Tuesday, October 25, 2005

The Great Bondian Mistake

Well, this solidifies it. I was dissappointed when I found out that James Bond would no longer be played by Pierce Brosnan (second greatest Bond in the movies...Sean Connery holds the place of honor, of course). Brosnan had the ability to pull off the swave moves, followed by some butt-kicking goodness.

Unfortunately, it looks like the new Bond is starting off on the wrong foot: New Bond: I hate guns

Daniel Craig will have a problem playing the new James Bond - because he hates guns. The actor will wield 007's famous Walther PPK in the movie Casino Royale.

But he revealed in OK! magazine: "I hate handguns. Handguns are used to shoot people and as long as they are around, people will shoot each other.

"That's a simple fact. I've seen a bullet wound and it was a mess. It was on a shoot and it scared me. Bullets have a nasty habit of finding their target and that's what's scary about them."

Ah, yes...handguns are used to shoot people. Nice arguement. Using the same logic, we could ban other such offensive items as pipe wrenches, rope, scissors, baseball bats, etc because they are used to kill people. Why don't we see this through the magic prism of "responsibilty." This allows us to see that a gun does nothing by itself...there is a person behind the trigger. This person is responsible for their actions. The gun doesn't make them do it.

Then there's more to frighten me into thinking this is the "End Times" of the Bondian world:

Craig is not the first Bond to reveal a hatred of guns.

Roger Moore, who played the superspy from 1973 to 1985, said after quitting the role that he hated "that awful pose" of Bond with his gun which has become an iconic movie image.

Roger Moore has definately held "worst place" in my little world...though Timothy Dalton was not particularly far off. The end result...I'm now truely frightened that one of the stalwarts of male egoism is about to enter a new dark age. I only hope it is a short time before we see another Brosnan...or maybe, just maybe, Sean...


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