I just have one very important thing to say…

THE NEXT BOND FILM COMES OUT ON MONDAY!

Who doesn’t find that exciting? I’ve always loved Bond films, even since I was a child. In fact I recently re-watched all the Pierce Brosnan films from the 90s and was shocked (and a little horrified) at all the cheesy and mostly highly sexist innuendos. Which makes me even more excited that we’ve reached an age in Bond films where the sexual innuendos have fallen by the wayside, making room for strong, independent Bond girls and a James Bond with feeling and depth, instead of a 00 who’s about as deep as a puddle after it’s drizzled.

I never go to the cinema these days, simply because it’s really expensive and it’s too dark for me to do my knitting while I watch the film but for Spectre I’m going to push the boat out – get the special tickets in the special area with no children, free nachos, a bar area and HUGE comfy seats. So in the spirit of a) loving Bond and b) making sure my blog is up to date and relevant (because I’m a freelance digital media marketer, did I mention that?) I’ve put together a few bullet points to describe why I, woolly, Marple loving, knitting crazed woman that I am, love James Bond.

  • Well for starters, what woman (or man for that matter) in their right mind wouldn’t love James Bond? Gone is the Neanderthal of past films (and decades), he has been replaced by a deep and quite sensitive character. Someone who feels their kills and has a secret and damaging past, which gives him a keen sense of emotion and a real vulnerability. Simply put, you know that he’d beat someone up if they threatened your honour, but would let you hold him while he cried afterwards. Plus he looks great in a DJ. Completely unrealistic/highly attractive.
  • The story line. I love a fluffy white cat as much as the next crazy cat lady but with a more complicated bond has come refreshingly more complicated plot lines. Finally we’ve moved on from baddies from Russia wanting to take over the world and have got men that bleed from their eyes, female agents who have secret Norwegian lovers, completely mental and sinister blond hispanic men with seriously homo-erotic undercurrents (my apologies but I must exclude all references towards The Quantum of Solace – I have no idea why it was made, I’m not happy about it and I never want to see it ever again. End of.) and Aston Martins that re-start hearts and roll over seven times in a car chase – which is a world record by the way, the most rolls ever to have been managed in an Aston Martin car crash. Aston Martins are almost impossible to flip because they’re basically just race cars allowed on roads, which brings me nicely on to my next point…
  • …I LOVE Aston Martins. Again – knitting, cats, sherry… but also damn fast cars, I don’t see why I can’t combine them all at the same time (I do…cats can’t drive). The only down side to this is that usually, if not always the beautiful, awe-inspiring Aston ends up as a really expensive pile of rubble. Particularly painful in Skyfall when that happens to a beautiful vintage DB5 – it’s VINTAGE – it can’t be made again! Doesn’t Sam Mendez know that?!
  • Speaking of – Sam Mendez = genius. Can’t for the life of me figure out why Kate Winslet divorced him, although one presumes that genius’ are hard to live with. I’ve always been a fan of his work but never guessed that he could do spy so well. I think Spectre may be his final foray into the Bond franchise, but I hope not.
  • Okay, the clothes. I make a lot of clothes so I spend my life staring at items of clothing to figure out how they’re put together and ultimately if I could replicate them at my own humble sewing machine. These clothes that I study are often on other people, leading to an awkward amount of starring, it can make people uncomfortable, until I explain… and then sometimes afterwards. If you’re obsessed with clothes then there’s no better film than bond – I can stare and evaluate to my heart’s content.
  • As an add-on to my previous point, like everyone else I adore the glitz and glamour, the utter indulgent escapism that a Bond film offers. I think that is a timeless quality of Bond. The very first Bond book (Casino Royale) was released when the UK was still experiencing rationing. It offered a luxurious escape to austerity in the 1950s and it offers a luxurious escape to austerity now and that’s something I think everyone needs.

Aston Martin DB5, Why I love James Bond

I’d love to hear from you about your favourite Bond film or reason why you love the James Bond franchise, even if you don’t like it – I want to know why! In the meantime, I’m off for a martini and you know it’s not going to be stirred…

Weekly Blogs

I do apologise for not having put up a blog for a couple of weeks, I have unfortunately not been very well because of that whole ‘Something’s Going Around’ season. I was stricken down with a nasty cold and then as soon as I started feeling better I contracted food poisoning – because I’m lucky like that.

One of the benefits from working for yourself and from home is that if you can’t drag yourself to your desk, you can drag your laptop to your bed and work from there (hygienic). However, this does mean that all energies go on client work and the first thing to fall by the wayside was my own business things; website, social media, etc. So for the first time I found myself with the exact same predicament as my clients!

I’ve been really annoyed that I haven’t been able to put up a blog for two weeks because I know only too well how important it is. My stats speak for themselves. I work from WordPress so there’s this very useful little scale of visitation at the top left hand side of the window every time I look at my website, when I’m putting up regular blogs it’s a nice little up and down pattern of visits but the past two weeks – barren.

And it’s not just getting visits to my website but my SEO too. Google really respects regularly refreshed content when it comes to websites but of course you can’t just try changing the wording of your home page every couple of weeks so it says the exact same thing but in a different way (can anyone say Thesaurus?), which is where your blog comes in. With a blog you can ensure that your website has the kind of engaging, regularly updated content that Google looks for when deciding your Search Engine ranking. It can also set you apart as an authority in your field. However, as I can now sympathise, in the depth of your growing ‘To Do’ list, this doesn’t really seem like a good enough reason to sack off looming deadlines and client meetings for a good couple of hours arranging and writing a month of blogs for your website. Which is where I come in!

I’m not going to go ahead and plug all that I can do because that’s not what blogs are for either, suffice to say, I can take the task off your hands. With the extra time you can get on with other work…or go and watch the rugby…yeh that’ll be watching the rugby then.

Rugby World Cup 2015
All ye might God of rugby, shine your light of victory down on us this weekend. Amen.