November 13th, 2012
James Bond/Skyfall, TusCon 39, and Edits

The edits for AQ 5: The Dark King are ticking along. I should be getting edits from my critique partners within the next few days. The book has an appointment with the formatter on Nov. 26th. and should finished by the beginning of December. Barring unforeseen circumstances, the book will be out on schedule.

I attended the TusCon 39 Convention this past weekend. It was low key, but I had a good time. There were a lot of familiar faces at the con and some new ones I had the pleasure of meeting. I ended up on a panel with S.M. Stirling, which was quite exciting. He seemed like a really nice man, who excelled as a wordsmith. The panel discussed British sci-fi shows versus American sci-fi shows. It was a lively discussion. Weston Ochse was also a guest of honor. His latest book, SEAL Team 666 comes out in a couple of weeks and has been optioned for a movie. (I got an advanced copy. Ha-ha! Thanks to the lovely folks at Mysterious Galaxy (Jeff, MaryElizabeth, and David). Wes and his wife, Yvonne are always fun to hang out with, especially when they bring a Goblin with them. 😉

On Sunday I went to see Skyfall, the new James Bond movie. I am a HUGE Bond fan. Always have been. Prior to going to see this movie, I’ve heard nothing but RAVE reviews. Most reviews going so far as to claim it was the best Bond film EVER made. High praise indeed. So needless to say (but I’m going to anyway), I was SUPER excited to see the film. I think my expectations were too high. Yes, the film was good, but something about it didn’t ‘feel’ like a Bond film. It’s kind of hard to explain. It was almost more like a Bourne film, than a Bond film. Sure we had the damsel in distress, the pre-bad guy/bad guy, and the big bad guy in the film, but the first two were glossed over. Normally they are stretched out to intensify the tension. Make us hate the ‘big bad guy’ more. Not so with this Bond movie. They are in and out of the picture so fast that the audience doesn’t have time to care or time to worry. Frankly, it was odd. There were also a lot of scenes that reminded me of other movies (i.e. things that I’d seen in other movies that they used in this film). I thought maybe it was because I was tired from the conference, but dh felt the same. That said, we are going to go see the movie one more time to be sure it wasn’t ‘us/our mood’ at the time. If you like Bond, I’d still recommend seeing the film. It wasn’t a bad movie. It just wasn’t as good as Casino Royale IMO.

Next up, Wreck em’ Ralph. 🙂

2 comments to “James Bond/Skyfall, TusCon 39, and Edits”

  1. I’ve read a similar take on the movie, only worse in that the reviewer stated if you want to see a Bond film, Skyfall’s not it.

    ‘Seal Team 666’ is an interesting title. I’ll check out some blurbs.

  2. Bernard, I don’t think it’s a bad movie, but I don’t think it’s nearly as good as Casino Royale. Like I said, we’re going to go see it again to be sure, but I think first impressions will stand.

    I think you’ll like SEAL Team 666. I picked it up because the quote on the cover is “It’s like the X-Files written by Tom Clancy.” 🙂