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He told someone that he thought smoking cigarettes was a "filthy habit" a quarter of a century ago, and yet still occasionally someone says they think he should still smoke.
What's worse, this former Bond Girl fell in love with him for real and very deeply, and that breaks her heart more, because she fell in love with Bond, but Bond just bedded her and leave, she thought that she and Bond would create a long lasting relationship after working together on a mission, but after bedding her, Bond left her and went back to England.
Now she wants revenge against Bond, she sent a bullet to MI6 carved with 007.
Think of it like The Man With The Golden Gun but with Paris Carver as the villain.
Just last mission with a cigar he demanded -- and you're gonna smoke it!
Maybe the next actor could be introduced lighting up for somebody else and saying "Lovely habit".
Agreed. Smoking is no longer aspirational, so it wouldn't work for Bond.
That all said, I don’t think Bond should be aspirational. Part of what I loved about discovering the books for the first time is that Bond is a lot less likable, and the Craig films have certainly leaned more into that. Ironically, that’s how Craig made Bond cool again, it’s just different from how the Cubby era tended to idolize Bond in a sense. Like how in OCTOPUSSY when Bond enters the office we get a shot of Moneypenny and Smallbone sighing as if they saw the most wonderful thing they ever saw. I get it, subtlety isn’t exactly in the cinematic lexicon of OCTOPUSSY, but that kind of bit would feel too silly in a contemporary film.
As a Gen-Z? If Bond smoking wouldn't work in today's world:
1. I do also liked Bond to reduce kissing different women, we've seen this in The Living Daylights maybe a one woman Bond could somehow work? But I'm having a feeling that the Producers would really likely to do this, no minor or secondary Bond Girls, only the main ones, we could something like Paloma, those who will never kiss or seduce Bond.
2. Then his drinking too, he could drink 3 shots, but that's the maximum, he should not be into the 'Booze' territory, I'm still wondering why Craig's Bond, despite of booze, never gets drunk or experiencing nausea or never have a liver problems. 😅
Bond generally stuck to one woman in the novels so that wouldn't bother me. I do think Bond needs to have some sort of vice. It's symptomatic of the toll the job takes on him and shows he's human. I think audiences are savvy enough to recognise that even a glamorous and heroic character like Bond is not worth imitating beyond the superficial.
What flavour? I think he'd be a Strawberry Jam type of guy.
I hope the series never reaches the point where Bond is limited to a prescribed number of kisses, sexual encounters, smokes, and drinks. I never lose sight of the fact that Bond is a fictional character. So I don't worry about his fictional lungs and fictional liver.
Honestly, there's plenty that can be done with those ideas, and arguably it'd be far more interesting exploring these traits with a modern version of Bond.