My name is Mark and I am a James Bond fan. I love the Ian Fleming novels and I love the movies.
fiancee wife is Mel. She is a feminist and a romantic. She thinks James Bond is the epitome of sexism and dislikes his promiscuous ways. She prefers movies where a couple slowly fall in love and get together at the end, than to see a lady falling into bed with 007 almost immediately. She seems to genuinely believe that if you’ve seen one Bond film, then you’ve seen them all.
She has never watched a pre-Daniel Craig 007 film all the way through. And yet she does like Casino Royale and Skyfall, and I see this as a small glimmer of light that I can one day get her to enjoy the whole wonderful canon. This blog documents our journey through the movies from Dr. No to Skyfall. One movie a month for the next two years or so (more often would be pushing my luck).
When Mel watches somethings she becomes really immersed in it, crying when her heart strings are tugged, and genuinely getting angry when a character is wronged. I don’t experience this, being a soulless nerd more concerned with facts and production details than emotions. But I want to experience these movies that I love anew through her eyes.
A short interview with Mel before the project started:
What do you think of James Bond?
“Male chauvenist pig. He sees women as disposable pleasures and I hate him.”
Do you think your opinion will change watching these movies?
What are you dreading the most?
In what way?
“I don’t want to see it. I don’t want to see him sleep with lots of women. Also I think it’s going to be boring.”
What are you most looking forward to?
“The end. Also Casino Royale and Skyfall.”
Why do you like Daniel Craig?
“He doesn’t treat women bad. He’s nice to people. He’s not cheesy.”
What about the music?
“I don’t like Thunderball, because it’s about how awesome he is. But the music is probably the best thing about them.”
In the past you’ve said that when we have children you won’t let them watch Bond movies. Why is that?
“I don’t want them to grow up being like James Bond, seeing naked women or thinking it’s OK to sleep with loads of people.”