February 22, 2006

It Just Keeps Getting Better

While I shouldn't judge, because I can't drive a stick, either---and am generally of the belief that if God gave someone the impetus to invent the automatic transmission, it would be a shame not to use it---it nonetheless would seem as if that's pretty basic goddamned information for James Bond to know---or, as in this case, anyone playing James Bond.

{...}The latest hitch on the set of "Casino Royale," the new 007 flick, reportedly occurred when the star revealed he couldn't drive the super-suave superspy's trademark Aston Martin. Craig, 37, found himself shaken, not stirred, when he was confronted with a manual gearshift instead of an automatic, British newspapers said today.{...}

I mean, honestly. Every single Bond film has an extended car chase sequence in it. Every single Bond film shows Bond driving. And every single Bond car has a manual transmission. Where, exactly, did Daniel Craig get the idea that Bond would suddenly be driving a automatic? Particularly since Aston Martin's are hand built and the Vanquish model, which was the last Bond car in Die Another Day, does not have an option for an automatic transmission?

Well, there's no denying it now: he's The Pussy Bond (TM). Any leeway I ws prepared to grant him because of Layer Cake is now gone. Ghandi. Poof. Disappeared into the ether.

{Hat tip: Chrissy}

Posted by Kathy at February 22, 2006 10:14 AM | TrackBack

P.B. doesn't stand for peanut butter any more!!


; )

Posted by: Chrissy at February 22, 2006 10:35 AM

"[I]f God gave someone the impetus to invent the automatic transmission, it would be a shame not to use it."

Infidel! Once you've driven stick, you'll never go back. (And no smart-ass Freudian analysis, please.)

Posted by: Robbo the Llama Butcher at February 22, 2006 11:01 AM

No, no smart ass Freudian analysis, just the admission that I'm not coordinated enough to drive a stick. I understand the theory behind the manual transmission, and I know what should be pressed when, but I can't quite get the various body parts to do what's necessary.

Posted by: Kathy at February 22, 2006 01:36 PM

It's a pity that their first choice for Bond couldn't get out of his commitments in order to replace Brosnan in Casino Royale, but you have to admire his willingness to keep his word. If not for his "every-Thursday" gig at Anaheim Fire Station's bingo & carnival festival, Pauly Shore could have been a great Bond.

Well, if "great" is defined as "better than Daniel Craig", then he COULD have been great. The only problem I see is finding a suitable sidekick role for Steven Baldwin. He couldn't be Q, since that role would require some gravitas, and the "Bond Girl" role would be out, unless they're going to rename it "Brokeback Bond". Felix Leiter maybe?

Posted by: Russ from Winterset at February 22, 2006 06:31 PM
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