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  • Issue 37

Reformed Characters

Should adaptations read between the lines? Words by Caspar Salmon. Photograph by Caesar van Everdingen.

In Casino Royale, James Bond orders a vodka martini, and is asked, “shaken or stirred?” “Do I look like I give a damn?” he spits back tersely—a clever, if facile, way of signaling that the character had moved on since his early days of fussy tux-wearing and silly gadgetry. Daniel Craig’s 007, we gathered, was to be more of a bruised everyman than the perma-coiffed spy played by his predecessor, Pierce Brosnan. This delighted fans of the franchise, but raised


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