Friday, November 17, 2006
"Shaken or stirred?" inquires a barman.
"Do I look like I give a damn?" Bond shoots back.
Thank god Daniel Craig has already signed on for two more films. Casino Royale, opening today, looks to be a huge hit. This is back-to-basics Bond, a "blunt instrument," as M and Ian himself have put it. This is Bond stripped of the knowing wink. Although, he does have his wit intact. Thank god.
I predict The Man With The Golden Hair will blast open the box office this weekend...
Sadly, I won’t be seeing it until Sunday – WOE IS ME! It’s driving me nuts, but I promised a pal I’d wait 2 whole days. 12:00 on Sunday I’m at the theater with or without him.
Until then, how can you placate me? Buy me this.
As a screenwriter, I have to comment on the writers - Veterans of the last two Bonds are complimented with the addition of seemingly odd man out Paul Haggis ("Crash," "Million Dollar Baby"). I hear the old-school romantic sparring between Vesper and Bond has the double Oscar winner's fingerprints all over it. He earnestly attempts to invest these fantasy figures with psychological depth. I hope he succeeds. Regardless, I love me that killer boy.
But despite the real moments, there is some sappy bond in Casino Royale the novel, so I hope it stays out of the film - Bond falls in *GASP*... Love. I can’t even tell you how many manly men I know that turn into lumpy mush at their sudden realization that they can FEEL something with their hearts in addition to their pants.
I hope it's pure recklessness and lovin'. Because really, only Bond gets away with that. And only Moneypenny tolerates it.
...Excited, Very Excited.