Russia has accused Ukraine of attacking Kremlin by using drones, in a bid to assassinate the powerful Russian President Vladimir Putin.
On this day, Mary 3, 2023, I declare all attempts, and all articles, about who will BE the next James Bond, an ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGNCE.. I do not know enough about AI – but I soon will. I’m going to use Ian Fleming and his James Bond books, as a template, because Altering Reality is going on by the owners of the Bond franchise for the sole purpose of MAKING MONEY. To do that, they render human being mere widgets who need to be counted as THINGS that will purchase a movie ticket to go see the New Bond Movie. Broccoli will not be PAYING people to go see her latest Bond flick, which would b e the surest way to fill a movie theatre.
I belong to two James Bond groups on Facebook. THE GAME here is keep asking embers WHAT THEY THINK, and, WHO WOULD they choose? Most fellow members believe their answers and opinions – MAKE A DIFFERENCE – because they understand THE OBJECTIVE of the only people who stand to MAKE MONEY – a lot of money! Getting nobodies to HELP YOU MAKE MONEY, goes with GETTING VOTES so just a few will OWN POWER!
The question that is never asked by THE OWNER-CONTOLLERS on Facebook, is….
If James Bond were real, who would be his No.1 enemy, and, his No.2 enemy? Would these be the enemies of M-16″
Here are my answers…..The No.1 Enemy of Bond is Putin, who just created a False Flab by staging FOR THE CAMERAS a fake attempt on his life. The real M-16 is trying to discover what his MESSAGE IS. The No.2 enemy of James Bond would be – The Proud Boys! forty minutes ago four of them were found guilty of SEDITIOUS CONSPIRACY. M-16 is studying these convictions because the United States is Britain’s most powerful ally. WHAT IF there is an attempted coup – and our Democracy is overthrown? Would James be VERY CONCERTED as a British Citizen? Would he get a call from the head of M-16 and ordered to America to subvert THE TRAITORS? Or, would he be ordered to Florida to help Governor DeSantis wage war on Disneyworld, the Civil Rights Movement, and LGBT folks?
Here’s your Bonus Question. Is M-16 and the British Government very concerned about Putin kidnapping the Children of Ukraine, and – SCHOOLING THEM to be Pro-Putin, and not grow up be homosexuals and transgender adults who would want to fight Putin with weapons – and even assassinate him? Because Russia is not a Democracy, BUNDLING LOYAL WIDGETS WITH CHOICES, is not the name of the game. Putin, and the Republicans who refuse to admit that Trump lost the election, NEED their loyal followers TO HATE HUMAN BEINGS for reasons that are..
The ex-President and Speaker of th House have nor declared THE INSURECTION – REAL! Do they believe the assassination attempt on Putin – IS REAL? A Russian reporter asked McCarthy a question assuming he and Fellow Republicans – do not support Ukraine’s War with Russia?
WHAT IS REAL?
A twelve person jury found four Proud Boys – guilty of Seditious Conspiracy. If Broccolis think tanks studying how USE this truth to get more widgets in the Motive Houses? The objective has to be – to get MORE PEOPLE to buy tickets, thus……
Bribing Jurors – is not out of the question. You too can help DECIDE if James Bond will be recurected from the dead, and, will be a Black Woman that won’t look anything like Sharon Stone!
Who says 007 has to be White, British and male?
The latest novel from the James Bond franchise gives us the heroine we’ve been waiting for
Review by Anna Pitoniak
April 30, 2023 at 7:00 a.m. EDT
Before his death in 1964, Ian Fleming wrote 14 books about James Bond, and the literary franchise, just like 007 himself, has proved unkillable. Writers from Kingsley Amis to Anthony Horowitz have taken up the mantle and produced Bond novels. But we’ve had to wait until now, with Kim Sherwood’s new novel “Double or Nothing,” for the Fleming estate to pass the baton to a woman.
Although it would be misleading to say that this latest Bond novel is actually about Bond. More than an addition to the canon, “Double or Nothing” is an expansion of the universe, and an exploration of how the Bond archetype can be channeled into other characters. The man himself is notably absent from this story: “Double or Nothing” takes place in the aftermath of Bond’s disappearance. An MI6 operation has gone sideways, and Bond has been either kidnapped or killed. A trio of Double 0 agents are tasked with finding their missing hero — and, for good measure, saving the world from the schemes of an evil tech billionaire.
This trio of agents, who form the narrative backbone of the novel, are considerably less famous than 007, but also considerably more diverse. We have Sid, a child of South Asian immigrants; Joseph, a Black man who grew up rough on the London streets; and finally Johanna, who is part Algerian and a woman. The secondary cast of characters in “Double or Nothing” are also visibly diversified. Sherwood seems to have made a conscientious effort to bring MI6 into the 21st century.
Her choices are refreshing, and long overdue. Since Fleming’s first Bond book, “Casino Royale,” was published in 1953, we’ve had a firm picture in our heads: Bond is a dashing Brit who shoots steady, drives fast, drinks martinis and looks great in a tux. There’s been some variety within the archetype — Daniel Craig with his craggy-action-hero stunts, Pierce Brosnan with his megawatt lady-killing smile, Roger Moore with his wry comedic charm — and the books and movies have reflected the world’s evolving technological and geopolitical realities, but one part of the franchise seemed immune to change: James Bond has always been a White man.
This particular assumption showed signs of changing a few years ago, when rumors began to circulate about Idris Elba replacing Daniel Craig as the next 007. It now seems definitive that Elba is not taking the role, but those long-simmering rumors did, perhaps, have the effect of broadening the imaginative possibilities. It turns out that no law dictates that 007 must be a White man. It also turns out, according to the most recent Bond movie, “No Time to Die,” that 007 doesn’t even have to be a man, period.
When “No Time to Die” begins, our hero, played by an increasingly grizzled Craig, has retired from his position at MI6 for the umpteenth time. He is living quietly, if not quite peacefully, in a seaside home in Jamaica, when an old friend from the CIA tracks him down and asks for his help in an operation against Spectre. Bond has no interest in this. Until, immediately after this meeting with the CIA, he is contacted by an agent from MI6 and warned explicitly not to get involved in this American operation.
The MI6 agent in question, a young Black woman named Nomi (played beautifully by Lashana Lynch), identifies herself to Bond as a Double 0 agent. And not any Double 0 agent. “I’m 007,” she clarifies. “You probably thought they’d retire it.”
Bond reacts with staunch indifference. “It’s just a number,” he says.
Sure, we think, as Bond, drawn to the action like a bull to the flag, resurrects himself from retirement and gets back into the game. In one of the scenes that follows, back at MI6 headquarters, Nomi is addressed by a colleague as 007. “That must bother you,” she intones to Bond, who is standing next to her when this happens.
Even though Bond himself is absent from “Double or Nothing,” Sherwood is careful not to stray too far from the reliable pleasure-centers of the franchise. Every Bond trope we have been trained to expect is present in this novel. We have the monomaniacal billionaires, the abandoned Soviet facilities, the sleek Aston Martins, the perfectly mixed martinis, the high-end casinos, the low-rent fight nights. We have hand-wavey descriptions of technology that will apparently destroy the whole world and bad guys who can’t resist giving speeches right before they get killed. If there is a silliness to the novel, there is also a lot of campy fun: man-eating tigers threatening to escape their cages, bodice-ripping seductions. Bond himself only appears in the occasional flashback, but the other Double 0 agents have all self-consciously molded themselves in his image. With their constant echoing of his gestures and maxims, his essence permeates the entire novel, even though the man himself isn’t present.
In this subtle but refreshing way, Sherwood manages to shift the perspective in “Double or Nothing.” Because if the Bond of our imagination is really just a series of gestures — the martinis, the gunfights, the sex — then it opens up a much wider array of possibilities. What if Bond were Black? What if Bond were a woman? Would that change anything about the essential Bond-ness of Bond? And if not, then what are we waiting for?
Anna Pitoniak is a novelist who lives in New York City and East Hampton. Her new spy thriller, “The Helsinki Affair,” will be published in November.