First, a heartfelt thanks to Brian Ulrich, Stygius and Ghost of a Flea for their kind words about and links to my Qutb efforts; I've added the latter two to the favorites list. I hadn't seen Stygius before, but Ghost of a Flea is a blog I've run into and admired on several occasions, and I'll look forward to being a regular reader.
I've been watching the Democratic Convention the past few nights, and while I don't have any particularly insightful commentary to offer, I will say this: Doing my civic duty tonight was particularly painful since From Russia With Love was on one of the cable networks. I've probably seen the film ten or fifteen times, but it's my favorite Bond film, and I can watch it over and over again. I'm particularly fond of the moment when Bond's asking for a cigarette saves his life.
The film is fairly faithful to the book, with a few exceptions: in the book, it's not SPECTRE, but the Russians, who have set up the trap, and Fleming ended From Russia With Love with a cliff hanger: Rosa Kleb succeeds in kicking Bond in the shins with her poisoned shoe, and he begins to pass out as the novel ends. I haven't read the next one in the series yet, but I assume 007 survived...
And that's about it for me tonight. Between work, collecting all the papers we needed to register the five year old for school this fall, and a thousand other odds and ends, I'm wiped out.Posted by Ideofact at July 29, 2004 12:27 AM