New James Bond Movie

Daniel Craig is to reprise his role as James Bond in the twenty third James Bond Movie, which is directed by Sam Mendes, Produced by Michael G Wilson and called ‘Skyfall’. Albert Finney and Ralph Fiennes are also among the stars who will head the cast . French actress and model Bérénice Marlohe is the new Bond Girl, English actress Naomie Harris plays a field agent called Eve and Dame Judi Dench will once again return as M

Having enjoyed some of the other films I am quite excited by the prospect of a new Bond film, There’s a classy, cerebral director in the form of Sam Mendes and a fascinating choice of sexy baddie in Javier Bardem. There was a rumour that Sam Mendes originally wanted to cast British stage star Simon Russell Beale as the villain, but the producers reckoned he wasn’t famous enough, mind you I always thought Daniel Craig was inspired casting: tough, rugged in the old-fashioned, Connery-ish sense, with a tiny touch of cruelty. He was really good in Layer Cake too.

I also thought Casino Royale, Craig’s first outing, was great because it was back to basics and an origin story, showing how Bond first earned his double-0 rating and didn’t have all the ridiculous over-the-top gadgets and impossible things happening. As a result It was far more believable and down-to-Earth and much better than some of the other films which were just a lot of silly gadgets, explosions and impossible car-chases set in exotic locations, rather than a spy just going about his job without attracting attention to himself.

In order to succeed I reckon Skyfall has to create a real sense of drama with real characters, and believable tension between Bond and his adversary. and create genuine excitiment without going over-the-top, and having read and enjoyed all the Ian Fleming novels while I was in hospital, I also think it would be interesting to see a Bond film which returned the agent to his original late 50s/early 60s heyday, when all the novels are set – but realistically that is probably not going to happen.

Bond Movies also need a great theme tune, all the classic themes liike Goldfinger, Nobody Does it Better & Thunderball  have been sung by people like Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Sheena Easton or Matt Monroe. I reckon you need someone with a good powerful and emotional voice like Florence Welch from Florence + The Machine or somebody like that in order to do the theme justice.

Bond in Motion

An exhibition of 50 vehicles used in the James Bond films will go on display at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. The Bond In Motion exhibition, will star 50 vehicles used in the James Bond films, and opens on January 18

The Museum and EON Productions, the UK-based production company which makes the James Bond films, announced the display in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first Bond film, as well as the Museum’s 40th birthday.
 
The exhibition, is claimed to be the largest of its kind staged anywhere in the world, and will feature many of the well known and best loved cars which have featured in 007’s adventures down the years. In addition to cars Bond In Motion will also feature a range of Bond-related vehicles including boats, motorbikes, sleds, jets and many more.

As ever, the star attraction will be the silver 1964 Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger, in tandem with the 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III owned by arch-villain Auric Goldfinger. Other famous vehicles include “Wet Nellie”, the aquatic Lotus Esprit S1 from The Spy Who Loved Me, (I bet they had Lots Of Trouble Usually Serious) and the BMW 750iL from Tomorrow Never Dies.

There’s also the tiny Bede Acrostar jet used in Octopussy, the Parahawk paraglider/snowmobile hybrid featured in The World is Not Enough and the original cello case navigated by Timothy Dalton during a snowy chase in The Living Daylights.
 
The Bond In Motion exhibition will run from January to December 2012 at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.

Visit www.beaulieu.co.uk  for more details

The Changing face of Facebook

During the last two years, Facebook has made a bewildering number of changes to its site – many of which can see personal data being laid open to advertisers, ‘friends of friends’ or the world.These changes often happen with no warning, and little explanation.

In the last 18 months, Facebook has changed its privacy policies eight times – including changes that automatically tell people where you are, and a change that let third parties access users’ telephone numbers and addresses. In a survey, 48 of users agreed that, ‘I can’t keep up with the number of changes Facebook has made to its data security settings.’ Dr Robert Reid, scientific policy advisor for Which Computing, which conducted the survey said, ‘Multiple changes per month to long-winded policies that are barely notified to users is leaving consumers of the social network feeling confused and powerless.’ Sixty per cent of the 953 users surveyed said that they felt worried about, ‘People who are not my friends accessing information about me on Facebook.’

The survey also pointed up real computer-security concerns about the site’s cavalier attitude to privacy. A worrying 19 per cent of users said that they had never changed their privacy settings. This potentially leaves open information such as phone numbers, addresses and email addresses, which could be used in identity theft. ‘Many users have never changed their privacy settings, and those have do it far less often than Facebook makes changes,’ said Dr Reid.

‘This may reflect a disregard or lack of awareness for privacy – or, more worryingly, privacy fatigue stimulated by the dizzying number of changes.’

Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant at computer-security experts Sophos, said, ‘Facebook could improve the way it educates people as to what these changes mean.’ Facebook says that its changes are in response to user demands. A spokesperson says, ‘All of our changes have been designed to give people more control over what they share and make it easier for them to understand who can see their content across Facebook .’