Everything Skyfall and New Rolling Stones
11/9/2012 3:00:00 PM
THE ROLLING STONES have released a new song called "One More Shot". It's the second of two new songs from their greatest hits box set "GRRR!", which hits stores this coming Tuesday.
Daniel Craig returns as 007 for the third time in the 23rd James Bond movie, where the identities of all the undercover MI6 agents have been compromised. Judi Dench is back as his boss, M, and a young guy named Ben Whishaw joins the cast as Q.
Your Bond girl for this one is Naomie Harris, who was the voodoo chick with dreadlocks in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies. Ralph Fiennes is also in it, and the blond villain is played with a slight homoerotic edge by Javier Bardem.
The film comes out today but there's already been much discussion of the so-called "homoerotic interrogation scene" between DANIEL CRAIG'S Bond and the villain, Silva, played by JAVIER BARDEM. In the scene, Silva is holding Bond captive, and he starts FLIRTING with him. And Bond says, quote, "What makes you think this is my first time?"
Screenwriter John Logan . . . who's gay, by the way . . . says Bond is NOT bisexual. So what's the deal with this scene? Here's how he explains it . . . "[Director Sam Mendes] and I were discussing, there were so many scenes where Bond goes mano-a-mano with the villain, whether it's Dr. No or Goldfinger or whatever, and there’s been so many ways to do a cat-and-mouse and intimidate Bond.
"And we thought, what would truly make the audience uncomfortable is sexual intimidation; playing the sort of homoerotic card that is sort of always there subtextually with characters like Scaramanga in 'Man With the Golden Gun' or 'Dr. No'. "So we just decided that we should play the card and enjoy it."
Meanwhile, Bardem says it's not clear if Silva is gay . . . quote, "You could read it that way. That option was there in the script. The word that [Mendes] kept using was 'uncomfortableness'. "Beyond the sexuality, he wanted it to feel like you don't know if Silva's joking or not."
This is actually the 24th Bond movie, if you count Sean Connery in the "Thunderball" remake "Never Say Never Again" . . . which you SHOULD count, since it's better than a lot of the crappy Roger Moore Bonds…and 25th movie if you cound Woody Allen in "Casino Royale"…which you shouldn’t because it’s a parody.
Here are the Top Plot Twists in "Skyfall"
Bond refuses to take a woman to bed because they haven't dated long enough and he doesn't have any condoms.
007 finds out that due to a clerical error, he never had a valid license to kill . . . and gets charged with 279 counts of first-degree murder.
Mike Myers shows up in his Austin Powers outfit, screams "Yeah, baby!" and is immediately gunned down by everyone in sight.
007 fakes his own death to get out of the myriad of paternity suits that come with 50 years of unprotected sex.
Bond wakes up, realizes it was all a dream, and gets ready for the morning shift at Dunkin Donuts.
Halfway through the movie, Disney steps in and buys the franchise.
The villain skips the long speech and just shoots Bond in the face.
007 moves to Colorado and changes his name to James BONG.
Speaking of changing names, check out the pic of the lady on today’s blog. I don't know if this woman did this as a stunt for the new James Bond movie, or just because she's a LUNATIC.
There's a 28-year-old woman in England named Emma-Louise Hodges, who supposedly wanted some of the ALLURE of the Bond girls to rub off on her. So she legally changed her name . . . to include 14 Bond girls.
Her new name is: Pussy Galore Honey Rider Solitaire Plenty O'Toole May Day Xenia Onatopp Holly Goodhead Tiffany Case Kissy Suzuki Mary Goodnight Jinx Johnson Octopussy Domino Moneypenny.
Technically that's 13 Bond girls and Miss Moneypenny, the secretary, but she's kind of an adjacent Bond girl so it counts. She plans to go by "Miss Moneypenny" because, quote, "Ultimately, I'm a good down-to-Earth girl."
In honor of "Skyfall", the website TooFab.com has put together a photo gallery of 50 years of Bond Girls . . . then and now. It starts back in 1962, with URSULA ANDRESS as Honey Ryder in "Dr. No", and ends with GEMMA ARTERTON and OLGA KURYLENKO from the last installment, 2008's "Quantum of Solace". See it HERE.
DANIEL CRAIG is signed on to do two more Bond flicks. He tells "Rolling Stone" that he actually REGRETS that. He says, quote, "I've been trying to get out of this from the very moment I got into it. But they won't let me go, and I've agreed to do a couple more. But let's see how this one does, because business is business and if the [crap] goes down, I've got a contract that somebody will happily wipe their ass with."
I enjoy him in the role, so having him say that adds a bit of doom and gloom to today.
And so, we end today’s blog with the OTHER new Stones song, “Doom and Gloom.”