The will-they, won’t-they shit surrounding Daniel Craig and the Bond franchise continues to uh, emerge from the pop-culture rumor sphincter? Don’t really know where I was going with that metaphor. Hey whatever. Craig! Bond! One last ride?
Fuck, man. I’ve been saying that Tom Hiddleston has proven in The Night Manager that he has the chops to play Bond. Well, director Susanne Bier has proven in The Night Manager that she has the chops to direct a Bond flick. Let the reteaming commence.
Sam Mendes directed the last two James Bond movies. And whatever the problems with the plot one may have (even I fucking hated Spectre), they were unflinchingly gorgeous. So it’s with a heavy heart that I announce he’s leaving the franchise. Along with, it seems, Daniel Craig. But bring on Tom Hiddleston! But bring on another talented director, please!
Daniel Craig, who has a shit load of money and fucking hates playing James Bond, might have turned down a shit load of money to return as James Bond.
Decent enough trailer. Stand CraigBond fare. I’m excited for the movie. Only complaint? There’s a moment in the trailer with some shockingly crap-ass CGI. Like, just sort of, “this can’t really be?” Anyways — whatever. I’m a BondMark. I’m there.
Soon! Soon! Soon!
A big staple of my adolescence was playing endless hours of GoldenEye 007 with Rendar and our friends. Raging hardcore at bullshit tactics but loving every minute of it. I imagine this is a bit of a ubiquitous feeling across gamers of our generation. Low and behold some crazy shit! The generation-defining mode was a last minute addition that the powers that be didn’t even know about.
[face of a franchise presents two individuals that’ve fulfilled the same role. your task — choose the better of the two and defend your choice in the rancor pit that is the comments section]
James Bond is the most popular fictional secret agent of all time. And why shouldn’t he be? After all, the dude has pretty much set the archetypal standard for the Suave Spy character. He’s that perfect balance of gorgeous yet gritty, cutthroat yet clever. He’s a man capable of accomplishing any mission, whether it’s securing nuclear secrets or banging a smokin’ babe.
Of course, with nearly fifty years worth of movies under his belt, James Bond has been portrayed by a few different folks. In my experience, any Best Bond Debate usually comes down to two choices: whoever is currently portraying the agent and the precedent-setting Sean Connery. But truthfully, I think that this discussion can, and should, extend beyond Daniel Craig and Forrester.
For most of the 1970s and 1980s, Roger Moore helmed the James Bond franchise. Moore’s 007 is noted for being a bit campier and more lustfully-minded than other portrayals. Movies like Octopussy give us a Bond with gadgets that are kooky and dames that are sexy. Audiences ate up this depiction, and by the end of his tenure Moore would be known as the actor with the most Bond-years.
On the other hand, Pierce Brosnan reinvigorated the stagnant franchise with 1995’s Goldeneye. Some might argue that Brosnan injected new life into James Bond, giving the character a sensibility and usefulness in a post-Cold War world. The Brosnan-Bond could also be credited as having tempered the character, bringing him back to the idea of a man with a license to kill. Moreover, Brosnan’s involvement in the series also made possible the greatest first-person-shooter of all time.
So who’s the better Bond? Roger Moore or Pierce Brosnan?