Speaking of movies, I just read that despite earlier denials, British actor Clive Owen (Croupier, Closer, Sin City) is set to replace Pierce Brosnan as 007. The 21st Bond movie, Casino Royale, is said to be a sort of prequel, drawing closely on Ian Fleming's first novel (well, more closely than all the films that used only a Fleming title) to portray a back-to-basics Bond on the case that shaped his career as a tough and swinging secret agent.
Meanwhile, the Fleming copyright company has gone prequel crazy with the release of Charlie Higson's first "Young James Bond" novel, SilverFin, involving a Harry Potter-ish Jimmy Bond at Eton in the 1930s.
Yeesh. I think Brosnan was the first Bond good enough to stand alongside Sean Connery (though a couple of Roger Moore's flicks were good fun), but I should have known they were heading downhill again after Die Another Day flipped from a solid first half to the series' first, most godawful CGI fake scenes instead of live stunt action in the second half. I never thought I'd say it but Matt Damon's Jason Bourne movies seem likely to kick Bond's butt.
Dear God, please make them stop butchering Bond in the name of the american audience. Moore was crap. And everyone since then has built the pile higher and deeper. That last one, Die another Day? When in the name of Fleming did Bond ever have a sidekick? And then to replace Q and M with Cleese, and a woman???
Fleming must be spinning in his grave. And now, they propose to go back, and butcher the franchise from both ends? Why the hell not, eh? They did it to Star Wars. Anything for a damn buck. Why not have a cartoon rabbit in this one too?
"Star" is a good start if you want to check them out.
I thought Die Another Day was alright, but the CGI... yeah, the less said about the better methinks! That surfing bit haunts my dreams.
Originally posted by Skywlkr79 Connery needs to come back in Bond: The Later Years.
A British impressionist called Rory Bremner did a great sketch a while ago that had Roger Moore and Sean Connery in an old people's home, arguing over who was the better Bond. They had rocket-propelled wheelchairs and Moneypenny was about 90 years old. Funny stuff.