What the Manolo Is…

Manolo says, it is the Tuesday, time to see what the Manolo is…

Reading…

Listening to…

Watching…

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, the young friend of the Manolo prevailed upon the Manolo to attend the screening of the new James Bond movie, Casino Royale.

Naturally, the Manolo had the low expectations.

Indeed, decades ago the Bond movies had become the formalized processions, as fixed in their parts and acts as the most solemn high mass, one that culminates in the miraculous, last-second transubstantiation of the earth-destroying bomb into the harmless object. (“Let us proclaim the mystery of Bond”).

And then there was the “acting”…the Manolo is still, decades later, scarred by the image of Roger Moore attempting to emote.

And so who would not be trepidatious.

Happily, the Manolo is able to report that the new James Bond movie is quite good, as is the new James Bond, the Daniel Craig. As the young friend of the Manolo said, the movie was “gritty”, which in this context is the very high praise.

6 Responses to “What the Manolo Is…”

  1. e November 29, 2006 at 8:02 am #

    I was surprised that there was so much ado about Craig being the new Bond. Having loved him in “Layer Cake,” and having a high level of regard for his rugged and craggy good looks, I thought he was the ideal choice for bucking the dark-haired, too-slick/too-quippy Bond stereotype. I loved his approach in this role, and I appreciated the lack of gadgets in the movie.

  2. pbird November 29, 2006 at 10:36 am #

    Eh? Gave me a headache.

  3. mrschip November 29, 2006 at 11:54 am #

    I loved this movie especially the wonderful performance from Daniel Craig. I found his love interest irritating in the extreme though. Even so, it was indeed gritty and real, playing happily on my own concerns about terrorism, etc. The action was great and I was so relieved there wasn’t a single laser satellite to be found.

    My favorite part: when he and the irritating love interest were in the restaurant after the card game. Were I not happily married to Mrchip….

  4. Rachel November 30, 2006 at 12:53 am #

    I haven’t seen it yet- and probably won’t since Bond was the ex’s type, not mine– but Daniel Craig reminds me of Steve McQueen, and that’s a good thing!

  5. beloml December 2, 2006 at 11:09 pm #

    Daniel Craig is also great in Archangel and Sword of Honour.

  6. Jay December 8, 2006 at 3:00 am #

    I loved how un-slick and rough he was. Hated the “I resign because I’m in love” bit. Yuck! The Bond he must never be mushy.