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Shaken, not stirred

June 9, 2007

“Vesper”
3 oz Gordon’s gin
1 oz vodka (preferably grain, not potato)
1/2 oz Lillet Blanc wine

Shaken, not stirred. Served in a deep champagne glass with a long, thin slice of lemon peel.

I didn’t have Lillet Blanc and I didn’t even have any vermouth. What to substitute… sake? Surely not. Limeaid? That would have to do.

I sipped my drink while watching the latest James Bond movie, Casino Royale. I’d avoided this movie for a while, having lost interest in the Bond franchise long ago. When I was a kid, Roger Moore was Bond. He had a gadget for every occasion and never was without a cool, snappy line. Always in control. And totally unbelievable.

Sean Connery? Absolutely. But the problem is the further back we go the more anachronistic the character becomes. I’m sorry but in 2007 you just can’t have a hero slapping strange women on the ass. Sean Connery’s Bond would get sued for sexual harassment before you can say “double oh seven.”

So I figured that was pretty much it for James Bond: destined to ride into the sunset as a movie hero from decades gone by.

But that was before tonight, before Casino Royale. Don’t get me wrong: it wasn’t a Great Movie, and nobody is going to win an Oscar for anything here. But it did did do one thing I thought impossible: it revived the character to the point where I think there’s a viable future.

This is mostly due to the script. There were no gadgets, and Bond himself is not always in control of the situation. But it’s also due to a new Bond: Daniel Craig. When I heard he was playing the role, I was skeptical. He’s buff, sure, but he’s also kind of funny looking.

But I’ve changed my mind. Maybe it’s the gin talking but I think Craig is a fabulous Bond and this movie makes me think there’s hope for the franchise yet. In fact I can’t wait to see this new, more vulnerable Bond again in the next movie.

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  1. When I heard that Daniel Craig was the new bond (and then looked up a picture of him so I knew who the hell he was) I was pretty stoked, I knew the guy who played Paul Newman’s character’s sociopath of a son in ‘Road to Perdition’ was someone who could bring some edge back to the roll.

    If you have not seen ‘Road to Perdition’ you should check it out.


  2. I think Daniel Craig does a great job and looks the part, if we recall that Bond served in the Royal Navy and was a tough guy, not a lounge lizard. I also like the way Craig starts to learn social niceties and the rough edges get polished away (e.g., learning how to dress properly). Plus, as you say, good plot with excellent action sequences.


  3. […] know I liked the last James Bond movie, Casino Royale, so I guess you won’t be surprised that Karen and I are going to the Rosebud […]



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