Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Yeh Tag Kab Bujhegi?

Diligent Candy has passed on a tag to me, which I was proposing to cry off because I had done it before. But then, Book Tags (also called Took Bags) are my perennial favourites and this one about the book you are reading is one I can do every week!

The book I have just started to read is Devil May Care, purported to be written by Ian Fleming.
Instead of a blurb, there is a tantalising line on the back cover - 'Come in, 007,' said M. 'Its good to see you back.'
And the 5 lines starting from the 4th on page 123 are:
The only real difference he could see was that where Scarlett had deep brown eyes, Poppy's were a lighter hazel, flecked with green.
'Poppy,' he said gently, placing a hand on hers. He felt it twitch beneath his grasp. 'What do you want me to do?' The girl looked deep into his eyes. 'Kill Gorner,' she said.

For James Bond fans, I don't think there can be a better advertisement than this extract as plots and praise have never been the basis of selling a Bond book or film.

In fact, my biggest grouse against the forthcoming Bond film is the name, which has words more suitable in Jane Austen novels.
QUANTUM OF SOLACE? What were they thinking of when they came up with that one? Unless Solace is the name of the heroine and Quantum the name of the nuclear bomb which will drop on London, the name is a strict no-no!

The only times Bond films can have words with more than one syllable is when it is the name of a gizmo (Moonraker) or a babe (Octopussy). And of course, if like the latter, you can make a slightly risque reference, then you get bonus points.

After Die Another Day and Tomorrow Never Dies, Quantum of Solace will be very difficult to digest. More so, since the first film of the franchise was Dr No!

Whom do I pass on the tag to?
Udayan would be the natural choice as this would help him break his self-imposed exile from the blogsphere.


Nilendu said...

Damn! What about the "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". It's hard to find a longer name than QSQT, but Bond had it. "The Spy Who Loved Me" was a chick-flick, so it should not be counted among Bond ones.

Dipta Chaudhuri said...

@ Nilendu: The point is that the name has to be SIMPLE, not short. OHMSS is so easy to understand that way as is TSWLM.

Sometimes I don't, sometimes I do said...

Ah. You were waiting to be tagged. Wish I'd known, would have done something about it sooner.

Good to see you back, indeed.

Anonymous said...

but folks, what about savita bhabhi?