There are moments when I feel privileged to be one of the chosen people who are allowed to see films before they actually start. One such moment was yesterday when I had the pleasure of witnessing the premiere of the new James Bond: No Time To Die and the last with Daniel Craig.
No Time To Die is by far the most eagerly awaited film of the year. It could also be said that it is the longest-awaited film of all time. After all, Daniel Craig’s big showdown was postponed five times.
Even before the pandemic, there were scheduling problems, and even more so due to Covid-19. But now, at last, the schedule of the always busy secret agent on her Majesty’s service has finally allowed us to meet. And unfortunately for the last time. But one after the other.
JAMES BOND AKA DANIEL CRAIG
James Bond is not just any fictional character. Whether you like him or not doesn’t matter. This name has been familiar to many since childhood. Although he is actually a secret agent, everyone knows this smart daredevil who looks so incredibly elegant and seductive for both sexes even after the worst brawl.
James Bond has been a constant in this oh-so-fast-moving world for almost 60 years. Even more. Every Bond, every Bond girl, and every Bond car represented the style and zeitgeist of the respective generation.
SEAN CONNERY & GEROGE LAZENBY
While the unforgettable Sean Connery embodied quite a macho, who, however, was allowed to get away with his chauvinistic slogans due to his oversized charm, the Scot followed in George Lazenby, an actor, who already played a much more sensitive and sometimes broken hero in 1969.
The Australian was also the only one to break with the tradition that a Bond actor must come from the island, which means not his, but of course Great Britain.
Even if Lazenby completely embodied the British secret agent, he made some serious, wrong decisions in real life. Therefore, after only one episode, he was followed by a real Briton, the Englishman Roger Moore.
He embodied the zeitgeist of the 70s, and early 80s, and had one of the coolest villains at his side with the Jaws. Moore also gave Bond a particularly classy touch.
Even if “License to Kill” and “The Living Daylights” are among the best Bond films that perfectly reflect the zeitgeist of the 80s, there was, unfortunately, no sequel for the Welshman Timothy Dalton.
After that, the handsome Irishman Pierce Brosnan was allowed to let off steam in four episodes in international locations, in the hottest sports cars and in the beds of the most beautiful women, to make room for the one who has shaped the image of a new James Bond to this day.
Since Casino Royal (2006), the producers and authors have given the Chester-born star to embody space and time as a torn, pain and inner conflict-driven, eternally searching hero. That, in turn, corresponded and still corresponds to the zeitgeist of the new millennium.
Read part 2 here… and who is the best bond ever