Shaken, Not Stirred

My love of Bond movies goes way back.  I remember staying up late at my grandparents house when I was little and watching my first Bond movie on TV.  It was Thunderball and I was terrified of the scene where he gets trapped in the pool with the sharks and has to swim past them in the tunnel.  We were all about the Sean Connery “classics” at my house.  That Suncoast job I talked about yesterday? I bought my dad this box set for Christmas one year and he still has it, despite no longer having a VCR to watch them with.  (Letter-box!)


We never mention the Roger Moore years or the one-off with George Lazenby.  Pierce Brosnan was a bit too campy for me, and seeing Timothy Dalton pull his underwear out of his ass in a Trader Joe’s kind of killed off any “smoothness” I thought he brought to the role. (Stars, they’re just like us!)  Daniel Craig is definitely the most exciting thing to happen to the role since the Connery years and I’m excited to see his latest (and possibly last) installment, Spectre, which opens this weekend.

The interwebs and magazines always like to predict who the next Bond will be once it gets towards the end of the run for the current actor, and of all the names being tossed around, Idris Elba and Tom Hardy are my favorite possibilities.

To get you in the mood for the new movie, here are 10 James Bond cocktail recipes  to enjoy with any viewing party/marathon.

You can of course binge plenty of Bond before the new movie this weekend, but here are the non-Bond choices available today:

New Releases:

San Andreas PG-13 (Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino) The Rock + disaster movie = good times.

Inside Out PG (Amy Poehler, Bill Hader) I didn’t have any little ones to see this with in the theater, so I’ve been eagerly awaiting the DVD release.  I can cry in the privacy of my own home.

Magic Mike XXL R (Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer) I actually enjoyed this sequel more than the original.  The first film took the subject a little too seriously, in my opinion, and I feel like the sequel found the right tone of fun.  Plus, Twitch!

The Gift R (Jason Bateman, Joel Edgerton) I had low expectations going into this thriller, and I was pleasantly surprised.  Great suspense, great cast, and super creepy!

The End of the Tour R (Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg) I never read “Infinite Jest” and I know nothing about David Foster Wallace, but this film got a lot of critical acclaim and I’ll watch anything with Jason Segel.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl PG-13 (Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke) I know this movie was compared to The Fault in Our Stars a lot, solely because it tackles the same subject of teens with cancer.  Based on a novel also, this looks like it’s worth checking out.

The Final Girls PG-13 (Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman) This looks like campy, horror-comedy fun.  If you enjoy Scream Queens, this parody of  ’80s slasher films should be just your thing.

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