Bond Week: Fan Fueled Survey Results to Argue Over!
As a Bond fan myself, I know how frustrating it is to get caught up in long arguments with fellow Bond fans over who the best James Bond actor is (Roger Moore) or which Bond movies are the best (The Man with the Golden Gun). Thankfully we've been given some different fodder to fight over today courtesy of Fandango, who surveyed roughly 1,000 Quantum of Solace moviegoers recently about the Bond franchise. They chose some rather interesting questions to ask, like the most outrageous character name for a Bond girl, the most confusing title for a Bond movie, or the most terrifying villain or henchman in a Bond movie. Luckily we have the exclusive results to share - and argue over for hours on end!
To kick things off, they asked the respondents if it was the edgier Bond, played by Daniel Craig, that interested them in seeing Quantum of Solace. 78% of them said it was; 18% said they're not sure; and 4% said they're less interested because of him. In a separate question, 61% of the respondents said that they do not miss the corny gadgets and campy one-liners of the old Bond franchise (while 39% do miss them). Very interesting results so far, but nothing too out of the ordinary. We can't forget that these results come from a small group of fans who bought their tickets quite a few days in advance - so that obviously makes them a bit biased towards Quantum of Solace and this newest iteration of James Bond.
» Moving on to the juicer results, the next question was: What was the most confusing title for a James Bond movie? Ironically, the top result was Quantum of Solace, at 35%; Octopussy at 26%; Moonraker at 12%; The Living Daylights at 8%; Tomorrow Never Dies at 6%; A View to a Kill at 5%; and The World is Not Enough at 4%. It's hard to really justify these answers, because if you ask someone who doesn't know James Bond what the words "Octopussy" and "Moonraker" mean, of course they won't know. But that's what makes this Bond franchise so fun - these titles are very unique to the story. And a lot of them come from Ian Fleming's actual novels.
» The next question was: What was the most outrageous name for a Bond girl? Of course almost everyone probably knows the top result for this - Pussy Galore (from Goldfinger) at 53%. Following that was Octopussy (from Octopussy) at 17%; Xenia Onatopp (from GoldenEye) at 12%; Holly Goodhead (from Moonraker) at 6%; and Plenty O'Toole (from Diamonds Are Forever) at 4%. No arguments here, but then again, I never thought any of the Bond girl names were outrageous - I always love them!
» Lastly, the question that left me the most aggravated was: Who was the least terrifying villain or henchman in a Bond movie? The top result here was Elliot Carver (from Tomorrow Never Dies) at 21%, a rather appropriate choice this time. Following that was Nick Nack (from The Man with the Golden Gun) at 17%; Scaramanga (from The Man with the Golden Gun) at 11%; Mr. Wint and Mr. Kid (from Diamonds Are Forever) at 11%; May Day (from A View to a Kill) at 11%; Jaws (from The Spy Who Loved Me / Moonraker) at 10%; and Zorin (from A View to a Kill) at 9%. I will agree with them on anyone from A View to a Kill and Mr. Wint and Mr. Kid, but Scaramanga and Jaws? Are they out of their mind?!
First off, every real Bond fans knows that Jaws is a badass. I don't care if all he really did was "threaten" him or bite through a gondola cable, how can you say a 7 foot tall man with jaws made of metal isn't terrifying?! Moving onto Scaramanga from one of my all-time favorite Bond films, The Man with the Golden Gun, he is literally the only villain in Bond history that could match Bond's abilities with the gun - and he actually challenged him to a duel (but later got killed in his trippy maze). Scaramanga, played fantastically by Christopher Lee, may not exactly look terrifying, but his ability to kill certainly was. Even if you didn't like the Golden Gun movie that much, I'm not sure how you could think otherwise.
What do you think about these results? Do the top choices make sense to you?