"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).