Every Saturday there will be nine questions – sometimes they will be around a common theme, other times completely random – to be answered however we like.
1) “Live and Let Die” was nominated for an Oscar as best song. Do you have a favorite movie song?
If I had to choose a favourite movie song, the one that comes instantly to mind is:
The Call (Regina Spektor; from Prince Caspian)
But I’m much more likely to be drawn to film scores than film songs:
Hans Zimmer (again)
2) The latest Bond movie, Skyfall, is crazy successful. Have you seen it/do you want to see it?
I have not seen Skyfall, in fact I’ve not seen any of the Daniel Craig movies. I may watch it one day but I’m not all that fussed to be honest.
3) What do you think makes Bond movies so enduringly popular?
Honestly, I have no idea. Aside from The Living Daylights, Licence to Kill, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Goldfinger and The World is Not Enough, I’m really not a Bond fan. But I guess their popularity has something to do with humanity’s lust for violence, single entendres and a desperate need to escape the mundane lives we live.
Some guys (and gals) want to be Bond whilst other guys (and gals) want to be with Bond.
4) Do you have a favorite among the actors who have played “Bond, James Bond?”
1 January 2007.
A crowded restaurant on Brunswick Street, Melbourne.
Me: So who’s your favourite Bond?
Ex: Sean Connery. He was my dad’s favourite too.
Me: So he reminds you of your childhood.
Ex: Definitely. All those afternoons curling up the couch with him, spending time with him, having fun with him. Good times.
So who’s your favourite Bond?
Me: Timothy Dalton.
(Ex picks up a glass of water and pours it over my head. Water cascades over my hair, face, table and clothing. She laughs hysterically as everyone turns to see what’s going on. I blush deep red, completely embarrassed as other patrons start giggling under their breaths.)
Ex: You deserved that.
True story, and most likely thousands of people around the world will enjoy this real tale of actual public humiliation because I dared to share an opinion of my favourite Bond actor. I have never forgotten this moment, nor the intense humiliation I felt sitting there.
After that I didn’t bother continuing the conversation, nor did I risk sharing any other personal opinions.
For the record, my primary reason for loving Timothy Dalton is this:
When I was young my father and I reserved a copy of ‘License to Kill‘ when it was released on video. He dropped me off at the video store and waited in the car whilst I dashed inside to collect it. However, given I was younger than the classification of the video they wouldn’t give it to me, so I had to dash back outside to get my dad to come in and collect it. We then went home, sat on the sofa, and watched it together.
What was it my ex said moments before publicly humiliating me for daring to share an opinion? Oh yes…Definitely. All those afternoons curling up on the couch with him, spending time with him, having fun with him. Good times.
5) Bond orders martinis — “shaken, not stirred.” What’s your regular drink order?
Non-alcoholic: depending on my mood; coke, blood orange juice or water.
Alcoholic: depending on my mood; white wine, WKDs or (rather obviously) whisky.
Note: the whisky should not be mixed with anything, it should be Scottish and should be savoured slowly.
6) Moving from the bar to breakfast — do you have a favorite cereal?
7) Let’s daydream about warm weather. Would you rather swim in a lake, the ocean, or an outdoor pool?
When I was younger I nearly drowned in a swimming pool (had to be rescued by a rather attractive lifeguard) and ever since then I’ve had issues about swimming. I love just kinda floating and playing in water but I don’t like swimming – especially in the oceans, lakes, river and outdoor areas.
I’m much happier sitting there and watching other people swim. Which has absolutely nothing to do with a desire to perve on people in skimpy swimming costumes, but everything to do with an irrational anxiety of swimming.
8) Did you get 8 hours’ sleep last night?
Nope. I got three hours sleep last night. Which is actually pretty good for me :)
But bloody hell I’m tired!
9) What are you wearing on your feet right now?
Nothing. Right now I’m wearing my pyjamas, and I don’t like wearing socks with pyjamas unless it’s toe numbingly cold.