Connery, Moore or Craig: Who is the most well-traveled Bond?

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

A chat with Daniel Craig and Bond film director.

James Bond has been traveling the world’s most exotic locations for over 50 years on the silver screen. LOS ANGELES—Just when you thought that it wasn’t possible to make another topnotch James Bond movie, Daniel Craig and director Sam Mendes serve “Spectre.” It’s a thrilling ride that more than lives up to the tradition of Bond films: gripping action scenes, spectacular locations and suspense.

LOS ANGELES – Daniel Craig recently called his classic James Bond character a misogynist and a former Bond actress, Naomie Harris, has suggested the phrase “Bond girl” should be done away with. The two collaborators have become best buddies and that showed in how comfortable they were with each other as they sat together to field questions in this interview at the Corinthia Hotel in London.

The Daily Mail wanted to find out, so its editors dissected all of the miles traveled and locales visited by every single Bond across 24 movies to find the definitive answer. The picture has now scored the biggest Tuesday and Wednesday grosses in U.K. history. “Spectre” cost $250 million to produce, so it needs to do massive business around the world if it wants to recoup its investment. The fact that Moore was clearly well past his sell-by date failed to dilute my childhood excitement and I have since seen every Bond film at the cinema. Craig made headlines in an interview with The Red Bulletin when he took Bond to task. “But let’s not forget that he’s actually a misogynist,” Craig said of the iconic character. “A lot of women are drawn to him chiefly because he embodies a certain kind of danger and never sticks around for too long.” And Harris told The Independent she was not happy with the term “Bond girl” and preferred “Bond woman.” “Monica (Bellucci) is 50 and I think it’s respectable to say she’s a Bond woman,” she said. “It’s quite demeaning to call her a girl.

He may not everyone’s favorite double agent, but with seven films taking place in 44 locations, Roger Moore tops the list as the most traveled James Bond. Daniel coproduced his fourth 007 outing, which also stars Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Lea Seydoux, Filipino-American Dave Bautista (whom I featured in Thursday’s column), Naomie Harris, Monica Bellucci and Ben Whishaw.

I suspect the guys only agreed to see Suffragette as part of a quid pro quo with Spectre, which had its premiere at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Monday night. The deal probably went something like this: “OK, babe, I’ll sit through Carey Mulligan being force-fed to get votes for chicks if we can see James Bond getting girls and driving the Aston Martin DB10.” At first glance, the two films don’t have anything in common, except Ben Whishaw. If you are going to change it you risk the chance of people not coming back,” he said. “I don’t know if they would want to change it because it works so well. Bond by the numbers Sean Connery: 6 films – 32 locations George Lazenby: 1 film – 5 locations Timothy Dalton: 2 films – 10 locations Roger Moore: 7 films – 44 locations Pierce Brosnan: 4 films – 27 locations Sean Connery, the original womanizing spy, is the second most traveled Bond, visiting 32 locations in six films. Bond is fighting on two fronts: at home the double-0 program is due to be shut down in order to divert funds to a sinister global surveillance system called ‘Nine Eyes’, while elsewhere he must uncover a vast criminal network that includes all the villains from Craig’s previous outings as Bond, ret-conning this one into more of a personal matter.

It’s all about whether or not audiences like what they are seeing and really appreciate the character.” In 2012, “Skyfall” brought in $304 million domestically, “Quantam of Solace” (2008) made $168 million and “Casino Royale” (2006) took in $167 million. In Spectre, which is the 24th Bond movie, the nervy, fine-boned Whishaw is Q, MI6’s resident geek whose job is to provide 007 with hot wheels and a cool watch that activates in the nick of time. Kroll noted the franchise has skyrocketed with these past three movies starring Craig. “It’s tough to reboot that and change it all over again,” he said. “There is a certain standard now where this film is one of the biggest films of the year. Estimated by the London School of Marketing to be worth pounds 13 billion ($26 billion Cdn) to date, Brand Bond is still very much geared up for boys who love toys, but there are unmistakable signs that James is growing up.

As opposed to say, Diana Rigg, who Bond married at the end of OHMSS, Lynd is only memorable for her icy temperament – yet her corpse keeps getting dusted off to remind us of Bond’s broken heart. But they wouldn’t be Bond for the simple reason that wasn’t what Ian Fleming wrote,” he said in a recent interview. “It is not about being homophobic or, for that matter, racist.

During one chase sequence in Spectre, Bond flicks a dashboard switch labelled Atmosphere but, instead of releasing a noxious gas to stun his pursuer, it triggers easy-listening, dooby-doo on the car stereo. Whether you’re a sucker for Connery’s witty one-liners or prefer Prosnan’s cheeky charm, check out the locations featured in every James Bond film since 1962.

Following some virtuoso filmmaking in a strong pre-credits sequence set during Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico City, we’re off on the trail of a secret organisation whose stock in trade is, amongst other things, human trafficking and terrorism. Shifting from London, Rome, Austria and back to London, too much feels like perfunctory box-ticking: glamorous European locations, check; world class tailor, check; Aston Martin, check; sinister man with long-haired pussy, check. But we could have a lesbian Bond — why not?” What this debate overlooks is that Mendes and Craig have already radically updated the current model more than anyone realizes. And Daniel is so fantastic in this movie… S: (Laughs) You look at the four movies and you see the growth of Bond as a character and of Daniel as an actor. Put it this way, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that, off screen, Craig is married to actress Rachel Weisz, an exceedingly brainy and independent-minded feminist.

Despite initial deceptions by Eon to claim the contrary, of course Christopher Waltz is playing Ernst Stavros Blofeld – blame the trailers for making that perfectly clear. D: The weird thing is, because I have done four (Bond movies) now, I was in a particular frame of mind when I did “Casino Royale.” There was no judgment on my part. Madeleine Swann, not only bears a name with a double nod to French literature, her most outstanding credentials are academic (Oxford and the Sorbonne).

Honestly, on this film, I went back to where I was on “Casino.” That was mainly due to Sam, to whom I continuously said, “You have had my back.” That allowed me to relax, have fun and enjoy every aspect of the filmmaking, not just playing the part. When a recent interviewer suggested to Daniel Craig that Bond had become “a bit more chivalrous”, he said: “That’s because we’ve surrounded him with very strong women who have no trouble putting him in his place.” Yes, sir, we’ve come a long way from Pussy Galore to the Proustian Madeleine. Moneypenny (I don’t think she’d care to be Miss) is still around to point out amiably the deficiencies in Bond’s world view. (“It’s called having a life, James.”) Much has been made of the casting of Monica Bellucci, at 51, the most ancient Bond “girl” — although, as Craig observes drily, she can hardly be called an “older woman” when she’s the same age as Bond. Even in the biggest movie, if there is an element of reality and something that keeps the audience connected because they are emotionally invested in the film, that is a winner. This is the man who suffered the death of the woman he loved, the mother figure in his life and the person who was the ultimate authority or the only authority in his life.

S: With Monica Bellucci, it’s like saying, “Why did you cast Sophia Loren?” “Because it’s Sophia Loren.” And people say why did you cast a 50-year-old?

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