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Not Your Father’s James Bond

I’m going to be completely honest with you folks. I need a drink. I’ve started, stopped and rewritten this article at least a dozen times and I just can’t seem to get a good flow going. Every time I sit down in front of the computer I know exactly what I want to say and how I want to say it (or so I thought) but I just can’t get the words to come out. Part of my frustration, I suppose, comes from the fact that I’m writing about James Bond. I mean, where do I even start? There’s so much to talk about, and the vast majority of it has already been said (and probably better than I ever could).

I’ve tried talking about Bond history, Bond actors, Bond cultural significance and even Bond age (giggle). Yet each time, I end up doing the delete-key dance (note: look for my debut-single “The Delete Key Dance” on iTunes later this month.)

Anyway, I’ve decided that the only way I’m gonna get through this article is to take a stand. So here it is. Wait for it. Wait...for...it…”Casino Royale” will be the best James Bond film, ever!

That’s right, I said it.

Now before you start sending me hate mail and leaving flaming bags of dog poo on my stoop, hear me out. Here are the top 7 reasons (wink, wink) “Casino Royale” will be the best James Bond film, ever (ha, I said it again. I’m completely outta control…ahahaha!)

(ahem) Anyway:

1. Daniel Craig
Undoubtedly the most controversial element of the upcoming film, the announcement of Craig being named as the successor to Pierce Brosnan was met with nothing short of a media frenzy (not to mention threats of boycotts, protests and numerous anti-Craig websites).

The majority of the animosity comes from the fact that, historically, actors who are listed at 6’1” and sport black hair (except for Roger Moore who’s more of a sandy brown) have portrayed James Bond. So the fact the Mr. Craig is 5’10” and blond is a problem for these people. I just don’t understand it. The dude is completely bad ass. Shouldn’t that be what matters? It’s not like they cast Carrot Top. I mean the guy is going to bring an edge to the role that’s been missing since Timothy Dalton. If you don’t believe me, check out “Munich”, “Road to Perdition” and “Layer Cake”.

Other interesting/cool facts about Daniel Craig:

a) Craig is the first James Bond actor to be born after the start of the film series, and also the first to be born after Ian Fleming's death in 1964
b) Notable actors and actresses have backed his selection as Bond. They include: Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Samantha Bond (Miss Moneypenny) and Clive Owen (who was believed to be the frontrunner for the role at one point)
c) He’s actually English (only Roger Moore shares that distinction. Connery is Scottish, Brosnan is Irish, George Lazenby is Australian and Dalton is Welsh)

2. It’s a “reboot”
Unlike the previous films, “Casino Royale” will show us something we’ve never seen, the very beginnings of James Bond. In the pre-title opening, we’ll learn how he earns his “double O” section rank. This is something that has never before been established and should offer a great insight into what drives the character. I think it’s also worth mentioning that the “reboot” concept worked exceptionally well for Christopher Nolan in “Batman Returns” and that film series was pretty much in the crapper thanks to Joel "I killed Batman" Schumacher (but i'm not bitter).

3. Plot (Spoiler Alert, kinda)
Secret Service intelligence reveals that Le Chiffre is planning to raise money for his ongoing terrorist activity in a high-stakes poker game in Montenegro at Le Casino Royale. MI6 assigns 007 to play against him, knowing that if Le Chiffre loses, it will destroy his organization. How awesome is that? The whole movie centers on a poker game (changed from Baccarat in the original novel) at a casino. Naturally, cool gadgets, sweet rides, hot/dangerous women, explosions, torture, etc, etc, ensue. Sweet

4. Writing
"Casino Royale" is the first Bond film to take its title from an Ian Fleming novel or short story since 1987's "The Living Daylights" and the first to be directly based on any of Fleming's writings since 1989's "Licence to Kill". Not to mention that this big screen adaptation was co-written by Academy Award winner Paul Haggis (“Crash”, “Million Dollar Baby”)

5. Have you seen the trailer?

6. Music
Chris Cornell, the Audioslave and former Soundgarden lead singer has composed and will perform the title song "You Know My Name" for "Casino Royale". This will be the first theme song since 1983's "Octopussy" to use a different title than the film, and Cornell will be the first male performer since 1987's "The Living Daylights". This may seem like a minor point but the fact that someone as cool as Chris Cornell is somehow involved in the movie just elevates the whole experience.

7. Have you seen the trailer?

So there you have it, definitive proof (somewhat) that the 21st installment of the James Bond series will prove to be the best one. Now that you’ve heard me out (read me out?) I suppose I can handle the hate mail and flaming dog poo on my stoop. Just don’t ring my doorbell when you do it because I’m not going to answer. I’ll be drinking…Martinis.

See you at the theater November 17th.

Word!

Josh "mediaboy" Gryvatz

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