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Bond, James Bond

Bond, James Bond

Date: Jan 16 2008

Themes: Pop Culture

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He is perfectly dressed in a tuxedo and uses the finest gadgets to sneak in where he doesn’t belong in order to save the world, all while seducing the most beautiful women imaginable and drinking martinis. On the list of coolest people in history, James Bond has got to be near the top.

But that’s the thing, Bond isn’t one man. He’s six men. That is, there have been six men who have played Bond in different movies starting with Sean Connery in 1962 and going all the way up to the present day with Daniel Craig. Listen to Jason and Mason talk about which Bond they like best.

Dialog

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Jason

Jason

Mason

Mason

Jason:  Pierce Brosnan is actually my favorite James Bond...

Mason:  Really.

Jason:  ...and I think that’s just because he was James Bond when I was a teenager and I think that’s probably when you love James Bond the most, is when you’re a teenage boy.

Mason:  Yeah totally. My favorite is Roger Moore because he’s the first James Bond I ever saw on TV, even before the Pierce Brosnan movies came out. But…you know Pierce Brosnan and Roger Moore both have kind of similar paths that they got to James Bond.

Jason:  Really?

Mason:  They both did spy-esque characters on TV shows before they were given the role, so it’s like they were grooming themselves.

Jason:  Oh.

Mason:  But it’s interesting, man, most people I talk to are just like Sean Connery or nothing.

Jason:  Oh really? I mean, Sean Connery definitely has the best voice of all the James Bonds.

Mason:  I don’t know, he’s never…

Jason:  When you’re looking at it across the decades, how do the James Bond ladies vary?

Mason:  Oh, man, James Bond ladies is just, like, sign of the times. Whatever was the most sex icon, fashionable, it’s like…just look at the James Bond movie from that year.

Jason:  Oh really?

Mason:  Don’t you think?

Jason:  Maybe. Sometimes they’re totally…I feel like the women are often totally unrealistic. They wear, like, these plastic-y, yellow skirts or it’s some African woman trained in 18 kinds of karate and she wears, like 18-inch shoes and does jump kicks in them and stuff.

Mason:  Yeah. You know it’s definitely kind of blown a bit out of proportion, but if, say, plastic jungle boots was kind of a style, then James Bond kind of takes it to this cartoonish level.

Jason:  Awesome.

 

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Discussion

Let’s think about this…who would like Bond the best…Grandmothers? No. Too many gunshots. Middle-aged men? No. Bond reminds them how boring their lives are. Teenage boys? Yes, obviously.

So it makes sense that Jason’s favorite Bond is Pierce Brosnan, who starred in the movies that came out while Jason was a teenager. Mason’s favorite Bond is Roger Moore because he was the Bond Mason saw first when the old movies were shown on TV.

Jason asks Mason what he thinks of the women in Bond movies. They can be a little overdone, but Mason likes them because the exaggerate what was trendy at the time.

Who’s your favorite Bond? What do you think the women will look like in the Bond movie scheduled to come out in 2008?

 

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La Princesse de la vie

Egypt

well 


in fact i didn’t watch the film before , whoever the actor was . Cool

04:09 PM Oct 11 2011 |

owner da

Cote D'Ivoire

03:14 PM Oct 11 2011 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

Sean Connery,  Goldfinger  the best Bond movie ever , at least for me.

08:53 PM Jul 07 2011 |

 julito

julito

Argentina


 After  Sean Connery , I couldn`t really enjoyed  sequels  any more . but I do understand that  Roger Moore did that part well.  Gold finger was the best Bond movie ever . Jamaica, all those beautiful girls , the music , it all added up to  a great entertainment ,for a few bucks. Thanks James Bond, sorry, Sean Connery - 

07:26 PM Mar 17 2011 |

tuongthieu

tuongthieu

Viet Nam

I think the best actor in the role of 007 is Sir Roger Moore. And the best Bond girl is Carol Bouquet ( For your eyes only ).

However, 007 cannot be found in real life. Just an entertainment  character only.

 

06:39 AM Mar 04 2011 |

mikinsmith

Germany

The new Bond Daniel Craig changed it all he is new and awesome. Now bond is different than the previous ones this time he is one tough action hero, much more practical and perfect. I liked this movie a lot.

 

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11:53 AM Jun 21 2010 |

azdinho

Morocco

hello

 

12:29 AM Jun 15 2010 |

raquel123

Spain

I LOVE PIERCE!!!!!!!(L)

08:04 PM Jan 29 2009 |

raquel123

Spain

hi!!

i'm not speak english very much, because live in spain,,,

I think Pierce Brosman is it the good actor and I like very much!!!

my english not is very good…:(

08:02 PM Jan 29 2009 |

sergio75

Ukraine

I like this movie and I think Pierce Brosnan is my favorite Bond too… )))

08:37 AM Jan 28 2009 |

wanglong123

China

very nice

07:11 AM Jan 26 2008 |

HeadeaterX

Germany

Best bond ever is the new one, danile craig. no strange inventions, no overdressed superspy… a real man… like sean connery, but in now way like pierce brosnan

08:58 PM Jan 22 2008 |

nanita1208

nanita1208

Morocco

i watch this movie (casino royal)and i think it really bad it was just about the handsome bond and the gorgeous wamen aroud him.

07:48 PM Jan 22 2008 |

nabiha joe

nabiha joe

Djibouti

Mr. Bond or, James  Bond…..........attractive man…............  , but i dont think  we can find him in reality…............Laughing

02:09 PM Jan 22 2008 |

tchr_ryan

Philippines

Pierce Brosnan is the best james bond for me

01:10 AM Jan 22 2008 |

SÉRGIO

SÉRGIO

Brazil

I haven't watched any James Bond's movies. I dont't like it so much!!

10:14 AM Jan 21 2008 |

ljiljana

ljiljana

Bosnia and Herzegovina

I haven't seen all the James Bond movies, but i liked the latest one with Daniel Craig mostly because it was more realistic than the others I had seen before. I think they overdid it before with all the gadgets etc. ( with Pearce Brosnan, I mean) It was a sooo funny seeing Daniel trying to catch that guy from the beginning. I was very amused , because for once he was just a guy, not a superhuman… :)

11:45 PM Jan 20 2008 |

littlecer

Viet Nam

yes i think so

 

01:21 PM Jan 20 2008 |

summer雾

summer雾

China

cool

08:28 AM Jan 20 2008 |

susanking

susanking

China

i only watched the "casino royale". when 007 became popular in the past, i was too young and don't know about him.

12:45 PM Jan 19 2008 |

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