James Bond: it’s a generational thing.

I got my pass to the sneak preview of Quantum of Solace today. I asked my dad if he wanted to come see it with me. He said yes, definitely. He took me to see my first James Bond movie, For Your Eyes Only (1981), shortly after I turned 11 — and we have seen most, if not all, of the James Bond films together since then. Once again, it floors me to think that the first film in the series, Dr. No (1962), came out when my dad was 16. I wonder how many movie franchises that began when I was a teenager will still be kicking around when I’m a grandfather. And I wonder if they’ll still be cranking out new James Bond movies when my eldest son, who is currently almost 2 years and 9 months old, turns 11.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • http://vjmorton.wordpress.com Victor

    The first James Bond film I saw was at age 8, going to the theater with an aunt and my 6-year-old sister to see THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN, which had a theme song by Glaswegian singer Lulu that I recall liking better than the movie. (I haven’t rewatched the film in … gawd … nearly 35 years.)

    It the second of the Roger Moore Bonds but I had no sense at the time that the character had a history and had been played by other actors. What I mostly remember was the little short guy with the funny voice, and the absurd gentility of inviting Bond to your island before you shoot him — “I’ll give you 10 bullets; I only need one.” I was already thinking like Scott Evil.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13544967248318754948 Ramp Rat

    My first James Bond film, at the theater and on my own, was also The Man With the Golden Gun, and still has a special place in my heart.

    I had seen a few earlier Bond films on ABC when I was around 10 years old, and of course we had all the toys!

    I still would like to visit the South China Sea area.