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  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache ~ Defender of the Continuation.
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    Dragonpol wrote:
    Not referring to you of course. I meant us people with no Real Brains.

    Ah! I get you now! Hopefully he won't be around much longer - brainiac that he is!

    Any of these article titles whet your appetite at all, @Thunderfinger?

    Several, too many to post here. I like the element of surprise as well, like an old fashioned christmas calendar.

    Can you even give me numbers? Even just a few?
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Planet of Death
    edited February 2014 Posts: 32,632
    Easier to say what I am not so interested in, and that is the continuation novels. But I will read about it just the same.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache ~ Defender of the Continuation.
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    Easier to say what I am not so interested in, and that is the continuation novels. But I will read about it just the same.

    Glad to hear it. They're a bit of an obsession of mine!
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache ~ Defender of the Continuation.
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    Just rejigged the titles for the final time there. New content is on its way soon. The Bondologist Blog project is still very much a work in progress, so please be patient if it takes a little while to get going. I've not given up on it. That's all for now.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache ~ Defender of the Continuation.
    edited June 2014 Posts: 12,793
    List removed.
  • pachazopachazo Make Your Choice
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    @Dragonpol, what title are you currently working on? Please do complete an article soon.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache ~ Defender of the Continuation.
    edited March 2014 Posts: 12,793
    I'm completing this one for something a bit different. Sorry for not getting a new article out sooner:

    209. The influence of the plot of Ian Fleming’s Dr. No (1958) on the plots of some of the later James Bond Films

    I did have writer's block a good while and just couldn't get beyond a start to several articles, but I think I've gone past that now and hope to get some new content out ASAP.
  • pachazopachazo Make Your Choice
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    That sounds rather intriguing. I'd be fascinated to hear your thoughts on the subject. It seems like a waste for a talented writer to not take advantage of his natural resources, no? Just get it out there man. I'm not trying to go overboard but wanted to give you a vote of confidence. Hopefully we'll hear from you soon.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache ~ Defender of the Continuation.
    edited February 2014 Posts: 12,793
    pachazo wrote:
    That sounds rather intriguing. I'd be fascinated to hear your thoughts on the subject. It seems like a waste for a talented writer to not take advantage of his natural resources, no? Just get it out there man. I'm not trying to go overboard but wanted to give you a vote of confidence. Hopefully we'll hear from you soon.

    Well thank you very much for your very kind words, @pachazo. How do you mean when you say about a writer taking advantage of his natural resources?

    And, I know I've said it too often before, but you will hear from me soon - I mean to say that there will finally be new content on the blog.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache ~ Defender of the Continuation.
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    Any other interest in any of the titles - I'd really love to hear your thoughts.

    I've tried to include as many obscure areas of Bondology as I could squeeze in!
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Planet of Death
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    No. 4 and 188 sound intriguing. Looking forward to your thoughts about those elements. Too many to choose from really, but I understand your appreciation of feedback so there you have it, pal.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache ~ Defender of the Continuation.
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    No. 4 and 188 sound intriguing. Looking forward to your thoughts about those elements. Too many to choose from really, but I understand your appreciation of feedback so there you have it, pal.

    Thank you, good friend. I really appreciate your taking the time to give feedback! Much appreciated!
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Planet of Death
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    Maybe you can contribute with some tidbits about Mr Connery and his cold and commanding nature in the Originals thread this week?
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache ~ Defender of the Continuation.
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    Maybe you can contribute with some tidbits about Mr Connery and his cold and commanding nature in the Originals thread this week?

    Why not? It's a theory of mine based on watching the Connery Bond films. I'd like to air it in public now. Should be fun!
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache ~ Defender of the Continuation.
    edited March 2014 Posts: 12,793
    New Blog Paper Uploaded: Monday 24 March 2014.

    I appreciate that it has been a long time coming (a year and two months to be precise) but I have finally(!) posted a new "comeback paper" in my pet project The Bondologist Blog, the second in my projected 215 title upcoming papers list. It covers the questions raised by A Clockwork Orange author Anthony Burgess's 1976 screenplay for The Spy Who Loved Me film when compared to comments he made on said film some ten years later in 1987 in his Introduction to the James Bond novels that accompanied the new Coronet Books imprints of the original Fleming Bond novels on their republication in 1988. I only hope this new paper hs been worth the wait. You can read the new paper entitled "Anthony Burgess on The Spy Who Loved Me (1977): Double Standards or was his screenplay for the film a Parody with a Point?" at The Bondologist Blog here:

    http://www.thebondologistblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/anthony-burgess-on-spy-who-loved-me.html

    As always, please feel more than free to leave comments there or here in this thread and share with friends and family who may be interested in this subject matter. This is the second paper in a whole raft of new papers coming to a blogspace near you in 2014 and I intend to update the blog much more regularly than I have in the past year. You can also join up as a blog site member so that you can receive email notifications when new papers like this one will be uploaded to the blog. You can become a blog member here:

    http://www.thebondologistblog.blogspot.co.uk
  • SandySandy Somewhere in Europe
    edited March 2014 Posts: 4,012
    <:-P Good to hear Dragonpol ! I'm looking forward to read it, later when I get home. My edition of OHMSS has a foreword written my Burgess that I very much enjoyed reading.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache ~ Defender of the Continuation.
    edited March 2014 Posts: 12,793
    Sandy wrote:
    <:-P Good to hear Dragonpol ! I'm looking forward to read it, later when I get home. My edition of OHMSS has a foreword written my Burgess that I very much enjoyed reading.

    Thank you, lovely @Sandy. Yes, I quote a section from those Coronet introductions to the James Bond novels written by Anthony Burgess. I hope you like it as it's sure been a long time coming. As I make clear at the end of the piece, I do intend to return to Anthony Burgess's involvement with the James Bond phenomenon over the years in a later more in-depth paper on the subject. However, this is my preliminary piece on the matter, dealing specifically with his involvement with TSWLM. When you do get to read it in full, please get back to me either here in this thread or on the reply box on the blog itself! Thanks for your interest and continued interest, Dragonpol.
  • Samuel001Samuel001 Moderator
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    Well done for getting this online @Dragonpol. You raise some interesting points. Are there more to come soon?
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache ~ Defender of the Continuation.
    edited March 2014 Posts: 12,793
    Samuel001 wrote:
    Well done for getting this online @Dragonpol. You raise some interesting points. Are there more to come soon?

    Thank you for your encouragement @Samuel001. I'm glad you enjoyed the paper. And yes, there are more papers on the way soon. Hopefully, another one will be uploaded in a weeks' time.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Planet of Death
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    Looking forward to it, David. Will read it tomorrow at the latest (bookmarked your blog a long time ago).
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache ~ Defender of the Continuation.
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    Looking forward to it, David. Will read it tomorrow at the latest (bookmarked your blog a long time ago).

    Thank you, kind friend. Feel free to share and comment upon it.
  • 007InVT007InVT Classified
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    Great post on Burgess @Dragonpol!
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Planet of Death
    edited March 2014 Posts: 32,632
    I just took the time to read it, seeing it was not as long as some of your former essays.
    Very interesting and amusing! Burgess talked the talk, but did not walk the walk. He was no walkie-talkie, you could say. Really looking forward to more from you, well done.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache ~ Defender of the Continuation.
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    I just took the time to read it, seeing it was not as long as some of your former essays.
    Very interesting and amusing! Burgess talked the talk, but did not walk the walk. He was no walkie-talkie, you could say. Really looking forward to more from you, well done.

    Thank you for taking the time to read it, @Thunderfinger and for all your support. Much appreciated by this blog author. It was a lot shorter this one than many of the others have been but I thought it had enough punch and zest to it and if I'd made it much longer that might have been lost. As I end by saying, I will return to the subject matter of Anthony Burgess and James Bond at a later date in a more in-depth article entitled "Anthony Burgess and the James Bond Phenomenon", but this short paper was just for starters after a long hiatus from uploading new blog papers (a year and two months since the last paper was posted on 29 January 2013).
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache ~ Defender of the Continuation.
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    007InVT wrote:
    Great post on Burgess @Dragonpol!

    Thank you for that, @007InVT. I'm very glad you liked it!
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Planet of Death
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    Never read anything by Burgess, but saw A CLOCKWORK ORANGE the movie, which he also had a personal hand in as far as I know. That is a ludicrous hotchpotch as well. Not that I do not like it, but hardly anymore realistic than 70s Bond.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache ~ Defender of the Continuation.
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    Never read anything by Burgess, but saw A CLOCKWORK ORANGE the movie, which he also had a personal hand in as far as I know. That is a ludicrous hotchpotch as well. Not that I do not like it, but hardly anymore realistic than 70s Bond.

    I like it too, although it was very controversial at the time of its release and for a long time and perhaps it even still is? And yes, it was set in a future distopia and had some timely and harsh things to say about law and order and crime and punishment and even presaged restorative justice with the Ludovico method in particular. But there is so much more to Burgess as I hope my short article on Burgess and Bond makes clear!
  • ggl007ggl007 www.archivo007.com Spain, España
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    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
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache ~ Defender of the Continuation.
    edited March 2014 Posts: 12,793
    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.
  • ggl007ggl007 www.archivo007.com Spain, España
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    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?
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