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Shaken and stirred

The highest-earning Bond thriller saw the extraordinary transformation of the very ordinary Daniel Craig. Bond may have actually fallen in love for the first time in Casino Royale.

india Updated: Jan 22, 2007 00:27 IST

The spy all the world loves is all set to Die Another Day. Scholars from across the world have gathered in Paris to find out what makes 007 tick. Do we really want to know? Deconstructing him would take away from his rakish charm. He is the man every man would like to be. Let’s take gadgets. The car changes into a plane, a boat and a lethal weapon. Then the endless capacity for drink, martinis shaken, not stirred. Who can ever forget Ursula Andress emerging from the sea in the unforgettable bikini so poorly copied ever after? For Bond, it was for his eyes only and hence the line ‘just looking’ when asked if he was looking for something. For Bond, as Ian Fleming conceived him, there are no comebacks, he has no home, no family and no relationships. He is the ultimate temporary man, for whom Live and Let Die is a leitmotif.

Not just the character, those who have played what must be one of the world’s most famous roles too come under close scrutiny. Purists will not countenance any comparison to the Scottish burr of Sean Connery. Roger Moore was all right, Pierce Brosnan brought us hope that Tomorrow Never Dies. But the two who bored The Living Daylights out of us were Timothy Dalton and George Lazenby. Bond has disproved the title of one of his most famous screen adaptations, You Only Live Twice.

We know he is not for real but therein lies his charm. The Bond girls? Well, they are touched by the Man with the Golden Gun only to enter cinematic history, even if their roles are that of accessories to the Moonraker. The highest-earning Bond thriller saw the extraordinary transformation of the very ordinary Daniel Craig. Bond may have actually fallen in love for the first time in Casino Royale, but we can expect to see him back sooner rather than later in his chauvinistic avatar. Clearly, The World’s Not Enough.