Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

01 Sep 2009, 15:09 p.m.

The Other James Bond

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2009 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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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.

Casino Royale is on Hulu to watch for free. Not the 21st century one, the Peter Sellers/Orson Welles/Woody Allen/Ursula Andress/David Niven/Joseph Heller/Billy Wilder/&c. 1967 version. Leonard & I are about two-thirds through and this is the strangest film I've seen this year. Also, bespectacled 1967 Peter Sellers is hott and resembles Joe W.


Jess A.
01 Sep 2009, 16:29 p.m.

It is pretty darn great. I was so confused when the new Casino Royale was about to come out, because it didn't make any sense to me that it could be a serious James Bond film.

Sumana Harihareswara
01 Sep 2009, 18:22 p.m.

Jess: it is supremely strange, isn't it? And now "Austin Powers" makes a new kind of sense, kind of like after I saw "Dr. No."

We just finished watching it, and then read the Wikipedia & IMDB pages, and discussed how one could cut an hour to make a movie that makes sense. But I kind of adore the messed-upness and WTFs-per-minute of the existing work.