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Oh, so I finatty read Trigger Mortis (Anthony Horowitz) which was pretty good. The much-vaunted having Pussy Galore back -and indeed that whole section - was basically irrelevant padding, and that chasing-a-bomb-carrying-train-by-road-through-NYC thing was straight out of Die Hard With A Vengeance, but overall it felt more like a proper Bond novel than any of the guest-written ones so far...
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I'm going to be busy tomorrow, so let's do the movie meme day 17 now...
Day 17 - Favourite series of related movies. Are you fucking kidding me? Does anybody who follows this blog not know *exactly* what this answer's going to be...?

Well, you know the name... You know the number.


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Finished Solo, the new Bond book by William Boyd.

Oh dear.

It starts off pretty dull, with an aimless meander through Bond's 45th birthday. Now, longtime fans of the literary Bond will know that 45 is mandatory retirement age for 00s, so this has something to do with that, right? Wrong. It's never mentioned, it just happens to be his age this birthday, for no readily apparent reason (other, perhaps, than to make him the same age as Daniel Craig).

Boyd seems determined to do a pastiche of the *perception* of Fleming's style, rather than of his actual style, leading to endless recipes - and of dubious choices too. There's even a footnote repeating one recipe from the main text. That'd fit better which a Len Deighton pastiche, since at least Deighton was a cordon-bleu cook.

Oh, another word of warning - if you start a drinking game with this, taking a shot every time somebody lights up a cigarette, you'll be dead of alcohol poisoning about three chapters in. I mean, I know there's a lot less smoking in things now than in the 60s, but this goes well above and beyond the level seen in any actual book or movie from the days when it was seen as cool and/or healthy.

Plot-wise, Bond is sent to stop a war in Africa, shit goes down, and he decides to go rogue and hunt down the villains in Washington. OK... Bond going rogue is, frankly, not the unusual thing that Boyd seems to think (he does it in, like, half the fucking movies, and in at least a couple of the original novels).

Luckily things pick up in the Africa sections - all I know about war-torn Africa I learned from playing Far Cry 2, but this is some really good stuff. Bond doesn't come over as James Bond, but post-colonial Africa in the 60s definitely comes over as that, and there's some really atmospheric stuff. The action is believable and realistic too - though unfortunately Bond is required to be monumentally stupid in places. (drugging the guy and putting him in the boot, telling someone where to find him, instead of just killing the guy? Fuck off.)

Africa's the highlight of the book, and when the trail takes him to Washington, it's... OK. Though his vigilante garb is pure Charles Bronson in Death Wish, and, again, not James Bond. Felix doesn't feel like Felix either.

The twists behind the events are quite believable, though, again, more Deighton than Fleming - one can't help thinking Boyd would have made a better guest-star writer to resurrect Harry Palmer than Bond - but the ending... Well, there's a pretty daft ambiguous ending just when you expect a last minute showdown, and that sucks. Not because it's ambiguous but because it feels like stuff has been cut and hastily replaced at the insistence of the rights holders. I'll say more about that in a minute.

So far, out of the three big-name guest writers for Bond, Faulks's is still the best despite its many falws. Deaver's is a good twisty thriller, but not Bond. This one suffers from a) being more Palmer than Bond, and b) really feeling like there's been a lot of what in a movie we'd call studio interference - the ending that seems set up to lead into a final showdown or sequel hook, but then doesn't; especially the focus on Bond's 45th birthday, but then not addressing the retirement age issue. It really feels like Glidrose/IFP got cold feet and decided to demand some last-minute chickening-out in places.

Meh.

TBH the issue, I think, is one of them going "what literary golden boy can we get, who'll get us good press in the broadsheets?" rather than "who can we get who can do really good James Bond?" - obviously Deaver's a bit of an anomaly cos he made the mistake of having a story rather than being posh doyenne of the broadsheet literati.
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Which the movie version definitely is, then...

I'd been thinking, while reading William Boyd's "Solo", that I'd love to see/write a Bond regeneration story (yeah, like they'd ever licence *that*!), and it struck me that something else that needs to be figured out for Time Lord Bond is which incarnation is which.

See, obviously Daniel Craig is the first incarnation, as he's the one who originally becomes a 00-ranked agent.

Connery, Lazenby, Moore and Dalton have to be in that order, as the first three of them share the same M, as do the last two (with the Robert Browning M), and Moneypenny. All four share the same Q. Moore has to follow Lazenby because both TSWLM and FYEO reference Tracy's death in OHMSS. This also means Diamonds Are Forever actually comes before OHMSS in the Connery Bond's personal timeline.

There's nothing to say there can't be other incarnations between them, though.

The Brosnan incarnation is an awkward fucker, because he's around at the same time as the Dalton one, offering the best chance for a Two Bonds story (the Goldeneye precredit sequence is set in 1986, the year before The Living Daylights.)

This leads to the question of whether he has access to his TARDIS. At some point he has to travel back from the 21st century to at least 1962, and since Brosnan is around at the same time as one of his other incarnations, that suggests a spot of time travel. (It's also necessary if you want to count NSNA as canon, since that means that post-NSNA in 1983 he has to travel back to 1969 for OHMSS...)

I think about this stuff too much, don't I?

But I still want a regeneration story, and a multi-Bond story!

Maybe the DB5 is his TARDIS - Well, the DB5 is definitely proof of timey-wimeyness, given that Craig has it in 2012, before it being issued to Connery in 1964...


Before anybody asks, M and Q are not Timeys - M is just the designation for the head of Service (in real life it's C, after Mansfield Cumming, so the M probably is named for him too), while Q simply stands for Quartermaster - also, Robert Browning appeared before becoming M, so is probably the same character, while Cleese's character became known as Q after his predecessor's retirement.

Moneypenny, OTOH, is up for grabs as a Time Lord, but it's as likely to be a family line.


Interestingly, the Judi Dench M in the three Craig films isn't necessarily the same one from the four Brosnan films... Since in Skyfall she was head of the Hong Kong station in 1997, while a different Judi Dench M was head of service at the same time! Twin sisters, obviously. Or clones. Orphan M.

And this is me sober...

Some fucker's going to make me write this pseudonymously, I can tell.
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http://observationdeck.io9.com/the-forbidden-007-commentaries-are-now-free-for-your-pe-1574055578

Before DVD, commentaries were recorded for the James Bond Laserdiscs, and quickly pulled at Cubby Broccoli's insistence. Now they've escaped...
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I do love this for background fun - one of my favourites in the series, certainly my favourite of Brosnan’s four… The para glider chase is unnecessary, but would have worked fine if they’d put that French horn blare on jumping between explosions in the actual movie, as they do here in the trailer. (That sequence in the movie is very disappointingly scored, especially compared to the rest of the film.)
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I like to have a spot of familiar old fun on as background while typing up notes of an evening, so for tonight, well, there's little that fits the description better...

Fans of the books Bond hate it, but it's great big-screen safe and familiar fun...

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...…suddenly wishes there was - and by that I mean wishes I could write - Eve Moneypenny spinoff novels. I dread to think what Glidrose and Eon would say to that…

(And, no I know there were the Moneypenny Diaries, but I’m thinking specifically of the new Naomie Harris version from Skyfall)
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What the fuck, may as well throw this on now that CR is finished. I'm just doing a "favourites" season, not the whole run...

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Got this on now. Wonder if I'll make it through with both eyes open and dry this time, but I do love this movie...



ETA- nope, never made it. Probably never will.
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This afternoon's background to working.... Admittedly the trailer is the Christmassy part, more than the movie, but what the hell.

Yeah...

Dec. 13th, 2013 10:59 pm
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Despite the rubbish weather and frequent hospital visits (Lesley's mum was saying she'd had a consultant round today who'd come to the conclusion that she had had a bad stroke. Yeah, great guess, Sherlock, that's why she's been in the fucking Stroke ward for three weeks...) I seem to be feeling positive and getting recharged. It may be because of the end of the year approaching, or the Bond movies and sword practice.
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Hm, what to put on as background while working? Something familiar... Oh, I know, Bond. Bond always works for that! So, I dunno if I'll embark on a full run, since there isn't a new one coming out soon, and I had Thunderball on a few weeks ago, but for today...


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kd lang's Surrender was supposed to be the title song for Tomorrow Never Dies, and was originally called Tomorrow Never Dies - notice how the phrase is repeated during the song, as opposed it's single use in Sheryl Crow's song - but got a title change and shunted to the end credits when Sheryl Crow proved to have a better agent. (Her song was intended for the end credits, and was originally titled "Until That Day")

So here's how it should have gone...

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Superspy Sunday - it's been pretty warm this week, shorts and open shirt for me, which put me in the mood to watch this movie today...




It's a little slow, but is the first big widescreen Bond movie, and does include my favourite scene in at least the whole Connery era:


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