Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Boy. TheBoy.

So, I took TheBoy to see the new Bond flick Spectre this past weekend. Short synopsis? It's a Bond flick. If you like Bond flicks, you'll like Spectre. There's nothing terribly different or innovative in Spectre, almost a dearth of gadgets, and the brooding Bond as portrayed by Daniel Craig. Again, it's not a bad movie, especially; it's entertaining enough and there's just enough special effects to make seeing it in the theater worthwhile.

I did find it especially telling that, on its second weekend in theaters, that we walked in 10 minutes before it started and there were only about a dozen people there. More trickled in, but I was rather surprised to find the theater so empty. We are fortunate in that we have a Regal Cinema not even 2 miles from the house here in VA, and an IMAX theater only 5-6 miles away.

And yes, we will be seeing the new Star Wars movie in IMAX. But I digress.

Anyways, TheBoy is quite the Bond fan now. He's seen all of the Daniel Craig Bond movies, and we're going to start filling in the gaps in his Bondian knowledge with DVDs and Friday night movies. I love this plan. I was an unabashed Bond fanatic growing up, seeing a succession of campy, Adam-West-as-Batman-style Roger Moore James Bond movies in the 1970s and 1980s. Once we got a VCR in the house, I discovered just how much better Sean Connery was, and Bond will, for me, always be a mishmash of the two actors.

Dalton was wooden; he played Bond like a brooding teen and his tenure was mercifully short. Brosnan was seemingly born to play James Bond and landed somewhere in between Connery and Moore for how Bond should be played; more jocularity than Connery, more serious than Moore. Daniel Craig--his views on firearms aside--played Bond more true to Fleming's gritty version than the campy Moore Bond of the '70s and '80s.

Permit a nerdy aside - Craig is to Bond, compared to Moore, as Christian Bale's Batman compares to Adam West's. 

So, I have several months of Friday night movies with my son watching James Bond flicks from the 1960s through the 1990s. Yeah, I'm pretty damn excited about this. The big question is whether we rent from RedBox, or buy through Amazon/WalMart, etc. Part of me wants to pick up the movies to have available - one enduring theme throughout the Bond universe is the Cold War that comprised my childhood, and the movies are an almost quaint reminder of when we had a singular, identifiable enemy.

And part of me realizes that one can only watch a Roger Moore Bond flick so many times...

That is all.

13 comments:

SPEMack said...

The first Bond movie I saw was "Goldeneye" so I will always associate Pierce Brosnan as James Bond.

Pop who saw "Diamonds Are Forever" in theaters will always be a Connery fan.

Ted said...

If you really want to give The Boy the full experience find copies of the original books. Hard back if possible . The movies only partially follow the books ( which are much better ).

...... And then you can move him up to Tom Clancy. Also better in the original source version.

Ted said...

....... As someone who read the first 3 books at TheBoy's age before there were any bond movies ...and, as I recall, the books were much "steamer" than the movies , So me there is no real bond except for Connery. And maybe Craig ... The rest just don't do.

Ygolonac said...

What, no love for George Lazenby? :(

Anonymous said...

You do know that Ian Fleming wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, right?

Jon said...

I've found most of the Bond flicks at thrift stores, easily available,, especially if you still have a VHS player.

Atom Smasher said...

Jay, see if the 50 year anniversary bluray set is available for cheap. Definitely worth it even if it does have a couple of dogs in it.

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

"Brosnan was seemingly born to play James Bond"

He was a favourite long before actually getting to do it. I remember being pissed when the Bond rumors got Remington Steele renewed, so that he had to turn down the offer.

Stretch said...

I envy The Boy.
Ursala Andress, Jill St. John, HONOR BLACKMAN ...

Old NFO said...

Haven't seen it yet, but I heard Craig looked bored in this one...

0007 said...

THE Bond iteration was the very first with Connery. From Russia With Love was as close to the book as a movie could get and was done before the special effects nerds got ahold of the scripts.

wolfwalker said...

Agree with 0007, above. For me the ultimate Bond movie will always be From Russia With Love, because it has a) Connery as Bond, and b) a PLOT. After Thunderball, and especially after You Only Live Twice, the Bond movies became all about the SFX, gadgets, and action sequences. Plot was less and less important. But From Russia has a plot, and a story, and the gadgets are where they belong: subordinate to the plot. There are parts of later films that I like better, like the entire "Little Nellie" sequence from You Only Live Twice, but nothing else matches From Russia for putting together all the elements that a great spy movie ought to have.

ravenshrike said...

Dalton plays a much better villain than a good guy. TBH Craig plays a truer Bond, but Connery was the onyl one to really make the role his own.