Blog: Basketball and Bond in hitman Bent's sights
5th Sep 2011
First up, find out about my love of basketball in this weekend's Villa News & Record for the game against Wolves. The matchday programme, which looks superb by the way, includes an exclusive feature by website editor Paul Brown. He writes about my NBA heroes, why I got interested in the US sport - and how good I am at the slam dunk! I know the programme team are looking for different angles this season, as well as the obvious football ones, and I was more than happy to contribute to what is, after all, a terrific publication. Make sure you buy it on Saturday!
Back to movies and as I mentioned in my last blog, my all-time favourite franchise is James Bond. It's just class and constantly reinvents itself with different plots, different characters and different scenarios. Even now, I enjoy a Bond film in my spare time and there are plenty of classics to choose from. It's great to sit back and watch different ones from different eras. I would have loved to have been part of a James Bond movie.
The new film is due out in November 2012. It's tentatively called Bond 23, because they haven't got a title and Daniel Craig is back as 007, Dame Judy Dench returns as M and Sam Mendes is directing. I am looking forward to it - but I hope it's better than Quantum of Solace! I've been quite critical of Daniel Craig as James Bond because he's not been my favourite version of 007. I thought Casino Royale was good but Solace was rubbish. But I'm obviously still going to get down the cinema to watch it as I'm a big James Bond fan.
My favourite is Sean Connery, definitely, he was different class as the super spy. His presence on screen is immense. Saying that, I'm always drawn towards Roger Moore's version of 007 too. People go on about the gags and his more humorous portrayal of the character but I still think he did a superb job. He gave it his own stamp. Both of them carried the franchise, especially Connery. He was superb. He had style and was suave.
There have been so many classics in the series and when you look through the DVD set of them in the shops, you can't help but be amazed by the amount of good blockbusters in the franchise's history. Thunderball is my all-time favourite, I love it. It's a classic. I know a lot of people will say Goldfinger or Man with the Golden Gun but mine is Thunderball.
Everyone loves the baddie in the James Bond films - and there have been some unforgettable ones. I quite liked Dr No with his crazy hands. Or Goldfinger, of course. But, by far from favourite bad-guy was Scaramanga, played by Christopher Lee. He was the Man with the Golden Gun. He was truly vicious. He was brilliant - and he even had a little midget to help him too, Nicknack. What a combination! Jaws was terrific too, get those teeth away from me. Ouch!!
On the opposite end of the spectrum are the Bond Babes. I thought Ursula Andress was brilliant. Everyone liked her and remembers her entrance. But I really liked Terri Hatcher and Denise Richards too.
Look out for my next blog in a couple of week folks.
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