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Summing up James Bond (“The One Who” game)

Posted in Daniel Craig, George Lazenby, Pierce Brosnan, Roger Moore, Sean Connery, Timothy Dalton, Ultimate JB Fan Book with tags , , , , , on November 2, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

I actually did this in The Ultimate James Bond Fan Book, but I don’t have the manuscript in front of me, and I thought it would be fun to do it again, fresh. I mean, I may end up repeating myself, but I might not.

Here’s the idea: Each actor who played Bond can be characterized, summed up in a few words. Let’s start with the notion that each actor had something valuable to bring to the role, and not be insulting, and then let’s see where we go.

Sean Connery is the one who…
is Scottish.
Created the role.
Has a lisp.
Kills in cold blood.

George Lazenby is the one who…
is Australian.
Only played Bond once.
Has dimples.
Broke a stuntman’s nose during his audition.

Roger Moore is the one who…
was “a gentleman spy.”
Made more Bond films than anyone else.
Raised one eyebrow.
Was tongue-in-cheek.

Timothy Dalton is the one who…
is Welsh.
Was the “dark Bond.”
Is known for playing villains in numerous movies.
Is the tallest Bond.

Pierce Brosnan is the one who…
is Irish.
Straightens his tie.
Seems like a combination of all his predecessors.
Should have gotten one more chance!

Daniel Craig is the one who…
is blond.
Is the shortest Bond.
Surprised a lot of fans.
Is the “rebooted” Bond.

Your turn!

Judi Dench: Two Ms

Posted in Casino Royale, Pierce Brosnan with tags , , on October 8, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

Is Judi Dench playing the same character in Casino Royale and the franchise reboot as she played in Pierce Brosnan’s films? True, she played M in all five, but M is a job title. Is she the same person?

In Brosnan’s films, she was a “bean counter” who was promoted into the position of M (code name for the head of MI6) just prior to the post-title opening of GoldenEye. Bond distrusted her because she didn’t have an MI6 background. She says

You don’t like me, Bond. You don’t like my methods. You think I’m an accountant, a bean counter who’s more interested in my numbers than your instincts.

She also specifically dislikes Bond because he’s a “relic of the Cold War.”

In Casino Royale, M has a very different attitude:

In the old days if an agent did something that embarrassing he’d have a good sense to defect. Christ, I miss the Cold War.

It’s counter-intuitive to think that the same actress is playing the same character as two different people in different movies, but I think that’s the case. In interviews, Martin Campbell acknowledged that it didn’t make sense to have Bond “meet the new boss” in GoldenEye, and then be promoted by that boss in Casino Royale. But Dame Judi was just too good to let go of. The writing for M in CR took no account of the M in the past four movies; she’s tougher and more military.

It’s a unique situation in the Bond films, and an interesting one. Thank goodness it’s Dame Judi bringing her gifts to these complex characters!

Roger Moore on Brosnan and Craig

Posted in Daniel Craig, Pierce Brosnan, Roger Moore on September 6, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

The Daily Express has a cute interview excerpt from Roger Moore.

“I made seven Bond films and they were all successful,” insists Moore. “Maybe I could have done with one of Pierce Brosnan’s – or rather I could have done with one of Pierce’s pay cheques!”

Nice. Because Roger doesn’t make enough money. Of course, the Express isn’t giving the tongue-in-cheek tone that we know Roger must have had!

When asked which Bond film outside his own he would have liked to have starred in, he insists: “It certainly wouldn’t have been Casino Royale – jumping across those cranes and the building site. No thanks – I don’t have that sort of energy. Daniel Craig [Brosnan’s successor] deserves every penny of his salary for that alone.”

Sigh, how true. Oh, Roger, if ony your movies had more energy.

The history of Bond actors (in brief)

Posted in Daniel Craig, George Lazenby, James Bond, Pierce Brosnan, Roger Moore, Sean Connery, Timothy Dalton with tags , , , on August 28, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

When Eon first cast another actor as Bond, lots of folks said it couldn’t be done. If there had been an Internet back then, there would have been ConneryISBond.com. Even with the primitive (teehe) technology available in 1969, a lot of people managed to make their complaints heard. To this day, I run into people who have never seen anyone but Connery in the role, or have reluctantly viewed later movies and found them wanting—mostly, found them wanting a certain Scotsman.

But Lazenby’s casting, unsuccessful though it was, did an interesting thing: It freed Eon. They didn’t feel they had to cast ‘Connery light;’ audiences still came to see a Bond movie without The Man. So they felt confident in changing the game utterly, and casting Roger Moore; long on their list, and an actor absolutely nothing like Sean Connery.

But confidence is a funny thing. Once Moore proved a hit, Eon was reluctant to change. There is no doubt that Moore was way too old to play 007 in A View To a Kill, but I’d argue he was long in the tooth by Octopussy, even though that is a much better movie. Seven movies is probably just too many.

Letting go of Moore finally taught the Bond producers a lesson in letting go; a lesson that perhaps Pierce Brosnan believes they learned too well. Lots of fans (like me) believe that Brosnan had a fifth excellent Bond in him, but it was not to be.

What’s interesting here is the way that Eon was able to move from one actor to the next. Dalton made one successful and one less-than-stellar (financially) movie, and some of us stand by his portrayal. But from Dalton on, the producers have been able to look at each actor as truly a new era, a new Bond, a new interpretation, and allow the movies to shape the actor, and the actor to shape the movies.

Could Pierce Brosnan have made Casino Royale? I believe so. I believe he could have made an outstanding Casino Royale. But he couldn’t have made this Casino Royale; the one Daniel Craig made. It would have been a Brosnan movie, with whatever you feel is good or bad about that. CR is Craig’s movie through and through; I mean, yes, it’s Ian Fleming’s, it’s Martin Campbell’s, it’s Paul Haggis’s, but it’s really Daniel Craig’s. He’s been allowed to interpret the character, to be in his own place with 007, and that has made all the difference.

So Much Bond News

Posted in Daniel Craig, Events, Pierce Brosnan, Quantum of Solace with tags , , , , , , on August 24, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

An interesting interview with Pierce Brosnan in the Daily Mirror:

You get complacent having a role like that – the luxury of doing one every 18 months. It focused my attention on what I want to do with my career and the choices I want to make. Now I’m out there in the field, what’s going to happen next?

Commander Bond has a couple of YouTubes up of Daniel Craig in Italy, and of a crucial action location, with spoiler information about an Italian action sequence in Bond 22.

MI6 News reports that Switzerland remains a possible location for Bond 22:

“As soon as we knew that Marc Forster grew up in Switzerland and would direct the next James Bond film, we had to offer our services”, said André Brice of the Swiss film commission (Film Location Switzerland). “Still nothing is definite, but the chances bode well”, he added.

And, most thrilling of all, my local revival theater, the Lafayette in Suffern, NY, will be showing Goldfinger on November 24 (also on the schedule, The Great Escape; One, Two, Three; Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing; Charade, and more). All showings are on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m.

Pierce Brosnan, Yummy Birthday Boy

Posted in Birthdays, Pierce Brosnan on May 16, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

One of my favorite James Bonds is 54 today.

Sexy

Interview with Barbara Broccoli

Posted in Pierce Brosnan on February 12, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

Over at CBn, where they find all the coolest interviews, is a transcript of part of a BBC radio interview with Bond co-producer Barbara Broccoli. I find this quote exceptionally interesting:

Well, I have to say, it was a very painful time when we decided to make Casino Royale, because it meant that we couldn’t hire an actor who had already played the role and that was very painful for Pierce, and it was also very difficult for us, because we had such a great relationship with him and he’d made the most successful of the films in the series

If you read a newspaper at all last year, you know that Brosnan was enraged, and spewed all over the press. So there’s something off about her saying how painful it was for her not to be able to have him do the role. The word disingenous leaps to mind.

Anyway, there’s a lengthy excerpt plus a link to the full audio interview. Check it out.