Bond references in other books

November 29th, 2021 by

One thing that underlines how important James Bond is to modern culture is the frequency at which he is mentioned in books. It’s surprisingly often. My reading is mainly focused on espionage novels and what probably used to be called adventure novels but, taking a leaf out of action cinema, are now action heavy. Andy […]

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OHMSS: Food & drink from the novel: Part 1 – France

November 25th, 2021 by

After James Bond checks into Hotel Splendide in Royal- les-Eaux he orders a bottle of the Taittinger Blanc de Blancs from room service. When it arrives in a frosted silver bucket he downs a quarter of it before showering and, after dressing, sits by the window and looks out at the promenade sipping champagne and […]

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James Bond and spy craft

November 22nd, 2021 by

While James Bond may be a secret agent, it would be stretching things to consider him a spy.

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No time to pace the story (or even write a plot)

November 18th, 2021 by

With the news that No Time to Die would weigh in at 2 hours 43 minutes came some trepidation, for me at least. A couple of hours, or just over, is almost always the right length for a film. Most that that are substantially longer could usually do with some seriously heavy editing IMO. There […]

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Tom Cruise: stop doing this already

November 15th, 2021 by

On Saturday night after spending what seemed like a couple of hours trying to decide what we were going to watch we ended up with Knight & Day (2010) with Tom Cruise and Camaron Diaz. Not because ether of us is a Tom Cruise fan you understand, more like mental fatigue brought about by having […]

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The French Dispatch: a James Bond cast reunion

November 14th, 2021 by

Last week I saw Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch. It was a pretty enjoyable film and quite different to the other two movies I’ve seen in the last few weeks, No Time to Die (duh!) and Dune. One of the things that struck me about The French Dispatch is the number of actors from recent […]

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The day after

October 2nd, 2021 by

Obviously I’ve been following the production of No Time to Die much closer than most people. Sometimes following 007 so closely leads to learning more than I should before seeing a particular film for the first time. But this time I just was not at all prepared for what the filmmakers delivered. I’m still pretty […]

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Premiere day!

September 28th, 2021 by

OK, so today is the premiere of No Time to Die. But one thing you don’t attend a premiere for is a great cinematic experience, at least not at the Royal Albert Hall. Casino Royale was a triple premiere in Leicester Square, which would be my choice if I were organising them.  But for SPECTRE […]

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A big week for Bond

September 27th, 2021 by

After numerous delays No Time to Die is set to hit cinemas this week as James Bond once again reaches fever pitch. It’s a big week for James Bond. After a slow start following SPECTRE the film was delayed when they changed the director and then the Covid-19 pandemic hit with a month to go. […]

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