You are probably wondering what James Bond and Christmas have in common…wait for it…wait for it…I’ll get to it in a bit.
The epic adventures of James Bond were a staple in my household. My dad loved James Bond movies and I was always his date at the movie theatre to see them. Honestly, I fell asleep in most of them and all the Bond Girls sort of run together for me. As a child, I couldn’t tell the difference between Pussy Galore (Goldfinger) and Melina Havelock (For Your Eyes Only).
But as a teenager, I was able to understand the subtle sexual nuances and play on words a little bit better. And this is when the fun began. My parents would always host a Boxing Day Open House. My mom would cook perogies, cabbage rolls, salmon, and ham and a whole plethora of accompaniments and baked goods. Mostly it was family and a few friends that would casually stop in. However, the part I loved the most was the James Bond marathon that aired on the US Network, TNT. Now a whole myriad of networks such as AMC have their Bond marathons too.
As a family, we would watch Bond flick after Bond flick. I think my dad appreciated the fact that whole family would watch with him and take part in his love for Bond. My siblings are five and seven years older than I and obviously they found other things appealing about the movies, but I actually loved that James Bond always wore black dress shoes. I always wondered: How can he be so stealthy and silent when trying to shoot the bad guys? Surely one of the nefarious gold smugglers; dealers; Cyclops'; or killers will hear his shoes.
I also had a soft spot for Miss Moneypenny. I loved the verbal banter between she and James and I always wanted them to be a couple, but she was too good for him. Whenever I hear, “Oh Moneypenny” I instantly think of Ewan McGregor in Trainspotting imitating Sean Connery’s Scottish accent. Sorry I had to digress a bit.
Growing up, I was introduced to Roger Moore first as he was Bond when I went to my first James Bond movie, Octapussy. As a child, I instantly knew there was something dirty about that name and I liked the way it sounded rolling off my tongue and the fact that my mother was less than impressed that I kept saying "Octapussy" in a breathy voice. I always felt like I preferred Roger Moore until I saw Sean Connery in From Russia with Love. This is by far one of my most favourite James Bond movies. As a young person, I appreciated the exoticism of Russia and really anywhere in Europe that Bond traveled to. My least favourite Bond movies are those filmed in the United States and really it is only because the setting seems less mysterious.
In my twenties, I really loved Pierce Brosnan and couldn’t wait for him to be let out of his Remington Steele contract, so he could play Bond. I found him to be sexy, witty, and mysterious. To me, he would be the perfect Bond. There were mixed reviews to some of his performances, but nevertheless besides Connery, Brosnan is my favourite Bond. Honestly, I am not a fan of Daniel Craig or the Bond movies he’s been in. I am finding the story lines contrived, but this is just my opinion.
Who is your favourite Bond and what is your favourite Bond movie?
My wish for you is that you have a Bond filled Boxing Day that is shaken and not stirred…
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