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Revelator

Member Since 19 Sep 2003
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In Topic: Ian Fleming on "London's Best Dining"

19 June 2015 - 03:32 PM

Yes, I think this is one of Fleming's most charming articles, due to the technqiues you've astutely discussed.

I'm traveling to London later this year and will likely go the fish and chips route as well, despite my wish to sample Fleming's favorites. Here's the menu for Scott's, should anyone be curious.


In Topic: Goldeneye - Ian Fleming's Jamaica

08 April 2015 - 07:56 PM

 

I contributed a lengthy review of Goldeneye to the Artistic Licence Renewed site. You can read it here: 
http://literary007.c...matthew-parker/
 
Short verdict: a required purchase for Fleming fans.


Splendid review. One quibble tho': You duplicate the passage that starts "After one of his worst fights with Ann, who’d grown to hate Jamaica, Fleming...".

 

 

Thank you Glidrose, both for the kind words and spotting that error. That probably resulted from my harassing the poor webmaster with numerous last-minute drafts and revisions.


In Topic: The Real Casino Royale

08 April 2015 - 01:00 AM

This is going to be my evening for superlatives, Revelator, but this is indeed a very nice documentary. 

 

I'm glad you liked it, and I'm always glad to accept your superlatives! I'm still puzzled why this documentary was never included on any of the various DVD/Blu-Ray editions of Casino Royale. Perhaps some obscure rights issues were at fault.

Regarding Parker's Goldeneye, I heard from the Artistic Licence Renewed webmaster that Parker liked the review. I'm still puzzled that Parker (and Lycett) had to rely on Amory's book of Ann Fleming's letters rather than Ian's actual correspondence, which must exist since Amory quoted from it.


In Topic: Goldeneye - Ian Fleming's Jamaica

07 April 2015 - 08:21 PM

I contributed a lengthy review of Goldeneye to the Artistic Licence Renewed site. You can read it here: 

http://literary007.c...matthew-parker/

 

Short verdict: a required purchase for Fleming fans. 


In Topic: Revisiting You Only Live Twice

12 March 2015 - 10:46 PM

The Connery-is-bored trope has become conventional wisdom, but not everyone subscribed to it. Here's Pauline Kael's capsule review:

 

The fifth of the Bonds, it can easily be differentiated from the others because it's the Japanese one. It's a product, but probably the most consistently entertaining of the Bond packages up to the time--not as startling as parts of GOLDFINGER but much superior to THUNDERBALL. Ken Adam's sci-fi production designs (including a hollow volcano) seem almost perfectly calculated for the genre. Lewis Gilbert is a rather more humanistic director than his predecessors and he's a reasonably efficient traffic manager; he doesn't let the actors loiter on the sets too long. And Sean Connery's James Bond isn't the sleek, greasy-lipped dummy of the earlier films; playing the super-hero as a paunchy, rather bemused spectator, Connery gives him more character than he's ever had before. This casual, human Bond is rather tender in his sex relationships--one might almost call them love relationships this time. The Roald Dahl screenplay (out of Jules Verne and old movies) is clever enough, and Donald Pleasence, as Blofeld, pets his white cat ominously.