Why James Bond fans in Mumbai love watching 007 on screen
Why watch a man in a sharp suit beat up goons and seduce women, over and over? Mumbai Bond fans have the answer
The twenty-fourth James Bond film, Spectre, is the most expensive of all, made at an estimated $245 million. Never mind mixed reviews, or, the fact that some critics have called it the worst Bond film of all time, fans are dizzy with excitement to watch the world’s best known spy again.
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Daniel Craig and Monica Bellucci in Spectre
Cyrus Xerxes Gordon, 28, management professional
Favourite Bond: Pierce Brosnan. Daniel Craig is good too, with his poker face.
Bond babe: Eva Green in Casino Royale, for her mix of intelligence and wit.
Lovin’ it baby: The car chases and action give me a high. I also love the suits and gadgets.
Gurudutt Kamath, 57, French translator
Favourite Bond: Pierce Brosnan.
Bond babe: Moneypenny. The flirting between Bond and Moneypenny was interesting.
Lovin’ it baby: Humour and the quips. The gadgets are fun. I will wear a faux turtle-neck Bond T-shirt when I catch the film.
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Ivana Pereira, 19, Fashion design student
Favourite Bond: Daniel Craig. Great body; I love the scenes where he takes off his shirt.
Bond babe: Famke Janssen who played Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye. Looked very sexy in black gown.
Lovin’ it baby: Style and sexiness. Love watching Daniel Craig and the women around him.
Renshaw D’souza, 23, Merchant Navy cadet
Favourite Bond: Daniel Craig. He has brought a new personality to the character. More realistic compared to Pierce Brosnan.
Bond babe: Eva Green. She could play the sexy siren and the action babe.
Lovin’ it baby: A true action film in Hollywood is personified by this franchise.
Yvonne Correa, 40, Homemaker
Favourite Bond: Roger Moore for his blue eyes, his killer smile and sexy voice.
Bond babe: Too busy ogling at Bond, so have not noticed the girls.
Lovin’ it baby: The mix of action and romance. Hi-octane twists and turns get my adrenalin pumping.
Altaf Ladiwala, 47, Businessman
Favourite Bond: Roger Moore. He had mischief dancing in his eyes.
Bond babe: Ursula Andress. She had a sexy figure that could upset any man.
Lovin’ it baby: Bond movies have that certain magic and charisma to offer you instant nirvana at Rs 250 a ticket.
He brought ruthless charm with his dimple, which some cheekily say, is as deep as a Mumbai pothole. He immortalised the “shaken not stirred” line.
>> 1962: Dr No
>> 1963: From Russia With Love
>> 1964: Goldfinger
>> 1965: Thunderball
>> 1967: You Only Live Twice
>> 1971: Diamonds Are Forever
>> 1983: Never Say Never Again
He gets: 8/10
This Australian once sold cars for a living. Lazenby has actually said that the film was a big mistake. The audience thought he was a mistake too and maybe, he could have continued with that car selling job, as the Internet ratings show. He was the worst Bond Ever. Hmmm... 007... so really heaven.
>> 1969: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
He gets: 5/10
As sharp as a Saville Row suit, Moore said his two former wives battered him. He was hit with a teapot, and, later whacked with a guitar on the head.
>> 1973: Live and Let Die
>> 1974: The Man With The Golden Gun
>> 1977: The Spy Who Loved Me
>> 1979: Moonraker
>> 1981: For Your Eyes Only
>> 1983: Octopussy
>> 1985: A View To A Kill
He gets: 7/10
After Moore’s smoothness, Timothy Dalton’s rugged allure was a contrast. Fans of the car, Aston Martin (with skis on wheels), outnumbered Dalton’s fans.
>> 1987: The Living Daylights
>> 1989: License to Kill
He gets: 6/10
He wore a dinner jacket with debonair flair. Yet, when the creases on his face outnumbered those on his tuxedo, he knew his ‘license to kill’ had expired. He is Pierce-ly fierce-ly missed.
>> 1995: Golden Eye
>> 1997: Tomorrow Never Dies
>> 1999: The World Is Not Enough
>> 2002: Die Another Day
He gets: 8.5/10
With a body like that, Craig has been honest enough to say that he is done playing Bond. The point though is, has the audience had enough of him?
>> 2006: Casino Royale
>> 2008: Quantum of Solace
>> 2012: Skyfall
>> 2015: Spectre
He gets: 7.5/10