“The Slap” has dominated news during the past two days, papering over a festering war amongst extreme sport devotees. But you will certainly recall, before the actor Will Smith left his seat to blip the comedian Chris Rock across the mouth, that Tony Hawk, Kelly Slater and Shaun White stood shoulder to shoulder in fresh tuxedos, Slater’s Gucci, and discussed the James Bond franchise.
White brought up the fact that many actors have played the title character over the years, a neat dozen to be exact. Hawk offered up that Roger Moore had his vote as favorite, Slater ran through a handful more leaving off Australia’s George Lazenby, before throwing to White, again, who said it might be impossible to know which Bond actor was the greatest of all-time, or GOAT, leading to the punchline of three GOATs standing there on stage.
The moment might have been forgotten, except skateboarders, surfers and snowboarders began ruthlessly, viciously attacking each other online over which Bond is, in fact, the Slater of Bonds.
Sean Connery appears to be the favorite amongst traditionalists, longboarders, plastic Nash riders, plywood snowboards sans bindings. Roger Moore was most popular amongst those who prefer retro shapes, twin fins etc. Foilers, e-skaters went big for Pierce Brosnan and real surf, skate, snow jocks for Daniel Craig.
The difference of opinion might have been an opportunity for fun discussion but, again, has devolved into the lowest name calling. Coarse and unrefined.
But, now that we’re all together, which Bond do you prefer?
If you say anything other than Connery, you are an ass.