Jigsaw / lockdown

I've just realised that jigsaw puzzles are perfect metaphors for lockdown, and not just fun activities to do during lockdown. (And I am using the word fun advisedly.) Jigsaws - and perhaps lockdowns too - start initially with some enthusiasm when you tip everything out onto the table and anything seems possible. That's the time… Continue reading Jigsaw / lockdown

#LateReview – The Fourth Protocol (1987)

Having just watched the four James Bond films featuring Pierce Brosnan, it was actually quite refreshing to watch this and see what he's like in a good spy film. Based on a novel by former spy Frederick Forsyth, The Fourth Protocol is set in peak Cold War time, with a classic USSR vs UK/USA plot… Continue reading #LateReview – The Fourth Protocol (1987)

Chaos, connection.. and broken internet (47.20)

After having some plaster repairs a few weeks ago, we repainted the bathroom on Sunday and Monday. I say "repainted the bathroom" - what we did was repaint only those areas that had had plaster work done. Something strange happened when we opened the bathroom paint. It curdled. Like old cream, it turned into a… Continue reading Chaos, connection.. and broken internet (47.20)

Bond evolution – The World is Not Enough (#19)

I always thought this was one of my favourite Bond films. It had a good plot, good characters and was directed by a 'serious' director in Michael Apted. However on my recent re-watching I found the gloss had come off it somewhat. The opening credits show a series of dancing women in pools of oil,… Continue reading Bond evolution – The World is Not Enough (#19)

Jigsaw Jigsaw Jigsaw Jigsaw (46.20)

This week I have mostly been doing: Jigsaws! Every evening! During my lunchbreak! Most of the weekend! Please please no more jigsaws! We've now completed two jigsaws this lockdown and I need a break now before we start another one. (There are two more waiting in the cupboard.) I heard on the radio that the… Continue reading Jigsaw Jigsaw Jigsaw Jigsaw (46.20)

Bond evolution – Tomorrow Never Dies (#18)

Another film that was better than I remembered. In fact there was only one scene that annoyed the hell out of me and I'll get to that later. The film opens well, with an all action, all exploding scene taking place at a terrorist arms bazaar on the Russian border. How things have changed -… Continue reading Bond evolution – Tomorrow Never Dies (#18)

Bond evolution – License to Kill (#16)

This film is pretty much full-on action from beginning to end. It's also quite a dark film for Bond, with 007 going rogue. What could cause this? The film begins with Bond on his way to the wedding of longtime CIA colleague, Felix. The journey to the church is interrupted when Felix takes a side… Continue reading Bond evolution – License to Kill (#16)