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    A reluctant convert to James Bond

    Herman and I were in Cleveland with my Mom over the New  Year. We generally see a film while we are there and this year we saw Casino Royale at Herman’s insistence.  It stars Daniel Craig as James Bond and Judi Dench as “M.”

    I surprised myself by enjoying this picture. I had a pre-conceived idea that I would not like an action film and actually the action was what I liked least about it.  An actress named Eva Green plays Bond’s love interest. As Herman whispered to me towards the end of the film, the love interest traditionally either betrays Bond or gets killed. I’ll let you guys see for yourself what happens to Green.

    My mom was so dismayed at some of the violence that she actually walked out and waited for us outside in the lobby. Ironically, right after she walked out, the violence basically ceased.

    For Bond aficionados, you should know there were no long car chases, no technical gadgetry or easy fights for Bond to show off in. Also, he is not as flippant with wise cracks as previous Bonds tended to be. Not having been a Bond fan like Herman, I had little to compare it to. But I did think Craig played a great Bond. Even Herman said it was like the old Sean Connery style of movie that started the series.

    I looked on Google to see what else Eva Green has been in and there was nothing notable. But I have to say I really liked her in this role.

    One thing the movie writers and producers succeeded at was incorporating older themes and plots of the original book with Internet use and Texas Hold’em for a card game rather than more traditional games.

    My typical movie I enjoy is generally a romantic comedy or something very off-beat. The last film Herman and I went to see was The DaVinci Code which Herman looked forward to seeing after reading the book. I hated it, but possibly because I hadn’t read the book. It wasn’t my cup of tea. Herman also admitted it wasn’t well done, even for those who had read the book.

    So, for all you Bond fans from a non-Bond fan, I think it’s worth seeing.

    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com