Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

21 Aug 2002, 16:09 p.m.

I happened upon Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang!, The James Bond…

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2002 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

I happened upon Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang!, The James Bond site. Evidently the next movie is "Die Another Day." Also, the creators of the site don't mention Pauline Kael in reference to their title:

What's in a name?

The term "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang!" has long been synonymous with James Bond. The exact origins of the term constitute a minor mystery in the history of the character, but Bond fans "in the know" recognize it immediately. It was precisely this combination of historical significance, enduring mystery and "insider" appeal that made it the ideal appellation for the site, identifying it immediately as one created by serious Bond fans for serious Bond fans, or for anyone on the way to becoming one.

Wow, I had no idea that "serious Bond fan" was synonymous with "snotty and evasive."

I used to be a Bond fan. I saw almost every existing Bond film ten years ago when my sister and I, alone and bored in a house in Bangalore for several days, rented videos from the shop down the road. The only English-language flicks they carried were Bond movies. Also, our VCR didn't have a pause button. I thought this said something profound about the Indian consciousness (linking it to the timeless wisdom of the "No Fear" t-shirts I saw all around me in middle school), but it probably didn't.