Saturday, November 18, 2006

007

I think I might actually be in love with Daniel Craig. I find myself lying here thinking, Sean Connery or Daniel Craig? Sean or Daniel? Not sure I'm ready to take my Best James Bond award away from Sean Connery as yet. He was, after all, the original. But Daniel Craig has come closest to knocking him off that pedestal -- in my book at least.

Finally, James Bond as he should be, again. No more chocolate-box-pretty-boy-ubergentleman. There's such a thing as being too suave. I mean, I love Pierce Brosnan, I do (he was brilliant back in the day as Remington Steele -- and hello, the Thomas Crown Affair??). But he was too... nice.

Daniel Craig's yummy bad-boy ruggedness is so much more attractive. And so much more "Bond".

He's not afraid to get down and dirty. And you gotta love his crooked smile.. sigh...

This kind of thinking, when not applied to a figment of Ian Fleming's imagination but rather to real life, explains a lot about the choices I make.

12 Comments:

At 8:35 AM, Blogger ~*sim*~ said...

Sean or Daniel?

dude, my answer is... matt damon!

(see also manohla dargis' take on this extremely important issue, in the NYT movie review from friday:
By the time the last Bond landed in 2002, Matt Damon was rearranging the genre's elementary particles anew in "The Bourne Identity.")

and there's nothing wrong with bad boys with crooked smiles! *grin*

 
At 12:56 AM, Blogger rhea said...

sim: i see your point, but he's a leetle too pretty and "boyish" for me -- he was more my type a few years ago.
now, "a mayn's mayn" is what does it! :) enter hugh jackman, clive owen, matthew mcconaughey, paul bettany (yum! ok i just threw him in cos he's hot, man's man or not!) and, of course, the new inductee: daniel craig.

oof, you're a bad influence! i don't have time to fantasize about unattainable/unavailable men.

(and yes, i'd read manohla dargis' review first thing yesterday).

oh, and there's nothing wrong with bad boys -- as long as you don't buy into their crooked smiles.

 
At 5:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

its was all there. just the way it should be. even the darkness of the torture. then he said 'I love you'. go why?

I've had a lot of people say that its supposed to be the first one, how this experience makes the man harder. but for now I'll equate him as the bond who said I love you. just like I equate lazenby with the bond who said I do.

did I like the movie, and the bond.

absolutely.



as for the bad boys with crooked smiles - those lucky buggers

 
At 3:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daniel Craig is good. Even the movie. I liked them both. As for
Bond saying 'I love you', I fell off my chair. Bond needs to say 'I love you' as badly as a fish needs a bicycle..OK, I am pushing it a little too far..

Phill-haal let me have some naughty dreams about Eva Green...I thought she was straight out of the oven, like 1000 deg kelvin!

 
At 10:35 AM, Blogger rhea said...

i think the fact that he said i love you made him all the more attractive and "real."
a bad boy who has real feelings, even if they're buried very very deep... where can i get one?

 
At 3:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You will be surprised to know, bad boys are out there in plenty..Much closer than you think ;-)..

VA

 
At 12:09 PM, Blogger rhea said...

VA: the question was rhetorical. i have no real interest.

 
At 12:34 PM, Blogger MJ said...

VA: the question was rhetorical. i have no real interest.

aww...you shot him down...
just when all the self proclaimed "bad boys" were gonna come crawling out of the woodwork...

 
At 3:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MJ: You understand the intent..Thank you!

Rhea: I am running for cover. 'Foot-in-mouth' disease, you see

VA

 
At 1:32 PM, Blogger cripesthisisserious said...

oh cripes
this might be the wrong place to profess - i find bad boys ... would be so much better if they bathe, shave, shampoo
bad boy essence is not about the stubble or the grin
it's much deeper - a recklessness, a sharp edge, a through understanding of convention and what they're willing to ignore
bloody smart

i was dissappointed with craig. all this hype about the true bond
yadda yadda yadda

i missed the intelligence.
(not that moore had much, but we're talking absolute here)

there was a very strong whiff of gym workouts and treadmilling.
someone who can bash his way out of anything. the bit where he's following the runner and crashes through the wall.

i miss the style. we're not talking gadgets here, more the appreciation of the finer things in life. fleming was a man who wrote lovingly of the soda water to mix with a campari. he'd die to think his protagonis needed instructions on dinner jackets.
it bounced. a man who could create the vesper would never wear badly cut khakis

for me, craig is the bond who couldn't wear the suit

right, pretty long post, but just had long fight about brosnan being a faggy button pusher, so am thoroughly pissed

 
At 1:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

VA: the question was rhetorical. i have no real interest.

oh, snap.

(but rhe: i'm with you there.)

-- sim (who's having trouble posting via her own blogger account)

 
At 1:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

VA: the question was rhetorical. i have no real interest.

oh, snap.

(but rhe: i'm with you there.)

 

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