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Bond Mots

  • Najib Benouar

Today in breaking Skyfall news: Daniel Craig divulges to the Washington Post, “I’m so camp in this one, I’ve gone quite far.” (Previously, all we had to go on was this photo.) And we’re not sure how we feel about it—lest you forget, he was cast as a grittier Bond in an effort to course-correct the franchise to better fall in line with the darker, less verbose Bournes and Batmans of the new millennium. And it’s been working for him quite well.

Nevertheless, the news reminded us of the Bond of yore: always at the ready with an innuendo-laced quip while dispatching a henchman or romancing the likes of Pussy Galore, Holly Goodhead or the fated-for-one-post-coital-pun Dr. Christmas Jones. It’s what’s defined Agent 007 for the better part of his film existence—meaning they’ve got a lot of material to lean on. So we dug up a possible sampling of what’s to come and distilled it down to...

These five choice James Bond zingers.

“Shocking, positively shocking.” The Scene: Goldfinger, 1964. James has just bested a would-be assassin by tossing a lamp into the tub of water he’s standing in.

“I think he got the point.” The Scene: Thunderball, 1965. While battling a villain on his yacht, James is saved by a love interest who shoots the villain with a spear gun.

“Sheer magnetism, darling.” The Scene: Live and Let Die, 1973. James has just used his magnetic watch to unzip a houseguest’s dress.

“Miss Anders... I didn’t recognize you with your clothes on.” The Scene: The Man with the Golden Gun, 1974. Classic James Bond.

“I thought Christmas only came once a year.” The Scene: The World Is Not Enough, 1999. James has just bedded the as-beautiful-as-she-is-smart nuclear scientist, Dr. Christmas Jones.

Ball is in your court, Mr. Craig.