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Category: hero

Picture this

Hello Dear Reader

I struggled this week to think clearly what to write about, a number of events have happened. Sometimes, there is a desire to want to write everything, warts and all. A certain sense often kicks in, call it common or fear or whatever, it changes what you want to discuss.

Having been around the interweb long enough to know that the old saying ‘walls have ears’ is true, so I decided to concentrate on a couple of things. One, which has already generated interest, was the new Bond trailer for the fourth coming film ‘Spectre’. There is a dark foreboding element to this trailer, gone are in the light-hearted in jokes. These last two Bond movies are much more in keeping with the novels in my view. They may well be influenced by other spy thrillers and franchises, but Bond is always Bond. One noticeable element of the trailer was the use of old theme music. It just added to the atmosphere. Of course, we now wait for the song.

There is one never-ending issue with films that run for such a time. Bond is 50 in film years. If he was going now he would be approaching his 70s. At some point there will be a call for a new Bond but who? Here, I have an issue. According to the books, the author, the man who created the character, Bond is remarked to resemble the American singer-songwriter Hoagy Carmichael (below), except with a “cruel mouth” and a “coldness in the eyes”.  There are various descriptions of him in different books. Some people wish to see the character played by someone who is not what the author wrote. So who is right? For me, it is the author, set it in stone not to be changed. He can’t be female, he can’t be a 16 year old boy, he can’t be …

I don’t care what others say, it’s the author who made the character. The same goes for another beloved character, Doctor Who. Again this character has been set out 50 years or more as male. The Doctor or Professor as Ace often called him, is another icon who for me can’t be changed from male to female. Again, I don’t care what the current show runner wants or feels is right for him. He has no say in changing that fundamental element of the show. This is not about disliking female Timelords, it is about being true to what has already been created.

Some people just want change because they want to shake up the universe. Some shows can handle change and very well. I don’t often mention certain shows, however, soaps such as Eastenders and Coronation Street change their characters with ease. But they themselves never (and I don’t know this since I don’t watch them) change a man to woman or pick a new actor to play the same role. Now I know that is not always true as child characters do change but that is just growing up.

Why call this blog ‘Picture this’, because I want to make sure the right picture remains, for at least two well-known characters.

Tagline: “Bond is Bond, Who won’t change no matter what”

Writing 201 – Poetry Hero

Writing 201: Poetry Challenge

Dear Reader

Day 6 of this challenge and a ballad poem is todays theme. Increasingly tough to keep up with some of these ideas it is making me think. Like many others I am sure they are in the same boat, how to write in a style never attempted. Again, I suspect this is not my best and I will more than likely want to rewrite it at some point.

Some poems have been better or easier to rewrite, this one will take time.

Along with the theme is a word – Hero. So my hero is … well I think it becomes clear.




The stage is set for him to arrive
Surrounded by calm authority.
Strobing lights and piecing sirens
Crashes into the scene.

The fog of fear quickly dispelled
His commands attention.
People see the light of hope
Uplifting is his intention.

Orders barked without bite
Followed without question.
Standing firm to face all
Chaos dutifully challenged.

Fight rages inflaming all
Hope seems lost.
Standing proud battling fire with fire
Struggling to beat the odds

Pushing into the heart of chaos
Cries heard that must be saved.
Engulfed by elements desires to take
His life to save others.

Where there’s no hope he is hope
A towering hulk appears
He has won, defeating fire and fear
An unsung hero, without a mask.
by Mark O’Donnell


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