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  • The Red KindThe Red Kind EnglandPosts: 2,625MI6 Agent

    Whilst we're talking Hammer, would love to have seen Ingrid Pitt in a Bond film. Even later on she proved she had the chops as a villain in Who Dares Wins.

    "Any of the opposition around..?"
  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 7,880MI6 Agent
    edited October 2021

    Yes, that is very much the Kung Fu Bond. Hope you enjoy your time here. 🙂

    "The tough man of the world. The Secret Agent. The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).
  • caractacus pottscaractacus potts Orbital communicator, level 10Posts: 3,394MI6 Agent

    This is my 2,500th post, and rather than waste it on anything on-topic, I decided to make yet another self-referential anniversary post.

    I probably won't bother with any more anniversary posts til I get to 5,000, which should be approximately the year 2035 by my count. Just in time for Bond26.


    Last time I marked the occasion by explaining the user name (all the good Bond-related names had already been taken), so let's explain the avatar this time. This picture isn't actually a picture of Caractacus Potts, but it is related.

    It's a detail from a sculpture by Rowland Emett, the cartoonist and kinetic sculptor who built the props representing Potts's inventions in the film. Do a Google image search on Rowland Emett, its all obsessively detailed over-elaborate proto-steampunk stuff. Here's a more complete shot of the sculpture:

    ...so that's not supposed to be Potts, but the character is a similar eccentric inventor and note his flying machine has a cup holder for his afternoon tea.

    The Ontario Science Centre has a permanent display of Emmet's sculptures, which I must re-visit some day, And they made this promo film showing some of them from many angles. My avatar's in there!, starting at 3:20

    As for my location, which some folks have suggested is a bit cryptic, well that's a line from Moonraker.

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,966MI6 Agent
    edited October 2021

    First of all: congratulations, CP! 🤝

    When I first saw the second image with the ..... contraption .... I though it has to be a cut scene from the 1975 animated Norwegian movie "Pinchcliffe Grand Prix" (org. title "Flåklypa Grand Prix"). If you like stop-motion funny steampunk style movies you should check it out! Many still consider it the best Norwegian movie ever, and people who were kids back then who listen to "Norwegian sunset/Reodors ballade") without welling up is dead inside.

    There is an unlikely theory that the pod race in SW: The Phantom Menace is based on the car race in Pinchcliffe Grand Prix.

  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 33,422Chief of Staff

    Congratulations! You think Bond26 will be ready for 2035, then? You optimist!

  • CoolHandBondCoolHandBond Mactan IslandPosts: 4,751MI6 Agent

    It’s always a pleasure to read your posts, CP, long may it continue.

    Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.
  • JoshuaJoshua Posts: 1,125MI6 Agent

    I don't know the last time I visied the AJB forum but it seems like a long time. Just when you all thought you had seen the last of me and sighed a huge relief, here I am again to spoil your day!

    Apart from working very long hours, I am trying to keep away from NTTD news. I have not seen the film yet and will not do so until I get it on DVD. I have managed to keep all the plot at arms length so, when the time comes, I can sit and watch it without knowing what happens.

    For this reason I am keeping well away from the areas of AJB where it is discussed or where I might come across the plot by mistake!

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,966MI6 Agent

    Well done staying unspoiled for NTTD! Nice to see you back too.

  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 33,422Chief of Staff

    Good idea, Joshua. It's all too easy to come across information you don't want to know.

  • The Domino EffectThe Domino Effect Posts: 3,544MI6 Agent

    Great to see you back, Joshua, and I hope life is treating you well.


    I am also very happy to see Teppo back. Seeing his name the other day was a blast from the past.


    Finally, congratulations to Caractacus. I am also a huge fan of Rowland Emmett and have long loved his contraptions. If only he'd been hired to do the Christmas windows for Simpsons/The Bay at the very beginning!

  • caractacus pottscaractacus potts Orbital communicator, level 10Posts: 3,394MI6 Agent

    thanks @The Domino Effect . I've probably walked past you in the street never guessing your a fellow ajb007 agent, thats what good spies we are.

    Emmett would be perfect for those Christmas windows! they all have moving parts, and the Simpsons building is genuine Victorian architecture (like department stores and christmas windows in general), so Emmett's proto-steampunk aesthetic would fit right in.

    Last time I was at the Ontario Science Centre I forgot they have that Emmett collection. Reason I was there that time? for the Body Worlds exhibit, I think in 2005. A year later we'd see the same disturbing sculptures in Casino Royale! anyway, I'm still leery of covid so don't think I'll be venturing inside the Science Centre this year, maybe next.

  • JoshuaJoshua Posts: 1,125MI6 Agent

    @Number24 @The Domino Effect Thank you.

    @Barbel it has not been an easy task to keep news of NTTD away from me!

  • MANDY1MANDY1 TISPosts: 2,607MI6 Agent

    Cheers for the mention, Dom 😊 Good to see you too mate ☺️

    Knowing who to trust is Everything in this business.

    TIS - "The moment you think you got it figured - you're wrong"

    Formerly known as Teppo
  • Charmed & DangerousCharmed & Dangerous Posts: 7,354MI6 Agent

    Hi all,

    Sincerest apologies for the long absence. Lots of things going on on the home front which meant that I wasn't in the right headspace for participating here.

    But, thanks mainly to Barbel, I'm happy to report back for duty and looking forward to catching up on all the goss and contributing again. 🍸🍸🍸

    "How was your lamb?" "Skewered. One sympathises."
  • CoolHandBondCoolHandBond Mactan IslandPosts: 4,751MI6 Agent

    Good to see you back, C&D 🍻

    Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 33,422Chief of Staff

    🎉🎉🎉

  • Charmed & DangerousCharmed & Dangerous Posts: 7,354MI6 Agent

    Thanks guys 🍸

    "How was your lamb?" "Skewered. One sympathises."
  • The Domino EffectThe Domino Effect Posts: 3,544MI6 Agent

    To bring you up to speed C&D, there have been lots of discussions about who the next Bond will be, what clothes he wore in the latest film, polls on favourite Bond films...and Higgins' trainers. In other words, you haven't missed much in the last 10 years 😁

  • misssteelemisssteele Posts: 10MI6 Agent

    Hi all!

    After lurking for a couple of months I thought I should probably say hello 👋🏻 I wouldn’t say I’m a long term Bond fan however. During 2020 I enjoyed watching the box set as a distraction of the time and found myself liking the films much more than I had expected. I’m currently watching them again after seeing NTTD but backwards! Watching bond and M get younger is actually quite comical 😂

    After filling a wardrobe with outfits worn by Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades, I said I’d not collect SA clothing from another franchise but here I am again now the rabbit hole with Bond 😂😂

    See you all around!

  • MANDY1MANDY1 TISPosts: 2,607MI6 Agent

    Welcome!

    Knowing who to trust is Everything in this business.

    TIS - "The moment you think you got it figured - you're wrong"

    Formerly known as Teppo
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,966MI6 Agent

    Welcome! 😀

  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 33,422Chief of Staff

    Hi misssteele and welcome to AJB007. I hope you enjoy yourself here and have a good time.

  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 7,880MI6 Agent

    Welcome to AJB, @misssteele. Good to have you with us. 🙂

    "The tough man of the world. The Secret Agent. The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).
  • Charmed & DangerousCharmed & Dangerous Posts: 7,354MI6 Agent

    Welcome Misssteele 🍸

    Which SA clothing are you thinking of collecting? I'm sure you're in the right place, whichever or whatever it is.

    "How was your lamb?" "Skewered. One sympathises."
  • caractacus pottscaractacus potts Orbital communicator, level 10Posts: 3,394MI6 Agent

    welcome to @misssteele

  • writingsonthewallwritingsonthewall SpainPosts: 394MI6 Agent

    Back after a longer-than-expected hiatus (work related, life's as fine as it gets in this global pandemic/potential WW3 era). Luigi's e-mail on the QoS ties project brought me back, missed out on the Mr E drama (luckily, I'm guessing) and hoping to be around on a more regular basis.

    "Enjoy it while it lasts."
    "The very words I live by."
  • jdjohnUKjdjohnUK Posts: 11MI6 Agent

    Hi there! (again)

    I'm Josh from Kent, UK. I've been a great fan for more than 25 years. Because of my job -long hours so many days a week-, I couldn't watch NTTD until last Saturday, I had to watch the ending several times because this has been a shock for me. . For me does not matter the timeline of who James Bond is exactly, for me James Bond, the character, just disappeared forever.

    I hope to comment soon anytime!

  • caractacus pottscaractacus potts Orbital communicator, level 10Posts: 3,394MI6 Agent

    remember someone else may not have seen the new film, after all it took you six months!


    can you name which Fleming novel took place almost entirely within Kent?

    and if you know the answer, have you visited any of the described locations?

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,966MI6 Agent

    Welcome to AJB007, jdjohnUK! 😀

  • jdjohnUKjdjohnUK Posts: 11MI6 Agent

    You said Fleming novel, that should be Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, I love it! Recently moved to Kent, I will visit some places this summer.

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