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"Bond abuse"

Just got a curious e-mail:

have you read the book on casino royal you silly little man, you have no idea what you are talking about.

I can only assume this is a reference to this blog entry from Nov 2006, which was all about how much I disliked Casino Royale the film.

This is curious in lots of ways – as far as I can tell I don’t know the sender, yet he or she waded through (at least) 3 or 4 screenfuls of my drivel before picking up on this single entry. I can’t really believe they went straight there from Google.

It’s also the first time I’ve had a response to something I’ve written that’s not from someone I know. I don’t flatter myself that there’s anything of interest here beyond to me, and perhaps one or two friends – although I do try and put up interesting snippets of code or other information I come across, especially if it took me a long time to find it.

It’s also curious because the person accusing me of having no idea what I’m talking about (an entirely fair accusation, incidentally!) cannot themselves get the name of the book/film right.

At one level I entirely agree with the sender – I have never read a Bond novel, and from what I’ve heard Casino Royale is the most faithful interpretation yet. In fact, I believe I pointed this out in my original post. My point is that I didn’t like it, and it wasn’t the interpretation of James Bond that I’ve come to know and love over the last 30 years (or whatever).

That said, reading my post again I perhaps overstated my case, but I stand by the thrust of it!

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