Due to the pressures of slowing economic growth and high costs of living in Britain (never mind the emotional strain of seeing the ghost of M everywhere he goes), James Bond has decided to leave MI6 and travel across the pond to Canada for a position with Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (aka CSIS—Canada’s answer to the CIA or the KGB… or the FDA, at least). That’s the premise of Bond 23-and-a-half: Snowfall (in which Mr. Bond must battle Canadian baddies while learning to cope with inclement weather and developing a taste for Molson products).
The Skyfall parody is heavy on Canadian clichés: hockey, beer, and Tim Hortons are all featured in the short (posted to YouTube by Behind the Couch TV) leaving poutine, beavers, and maple syrup out in the cold. (There is a cartoon moose cameo, though.)
Gone are 007′s expertly tailored suits—our newest immigrant catches on quickly—instead, Bond is outfitted in… actually I’m not sure what he’s wearing under that toque, scarf, and puffy down parka. One thing’s certain: the cold is really cramping his style. It’s hard to look cool when you’re scraping frost from your windshield or fumbling for your Walther PPK in the pockets of one of the three jackets you’ve piled on to stave off sub-zero temperatures—before remembering that it was confiscated when you tried to take it through Canadian customs. And the weather seems to have affected 007′s accent, too (did this James Bond come to Canada by way of Australia? He looks too young to be George Lazenby).
By the end of the clip, Bond seems to be assimilating to life in Canada: he’s bravely confronted two tough issues that divide the country (Leafs or Habs, Tim Hortons or independent coffee shop), now if he could only get us to pronounce his name correctly…