Bond at the Olympics
Noting that Sunday was April 1st, we had to treat odder news stories with some caution. But it really does look as if James Bond is set to open the Olympics.
Danny Boyle, who is directing the London event, is putting together a short film in which Daniel Craig, playing the secret agent, travels to Buckingham Palace to be informed that his latest mission is to launch the games. The short film will be shown during the BBC’S coverage.
A source commented: “It’s a huge coup for BBC producers and Danny to be allowed into the palace and have the Queen involved. They wanted the most iconic British film character inside the building most associated with London and with the monarch – and they got it.” Actually, it doesn’t sound all that classy. are sad, sorry affairs, but the musicians seem to accept their lot. While they might get to play a different class of show when they appear in other cities or countries, they’re singing at someone else’s supper in New York. It’s a paying gig, so they get on with it. After all, even musicians have to pay their household charges.
On paper, the Godfathers Of Groove are a heavyweight bunch. On organ you’ve Reuben Wilson, the former pro boxer who turned his hands to music and made his mark with a slew of timeless soul jazz grooves for Blue Note. On drums is Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, a man who kept it funky and downlow with James Brown, Miles Davis and Aretha Franklin, as Purdie does a salesman schtick a few times and it’s tiresome. Wilson looks like he’d prefer to be anywhere but here. He’s not the only one. Different strokes for different folks perhaps, but that damp squib of a show kept coming back to my mind at ?uestlove’s Bowl Train (below) night a few evenings later. You’ll know ?uestlove as the leader of the Roots, hip-hop’s most righteous veterans straight out of Philly and the house-band on The Jimmy Fallon Show.
Most weeks, you’ll find the man with the biggest Afro around at a bowling alley in Brooklyn where he spins hip-hop,