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Sunday, February 24, 2013


            Let’s start off at the beginning. The opening theme song was sung by Shirley Basey. She already sung a gem of an opening theme song in 1964 for Goldfinger. I guess she was so good she was asked to return 15 years later to do it again. Point Neutral.

            Let’s go to the order the movie was released in. The Spy Who Loved Me posted For Your Eyes Only as the next James Bond film to appear in theaters in it’s closing credits. This movie much like it’s predecessor was mostly adapted from a screenplay and not Fleming’s  original novel of the same name. It was rushed into production due only to the overwhelming success of Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Both films were released in 1977. Just Like The Spy who Loved Me. The only difference was both films were creative and original and boasted fantastic Academy Award nominated themes by John Williams. (Star Wars won!)

            This Bond adventure felt rushed and hurried. It featured the return of Jaws (Ricjhard Kiel) as the mostly silent henchman. It contained  another unsubtle double entourge of a name in form of a female love interest name under the guise of Dr .Holly Goodhead. (Lois Chiles) Usually I applaud unsubtle names like Plenty and XXX, but in this case "yeach", how nauseating. Speaking of nauseating how about the main villain. Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale) how bland and boring was he.

            The entire movie was bland and boring if you ask me. The action sequences were sparse and sporadic. Very brief and never building up to any real climax. This entire move felt stolen or ripped of from the aforementioned Sci -Fi films just two years prevoius.

                 If this is James Bond’s attempt at breaking new ground and into diffearnt genres I’ll pass. This movie puts the entire franchise into Jeopardy.
I’ll give this waste of 2 hours and 6 minutes a ‘D’.

Grade D

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A note from an editor!

Hi Matthew,

Thank you for the time and effort you put into this piece, especially on a Saturday morning. I can tell you definitely took good notes of everything that was going on during the event!

We still have some work to do before this piece is ready to print. Your piece has a lot of information, but it doesn’t sound like a news article. What was the point of his speech/presentation? Why was he addressing this audience? What is Vanguard? What does the company do – who does it serve? You spend a lot of time narrating (for example, how he was injured), but did not report on the purpose of the event. You can maybe mention his appearance/joking about it in a sentence or two, but do not take several paragraphs to do so. Also, I like how you mentioned where the name “Vanguard” comes from.

There are a lot of spelling errors in this piece – make sure you proof read each sentence carefully.

I know I am getting back to you a little later I hoped, and I’m sorry about that! But if you have time tonight, please go through my suggestions and try to rework your piece. You can send me what you have tonight/tomorrow morning. Please bring a copy of it to the meeting tomorrow and we will discuss it further from there.

Once again, thanks for your hard work and promptness! Remember this is a learning process, and we are all part of the Waltonian team!

Talk to you soon!

Ten Most pathetic movie stars that still have careers.

(In A - B -C Order)

1. Hayden Christensen

2. Tom Crusie

3. Kevin Costner

4. Keeanu Reeves

5. Denise Richards

6. Adam Sandler

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

8. William Shatner

9. Sylvester Stalloan

10. John Claude Van dahm