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What's your first reaction to having Omega back with watches for James Bond in the movie Skyfall?

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Sinn would fit the bill, but as they are a German Brand,and James fought them in WW2, he might not want to wear one!
 

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He should wear an invicta. Keep the prices down!
Somehow I don't see Invicta doing product placement outside of MSNBC. So it's Rolex, Omega, and Seiko for Bond?
 

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true, but their meat department sucks. would never buy meat there. only packaged foods.

There's something wrong with shopping at Walmart? Plenty of the smartest people I know, who are also fairly well off, are more than happy to shop at Walmart, or discount stores, because, you know, sometimes spending 3X the price for something just so you can say you shop a swanky, upscale, stores, is just idiotic.
 

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There's something wrong with shopping at Walmart? Plenty of the smartest people I know, who are also fairly well off, are more than happy to shop at Walmart, or discount stores, because, you know, sometimes spending 3X the price for something just so you can say you shop a swanky, upscale, stores, is just idiotic.
There are several things that are wrong with Walmart, but it would be hard to discuss those without getting into a debate on the ethics of capitalism as represented by Walmart.

Cost is not the only driver, and I'd like to believe that value judgments and good principles play a role in our worldview. You may not share my opinions, but my personal values and beliefs do not agree with what Walmart represents.

Am I right in doing that? Or is it even worth it? I do not know. But if I don't stand up for my values, who will?

P.S. You don't have to shop at an expensive store just because you don't shop at Walmart. There are plenty of stores (local farmers markets, for instance) that offer superior products at comparable prices while being gentle on my conscience.
 

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And there are other concerns about a shaken martini:

Bartlet: Can I tell you what's messed up about James Bond?
Young: Nothing.
Bartlet: Shaken, not stirred, will get you cold water with a dash of gin and dry vermouth. The reason you stir it with a special spoon is so not to chip the ice. James is ordering a weak martini and being snooty about it.
Well, his job IS to KILL.
So, I don't think it would be a good idea to drink and shoot. Bond (Or, Fleming) did the right thing.
 

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In the last movies, he did not kill "for the Queen" .
He killed for vengeance. In real life, he would have been tried for murder, MI6 or o MI6.
James Bond was a Scottish gentleman. Private boarding school, family money, class !! Officer in the Royal navy (Naval Intelligence Section). Loves scrambled eggs, golf and gambling. A gentleman with the ladies.
Not a thug from a council estate ( "project" for you US guys) wose only use for an egg is to throw it.
Maybe a blinged up Invicta would be more appropiate or him? Or even better, a fake blinged up Rolex?

Those last movies were huge disappointment to a hard core 007 fan. He even speaks the wrong English!

I guess I am going to see it, but my expectations are not high.

I understand that the film makers have to try to keep the young audience, an audience that is fed ultraviolent movies.
But if we look on the earnings from the movies, they are not good. The question is, will the 007 saga continue for much longer? I doubt it.
 

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I found the perfect 007 watch:



It has a use for 007, he can use the crystals to scratch the heck out of the baddies car's paintwork!
 

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But if we look on the earnings from the movies, they are not good. The question is, will the 007 saga continue for much longer? I doubt it.
According to Wikipedia, Casino Royale "earned $167,445,960 in the USA and Canada and $426,793,106 in other territories for a worldwide total of $594,239,066. Casino Royale was the 4th highest-grossing film of 2006, and is the highest-grossing instalment of the James Bond series." Quantum of Solace "grossed the equivalent of $417,722,300 in countries other than Canada and the U.S.A., where it grossed $168,368,427, to give a total of $586,090,727."

I think the latest movies have done well, the numbers prove it, and the 007 franchise will continue on for the foreseeable future.
 

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According to Wikipedia, Casino Royale "earned $167,445,960 in the USA and Canada and $426,793,106 in other territories for a worldwide total of $594,239,066. Casino Royale was the 4th highest-grossing film of 2006, and is the highest-grossing instalment of the James Bond series." Quantum of Solace "grossed the equivalent of $417,722,300 in countries other than Canada and the U.S.A., where it grossed $168,368,427, to give a total of $586,090,727."

I think the latest movies have done well, the numbers prove it, and the 007 franchise will continue on for the foreseeable future.

I wasn't sure if he was being sarcastic or not lol. The top 2 highest grossing James Bond movies ever... I don't see them ending it anytime soon.. I for one love Daniel Craig as Bond!
 

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Not really. Bond originally wore a Rolex, and that's the real bond watch. Everything else is just prod placement.

Now, to be fair, Bond's Rolex was more of a beater that could take a lot of rugged wear (where he would use the watch as a blunt weapon when hitting someone). Today's Rolexes don't fit that bill. Neither does Omega.

If we're to be honest, today's Seiko is probably the closest.
That's why I said "Since Brosnan", Met. ;-)

He's worn Rolex, Seiko, Heuer, Omega, and a couple of others through the years. The man's taste keeps changing.
 

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I like movies to be true to their story; not vehicles for advertisements.
This, for better or worse, is why we have movies. Product placement pays quite a bit for of production costs and lowers the cost to the end user (viewers).
 

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I was wrong about the money intake. I assume the sums of the old movies are adjusted for inflation?

Product placement is an unfortunate fact of today. Money rules, taste and quality does not!

I do not like that the way the violence is shown has changed.
One of the most violent movies (it was banned because of thes in many countries) I have seen is Clockwork Orange.

You hardly see the violence. The music, shadows etc makes you FEEL the violence!

I do not want to see Bond having his testicles being whipped and damaged. Too much for an old guy like me. Bond is such a good close combat fighter that he does not et hurt, and bleed.
No, Sir!
 

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In the last movies, he did not kill "for the Queen" .
He killed for vengeance. In real life, he would have been tried for murder, MI6 or o MI6.
James Bond was a Scottish gentleman. Private boarding school, family money, class !! Officer in the Royal navy (Naval Intelligence Section). Loves scrambled eggs, golf and gambling. A gentleman with the ladies.
Not a thug from a council estate ( "project" for you US guys) wose only use for an egg is to throw it.
Maybe a blinged up Invicta would be more appropiate or him? Or even better, a fake blinged up Rolex?

Those last movies were huge disappointment to a hard core 007 fan. He even speaks the wrong English!

I guess I am going to see it, but my expectations are not high.

I understand that the film makers have to try to keep the young audience, an audience that is fed ultraviolent movies.
But if we look on the earnings from the movies, they are not good. The question is, will the 007 saga continue for much longer? I doubt it.
Wasn't Bond orphaned as a young boy? Not many polished gentleman come directly from orphanages; they need to be finessed. The new movies are a reboot, a new start for Bond. In Casino Royale, he didn't even have 00 status until later in the movie.
 

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This, for better or worse, is why we have movies. Product placement pays quite a bit for of production costs and lowers the cost to the end user (viewers).
"...This is why we have movies..." What? The movie industry could certainly survive without these things, they're just greedy. but that's another matter...

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Product placement pays quite a bit for of production costs and lowers the cost to the end user (viewers).
There is no doubt that the studios/producers make some easy money by placing a watch on a star's wrist, but I think it is a reach to say that ticket prices are lower than they would be otherwise. Hollywood charges what the market will bear, regardless of the number of product placements it negotiates.
 

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As it happens, James Bond history and "new path" for the movies was recently covered in a typically solid posting on The HMSS Weblog.

Their source for James Bond film box office receipts is The Numbers. In addition to looking at income according to various markets, it's also interesting to consider budgets. In many cases, they seem to reflect investors' opinions of how the last film did, as a basis for deciding how much to put into the next.

Of course, my favorite number is the one for Moonraker. "Objectively," better than every other Roger Moore outing, and better than every time Sean Connery played James Bond.

I mean, numbers don't ever lie, right?

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"...This is why we have movies..." What? The movie industry could certainly survive without these things, they're just greedy. but that's another matter...

Mike
Movies are a luxury, and in hard times, luxuries go away. Product placement is a strong part of what allows people to continue to make movies. Sure, some of the large studios would be fine, but a lot of smaller films would never be made. The field would look more and more popcorny. Cars are the same way. We suffer the Porsche Cayenne so that the 911 can exist, the BMW X5 for the M3, the Ford Taurus so that we may have the Mustang.
 

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That's why I said "Since Brosnan", Met. ;-)

He's worn Rolex, Seiko, Heuer, Omega, and a couple of others through the years. The man's taste keeps changing.
This is true.

He's also gone from Turnbull & Asser to Tom Ford. It's a metaphor for our times.
 
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