|Posted by Gurning Chimp on August 12, 2012 at 5:50 PM|
George 'Ow my foot!' Lazenby was interviewed this week, and on the subject of the Craig films, he had this to say.
"He's a fantastic actor, but [his movies] are more violent, aren't they? It's the way our society has gone,You can't have someone who's got feelings now. Bond has to be able to shoot someone now and kiss a girl three minutes later. When I did it, it had more heart. There's no heart to the new Bond."
That got me thinking, although the James Bond films have taken a more gritty turn, have they really lost their heart?
Well I think we should start by going through the quote sentence by sentence.
"He's a fantastic actor, but [his movies] are more violent, aren't they?"
I agree with Daniel Craig being a fantastic actor (probably the best technically so far) but I don't agree with the new Bond films being more violent. Sure the fistfights can be brutal, but the overall violence is not as bad as previous entries. Wasn't it On Her Majesty's Secret Service that had a guy fall into a snow machine, having his innards sprayed all over the fresh Alpine snow? I doubt that's as violent as someone being shot in the eye with a nailgun bloodlessy!
"You can't have someone who's got feelings now. Bond has to be able to shoot someone now and kiss a girl three minutes later."
I think you may have missed the part of the Craig films where Bond falls in love with Vesper, watches her die, is clearly affected by this, and swears revenge on whoever made her commit suicide there George. Just because he didn't visibly cry doesn't make him a machine. Are you going to say that about the other Bond's too? Or is this an attempt to hold an olive branch to Brozza after you insulted him for being too feminine?
"When I did it, it had more heart. There's no heart to the new Bond."
Oh really? As far as I'm concerned, the amount of heart in a film is dependent on the cast and crew, there was a lot of heart in OHMSS sure, but it was mostly from Peter Hunt and your co-stars. Your off-screen antics, growing a beard when told not to, trashing the film, insulting the director and refusing to talk to him and being a complete douchebag doesn't exactly tell me that you put heart into that film! As far as I can see there's a lot more bloody heart in Craig's films than there has been since the Moore era! Hell there was so much heart put into Quantum that Daniel Craig and Marc Forster worked on the script during the writers strike! I'd have loved to have seen you and Peter Hunt forced to do that!
'Having heart' and being gritty and realistic are not mutually exclusive, you can do both as a lot of current films are proving (particularly the Nolan Batman films, there's clearly a lot of heart in those!) and I'm finding myself agreeing with Pierce Brosnan's description of Lazenby as a 'pissed off Aussie'. If even Roger Moore, the most light hearted Bond, can find heart and enjoyment in the new films, I'm pretty sure anyone can. This just sounds like sour grapes from Mr. Lazenby once again.