IDRIS ELBA AS JAMES BOND?
Because I'm such a fan, I watched more episodes of Elba's BBC series "Luther" than I normally would've. The problem is that I simply didn’t like his character. Luther's just a little too preoccupied with himself and the subplot involving his relationship with a serial killer never rang true.
But Elba is an extraordinary talent, no question. His scenes as Stringer Bell in "The Wire" sizzled and I have no doubt he could transition his undeniable presence and charisma to the big screen. Furthermore, there's a playfulness about him that would do the Bond franchise an enormous amount of good after what will be at least three VERY stoic Daniel Craig turns.
Just as "For Your Eyes Only" was a nice grounding of the franchise after the outlandish (but fun) space adventures of "Moonraker," "Casino Royale" felt like a necessary reboot after the ice castle and invisible car-nonsense of "Die Another Day." But after the awfulness that was "Quantum of Solace," I'm ready for the series to get its sense of humor and charm back.
Elba could do that. The man has panache, depth, and a knowing sense of humor. Watching the shallow, race-obsessed Left celebrate the color of his skin would be nauseating (who cares that he's black?), but it would be more than worth it.
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LAST NIGHT'S SCREENING
Well, Thursday nights are usually Clear The Decks Cuz "Burn Notice" Is On Day
, but my wonderful mother is coming to visit and that means getting the house ready. It also means a "Burn Notice" marathon in our future because good things come to those who wait.
Here's an interesting story, though. This morning I woke up to the soft voice of my pretty wife: "Happy anniversary, sweetheart." And as though I remembered, I calmly replied: "Uhm, happy anniversary to you." Thankfully the wife then jumped in the shower allowing me to pull on some clothes, jump in the car, race to Walgreens, buy a card, and return … just in time to get caught coming in the door.
"You went out to buy a card, didn't you?"
"We've been so busy I forgot one for you too."
See, I don't have to watch TV, my life is like a sitcom -- a really good sitcom.
Happy anniversary, wife. Love you like mad.
CLASSIC PICK FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1
3:30pm EST: Doctor Zhivago (1965) -- Illicit lovers fight to stay together during the turbulent years of the Russian Revolution. Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness, Julie Christie. D: David Lean.
I'm a total girl for this movie, right down to the tissues and eating ice cream out of the carton.
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