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Thursday, 26 April 2018

Ranking the MCU Movies


Avengers: Infinity War is released this week and it will be the culmination of 10 years and 19 movies (as well as 6 TV shows on Netflix). Leading up to the release me and my son Harry have been rewatching all of the MCU movies and have decided to rank them from worst to best.

18. Thor: The Dark World

Thor returns and this time is battling some ancient elves lead by the 9th Doctor. They're trying to get The Aether, which is the Reality Stone and want to turn the universe back into the darkness that existed before. I don't dislike this film, it just never seems to get going.


17. The Incredible Hulk

Bruce Banner has already been involved in a Gamma Radiation accident and is on the run from the US Government when he is tracked down and turns back into the Green Goliath. This is the film that first showed there is a shared universe across the Marvel movies. The Incredible Hulk was my favourite when I was a kid and I've been disappointed with the Hulk solo movies. Hopefully there will be more and can do Hulk justice.


16. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America's second outing sees him uncovering a plot by HYDRA to take over SHIELD and kill a large percentage of the population. The titular Winter Soldier is a weapon of HYDRA and an old friend of Cap who has been brain washed. This would have implications in future MCU movies. This was not as bad as I had remembered from the first time I watched but as with Thor: The Dark World it just never seemed to get going.

15. Iron Man 2

Tony Stark is back as Iron Man this time he is taking on Whiplash, a baddie with a grudge against the Stark family. There seems to be a pattern with the original avengers' follow up movies. Again I don't not like this film but with first film being so good I was left disappointed. The highlight of this film is the fight between a drunk Iron Man and Rhodey, who has just nicked the MK II version of the Iron Man Armour.

14. Avengers: Age of Ultron

The Avengers team up again this time to take down an AI that was created by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner using some jiggery pokery with an Infinity Stone. I liked a lot about this film. it introduced a few new Avengers in Vision and Scarlet Witch and I thought Ultron was a pretty good baddie. But alas there were just better films in the series so this is why it features so low.

13. Iron Man 3

Tony Stark is back in the Iron Man suit for his final solo film. This time is is trying to stop a terrorist from blowing shit up. When I first watched this I didn't really like it but watching it a second time i really enjoyed it. I liked the baddies as The Mandarin was great (I've come to terms with the twist) and Killian was good smarmy dickhead.

12. Captain America

The first origin story on the list. Steve Rogers is a weedy kid from Brooklyn who wants to join the army to protect people from the Nazi's. He is given the chance with the help of a Super Soldier Serum and becomes Captain America. I didn't think I was going to like this when it came out as I thought the American patriotism would be too much for me but I really enjoyed it. Cap is great and the villanous Red Skull is now one of my favourite bad guys in the MCU.

11. Thor

Thor is the God of Thunder, son of Odin King of Asgard. Thor is banished to Earth when he is set up by his brother Loki and has to prove he is worthy the wield the mighty hammer Mjolnir. I really love Norse Mythology and new I would enjoy this when it was announced. The MCU humour is really prevalent throughout this film but the action is great too.

10. Doctor Strange

Stephen Strange is a brilliant neurosurgeon who, after a car crash, is unable to work goes on a spiritual journey to heal himself. Learning some mystical powers and becoming the Sorcerer Supreme to protect Earth from Magical and Mystical threats. I was actually in two minds about whether to even go to see this when it came out at the cinema. I just didn't get how it would work with the other MCU films but boy am I glad I did. I've written a full review of Doctor Strange here.

9. Avengers Assemble

The first big team up of Earth's Mightiest Heroes sees them defending Earth against attack from the alien race of Chitauri lead by Loki. I love this film and apart from the first Iron Man this was my favourite MCU movie up to that point. The scale of this film is huge, the battles are great and it teases the first mention of Thanos


8. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

The Guardians of the Galaxy are back for more mischief in outer space. This time they meet Peter Quill's Dad, Ego, The living planet who is not all he's cracked up to be. This is the film where I finally got Mrs. Cool to start coming around to the MCU movies. The humour is spot on all the way through and the soundtrack is perfect. I've written a full review of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 here.

7. Spider-man: Homecoming

Peter Parker is buzzin' after helping Iron Man in Civil War but then he is dropped back into his normal life in New York. He discovers The Vulture has been stealing weapons that were developed using the alien tech left behind from the aftermath of Avengers Assemble. Spider-Man is one of my favourite superheroes of all time (and probably my favourite of all Marvel heroes) so when I found out he was joining the MCU I was super excited and I can't wait to see what happens with our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man next.

6. Ant-Man

Scott Lang is a thief who after being released from prison is persuaded back to a life of crime by one of his friends. He breaks into a safe owned by Dr. Hank Pym, but the only thing inside is a suit, The Ant-Man Suit. Now with the ability to shrink to the size of an ant while at the same time increasing his strength he helps Dr. Pym to stop a mad scientist from creating a weapon. It sounds ridiculous I know but this film is so good. As with most of the MCU movies this gets the mix of action and comedy spot off. Paul Rudd is not someone you would expect be play a superhero but he is perfect as Ant-Man.

5. Guardians of the Galaxy

The Guardians of the Galaxy are a ragtag group of miscreants who come together not out of a sense of honour or duty but because a madman known as Ronan is trying to destroy the galaxy and they don't want to die. This one came out of nowhere, I had never heard of the Guardians of the Galaxy before this film was announced but my god is it good. The battle scenes are visually stunning and it's funny, not just a smirk here or there but it is laugh out loud funny. This film also started the trend of the soundtrack being an important part of the story which has been followed not just by MCU movies but by movies in general over the last few years.

4. Captain America: Civil War

In the aftermath of Age of Ultron the governments of the world are concerned by the lack of accountability the Avengers seem to have. This causes a rift between the Avengers when Cap goes off on one to help his friend the Winter Soldier and leads to the civil war Team Cap and Team Ironman. This is more like Avengers 2.5 and brings a lot of the team together along with some new faces and then tears them apart. I've written a full review of Captain America: Civil War here.

3. Black Panther

T'Challa returns to his home country of Wakanda after Captain America: Civil War. He is crowned King but then faces a challenge from a pretender to the throne and has to prove he is worthy of being The Black Panther. There was a lot of hype around this film it is by no means unwarranted, Harry wanted this to be number one but I overruled him. I've written a full review of Black Panther here.

2. Iron Man

Tony Stark is the billionaire genius owner of a weapons company, when he is kidnapped in Afghanistan he has to use his brains to build and armoured suit to get out. In doing so realises he has a responsibility and the power to help those who have been the victim of the weapons his company has created. The film that kicked off the MCU is still one of my favourites, Robert Downey Jr. just is Tony Stark and this film is just about perfect.

1. Thor: Ragnarok

The final outing for the God of Thunder sees him abandoned on a junk planet and forced to fight The Hulk in gladiatorial arena before escaping and returning to Asgard to avenge his fathers death and prevent Ragnarok (which is the end of all things). As near perfect Iron Man is this just pips it and is perfect in every way. Although this is a Thor movie it could equally be a Hulk movie and that earns it extra point. The supporting cast are great too with Jeff Goldblum being the highlight. I've written a full review of Thor: Ragnarok here.


How will the next phase of movies change my list we can only wait and see. Do you agree with my list? Are you completely outraged by it? What would you have as your number 1? Look out for my review of Avengers: Infinity War which I will be posting next week.

Well, that's all for now.

S


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Monday, 23 April 2018

Monday Munchies: Sticky Beef Burritos



A while ago I posted about how every now and then we love to have a family Burrito bar at home where me, Mrs. Cool and the kids can all design our own Burritos (You can read that here). I've decided to revisit a burrito recipe and share one that is a bit more for grown ups, it is so easy and will only take about 20 mins from start to finish.

This recipe serves 2 and you will need:

250g Beef Mince
100g Rice
Strong Cheese (I used cheddar and you can use as much as you want)
1 Tomato
1 Lime
1 Little Gem Lettuce
25g Honey
1 tsp Smoked Paprika
1 tsp Dried Chilli Flakes
1tbsp Chipotle paste
Tortilla Wraps (either 6 small or 4 regular).

Method:

Put 175ml of cold water in a pan on a high heat and add the rice, once it's boiling turn the heat down and leave for 15 minutes or until the water has all been absorbed.

Next heat some oil in a frying pan, add the beef and season with salt and pepper. As the beef browns break it up with a spoon or spatula.

Add the paprika and chilli flakes to the beef and cook for 1 minute, in the meantime chop the tomato and add this along with the honey, chipotle paste and squeeze in half the juice of half the lime, cook this for another few mins until it is all sticky.

Warm the tortillas in the oven for a few minutes, shred the lettuce and grate the cheese.

Finally it's time to build your Burrito, start by putting rice on your tortilla, then add the beef and then the lettuce and cheese. If you want you can also add some sour cream or guacamole.



Buen Provecho

S

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Thursday, 19 April 2018

Ready Player One: A Review



Steven Spielberg's latest blockbuster is a full on pop culture geek-gasm with cameos and references from all areas of movies, books and games. I haven't read the book so I went into this film with no preconceptions and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I took my son Harry, 11, and daughter Heidi, 9, and they both loved it too and proceeded to point out all of the characters who were making appearances, even though I already knew them all (I'm not so completely ancient that I don't know who Tracer is).

The premise is tried and tested albeit in a new setting. In the future real life is pretty shitty so most people spend their time in the virtual world called The Oasis. There, you can customise your avatar to look how you want to look and interact with everyone else around the world. The main character is Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), a guy who lives with his Aunt in a trailer park called The Stacks in Columbus, Ohio. In The Oasis Wade is Parzival, his best friend is Aech (Lena Waithe) and along with some other players Art3mis (Olivia Cooke), Daito (Win Morisaki) and Sho (Phillip Zhao) as well as pretty much everyone else in the world are trying to complete a quest set by The Oasis' creator.

James Halliday (Mark Rylance) created the The Oasis but died a few years before the film, in his will he set a quest for anyone willing to undertake it. Whoever completes the quest will receive his shares in the company and effectively own The Oasis. The players have been trying for years but no one is even close. As well as the players there is also another company (Innovative Online Industries or IOI) who are trying to win so they can start charging people to use The Oasis and sell advertising and head of the company is Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) they archetypal joyless douchebag with no imagination.

The first part of the quest is a race through a sprawling city racetrack. Some of the racers have vehicles from various TV and Movies including, The Pontiac Trans-Am from Smokey and the Bandit, The A-Team Van, Mad Max's V8 Interceptor, the 1966 Batmobile and of course The DeLorean DMC-12 from Back to the Future. The race is littered with obstacles including the T-Rex from Jurassic Park and the end level Boss is King Kong.

Obviously there has to be a love story, Parzival fancies Art3mis straight away and tries to win her over with some dance moves. In the real world they meet up when IOI tries to kill Parzival to stop him winning anymore of the challenges. It turns out that IOI are a pretty dark company as they buy people's debt and make them work it off in 'Loyalty Centres' that are essentially virtual work camps.

The next part of the quest involves solving a riddle in the Overlook Hotel from The Shining. This was my favourite scene, the hotel is recreated perfectly and it's just as creepy as in the actual Shining complete with the twins girls, the ghost woman in room 237 and the blood coming from the elevator.

The final challenge of the quest seems easy as they just have to play a game on the Atari 2600 (fun fact: I used to have an Atari 2600 when I was a kid). However, they don't know which game. IOI have loads of players trying to play every game from the Atari 2600 and failing. They have also set up a huge shield around the game so no one else can try and play, so Parzival and the rest of his crew recruit an army of players to lay siege to the shield and a huge battle ensues.

The battle is chock full of cameos too, with Freddie Krueger, Chucky, The Army of Darkness and Spawn all making appearances. The Iron Giant is teased throughout the film and finally shows up in this battle to help get Parzival inside the the shield.

As enjoyable as the film was I don't feel this will be a classic along side Spielberg's other big hits but it is still worth watching. The plot was a bit predictable but the the aesthetics are incredible and the soundtrack is pretty decent too. The acting is secondary to the action but there are some good performances particularly Ben Mendelsohn who seems to be carving out a good niche for himself playing dickheads, there are also good cameos from Simon Pegg and T.J. Miller. As fantastic as the film seems it's not so far fetched with regard to the way VR Tech is going and something like the Oasis is probably not that far off.



Well, that's all for now.

S



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Monday, 2 April 2018

Big Cool Five


It was hard to narrow this months Big Cool Five down to just five entries.  Some of the things we got up to that didn't make the cut was when wee visited the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester and we had a weekend away in Scarborough. However I decided that these are my Big Cool Five for March.

The Greatest Showman


Well what can I say about The Greatest Showman, I wasn't expecting to enjoy it but it turned out to be one of the best films I've seen in a long time. The cast is great and the songs are very catchy and if you haven't seen it yet go and see it now. I've written a full review here.

American Style BBQ Cookout


One of my favourite meals is a full on, messy, dirty, American style BBQ. This month I went all out and made slow cooked brisket, Buffalo Chicken wings, Barbecued Corn on the cob, Homemade BBQ Sauce and the best ever Slaw. You can find the full recipe here.

LEGOLAND Manchester


We had a little trip to Manchester and my highlight of this trip was LEGOLAND. We love LEGO in our house and LEGOLAND was so much fun. There were LEGO rides, a 4D LEGO movie and lots of LEGO to build with including race track where you can race your own LEGO cars against other master builders. Mrs Cool wrote a full review here.

Black Mirror


The main TV show we watched this month was Black Mirror. We managed to get through all four seasons. We loved the surreal social commentary the show made via various alternative realities. My particular favourites are the debut episode National Anthem and the season four opener USS Callister. Black Mirror is available to watch now on Netflix.

Easter Panto at Tyne Theatre and Opera House


We love a panto but have never been to one at easter. It was a bit surreal shouting 'It's behind you' and 'Oh no it isn't' in March but it was so much fun. The Kids were loving it especially Jack who is usually a bit reserved when were around other people but even he was singing along. Bobby Davro is the star and I remember loving him when I was a kid and I can tel you he is still hilarious.

Now that spring has sprung I'm looking forward to what we will be getting up to in April. Check Back next month for my next Big Cool Five.

Well, That's all for now.

S


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Thursday, 15 March 2018

The Greatest Showman: A Review

The Greatest Showman: A Review

I'm not a big fan of musicals, the last time I saw a musical it was Les Misérable and thought it was utter tosh and just didn't get it. When I saw the trailers for The Greatest Showman I just knew that Mrs. Cool would want to see it and I had a sinking feeling I would be dragged along.

The Greatest Showman has been out for a few weeks now and the hype has been building up with everyone saying how good it is but I was unconvinced as these were the same people who said Les Mis was so good. I thought I had got away with not seeing it but then Mrs. Cool dropped the bombshell that on one of my days off work when the kids were at school we would be going to our local cinema. Well, I could not be more wrong, DO believe the hype. From the very first scene with Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum singing The Greatest Show as we see his dream show unfolding I was hooked.

The Greatest Showman follows P.T. Barnum from the son of a poor tailor to a homeless orphan to a clerk at a shipping company. Barnum marries his childhood sweetheart, Charity (Michelle Williams), against her fathers wishes. They have a couple of kids but are pretty poor, things get worse when the company Barnum works for goes bust and he is unemployed. Using some under handed tactics he manages to get a loan from the bank to start his museum of curiosity. It's a failure as no one wants to see stuffed animals and waxworks, so, after an idea from one of his daughters, he decides to enlist the help of real people with unique abilities.

Featuring acts like the Bearded Lady, Dog Boy, The Irish Giant, A Trapeze Act and the Worlds Heaviest Man things start to pick up. Barnum is able to move his family into a big fancy house just down the road from his wife's parents (Just to rub their noses in his success). Even being taken on a trip to London to meet Queen Victoria by his business partner Phillip Carlyle (Zac Efron). There is also a forbidden love story between Carlyle and Ann Wheeler (Zendaya). He is the son of a rich aristocrat and she is one of the trapeze artists in the circus.

However the success isn't enough and Barnum wants to be accepted by the upper classes so to improve his status he takes a European opera singer called Jenny Lynd (Rebecca Ferguson, not that one) on tour. The tour is a roaring success but Barnum being away from home puts pressure on his marriage and causes tension between him and his original acts.

After Lynd quits the tour and a disaster at the circus Barnum is left penniless again and has to eat some humble pie. He needs everyone's help and they all to pull together to get a new venue sorted so they can try and put on The Greatest Show.

I really can't over emphasise how much I enjoyed The Greatest Showman. The performances are great, the whole cast is amazing, I can't single out one individual performance as everyone was so good. It's a proper feel good film and the soundtrack is great. I was tapping my foot from the first scene and every song will get stuck in your head, I've even been listening to the soundtrack in the car for the few days since I saw the film. The more I think about it the more I realise how good it is, I would go so far as to say it is the best film I've seen in the last few years. Everyone really needs this film in their life by the end you will be singing along.

In the words of P.T. Barnum:

"It's everything you ever want,
It's everything you ever need, 
And it's here right in front of you, 
This is where you wanna be".

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Monday, 12 March 2018

Monday Munchies: American Style BBQ Cook Out


One of my food guilty pleasures is an American Style BBQ Cook Out (or cook in if the weathers crap). As you may know I'm a massive meat lover and BBQ is meat heaven and I love the messiness of it when you get sauce all over your face and hands. My American Style BBQ Cook Out has slow cooked brisket with a BBQ rub, Buffalo Chicken Wings, Homemade BBQ Sauce and the Best Ever Slaw.

Lets start with the brisket as you need to prep this either the day before or the morning of the meal as it'll need to be in the slow cooker for at least 9 hours. The rub is made from the following:

2 tsp Cumin
2 tsp Paprika
2 tsp Granulated Garlic
2 tsp Chilli Powder
2 tsp Brown Sugar
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp Ground Black Pepper

Mix all the spices together and rub all over the brisket. Make sure you get it into every nook and cranny of the joint. Put the brisket in the slow cooker with a little water (or beef stock for an extra meaty flavour). Every few hours turn the joint over and spoon over some of the juices.


Next the chicken wings, I'm going to put this out there but the wing is the best part of the chicken. Put the wings in a bowl and coat them in a mixture of corn flour and a few pinches of salt. Cook the chicken in a shallow frying pan with a little bit of vegetable oil for about 10-15 minutes until cooked turning them halfway through.

For my Buffalo sauce you will need:

2 tbsp Chipotle paste
1 tbspCider vinegar
1 tsp Granulated sugar
2 tbsp Boiled water

Dissolve the granulated sugar in the boiled water then add the cider vinegar and the chipotle paste and mix it together this was enough for about 10 wings as you just want it to be a coating rather than a dipping sauce (you can increase the measurements if you are making more wings). Coat the cooked chicken wings in the sauce and then return to the pan and cook for a few more minutes until they are nice and sticky.


Onto the BBQ sauce, which should only take a few minutes so you can knock this up while the chicken is cooking. You will need:

1 Small Onion (diced)
2 Cloves of Garlic (crushed)
1 Red Chilli (finely chopped)
1 tsp Sweet Smoked Paprika
1 tsp Chilli Powder
1 heaped tbsp Dark Brown Sugar
2 tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
pinch of salt and pepper
A good glug of ketchup

Fry the onion on a medium heat until it goes translucent then add the garlic and red chilli and fry for 2 more minutes. Add the paprika, chilli powder, sugar and soy sauce and mix until the sugar is dissolved. Next add as much ketchup as you need and then add salt and pepper to taste. You can either leave it chunky or blitz it up with a blender for smooth sauce, I prefer the blitz mine.


The slaw is honestly the best slaw I have ever had and it was a lot easier to make than I was expecting so I think I will always make my own now. To make it you will need:

250ml Mayonnaise
Zest and Juice of 1 Lemon
2 tbsp Cider Vinegar
1 tbsp Wholegrain Mustard
1 tsp Salt
1/4 head of White Cabbage (sliced thinly)
1/4 head of Red Cabbage (sliced thinly)
2 Carrots (Juliene)
1 Red Onion (sliced thinly)

Combine the mayonnaise, lemon zest and juice, vinegar mustard and salt then mix this with the vegetables in a large bowl until it's all coated.


When the brisket is falling apart it's time to serve. Toast a brioche bun on a griddle pan before filling with the shedded brisket then top with BBQ sauce and slaw and you're ready to tuck in.


We left room for dessert so Mrs. Cool dusted off one of her Jamie Oliver cook books and made a pretty cracking New York Vanilla Cheesecake. You can find that recipe here but Mrs. Cool made a slight change and used cherries instead of blueberries.


If you decide to have this whole meal you will need a lie down afterwards as it is very likely you will slip into a food coma but it is sooo worth it.

Well, that's all for now

S

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Thursday, 8 March 2018

Project Bond: The Man with the Golden Gun

"Ours is the loneliest profession, Mr. Bond."



Of all the Roger Moore films in the James Bond franchise I remember The Man With The Golden Gun most fondly. I thinks it's because Christopher Lee is one of my favourite actors, as a kid I had only seen him as Dracula so seeing him portray the gentleman assassin Francisco Scaramanga was a delight.

Roger Moore returns as James Bond for his second film, Christopher Lee plays the titular Man with the Golden Gun. Britt Ekland and Maud Adams are the Bond Girls as Mary Goodnight and Andrea Anders repectively. Bernard Lee returns as M along with Desmond Llewellyn as Q and Lois Maxwell as Moneypenny

I didn't find out until recently that the production of this film was fraught with trouble and the breakdown in the relationship between the two main producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman almost led to this being the final Bond movie in the Eon franchise.


The film starts with the Scaramanga relaxing on the beach with his associate Andrea Anders when a man who appears to be a Mafia hitman is shown in by Scramanga's diminutive valet Nick-Nack as he has seemingly hired the killer to 'off' his boss. The hitman works his way through an elaborate 'fun house' of obstacles until he tracks down Scaramanga but it's the man with the golden gun who gets in the killer shot. We see a waxwork of Bond at the end of the fun house as the title song begins. The song 'The Man with the Golden Gun' by Lulu is not one that immediately springs to mind when thinking of a classic Bond theme but it is a catchy tune full of innuendo that fits the film well (Personally I wish the producers went with their original idea and used the Alice Cooper song of the same name).

When the film resumes Bond has been summoned by M (who is joined by recurring character Chief of Staff Bill Tanner for the first time). Bond is told that MI6 has been sent a golden bullet with 007 etched into it and that Scaramanga plans to kill Bond. Chasing a lead Bond heads to Beirut and hooks up with a belly dancer who is using one of Scaramanga's old bullets as a navel jewel. Bond is on his knees smooching the woman's abdomen when he's attacked (obvs) and swallows the bullet. After retrieving the bullet (yuk) and having it examined by Q he is directed towards a bespoke weapons maker in Macau.

In Macau Bonds meets Mary Goodnight who also works for MI6 and she assists him while he's there. Bond also tries (albeit half-heatedly) to seduce Goodnight. Bond finds the weapons maker and follows him to a casino where Andrea Anders picks up some golden bullets from him. Back at Anders' room Bond slaps her around a bit (Bond is still a bit of a bastard then) until she gives Bond some details about Scaramanga. After Scaramanga takes a shot at Bond but kills someone else Bond is picked up by the police and something seems off. The copper actually works for MI6 and takes Bond to see M who is on a secret base inside a sunken ship (believable, right?). Turns out the bloke killed by Scaramanga was the real target as he was an expert on Solar Power.

Still on the trail of Scaramanga, now in Bangkok Bond poses as the man with the golden gun in order to get close to a man called Hai Fat who is a Thai businessman who (unbeknownst to bond) works with Scaramanga inevitably Bond is subdued and taken to a Kung-Fu style compound (because, why not? Kung-Fu movies were big at the time). There is a fight to the death between two combatants before everyone goes after Bond. Bond escapes after a short boat chase that involves the return of Sheriff JW Pepper from the previous film. Scaramanga decides that Hai Fat is no longer needed and kills him taking over his solar power business (see there is a point to all of this).


Still trying to find Scaramaga Bond nicks a car that happens to be occupied by JW Pepper and the pair chase Scaramanga and Nick-Nack all around Bangkok including the famous car flip stunt over a river. Scaramanga escapes after converting his car into a plane and heads to his secret Island in Communist Chinese waters.


Bond follows Scaramanga and the pair meet and trade pleasantries and over dinner decide to face each other in a duel on the beach but this is a ruse as Scaramanga lures Bond into his Fun House type obstacle course from the opening scene. Bond outsmarts Scaramanga and kills him before he and Goodnight destroy Scaramanga's solar weapons plant before the pair leave. But, they are attacked by Nick-Nack but Bond gets him out of the way so he and Goodnight can finally get down to a bit of nookie.

I think I'm coming around to Roger Moore as Bond, maybe my childhood memories of his films were seen through whatever the opposite of rose-tinted glasses are. That being said a few elements reminded my why I thought the Moore's films were sub-par compared to Sean Connery's films. However, I enjoyed The Man With The Golden Gun enough to be looking forward to the next film.





Project Bond will return with The Spy Who Loved Me.

Well, that's all for now.

S

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