I was thinking about how I felt about Bond when I was first introduced to the films at around 11 years of age. It was an incredible experience - wish fulfilment for wishes that I didn't even know that I had!
But I just remembered something that made me smile. I discovered that not only were there more Bond films (I started out with a Bond double header of GF/DAF on TV on afternoon) but there were BOOKS as well! So I went to the library and was amazed that there were several books. Because they were "grown-up" books I just got two as I figured they would take a while to read, even though I was a voracious reader. So I got Goldfinger and then Dr. No, the latter because it was the "first film"!
So I got home and started to read Goldfinger. Puzzlement changed to frustration - where were the laser beams, the gadgets, the...fun? I tried Dr. No and I thought it was even worse. Dejected, I put these boring books away and thanked god that they people who made the films knew more about Bond than this Fleming loser! Ah, to be 11 again.
When I was 18 I got a job in a bookstore and we got in a new printing of Bond books with (at the time) fancy new covers. I thought what the hell, I'll try one of these because maybe they were a little too advanced for me at 11. So I got Casino Royale and...loved it. I burned through the whole series of books in an incredibly short time and was hooked. I was a little ashamed that it took me so long to get into the books but I cut myself some slack as I was 11...
So what of the rest of you? What was your biggest change in opinion regarding anything to do with Bond? I have another entry (regarding the films) but I'll save that for later.