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Sunday, November 16, 2008/11:39 PM

Born to be a Bond Girl

Hello, my name is Ielle and i have been a bond-oholic for 28 (although possibly 31 if you count my early childhood and the womb) years.

My mother raised me on James Bond. For as long as I can remember, I have watched Sean Connery, Roger Moore, George Lazernby (told you i was hardcore), Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan run across the silver screen sipping martinis, bedding the ladies and foiling villains with a propensity for dramatics.

With that said, it was only obvious that when the franchise picked up and reformulated once again, presenting me with Daniel Craig, I was there. Casino Royale completely and utterly took me in. Finally i was being offered a Bond that intrigued me as both a writer and an adult. Certainly I have a lot of sentimental love for the past Bond flicks (although the Roger Moore years i like to list along side Peter Sellers' Casino Royale, as practically comedy). I can even embrace George Lazernby's horrible "Her Majesty's Secret Service" (but that's because I'm a die hard Emma Peel fan... another story for another day). Yet here was a Blond bond who was asking me to watch the character drastically change. We were starting at the beginning with a newer double-oh. A man who is a bit unhinged and wild. A man who is finding his way.

Anyway cut ahead to today, when I went to see Quantum of Solace. In simple terms, the hits keep coming. Literally. I have NEVER seen Bond so beat up in any film. This man takes a licking and just keeps on getting angry. I don't want to do a full review (i hate spoilers) but i will say this: If you have not seen Casino Royale, rent that first. Quantum will make NO sense to anyone who doesn't know the deal between Bond and Vespa. Some would argue that this makes for a poor story (one which is not self contained). I, however, disagree. To me the experience was much more personal. i was able to watch a previously very flat character come to life.

So my grade? A (if you've see Casino Royale) B+ (if you have not as it will be harder to follow)

Good luck and enjoy (btw that IS a pic of me above in a lovely evening gown, being the best Bond gal i can be lol)

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