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CasinÚ Royale (Italian language translation)
CasinÚ Royale (Italian language translation)
by Fleming Ian
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Not Fleming's best work - flimsy plot and a little too much ..., 19 April 2016
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Not Fleming's best work - flimsy plot and a little too much sadism for my tastes. Also it feels as if the story has ended before the book. Nevertheless, leaving the subject matter aside for a moment, Fleming was undoubtedly one of our greatest writers; his ability to create atmosphere and landscape without slowing the pace was second to none.

One other quibble - I ordered an Italian translation, and got an English copy.


The Ladykillers [DVD]
The Ladykillers [DVD]
Dvd ~ Alec Guinness
Offered by nagiry
Price: £10.25

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, 9 Dec. 2014
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It's a classic. Everyone knows that. What else can one say?


The Venetian Affair (1966) - Region Free PAL, plays in English without subtitles
The Venetian Affair (1966) - Region Free PAL, plays in English without subtitles
Dvd ~ Robert Vaughn
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Price: £11.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, oldfashioned FUN, 9 Dec. 2014
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Great fun for those of you who enjoy 1960's spy romps with a little more grit than 'The Man from UNCLE'. In fact it's Robert (Napolean Solo) Vaughn himself topping the cast with Elke Sommer. Boris Karloff makes a surprising appearence along the way, and with Venice as the main location the visuals can't really fail. It's not Le Carre, and bears little relationship to Hellen MacInnes's original novel, but it's good, relaxing fun when you want to unwind


Broken China
Broken China
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the kind of album that grows on you ..., 9 Dec. 2014
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This is the kind of album that grows on you, so don't expect to be swept away on first listening. Its fusion of classic Floyd soundscapes with (for those days) up-to-the-minute programming works well. The concept handles a difficult subject with sensitivity.


The Uninvited [DVD]
The Uninvited [DVD]
Dvd ~ Elizabeth Banks
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Price: £3.75

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth inviting into your DVD player, 9 Dec. 2014
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If you're into gore-fest, this movie is NOT for you. What it is is an excellent supernatural/psychological thriller with a good script delivered by a strong cast. The surprise ending won't come as that much of a surprise, but the satisfaction of knowing you were right all along increases the viewing pleasure. Some of you might care not to watch this alone on a dark night, miles from anyehere with a thunderstorm raging outside, but it's good cup-of-cocoa viewing


Polaroid PIC-300 Instant Film Camera (Black)
Polaroid PIC-300 Instant Film Camera (Black)
Offered by Smart Shop UK
Price: £69.99

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars None-starter., 29 July 2014
The instructions are so dumbed down that they are almost meaningless. The film that arrived with the packaging fitted into the camera but bore little resemblance to the illustration in the instructions, and proved impossible to remove. The camera appeared to work when I took a trial snap, but the photo failed to emerge from the slot despite much promising whining from inside the camera. Sending it back.


Diamonds Are Forever [DVD] [1971]
Diamonds Are Forever [DVD] [1971]
Dvd ~ Sean Connery
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Sixties meat the Seventies, 5 May 2014
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At a time when films like 'Straw Dogs' and 'The French Connection' were capturing everyone's emagination, it's not surprising that director Guy Hammilton opted for more violence rather than action. It was certainly the roughest, toughest Bond so far, and lacks the iconic score of 'You Only Live Twice' - but then even John Barry couldn't be expected to maintain that quality without repeating himself.
But it's a likeable film, without the sillyness of some of the Roger Moore movies that came later. Connery somehow embewed the genre with an odd kind of realism however unrealistic the subject matter. This was in fact very much in keeping withIan Fleming's philosophy, who wrote with the understanding that 'It couldn't possibly happen, but if it did this is what it would be like.' Once again, however, Flemming's original story goes by the board, but it's a good ripping yarn for when you want to put your feet up for some well deserved relaxation and slip into a world without financial crisis, tax bills and highstreet banks. Go on. Enjoy


You Only Live Twice [DVD] [1967]
You Only Live Twice [DVD] [1967]
Dvd ~ Sean Connery
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The first great departure, 5 May 2014
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This was the first Bond movie I ever saw, and as such will always have a place in my affections, just as the books we read as children stay with us throughout our lives, but....
This was also the first Bond movie to have nothing whatsoever to do with the book on which it was 'based'. Only the title and the names of some of the characters remain, which I can't help feeling sorry about. When I read the book, I thought 'Hey, this will make a really great and original... oh, bugger!' That's not to say it's a bad film. The beautiful camera work and deliscious score alone make it worth watching, and the sci-fi-spy plot works well if you suspend disbelief. If only they hadn't called it 'You Only Live Twice', and kept that quite extraordinary story free for propper adaptation.


Solo: A James Bond Novel
Solo: A James Bond Novel
by William Boyd
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Close Second, 24 Oct. 2013
This is very much a William Boyd novel, which is no bad thing. The man has established himself as one of the foremost British writers of our time. So here we have a William Boyd novel with James Bond as the central character. Boyd doesn't try to imitate Fleming's style - Fleming had a very particular form of genius; forget the subject matter for a moment, but how many fiction writers can get such atmosphere and vividness across with so few words? Here, however, Boyd plays to his own strengths, which are considerable.
There are only two problems; otherwise I'd have given this a 5-star rating.
Problem one is that like all his predecessors, with the exception of 'Robert Markham' (Kingsley Amis), who wrote 'Colonel Sun', he gets the literary Bond confused with the screen Bond, though perhaps not as badly as some. Problem two: he seems to know very little about spying. This works in his 'Waiting for Sunrise', set just before and during the First World War, because the secret services were very new in those days, and the amateurish quality lends, perversely, an air of authenticity. But it doesn't work in the secret world of 1969.
These two factors come into play most jarringly in the chapter where Bond sleeps with a woman in order to steal her passport, with which to forge one for himself. Any number of screen Bonds might have done this, but Fleming's Bond would never have countenanced such caddish behaviour. Take a look at those originals, and you'll see what I mean; Bond was less a love-them-and-leave-them playboy, more of an incurable romantic. Secondly, as a professional spy he would never have needed to take such rash and risky action. He would already have had a passport (false, but not forged; see 'The Day of the Jackal' - Fredrick Forsythe - for details) with a matching driving license, a change of clothes and - well, it's 1969, so let's say - the equivalent of £2,000 in various currencies, stashed away somewhere close to - but not in - his home.
Neither was I convinced by his motive for going solo. I'm not giving anything away when I say that poor old Bond seldom came through any of Fleming's adventures without needing medical attention by the end of it. Being shot in the shoulder must be very painful, and extremely irritating, but not quite enough to send him halfway round the world on a vengeance kick.
It's a shame, because the rest of the book is really very good indeed; a ripping yarn with exotic locations and even more exotic women. The African chapters work particularly well. Here, Boyd is on familiar ground ('A Good Man in Africa' and 'Any Human Heart' to name but two.) His recreation of some of Fleming's side characters - M, of course, and Felix Leiter - are very well done. So, all-in-all worth a read, but could have been so much better with just a little more attention to detail.


North
North
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New departures from an olf favourite, 20 Oct. 2013
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As a lifetime fan, even I wasn't expecting something this good. The first John Lees BJH album 'Nexus' was a cautious affair, blending re-workings of old songs as if to apologise for the (I thought) equally good new material. 'North', however, is a bolder statement: all new songs but with every bit as much flexibility and atmosphere of the classic line-up. While you could never accuse a band who could dish out 'Medicine Man' and 'Galadriel' on the same live set/album of 'sameness', even these old dogs have certainly produced some new tricks; one minute delivering the usual West Coast type sound - sort of like the Eagles but with more crunch - and the next swerving into Steely Dan territory with bouncy rhythms overlaying those cunning jazz chords that never graced the vinyl of the original four-piece. Not that there isn't plenty of more typical BJH fare along the way. A must for old fans, but also a great introduction to those who have yet to hear what this band can do.


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