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007 on Snow: Shredding, Not Stirred.


While Sean Connery's James Bond never got on skis, 007 has had some memorable martini-infused turns on snow with the actors who followed. One-hit-wonder George Lazenby thrilled audiences with On Her Majesty's Secret Service's two full-tilt ski chase scenes while wearing a powder-blue onesie and eventually only one ski while evading bad guy Telly Savalas in his pre-Kojak and Diner's Club days. Sir Roger Moore followed and became the ultimate alpine Bond with three on-snow entries, The Spy Who Loved Me, For Your Eyes Only and A View to a Kill - the best of which was his first with the banana yellow jumpsuit while ripping on Rossi roosters in the classic chase scene with funkadelic disco music and the wait-for-it ending, though we've had to reassure new skiers and riders that not all terrain is nearly that terrifying and you hardly ever get shot at on the slopes.


After Moore, the best that Timothy Dalton could do on snow was to fashion a cello case into a getaway toboggan in The Living Daylights, which was about as ridiculous as, well, Timothy Dalton as James Bond. After we patiently waited for Pierce Brosnan to wrap up his Remington Steele contract, we finally got some quality bondage back with his suave cross between Connery and Moore and a return to ripping the gnar with the ladies in The World is Not Enough, though here again, we want to assure folks that you hardly ever get grenades thrown at you by paragliding snowmobile thingies.

Daniel Craig has taken Bond to a brooding level of vicious grit we haven't seen since Connery, and while he hasn't yet gotten on skis (we can hope for some apres-ski action in the 2020 release of No Time to Die) he took Dalton's lame cello case toboggan trick to a new license to kill level by using a crippled military aircraft to slide down hill on snow and take out the bad guys in Spectre. Now that would be enough to rattle anyone's shaker.


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