Sir Roger Moore, who played James Bond in seven films from 1973 to 1985, had some pretty harsh words to say about the direction the character has taken under Daniel Craig’s guardianship. From Reuters:

“I am happy to have done it, but I’m sad that it has turned so violent,” Moore said before “Quantum of Solace,” starring Daniel Craig as a darker Agent 007, opens in North America on Friday.

“That’s keeping up with the times, it’s what cinema-goers seem to want and it’s proved by the box-office figures,” Moore told Reuters in an interview about his memoir, “My Word is My Bond.”

Awww. Added Moore, “I think Werther’s Originals are overrated. I’m a Bit ‘O Honey man myself. Want one? My elastic-band trouser pockets are full of them. Here, hold my cane.” It’s only natural as one ages to feel like the world no longer speaks to you, because mostly it doesn’t. And for the most part Roger Moore is probably right. The world is oversaturated with desensitized images of graphic violence. Although, Casino Royale isn’t exactly Hostel 3: Full Throttle, but I am saying the Knight Commander of the English Empire has a point. But it’s going to happen to all of us, the slow fade into irrelevance. Our engagement with popular culture will be replaced by hard-earned wisdom, and a softened appreciation for the travails of a life fully lived. For some of us, it’s already started. Fred and Miley Cyrus and Twilight are proof of that. I’m just glad that I was born late enough to have an appreciation of parkour before I turned into a grumpy old fart-scented fossil. Parkour is bodacious, right homies?

Comments (5)
  1. Neil Altman  |   Posted on Nov 11th, 2008 0

    There’s the Breakfast Club and there’s CW bullshit.These blog sites will go the way of the horse and buggy and it will be yall’s own fault in part. Commitee thinking is SO edgy young and exciting.

  2. James  |   Posted on Nov 11th, 2008 0

    I will only be satisfied if Quantum includes a minimum of 3 parkour chases!

  3. Did he seriously name his book “my word is my BOND”?! I want to move Roger Moore up above Sean Connery in my rankings, just for that title.
    But i totally agree with him. Isn’t like half the appeal of Bond, the smooth talking martini drinking ladies man in a tux side? I mean sure Brosnan played it up a bit too cheesy, but Daniel Craig doesn’t even have it at all. He is like…. that really internally angry dude that you are pretty sure would throw a punch at a lady because he drank just one too many.

    • I think that was sort of the point. Bond as a character had gotten so slick and unbelievable that the movies started to fall into the kitsch category. I can’t blame the producers for wanting to make it relevant again. I mean really – does anyone remember Die Another Day? The car chase on ice? That was ridiculous.

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