‘The first sound we hear is of radio interference. Then a gun barrel unfurls into view. And there he is. . . James Bond (in this instance Bob Simmons, a stuntman standing in for Sean Connery). he walks across the viewfinder and then suddenly he spins and fires a shot that rings out like the Big Bang. And much like the Big Bang, a new universe is created.’
Thunderbook: The World According to Smershpod
By John Rain
Published by Polaris Publishing
First Bond film you saw
Live and Let Die – saw it on TV as a little kid and loved the snake in the bathroom.
Last Bond film you saw (this can be a rewatch)
Spectre – for the book!
Favourite Bond film
Heart says Licence to Kill, head says The Spy Who Loved Me.
Favourite Bond girl
Pam Bouvier – Licence to Kill. She can handle herself, and isn’t afraid of Q’s hands.
Favourite Bond gadget
The Lotus Submarine – it’s a beautiful thing.
Favourite Bond double-entendre
“I am now aiming precisely at your groin. So speak or forever hold your piece.”
Favourite Bond villain
Hugo Drax: face like Dracula’s accountant, dialogue like Shakespeare.
Favourite Bond death scene
Bond shooting Elektra in The World is Not Enough. Cold and hard.
Favourite Bond theme song
‘Live and Let Die’ – it’s a masterpiece, and a beautiful combination of McCartney and Martin.
Head says Roger Moore, heart says Timothy Dalton. Love them both so much. Daniel Craig probably the best, though, just hasn’t had the best films.
Thunderbook: The World According to Smershpod by John Rain is published by Polaris Publishing, priced £16.99
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