Following the steps of Steve Harvey, in “Family Feud”, we asked a hundred women and men why do they like the movies of James Bond or 007, to which they answered each according to her/his interest in the movie. The top answers included responses such as:
- It’s entertaining
- It makes me excited
- It’s worth the ticket I buy
- I follow-up with Bond since childhood
- To see new ideas or new technology
I love Daniel Craig
It’s a huge production worth watching
It’s the third movie worldwide in its gross return in the box office
In spite of the fact that every single person came up with an answer thinking it’s only her/his own; the truth is that, there has been a lot of similar responses that were given by other audience as well.
That being said, we can say that most people agreed on certain points in 007 movies, including entertainment, excitement, new opinions, development of James Bond character in itself, etc… But wait a minute, these movies have a set pattern with very limited variety, which is called repeated distinctive motifs:
- Bond girls
- Assigning briefing sessions
- Attempts to kill Bond
- Bond getting villains
- Chase sequence
The element of music is ultimately effective, the gun barrel with Bond appearing in that tiny hole, and more to know about several kinds of analysis, if you follow this link 🙂
The 007 movie then is a certain formula: an extremely successful one, although it has been the same for more than 50 yrs. It never failed!
Now, someone is asking: “What does this have to do with Zumba?” Well, my friend, it has to do with everything present in Zumba. When I asked my daughter, what do you think is in common between 007 n Zumba; she promptly said: “Physical movements”, then she said, as if wandering if her answer was correct or not: “What?” I said: “Energy!?” I was, in my mind, wondering too; coz it was not only energy. It came to me that there was plenty of other elements as well. Anyway, there was no right or wrong answer for that question. But asking that question opened the door for more digging to find more answers.
Action! Of course. In Zumba, we move, listen to music, coordinate our shakes to the music, follow our instructor, scream to take our breath, bend back n forth, jump, squad, turn our bodies, our heads, arms, legs, shake every part of our bodies, drink water, take deep breath, n sing sometimes with the song. It is unquestionable that we live the action with Zumba. It’s exactly the same with 007, not only watching the action on the large screen though, but also living it ourselves.
Energy! Certainly true. We generate a lot of energy when we are in the Zumba class. Energy is generated by movement. If you have doubts, pls visit these web-sites, to know more about the energy we can generate from our walking and our movements:
In 007, there is a tremendous amount of energy no doubt about that. Every single scene has vigorous buoyancy.
How about excitement? We get excited when we watch Bond normally for example if he is about to be killed by someone, or chasing someone trying to catch the bad guys. In Zumba we get thrilled, in reaction to music, or in reaction to dancing with music feeling free of our daily burdens, like kids with no responsibilities, just focusing on music and exercising.
Entertainment: We are entertained by our instructors, every instructor performs certain routine with music of his/her choice. The human interaction with your friends or people who attend the class with you brings you another kind of entertainment, closer to socialization with others. You are entertained by the whole fun atmosphere. You like it because it gives you this feeling of satisfaction and cheerfulness. Furthermore, the music is an entertainment, listening to music you like or a song that would remind you with some fun experience, may bring enjoyment to your heart and your body. In James Bond, 007 is the main source of entertainment for us with other characters and other movie elements, while in Zumba, it is our instructors, and other Zumba class elements, including songs, rhythms, the place itself, or the people .
In both James Bond’s movies and Zumba Class, there is a prevailing character: in Bond’s, it is the British Secret Service Agent (Daniel Craig or any other actor),in 1Zumba class, it is the Superstar instructor.
Probably part of what people like in James Bond‘s movies, is that characters in the movie are known to them. In addition to the main Bond’s role, there is a bunch of known-in-advance characters: his colleagues, his preferred secretary, his enemy, his superiors, n the girl with whom he would be flirting. People like it coz of the combination of elements: adventures, action, love, sex, chasing, chemistry between the characters, pretty girls, new inventions, cars, guns, technology, plans, plot, etc
In Zumba, there is many of these elements if you think about it for a moment. There is chemistry between attendants, and between the instructor and the attendants, and an instructor vs another instructor if it is a group instructors’ event. Action, sure, every song has its movements, some are old, some are new.
New songs introduce an adventure, you’re trying to imitate the movement, may be you’ll be able to do it, or may be not. You will be going through an adventure, when you try to shake your body according to the beats you hear and the signals that are given to you by your instructor.
Love, “Love is in the Air” this is what the song says:
I believe in this song, coz every place has a group of people, there is some kind of love is produced among them. It’s love of having another person doing the same exercise or love of sharing the same music, the same dancing, the same physical fitness routine, or the same instructor. Love as a romance, could happen, and I knew a couple who got married last week, after a love story in one of the Zumba classes, in the Bay Area. It was remarkable, and amazing, when the man kneeled down on his knee just right before the end of the class proposing to that gentle lady. Everyone in the class congratulated them, and both of them were so happy, sharing their news with everybody else. The class was like a family for the two of them! By the way, Congrats again Nina and Paul!
Why people want to see more of Bond? Why they want to hear more? coz there is a development in actions, in perception of things, in life itself, new inventions were not there when their first movie started evolution: pretty girls: adventures, love, sex (open or covered), the chemistry between the protagonist and the girl/heroine, the small side little stories inside the film between each character n the other. Zumba has pretty girls: there are adventures about socializing with each other. May be love! It could happen between any couple who are attending the party regularly. Sex? It could happen too if consensual between any adult couple in the class, if they build up some kind of a relationship, who knows? It is all ‘may be’ thing. Sometimes, it happened between one instructor and his/her students. One girl told me: “Oh please they are adults; it’s nobody’s business, is it?” Now, you’re going to say but the gym’s rules are different from the 007 rules, they cannot control 007’s actions when it comes to sex, but for real life instructors, it could lead to sexual harassment cases, and sometimes being fired.
How about if it happened between two attendants, it didn’t matter I guess in this case. Oof! Too Complicated!
How about violence; fighting, killing, beating, guns, or other similar factors, in Zumba it is not there definitely. Because this is our actual life not an illusion. It is not make-believe movie, it is about real people, who want to have fun, to get excited through exercising, and physical fitness. They seek venting any anger inside them, they want to be entertained thinking of nothing else but the smile on their faces with Zumba.
With Zumba, frustrations are all kicked out. Anger is dealt with while doing the intense movements, such as jumping, bending down, squads, punches in the air, slaps in the air, kicking in the air, or any other similar movement. Remember in 007, we are viewers coexist with the characters in the movie. it is never real, it’s all fiction: a plot, a theme, a climax, and an end.
In 1Zumba, it is real, we feel every moment of it; we live every breath we take; we flutter our wings in the air, but still, honey, it is SO very 007 😉
Thank you for being with us, from everywhere in our beautiful world 😉