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Music: Top 5 James Bond Intros

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Each track is very much of its era, as the films are, which is something I love about James Bond: each Bond era represents its own time from when it was made.

#1 – On her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) by the John Barry Orchestra

Although the track is only instrumental, there’s just something about it that I enjoy so much. I think it just embodies the character of the film and since On her Majesty’s Secret Service is in my Top 5 Bond films so far, you can tell why I like the track too.

#2 –  The Man With the Golden Gun (1974) by Lulu

I think the lyrics of this song were so cleverly done as they basically give you a summary of the film you’re about to watch, of course, I didn’t know that until after I had watched the film and listened to the track a second time.

#3 – The Living Daylights (1987) by a-ha

I really enjoy a-ha’s music anyway, but I really enjoyed this song, and as explained above, it is very much of its era as are the next two songs.

#4 – Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) by Sheryl Crow

#5 – Die Another Day (2002) by Madonna

When I first listened to this song, I wasn’t much of a fan as it was very different to any other Bond soundtrack before it (and after it) and it was very ‘noughties’. However, the more I have listened to it since then, the more I’ve fallen in love with it.

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FILM: Top 5 007 Films

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On_Her_Majesty_s_Secret_Service_main-reviewWith the new James Bond film, Spectre, on its way, I wanted to recommend my TOP 5 007 films so far…

#1 – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

I think it’s a shame that George Lazenby never got a chance to play James Bond further since I really enjoyed his version of the character. This film is a really classy stand-alone film with the well-known villain Blofeld opposite our hero Bond.

#2 – The Living Daylights

The first of Dalton’s two film stint as Bond was a great introduction to his version of the character. In this film Bond works to prevent ‘an evil arms dealer from starting another world war’. We also see a charming and romantic relationship form between Bond and supposed Bond Girl Kara Milovy.

(License to Kill, Dalton’s second bond film, was close to making my top 5 since it had a fantastic story showing Bond try to avenge the injuries his friend, Felix Leiter, received from Sanchez, the villain, and the death of Felix’s new wife.)

It’s also a shame, like Lazenby, that Dalton didn’t have much more time as Bond as I really enjoyed his angsty and emotional Bond.

casino_royale_poster_by_comandercool22-d6aichh#3 – Die Another Day

Genuinely loved the concept of this film, one which I can’t really speak about without ruining part of the plot, but it really is good.

‘James Bond is sent to investigate the connection between a North Korean terrorist and a diamond mogul who is funding the development of an international space weapon’. 

#4 – Casino Royale

Marking the beginning of a new era of James Bond, a new reimagining of the series and a new Bond (Daniel Craig), Casino Royale is swarve, classy and full of surprises.

#5 – Skyfall

Action packed and thrilling, Skyfall kept me on the edge of my seat by making me worry about what was going to come next. I really enjoyed the film and its attempt to delve into the pasts of Bond and M. The villain, Silva, was creepy and fun to watch while also being terrifying. I also enjoyed seeing Bond’s vulnerability – something that hasn’t been featured too much before which makes the character seem more human.

So there we are, my top 5, however, being a massive fan of James Bond, of course I do love all the other films too and would truly recommend a good marathon before Spectre comes out on the 26th of October.

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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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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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What I’m

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Today’s blog is a bit different to usual. This is a new concept I’m trying out in preparation for September when school starts again. I think it could be really helpful for me when I have very little time to recommend something completely or for those rare times when I run out of things to say. What this concept is, which I’m naming ‘What I’m…’, is like a regular favourites’ blog which a lot of other online personalities do. I hope you like it and support my idea.

What I’m reading – Currently I’m reading The Mortal Instruments Series written by Cassandra Clare. I’m on the 3rd book City of Glass and loving it tremendously. The series is reminiscent of some of my favourite books and interests. It is about a group of young adults in a fantastical world of werewolves, vampires, faeries, warlocks and a race of Shadowhunters, descended from Angels, as they step forward into a time of war, uncertainty and danger.

What I’m watching – Over the past month or so, my Dad and I have been watching through all of the James Bond films, having finished Sean Connery, George Lazenby and Roger Moore’s variants of the character, we’re now onto Timothy Dalton’s License to Kill.James-Bonds-600x300

What I’m listening to – Following on from what I’m watching, what I’m listening to is the music from James Bond, this includes tracks such as Garbage’s The World Is Not Enough and Louis Armstrong’s We Have All The Time In The World to Shirley Bassey’s Goldfinger and a-ha’s The Living Daylights.Screen-shot-2015-05-12-at-21.29.36

More specifically though, I’ve been enjoying Corey Gray’s cover of The Weeknd’s Can’t Feel My Face and EofE’s new song Get Caught.

What I’m eating – I tried the new Haribo Tangfastics Frenzy Edition sweets this week and they were delicious. Very sour (just how I like my sweets) and very interesting with new flavours including Watermelon, Pomegranate and Mango.

What I’m quoting – ‘You are the light of the world. A city that is on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your father who is in heaven.’ Matthew 5:14-16

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above images, they are from: http://whatculture.com/film/james-bond-ranking-the-007-actors-from-worst-to-best.php, http://floatingindreams.com/2014/07/15/book-review-the-mortal-instruments-series/ and http://www.fdin.org.uk/2015/05/haribo-launches-new-limited-edition-frenzy-editions/

Films and TV: The Tourist

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The Tourist Film PosterI recently re-watched The Tourist and I’ve come to the conclusion that I absolutely love the film. Firstly, the cast is amazing: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Timothy Dalton and Paul Bettany are all people I absolutely love. Having Johnny and Angelina cast against each other was also another suave idea as they both are incredible at their jobs and were able to portray the appropriate type of chemistry between each other for their characters and the storyline and it is this mixed with their shared passion that made the two accurately complement each other.

The film is pretty simple in the way it’s portrayed. Yes, it has action scenes, but these aren’t the main focus and are only spotlighted throughout. This was very skilfully done in ensuring the classic romanticism was achieved to further the story. The Tourist has such an intriguing concept in this way and that’s why it can be loved so much and become ever more exciting despite its seemingly simple surface.

In addition, the film’s costumes and make-up were superbly done, Angelina looked stunning throughout and even Johnny’s normal film make-up was done noticeably well.

I truly recommend 2010’s film The Tourist to anyone who still hasn’t seen it because it really is an exciting feel good romance movie.

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Disclaimer I do not own the photo – The Tourist Movie Poster is from: http://cinema.theiapolis.com/movie-2SB0/the-tourist/gallery/film-poster-1046792.html