The latest Bond, Daniel Craig, turns 45 today.

Born on the 2nd of March

Birthdays

of (from collage above) :-

Film Personalities

Jennifer Jones (1919-2009) star of The Song of Bernadette (1943), Desi Arnaz (1917-1986) of I Love Lucy (1951-1957) fame, Daniel Craig, Bryce Dallas Howard (Daughter of director Ron Howard, whose B’day was yesterday) of The Help (2011) and Ethan Peck (Grandson of actor Gregory Peck) from In Time (2011).

Author

John Irving (novelist/screenplay writer) of The Cider House Rules (1999).

Musicians

Chris Martin (of the band Coldplay) and rocker Jon Bon Jovi.

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I came across Daniel Craig back in the 1990’s when I watched Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth (1998) and I Dreamed of Africa (2000), but I didn’t know him back then, forgot such a person existed. I first really noticed him when I watched Road to Perdition (2002) a decade ago in Oslo. Soon, the following year, I saw a number of his films when I was residing in England, such as the television movie The Ice House (1997), and other big screen wonders shown on the small screen like Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998) and Enduring Love (2004). These last two movies, where in one he played Francis Bacon’s  lover & muse, and an object of an obsessive desire in the other, proved what a great actor he was. Soon I saw him in movies like Sylvia (2003), Munich (2005), Casino Royale (2006), Infamous (2006) and Defiance (2008). I think he is among the best actors today.

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Casino Royale (2006) came out when I was living in Sydney, 2006. I really wasn’t that keen on watching it, ’cause I hadn’t been a fan of the Bond series (post-90’s), which were dependant more on the special effects than the plot, and like most movies today it’s the CGI (Computer generated Imagery) that overpowers the movie, completely ruining it, worse when it’s added with a lot of pretty faces that can’t act. None of the Bond movies I’ve seen have been among the best movies ever made, so far I am concerned, but the 1990’s Pierce Brosnon ones were the worst ever. So December of 2006, during the height of a heaty summer down under, Casino Royale (2006) was released there. A flatmate of mine watched it and she loved it. Meanwhile the original Casino Royale (1967); dubbed the non-Bond Bond movie, starring David Niven (whose B’day was yesterday) and Peter Sellers (both playing Bond), Woody Allen playing the villain and a stellar cast of gorgeous fem fatale’s including Deborah Kerr, Ursula Andress and Jacqueline Bisset, to name a few; was shown on television. I wasn’t crazy about this comical version, even though some parts were genuinely hilarious, but some jokes were getting pretty stale and the movie seemed to drag on a bit. Thus it’s a Oky Doky movie, but worth checking out for a die hard Bond fan, and any movie buff. After all, it’s one of those not so great films that actually has some really good actors, thus making it watchable.

Anyway the following year I ended watching the new Casino Royale (2006), loved it, except for the first two long unnecessary chases. To me the movie started, just before Eva Green’s entrance, where M (Judi Dench) tells Bond about the poker game. And last year I read Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, the novel. Neither movies are anything like the book. But I do love the newer Casino Royale (2006).

Note: Lana Wood, child star of the 50’s, whose B’day way yesterday as well, was a Bond girl as well. She appeared Diamonds Are Forever (1971) with the original Bond, Sean Connery.

Nuwan Sen’s Film Sense

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