James Bond’s 10 most embarrassing moments
Sean Connery, Roger Moore, and Pierce Brosnan as 007 (Photo: United Artists/Everett Collection)
"Skyfall" is out in theaters now, and critics are calling it one of the best Bond movies in years, if not ever. Since Daniel Craig took over the role in 2006's "Casino Royale," the franchise has tried to bring 007 into the modern era, with less of a reliance on gags and gadgets than the earlier films.
As the James Bond series marks its fiftieth anniversary, it's inevitable that certain elements of the previous movies have just not aged well. Which isn't to say there aren't beloved classics in the installments starring Sean Connery, Roger Moore, and even Pierce Brosnan, but even some of the best Bond flicks have some really awkward bits in them.
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With that in mind, here is a look back at 10 of the most embarrassing moments from James Bond's 22 films, including one specially chosen by the director of "Skyfall," Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes.
Sean Connery and Shirley Eaton in 'Goldfinger' (Photo: United Artists/Everett Collection)
Bond Badmouths The Beatles
Movie: Goldfinger (1964)
"Goldfinger" solidified the Bond movie formula, turning the spy series from a hit to a worldwide phenomenon. And to this day it remains many fans' favorite installment. But there are still some bits in it that haven't stood the test of time (and not just Bond's power-blue terrycloth one-piece pool attire). Particularly, there is one line Sean Connery says that makes the super-cool 007 sound like both a snob and a fuddy-duddy.
Bond pops out of bed with Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton) because he insists on properly chilling their champagne before drinking it. And he says, "My dear girl, there are some things that just aren't done, such as drinking Dom Perignon '53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. That's just as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs!"
It's strange hearing James Bond dis another British institution, especially considering how "Dr. No" and the Beatles first single "Love Me Do" both were released in the UK on the same day: October 5, 1963. But the band was still considered to be a youth phenomenon at the time, and only later did they gain respect as artists. Of course, Paul McCartney had the last laugh when he wrote and performed the theme song for Roger Moore's first Bond movie, 1973's "Live and Let Die."