On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969 United Kingdom)

Assignment number six for the 007 franchise was the most controversial. Mr Connery had gone AWOL and United Artists waved their cheque books at every casting studio, trying to find the right replacement.  What they got was an Aussie model who had starred in a chocolate bar commercial. But, despite the million naysayers, I think he was a rather good Bond. His voice, for instance, was deeper than Pierce Brosnan’s. He had more youth (far more!) and testosterone than that smirking dinner jacket, Roger Moore. You can believe Georgie is doing those stunts – because he is. His lack of experience makes him more real. He seems a little unsure of himself, which is the Bond of Fleming’s novels. And we even get a love story. Just to make us feel icky. Anyway, this one ends in tears, which was a first. [Read more…]

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Eye Of The Cat (1969 USA)

eye LCSan Francisco is a great setting for any film, especially when it was made in the hippie era. This Hitchcockian (written by Joseph “Psycho” Stefano) horror tale is something of a little gem. A hugely enjoyable romp, coming across as sophisticated and hip, featuring some scary and horrific moments, but also blessed with some wickedly funny black humour. [Read more…]

Bruno’s Dream (Iris Murdoch)

Bruno's Dream It seems like I’ve been hearing about Iris Murdoch since I was a child, but only got round to actually reading some of her works recently. Bruno is a dying man at the center of a variety of complex relationships. One day Bruno asks to see his estranged son, Miles. This sets off a series of events culminating in a pistol duel and a great flood. [Read more…]

DEEP WATER (Britain)

deep-water-dvd-cover-artI’m no sailor and know very little about it, but a few weeks ago an amazing documentary named “Deep Water” was broadcast on TV. Thinking ‘this will bore me soon and I’ll turn over’ I gave it ten minutes to hold my attention. It certainly did. In 1968 nine men set off in nine small boats to circumnavigate the Earth, unsupported and non-stop. [Read more…]

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