*thunderball

anonymous asked:

Which James Bond book are you reading and what is your opinion on them?

I’m currently reading Thunderball. I unabashedly love James Bond. And I get a lot of flack for this—mostly from people who have never actually read any James Bond and are making a lot of wrong assumptions. 

Here are reasons I love 007 and Ian Fleming:

  • Fleming knows his shit. He writes with an astounding level of detail and authority and it’s fascinating to read. 
  • Fleming is a terrific writer. Not only does he know what he’s talking about, he knows how to talk about it. His prose is smooth and efficient and merciless—not so unlike Bond himself.
  • Bond is an incredibly complex character. Fleming spent over fifteen books on him, and if you think he’s some kind of mindless action man, you’ve got it very very wrong. 
  • These books are fucking fun. Like yes, okay, sometimes they get a little silly (Dr. No anyone?), but there are gunfights and car chases and torture and daring rescues and my inner ten-year-old boy loves this shit.

And here are the bullshit reasons people tell me I shouldn’t love 007 and Ian Fleming:

  • Ian Fleming was a racist. No, he wasn’t, he was just writing in the fucking fifties when we used a lot of words we wouldn’t use now. It’s not racism—it’s telling it like it is. Nobody calls Mark Twain a racist for writing Huckleberry Finn. You have to realize before reading James Bond that even though the franchise has such a modern presence, the books themselves are actually period fiction. 
  • Ian Fleming was a misogynist. I think you’re confusing the writer with the character. Is James Bond a jerk to women? Sometimes. Why is that? Because a woman broke his heart and he’s deeply fucked up over it. People seem to forget that you are not condoning or supporting a character’s behavior by writing about it. Writing about it is all you’re doing. Furthermore, I actually think that Ian Fleming was a feminist ahead of his time. Does Bond objectify women? Absolutely. But again we have the writer/character divide. Fleming’s women are a varied cast of characters with different skills and talents and problems and none of them are useless bimbos (as they so often are in the movies). The other thing is this: Yes, Bond gets laid a lot. But you know what? It’s always with women who want to sleep with him. He’s not forcing himself on anyone. And there’s no judgment about this! That’s the amazing thing! Fleming wrote about women who like sex and want to have sex without getting married first and you know what? He and Bond both think THAT’S A-OKAY. In the fifties. When very few people thought that was okay. And you know what else? Sometimes Bond gets turned down. Sometimes a girl says “Thanks, but no thanks,” and he’s actually not a dick about it. You go, James Bond. 

So, uh, anyway. That one kind of got away from me but I get really tired of people looking at my book, scoffing and going, “I can’t believe you’re reading that.”

anonymous asked:

Wow. Great rant on James Bond! I have read Casino Royale and Live and let Die so far with Dr. No on my bookshelves to be read and I was very surprised with the smooth and pleasant writing style myself, indeed with the action we all secretly love. Thanks for your opinion!

Absolutely! And now I’m going to go on another little rant because I read like the last two-thirds of Thunderball in one sitting last night, and it was SO GREAT. Like, it just edged out Moonraker and From Russia as my favorite Bond books, and Domino just fucking cold-coked Gala Brand out of the top spot as my favorite Bond girl. Thunderball is fucking genius. The bad guys are brilliant—like, why have one bad guy when you can have a goddamn committee? Get those bitches a coffee table and a water cooler because this shit is business, okay? It’s like after eight books Ian Fleming wanted to one-up himself and he took a little rest to write short stories for For Your Eyes Only and then whipped out the big guns to blow everyone’s brains out with Thunderball. 

I can’t even articulate how happy this book made me. First of all, badass bad guys. Second of all, we’re back in the islands where Fleming is clearly most comfortable. The sinister plot is slowly unfolding and then BAM FELIX LEITER IS BACK BITCHES. OH HOW I’VE MISSED YOU, FELIX. YOU’RE LIKE MY MODERN DAY CAPTAIN HOOK AND DON’T YOU DARE EVER LEAVE JAMES AGAIN BECAUSE YOUR INTERNATIONAL BROMANTIC ESPIONAGE GIVES ME LIFE. But then we have Domino. OMG, Domino. What a bomb ass bitch. First of all, like you fucking go Ian Fleming—this chick talks for an entire fucking chapter and it’s nothing but her backstory and it’s deep and sad and complex fascinating. If you think all Bond girls are the same you can bite me because NO. Domino for fucking Queen. And then there’s a barracuda and underwater war and holy shit the Manta commander, what a fucking delight of a man. But then shit hit the fan at a thousand miles an hour and I was like NO FLEMING NO, IF YOU KILL THE BEST BOND GIRL YET I WILL NEVER FUCKING FORGIVE YOU but then James was dying and I was freaking out and then—spoiler alert, idgaf—Fleming said fuck every genre convention ever, this chick doesn’t need saving, no sir, she’s going to roll up with a motherfucking spear gun and save James Bond’s ass. Don’t touch me. I love Domino so much. Fucking fight me, Fleming was not a misogynist. 

And then the END. The END!!! Holy shit that was the saddest most adorable precious thing I have ever seen, watching James Bond’s dignity go completely out the fucking window and he doesn’t even give a shit because AGH I just can’t. If you think James Bond is a mindless action man you are wrong. WROOOOOOOOOOONG. Fuck yes. Fuck me. Fuck everything. This book was fabulous.

HE ALWAYS RUNS WHILE OTHERS WALK.
HE ACTS WHILE OTHER MEN JUST TALK.
HE LOOKS AT THIS WORLD, AND WANTS IT ALL,
SO HE STRIKES, LIKE THUNDERBALL.
HE KNOWS THE MEANING OF SUCCESS.
HIS NEEDS ARE MORE, SO HE GIVES LESS.
THEY CALL HIM THE WINNER WHO TAKES ALL.
AND HE STRIKES, LIKE THUNDERBALL.

ANY WOMAN HE WANTS, HE’LL GET.
HE WILL BREAK ANY HEART WITHOUT REGRET.
HIS DAYS OF ASKING ARE ALL GONE.
HIS FIGHT GOES ON AND ON AND ON.
BUT HE THINKS THAT THE FIGHT IS WORTH IT ALL.
SO HE STRIKES LIKE THUNDERBALL.

——john barry


THERE IS A RUMBLE IN THE SKY
AND ALL THE WORLD CAN HEAR IT CALL
THEY SHUTTER AT THE FURY
OF THE MIGHTY THUNDERBALL
THE POWER OF HER ENGINES, NOW,
HAS DROWNED IN THE SEA
BUT THE DEADLY FORCE FROM WITHIN HER
IS SOMEWHERE RUNNING FREE
THUNDERBALL, YOUR FIERY BREATH
CAN BURN THE COLDEST MAN
AND WHO IS GOING TO SUFFER
FROM THE POWER IN YOUR HAND?

SOMEWHERE, THERE IS A MAN
WHO COULD STOP THE THING IN TIME
HE IS KNOWN BY VERY FEW
BUT HE’S FEARED BY ALL IN CRIME
BY COURAGE AND BY FIGHTING,
HE HAS NOT BEEN KNOWN TO FALL
BUT NEITHER HAS THE FURY
OF THE MIGHTY THUNDERBALL

——johnny cash

CAS DON’T DO IT CAS DON’T ESSAY

Bill Suiter doubles for Sean Connery and flies the jet pack in “Thunderball”

LIONHEART AKA CAPTAIN BRITAIN!!! Kelsey Leigh Kirkland has been an Avenger and a member of both the New Excalibur and the Captain Britain Corps. She carries the Sword of Might which gives her superhuman strength and senses,  and allows her to generate force fields and fire energy bolts. She was a survivor of a vicious home invasion where she was sexually assaulted and had her face scarred by her attackers with a broken bottle. But it didn’t stop her from living her life and taking care of her kids. Her marriage ended because her husband did not lift a hand during the attack. Later on she was caught on a London street during a battle between the Avengers and the Wrecking Crew. Captain AMerica was down and Kelsey grabbed his shilled and tried to protect him with it. She could not take the shockwaves of Thunderball’s attack hitting Cap’s shield and she died before she reached the hospital. She then awoke in a Stonehenge like place where a vision of Captain Britain made her own offer. Britain needed a new champion and protector since he was now ruling Otherworld. It was a second chance for her to live and be a hero for England. She was offered an amulet or a sword. Because she picked the sword, the violent choice, over the amulet, she was made the new Captain Britain but learned she could never contact her children and let them know she was alive. If she did, the children would lose their lives. It was a bittersweet outcome for Kelsey. SHe served as Captain Britain until the Avengers disassembled crisis hit and then returned to England and became Lionheart. She proved herself worthy saving England from the evil of Albion and the shadow Captains and is granted a second chance which reunites her with her family. As far as the world knows, Lionheart “died” saving them all. 

First appearance The Avengers Vol. III #77 March 2004. Created by Chuck Austen and Olivier Copiel. 

I was tagged by my lil sister, shannaxzala.

Name, Jacie

nicknames, Jace, Bug, Jacebug

Birthday, March 1st

gender, Female

sexual orientation, Straight

Fave color, Blue

time and date currently, Sunday March 22nd, 10:13PM

average hours of sleep, 4-7 hours

lucky number, 13

last thing that I googled, ASL courses in my city

first word that comes to mind, SLEEP.

one place that makes me happy, my bed.

how many blankets I sleep under, one.

fave fictional character, Sirius Black

favorite books, The Harry Potter Series, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon - Stephen King

fave anime, FullMetal Alchemist

fave TV shows, The Walking Dead, Friends

last movie I saw, 007 - Thunderball

dream holiday, Scotland

dream wedding, I had my dream wedding :)

dream job, Voice Actor

what are you wearing, comfy jeans and a yellow submarine shirt.

last book you read, Firestarter - Stephen King

anonymous asked:

Whats your opinion on the never say never Again movie? Is it worth watching?

—— honestly, if you’re a casual fan, you’ll note the difference between connery’s earlier films & never say never again. it’s basically a re-hash of thunderball, after he’d already left the franchise. if you’re a bit more than a casual fan — eh, it swings one of two ways: you either watch it, and accept the fact it’s campy and connery looks over-worked, or you don’t watch it, because you know it’s not officially a canon film.

to be honest, i prefer thunderball.