Saturday, 27 October 2012

Bond at its Best...

As I settled in my seat last night for a sold out viewing of Skyfall, my wait was finally over for my glimpse of 007. In its 50th year this was Bond's 23rd outing, and judging from the atmosphere in the cinema I wasn't the only one excited!....
In true Bond style the movie opened with one of the most actioned packed, stunningly orchestrated chase scenes that I have seen, Bond was off with a bang!... flowing into melancholic sounds of Adele's theme song it seemed that this Bond was going to live up to all the hype and expectation that had been set. As with all Bonds the theme song's final jigsaw puzzled slotted into place and the true essence of what the song was about suddenly all made sense.
For the next 2 hours I was swept away into this fabulous world of glamour and espionage.
There are no outrageous gadgets or gizmo's, every character enhances the story line, the new characters add to the complex layers of Bond.
The re-introduction of Q is fabulous, played by Ben Wishaw - the IT geek that everyone has worked with at sometime in their life.
Mallory played by Ralph Fiennes is a character that grows on you as you move through the movie. The "badie" played by Javier Bardem will have you squirming in your seat, chillingly creepy in a subtle way, its Julian Assange meets Hannibal Lector on a good day.
Judi Dench as M gives Daniel Craig a run for his money in the magnificent stakes, showcasing her acting pedigree to its finest, from ball breaking to heartbreaking in 2 hours

For the next 2 hours I was swept away into this fabulous world of glamour and espionage. This truly is the Best Bond that has been made. Daniel Craig is simply magnificent, bringing a Bond never seen before, humanistic, sometimes a little jaded, but so believable. Styled by Tom Ford this movie is uber glamorous, Bond has never looked so stylish and just oozes sex, appealing to the females in the audience... men will want to be him, and women will just want him!
This film is visually stunning, from the rooftops of Istanbul to the skyscrapers of Shanghai, the cinematography should be applauded and awarded. The Scottish highlands and the London skyline have never looked so evocative and breathtaking.  This alone is why this film should be seen on a big screen, it is fantastic.
Skyfall elevates itself into my top 3 films ever .... Bond is back and better than ever before...

previous Bond related posts...
Skyfall theme song
Bond at the Barbican

Monday, 15 October 2012

Skyflight over London

It's hard to believe looking at the blue sky in these photo's that this was only a week ago in London. The weather has turned and Winter is now rapidly approaching. After a hectic couple of weeks at work I grabbed a much needed day off and headed over the water to Greenwich. "Over the water" was exactly what i did by travelling on the new cable car route which links the east of London with the south. I did have a momentary panic half up the incline that I wanted to get off!... The views are spectacular across London and I was luck to grab a car all to myself.
Once of the other side I took a wander around Greenwich taking in the newly renovated Cutty sark. I climbed the steep hill to the observatory where autumn was just showing its colours in the park and across the London landscape.


After a late lunch it was time for me to head back to the O2 for an evening with Cirque de Soleil and its Michael Jackson show. Having never seen Cirque before I was intrigued to see what the fuss was about. The show was ok, there were moments of jaw dropping spectacle, and the music and dancing was fun and entertaining however I'm not sure if I would see them again. 


Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Skyfall.....

Last week one of the most rumoured spy secrets was exposed.... Adele would be singing the theme song for the up & coming 50th Bond movie Skyfall.... at 0.07 hours it was leaked and by morning it was all everyone was talking about!....
Set to a full orchestra the song is melancholic and powerful in true Adele style and suits the premise of the film... with homages back to previous movies, Shirley Bassey coming to mind instantly it will be a sure fire hit. Having been to the Designing Bond exhibition, there are a number of homages to previous Bond movies in the up and coming Skyfall, from trunks to cars!....
so my ticket is booked and I am now counting down the days to the opening night!... Looking forward to seeing Daniel Craig suited and booted in his Tom Ford tux and topless in his trunks!

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Diamonds & Dancing..

I spent a fabulous day in London on Saturday with two special ladies in my life, Marion and Mary. They are both sprightly OAP's with Marion now in her early 70's (she will hate me for that!)... most Saturday evenings I meet them for an Indian supper and some months ago both mentioned that they would love to go to Buckingham palace... so Saturday dawned the perfect autumnal day and we headed to the palace. Out tickets were for the 11.30 entrance. We were astonished to see the 1000's of people outside the palace when we exited Green Park, waiting for the Changing of the Guard.
The palace is stunning and the tour takes you through a number of rooms before exiting out onto the gardens of the Palace.
As it's the Queens Diamond jubilee this year the special exhibition was Diamonds. This was the slowest part of the tour as everyone crowded around the exhibits which were stunning.... I was amazed on how small Queen Victorias crown was. There was so many gorgeous pieces it was hard to have a favourite.
The gardens looked beautiful and against the blue sky you could just start to see some of them turning for autumn..
with a leisurely stroll through St James Park which was awash with families and tourists enjoying the last rays of a London sunshine we headed onto the Mall for our afternoon treat at the theatre.
Our afternoon was spent at the Aldwych theatre for the matinee performance of Top Hat. I had already seen this but knew it would be perfect for the M & M... who thoroughly enjoyed it.... Here is my post from previous show.
alas we didn't see Tom Chambers at this show but his understudy was fantastic and we did get to see my friends husband dance the lead tango in the Lido scene and the role of the shadow which was very good.
After a morning of Diamonds and an afternoon of Dancing we headed home for a supper of Curry and a rest!...A fabulous day had by all.... I hope I am that sprightly and that much fun when I'm in my 70's!

Thursday, 4 October 2012

A pleasurable evening...

A couple of weeks ago, I was lucy enough to get a ticket to go to the Leicester Square theatre to meet my teenager heart throb John Taylor and listen to him talk about his just published autobiography In the PLeasure Groove.... even now in my 40's I got a fizzy excitement just at the thought... yes I know he's looking a little jaded, but aren't we all!

Having now finished the book, which is a gripping read.... at their height and glamour Duran Duran were one of the most successful popular bands in the world and can still draw crowds in the 10's of thousands. A drink and drug addiction which defies belief of how JT can possibly still be alive.
Fab evening, Great read a must for any Duranie!... here's a  brief clip of JT reading from his book
here's a great interview with JT about his book:
such a tizzy I left my camera at home so had to resort to phone pics which werent too great..

Monday, 1 October 2012

George.. you were worth waiting for!

Saturday saw myself & a couple of friends head into London for a little retail therapy, some Lunch and an evening of entertainment at the Royal Albert Hall courtesy of Mr George Michael
This was a re-scheduled date from last October which was cancelled due to George being unwell, now likely to have been the start of his battle with pneumonia.
After a lovely afternoon (separate post to follow) the Albert hall beckoned. As previously blogged I am a huge fan of the Albert Hall, it is one of my favourite venues. Having seen George's Symphonica show in Verona last year I was intrigued to see how much had changed from then to now, post George's illness, but knew it would fit beautifully in this environment. Before we had got to our seats I had celeb spotted, with Bryan Adams being whisked past me in the corridor and then looking effortlessly cool.
With seats in the stalls our view was fantastic and although not in touching distance of George we were very close.... the stage looked sumptuous draped in crimson velvet and as the lights dimmed Georges vocals filled the auditorium with Through and backlit the curtains in a huge silhouette.

As the curtain fell the noise was tremendous.... it seemed that there was a very excited audience in the Albert Hall.... with noise levels that could lift the roof. George looked well and effortlessly stylish in black trousers, purple jacket & black tie, complete with signature glasses. He apologised for being a year late, and explained that the gig was starting a little late as he had,had to put out a small fire backstage before starting! He appeared relaxed and very excited to be on home turf in London.

1st Act
Through
My Baby just Cares for me
Let her Down easy

Intermission
2nd half started with a costume change from George, now dressed head to toe in black, looking chic, stylish and very slim.

2nd Act

Waiting for that Day
John & Elvis are dead
Roxanne
True Faith
Praying for Time

Encore

Encore 2


The orchestra were outstanding and the backdrop light show complimented the diverse range of songs... the Dita Von Tesse burlesque show was a huge hit with the men in the audience!

This was the best concert that I have seen of George's and surpassed all of our expectations.He crooned, and we swooned. He showcased across a wide range of songs what an incredibly talented artist he still is. It seemed the London's home boy had staged his best show far and had rattled Albert's royal rafters to the roof! George appeared happy, relaxed and having a ball.

It was therefore some surprise to pick up the shock announcement from George that he had cancelled his Australian leg of his tour due to major anxiety. It seems that George had been warned of this from his doctors post his near death trauma and will now seek professional help to overcome this.... what this does show is what an absolute professional and showman George is and wish him a healthy and speedy recovery.


All highlights will link to other pages or video links....Thanks to all for the Youtube links....

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Bond at its Best...

As I settled in my seat last night for a sold out viewing of Skyfall, my wait was finally over for my glimpse of 007. In its 50th year this was Bond's 23rd outing, and judging from the atmosphere in the cinema I wasn't the only one excited!....
In true Bond style the movie opened with one of the most actioned packed, stunningly orchestrated chase scenes that I have seen, Bond was off with a bang!... flowing into melancholic sounds of Adele's theme song it seemed that this Bond was going to live up to all the hype and expectation that had been set. As with all Bonds the theme song's final jigsaw puzzled slotted into place and the true essence of what the song was about suddenly all made sense.
For the next 2 hours I was swept away into this fabulous world of glamour and espionage.
There are no outrageous gadgets or gizmo's, every character enhances the story line, the new characters add to the complex layers of Bond.
The re-introduction of Q is fabulous, played by Ben Wishaw - the IT geek that everyone has worked with at sometime in their life.
Mallory played by Ralph Fiennes is a character that grows on you as you move through the movie. The "badie" played by Javier Bardem will have you squirming in your seat, chillingly creepy in a subtle way, its Julian Assange meets Hannibal Lector on a good day.
Judi Dench as M gives Daniel Craig a run for his money in the magnificent stakes, showcasing her acting pedigree to its finest, from ball breaking to heartbreaking in 2 hours

For the next 2 hours I was swept away into this fabulous world of glamour and espionage. This truly is the Best Bond that has been made. Daniel Craig is simply magnificent, bringing a Bond never seen before, humanistic, sometimes a little jaded, but so believable. Styled by Tom Ford this movie is uber glamorous, Bond has never looked so stylish and just oozes sex, appealing to the females in the audience... men will want to be him, and women will just want him!
This film is visually stunning, from the rooftops of Istanbul to the skyscrapers of Shanghai, the cinematography should be applauded and awarded. The Scottish highlands and the London skyline have never looked so evocative and breathtaking.  This alone is why this film should be seen on a big screen, it is fantastic.
Skyfall elevates itself into my top 3 films ever .... Bond is back and better than ever before...

previous Bond related posts...
Skyfall theme song
Bond at the Barbican

Monday, 15 October 2012

Skyflight over London

It's hard to believe looking at the blue sky in these photo's that this was only a week ago in London. The weather has turned and Winter is now rapidly approaching. After a hectic couple of weeks at work I grabbed a much needed day off and headed over the water to Greenwich. "Over the water" was exactly what i did by travelling on the new cable car route which links the east of London with the south. I did have a momentary panic half up the incline that I wanted to get off!... The views are spectacular across London and I was luck to grab a car all to myself.
Once of the other side I took a wander around Greenwich taking in the newly renovated Cutty sark. I climbed the steep hill to the observatory where autumn was just showing its colours in the park and across the London landscape.


After a late lunch it was time for me to head back to the O2 for an evening with Cirque de Soleil and its Michael Jackson show. Having never seen Cirque before I was intrigued to see what the fuss was about. The show was ok, there were moments of jaw dropping spectacle, and the music and dancing was fun and entertaining however I'm not sure if I would see them again. 


Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Skyfall.....

Last week one of the most rumoured spy secrets was exposed.... Adele would be singing the theme song for the up & coming 50th Bond movie Skyfall.... at 0.07 hours it was leaked and by morning it was all everyone was talking about!....
Set to a full orchestra the song is melancholic and powerful in true Adele style and suits the premise of the film... with homages back to previous movies, Shirley Bassey coming to mind instantly it will be a sure fire hit. Having been to the Designing Bond exhibition, there are a number of homages to previous Bond movies in the up and coming Skyfall, from trunks to cars!....
so my ticket is booked and I am now counting down the days to the opening night!... Looking forward to seeing Daniel Craig suited and booted in his Tom Ford tux and topless in his trunks!

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Diamonds & Dancing..

I spent a fabulous day in London on Saturday with two special ladies in my life, Marion and Mary. They are both sprightly OAP's with Marion now in her early 70's (she will hate me for that!)... most Saturday evenings I meet them for an Indian supper and some months ago both mentioned that they would love to go to Buckingham palace... so Saturday dawned the perfect autumnal day and we headed to the palace. Out tickets were for the 11.30 entrance. We were astonished to see the 1000's of people outside the palace when we exited Green Park, waiting for the Changing of the Guard.
The palace is stunning and the tour takes you through a number of rooms before exiting out onto the gardens of the Palace.
As it's the Queens Diamond jubilee this year the special exhibition was Diamonds. This was the slowest part of the tour as everyone crowded around the exhibits which were stunning.... I was amazed on how small Queen Victorias crown was. There was so many gorgeous pieces it was hard to have a favourite.
The gardens looked beautiful and against the blue sky you could just start to see some of them turning for autumn..
with a leisurely stroll through St James Park which was awash with families and tourists enjoying the last rays of a London sunshine we headed onto the Mall for our afternoon treat at the theatre.
Our afternoon was spent at the Aldwych theatre for the matinee performance of Top Hat. I had already seen this but knew it would be perfect for the M & M... who thoroughly enjoyed it.... Here is my post from previous show.
alas we didn't see Tom Chambers at this show but his understudy was fantastic and we did get to see my friends husband dance the lead tango in the Lido scene and the role of the shadow which was very good.
After a morning of Diamonds and an afternoon of Dancing we headed home for a supper of Curry and a rest!...A fabulous day had by all.... I hope I am that sprightly and that much fun when I'm in my 70's!

Thursday, 4 October 2012

A pleasurable evening...

A couple of weeks ago, I was lucy enough to get a ticket to go to the Leicester Square theatre to meet my teenager heart throb John Taylor and listen to him talk about his just published autobiography In the PLeasure Groove.... even now in my 40's I got a fizzy excitement just at the thought... yes I know he's looking a little jaded, but aren't we all!

Having now finished the book, which is a gripping read.... at their height and glamour Duran Duran were one of the most successful popular bands in the world and can still draw crowds in the 10's of thousands. A drink and drug addiction which defies belief of how JT can possibly still be alive.
Fab evening, Great read a must for any Duranie!... here's a  brief clip of JT reading from his book
here's a great interview with JT about his book:
such a tizzy I left my camera at home so had to resort to phone pics which werent too great..

Monday, 1 October 2012

George.. you were worth waiting for!

Saturday saw myself & a couple of friends head into London for a little retail therapy, some Lunch and an evening of entertainment at the Royal Albert Hall courtesy of Mr George Michael
This was a re-scheduled date from last October which was cancelled due to George being unwell, now likely to have been the start of his battle with pneumonia.
After a lovely afternoon (separate post to follow) the Albert hall beckoned. As previously blogged I am a huge fan of the Albert Hall, it is one of my favourite venues. Having seen George's Symphonica show in Verona last year I was intrigued to see how much had changed from then to now, post George's illness, but knew it would fit beautifully in this environment. Before we had got to our seats I had celeb spotted, with Bryan Adams being whisked past me in the corridor and then looking effortlessly cool.
With seats in the stalls our view was fantastic and although not in touching distance of George we were very close.... the stage looked sumptuous draped in crimson velvet and as the lights dimmed Georges vocals filled the auditorium with Through and backlit the curtains in a huge silhouette.

As the curtain fell the noise was tremendous.... it seemed that there was a very excited audience in the Albert Hall.... with noise levels that could lift the roof. George looked well and effortlessly stylish in black trousers, purple jacket & black tie, complete with signature glasses. He apologised for being a year late, and explained that the gig was starting a little late as he had,had to put out a small fire backstage before starting! He appeared relaxed and very excited to be on home turf in London.

1st Act
Through
My Baby just Cares for me
Let her Down easy

Intermission
2nd half started with a costume change from George, now dressed head to toe in black, looking chic, stylish and very slim.

2nd Act

Waiting for that Day
John & Elvis are dead
Roxanne
True Faith
Praying for Time

Encore

Encore 2


The orchestra were outstanding and the backdrop light show complimented the diverse range of songs... the Dita Von Tesse burlesque show was a huge hit with the men in the audience!

This was the best concert that I have seen of George's and surpassed all of our expectations.He crooned, and we swooned. He showcased across a wide range of songs what an incredibly talented artist he still is. It seemed the London's home boy had staged his best show far and had rattled Albert's royal rafters to the roof! George appeared happy, relaxed and having a ball.

It was therefore some surprise to pick up the shock announcement from George that he had cancelled his Australian leg of his tour due to major anxiety. It seems that George had been warned of this from his doctors post his near death trauma and will now seek professional help to overcome this.... what this does show is what an absolute professional and showman George is and wish him a healthy and speedy recovery.


All highlights will link to other pages or video links....Thanks to all for the Youtube links....