Wednesday, October 04, 2006

"What a drag!"

James Bond actor Daniel Craig is not allowed to smoke in the new Bond film. The new 007 is furious with movie bosses who decided to cut out smoking scenes because they don’t want to send the message that smoking is cool to young Bond fans. Craig told Parade magazine: “I can blow off someone’s head at close range and splatter blood, but I can’t light a good Cuban cigar.”
Political correctness makes me barf. I'm all for toning down the decadence in our popular culture; personally, in most instances, I think inserting the "eff"-word into an otherwise PG-13 movie is totally unecessary and can ruin its audience potential. Why do it?

So, James Bond can have a license to kill anyone who so much as looks at him wrong, drinks, gambles, and then drives off after the bad guys (must explain the crazy car chases) in whatever vehicle is at hand- (especially if it doesn't belong to him), and sluts around like a male Paris Hilton (is there any venereal disease he doesn't have?)....but he's not allowed to smoke a cigar? Because that would be bad role-modeling?!? How gay is this?

Can you imagine Clint Eastwood's "Man-with-No-Name" staring down the bad and the uglies without chewing and spitting out the end of his cigar? How uncool would that look?! Let's not go there.

...Sherlock Holmes solving mysteries and biting on his fingernail instead of biting down on the bit of his pipe while saying "It's elementary, my dear Watson"? How mystifying would that be?!

...Or for Tolkien fans, Gandalf or Bilbo without being able to enjoy a "good, full pipe"? Unrealistic!!!

Now this....this is cool (and notice how the cigar helps make the scene?):

(The first photo, btw, is a double entendre).


Blogger atheling2 said...

"Idolatry is committed, not merely by setting up false gods, but also by setting up false devils; by making men afraid of war or alcohol, or economic law, when they should be afraid of spiritual corruption and cowardice."

GK Chesterton

Wednesday, October 04, 2006 11:42:00 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

GK Chesterton also said: "To have a horror of tobacco is not to have an abstract standard of right; but exactly the opposite. It is to have no standard of right whatever; and to make certain local likes and dislikes as a substitute." He was an interesting man!

I have always detested James Bond movies for the very reason you stated: he's a glorified male whore! Also, his derring-do is just a bit too overdone for my taste. But even I find it really stupid to not let him be shown smoking while at the same time he blows people away without batting an eye, and has indiscriminate sex with people who have names like "Pussy Galore!" Hollyweird is becoming even weirder!

BTW: I went to the link and watched both videos. Quite an eye-opener, that!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006 4:52:00 PM  
Blogger atheling2 said...

Hi Gayle,

Yes, Chesterton was a genius!

Bond never interested me either. Boring. Silly.

Another example of Western civilization's decadence.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006 4:58:00 PM  
Blogger Skye said...

Great post as usual, Word.

Way, Way, Way O/T:

I had the opportunity to hang out with The City Troll and Grizzly Mama at a meet & greet for invitied international guests to Philadelphia.

Oh yeah, I also had my pic taken with a palestinian terrorist.

Quite a night!

Yes, I will be blogging about it tommorrow :)

Just thought I'd share!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006 7:40:00 PM  
Blogger Mike's America said...

Well Bond could just do a Clinton with his cigar....insert, but don't inhale.

I don't remember the last time any James Bond smoked.

P.S. Skye: I hope you didn;'t give that Pally your home address. Wouldn't want you to end up in a white slave ring in Gaza.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006 8:45:00 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Isn't the terrorist a former PLO terrorist that has a book out? LOL.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006 8:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anna said...

Not a James Bond fan, either, but it's idiotic about the smoking. It's a part of the character.

Just as stupid when Hollywood went PC about smoking and segregation in the movie "Pearl Harbor"! Just about everyone smoked during the 40s and blacks and whites did NOT serve on any equal footing during WWII...that was unheard of!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006 10:02:00 PM  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Political correctness is making me barf too!! Its amazing what its okay to do but you can't smoke--aaahhhhhhhh!!! And since the smoking nazis have made their mark now we are having the food nazis starting in. Did you know that in NY city & soon in Chicago restaurants aren't going to be allowed to use saturated fats? So no one will be allowed to eat french fries in those cities. Sheesh!! Socialism is creeping in.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006 11:01:00 PM  
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Wednesday, October 04, 2006 11:01:00 PM  
Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

hey Word..the pics wouldnt download but the post is thought provoking.While I admire their desire to cultivate better role models all u say is true.........who decides what is morally repugnant?..Hollyweird?..I dont think so! :)

Thursday, October 05, 2006 6:26:00 PM  

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