Friday FabOoolousness – Bond. James Bond. And Bardem.

As much as my guy and I enjoy watching movies, we rarely get out and actually go to the theater.  But, every once in a while, there is a movie that we simply can’t wait months to see.  It only happens a few times a year, and one of those times occurred this weekend.

So, what made us get out and enjoy an afternoon at the movies?

Bond.  James Bond.

I grew up watching all of the 007 movies because my father is an avid Bond fan.  I probably can’t even count the times I woke up and walked downstairs only to discover my dad watching a Bond film again—I say again because I’m quite certain he’s seen every single flick at least a dozen times.

Each of the twenty-three installments in the Bond franchise has a few key components: the sexy, fearless, suit-wearing, and martini-drinking covert operative known as 007; a gorgeous, seductive, and oftentimes somewhat evil Bond Girl; state-of-the-art gadgets and a tricked out Aston Martin; lots and lots of action sequences; and one bad *insert expletive here* villain.

In the fifty years of Bond, six actors have played the iconic role—Sean Connery, Roger Moore, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and the most recent, Daniel Craig.

Why, hello Sir Connery. I mean, James…

Me?  I’m a Sean Connery girl; he’s my favorite Bond.  But, I won’t lie… Daniel Craig is slowly but surely creeping up to Sir Connery’s status.  When it was announced almost a decade ago that a blonde-haired, blue-eyed man would play the role of 007, I was one of the naysayers.  Bond isn’t blonde.  How is this going to work?

Well, it works.  Really well.  All three of the films starring Mr. Craig have been some of my favorites in the franchise.  All Bonds are action-packed and entertaining, but there’s just something about Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Skyfall that has left this girl continuing to want more from the franchise… and from Mr. Craig.

My guy and I waited to see Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace until the films were available for us to watch at home, but not Skyfall.  Why?  Because we heard from more than one source that this Bond was the BEST BOND EVER.  With a statement like that, how could we not go check it out?  So, we headed out to the theater this weekend and bought two tickets to Bond.  James Bond.

Now, I won’t go as far to say it is the best Bond ever, but it was pretty darn good.  For those that haven’t seen it yet, I don’t want to give away any spoilers in this blog post, so I’ll only mention a few of the key elements.

First, there’s the obvious… 007 himself.  Daniel Craig has it all.  He’s sexy, loyal, and fearless, something he proves in one of the opening scenes of the movie.  Like I said, I don’t want to give anything away, but let me just say that this moment made me cringe and watch out of the corner of my eye… there’s a scorpion involved, but that’s all anyone is going to get out of me.

REALLY like this Bond…

Next, there’s the token Bond Girl. However, this time there are really two…  First, we have the traditional damsel and somewhat evil woman James happens upon while working his case that he falls into bed with.  And next, we have the not-so-traditional female spy working alongside 007, who of course has an intense sexual chemistry with the MI6 agent.  Her name goes without mention until the very end, and let me add that it was an Ah-Ha moment for me.

The traditional Bond Girl… gorgeous, isn’t she?
And, the not-so-traditional Bond Girl…

As with any Bond flick, there is also the fun, yet deadly gadgets… but not so many this time.  My favorite?  James’ “smart” gun that will only fire after it confirms his fingerprint as identification.  And, no Bond film would be complete without James’ Aston Martin—the DB5.  Some may recognize it from an older movie in the franchise, but the reasoning behind why James takes it out of storage will make perfect sense later on in the movie…  and man, it is still one good-looking car.

Pretty man. Pretty car.

Then, there’s the action.  Skyfall literally starts out with a high-speed motorcycle chase on the rooftops in Istanbul.  First, I’m not exaggerating when I say ON the rooftops.  And secondly, I actually nailed the fact they were in Istanbul at the time.  How?  I have no idea. I’m horrible with geography.  So, I’m kind of proud of myself… but back to Bond.

And, finally, there’s the bad *insert expletive here* villain.  Oh, my goodness.  Multiple people raved about Javier Bardem’s portrayal as Silva in the movie, and they weren’t kidding.  Let me say it again: oh, my goodness.  He may not be the most evil James has ever faced, but he is right up there.  What makes Silva’s character one of my favorites is just how likable he is—even as the villain.  A tip of the hat to you, Mr. Bardem.  You play one evil dude.  And, I like it.

Ooo, Silva. What a fabOoolous performance by Mr. Bardem.

Skyfall definitely keeps the franchise alive… and I hope we have more James with Mr. Craig.

Bond. James Bond.

What do you think?  Have you seen Skyfall?  What did you think of Javier Bardem’s portrayal?  I’d love to hear from you!    

10 Replies to “Friday FabOoolousness – Bond. James Bond. And Bardem.”

  1. I loved Skyfall. I was lucky enough to get to see it with the hubby and my friend Melissa Lummis. Melissa and I both commented on how awesome the movie was in showing the “making of a villain”. And Craig… well, I gotta confess, he’s my favorite Bond.

  2. I haven’t seen this, but hubby has expressed some interest in it. I’m like you…I’m a Sean Connery girl. But this movie really sounds good. I might give it a try, but probably when it goes to DVD. I’m saving movie money for Les Miserables! 🙂

  3. I really, really, really adored Skyfall. My problems with the previous Craig Bond films were that they felt like a departure from the classic Bond, for me, but, with Skyfall…..oooh. It was so classic Bond, took me right back to the feelings I get from all the Connery and Moore films. You’re completely right about Bardem as a villain; so good! And I like how the film was nodding to itself and the franchise and the whole idea that spies are spies and are really cool and awesome, no matter what the era. More Bonds like this, please! I’ll be a very, very happy girl.

  4. Tiffany, OH, so my man! sigh…obsessed I was was Casino Royale came out. Sean Connery was my fave too until Daniel Craig – he made Bond 3-D.

    But SkyFall. Not up to Casino. I think a bar was set too high. A decent movie, yes. Tat opening. Yikes! Great! But overall, disappointing & disconnected. Went from one thing in the beginning to completely another at the end & a bit over the top. Casino Royale was PERFECTION! Beautifully crafted and built on one scene to another with intensity & they showed Bond’s human side. I fell in love with him there. Then they KILLED it with Quantum Solace & now to f/u with SkyFall. Should have had same director for all 3. Sad & frustrated. I want MY Bond back they promised me!

    But I dont want to give up my Daniel. Thanks for the pics…get to enjoy him all over again. Such a shame what they did to the car!

  5. Skyfall was a brilliant movie because of all the nods to the old elements. I loved Bardem as a villain too and Judi Dench really shone as M. This was one of my favourite Bond movies of all times but Casino Royale tops it because of the romance 🙂 I’m glad to hear Craig will make at least two more Bond movies.

  6. I have never liked the Bond movies. Even as a teen of the 80’s I found the ‘camp’ factor just too over the top for my taste. During the Craig run, the tone of the Bond films has largely become more gritty and reminiscent of the Bourne films. Skyfall started with the campy rooftop chase and kept toning it down and turning into a darker, but still fun, superspy experience. I’d say Skyfall is easily my number one Bond film.

    However the Bourne movies are my preferred spy flicks.

  7. Our family’s watching the Bond movies in order. We just watched Tomorrow Never Dies with Brosnan last night. Four more to go until Skyfall!

    My father and I also talked today about Bond, and he asked who my favorite actor was. Hands down, it’s Connery. But I have an ordered list: Connery, Brosnan, Moore, Craig, Lazenby, Dalton. Yep, that’s how much I’m ready for Daniel Craig to move on. I may be the only one, but Craig is not a big draw for me. Of course, I may just be harboring resentment about not getting that callback: I made it through the first two auditions for the Bond girl, but I guess they didn’t like me in the Honey Rider bikini.

  8. My husband and I finally saw this last weekend. I really liked it–I do like Daniel Craig. We both liked the movie, but we agreed that the last movie was better. Crazy, I know.

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