Entering the movie, a movie I've waited two years to see.

The Awesomeness that is Bond Day

For about the past 30 years—or ever since I got my driver’s license—my best friend Jason Scott and I have attended the opening of the new James Bond movie together.

This has entailed our playing hooky many times—from school, jobs, girlfriends and wives.

Welcome to the awesomeness that is Bond Day.

 

121fb2400775426f114569115461fb7dOf course, like the Olympic games in wartime, there have been a few years when we’ve been unable to celebrate Bond Day together, and on those occasions I’ve gone to the opening alone or with another friend.

(In 1989—a dark time for us Bond fans—I went to the opening of Licence to Kill with friend Paul Meyer, and our train broke down in the South Bronx. I explained to the conductor that we were trying to get to the new Bond film and, unbelievable as it might sound, he opened the doors for us. We jumped off the train, crossed the tracks and ended up running through the South Bronx—I in a pink Oxford shirt and a faux Rolex dangling from my wrist—to find a subway, while Bronx kids eyed us menacingly from doorsteps. The movie on that Bond Day was horrible, but the day itself was memorable.)

Today, Friday, November 6, 2015, was another great Bond Day. But the celebration actually began yesterday, on Bond Day Eve…

 

Bond Day Eve starts out with shooting at the range with my friend Bob Hanaburgh. Here I'm shooting Dakota's gun—a Sig Sauer P226—incidentally the same gun Bond uses in part of SPECTRE.

Bond Day Eve starts out with shooting at the range with my friend Bob Hanaburgh. Here I’m shooting Dakota’s gun—a Sig Sauer P226—incidentally the same gun Bond uses in part of SPECTRE.

 

As an homage to the golf scene in GOLDFINGER, I play a round of golf.

As an homage to the golf scene in GOLDFINGER, I cap off Bond Day Eve with a round of golf.

 

BOND DAY. In the early morning, I get in some writing on my own hero, Dakota Stevens.

BOND DAY. In the early morning, I get in some writing on my own hero, Dakota Stevens.

 

I spend a few minutes re-reading the passage from the novel GOLDFINGER that made me want to become a writer in the first place.

I spend a few minutes re-reading the passage from the novel GOLDFINGER that made me want to become a writer in the first place:

“Bond motored comfortably along the Loire in the early summer sunshine. This was one of his favourite corners of the world. In May, with the fruit trees burning white and the soft wide rivers still big with the winter rains, the valley was green and young and dressed for love…”

 

In celebration of Bond Day, I head out to pick up Jason by driving on the left side of the road. (Just kidding. This photo was taken by Alexas when I was driving us through Scotland in Sept. 2013.)

In celebration of Bond Day, I head out to pick up Jason by driving on the left side of the road. (Just kidding. This photo was taken by Alexas when I was driving us through Scotland in Sept. 2013.)

 

Jay and I enjoy a full English breakfast.

Jay and I enjoy a big breakfast.

 

It wouldn't be Bond Day without some fast driving. Jason forgot the tickets, so I had to put the hammer down to make it to the theater.

It wouldn’t be Bond Day without some fast driving. Jason forgot the tickets, so I had to put the hammer down to make it to the theater.

 

We arrive at the palace (theater).

We arrive at the palace (theater).

 

Entering the movie, a movie I've waited two years to see.

Entering the movie, a movie I’ve waited two years to see.

 

So, how was SPECTRE? Marvelous. It is the best Daniel Craig Bond film since Casino Royale, and in some respects it’s superior. Just as I predicted, Christoph Waltz gives the most layered and captivating portrayal of a Bond villain that I’ve ever seen. The locations are varied and unique. The cinematography is exquisite. And a fight scene in the movie—in my considered opinion—is the best in the Bond canon:

TOP 5 BOND FIGHT SCENES: 1. Daniel Craig vs. Mr. Hinx (on a train) in SPECTRE; 2. Sean Connery vs. Red Grant (also on a train) in From Russia with Love; 3. Sean Connery vs. Colonel Jacques Bouvar (dressed as a woman) in Thunderball; 4. Sean Connery vs. the assassin in the teaser of Goldfinger; 5. Daniel Craig vs. the machete-wielding African thugs in Casino Royale.

There’s a lot more I could say about SPECTRE and how great it is, but I don’t want to ruin the movie for you. I’m going to see it again next week.

And now I look forward to Bond Day 2017.

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By Chris Orcutt

Writer — The Dakota Stevens Mystery Series, Short fiction, Plays — Editor & Speechwriter for Hire — Avid Golfer, Chess Player & Awesome Wood-Splitter — Twitter: @chrisorcutt

Comments (2)

  1. Paul November 7, 2015 at 3:26 am

    Ah yes. Jason Scott, the inestimable curator of everything ASCII. I nearly went blind searching out tidbits on that green and black website, all in the name of nostalgia and sometimes nefarious objectives. Makes me wonder how we survived CRT’s with our eyesight intact. If I had your address, I would send you and Alexis a case of Idaho Merlot made from Sunny Slope grapes, so that you would know what the sun tastes like. Trust me, it’s far superior to Napa Valley. That offer is always open, Chris, and I have wanted to do that for years now. New York has relaxed its sphincter and now allows alcohol shipments from other states, which wasn’t the case when we first made acquaintance.

    On a personal level, I am no longer a newspaperman after 21 years. I am now a designer and the production manager of a sign shop and making three times what I used to. And having the time of my life. Which is sad. Newspapers were everything to me, my entire professional life, but the corporate rut got VERY deep. Under the circumstances, it’s hard to miss, as the sign game is just so much fun and pays very well. Ink is ink, which I am sure you understand. But I now deal in paint, vinyl, wood, neon… you name it. The creativity and challenges are never ending. I even design and cut paint masks for private airplanes now, so my own sickness flies through the air in graphic display. The one thing that I have not done is design a cover for one of your novels.

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