This year the James Bond franchise hits fifty years old and no matter what you think of the films, that is an unprecedented achievement. I don’t think any other film franchise will ever last that long. It is also fifty nine years since the publication of Casino Royale and this year also (hopefully) sees the release of the latest Bond Film: SKYFALL!!!
It’s been a while since I wrote the first part of this and even longer since I went to Bolton. I just haven’t got around to writing the second part yet. My memory of it is fading a little now so I best tell the story whilst I can. If you want to read up on part one you can just click the little link that’s floating around below and it will take you to that page.
History is full of lunatics as this film from the New York times shows…
So there was a guy, on the day JFK was assassinated, holding an umbrella open… The only man in Dallas, that day, with an umbrella.
On a clear and sunny day?
What the hell?
Some people have suggested that this is some sort of an assassination conspiracy and that he had a gun hidden in the umbrella. No. If you’ve watched the video you’ll know that he was protesting against Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement of Hitler!
Really… NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN’S… APPEASEMENT… OF HITLER! So either he was a liar… Or, quite frankly, just a bit weird. I’m going to go with the latter. If he was lying why would he come forwards? Maybe the guy who came forwards was just a crackpot anyway? Either way, if it was or wasn’t him, he was weird.
What this film shows is that history is full of weird stuff. The English weren’t wearing any pants at Agincourt because they had dissentry. When the Bastille was stormed there was a man in there who thought he was Julius Caesar… At the battle of Ely in 1071 William the Conqueror had a witch on a platform, with her pants down, waving her derriere at the enemy. She got shot up the bum with a flaming arrow. Mick Jagger once put bees down his pants in order to enlarge himself. It’s an offence to impersonate a Chelsea Pensioner. It’s illegal to die in the houses of parliament…
I’m sure there are many more.
There are some people who believe in the power of dreams and that our dreams mean something. If you’re one of those people I would like to now laugh in your confused little face… Ha ha… No… Don’t cry… OH GOD WHAT HAVE I DONE? Look I’m sorry, but I’m going to have to be honest with you. Dreams don’t mean anything. It’s just your head making things up to entertain itself whilst you sleep.
No… Seriously… come on. What makes us human?
Is it the way we behave? Is it what we are physically? Is it our choices and actions? (Is that the same as behaviour? I’m being told it is…) But I was wondering about this earlier today and I started thinking about a few things… (Here we go again… I’m off on one… Hold onto your hats…)
So here we are… 1820. Hard to believe that we’re only half way through the challenge and yet there are only 192 years to cover… Mind you, that does cover the Victorian age (in which a lot happened,) the first and second world wars and the second half of the twentieth century. Well come on then… We haven’t got all day! We’ve got a trip down to Cornwall and then we’ve got to go all the way to Scotland… There are pirates and thieves to contend with as well…
To recap: The king is stark raving bonkers, The Americans have won their independance and we’re somewhere in the depths of the late 1700’s… Only just over two hundred years of British history to go then… We’re going to war with the French again!