Monday, April 21, 2008

The Art of Bond, James Bond

The Imperial War Museum in London is commemorating Ian Fleming (5/28/1908-8/12/1964) and James Bond, his abiding cultural creation, through March 1st, 2009. More is revealed at their website:

From a very young age, I've been an avid Bond fan. It's no understatement in affirming that Sean Connery's Bond films from the 1960s helped shape my entire worldview.* Part of me delights in international affairs, existential thrills, swanky situations, and last minute escapes! Let's not forget laconic witticisms, stunning visuals and crescendo theme music. . . . .
*(yes, diverse multitudes within, yadda yadda hey).

Once in London, the Imperial War Museum really is well worth checking out. I spent a fair amount of time exploring its exhibitions in the 1980s and right after the (First) Gulf War. Spectacular collection.

Today's Rune: Fertility.


Sidney said...

I love Bond. I remember a lot of the Bond references from the '60s though it was really the '70s when I started going to the films and it seemed like an eternity between Man With the Golden Gun and the Spy Who Loved me. Good stuff all around.

the walking man said...

My father always chose the Sunday night movie, we went to to get us out of the house as my mother cleaned. Yes every bond film of the day we saw, at its first release.

No further comment on its effect on my world view other than to say I do not watch Bond films now.



Charles Gramlich said...

I enjoyed most of the Sean Connery films but really lost interest in the deepness of the stories with Roger Moore. They were fun and rompy but much like popcorn to me.

Lana Gramlich said...

I was a Bond fan as a kid. I'm not sure what happened, but after Roger Moore I just kind of stopped watching. The Art of Bond looks cool, though!