Judging James Bond

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Remarkably, James Bond is back in the movie theaters and headlines. "Casino Royale," with the new "blonde Bond," Daniel Craig, opened over the weekend with a $40 million US box office.

The new Bond may look like Vladimir Putin on steroids, but he pulls off the greatest Bond trick of all — keeping Ian Fleming's 1950's Cold War super-spy hip, relevant and alluring for audiences right now.

Most film heroes go the way of Davy Crockett, Sherlock Holmes, Shaft and Rambo. Not Bond — James Bond.

This hour on Point: He's brutal and he's back, again. We'll look at the many faces and morphing masculinity of James Bond.


Chris Kaltenbach, Movie Critic for the Baltimore Sun;
Toby Miller, Director of the Program in Film and Visual Culture and professor of sociology and English at the University of California, Riverside;
Maryam D'Abo. She starred as Kara Milovy in the 1987 movie "The Living Daylights" opposite Timothy Dalton. She is the author of the book "Bond Girls Are Forever."

This program aired on November 20, 2006.


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