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A real treat for me - a chance to welcome the excellent author chrissymunder to my blog :). And on her own merits this time, rather than trying to hold sensible sway against my last-minute ramblings during our monthly Clare and Chrissy Chats.

The joke in Chrissy Munder’s family is that she was born with a book in her hand. Even now, you’ll never find her without a book or seven scattered about. Forced to become a practicing realist in an effort to combat her tendency to dream, her many years of travel and a diverse assortment of careers have taken her across most of the United States and shown her that there are two things you can never have enough of: love and laughter.

All Chrissy's publications can be found at her links as below, or at her Author Page at Dreamspinner Press.


When I grow up I want to be a James Bond Movie Villain . . . or, at least write like one.

Why you might ask? Well, despite what the lovely Ms. London may tell you it’s more than my avid devotion to Robert Shaw and his engrossing turn as Donald “Red” Grant in the movie From Russia with Love.

It’s repeatability.

While perhaps not the most concise word choice, it aptly describes the interesting phenomenon that occurs in our household every holiday. Perhaps it happens at yours as well. Forget the turkey, gifts, or the tenuous camaraderie between family members better left unseen more than once a year. Our favorite part of the long holiday weekends?

The annual watching of the James Bond Movie Marathon.

It doesn’t matter we’ve seen every single movie more than thirty times apiece. It makes no difference that most of the time the hosting television station will hack them up with an ever-increasing number of commercials. Or that we have the uncut versions on the shelf in both VHS and DVD format. (Note: here’s a fun drinking game best played only once per movie – everyone watching has to drink a shot for each new commercial during the break).

Why are we so enthralled by these movies? As much as we love each of the actors who portray James Bond and the gadgets are fun, it’s the villains and their henchmen, unique, individual, and unforgettable who draw us back time and time again.

If we are fortunate during a holiday weekend out of 250 available stations of programming we’ll be able to enjoy multiple football games and three networks running concurrent Bond movies. Toss in a couch and our beast of a cat and truly, all is well in our world.

During a recent online discussion I received an unexpected comment from a reader regarding my novel, Drive Me Home. She wanted to let me know that while it may not have been the usual type of story she picked up, she was quickly sucked in by the characters and couldn’t wait to find out how it ended.

Once I completed my fist-pumping Score! dance across the basement, I thanked her for letting me know and mentioned how glad I was she liked Eric’s story. To my surprise she emailed back to say not only did she enjoy it, but she also placed it in her “To Be Re-Read Collection”.

At that moment I felt exalted to the ranks of Rosa Klebb, Oddjob, Jaws, and Nick Nack. And that feeling gave hope that perhaps, one day if I work hard; I might aspire to dodge the heels of the ultimate Bond villain, Francisco Scaramanga. Third nipple and all.

Do you have a favorite Bond Movie Villain? Are you a card-carrying member of the Connery camp or are you a Q watcher? What brings you back to these movies time and time again, and does that same draw apply to your favorite reading material?

To learn more about Chrissy and her work:
Website: http://www.chrissymunder.com
Blog: http://chrissymunder.livejournal.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chrissymunder
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ChrissyMunder



Like to stretch your writing fingers after Christmas' excesses? Take the prompt "A NEW RESOLUTION" and write something for the visitors this month. It can be anything from a flashfic 3 sentences to a drabble of 100 or so, or even more. Any genre, any theme, any rating, any character(s). Maybe ones you already love, maybe the chance to try on a new character for size.

Depending on how many (if any!) contributions we get, I'll post them during the month or all in the last week. Just send them in to me at clarelondon11 AT yahoo.co.uk and we'll go from there :).


Follow this month with Clare - and the goodies so far:

JAN 01: A huge selection of delicious m/m icons from luscious_words.


Check up on the original post and the Guest Schedule for January HERE.

Want to join in but missed the original call? Email me at clarelondon11 AT yahoo.co.uk and I'll happily find you a space ♥

NOTE: most pictures chosen by me and credited where known, others may be used without direct permission, please contact me with any queries/concerns.



( 21 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 2nd, 2011 12:54 pm (UTC)
The Bond villains are much moe interesting than the Bonds themselves (the adorable Timothy Dalton excepted). I love Robert Shaw too, Crissy. Have you seen him in Battle of the Bulge?
Jan. 2nd, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
Hi Charlie, yes! I have seen that movie. It's an ongoing thing at our house to DVR any of his movies that run, or grab copies out of a dusty VHS sale bin. Right now I'm searching for any of his authored works in print (at a price range I can afford). I've managed to get my hands on a copy of "The Man in the Glass Booth" as a play script, but not the novel.

(*counts one vote for Timothy as Bond of choice*)
Jan. 2nd, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC)
I'm sure I read that (and/or another Robert Shaw thing) when I was a teenager. I think I wasn't overimpressed but it's so long ago I don't remember...
Jan. 2nd, 2011 02:49 pm (UTC)
I have to admit being a huge fan of Sean Connery. He is James Bond for me. Having said that I also love a good villain and find it tremendously disappointing if the villain in a good mystery or suspense turns out to be a dud (which happens more often than not). My favourite Bond villain is Goldfinger, which also happens to be my favourite film. Hub and I love watching it and waiting for our favourite line:

Bond (stretched out on a table with the threat of castration via lazer): You expect me to talk.
Goldfinger: No, Mr Bond. I expect you to die!

Best line ever for a villain!
Jan. 2nd, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC)
Too true, Jen. No villain has yet to top Goldfinger for that line or for, *gasp* attempting to castrate James in such a stellar fashion. I was quite pleased to see the nod to the movie in the latest, "Quantum of Solace", where they painted the gal dark with oil.

Quite a trick to make a villain in a piece as satisfying as Goldfinger, and still be realistic.

( *adds checkmark to the Connery Camp*)
Jan. 2nd, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
Connery is definitely my favorite Bond, but I really enjoyed Brosnan in Goldeneye. That was due primarily to the villain, Alex Trevelyan, and his chemistry with Bond. It's also how I discovered Sean Bean. :)
Jan. 2nd, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
I'm a Connery fan from the start, but Daniel Craig certainly restored my faith in the original character, as I read all the books years ago.

Poor you, only just 'meeting' Sean Bean *hehe*. I'm sure I remember him from romantic Cookson TV series in the past, to say nothing of Sharpe.

Villains?! I'd have to think about that, as so many of them end up as caricatures - but oh yes, very memorable ones! :)
Jan. 2nd, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC)
After I discovered him then rediscovered him as Boromir, I went back and found Sharpe. I was most impressed by Sharpe.
Jan. 2nd, 2011 08:49 pm (UTC)
It's the uniform and all those shiny buttons LOL.

We still pay homage to "that Boromir monment" in our house, which involves the Sons watching the movie then calling me into the room on some spurious excuse just at the moment that the first arrow thuds home, so they can see me blub :):).

Wicked monsters they are with no respect for a mother's sensibility...*g*.
Jan. 2nd, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, that moment in the theatre left me right upset. Every time we watch at home, I am prepared with the tissues. But it does have to be said that the lovely slashy moment between Boromir and Aragorn is, yes, well, slashy delight.
Jan. 2nd, 2011 11:34 pm (UTC)
Another split vote. LOL. But, oh yes, didn't the return to the character in the books make it all fresh again? My fingers are crossed MGM emerges from their bankruptcy troubles in time to make another movie with Mr. Craig.
Jan. 2nd, 2011 11:31 pm (UTC)
Hi Layla, Alex made quite the excellent and modern villain. Hmmm, now do I split your vote on the Bonds? LOL.
Jan. 3rd, 2011 01:04 am (UTC)
Nope, Connery is first in my book with Brosnan as my second favorite.
Jan. 3rd, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)
It's a toss up between Timothy Dalton and Daniel Craig for my favourite Bonds. Judy Dench as M!! Rosa Klebb and Blofeld are my favourite villains, though I have a soft spot for Mr Kidd and Mr Wint and also for Dr Arkov [The World is Not Enough] because I knew the actor for ten years as a painter and poet without realising that he was an actor as well [duh]. But honestly Q was my hero.

Well done for being on the re-read shelf.
Jan. 3rd, 2011 12:15 am (UTC)
*adds checkmarks for the Bonds*

Rosa was quite the dear, and Oooh, Judy Dench for the win! LOL. I love how despite issues with the timeline they couldn't imagine anyone else but her in the role now.

It did become amusing how Q stole the movies.

And thank you! It meant a lot to hear that with this novel. Funny enough, I received an email from another reader about this same book this past weekend.
Jan. 3rd, 2011 03:33 am (UTC)
Um... I've actually only seen a couple of Bond movies. And I'm blanking out which one it is that had a Hong Kong movie star in it as a villain...
Jan. 3rd, 2011 12:59 pm (UTC)
*Contemplates the wonder of the moment*

I wonder if the older movies would have the same impact were you to watch them now, or would you just find them silly? Perhaps part of the charm (and repeatability) is the connection to having seen them throughout such a large part of life.
Jan. 3rd, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)
I have to confess I'm not a huge Bond fan. I've seen most of the movies, maybe. LOL I'm not sure I have a favourite Bond (or villain) but Timothy Dalton works for me. LOL

I'm more of the Star Trek marathon type girl. :-)
Jan. 3rd, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
Hi Tam, you know - I never looked past the Bond or the football these past couple of holidays. :) Do any of the stations offer a nice Star Trek (movie or series?) marathon?

I read somewhere that Timothy Dalton had been asked to offered the role of Bond 4 different times, and that he was contracted to do 3 films but they only made 2. I found that a shame.
Jan. 3rd, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC)
Our Space channel does the 12 days of Space-mas which includes the Star Trek movie marathon and the Star Wars movie marathon.

I love our commercials for Space-mas. THIS ONE and THIS ONE and of course Carolers and Christmas dinner.
Jan. 3rd, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
Oh man, we didn't have anything that fun. *kicks tv* Those are some great commercials. And yes, Space-mas. I'd celebrate that.
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