I have proudly seen every James Bond movie ever made, even the doozies of George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan, as well as Woody Allen’s “Casino Royale” parody from 1967. As a child, I even inhaled Duco cement fumes by assembling a 1964 plastic Aston Martin DB5 model, with a functional ejection seat!
Bond films provided a sense of sophistication and pleasure. The original James Bond was suave and sassy as he solved sinister plots. He was an example of cool: he drank vodka martinis but never to excess, was immaculately dressed and, although handsome, was a gentleman. The early films were filled with innuendos and scenes that were both exotic and slightly country-style. Sean Connery’s Bond had a zest for life. Roger Moore’s was less serious and a bit over the top, but the audience was in on it.