Bond at the Olympics

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

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,

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