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No Bonding experience

My mates and I caught the new James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, last week. Very disappointing. Perhaps it’s because the flick wasn’t based on one of Ian Fleming’s novels. It just felt flat.

Despite having grown up with Sean Connery and Roger Moore as Bond (childhood flashback to seeing the actual Lotus submarine car from The Spy Who Loved Me at the Melbourne Motor Show – very cool!) I’ve got no issue with Daniel Craig’s more aggro version of the hitman. My problem is that all the elements from the books I loved as a boy and recommend to boys today are being neglected.

Quantum of Solace featured a wimpy villain, only a token nod to Bond’s womanising ways, action scenes that seemed to be there for the sake of action rather than for the (vague) plot, no suspense, little humour and characters that, apart from M, were as engaging as cardboard cut-outs. On top of all that, the heroine was fairly clueless, rather than sassy and smart-mouthed as Fleming seemed to prefer.

I’ve seen reviews that said QoS is more Bourne than Bond. Yes, sure, but at least the Bourne films had a plot and tension. QoS started with a half decent car chase and deteriorated from there.

What spoke to me was just how excited my mates were to be seeing a new Bond film. The original Ian Fleming recipe still appeals to boys of all ages, over several generations. Time to review the ingredients list, film folk.

A big week

Last week was massive. I’d been sweating on feedback from my agent on my current manuscript and was greatly relieved when her verdict came through as a big thumbs up. First hurdle crossed! I’ve subsequently made a few minor edits and that manuscript is now ready for market.

The other welcome news to filter through was that there’s some interest in Game as Ned in America, which is fantastic.

I was also approached about speaking at a Centre for Youth Literature event in 2009, which I’m greatly looking forward to. I have long thought Melbourne is blessed to have the Centre, along with its super website insideadog – both of which must have added punch to our city’s successful bid to become a UNESCO City of Literature.

Throw in my father’s birthday, booking Coldplay tickets, cycling approximately 100 kilometres, two School Council-related meetings, catching the latest James Bond flick, and my editing job, and it all made for an action-packed week.

Can’t wait to see what this week brings…

Confidence: Upwardly mobile
Reading: Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book; an Indiana Jones Omnibus; and the Deathly Hallows to my son
Listening to: Coldplay’s Viva La Vida; Springsteen’s Ghost of Tom Joad; four-year-old chatter
Watching: West Wing season 3 on DVD