Is James Bond Still Bond Without His Classic Lines?

Published 7 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 7:16 am,

daniel craig new quantum solace Is James Bond Still Bond Without His Classic Lines?While I’m still very excited about the upcoming James Bond flick Quantum of Solace, I was disappointed to hear that a couple of classic lines will be missing from the film. It’s being reported that this will be the first James Bond film in which our hero does NOT utter the introductory phrase:

“Bond. James Bond.”

Even in Casino Royale Daniel Craig said that line once.

Another line that will be missing is the famous “shaken, not stirred” when he orders his favorite drink – a martini.

Now remember I really loved Casino Royale, which gave a much-needed reboot to the Bond franchise. Daniel Craig is now my second favorite, behind Sean Connery. Even with Pierce Brosnan adding his furrowed brow and grim expression, the series was still a bit silly with the gadgets and silly leading lady names (and casting Halle Berry as one of them didn’t help, either).

So gone are the gadgets, Miss Moneypenney, and even “Q,” the fellow who provided Mr. Bond with all those outrageous toys.

But no “Bond. James Bond.”????

Is an agent of SPECTRE behind this?

Director Marc Forster told The Independent:

“There was a ‘Bond, James Bond’ in the script. There are several places where we shot it as well, but it never worked as we hoped. I just felt we should cut it out, and Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson [the film's producers] agreed, and Daniel [Craig, who plays Bond] agreed, too. It’s nice to be open-minded about the Bond formula. You can always go back to them later on.”

I’ll admit (shamefully) that I haven’t read a single Ian Fleming book, so I don’t know what the tone of the James Bond series is like in its original format. I understand that Casino Royale was actually much closer to the tone of the books than the campy films that the series morphed into.

Forster went on to add:

“His announcing of himself had become a bit corny. Casino Royale gets back to the spirit of the books, rather than all the silliness.”

I’m sorry, but books or no books, I disagree. That line wasn’t corny – it was cool and smooth as hell as far as I’m concerned. And with the martini thing, I noticed he didn’t specify how he wanted it made in the last film, but I was hoping to hear the line in this one.

On a happier note, Ain’t It Cool News has a bunch of new images from the movieĀ  (click on the image below to check them out). We also have a new poster for the film for you as well thanks to Coming Soon.

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Daniel Craig in Quantum of Solace

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Quantum of Solace poster featuring Daniel Craig & Olga Kurylenko

Like I said, I’m still extremely stoked for this film, but I’m saddened by the bits they’re leaving out. I hope they at least use the familiar theme music in this one since it was only heard in the closing seconds of the previous film.

I mean come on – leave us something.

Quantum of Solace opens on November 14.

Source: The Independent via Rope of Silicon

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  1. I’d love it if they(Just once) would change it to, “I’m James f*#’ing Bond”.
    But there goes the PG-13 rating. 8-)

  2. we can always have Sam J. come in after the credits and tell him just like stark: ” I am James M*&%^F*&%^* Bond!”

  3. I like 790′s idea. I think they can get away with one F-bomb.

    That also would certainly go along with the “Does it look like I give a damn” about the shaken or stirred thing from Casino Royale.

  4. I agree with 790, I’m sure they could get away with one F-bomb.

    And it would certainly fit right in with his new “does it look like I give a d@mn” when it comes to shaken or stirred.

  5. Yup, I’ve seen PG-13 films where they get away with ONE f-bomb.

    Then again, it wouldn’t be very James Bondian, now would it.


  6. I can see how neither line would make it into the movie. The introduction “Bond, James Bond,” essentially takes place at the beginning of the day that starts the second movie ( the very end of the first one– in the trailer with Bond coming up over the horizon on the far right he’s wearing the same suit and has the same weapon from the last scene of the first movie ).

    So he’d be just sort of repeating himself within a short period of time. And for the “Shaken, not stirred,” line; I wonder if he’ll ever even be in a situation to order a martini? The movie looks like Bond is still building his armour back to that sociopathic smoothtalker we all know and love.


  7. Well it depends on proper inflection, and the scene…

    If done right, it could get huges laughs. ;-)

  8. Good observations Rev, (how many times have you seen Casino Royale?). :-)
    Here’s the scenes I would like to see….

    Bar hostess/(behind desk, looks like supermodel)
    “reservations, sir?”

    Bond/(walking in under cover, looks irratated)
    “Glazer, Jack Glazer……”

    See its the same delivery but with an alias,,, clever huh?
    (Is that how you spell alias?)
    Then they could have this scene.
    Intro nightclub
    Bartender/(behind bar, looks metrosexual)
    “How would you like your martini sir?”

    Bond/(sitting in barstool, looks extreamly pissed)
    “Get me a beer!”

    That’s it, that’s the scene! He just mad dogs him and says “get me a beer..”. Is that genius or what ?

    8-) 8-) :-)

    Sure is a busy day at work ,,,

  9. As someone who has read all the Ian Fleming Bond books, I have to agree that Casino Royale did return to that darker, grittier feel. With very few exceptions, the books never gave Bond anything other than his gun and his attitude with which to get out of trouble. I found them better than the movies in many cases, though the movies were still highly entertaining.

    As for the lines lacking from this movie, I have no problem with that. If they don’t work with the tone of the scenes in which they were scripted to appear, then it’s better to ditch them. Nothing prevents them from making a return appearance in a future movie.

  10. First no Q and Moneypenny. Now no Bond. James Bond or Shaken not stirred? Come on, what’s next, no Bond girls? No Bond? LAME!

  11. Typically of the media, this story is b*ll*cks.

    The first movie that he DIDN’t say “Bond, James Bond” was Thunderball, followed by “You Only Live Twice”, so it’s the first time in 41 years that he hasn’t used the phrase.


  12. @M

    Despite your being snarky about it, thank you for the correction.


  13. @Vic

    Apologies if it seemed snarky, my criticism was aimed at the original story, not your post here.


  14. Mmmm I liked the way they handled that line in the first filme, it was a nice ending
    shame they don’t want to repeat that, it worked

  15. Its all about the story for me.
    I can live without the lines.

  16. @Gary

    Oh, of course – it just makes me a bit melancholy is all.


  17. No Bond, James bond is pure bull. Heck Bond doesnt even have to say it. Someone else could utter the line and I would be satisfied. I have been watching Bond movies since 1965 and that line is a tradition! I say Boycott this movie! No MoneyPenny, No Q, no gadgets! Lets not turn Bond into Bourne.

  18. People just don’t seem to realise that Connery only used the Bond, James Bond line in 1/2 of his EON films. He never said the line in From Russia With Love, THunderball or You Only Live Twice.

    Connery also only ordered his SNS Martini a couple of times. Moore never ordered it. Only Dalton and Brosnan had both lines in all their films.

  19. I remember Roger Moore saying, “Shaken Not Stirred” at least 2 times.
    Spy who Loved Me and MoonRaker…


  20. nope. Anya ordered his Martini for him in TSWLM and Manuela made one for him in MR. The women said it, but Moore never did.

  21. Damn,,! SmartAlec,,,
    Ok fine, I’m gonna purchase the “Spy Who Loved Me” Dvd and well see what’s up,,, :-)

    I don’t have it anywhooo, and its a good film…