A view to a country: James Bond’s England

Text by Crai S. Bower | Photo editing by Connie Ricca
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Nov 12, 2012 2:15AM

I love London, since my first visit there, in 1951. Still covered in soot and many bombed out buildings, from the Blitz. But it was still a thrill, getting on the Tube, riding around the city.The Tower of London, the Tower Bridge. 10 Downing street, in those safer days, where you could stand next to the Bobby and have your photo taken.So many wonderful sights to see, As a wag, once said if you tire of London, you are tired of life.

I also have a tie to Sean Connery, being both of us, born and Bred in Edinburgh.Scotland. around the same time. Atlhough I think he's a little older than me. So of course he was our favorite Bond, as Bond was Scottish as was the author Ian Fleming.

So nice to see the Bond movies, still going on and entertaining us all, after fifty years.

I also was happy to see London again, during the Olympics, so bright and shiny, since they stopped using coal to hear our homes. Although it sure cut down on those London Fogs, ala Smog.

Judging my the 'take' from 'Skyfall' opening day, it's going to be another winner.

So looks like more of that spy fun for mamy more years.

Nov 12, 2012 12:42AM
Can't wait to see Skyfall, seems like it's been getting a lot of good buzz.  Didn't like Quantum of Solace even though I've found that all Bond films have good parts, even the least popular ones, and Quantum is no exception, it too has some good scenes and characters, but as a whole, I found it disappointing.  I liked all the actors who played Bond, but Pierce Brosnan's Bond was the one I liked the least, I thought he took himself way too seriously and didn't have much of a sense of humor which was ironic because many scenes in his movies were downrighrt silly, like driving a tank in the  middle of Moscow in Goldeneye or windsurfing to escape a collapsing wall of ice in The World is not Enough.   
Nov 12, 2012 12:13AM


I love all the 007's, Sean Connery was the best and still is. you have to love his charm and in the movie Indiana Jones comedy wise also.

Since I don't usually travel on an unlimited government expense account I'd be more interested in the John Constantine guide to London :)
Nov 11, 2012 11:18PM
They got this wrong.  The movie that Pierce Brosnan blasted out of this building in a boat was "The World is Not Enough"
Nov 11, 2012 10:45PM
It was ad to see M killed off. She was an important part the Bond series.
Nov 11, 2012 10:07PM
Daniel Craig is a GREAT Bond... Connery was AWESOME... Brosnan was Very Good... Moore was Good as was Dalton. Everyone seems to forget about the unsung Bond - George Lazenby... He was FANTASTIC and was in arguably One of the TOP Bond films of all time. Hair color and gadgets aside... We have a wonderful new era of Bond films to look forward to, and I for one am thrilled.
Nov 11, 2012 9:00PM
Craig's Bond in Casino Royale is the best Bond and Bond movie in the series.  If you read you will see that Craig has captured the spirit of Ian Fleming's character and updated it with a bit more emotion.  He's the best so far as he should be as everything we do as people is based upon besting the predecessor.  Everything improves, writing, acting, directing, special effects, all of it. 
Nov 11, 2012 7:07PM

Saw Skyfall yesterday. Have seen all of the Bond  Movies. Always great.    But why do they give Bond  that dinky PPK hand gun? 

How about a big Colt 1991 45-- to do more damage? When it is empty you can always use it as bat.

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