Gonna be another beautiful day here in the Megalopolis -- sunny, bright, with a high of 65F, highlighted by the brilliant fall foliage of the Connecticut Valley. Have to do a bit of work today, as I've got a presentation to a client in NJ on Tuesday, but the Gunners are at West Ham at noon ET, so priorities must be maintained.
I've recently had a bit of an odd conversation with another poster here who brought up the fact that in the distant past I'd done work for the CIA. I'm still not sure what the poster's point was, as I've only mentioned that in passing or in response to topics wherein it was relevant. To me and thousands of other contractors, it was simply another client, albeit one that was a bit more of a pain in the a** than others, owing to the additional security constraints one was under when performing the work.
Yesterday, also, I watched (for the second time) Daniel Craig as James Bond in Casino Royale.
Watching the movie I was struck by a couple of things. First, Craig's version of Bond was much closer to Fleming's original conception of a ruthless, well-appointed thug than recent Bonds, hearkening back to Connery's early work as the character. In fact, it seems like the character vacillates between sophisticated with a hint of femininity -- Moore, Brosnan -- to ruthlessness -- Dalton, Craig. Second, Bond is becoming more like John McClane in that he seems to bounce off of concrete floors and steel girders without much damage.
For many of us Baby Boomers, Bond has been a part of our lives, always there in the background with iconic images such as the white bikini in Dr. No
and the "golden girl" death in Goldfinger
So, instead of discussing serious sorts of stuff -- you know, life, the universe, and all the fish -- with the likes of Estragon and Vladimir this Sunday...
and as a tribute to all the Junior G Men out there, let's do a super secret, super silly ...
TOTD: Who's your favorite Bond and why? (Poll to follow)
And, of course, there's the Bond girls, including the exquisitely beautiful and exquisitely French Sophie Marceau...