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TGR, Gutenberg, Rubric

March 2015



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TGR, Gutenberg, Rubric

Literary and Musical and Movie-ish

So the other day DD and I were at the library to pick up a book she had ordered and I spotted Casino Royale on the summer reading suggestions shelf. That's the book by Ian Flemming, not a movie. I read it and thought, man, I don't remember the Sean Connery or Roger Moore versions of Casino Royale being this. They really pegged the story with Daniel Craig. I've got to go back and watch the earlier versions.

Damn! In my collection, I don't have the early versions. So I went to Hollywood video and asked for them. Hmmm... Not on the shelf. I'll look. Well, what we've got is in comedy. Comedy? I picked it up. David Niven and Peter Sellers star in it. Well, Peter Sellers started off starring in it, but got upset and walked off, was fired and replaced by Niven. The Peter Sellers role was supposed to be a James Bond impersonator, so Niven added five other impersonators to his batch, including Woody Allen. It's a comedy. Did I mention that?

Turns out that until the Daniel Craig version last year, there had never been a making of Casino Royale by the Eon Films franchise that produced most of the rest of the films (except Thunderball, Never Say Never Again, and the 1967 version of Casino Royale). So, tonight DW and I are going to sit down and watch the comic spoof of James Bond which was the original Casino Royale.

Back to why I went on this hunt in the first place: I was amazed at how faithfully the 2006 Casino Royale interpreted the book. Note I said interpreted. It wasn't lilteral. We've long outgrown the days of Smersh. We can't really set the film in the cold war era of the 1950s. But it was amazing that even down to the method of torture and the double agent, Vesper, that Bond falls for, and the last epithet ("the bitch is dead") they played faithfully by the book.

What was missing, in spite of the fact that Craig fell in love with Vesper, was Bond's humanity from the first book Ian Fleming wrote. Craig's Bond enjoys killing and does it several times. In Fleming's book, Bond has killed the two people that gave him his 00 status, but he kills no one in the book. This Bond enjoys fine things, gets a little tipsy, gets tired and needs to go take a nap, and barely survives the beating by LeChiffre. While Craig truly made Bond his own, it was a blue collar bond who would be more at home with George Bush and Lon Chaney, (oops. I meant Dick Cheney.) than with the British Secret Service. Overall, I'd have to say, I'm impressed, though, and am looking forward to Bond 22.

Oh yes. Music. I heard an old song on the radio a few days ago and it struck me that portions of it would be good as a skating routine. So I went out and bought it today. I found a second-hand CD of The Eagles (first album) with "Witchy Woman" on it for $8.99. Bought an Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2 for $7.99. Then I sat in my office all afternoon with them banging out everything from Take It Easy to Hotel California on my loud speakers. Sorry if it was too loud cloister27!. These guys were fun.


Most of the music I hear from your office is stuff I have in my collection, so no worries. It's fun! But no, yesterday I didn't hear a thing.