If you signed up for my newsletter, then you would’ve received my series of three Welcome emails. In the second one, you would’ve gotten to know a little about me in the form of twenty facts.
One of them is that I am a MONGO fan of the James Bond franchise.
Sean Connery. Pierce Brosnan. Daniel Craig.
In that order.
I can’t tell you at what I age I was introduced to the debonair British spy who could wear a suit (and a tux) like nobody’s business. But I can tell you that it was the first in the series, DR. NO, and I was hooked.
On the character.
On the action.
On the special gadgets.
In high school, one of my best friends bought me a Tabby cat as a gift. I named her Moneypenny.
My current license plate is personalized and pays homage to the sexy spy. It was a second choice option, to say the least, but it’s still a tribute nonetheless.
During a work trip to D.C. in the mid-2000’s, my coworker and I visited the International Spy Museum and I didn’t want to leave. LOL.
Yeah. It was that cool.
When Babendude and I went on our first cruise together—eight months after we’d met—one of the stops was Ocho Rios, Jamaica. We took a plantation tour and on the way back to the drop-off site, the Jeep rolled by Ian Fleming’s home. For those of you NOT in the know, he wrote the James Bond books.
I was so rolling in the deep that I even tried reading the books. Unfortunately, they weren’t as interesting or as fast-paced as the movies. :/
For Christmas a couple of years ago, Babendude bought me an iPod. And while the first few songs were from the show GLEE, I promptly found some of my favorite James Bond theme songs and downloaded them. I’ll save that post for another time.
During that same Christmas, my older sister bought me the James Bond: 50 Years of Movie Posters hardback coffee table book.
Best. Christmas gift. EVAH.
I’m pretty sure I squealed for about five minutes straight and hugged her until her ribs cracked. LOL This book is so thick and big, I could use it as a weapon. LOL I love it, though, and whenever we move into a new place and get an actual coffee table, it will finally have a real place of honor.
A lot of Bond movies have been made over the past several decades and I’ve seen them all at one time or another. And yes, before you ask, I Brake for James Bond Movie Marathons. LOL
You would think it would be hard to choose favorites, but not for me. Here are mine.
1) SPECTRE – By the time this one had come around, Daniel had grown on me. Out of all the Daniel Craig as James Bond movies, this is my absolute favorite. After he lost Vesper Lynd in movie #2 (below), he became that hard agent we were introduced to in movie #2. He was angry and the emotional wall went back up. Until this movie. It was great seeing the wall come down again. I also loved that Moneypenny was African-American.
2) CASINO ROYALE – This is when I was first introduced to Daniel and the jury was still out on how I felt about him. I thought the studio couldn’t do better than Pierce, but I had to see what they were going to do. I didn’t think I would actually like this grittier, edgier, and darker version of James, but again, it grew on me. I kinda like that they went back to basics, made him a little less charming and less playboy-ish. He was more reckless and had an I-have-no-fucks-to-give kind of attitude that I eventually learned to love. Also, the theme song “You Know My Name” by Chris Cornell (may he rest in peace) was an iPod worthy download. Love his gritty sound, which seemed to fit the theme of the movie.
3) DIE ANOTHER DIE – Out of all the Pierce Brosnan as James Bond movies, I loved this one the most for the simple fact that it was historic for this franchise: the first African-American love interest for James. And she wasn’t a damsel in distress or Fuck Candy. Halle Berry as Jinx was an equal to James in the badassery department and she could hold her own in a fight. I frickin’ LOVED that. I want to see more of that. And again, the theme song by Madonna was another worthy iPod download.
4) DR. NO – This was the first time I was introduced to the James Bond franchise and to Sean Connery. I don’t remember how the introduction came about I was reeled in. I don’t remember how the introduction came about, seeing as how this came out before my time (1962), but it reeled me in and I was hooked. I wanted to see more and Thank God they made more.
There’s a scene where a tarantula is let loose in his bed. I’m practically wiggling out of my seat when he finally dumps it to the floor and he’s pounding on it with his shoe…in time to the music. LOL “DUN…dun-dun-dun.” It’s so dramatic that you have to laugh. Which I do. Every time.
5) THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS – I wasn’t a big fan of Timothy Dalton. I didn’t think he was handsome enough to carry this role and others must’ve thought so, too, which is probably why he only did two movies. Out of the two, I loved this one the most. There’s a scene where James and his love interest du jour are escaping down a snowy mountain in the woman’s cello case. Yes, a cello case.
As they slide under the guard gate, he deftly tosses her cello over the gate arm and catches it as he yells “We have nothing to declare.” And it echoes over the mountain, so it sounds like “We have nothing to declare…declare…declare.” LOL Makes me laugh every time. I also loved the theme song, because it was sung by A-Ha, one of my favorite groups back in the 80’s.
So, do you have a favorite Bond movie? Do you have a favorite Bond?
Do tell in the comment section below.