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.