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Local residents talk Bond, James Bond

November 13, 2008|By JULIE E. GREENE

Handsome. Debonair. Cool under pressure. And let's not forget he has the coolest gadgets and always -- well, almost always -- gets the girl.

Bond is back. Tonight at 12:01 if you can stay awake, there's sure to be enough action to help you. Daniel Craig, the blond Bond, returns in "Quantum of Solace" to seek revenge for the death of his love.

Bond has been a pop culture icon for decades, with his witty banter, his fast cars and beautiful women with risqué names.

So we asked people at Hagerstown Community College and Valley Mall for their Bond impressions -- their imitations and their memories.

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Some people really got into it.

A number of people who were asked about Bond, mostly younger folks, said they didn't know much about Bond or hadn't seen a Bond movie yet.

But for those who did, we asked the inevitable question, which of the actors who has played Bond is your favorite?

As expected, we got Sean Connery several times.

"He's the most violent, sexist, dated James Bond. He's the best. I know it's horrible, but I just love it," said Stephen Barber, 18, of Keedysville.

Other people mentioned Pierce Brosnan, Roger Moore and Craig.

Asked about their favorite Bond girl, two men mentioned Halle Berry from "Die Another Day."

"She was ... interesting. Very good-looking, very good-looking, natural," smiled Patrick Matthyssens, 48, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Ray Harris, 36, of Hagerstown, loved the orange bikini she wore.

Josh Armstrong's favorite Bond villain was Oddjob from "Goldfinger." The henchman had a bowler-style hat with a razor-sharp rim. "I spent many years throwing hats around my house because of Oddjob," said Armstrong, 24, of Hagerstown.

Barber said he loves "how all the villains in Bond movies have all these ridiculous ways to kill Bond."

That's something actor-writer Mike Myers loves to spoof in his "Austin Powers" movies.

We'll just have to see how Bond gets himself out of his latest jam.

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