Some of my favorite memories of growing up were watching television with my dad. We used to watch all kinds of sports, the occasional sitcome, a good WW2 movie. My favorite thing we used to watch were James Bond Films. You see long before there were 900 different cable channels, ABC used to show James Bond movies on Sunday nights. My father was (and still is) a big fan of the Bond films. He’d pour himself a martini and we’d all gather around the television as a family and watch a Bond film. “Goldfinger” was the first one I can remember watching with him. “Do you expect me to talk. No Mr. Bond, I expect you to die”. And from that moment on, I was hooked on Bond.
I have my favorites and not so favorites. I can tell you my 5 Favorite Bond films are
- ) Thunderball
- ) Goldfinger
- ) Skyfall
- ) Tomorrow Never Dies
- ) Casino Royale
It’s a great debate to have among people, along with who is your favorite Bond (Sean Connery followed by Pierce Brosnon). Much like your favorite Bond movies, there really is no wrong answer to that question.
If Thursday night is Martini Night in my world, then every other Friday night when Frankie comes for the weekend is James Bond Night. I started introducing them to Frankie last fall, and he loved them. First movie we ever saw together was “Goldfinger”, then we saw a couple of more. I decided that in the New Year (2013) we were going to watch them in the order they were released in (which is something that I have never actually done). We started with “Dr. No” and this weekend we will be watching “The Living Daylights” and “License to Kill”. It is one of my favorite traditions.
Frankie is such a fan of Bond, he has told me that he wants to go as James Bond for Halloween this year (I am not sure where I am going to get a white dinner jacket that small). On Saturday nights after he has dinner, we watch a Bond Film and he has his Root Beer in a Martini Glass (skaken, not stirred). He is a Bond fan, he will tell you what his favorite movie is (Goldfinger).
People have asked me as a parent, if I think it’s good that I watch James Bond movies with my son. The thing about Bond films is that there is no sex, no nudity, no swearing, no real graphic voilence. I’ve never gotten a call from his mother or school about it. So to answer the question, no I don’t think it’s a bad thing to watch James Bond movies with my son. It’s something that we do as father and son.
I live for Friday and Saturday nights with #5.
By the way, in case you wondered here are a couple more lists
My 5 least favorite Bond Films
- Diamonds are Forever
- Quantum of Solace
- License to Kill
- Die Another Day
My 5 favorite Bond themes
- Live and Let Die
- James Bond Theme (Dr. No)