Who doesn't love James Bond?  He's smart.  He's sexy.  He's merciless.  He's just an all-around cool guy!  Ian Fleming, the man behind the man (teehee), would have celebrated his birthday today, May 28th, were it not for his death several decades ago.  Fleming remains one of England's most popular authors, and Bond has appeared in numerous films based on Fleming's original novels.

You're a suave, suave man, Mr. Fleming.

You're a suave, suave man, Mr. Fleming.

When it comes to the Bond films, I'm definitely more of a modernist than a traditionalist.  The older films with Sean Connery and Roger Moore and those other guys are a little unpalatable, I think. Kind of like the earlier Harry Potter movies: it took them awhile to move past all the cheesiness and really hit their stride.  I think you'll agree.
BUT DANIEL CRAIG. OH LORDY-LOU. He. Is. The. Absolute. Dreamiest.  I would watch him in any role.  And speaking of Harry Potter, they should really think about re-shooting the movies with Craig as Voldemort.  And also find more opportunities for Voldemort to be shirtless.  Because let's face it, evil is seductive, but I just don't feel drawn to Voldemort in his current iteration.
The definition of dreamy.

The definition of dreamy.

 But on the subject of James Bond (Sorry, Mr. Fleming. I might have gotten slightly off topic there.) I firmly believe that we are currently living in the Golden Age of Bond films.  Better acting, better effects, better storylines (sort of).  More shirtlessness.  And the newer movies also do a much better job of featuring foreign locales: windswept deserts in Morocco, glittering skyscrapers in Shanghai.  All that good stuff.
Besides the Bond books, Fleming also wrote a children's novel shortly before his death, Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang, which was made into a movie several years after its literary release.  I've seen that movie quite a few times and I had no idea he wrote the book!  Connecting the dots.  I love it.  Also, one more fun fact: Fleming had a son named Caspar.  CASPAR.  I wasn't even aware that was a real name for human beings, but it just goes to show!
Recent photo of Fleming's son.  Those close to the family describe him as "pale" and "friendly."

Recent photo of Fleming's son. Those close to the family describe him as "pale" and "friendly."

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So, what do you think?