Sunday, 7 October 2012


Sean Connery (Source: Wiki Commons)

Hard to believe it's 50 years since the boyfriend of the day dragged me to see Dr No. I wasn't keen but he was persuasive & have to say I really did enjoy it. The boyfriend didn't last the 50 years but I have enjoyed most of the Bond films since. My favourite of the Connery Bond's was the first Dr No. It was so different to any of the films being produced then & its style was copied but was never matched.

Not sure who my favourite Bond is, I've liked them all even Timothy Dalton & George Lazenby. 



Roger Moore Source: Wiki Commons

I loved the really elegant & humorous style of Roger Moore & his voice is still wonderful. My favourite of Roger Moore's Bonds was Moonraker. Who could forget Jaws?

Pierce Brosnan brought the humour, the elegance & the fabulous good looks to Bond in 4 films. 


                                                  
       
 Pierce Brosnan Source Wiki Commons

My favourite of his films was the first, Goldeneye where he came up against a former friend played by Sean Bean. Sean Been always seems to play the baddie now. His posh accent in Goldeneye was really over the top but I suppose a broad Yorkshire accent wouldn't quite have matched the character. I loved the computer whiz Boris who thought he was "invincible".

 

Now we have Daniel Craig and I have to say I'm not that keen on him as Bond. He was great as Mikael Blomkvist in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo but I still don't see him as Bond.



Daniel Craig Source: Wiki Commons

It's not just that his looks differ and I know he's a really good actor. I think it's more that the style of the films has changed significantly over the Daniel Craig Bond films. They've lost some of the humour & become much darker. To be honest they're more like the Bourne series of films which were OK but frankly nothing special & not really my cup of tea.

I think if I had to choose my favourite Bond, it would be Pierce Brosnan!

Another great thing about the Bond films is the music. The first one Dr No introduced us to John Barry's James Bond theme & since then there have been additional themes for each film. Hard to pick my favourite there have been some fabulous songs but I think I'll opt for gorgeous voice of Matt Monro with the John Barry Orchestra & the theme song of From Russia With Love. If you get a message restricting you from watching the video just click on the Watch on YouTube  link.


Now we're just waiting to see how Adele fairs with her rendition of Skyfall from the next Bond Film. I love Adele & this certainly sounds like a Bond theme but I'm not sure it's as strong as her usual songs. We'll see. 


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