By a Wales Tale
Been doing some cultural background for a character I am working on. Decided to make him an combo of Finnish Irish and Welsh. I like the sound of those languages and find their histories to be interesting. I am neither Finnish nor exactly Welsh. My maternal Grandmother, Molly Crowe (nee. Corcoran), was born in a place called Unys Uchaf in Ystadgynlais, etc Wales to an Irish-Catholic family who I am guessing lived in a sort of Irish-R.C. ghetto in Dowlais. (near Merthyr Tydfyl if you look it up on a map)
Some interesting resources came up for Wales and the Welsh language. Often maligned by the English, the BBC seems to be making it up to Wales with an interesting website about the Welsh language and living in Wales. These are links to two recorded bits of people telling storries in Welsh. I wasn't able to find something similar for Finnish at this time.
- A woman speaks about a pet that only understands Welsh.
- A man speaks about the origins of Hereford castle.
"That Guy" No Longer
Just saw Casino Royale on sunday night. I am tempted to say the best Bond film ever, but that would be doing Sean Connery's efforts a disservice. when I spoke to Pete Chattaway about it I stated that I would probably say it was the best bond film since Thunderball. As a Bond buff, Pete pointed out that before Casino Royale the last film to follow Flemming's stories closely was, in fact, Thunderball.
No cheap gimmickery, no toys, nothing tasteless or overblown: Royale is stripped down and focused. In fact, the only real toys he has (aside froma gun) are for emergency first aid. Daniel Craig was an excellent choice for Bond. Pierce Brosnan didn't seem to know what to do with Bond. I am not that this was a limitation on Brosnan's abilities so much as poor scripts and a loss of ideas and direction. They had turned Bond from a spy to an action hero commando. But by "rebooting" the series they have freed themselves up considerably to do things differently and get a post-Cold War Bond right.
Up until Munich, Daniel Craig was "Oh... that guy..." to "Yeah, him. Craig something or other.. you know, he was in...". I am still surprised when I see him something that I haven't seen in a while and recognise him now as a name. (like Elizabeth or Sharpe's Eagle starring Bond alumnus Sean Bean) An solid actor who I do not think will be hampered by a series stigma in the least.