In the early 2000’s, Quentin Tarantino planned to make his own version of Casino Royale, but failed to attain the rights to the James Bond franchise. Had he succeeded, it would’ve been a sequel to an underrated Bond movie and would’ve starred Pierce Brosnan as James Bond and Uma Thurman as Vesper Lynd.
Tarantino’s wanting to sink his teeth into crafting a 007 film shows just how synonymous James Bond has become with popular culture. With a rich catalog of actors, villains, songs, and emotions, the James Bond movies can be summed up with some entertaining memes.
Binge Worthy Collection
The James Bond franchise totals over 40 hours, making them perfect for binging on a boring day. The fact that there is continued success of the Bond movies speaks to the timelessness of them.
For every great movie in the franchise like Goldfinger and Skyfall, there is A View to Kill and 1962’s Casino Royale. However, there is something to enjoy in every movie in the series. Whether it’s the charisma of the Bond actors, massive action set pieces, or the campiness of Q’s gadgets, there is something for people of all ages.
They’re Surprisingly Emotional
The James Bond films aren’t just full of action – they have their fair share of tear-jerking moments as well. The saddest Bond moments are the character deaths, and these deaths affect Bond more than fans would think.
Since James Bond isn’t likely to be one of these casualties, the next obvious choice would be those closest to him, as they are simultaneously closest to the audience. Bond was ready to give up everything he knew to settle down with Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale. Tracy Bond being shot and killed was so impactful because she was Bond’s wife, and the notion of marriage is almost unthinkable to him. Felix Leiter was his best friend, and M was like a mother to him.
A Similar Storyline In Every Bond Version
The franchise is so beloved, despite that fact that all the films seem to follow the same formula. Many of the elements that can be seen in the Bond films include action sequences, exotic locales, artistic openings, Spectre’s presence, and Bond’s sharp sense of fashion.
Some notable elements are common in the films’ storylines not listed above, like liquor and the ever-famous Aston Martin. The recent Bond films featuring Daniel Craig bucked the trend – darker, grittier, and delving more into Bond’s humanity.
It’s imperative that Bond’s enemies are just as compelling in order to raise the stakes. The various villain introductions in Bond movies help shed light on their motives.
There are villains with generic motivations, like Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who just wants to rule the world, or Auric Goldfinger wanting to get rich. However, there’s more to their character, such as Goldfinger’s intelligence in devising a plan to rob Fort Knox. Silva has a plan for revenge, yet when the audience learns about his past, they sympathize with him. One of the more famous henchmen of the franchise is Oddjob from Goldfinger. Between his deadly hat and lack of words, he is one of the more mysterious villains, even outshining his employer.
James Bond movies still create excitement. Once a new trailer drops, it garners talking points and millions of hits on YouTube in a short amount of time.
Because of this popularity, there are other movies and franchises that attempt to imitate the 007 films. The MCU had planned on Black Widowbeing their version of James Bond. After all, Natasha Romonov was a spy, and her origin was teased in Age of Ultron. While the movie didn’t live up to expectations, it proved that movies trying to be like James Bond will never be James Bond.
Is Sean Connery The Best Bond?
There have been numerous actors to fill the super spy’s shoes. Among them is the late Sean Connery, who many believe is the epitome of James Bond.
The Drake meme is used to show how impactful Connery was, not only in the titular role, but to cinema in general. Connery fits James Bond perfectly due to his natural charisma and good looks. While he did play iconic characters in movies, such as The Rock, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Highlander, it all started with Bond. Connery’s interpretation of the character influenced future Bond portrayals, like Heath Ledger did with The Joker.
Is Daniel Craig The Best Bond?
This is the perfect meme to show that Daniel Craig may be as synonymous with the character as Connery is, and was a questionable casting choice that paid off.
Craig made his debut in 2006 with Casino Royale. While not as charismatic as Connery, he did show the inner conflict that this rebooted Bond had in a darker and grittier world. Craig’s portrayal worked because his more serious tone fit with this new world rather than the campy tone of previous films. Craig also surpassed Connery in the action scenes, which added more Bond believability.
Not All The Theme Songs Are Great
While the Star Wars franchise has the title crawl, the James Bond series has a visual stunning opening credit sequence. Accompanying this sequence is a song that helps set the mood and is sung by a big name singer.
People often look forward to the announcement of the artist that will perform the song, thus garnering excitement for the film. Shirley Bassey’s performance in Goldfinger and Adele’s in Skyfall are two of the best in the franchise, while Jack White and Alicia Key’s team up for Quantum of Solaceand Sam Smith for Spectre are among the worst. Billie Eilish’s performance inNo Time To Dieis a reminder that an idea and execution of said idea are two completely different things.
Fans Never Know Who The Next Bond Will Be
It’s an honor to play James Bond and is one of the most impressive roles an actor can have in their filmography. Ever since Daniel Craig decided to step away from the role after No Time To Die, there has been ongoing speculation as to who could be his replacement.
Whoever that turns out to be, they will have a tough task at hand. They will have to bring something more than just charm and muscles to the character, as audiences will demand something fresh and exciting. Taking into account the time commitment that it would take to make a new set of movies,there are many millennial actors who would be great James Bond.
Bond Made Everyone Want To Be A Super Spy
James Bond has become so ingrained into pop culture due to his portrayal in the films that everyone (especially kids) wants to emulate his lifestyle.
Even though some of the gadgets that Bond used in the earlier films were absurd, the idea that he had gadgets to begin with was cool nonetheless. Because the movies put an emphasis on his suave personality and slick attire, people want to dress like Bond. As the meme suggests, boys may not look the part, but they couldn’t care less. They want to look like a super spy, even if their grandma is the only one who thinks they actually do.