The Tourney Pod Bracket Reveal: Best James Bond
There are some things in the pop culture landscape that are just moments in time. Britney and Justin’s denim outfit. That poster of Farrah Fawcett. The 1950s Hollywood movie musical (a long moment, but a finite one, let’s be honest). And then there are things in the media—characters, movies, stories—that stay with us, and even if you haven’t personally interacted with them, you absolutely know who or what they are. For some it could be Star Wars. Perhaps Lord of the Rings. Even The Wizard of Oz has withstood the test of time. This week’s topic falls into that latter category, a category full of franchises and icons who we, as a collective people, know and love simply because they are cemented into the zeitgeist of every generation. So, in honor of the premiere of the character’s twenty-fifth movie No Time to Die, we’re talking James Bond, folks.
Whether you’re a James Bond freak or have only ever seen one James Bond film (like Nia), you know who the guy is: a dashingly handsome British spy with a sharp shot and a girl for every week in the year. The character James Bond isn’t unlike Poirot in an Agatha Christie tale (or the babysitters in The Baby-Sitters Club). He originated as a character in a book, Sir Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, and has been gracing the pages of spy novels ever since. But despite these beginnings, James Bond has arguably entered the collective consciousness not through his books, but through his movies. Since 1962, seven different men have graced the silver screen to portray our favorite MI6 secret agent. And those seven men are the specific subjects of this week's tournament.
Sean Connery, David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig have all played James Bond in a movie. And some have done the character more justice than others. But like most of the tournaments we run on the podcast, things are not always as cut and dry as they might appear. Will the original portrayal by Sean Connery hold up? Will a millennial darling like Pierce Brosnan take the cake? Or will Benoit Blanc himself prove once and for all that he really is the best Bond (despite the fact that he said he’d rather die than play James Bond again)? Only you can tell us.
Listen to the episode below to hear how we broke down the bracket and predicted how the votes would go:
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Elite Eight voting: Monday 10/4
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Championship voting: Thursday 10/7
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