It’s sad to see the new James Bond, played by Daniel Craig, drawing such fire. My wife says, “He’s not even handsome. How could they do that?” Ouch.
I’m ambivalent on that particular subject. For me, the James Bond series lost its allure when they stopped paying attention to the details – the drink, the smoke, the good things in life - that James Bond had knowledge of and would even use against his foes from time to time.
Remember how Sean Connery took a dig at Dr. No for his choice of Dom Pérignon vintage? Or knew that the Robert Shaw character in From Russia With Love was a phony for ordering Chianti with his fish?
The Bond actor everyone else but me thinks is the worst – George Lazenby – had his best scene in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, thanks to a food quip. After a fight in a hotel room, he takes a scoop of caviar off the table (which is miraculously still standing despite the general carnage in the room) and says. “Hmm, Beluga. North of the Caspian.”
It’s a shame that facet drifted out of the movies, to be replaced by lame product placements. (He's back to Smirnoff? Would that really be Bond's vodka of choice these days?!?) The gloss of Pierce Brosnan was almost enough to carry the series for a while, despite the loss of detail. But now with Daniel Craig in the role, everyone seems ready to jump ship.
If I were directing the Bond movies, I’d put the fetishizing of food and drink back in – and up front. Especially considering that today’s wine and food lovers are far better educated (and far more numerous) than they were in the early days of the Bond movies.
Imagine Bond sitting across the dinner table from an evil, egomaniacal man with aspirations of world domination (let’s say, played by Alan Rickman), suddenly reaching for the bottle of wine and leaping up to use it as a weapon.
Rickman could slyly drawl, “That’s a '90 Chave, it would be shame to break it.”
To which Bond could respond, “I prefer the '78 myself. And with grass-fed Argentinean beef too, instead of your corn-fed Black Angus.”
Sure, the obligatory martini scene is still left in, but after viewing the recent movies, one is left to wonder if James Bond even drinks wine anymore. Sad.
If you were in the director's chair, what would your James Bond wine/food scene be?
David A Zajac — September 14, 2006 3:49pm ET
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William Newell — Buffalo, NY — September 15, 2006 1:27pm ET
Robert Renner — Silver Spring, MD — September 15, 2006 2:35pm ET
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Cary Wessel — Regina, SK — September 15, 2006 3:56pm ET
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