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Fair enough; Daniel Craig is my Bond.

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I watched the Daniel Craig Bond movies out of order, Skyfall - A Quantum of Solace - Casino Royale.  It just turned out that way.  After a lifetime of loathing the sexist, ridiculous James Bond film franchise, I'm finally feeling the love.  I'd been waiting for the famous line, "Do I look like I give a damn?," which I knew about just from word of mouth, it made so much impact.  It did not disappoint.  This Bond gets tired.

It will probably sound inescapably man-hating to say that I loved the testicle-torture scene, but I'm not feeling hatred.  It is not that I get off on torture, or torture of men, or vengeful reverse sexism.  It's that I felt like this was, finally, a use of nudity and torture in this film franchise that wasn't just a straight-up sexist cliche.  Some of my formative images that led to my hating such sexist cliches came straight out of 1970s and 1980s Bond films.  The female nudity was often so gratuitous and exploitative.  And here is the hero, displayed nude, undergoing torture in a way that invites the audience to empathize rather than to collude in victimizing.  It changes the story.  This is a Bond who cannot be thoughtless about women undergoing the same ordeal, one who cannot think that being male protects a person from any hardship that women face.  I love this Bond who has no time for sexist cliches or, as we see with that magnificent line from Skyfall, heterosexist assumptions.

I'd wondered about Vesper.  The chemistry between them was...all right, I guess.  But if I'd seen Casino Royale first, I wouldn't have been hooked.  I'm glad I saw Skyfall first and got the full impact of Bond with M -- now there's chemistry -- and Bond with Q, who is the best Bond girl ever.  Please, please, let the next one have a ton more 00Q.  It's not just that I'm Here for the Slash (TM).  It's that those two are magic together, and Whishaw has made Q into a thrillingly rich character despite being onscreen for about two blinks of an eye.

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oracne
Feb. 28th, 2014 02:04 pm (UTC)
The testicle torture is actually in the book! Few of the bond films, except for the George Lazenby one, follow the book plots closely, but "Casino Royale" took a lot of stuff from the source.
drinkingcocoa
Feb. 28th, 2014 02:46 pm (UTC)
I know! Husband said he'd gone into it wondering how they were going to handle that plot point and then was amazed that they just...did it. I loved the points they made with it. That there's no need for all those fancy tortures -- just the direct route is efficient enough. The cutting out of the caning in the chair seat, wow, ominous. Crude.
purlewe
Feb. 28th, 2014 03:18 pm (UTC)
I love the chemistry of Bond with Q in his homestead. I thought that was what real friendships are like for him and I wish they showed more of it. (plus Judi can read the phone book and out act many many people.)
drinkingcocoa
Feb. 28th, 2014 04:40 pm (UTC)
Those little quirks of amusement as Bond takes in this new Q -- pure love.
dis_quiet
Feb. 28th, 2014 03:33 pm (UTC)
I loved Skyfall so much that I went to see it three times when it came out. Boyfriend tagged along even though he was exasperated by how M used a flashlight while escaping. I don't care. This is the best Bond movie ever. And I can't wait for the next one with Ralph Fiennes as the new M!

My second favorite was Casino Royale, and QoS was a big disappointment.

My only other experience with Bond movies had been those dreadful Pierce Brosnan ones from the late nineties and early 00s. They were so cringeworthy that the sexism really was the least of their problems.

And yes, I want more Q! I always laugh when he says to Bond to put his back to it:)
drinkingcocoa
Feb. 28th, 2014 04:42 pm (UTC)
Hee hee, those Pierce Brosnan ones. I managed to avoid most of them, although I think it was a Pierce Brosnan that had the unbelievable-in-a-bad-way truck wheelies as their climactic sequence. I will never get over that.

I always laugh that Q has a fear of flying. Of course he does. He must be a mass of neuroses. He's every geek love song I've ever sung to myself, wrapped up in one.
mundungus42
Feb. 28th, 2014 05:36 pm (UTC)
I haven't actually seen QoS, despite Daniel Craig being my absolute favorite Bond (though I will always have a soft spot for the campy Roger Moore adventures), but I love that the best male-female chemistry during his tenure has been between 007 and Judi Dench's M, and 00Q is totes my shiny new guilty pleasure ship. And sometimes I don't even feel guilty about it. Mr. 42 doesn't get how Q is awesome, so clearly we need to watch Skyfall again (and again and again...*rubs hands together gleefully*).
drinkingcocoa
Mar. 1st, 2014 01:02 pm (UTC)
It takes Judi Dench to get a female archetype that can stand up to Bond. I like that they found a solution. And that this solution shows the way it was, yes, a problem before.
mundungus42
Mar. 1st, 2014 08:11 pm (UTC)
"Sometimes I don't think you have the balls for this job, M."

"Perhaps, but the advantage is that I don't have to think with them all the time."

Treasured treasured words.
solochan
Mar. 1st, 2014 10:04 am (UTC)
Q made Skyfall for me, but I agree that Craig is now really my Bond. He's just so...good at making him himself part of a scene.

And Bond and M's chemistry was amazing and the whole scene with Silver when he and Bond first meet when they talk about rats just gives me utter chills every time. I just don't get that with the earlier Bonds, I don't...fear for their lives in the same way.
drinkingcocoa
Mar. 1st, 2014 01:03 pm (UTC)
Yes, the scene with the rat story! That was amazing, and sometimes I replay moments from it in my head! Only a master actor could have pulled off that single-shot monologue. The same monologue could have been clunky and cheesy from a moderately gifted actor, but in this case, it was riveting and utterly persuasive. That scene. *happy sigh*
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