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Monday, 12 April 2021

Project Bond: Licence To Kill

"Señor Bond, You Got Big Cojones."

In 1989 Timothy Dalton returned in what would be his last appearance as 007 in Licence to Kill. Joining Dalton was Robert Davi as Franz Sanches, Carey Lowell as Pam Bouvier, Talisa Soto as Lupe Lamora and Benicio Del Toro as Dario. Also making their final appearances in the Bond Franchise was Robert Brown as M and Caroline Bliss as Miss Moneypenny with Desmond Llewelyn continuing as Q.

007 and Felix Leiter assist the DEA in capturing drug lord Franz Sanchez but when Sanchez bribes a DEA agent to help him escape he wants to make those who captured him pay. Felix Leiter is kidnapped and tortured by being lowered into a Tiger Shark tank. After Bond finds out about the escape he goes to Leiter's house and finds Felix wounded and his wife dead.
Bond Swears revenge but is told to back off by MI6 as this in an American incident, Bond threatens to resign but M suspends him and revokes his Licence to Kill. Bond goes on the run and handle things himself. 
Bond meets up with Pam Bouvier a DEA informant and former pilot and with some unauthorised help from Q they travel to Sanchez' headquarters in the Republic of Isthmus posing as an assassin for hire. Sanchez' henchman Dario doesn't trust Bond but after Bond frames one of Sanchez other associates 007's cover is safe. 

Bond infiltrates Sanchez drug empire he starts to working on bringing it down and killing Sanchez once and for all. He also starts romancing Sanchez girlfriend Lupe Lamora. After a chase through the desert involving oil tankers Bond finally reveals he identity to Sanchez before killing him by using a lighter Felix gave him as a gift. 
I really enjoyed this film and I think Timothy Dalton was ahead of his time as Bond. He plays 007 more akin to the way Daniel Craig plays him now. I do think however he lacks the charisma of Sean Connery and Roger Moore so can see why the producers had 2nd thoughts and replaced him after only two film.

The casting in this film is perfect Robert Davi as Sanchez is such a smarmy 80's drug baron. Benicio Del Toro is brilliant as Sanchez' psychotic henchman Dario who comes to a satisfying end. The bond girls are great too I've seen Talisa Soto in a few other films and never realised she was in a Bond film and Carey Lowell also holds her own.

The violence of this film is what a lot of critics says is a problems with this film but personally I don't think it's any worse that other action films around at the time. It would have been interesting to see Timothy Dalton in more Bond films but if that happened then we wouldn't have got my favourite Bond film which comes next. 

Here is the trailer.

Project Bond will return with Goldeneye

Well, that's all for now


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Monday, 22 March 2021

Pasta Sauce with Hidden Vegetables

A few years ago Heidi chose to become vegetarian, she decided her morals as an animal lover could no longer let her eat meat. I'm really proud of her sticking to her principles but I am starting to get concerned that she doesn't have much variety in her food.


Monday, 19 October 2020

Project Bond: The Living Daylights

 "What's the code?

Most Appropriate, a Wolf Whistle."


It had been two years since the last James Bond film and big changes were afoot with the release of The Living Daylights in 1987. Replacing Roger Moore was Timothy Dalton as 007, also recast was Miss Moneypenny with Caroline Bliss taking over from Lois Maxwell. It wasn't all change as returning to the franchise was Robert Brown as M and Desmond Llewelyn as Q. Joining the cast is Maryam d'Abo as Kara Milovy, Jeroen Krabbé as General Koskov, John Rhys-Davies as General Pushkin and Art Malik art Kamran Shah.


Monday, 28 September 2020

Roasted Vegetable Soup | Recipe

If you have some vegetables that you need to use up before they start to go bad this is a great recipe and can be frozen to have at a later date. It is a great autumn/winter warmer and with some nice bread is a surprisingly filling meal.


Monday, 6 July 2020

Chicken Gyros | Recipe

Chicken Gyros is one of my go to street food dishes when we're at a festival or fair and with my baking hat on I've been trying different bread recipes so decided to give Greek flatbreads a go. I marinated some chicken to make our own Chicken Gyros. This recipe will make enough for 2 Gyros each for four people. 

Monday, 22 June 2020

Project Bond: A View To A Kill

"You amuse me Mr. Bond.
Well, It's not mutual."

In 1985 Roger Moore returned as 007 for the final time in A View To A Kill. Also returning was Robert Brown as M, Desmond Llewelyn as Q and Lois Maxwell (also in her final appearance) as Miss Moneypenny. Joining the regulars were Christopher Walker as Max Zorin, Grace Jones as Mayday and Tanya Roberts as Stacy Sutton. 

Monday, 8 June 2020

Hummus and Pitta | Recipe

Hummus is one of those things that I love but very rarely have in the house. I decided a few weeks ago to make my own but getting all of the ingredients proved tricky during lockdown. The Tahini in particular was difficult. We added it to a couple of online orders we did but it never arrived and when we went for some essentials from the supermarket we had a look but again nothing. Then this week as Mrs. Cool was picking up some bread she spotted some and Huzzah! I can now make my hummus. I've been baking a lot recently and decided to combine this hummus with chance to make some Pittas. I had a search online and in the cook books I have at home and have cobbled together this recipe that I think is both easy and delicious. 

For the Pitta:

250g strong white bread flour
7g dried yeast
1tsp salt
2tsp olive oil
160ml water

For the Hummus

250g Chickpeas
2tsp Tahini
3tsp olive oil (plus extra if needed)
2 cloves of garlic
1 Lemon

Start with the pitta as this takes the longest. Add the flour to a large bowl, put the salt in one side and the yeast in the other. Add the olive oil and 3/4 of the water. Mix with your hands until it combines into a dough, add more water if required (you might not need to use all of it or you might need more). The dough shouldn't be wet but should be sticky enough to collect all of the flour from the side of the bowl. 

Knead the dough for around ten minutes, this is laborious but is absolutely necessary to get a soft smooth dough. Once you're happy with the dough put it into an oiled bowl and cover with tea towel and leave for at least an hour until it has doubled in size. pre heat the oven to 220ºc and put a baking tray in to heat up. 

Once the dough has risen, tip it out onto an oiled surface, knock the dough back and divide into 6-8 pieces and form each piece into a ball. Flatten each ball and roll with a rolling pin into a rough oval shape. Scatter some flour on the baking tray and put your pittas in the oven for around 10 mins until they start to turn a light golden colour. 

While the Pittas are baking you can make the hummus (it's that quick). Drain the chickpeas and wash with water. Put the chickpeas into a food processor with the olive oil and blitz until it goes to a paste. add the garlic and tahini along with the juice and zest of the lemon and blitz again until it becomes smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste and more olive oil if you think it's needed.

Serve the hummus in a bowl and drizzle some more olive oil and cut the Pitta into strips for dipping.

Well, That's all for now.


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