I hate to nick (as the Brits may say) the song from Scouting For Girls, but for this first post it was just too bloody easy. Everyone is a nerd for something. Star Wars, Batman, Indiana Jones, etc. While I love all three of those examples, nothing compares to my fanaticism for James Bond 007.
My first ever in-the-movies Bond experience was Octopussy in the summer of 1983. I was only 5 years-old, but I was just beginning to get hooked on Bond movies. As a child growing up in NYC, while the other kids were watching Sesame Street, I was watching James Bond seduce a woman for the possession of a Fabergé egg. I caught the lifelong 007 fever from my parents (my mom claims to have named me after Sean Connery). While I grew up watching Connery as Bond on rather expensive VHS tapes, my boyhood idol was Roger Moore as James Bond. His death this past May was brutal. As ridiculous as it sounds, it was like losing a father figure. Sure, he was 89 years-old, but to me he will always be the 50ish-something (looking 40ish-something) suave secret agent.
My love for the Bond movies, and everything associated with Ian Fleming’s iconic creation, has never wavered. From my childhood years of catching up on Connery’s impressive start to the franchise, and then transitioning to Moore’s campy style, with the odd single turn of George Lazenby right smack in the middle, to the short run of Timothy Dalton’s brooding Bond, followed up by the urbane Pierce Brosnan and the current terrific 007 Daniel Craig…
Well, to quote Craig’s final line in Quantum of Solace: “I never left.”
I consider myself a 10 out of 10 when it comes to Bond knowledge, but you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy this site. Just be warned that on this site names of important figures in the history of Bond will pop up. Cubby Broccoli, Ken Adam, Maurice Binder, John Barry, Shirley Bassey and so on.
Like I said up top, everyone is a nerd for something. Mine happens to be for Bond, James Bond. Whether it’s collecting the movies, books, memorabilia, or every New Year’s Eve dressing up as him, with one of my “Bond girls” for a 007 party at this very cool theater/bar where I live in Orlando, FL… Bond is my life.
From Orlando, With Love,
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