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Christmas: Gift Guides by Dani and Ruth

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To continue this year’s Christmas theme, that of me showing you gift guides by some of my favourite YouTubers, here are some videos by Dani Austin and Ruth Crilly

Enjoy!

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Quote: Roger Moore

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‘Teach love, generosity, good manners and some of that will drift from the classroom to the home and who knows, the children will be educating the parents’.

‘I’ve learnt that through life you just get on with it. You’re going to meet a lot of dishonest people along the line and you say good luck to them. I hope they live in comfort. Then I start sticking more pins in their effigies’.

‘My father believed in toughness, honesty, politeness and being on time. All very important lessons’.MTE1ODA0OTcxNzMwMDQ0NDI5

‘I am a mixture of idealist and realist’.

‘If you don’t have humour, then you may as well nail the coffin lid down now’.

‘My acting range has always been something between the two extremes of ‘raises left eyebrow’ and ‘raises right eyebrow.’’

‘The wonderful thing about age is that your knees don’t work as well, you can’t run down steps quite as easily and obviously you can’t lift heavy weights. But your mind doesn’t feel any different’.

‘We all have a responsibility in life to do what we can to help those less fortunate’.

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Disclaimer – I do own the above images, they are from: http://www.buzzquotes.com/roger-moore-quotes-james-bond and http://www.biography.com/people/roger-moore-9413743

Quote: Timothy Dalton

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Timothy Dalton actor as Bond July 1988dbase MSI‘You can’t relate to a superhero, to a superman, but you can identify with a real man who in times of crisis draws forth some extraordinary quality from within himself and triumphs but only after a struggle.’

‘Real courage is knowing what faces you and knowing how to face it.’

‘I’m guessing the stress of having to write for a deadline can be inspiring. Sometimes, pressure is good.’168893.1

‘I don’t think anyone should grow up wanting to go around killing people. I don’t think anyone should grow up wanting to be a secret agent.’

‘If you grow up in Britain, you just do Shakespeare. If you go and work in a theatre once or twice or three times in your life, you’re going to end up doing a Shakespeare, because he’s obviously such a brilliant, brilliant writer.’

‘If you want to believe in the fantasy on screen, then you have to believe in the characters and use them as a stepping-stone to lead you into this fantasy world.’

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above images, they are from: http://www.filmweb.pl/person/Timothy+Dalton-7242 and http://bondfanevents.com/

Film: James Bond

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mon 5thThis month the newest James Bond film, Spectre, comes out. In preparation for this my father and I, being huge James Bond fans, basically took to a massive marathon of all the films, watching one film a night for quite a few nights…

Obviously, I wanted to recommend James Bond to you, so let’s get on with it…

Spanning over 50 years, the James Bond films have been in theatres since 1962 with the release of Dr No. The newest film, Spectre, will be the 25th film in the collection. Over these years, we have seen many different eras, different fashions, different styles and six different actors try their hand at playing the infamous James Bond himself.

Who is James Bond? ‘He is a fictional character created by novelist Ian Fleming in 1953. Bond is a British Secret agent working for MI6 who also answers by his codename 007’. (Click here for more information).

Sean Connery: Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971). Connery began it all as the charming and sophisticated womanizer and spy. His era, largely in the 60s, shows off the romantic cars and casual wear of the time.

George Lazenby: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969). Lazenby’s Bond was only captured in the one film but what a good film it is. Showing a more athletic Bond, perhaps more appropriate for the work of a spy, Lazenby continues to showcase the classic charm of the character but also a more romantic side as his Bond falls in love and even gets married.

Roger Moore: Live and Let Die (1973), The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981),2BbimGp Octopussy (1983), A View to a Kill (1985). Having the most films, Moore is classic James Bond in a nutshell. His Bond is just as classy as the rest but with even more charm and perhaps some added cheek. Roger Moore’s era sees a more casual and humorous era of Bond, while also showing off 70s gaudy fashion and style.

Timothy Dalton: The Living Daylights (1987), Licence to Kill (1989). Dalton’s Bond brings a more thoughtful undertone to Bond that concentrates on the seriousness of being a MI6 agent with a licence to kill. Dalton’s Bond is perhaps the most emotional of them all making his films all the more spectacular.

Pierce Brosnan: GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World is Not Enough (1999), Die Another Day (2002). Bringing Bond into the 90s is Brosnan, perhaps the most passionate Bond. These films show the transition between the classic Bond films into the more modern and fast paced films of the 21st Century. Harbouring all of the cheesiness and action of which the 90s are known for, these films are really set in their era, but are loved all the more for it.

Daniel Craig: Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012), Spectre (2015). Our current Bond, Daniel Craig, is perhaps our most powerful yet. With more action than ever before these films are getting better and better. A special mention for Skyfall: the story is perhaps my favourite of all the Bond films.

Whether you start from the beginning, or join James Bond with the release of Spectre, I truly recommend them all. It is quintessentially British and so classic; a really enjoyable thing to watch and be a part of.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above images, they are from: http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/prints-multiples/everything-or-nothing-50-years-of-5614287-details.aspx and http://www.heyuguys.com/007-heaven-bonded-by-a-fantasy-photo-shoot/fifty-years-of-james-bond

TV: My Family

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largeFresh from watching the very last episode, I would like to recommend My Family: a BBC sitcom about ‘a modern, outwardly functional family… engaged in constant psychological warfare’. The Harpers are a dysfunctional family comprising of Susan, the wife, Ben, the grumpy dentist and also her husband, Nick, the older brother who refuses to move out, Janey, the self-absorbed popularity conscious sister and Michael, the brainy younger brother obsessed with girls. As the series goes on we meet more characters such as Abi, Roger, Kenzo and Alfie, who all join the main cast.

A comedy at heart, My Family aims to provide humour throughout and is really light-hearted. Definitely a good watch for a bad day or when you’re in a bad mood but also for good decent entertainment whenever that is necessary.

402275-my-familyIt will appeal to an audience who likes the humour of Seinfeld mixed with the madness of someone of the ilk of Lenny Henry and it does really work. The wit is very clever, very in your face and not as subtle as English humour can be at times but nevertheless it is great fun’. (Quote from IMDB User Review)

Not only is the show clever in its concept, albeit simple, funny and well written, it contains an amazing cast. The cast is a mixture of well-known English actors (Robert Lindsay, Zoe Wanamaker) and talented unknown young individuals (who literally grew up in their roles) taken and turned into well-known and popular actors and actresses (Daniela Denby-Ashe, Gabriel Thomson, Kris Marshall). This worked perfectly to create the family many people know and have loved.

The show, while not airing any more, lasted a solid 11 series and 9 Christmas Specials from 2000 to 2011. It was something I grew up watching, and something my parents would always have on. In its final two series I made sure to watch every episode and was slightly heart broken when I heard that the show was ending. I bought the boxset and have definitely not regretted it since.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above images, they are from: http://www.thejitty.com/articles/my-family-the-sitcom-of-our-time and http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/this-week-on-tv-with-dianne-butler/story-fn948wjf-1226169402355

TV: Top 5 Favourites

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This week I don’t just want to rave about one TV show, so here are my top 5 favourites of right now:

1. NCIS

My entire household loves NCIS, that’s me, my parents and my granddad, and a lot of my friends also watch NCIS avidly. ncis-cast-featuredWe’ve been watching odd episodes here and there on several TV channels  and now my Dad has recently purchased Seasons 1 – 8 on DVD so that we can finally watch them in order. I think one reason why the show is so good is because of its characters; their relationships are what keep the audience interested after all.

2.Death_in_Paradise_series_3___what_did_you_think_ Death in Paradise.

This is a brilliant BBC One show. It’s set on the fictional Caribbean island of Saint-Marie and is currently into its fourth season. The show follows the islands police and homicide detectives who solve various dghmurders. Again, I think the characters are what keep the audience watching.

3. Suits

This show is so flawlessly put together with an amazing cast displayed so stylishly that it’s hard not to be enthralled in it. It is a very popular show but if you are in the minority and don’t know what it’s about, it follows corporate lawyer Harvey Specter and his relationship with fraudulent lawyer Mike Ross.

4. Happy Endings.happy-endings-abc

I feel like this show has been underrated and thus only spanned three seasons from 2011 until 2013. It is staged alike popular shows such as Friends, and How I Met Your Mother, with a cast of six friends following their various relationships and comic problems. I enjoy thisBuffy-the-Vampire-Slayer-buffy-the-vampire-slayer-182338_446_600 show so much and as thus have been trying to buy the seasons on DVD.

5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

My final recommendation today is, of course, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I couldn’t not mention Buffy as it will always be my favourite TV Show. Although it has been little over a decade since Joss Whedon ended the series, it is never too late to start watching it. I remember when I was a lot younger, that I watched Buffy with my Dad but I was too young to fully comprehend what I was actually watching. So, when my Dad bought the series, I started to watch it all in order and fell in love with it. I love the concept and the characters and I just think it’s a seamless mix of horror and comedy with that ninety’s/noughties feel and for me it’s the perfect show.

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