Given the choice last week to attend either a preview screening of Casino Royale or Deja Vu, I picked the Tony Scott film. Admittedly I was influenced by the desire to see how Scott handled the post-Katrina New Orleans location, but I also had next to no interest in the Bond film. I like Daniel Craig well enough in other movies, and have no problem with the "blond Bond" thing. No, it's a deeper problem, one that I'm hesistant to confess, because my editor called me a Communist when I brought it up: I'm just not into Bond films.

I'll watch the occasional Bond film on vacation in a hotel room when we're flipping channels at night. (No, that's not a euphemism.) I believe I've watched all the pre-Brosnan films because some TNT used to run Bond marathons whenever I visited my parents, who have cable and go to bed at 10 pm. But I haven't been tempted to a theater to see 007 since college. My favorite Bond movie is On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and that's mainly because of Diana Rigg. But I'd rather see a spy-related movie from two years earlier -- James Coburn in The President's Analyst. I'll watch other action-adventure films or spy thrillers, so it's not the genre. Why don't I care much about James Bond? Let me count the ways, below.
categories Features, Cinematical