I think John Gardner's Brokenclaw was partly set in British Columbia too. I bet that's what @Sir Miles is up to over there. He's probably tracking down all the locations used. 😉
At this rate I’ll be lucky to afford that 😳 might have to raid the Moderators biscuit tin money 👀🤣
Partly set in Victoria, BC 👏🏻
Will have to see what I can find 👍🏻
Joking aside, I hope you're having a great trip over there. If you can find any of the locations used in that novel that'd be good too! 🙂
I’m trying to recall the locations used - unfortunately it’s from memory as I don’t have the book here…I should have reread it before coming here 🤦🏻
So if you can think of any…👍🏻😁
Yes, I understand. I had to think myself if I was right that it was used as a location in Brokenclaw but I thought that it was. I'll have a flick through a copy of the novel to see if I can find the names of the locations used.
Should say re @Lady Rose and @Thunderpussy - I recall a fair few fun posts, in particular one from way back where I pointed out ahead of Casino Royale in a thread entitled 'The Horror, the horror' that this was likely to be the first film in which the James Bond actor would be older than us - as they went with Craig rather than Cavill this turned out not to be true, but I recall Lady Rose pointing out this was another reason for disliking the film, the whole idea of a reboot sort of chucking in the dustbin the whole previous timeline of Bond....
Thunderpussy always laughed at my jokes - Barbel sometimes does this now - and impressed me by getting one very obscure one: a fan boasted about getting some Bond merchandise cheap because someone put the wrong price tag on it, so he took advantage - I simply posted a pic of Peter Cushing in an antique shop from a Hammer movie and TP got it right away! (In the film, a customer switches the price tags in the shop to bag himself a bargain, which Cushing the owner notices, naturally bad things befall the thief...)
Anway, my lengthy posts about seeing the Bond films at the Prince Charles cinema were written in part with these two in mind, and if they want to catch up on them, they more or less start here:
I got over the reboot thing. I actually really love CR now but I do still find it odd that you have this timeline that went on for 5 actors and a bazillion years all to be thrown out the window and and one actor gets a complete story arc. Seems they cared more about the actor than the character.
Ah, well, we know why that is.... I remember at Craig's first press conference how BB looked very pleased with her choice, Lady Rose agreed saying 'she looks like the cat who got the cream...'
I have a sad, retentive memory.
I'm sure that she was smiling like a Cheshire cat. 😻
If you could then that would be marvellous 🍸
I agree with everything you say, but in defence of Eon back in the early 2000s they (I'm guessing BB) felt that they had to do something to rejuvenate their ageing series, and then they felt that the box office confirmed their choices (not just Craig, though he's the most noticeable). We fans may or may not like their choices (I mainly don't) but the box office is the determinator.
I was thinking about that this evening. Did Bond need to modernise to survive? Yes. Did it need to need follow such a deliberate story arc? No.
I watched Kingsman: The Secret Service again tonight. Bloody love that film. I love it because it's like a Bond film of old. Daft gadgets, improbable situations, caricature villain. The thing is, it was a commercial success so there is a market out there. I'm hoping Bond can find some common ground. At the moment Bond is just like any generic action film.
@Lady Rose has hit the nail on the head. Bond films used to be innovative and others followed, but now it’s just ho-hum and indistinguishable from every other action flick. The producers have a unique product, they need to get back to basics, gunbarrel, action-filled pts that has nothing to do with the main plot, Binder-esque titles, Barry-esque score, outlandish villain, outlandish main henchman, one major stunt, sexy Bond girl, and ending with -James Bond Will Return In………whatever the title will be - get it chosen - it can’t be that difficult !
I'm another agreeing with @Lady Rose and @CoolHandBond I've been more hyped to see the latest Mission Impossible or Kingsmen movies.
As they're the ones doing the Big stunts with a sense of fun. Which is hard for a life long Bond fan to say. I'll wait and
see how the next Bond turns out, but feel this is the perfect stepping off point for Me. I honestly don't know if I can
be bothered to invest in a new series of films. Although I'll keep my fingers crossed for it.
We've been here before, and if we live long enough we'll be here again.
The first Kingsman is excellent but it’s the only one that stands up to repeated viewings, imo 🤷🏻♂️
I much prefer the John Wick films…but I wouldn’t want Bond to go down that route either…
I am so looking forward to the next two MIs whereas I am currently not looking forward to B26, but that's because I have nothing to look forward to yet: no actor, no director, no release date, no anything at all. MI looks like rollicking fun. A scenic, action-packed good time.
The second Kingsman wasn't as good as the first but I did enjoy Elton John.
I also love John Wick. I introduced kingsman to my dad last night and I was thinking he may be ready for John Wick now 😄
I dislike both Kingsmen films as they are too violent. I know it is comic strip but I found the action scenes and blood letting unsettling, being neither necessary or remotely amusing. On the plus side, Elton John was hilarious in the second one.
Back on topic, I'm glad Napoleon is sticking around. His healthy cynicism keeps one on one's toes, as it were.
I quite like this thread because some evenings I don't really have a clue where I am, then I see someone like ChrisNo1 has posted and I go, ah, maybe he knows... 😃
The Kingsman isn't really a franchise, it tried to be... it blew it for me with the Church shootout, sort of 'justified' because they're bigoted evangelists but erm not really. The sequel I have never quite got round to seeing - I think it brought back deceased characters.
The Kingsman has stylised fights much like the one I'm currently seeing in Luc Besson's Anna - not convincing but fun in their own way.
Christmas is back! I was lucky enough to go to the 60th anniverary celebrations at Pinewood last summer courtesy of BondStars.com
Welcome back! 😁
welcome back @Christmas Tounes
and to stick to the topic, where is that @Napster indeed? looks like his most recent post was nearly two months ago. we need more misleading Sound of Music reviews
I hadn't noticed he hadn't posted for so long - 5 July. I see he was last signed in on 19 August. I'd thought he was still posting as I was still reading his posts. They must've been from a while back though. Sometimes it takes me a while to get through the "less essential" posts and threads, such as those in the Bond films section. I always like to keep abreast of matters in the literary Bond section in particular. Anyway, I hope @Napoleon Plural is OK and will be back to full posting duties ASAP. 🙂
You follow me on Twitter you daft nit!
Anyway I'm sulking a bit, I do this from time to time. Partly because I couldn't understand Barbel's explanation for doing Spoilers, partly because the last film was so rubbish, partly because ChrisNo1's film reviews are so much better than mine - like turning up to a sex party and a bloke with an 8-incher arrives - and partly because whenever I'd be watching a movie on telly or the cinema I'd be in the habit of thinking up my review for Ajb during it...
Edit: Oh, thanks for asking anyway! I do pop in and read posts from time to time.
You sound your usual happy self, NP, glad to hear from you!
Would someone else cleverer than me (which isn't difficult) have a go at explaining the spoiler system?
Can if they like.
Seems I'm about to replace the Scotsman in the ray of sunshine analogy.
" a bloke with an 8-incher arrives "
That seems an awfully small Pizza for a Party NP