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Monday, November 17th, 2008

The Quantum of Solace

Immediately after watching the Q of S* I thought it was OK; it was action packed as you would imagine, however, the film got better in my mind as my wife explained the story.  Basically, I watch Bond movies like a dog looking into a fire. 

We had gone to see the film, so my wife could ogle Daniel Craig **.  Being able to multi-task, my wife was able to follow the storyline and yet still perv at the same time.  As a man, I can’t do this, for example, if the incredibly beautiful news reader is on Sky Sports News I can’t concentrate on the vital information she is delivering (probably something about the Coventry goalkeeper stubbing his toe).

The film did get a little better in my mind, but not much.  It did not turn from rubbish to great with my wife’s explanation; unlike, a few years ago, when the film “Fight Club” did achieve this “Waldorf and Statler, Muppets in the theatre box” turnaround ***.  You know what I mean, it is that “Boo what an awful film!” to “What? Ed Norton is Brad Pitt? Oh that is good; what a GREAT movie” moment.

By the way, if you were expecting the “we were expecting you Mr. Bond” line, don’t be expecting it.  Also, there are no harpoon related gags, if you get my point.   Austin Powers obviously brought to an end this style of “eye brow raising, pun riddled, early 70’s” Bond movie.

No, today it is all about product placement inducing us to subliminally believe we can afford an Aston Martin DBS.  There was no subliminal advertising in the 1970’s Bond movies, although to be fair I did find myself buying a lot of cheese after one of Roger Moore films.
*People have been asking, what exactly does “Quantum of Solace” mean?  Well, Quantum of Solace means, the time between sitting down in the cinema and the time of the first crisp packet rattle.

** My friend Pete Thompson says, Daniel Craig is really just a good looking Peter Reid, discuss!

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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpYEJx7PkWE&feature=related

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

Faulty Powers of the BBC 2

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Watching the Ross/Brand saga unfold this week I was reminded of my favourite Gary Larsen cartoon (cut and pasted above):

I can’t explain why, I find this cartoon so funny.  Maybe, I just don’t see that punchline coming?  Or maybe, it is the victim’s overconfidence in frame three, which leads me (and the cartoon character) into thinking nothing could possibly go wrong here, surely?

So, why does this cartoon remind me of the Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand debacle?  Well, it is certainly not schadenfreude on my behalf, as I like both Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand.  I love their free-wheeling style of eloquent verbalisation of all of their thoughts at a moment’s notice.  Their humour really works and they are right to be confident.

Unfortunately, their poking fun at people went too far this time.  They believed that nothing could go wrong, hence the parallels with the cartoon.

The “hands behind the head” moment for Jonathan Ross was a few months ago when he said to Gwyneth Paltrow that he would definitely shag her.  Read my blog to see how concerned I was at the time.  He got away with this one, as he had done, when he asked Alastair Campbell (on air) if he had ever w***ed over Margaret Thatcher.  Unchecked for both of these incidents, Jonathan was left to cycle out of control, thinking he was safe.

Let’s face it, we (me included) are no different; every time we get a little cocky, we know life will turn up to say “Not so fast big guy”.  And “the loose screw on the exercise bike will drop out” to bring you down to earth. 

So, the only difference is, these guys are doing it in full view of everyone.  As the expression goes “Life is like learning the violin in public”. 


Don performs as a wedding magician, corporate entertainer, and after dinner speaker at events throughout the country. London Magician, Manchester Magician, Liverpool Magician, Birmingham Magician, Newcastle Upon Tyne Magician, Magician Surrey, Edinburgh Magician, Oxford Magician, Bristol Magician, Magician Milton Keynes, Leicester Magician, Leeds Magician, Magician Kent.