Of Jamesian Bondage
My wife and I rented Casino Royale and we enjoyed it (well, except for the torture scene - my wife had to leave the room). Simple, taut, a good love story and a good 'how did Bond become Bond' backstory. Also I liked the opening credits. Thanks belatedly for the recommendation.
I'm thinking that it's possible (likely) that you own the DVD and I was wondering if I could get your opinion about the Bond Girl extra. Quite interesting, but I noted that every third actress said they took the part because for once 'the girl was able to do everything that Bond did.' They spoke like this was a new concept, but it seems like a third to half of all of the Bond Girls have been 'I can do it myself' types. Have you seen it, and what did you think?
p.s. My opinion is that the most gallant thing I have ever seen Bond do was to sit next to Vesper in the shower, not caring about his tux.
First off, thanks for the kind words. I'm glad to hear that you liked the movie. Validation of my opinion is always welcome.
As for the "Bond Girl" extra: I'm afraid I haven't seen it. At some point I expect I will add Casino Royale to the permanent collection, but that hasn't happened yet.
I think Jamsco is absolutely right about the general nature of Bond girls. Thinking it over, I'm hard pressed to think of a single shrinking violet or helpless heroine in the lot. They're all cast from the same "spunky princess" mold that when run in G mode produced Princess Leia and the Padme Amidala who appeared in Attack of the Clones, when run in PG-13 mode produces Bond Girls, and when run in R mode produced Lieutenant Ripley. Thinking it over some more, I do believe that Diana Rigg in On Her Majesty's Secret Service was my favorite Bond Girl.
But on the other hand, I think the actresses are also probably right when they speak as if this is a new concept, because it is a new concept — to them. After all, these are young babe film actresses we're talking about here, and as a group, they're not generally known for their keen knowledge about... about... well, about much of anything, to be frank.
Except global warming. And interntional political relations. In those two areas, all pretty young film starlets are world-reknowned experts, of course.
How about it? Who is your favorite Bond Girl, and why?