Jed: You do not agree that women are the best judges of manliness? Is it not women who often inspire compassion in men, and therefore the transition to a gentleman is complete — a characteristic I personally would classify as belonging to manliness.
This episode in the Bond saga, to paraphrase the Spectator of London, was “brutal.” But the point of Casino Royale was to show how Bond becomes and became a 00. Throughout the film he is tempered by the character “M” (once again played by the inestimable Judi Dench), who tells him, “Any thug can kill. I need you to take your ego out of the equation.” From that point forward, we see the evolution of Bond into a man with just a touch of sensitivity. But if sensitive is not what you seek, don’t worry. As with any James Bond flick, it is short-lived.
To answer your ultimate question, though (and this applies to the TV show 24 as well), women love these men (the James Bond, Jack Bauer types) not because they look good in a white tux or an old T-shirt and jeans (though it helps) — they love them because in the end they always do the right thing.
RE: Your PS — See the movie!
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?