“You Only Live Twice” – Bond Goes To Japan

Having recently read the original novel “You Only Live Twice” by Ian Fleming, I decided to re-watch the film again. At one level, I probably didn’t need to as I’ve seen it so many times, having grown up watching it many times each year as it was one of the few films that we had…

Book Review: “You Only Live Twice” by Ian Fleming

Recently I read “Jaws” by Peter Benchley for the first time as, despite the fact that “Jaws” is my favourite movie, I’d never read the book and thought that I should (despite the warnings from many that the book is nowhere near as good as the movie). It seemed appropriate then – though it wasn’t…

My Top James Bond Movies

After my posts about top disaster movies and my top movies and TV shows, I thought, as James Bond featured twice in that latter list and I have done a number of posts related to James Bond, that I would rank all of the Bond movies. As with the previous lists, the ratings are just…

My Top Movies and TV Shows

This post provides a list of my favourite movies/TV programmes. It is based on the ratings that I have given them on IMDb. Given that IMDb hasn’t been around as long as I have, I suspect that there are many titles that I have forgotten to add – they may get added in due course….

“No Time To Die”, but Time to Kill Off the Bond Franchise

At the weekend I finally got to see the latest James Bond movie, “No Time To Die”. In many ways, like so many of my generation (at least in the UK), I have grown up alongside 007 movies. I have posted before about how I used to watch “You Only Live Twice” and “The Man…

Book Review: “The Chaos Kind” by Barry Eisler

He’s back! No, I’m not talking about Bond, James Bond. I’m talking about Barry Eisler, one of my favourite authors. Compared to the majority of books that I read, Eisler’s books have more action, including fighting – Mr Bond would feel quite at home within these pages. But the action and fighting is always presented…

Masaaki “Mick” Yamada (1970-2021)

It is with great sadness that I learnt that my friend Masaaki Yamada (山田正明) passed away in August. It seems that he became a victim of karoshi (過労死, ‘death from overwork’) as he pushed himself to the limit studying and doing voluntary activities for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. I first met “Mick”, as he liked…

Book Review: “Christopher Lee – Tall, Dark and Gruesome”

Tall, Dark and Gruesome is an auto-biography written by Christopher Lee. Although I had some awareness of Lee’s role as Dracula, it was his role as Scramanga in the James Bond film The Man With The Golden Gun that I associate him with. This is a film that I had recorded as a child and…

Peter Hood (1922-2021) – A Tribute

My dad, Peter Hood, passed away in 7 May. This post is a combination of text prepared by my brother, Barry, for an obituary that appeared in The Daily Telegraph (ironically appearing on the 80th anniversary of the sinking of HMS Hood) (the comments on the obituary have been particularly touching to read) and my…

A selection of Japanese Bond posters

Originally posted on Mid-Century Bond:
The appearance of James Bond in Japan coincided with a period when Japanese male stars had grown to dominate the movie business with an equal decline and disappearance of film actresses. Foreign films had long enjoyed a popularity in the territory, dating back to the 1920s. In 1932, Charlie Chaplin…