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Lost in Translation

Posted in References, Roger Moore, Sean Connery with tags , , , , on January 4, 2008 by Deborah Lipp

The movie Lost in Translation, which I watched last night, has a lot of James Bond tie-in. First, Bill Murray’s character is filming a Suntory Whiskey commercial in Tokyo. Then he does a photo shoot for the product’s magazine ads. The photographer, whose English is minimal, asks Murray to assume various poses and suggests a James Bond pose (mimes shooting a gun) and says “Roger Moore! Roger Moore!” Murray says he prefers Connery, but the photographer says “No, no Connery. Roger Moore!”

Connery did a Suntory Whiskey ad.

At another point in the film, an American actress staying at the hotel sings in the hotel lounge (the lounge singer must be on break) and does an awful rendition of Nobody Does It Better.

Overall, the enormous anxiety of being a foreigner in Tokyo, expressed in the film, also seems to tie into You Only Live Twice.

Safari Suit

Posted in Roger Moore, Sean Connery with tags , , on December 5, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

Looking through my search terms (searches that brought people to this blog), I find the phrase “Sean Connery Safari Suit.”

As Pierce Brosnan would say: No, no, no!

Roger Moore wore a safari suit, not Connery! Notable examples appeared in TMWTGG and Octopussy.

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!

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.

Connery health problem?

Posted in Sean Connery on April 4, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

Cancelling his appearance at “Dressed to Kilt” is causing gossips to worry:

CONCERNS were raised over the health of Sir Sean Connery yesterday after the 76-year-old screen veteran failed to attend a major fashion event in New York on Monday night at which he was due to be the guest of honour.

Organisers of the Dressed to Kilt fashion show said the star had cancelled his appearance to undergo unspecified health tests.

However, a spokesman for Sir Sean said he was expected to be at a gala function due to go ahead last night, and was in “top form”.

Let’s hope he’s fine.

Connery opens Alba House

Posted in Sean Connery on March 27, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

According to China Daily, Sean Connery is opening Alba House as the New York City base of his Friends of Scotland charity. The building is a refurbished townhouse.

The Scotsman is convinced this project “will infuriate the Scottish government,”

Sir Sean Connery has turned a swanky Manhattan building into Alba House – a kind of unofficial Scottish embassy to be used by businessmen and academics from the old country when they need a base in the Big Apple.

The project is a fascinating one -not least because it will infuriate the Scottish government, whose own attempts at establishing a presence in the States have met with only limited success.

The Scotsman Himself