a Bond fan. Not one of the fair weather fans it seems so
popular to be these days. I love all 20 movies good with bad. The
sourness & bitching about the past movies puzzles me. Sad part
is, most of it comes from the producers.
When Daniel Craig was announced as Bond I held back judgment. I like
the Lazenby & Dalton Bonds - though short lived - and was
curious about what Craig would be like.
The Sunday paper brought the article I’ve been waiting for
(Parade). This marked the beginning of my personal ramp up to the Bond
movie ( I normally pay no attention until after the new movie is in the
can). From the cover I knew something was wrong. The man on the cover
did not emit the Bond vibe. Why not? There must have been months to
perfect it. This is after he made the Bond movie, right? OK,
don’t judge a book by it cover and all of that. The puff
piece status of the article leaves a bad taste in my mouth. What Craig
believes Bond needs to be leaves a bad taste as well. I wanted to know
why I felt this way so I examined and analyzed my reactions reading the
Confession: Daniel Craig’s looks are part of the problem. I
don’t see Bond there, he is not believable. I say this after
reading and watching everything available online, including the movie
First stop was the Casino Royale homepage. The next stop was the
unofficial fan websites. Surprisingly some of the unofficial sites were
indistinguishable from the official site. The propaganda is so thick
you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face. If you
could see your hand it looked like Daniel Craig and there was someone
standing next to you whispering: doesn’t he look like Sean
Connery? OK he has his supporters and I read everything they
had to say. Even followed their links to the Pro-Craig web site (what,
there is a difference?) which were so sold on Craig they were sickenly
sweet. There had to be a pure vein of syrup tapped here. Felt like I
might enter a diabetic coma if I had stayed.
I visited the Anti-Craig sites. OK some of it is juvenile, but it is
all tongue in cheek. Here at the anti sites I found something
I did not expect. It was more than pictures, it was written arguments
examining every aspect of the franchise in ways I never thought of. In
some ways it was refreshing and I didn’t find the hate the
rival sites attributed to them. If anything, these guys are the only
ones having fun. And they are on the losing side!! However, they
reminded me of the Browncoats, Firefly fans whose show was canceled but
they did so much about it they resurrected a dead TV series in the form
of a big screen movie. They might just pull it off after all.
OK. Finished with both the pro and con sites and looked for a unbiased
source. There are none. Everything comes down to for or against. It
feels like an election year where everything offered is biased one way
or another. Oh my god it is an election year!! Never seen election year
politics in a purely movie forum before. Couldn’t find
unbiased so I found the next best thing: reviews of the previewed
movie. Half way though the second review it hits me these are all
plants! The same sentiment, the same words are used to describe the
same events, that supposedly happened at different times with different
people. If anyone reading this has ever deposed a witness for a court
case you know this simply is not possible without collusion. Sure
enough I search though the unofficial fan forums and find these
keywords appearing again and again. This sickens me worse than any
dirty underhanded political trick I’ve seen.
Decided against seeing this movie because all of the reviews (so far)
are bracing us for a disappointing Bond movie. A movie about a main
character named Bond but not the James Bond we know. What the point of
that? The reviews are preparing us for not seeing Bond on the big
screen and try to build expectations that it will still be a good
movie. Nobody should have to work this hard to be Bond. Either you are
Bond or your not. Nothing more to it. Everyone who has taken the role
was Bond: not this time.
the media spin (pro-Craig according to the anti sites) does not show
Bond, the most glowing reports tear down the history of the movies I
Am I a boycotter? NO!
Am I interested in see this movie? No.
my mind be changed? Yes! If Casino Royale has great reviews from
trusted and known critics (have to stress the known part - the
situation right now reminds too much of the Sony critic scandal of a
few years ago) I might be there in the theater opening night.
The more likely outcome is I’ll borrow the DVD when
its out next May.
Daniel Craig has not convinced me he is, wants to be, or can be James
Bond - and I wanted to like him.