"Shaken, not stirred"
A certain British spy is the inspiration for this weeks t-shirt release.
James Bond (nicknamed Mr Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang by the Italian press) was created in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming, who featured him in twelve novels and two short-story collections. 007 made his big screen debut in the 1962 movie Dr No, starring Sean Connery as the titular character. Bond has been played by six actors (Connery, Moore, Lazenby, Dalton, Brosnan and Craig) and as of 2021 has appeared in 25 official Eon produced movies.
With such a long period of time some of the older movies and novels are hard on the eyes and ears of modern audiences with its attitudes towards women and out of date views. However, Bond is a British icon and provides pure escapism and fun.
The movies always brings a number of traditions with them including big theme songs winning 3 academy awards for best song, glamorous locations, cars, gadgets, style, fashion (some a bit dubious, we are looking at you Roger!), Bond girls and the all important barrel sequence.
I've always loved Bond and every actor brings something different to the table, my favorite Bond is always changing. I'm in a Roger Moore phase at the moment, his movies are always good for a bit of over the top silliness.
Roger Moore isn’t the best Bond but he’s the most fun. He’s also the most generous, willing to do anything to ensure everybody has a good time. Dress up as a clown? No problem. Be rescued by school girls? Of course. Drive a gondolier through the streets of Venice? If you must. If all the bonds were at a party the others would be a bit grumpy, whereas Roger instigates drinking games, performs magic tricks, starts up a conga line. Roger guffaws at all of your jokes, makes you laugh at his own slightly off-colour ones.
A couple of years ago I managed to get hold of them all on blu ray and ploughed my way through them all on a Bond-a-thon. Well you can partake on your own mission of watching them all including Daniel Craig's last outing as 007, as the entire catalogue of movies dropped on to Amazon Prime last weekend!!
So make a mug of hot chocolate or grab a martini and watch Roger run around dressed as a clown trying to disarm a nuclear bomb.
Our tee is a tribute to the classic gun barrel opening sequence from the world's most famous spy movies, grab yours here
Featured image: Eon productions/Amazon