18 thoughts on “Modern Etiquette

  1. He’s gone full Lazenby. Never go full Lazenby.

    Much safer to discuss which Dick* was the better Darrin Stevens on “Bewitched.”

    *York or Sargent. Not Sergeant York.

  2. If you believe Connery was the best Bond, don’t trust your memory.
    Rewatch the Connery Bond films. Except for few good one-liners, he was terrible.

  3. One example:
    In From Russia With Love, Robert Shaw plays an assassin sent by SMERSH to kill Bond while he and his GF are traveling on a train. Shaw is impersonating a highly cultured English spy.
    When they have to leave a train compartment, Shaw muscles his way out of the compartment ahead of Bond’s girl (no ‘ladies first’? How gauche!). When they eat dinner in the dining car, Shaw orders not just red wine, but Chianti to go with his fish.
    None of this clues Bond in that Shaw is a fraud, until, when Shaw pulls a gun on Bond, Bond says something like ‘I should have known when you ordered red wine with the fish!’
    C’mon, James!

  4. Oh please. Connery defined the character – Lazenby, Dalton and Brosnan were essentially doing variations on Connery’s Bond. And if anyone’s suggesting Roger Moore’s camp-fest is the quintessential Bond, that’s like saying Adam West is the quintessential Batman.

  5. The books show a completely different character because they were written for a completely different audience. In 1953, England still had wartime rationing, still remembered the quiet men whose secret work behind the lines helped defeat Hitler. The audience knew killers.

    Bond is a killer. He’s not charming and witty, he’s a brutal, cold, ruthless assassin, untroubled by morality or conscience. He kills who he’s told to kill and sleeps soundly afterwards. Nowadays, we’d call him a sociopath. I think Craig comes closest to that in the movies.


  6. Like I said, First Ringer, watch them again. Either Connery or the writers got better during the course of the Bond films. Diamonds are Forever has a creepy, surrealist vibe. But the early Connery.Bond films? See if you can watch them without wincing at the bad writing, the bad acting, the poor plotting, and the lousy special effects. The 1960s era “Bond’s bachelor pad” looks as though it was decorated with items from a thrift store.

  7. JD, you make the books sound like an earlier version of Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp series. I guess that means I should read a few.

  8. ***** The books show a completely different character because they were written for a completely different audience. *****

    They are very well written too.

  9. on Netflix see Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond a BBC Mini-series Biopic about Fleming during WWII

  10. Take my opinion with a grain of salt, SmithStCroix. I’m one of those annoying English Lit types who’s always telling people at parties “The book is better than the movie.” Or I would be, if I got invited to parties, which I don’t, because I’m an annoying English Lit type.

    As for DMA’s claim the books are very well written, I completely agree. Read the first few paragraphs of this book and tell me it’s not a perfect snapshot, that they don’t suck you into the story.


  11. Do you think there is a chance we’ll ever see Mitch Rapp or Scot Horvath on a screen?

  12. More or less what Joe Doaks said. Although I am one of the five people on the planet who think that Timothy Dalton comes as close as possible to Ian Flemming’s conception of Bond.

    It is interesting and perhaps noteworthy that Bond has been played by a Scot, a Welshman, an Irishman and and an Englishman (and, for that matter, an Australian and an American).

  13. Last I heard, the Mitch Rapp movie was moving forward. I’d have to google before spewing dates, but I’m pretty sure it’s going to happen.

  14. I like that the first gun Bond bond straps on in Casino Royale is:

    “After pocketing the thin sheaf of ten-mille notes, he opened a drawer and took out a light chamois leather holster and slipped it over his left shoulder so that it hung about three inches below his arm-pit. He then took from under his shirts in another drawer a very flat .25 Beretta automatic with a skeleton grip, extracted the clip and the single round in the barrel and whipped the action to and fro several times, finally pulling the trigger on the empty chamber.”


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