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Rumor Mill: The Next James Bond

The web’s got its panties in a bunch over the unofficial nod to Damian Lewis as the next James Bond.

As much as I love a good “unruly ginger” (to quote a friend, a phrase which would be an excellent pub), I’m not so into Mr. Lewis for Bond. Having just this past Saturday finished seasons 1-3 of Homeland, I need him to be more approachable. I don’t look at him and think he’s someone any woman in a casino is going to easily engage with in witty banter. I also don’t look at him and see the smoothness of past Bonds (not that Craig has that feature, either, so Mr. Suave may be over). He certainly must only smile with a smirk. And he needs to be a little roughed up. More stylish.

Fassbender would be my top ginger choice, a little less buff than he’s been, yet still taught in a nicely tailored suit. Although, I’m kind of into Prince Harry right now with that scruff and the devil may care about him, that would work nicely for Ginger Bond. But, I won’t think it’s the worst if it is Lewis.

Then again, anyone will fall a hard second to Idris.

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Sam Smith Sings for SPECTRE: Here’s to Alliteration

Because, it seems, alliteration is all we’ve got.

When are they going to learn that a Bond song that’s not titled after the movie is a really terrible idea? I’ve stated before that for a song to be truly considered, in my opinion, it has to be named after the film title. Not that a film-titled-song is a guarantee of success (most people despise Die Another Day) but I do think it’s essential to creating the perfect theme. Unfortunately, the SPECTRE theme is no exception.

If you haven’t heard it, check out Sam Smith’s WRITING’S ON THE WALL which I know is available on Spotify.

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My first thoughts were that the musical score is SPOT ON. Nailed it. Sounds just like it should, especially coming off of SKYFALL. 

Without the musical score, the lyrics fall. Hard. In fact, the pacing and the lyrics feel like they could easily be applied to a Disney movie. Or maybe the next sappy John Legend loves Chrissy Teigen song. Don’t get me wrong–I love both of those possibilities. But they’re not Bond.

I have a few specific problems with the lyrics that I will address.
“I want to feel love” Bullshit. First of all, no. Bond? No. Secondly, remember the time he was married? I thought that sort of cured the love thing. Thirdly, I think there’s some point in one of the books where he talks about falling for all the women he bangs. [If I wasn’t supposed to be doing work for grad school right now, I’d dig out my notes. Maybe later.]

“If I risk it all” Don’t you, always, James? Haven’t you, already? Did you forget Teresa Bond? This is all for Queen and Country. You’re not delivering papers on an especially traffic-y street, my good man.

“When you’re not here I’m suffocating” This is just too much. Unless it’s referring to the job. In which, yes, Bond, you can’t survive without your 007 status. Not for long, anyway, the films suggest.

I’m a little bummed at the content, as well. Given the prominence of Spectre (the organization), the word’s association with ghosts, phantoms, spirits of the past, and all the skulls and imagery that have been produced for the film, that this isn’t more haunting or isn’t hitting at some of those areas. The context we know seems rife for songwriting.

There’s just something about WRITING’S ON THE WALL that is so soft after vulnerable after the strong, deliberate, willful SKYFALL. Initially it’s off-putting and inconsistent, but I know Smith knows more about the film than we do, so I can’t hate too much for that reason.

Also, I’m just going to say it: the falsetto is distracting. It takes me out of the Bond trance. I wonder how this will work on screen.

All of that being said, if you know Bond themes, you know they are often highly time specific. Songs like SKYFALL and GOLDFINGER and LIVE AND LET DIE are rare, especially when you consider the popularity of Adele and Paul McCartney And Wings. Artists like Madonna, Duran Duran, Garbage, and ultimately Sam Smith, contextualize the film within the world and time it’s produced. That in itself has a value and a place in the Bond Canon.

I admit the song needs to be imbibed in the context of the film, and I look forward to seeing and hearing it in theaters this fall. I like the song enough. I just wish it could have been more.

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James Bond Tourism: Amsterdam

Despite all my adventures these past few years, I really haven’t dedicated any of it to James Bond fanatic tourist attractions. Well, OK, except the time I planned a trip to London entirely because of the Bond in Motion exhibit.

Anyhoo, this Spring’s Euro-trip with my parentals provided an opportunity for me to do exactly that. One Bond film I’ve seen more than the others–or, at least, I remember better than others–is Diamonds Are Forever. “Oh providing the collars and cuffs match…” and “Quite a nice little nothing you’re almost wearing,” and “Goede Avond” (which I butcher attempting to say it) are phrases I use regularly. At least when I’m talking to myself. And while those quotes are all from DAF, they’re also all from one particular location in the film: Tiffany Case’s Amsterdam apartment.

And that’s exactly where my parents and I first went after disembarking our cruise. The exterior apartment shown in the film is at Reguliersgracht 36. I admit that I’m bad at directions and even more so without my hand navigation apps, so it was a little tricky getting there. But, we got there, and I was fucking stoked.

Just a hop, skimp, and jump away is another DAF hot spot, but one that’s also on the regular tourist route as well: The Skinny Bridge. This where we See Mr Kidd and Mr Wint as a dead body is pulled from the canal.

Watch the video below to see the Diamonds Are Forever clip of the Skinny Bridge and Bond’s arrival at Tiffany’s apartment.


Although it’s not the most iconic Bond film or location, it’s easy to get to and in a prime tourist destination. I highly suggest making the pilgrimage.

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Happy Birthday, Ian Fleming!

You probably can associate “Ian Fleming” with “James Bond.” At very least you could nod and pretend you knew it when I tell you he’s the author.

What else do you know about the creator of our famed British spy? I’ve recently realized I know very little about the man, so I added a biography to my reading queue. But here are some things I know, that you should, too.

  • He owned a house in Jamaica, which he named Goldeneye.
  • He was only 56 when he died. That was just two years after the first time Bond hit the big screen. Two of his Bond works were published posthumously.
  • He wrote Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang.
  • Bow ties were his embellishment of choice.
  • JKF was a particular fan of Fleming.
  • He was a journalist, stockbroker, and Navy man.
  • He was born on this date in 1908.

Happy Birthday, Ian!

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Blingbling

Peace up, A-Town down. Deuces.

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New SKYFALL international trailer

Ladies and Gents-

The newest SKYFALL trailer is live.

This IS going to be a Bond movie. It just feels like a Bond movie. My faith in humanity is restored.

So good to see some action with Ben Wishaw and Javier Bardem. And Berenice Marlohe and Naomie Harris. And to see James goes for some old fashioned shower sex and womanizing. Fabulous.
86 days! [visit 007.com for an up-to-the-minute countdown, and all the other goodies]

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