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  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache.
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    ggl007 wrote:
    Dragonpol wrote:
    ggl007 wrote:
    Good work, Dragonpol.

    Quite interesting. I found very curious this part:

    "On this new project, the writers were asked to work from scratch, bearing in mind a guideline from Broccoli who thought that “The Spy” in question should be a Russian agent who falls in love with Bond.”

    because apparently changes the general opinion about this topic: http://www.mi6community.com/index.php?p=/discussion/8769/about-tswlm-title...#Item_18 Who is The Spy who loved me??
    ;) :D

    Glad that you found it interesting, @ggl007. To be honest, I was meaning to reply to that thread of yours that I always took The Spy Who Loved Me film title to mean James Bond and "The Spy" (i.e Russian KGB agent Major Anya Amasova) "who loved" him, not the other way around as it was in the original novel. It is indeed correct that Cubby Broccoli did stipulate that "The Spy" in question in the title should refer to the Russian agent and not Bond, so that should be the definite answer to your thread I think, coming as it does from the horse's mouth.

    And perhaps that's the reason why in Spain the film is titled "La Espía que me amó" (female spy)... :-? Not sure, but who knows?

    Interesting, could be, yes. I mean it comes from the horse's mouth (i.e. that of Cubby Broccoli) so I think we can take it as accurate. Case closed on that one methinks.
  • pachazopachazo Make Your Choice
    edited March 2014 Posts: 6,542
    Very glad to see you've updated your blog @Dragonpol! I really enjoyed reading the article. I think that Burgess was trying to deliver a screenplay that was closer in line with what Cubby wanted then what he himself felt a Bond film should be like. However, I do find it hypocritical that he would later criticize the films for moving farther away from Fleming. Perhaps some hurt feelings that his screenplay was not chosen had something to do with this?
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache.
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    pachazo wrote:
    Very glad to see you've updated your blog @Dragonpol! I really enjoyed reading the article. I think that Burgess was trying to deliver a screenplay that was closer in line with what Cubby wanted then what he himself felt a Bond film should be like. However, I do find it hypocritical that he would later criticize the films for moving farther away from Fleming. Perhaps some hurt feelings that his screenplay was not chosen had something to do with this?

    Thank you; glad you enjoyed it. There is more on the way soon. Yes, that could be another explanation for what I call Burgess's "double standards" in the paper. I intend to write a longer paper that is more in-depth at later date entitled Anthony Burgess and the James Bond Phenomenon.
  • The wait might have been long, but it's great to see a new article up at last! And GoldenEye, Casino Royale, and Skyfall came after a long wait; may this article carry on in their tradition.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache.
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    The wait might have been long, but it's great to see a new article up at last! And GoldenEye, Casino Royale, and Skyfall came after a long wait; may this article carry on in their tradition.

    Let me know what you think of it when you read it; and thanks for your kind words as always.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache.
    edited March 2014 Posts: 12,924
    There should be another new paper up within the week as I want to make some progress with the blog this year. There will not be as long a wait again for new material in any event.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache.
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    There, I've just revised and updated The Bondologist Blog Upcoming Papers List with some new and amended titles. I hope to be able to share more of these papers with you soon.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache.
    edited June 2014 Posts: 12,924
    List removed.

  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache.
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    Any interest in the finalised newly revised Upcoming Papers List for The Bondologist Blog? Which paper/papers would you like to see posted on the blog next? Pray tell...
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Thunderfinger Wane Museum
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    Your film reviews will be very interesting to read, @Dragonpol.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache.
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    Your film reviews will be very interesting to read, @Dragonpol.

    Thank you. I hope you enjoy them when they appear, @Thunderfinger.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache.
    edited June 2014 Posts: 12,924
    List removed.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache.
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    Some new paper titles added and the list tidied up a bit. I'm open to views on these papers and the blog, as always. There will be new papers added to the blog again very soon.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache.
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    There, I have just finished tidying up The Bondologist Blog Upcoming Papers List for 2014 and beyond. As always, I'm open to your views on any aspects of my blog project. New content this month is on its way very soon!
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache.
    edited July 2014 Posts: 12,924
    I've decided to remove the very long list of papers posted throughout this thread on my blog as I thought it was a little silly to pontificate on paper titles that had not yet seen the light of day on the blog and I know my limitations as a writer and more generally as a human being enough to know that some of them never will! I will only post here from now on when a new paper is posted on the blog. The list was counterproductive I found and I was putting too much pressure on myself to write things up by a self-imposed deadline. I realise that writing should be fun and not a chore, so hence the removal of said paper titles lists. b-(

    Now all of that said I do of course want to focus more on the blog and writing than I perhaps gave up to this point. I have started quite a number of papers over the years but I need to focus now on getting them finished and onto the blog, which as with everything in life is easier said than done when work, sleep and leisure time is deducted from time for writing. This is just an explanatory post to fill you all in on the current situation and I hope to see some new papers on various Bond topics posted over the summer months.

    All that remains now for me to say is thank you all very much for your kindness and loyalty in supporting my blog over the last two years (it was established in May 2012) and that your faith in me shall be rewarded this summer with new papers appearing very soon.

    Yours,

    Dragonpol. :)
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    Looking forward to even more work, Dragonpol! I love the blog, so I can't wait to see the all-new material in the coming months.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache.
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    Creasy47 wrote: »
    Looking forward to even more work, Dragonpol! I love the blog, so I can't wait to see the all-new material in the coming months.

    Thanks for your continued support, friend. It really means a lot! :)
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    @Dragonpol, you're quite welcome, I'm always happy to help! You put a lot of work into it for the blog to go unnoticed. :)
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache.
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    Creasy47 wrote: »
    @Dragonpol, you're quite welcome, I'm always happy to help! You put a lot of work into it for the blog to go unnoticed. :)

    Thanks again! :)
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache.
    edited October 2014 Posts: 12,924
    New content on the way soon...
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache.
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    Just before my new content hits The Bondologist Blog here is a rewritten version of my last post from 24 March 2014:

    http://thebondologistblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/anthony-burgess-on-spy-who-loved-me.html
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache.
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    One can now 'like' and join or even comment on The Bondologist Blog on the David Dragonpol Community Author Page on Facebook here:

    https://www.facebook.com/daviddragonpol

    New content on the way very soon!
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Thunderfinger Wane Museum
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    Looking forward to it. If there is internet access in the retirement home.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache.
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    Looking forward to it. If there is internet access in the retirement home.

    No really, I will deliver this time! I'll make a believer of you yet, TF! :))
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Thunderfinger Wane Museum
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    Already am.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache.
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    Already am.

    Oh, good!
  • royale65royale65 Caustic misanthrope reporting for duty.
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    Just read your essay on Burgess and his parody. Very Interesting old chap.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache.
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    royale65 wrote: »
    Just read your essay on Burgess and his parody. Very Interesting old chap.

    Thank you - I intend to do a follow-up on that on Anthony Burgess and the James Bond Phenomenon more generally. Glad that you liked it - more to come soon. :)
  • TheWizardOfIceTheWizardOfIce 'One of the Internet's more toxic individuals'
    edited November 2014 Posts: 9,117
    Looking forward to it. If there is internet access in the retirement home.

    That's actually quite funny.

    Although I am mindful of the fact that I did promise you an NSF review about 6 months ago Draggers so it's a bit rich of me to comment.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache.
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    Looking forward to it. If there is internet access in the retirement home.

    That's actually quite funny.

    Although I am mindful of the fact that I did promise you an NSF review about 6 months ago Draggers so it's a bit rich of me to comment.

    Don't worry Wiz, delighted to have you. I know you won't hold back if my new article is wrong or crap! I wouldn't have you any other way though.
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