In CASINO ROYALE, James Bond is the Bond girl. Look at the way they even show him emerging from the ocean like Ursula Andress. Sexual torture, too, if less creepy-glam than being stripped and painted gold. Vesper Lynd is Bond: never not in control, never without a plan, seducing to further her goals. She has to die so Bond can become her.
I’ve recently been watching the complete series, starting with Dr. No of course. I’ve made it as far as Her Majesty’s Secret Service so far, though I haven’t finished that one yet because it’s pretty dull and Lazenby reminds me too much of Larry Laffer. I’m trying not to pre-judge, but I worry the Moore years are going to feel as long as they were. I mean c’mon, he’s Alan Partridge’s favourite Bond.