Tuesday, 23 May 2017

ROGER MOORE REPOST: SHARING A BOND...



ROGER MOORE: October 14th 1927 - May 23rd 2017

******

Sad news today of ROGER MOORE's passing, so here's
an amended repost from a while back in tribute to Big Rog's
portrayal of BOND...JAMES BOND (007).


Much has been made of the 'differences' between SEAN CON-
NERY's and ROGER MOORE's portrayals of BOND...  JAMES
BOND over the years.  In my view, the way they look and talk aside,
there really wasn't much difference at all.  Depending on what you read
first, some reports said that the producers 'toughened up' Roger's Bond
because he didn't look quite so ruthless as Sean's, hence him slapping
women and  generally being mean to them.  (MAUD ADAMS in
The MAN With The GOLDEN GUN for example.)

Other reports claim the writers geared the movies towards Roger's
strengths as a 'light comedian' and that there was more humour in them.
Absolute tosh in my opinion.  Bond slapped women on occasion regardless
of who was playing him and there have always been fairly large dollops of
humour in 007 movies.  These so-called differences tend to be retroactive
rationalizations applied after the fact in answer to reporters' enquiries.  If
you ask someone what the difference is in something, the mere suggest-
ion that there is one will probably produce an answer that meets the
requirements of the question rather than the facts of the case.


The truth is, the role of Bond is merely a suit of 'clothes' which
the actor slips into and holds up in the shape of himself (more or
less) - but the 'suit' (i.e. - the part) is the character rather than any
actor playing him.  Had Sean continued as Bond in the movies Roger
appeared in, there would've been very little difference in the finished
product.  Any evolution in the style or content of the films is more
down to the requirements of being bigger and better than the
one before than it is in the actor playing the part.

The tone of Roger's first Bond movie in 1973 had been set by
its predecessor, DIAMONDS Are FOREVER, which was largely
shaped by the participation of the late TOM MANKIEWICZ, who
was also involved in LIVE & LET DIE and The MAN With The
GOLDEN GUN.  To my mind, Roger's Bond never did anything that
I couldn't imagine Sean's Bond also doing, so the only difference be-
tween the two actors' portrayals was not in the character of
007, but in the way they looked and sounded.


By the time Connery played Bond in Diamonds Are Forever,
he was tired of the role - but the role was also tired of him.  He was
41, but looked at least ten years older.  Sean was definitely the right
man for the part in the early to mid-'60s, but it's the lean, mean, hungry-
looking Sean we must remember - not the rather puffy, bloated, weary-
looking Sean of the later movies.  Moore is actually older than Connery
by at least a couple of years, but back in 1973 he looked a lot younger
than 45, the age he was when he took over the licence to kill.  Moore
was the right Bond for the '70s, just as Sean had been for the
decade before.

So, regardless of the actor playing him, Bond is the same
man;  suave, charming, debonair - and a ruthless killer when
required.  In my view, Roger was every bit as good in the role
as Sean.  So - here's to Bond... James Bond.  I say again -
"Nobody does it better!"
      

FAVOURITE COMICS OF THE PAST PART FIFTY-FIVE - 'THE GHOSTS OF GREYMOOR CASTLE!'...


Images copyright MARVEL COMICS

It was in 1981 that I bought this comic in Southsea or
Portsmouth.  The story connected to a tale I'd first read
in CAPTAIN AMERICA King-Size Special #1 in 1972
or '73, and 'though only 8 or 9 years had passed since then,
it seemed far longer than that for some strange, inexplic-
able reason.  (Ah, the mysteries of time, eh?)

I was much taken by the moody, atmospheric art of
GENE COLAN, and the fact that the story was a follow-
up of sorts to one I'd read as a teenager resonated with my
even-then overdeveloped sense of nostalgia.  The flashback
sequence to that earlier tale took me straight back to The
NORFOLK Restaurant, wherein I'd first perused the
Cap Special mentioned in the previous paragraph.

Now I look at this issue and think of Southsea and
Portsmouth, 'though the earlier association with the '70s
still resides within its four-colour pages.  Perhaps you have
your own memories of this mag, which you're welcome to
share with us in the comments section.  C'mon, let's have
a nostalgia-fest while we're all in the mood.  There are
certainly worse ways of spending your time.
  



BABE OF THE DAY - JERI RYAN...



Had to look twice at this pic, as on first
glance, it looks like JERI RYAN is going
vampire hunting.  Or is she just holding
on to a banister rail?  Any theories?

Monday, 22 May 2017

SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN ANNUAL COVER GALLERY...



I only ever had the first of these four annuals if
I recall correctly, and going by the contents, it really
wasn't all that good.  However, nostalgia is nostalgia,
so I'll have to re-acquire it one day, and the follow-up
ones as well.  In the meantime, enjoy looking at the
covers and reliving your youth if you had these
'bionic' books back in the day.



ANOTHER BABE OF THE DAY - NATALIE DORMER...



"NATALIE, I want to go out - can
have my suit back please?"  (She just
loves wearing my clothes, the kinky thing.
Still, I shouldn't complain - I'm wearing
her dress.)  Oops, too much info!

FIVE BOOKS THAT EVERY COLLECTOR OF NOSTALGIA SHOULD HAVE...


No info on the back of this one, so haven't shown it

The five books on show here should appeal to
every child of the '60s & '70s in particular.  Lots of
great photos, details and history that bring the past to
life for you to live again.  They're not new books, hav-
ing been in my collection for years, and for all I know,
updated editions may have been released since.  How-
ever, I'd imagine at least some of them are available
to order in many bookshops, as well as eBay and
Amazon.  Track 'em down today!

(I bought these books in FORBIDDEN PLANET,
so why not give your local branch a try first?!)





No info on the back of this one, so haven't shown it


BABES OF THE DAY - SHIRLEY, HONOR & TANIA...



Three babes for you today, chums!  SHIRLEY EATON,
HONOR BLACKMAN, and TANIA MALLET.  Now you're
all spoilt for choice.  Talking of which, if you could have a date
with only one of those ladies (at the age they are in the pic),
which one would be your woman of choice?

DELBERT - THE FRIENDLIEST DALEK IN THE UNIVERSE...

                                             
                                             
                                             Delbert Dalek was an oddball,
                                             simply just did not belong.
                                             Wouldn't answer to the shrill call,
                                             thought 'extermination' wrong.

                                             Delbert's Dalek-heart was loving,
                                             such a gentle, friendly soul.
                                             Didn't go for people-shoving -
                                             cosmic conquest not his goal.

                                             All the other Daleks plotted,
                                             didn't want him in their ranks.
                                             With his single eye he spotted
                                             their approach from all four flanks.

                                             Although Delbert was a softie,
                                             he got quickly off his mark.
                                             Never mind pretens'ons lofty,
                                             scarpered off into the dark.

                                             As he cowered all a-tremble,
                                             hidden by concealing rocks,
                                             something started to assemble -
                                             an imposing big blue box.

                                             Doctor Who had come to rescue
                                             Delbert from the Dalek throng.
                                             Del had not and never would do
                                             anything remotely wrong.

                                             "Quickly, Delbert, I will save you,
                                              jump in to my time machine."
                                              So he did and off they both flew,
                                              rescue's seldom been so clean.

                                              Delbert now lives down in Southsea,
                                              has a cottage all his own.
                                              In his garden he sips green tea,
                                              green tea he himself has grown.

                                              All the neighbours really love Del -
                                              wave when passing his front gate.
                                              When the postie rings his doorbell,
                                              it chimes out "Exterminate!"

                                              So for Del a happy ending,
                                              let's give credit where it's due:
                                              It's all thanks to that time-bending,
                                              Dalek-saving Doctor Who.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

OO-ER! IT'S DOCTOR WHO & THE DIABOLICAL DALEKS...

                                   

                                           Doctor Who was in his TARDIS,
                                           which can move through time and space.
                                           Thought he'd go and tease The Daleks,
                                           self-appointed 'Master-Race'.

                                           Off he went to Planet Skaro,
                                           spinning through the endless void.
                                           Righting wrongs while facing danger
                                           were the things he most enjoyed.

                                           When he landed he soon noticed
                                           what a fearful place it was.
                                           But the Doc was used to walking      
                                           into danger's gaping jaws.

                                           Off he marched to find their city,
                                           when he got there, no surprise -
                                           Daleks soon had him surrounded,
                                           ray guns waving, stalks for eyes.

                                           But the Doctor, nothing daunted,
                                           (did you know he's got two hearts?),
                                           had a lethal secret weapon
                                           known as Gallifreyan farts!

                                           Stuffed his face before he landed
                                           with a dozen tins of beans.
                                           Knew he'd need a huge advantage
                                           to defeat those Dalek fiends.

                                           Popped off farts in all directions -
                                           My!  Did those guffs really rate.
                                           Solid objects?  Easy targets!
                                           Farts they can't "exterminate".

                                           Soon the Daleks were in turmoil,
                                           trapped within their metal shells,
                                           There was simply no escaping
                                           nauseating farty smells.

                                           He was soon back in the TARDIS,
                                           showed those Daleks he was smart.
                                           They'll give him a wide berth next time -
                                           now they know Time Lords can fart.

                                           As he travelled in his TARDIS,
                                           put his feet up, drank some tea.
                                           That's the way it really happened -
                                           just as he told it to me.

BABE OF THE DAY - HONOR BLACKMAN...



Here's HONOR BLACKMAN, seemingly bragging
about something.  Well, she's not wrong, is she?  In the
1964 movie GOLDFINGER, legend has it that SEAN
CONNERY's's original scripted response to Honor's
"I'm Pussy Galore" was "So I see, but what's your
  name?"  It was changed to "I must be dreaming."

If the story is true, then Honor's line must've been
changed as well, because in the movie, she says "My
name is...", which doesn't really lend itself to the pur-
ported original reply.  Maybe the story is only apoc-
  ryphal, but it's one that deserves to be true.  

Saturday, 20 May 2017

RICH BUCKLER PASSES AWAY (UPDATED)...



It's been reported that comicbook artist RICH
BUCKLER has passed away.  He was an artist that
could imitate the styles of others, but he was pretty
good in his own right too, especially as a painter.
Another great artist gone, alas, aged only 68.




PULSATING PIN-UPS: BATMAN & ROBIN...


Images copyright DC COMICS

Above is the back cover of BATMAN #1, featuring the Caped
Crusader and the Boy Wonder, below the same pair on the front
cover of the same issue.  Two pin-ups for the price of one - what
more can you ask for when it's not costing you a penny?

PULSATING PIN-UPS PART SEVEN: THE SENSATIONAL SILVER SURFER...


Image copyright MARVEL COMICS

Here he is - NORRIN RADD.  Or as he's generally known -
The SILVER SURFER!  His surfboard looks a bit too narrow
and I'd say there's a little problem with the left leg, but it's still
a great drawing from JACK KIRBY & JOE SINNOTT.

BABE OF THE DAY- LINDA THORSON...



Here's leggy lovely LINDA THORSON taking
it easy while I make a pot of tea.  See?  I'm not the
sexist, mysoginist dinosaur you think I am.  Hang on
a minute..."Linda, dear, as you're lying there doing
nothing, perhaps you'd darn my socks while this
tea's brewing?"  Now where's the sugar?

Friday, 19 May 2017

TIME FOR ANOTHER 'TEENAGE TALES': HE SHOOK WHILE I SHIVERED...



It was Saturday, March 10th 1973, and me and a
pal, Adam Cowie, were in the Old Village quarter
of our town.  Earlier that morn, I'd bought the 2nd ish of
SHIVER & SHAKE, and was much taken with the free
Spooky Screamer included inside it.  So was Adam.
(Regular readers will know him as 'Billy Liar'.)

We went into a little newsagent's shop, called M.B.
BARR, and I bought some sweets at the main counter,
while Adam looked over the comics on another.  As I was
making my purchase, there was a sudden tearing sound,
which attracted not only my attention, but that of the two
elderly female shopkeepers.  Inwardly, my heart sank,
because I'd guessed what had just happened.

My friend was somehow able to explain away the
sound and the two shopkeepers couldn't notice any-
thing obviously amiss, so I completed my purchase and
we left the shop.  As I suspected, Adam had torn the free
Screamer from the interiors of S&S #2 on the counter -
not something I was pleased about, but there was noth-
ing I could do.  At least he hadn't nicked the actual
comic, which was some consolation to me.

We then went into a centuries old church grave-
yard, whereupon Adam ran about from tombstone to
tombstone, blowing his Screamer and trying to scare a
young couple strolling around, studying the inscriptions.
(Or maybe they were just in there for a bit of 'petting'.) 
What a pillock he was when I think back on it, but I also
can't help smiling at his naivety in believing that his
Spooky Screamer was capable of actually scaring
anyone - even in an ancient graveyard.

So, 'though I was an unwitting (and unwilling)
'accomplice' in the theft of a free gift, whenever I
think back to that day, the memory is a pleasant one.
Shiver & Shake ran for only 83 issues, but it deserved
to last longer, being a great wee comic.  Although I was
only 14 at the time, I was happy to see two characters,
FRANKIE STEIN and GRIMLY FEENDISH, re-
turn from my childhood, where they'd first appear-
ed in WHAM! and SMASH! in the '60s.

Did you buy Shiver & Shake back in the day?
 What are your memories of the comic, chums? 

MONSTER OF THE MONTH - THE FRANKENSTEIN MONSTER...



Look at this handsome fella - great sense of humour.  I
told him a joke and had him in stitches - or did he start out
that way?  BORIS KARLOFF was definitely the best ever
FRANKENSTEIN MONSTER in my humble opinion.
If you disagree, don't tell me - take it up with him!

CRIVENS' CRACKING COMIC COVERS: SHIVER & SHAKE #21 (BACK PAGE)...



What are you lot moaning about?  Okay, it's a back cover, but
it's still a cover, ain't it?!  A superb piece by the great KEN REID,
who was helping out a well-known artist - well, you can see his name
for yourself at the top of the page.  I'd love to see the 'original' art for
this, because if it's bigger than A4, then Ken must either have traced it
from an enlarged photocopy, or covered the back in pencil and drawn
over the outline to transfer it onto art-board.  Or used a projector - or
even 'graphed' it.  Why do I think that?  Because all the 'errors' and
imperfections in my drawing are still there, and I'm sure he'd have
fixed them had he completely redrawn it.  Whichever method he
used, he finished it off with his usual detailed inking style.

Incidentally, I drew the original of this on Sunday, March 4th
1973, the day after the first issue came out, and posted it to IPC
on the Monday.  I was at my grandparents when I drew it, lying
on the carpet in front of the electric fire, and whenever I look at
the above page, I'm back lying on that carpet again in 1973.

LYONS MAID ZOOM ICE LOLLY...



Remember LYONS MAID ZOOM ice lollies?
Below are a few TV ads to remind all you ancient
fogies out there of your childhoods.
  




BABE OF THE DAY - NATALIE DORMER (AGAIN)...



Here's that nice NATALIE DORMER
(with my shirt on) preparing to jump over the
table and ravish my manly-man body as she's
done so many times before.  Okay, only in my
imagination admittedly, but what the hell - I
 still enjoyed it and it seemed real to me.

KID'S KLASSIC (KIRBY) KOMIC KOVERS: THE X-MEN #9...


Image copyright MARVEL COMICS

There's certainly a lot going on in this cover, but note how
ineffectual (as usual) MARVEL GIRL is, merely levitating in the
background.  She's about as useful as a chocolate fire-guard.  JACK
KIRBY often had difficulty portraying female characters as anything
other than glamorous-but-helpless adornment on the covers he did,
but JEAN GREY's power (telekenesis) doesn't really lend itself to
dramatic visual interpretation.  (The FF's SUE STORM didn't
fare much better, alas, but then again, I suppose invisibility
is another difficult one to do anything with.)

At least the gals were there to make the tea and sandwiches,
and wash and iron the costumes after the guys had done all the
heavy-lifting in the fighting department, so their presence wasn't
entirely redundant.  And it's always nice to have a pretty face
around, isn't it?  (That should p*ss off the feminists.)

******

(Incidentally, I first saw this cover on FANTASTIC #18 in
1967.  The back cover was a Power-House Pin-Up of TONY
STARK's secretary PEPPER POTTS, and I can remember
buying the comic as 'though it were only yesterday.  Sigh!)

Thursday, 18 May 2017

THE MIGHTY WORLD OF MARVEL VOLUME 6, NUMBER 9...


Image copyright MARVEL COMICS

Here's a sneak preview of the cover to The MIGHTY
WORLD Of MARVEL #9, on sale June 1st, frantic ones.
Now you've no excuse not to buy it, 'cos you know what
it looks like in advance.  Only £3.99 for 76 pages.

CRIVENS' CRACKING COMIC COVERS: FRANKIE STEIN SUMMER SPECIAL 1976...



Here's the original art by ROBERT NIXON for the WHOOPEE
FRANKIE STEIN Summer Special 1976.  Great, innit?  Below is
the cover from the very issue I bought back then.  (41 years ago!)

BABE OF THE DAY - NATALIE DORMER...



Okay, relax - here's your real babe for
today - NATALIE DORMER.  You can
thank regular reader JS for this one.

BABE OF THE DAY - THE BRIDE...



Today's babe appears in answer to
a special request by BILL PRATT.
(Takes all kinds I guess.)
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