charm and personality of the Bond.

    Everyone else is plug-and-play.

    Still, Mads Mikkelson (Le Chiffre) had too many foibles to be evil, or even passable scary.

    He was an asthmatic, for Chrissakes.

    Daniel Craig is a worthy successor to a darn good group. And Bond women have kept up the high standard (Vesper was certainly worthy of the distinction.)

    I loved her, but mother was not too taken with her.

    But what about the villains? Le Chiffre was a joke-- even on the run from his own guys!

    Right. And so were his little henchmen (the Greek guy, or what have you).

    Why, I was more scared of the African revolutionaries, than he!

    My Gosh, I miss the Blofelds, the Goldfingers and the Zorins. Heck, I even miss Brad Whitaker for crying out loud!

    LOL! I miss that humoungous Jaws guy.

    And I miss quotable lines like, "No MR. BOND! I expect you to die!".

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Apr 10, 10:47:00 pm GMT-4  

  • "I found it very, very funny that Bond now plays Texas Hold 'Em.

    Why, that?

    Am I missing a secret tell-tale sign of something? ;)"


    Perhaps this is another (non-)US thing.

    One of the notable things about Bond, back in the day, was that he played a Euro card game that no one I knew could make sense of -- baccarat. To have this (appropriately, mind you) replaced by the favorite game of online frat boys everywhere is too rich.

    By Blogger JSU, at Tue Apr 10, 11:18:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Perhaps this is another (non-)US thing.

    One of the notable things about Bond, back in the day, was that he played a Euro card game that no one I knew could make sense of -- baccarat. To have this (appropriately, mind you) replaced by the favorite game of online frat boys everywhere is too rich.


    Oh I see...good observation.

    We can overread this, though, so let's, because overreading is fun.

    1) Albert Broccoli and producers used to set the tone and fashion for 007 films by emphasising Fleming's gentleman-spy background -- sojourns at Monte playing baccarat, etc.

    But in the more modern age, perhaps they suspect this reboot of the series needs to be updated for a less discriminating crowd of young men (and women).

    Where 007 led before, now he follows.

    This also has a lot to do with the locales chosen for the film -- from the Bahamas, to Miami Beach, to ex-Yugo. All three are very HOT right now, amongst the glitterati crowd. It's true that 007 always has travelled to exotic places, but these are exotic, yet popular.

    Again, it all points to this 007 being more working-class, to being made a little less sure of himself, and like all nouveau riche, you don't seek the unknown, you seek the familiar.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Apr 11, 03:39:00 am GMT-4  

  • Wow! I'm impressed. You know a couple of things I don't know.

    You get a 'B,' plus the plum (you're right, I like Dalton the best).

    1. Correct on all counts.

    2. Correct.

    3. Correct.

    4. Correct.

    5. I didn't know he did that. I was thinking of Connery, in a cameo at the end of the Kevin Costner version of Robin Hood.

    6. Wrong. Lazenby.

    7. (you get to kick me-- I forgot that Connery had done that.) I was thinking of 1. (you're right-- Lazenby, in 'Kentucky Fried Movie,' and 2. Dalton in 'Looney Tunes, back in Action.' If I ask anyone this question again I shall have to change the number to three.

    8. Correct.

    9. Wrong. Moore. Audrey Hepburn.

    10. Correct.

    By Blogger Eli Blake, at Wed Apr 11, 06:17:00 pm GMT-4  

  • "Double blind" may refer to a scientific experiment. There are two groups: experimenters, and subjects. However, an experimenter may introduce bias into his/her research by directly interacting with the subjects.

    To remove this, a third party is used: one that does not know the anything about the experiment, but is capable of collecting data and administrating the experiment.

    I haven't seen Casino Royale, so I assume that James Bond would be the third party. Unless, of course, they were referring to "duck blinds" or "venetian blinds".

    There technically was an American Bond, however it was in an adaptation of Casino Royale for an anthology television show called "Climax!". Barry Nelson played special agent "Jimmy Bond". Ugh, :-).

    By Blogger Alcibiades, at Wed Apr 11, 09:59:00 pm GMT-4  

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