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What Have They Done to James Bond?
Wall Street Journal, by Andrew Roberts

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Posted By:MissMolly, 11/9/2012 5:43:41 AM

James Bond, of all people, has turned metrosexual. "Skyfall," the 23rd movie in the genre—directed by Sam Mendes and opening in theaters Friday—has somehow turned the all-encompassing man's man into a kinder, gentler Bond. There are still the casual killings and car chases, of course, but Bond has been shorn of that subtly menacing blend of sadism and political incorrectness that set him apart from Jason Bourne, Ethan Hunt and all the other identikit espionage heroes. By making Bond less personally dangerous, and even hinting at a bisexual past, the guardians of his brand are undermining

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: pineledger, 11/9/2012 6:02:45 AM     (No. 9001546)

Anderson Cooper will love it.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: TheMotherCO, 11/9/2012 6:22:17 AM     (No. 9001565)

Saw the trailers for this Bond movie and since I only like Sean and Roger in the role,I will skip the short ugly dweeb they are foisting on us. My husband was a ringer for Sean Connery and of course my favorite Bond.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Pixelero, 11/9/2012 6:23:11 AM     (No. 9001567)

"Bisexual past?" I think I'm going to hurl.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: RosietheObserver, 11/9/2012 6:41:25 AM     (No. 9001596)

In the early Bond movies, he endured his torture silently. Now he screams like a little girl.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Judith, 11/9/2012 7:03:23 AM     (No. 9001638)

But the catholic church came out and praised this new bond. The fact that he cries a lot seemed to have great importance to them.
Oh, by the way, this is the same catholic church that for weeks leading up to the election, told people, in an indirect way, to vote for the candidate/party who would protect and preserve life. And the Catholics voted for....obama.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: hot coffee, 11/9/2012 7:22:08 AM     (No. 9001679)

Team America: World Police should lay a beat-down on this new Bond.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: tehtriggerman, 11/9/2012 7:45:39 AM     (No. 9001741)

I cant stand it!!!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: pindarjr, 11/9/2012 8:17:06 AM     (No. 9001825)

"What's your name?

"Bland. James Bland."

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Newtsche, 11/9/2012 8:29:21 AM     (No. 9001863)

Shaken?
Sadly I am.



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Reply 10 - Posted by: alynnmcw, 11/9/2012 9:09:04 AM     (No. 9001988)

Was planning on seeing it this weekend. Not anymore.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: earlybird, 11/9/2012 9:22:46 AM     (No. 9002046)

There was one James Bond. His other name was Sean Connery. The others have been obvious imposters, totally miscast to anyone who has actually read the books.

This new one, who looks more like someone from a Russian gulag, is no better.

The only actor I see today who could do a decent James Bond is James Caviezel, who is now doing a terrific job on "Person of Interest". Suave, strong, sexy. Cool.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: broken01, 11/9/2012 9:36:28 AM     (No. 9002098)

Sir what is your name. Blonde, James Blonde.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 11/9/2012 9:43:08 AM     (No. 9002125)

Ian Fleming must be exhausted from all the twirling he is doing.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: avmermaid, 11/9/2012 10:02:53 AM     (No. 9002198)

I totally agree with #11. James Caviezel, from "Person of Interest" can carry off the attitude and uncompromising nature of Bond. Pierce Brosnan and the others who have come after him never have been able to do this.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: shepsmum, 11/9/2012 10:44:14 AM     (No. 9002361)

#5 -- your disdain for the Catholic church is unbecoming.


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Reply 16 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 11/9/2012 11:04:55 AM     (No. 9002459)

Glad to see Jim Caviezel mentioned as the new perfect James Bond. He has it all. Not a Sean Connery clone, but as smart, sophisticated, classy and witty. And he has no problem dispensing with a bad guy. It would take no leap of imagination to see him as Bond.

"Person of Interest" is the most interesting and entertaining television series to come along in a long time. (And Caviezel the most interesting actor.) Those who watch it once are hooked (like us). Clever story concept, great script, casting, cinematography and editing. Original.

We get it on Thursday night. If you aren't watching it, do give it a try. And see if you don't agree that Caviezel would be a splendid Bond.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Pepper Tree, 11/9/2012 11:21:04 AM     (No. 9002524)

Up to now, Bond played by James Craig has been perfect for my taste. Highly athletic, nearly genius smart, ruthless and dark. There's little doubt if not a government agent, he'd still be maiming or killing people who got in his way.

If the producers want to turn him into Elton John, fine. I'll sit this one out.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: pearlyjo, 11/9/2012 12:16:01 PM     (No. 9002721)

#5 your disdain for the Catholic church is spot on. I'm a Catholic and the bishops did nothing to help us this election cycle. What will they do when this adminstration goes after their tax-exempt status?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 11/9/2012 12:58:25 PM     (No. 9002830)

First of all, how on God's earth did freaking Sam Mendes helm this film? OK, he is British, but please.

This guy had given us more obnoxious, downbeat, awful films with wimpy male figures in them that it surprises me very little that he would have some bi-sexual references in a James Bond film.

This guy did American Beauty (Middle aged guy throws away his career, smokes pot, hangs out with slackers, and is eventually shot in the head by his gay, self-hating military neighbor);

Revolutionary Road--young couple has it all, nice house, he a great career at the start of mainframe computer technology, she a spoiled, mentally disturbed woman who wants to run off to France, and when she doesn't get her way, gives herself an abortion and dies.

Jarhead--depicting Marines as a bunch of jerks floundering around in the mid east

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and this guy does a Bond picture? No wonder it's awful.

For me, I stopped watching Bond movies because since the last Brosnan and all the Craig pictures, Bond movies stopped being FUN. All the Connery and even a good chunk of the Moore films were fun. Fun villains, great sets, great action pieces and gadgets. The new stuff featured betrayals at the highest points of Bond's organization, graphic torture, and unpleasant mayhem.

Who needs it?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: semperparatus, 11/9/2012 1:35:29 PM     (No. 9002936)

Concur with #10.


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