They brought back SPECTRE, now they want to bring back Timothy Dalton with Damian Lewis as James Bond. Arrgh! To be fair to Timothy Dalton, and on second thoughts after once again watching The Living Daylights a couple of months ago, he probably portrayed the actual James Bond envisaged by Ian Fleming.
But as a commercial success, and as a James Bond presence, how he sucked! It may not be right to comparison-shop Timothy Dalton’s James Bond with that of the debonair, almost upper-crust James Bond played by Roger Moore. But exactly such comparison arose (in the mind of the movie goers) to result in Dalton’s defeat.
Today, after Daniel Craig (47), if they want to go back to an almost as old Damian Lewis (44) for James Bond, there is something seriously wrong with Eon, Sony, and MGM. I fear that Damian Lewis will only be slightly better than Idris Elba as a Black Bond, or a Magneto Bond by Michael Fassbender.
It has to be either Tom Hardy or Henry Cavill. The leak about Damian Lewis getting the semi-official nod is at http://bit.ly/mad1509291. And an interesting background on Ian Fleming’s tragic son Caspar Fleming at http://goo.gl/oOH9vD
Mars is all the rage in September. We had the Mars Atlas from ISRO, marking one successful year of the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM). Matt Damon is all set to entertain us in The Martian this week. And NASA announced yesterday that they have found running water on the Red Planet. So how can Google be left behind?
Thus we have a Doodle, celebrating the announcement of the discovery of running water on Mars. The Doodle’s reach is all across the world, except a few in Saharan Africa, and Iran. Was that a blooper, intended or is that Google does not have homepages for those countries?
The animated Doodle shows the Red Planet enjoying a glass of water. NASA though have confirmed that the ‘water’ on Mars is salty, more briny than drinkable – with one explanation being that the surface salts absorb the humidity in atmosphere, and on becoming mushy enough, flow down. While we have to wait for the actual explanation for flowing water on Mars, and whether life-forms have managed to hold on in those strange and precarious conditions, we can always enjoy the Doodle today.
Here is the Google Doodle celebrating the discovery of flowing water on Mars.