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Does Diversifying James Bond Serve the Franchise?

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  Does Diversifying James Bond Serve the Franchise? The release of  No Time to Die  is due soon (despite the various delays) and what with this being Daniel Craig’s last outing there has been much speculation on the next James Bond to fill Craig’s tuxedo. While rumors of a female or black Bond had surfaced all the way back to Brosnan’s era, it is worth asking if this change is in line with the characterization of Bond or simply pandering to society? Ian Fleming created   the character of Bond in 1952 as a means of coping with his first marriage and an impending midlife crisis. Fleming himself was born to an aristocratic family in 1908 and created Bond in reaction to the disintegration of the Colonial British Empire and a thirst for adventure. Bond is meant to be a stuffy white shirt facing a changing world. Be warned that if you haven’t read Fleming’s novels and wish to explore them, while the prose and plot are fantastic, you should know that you are not reading progressive, open-mind

True Crime: The Axeman of New Orleans — A Jazz Loving Serial Killer

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True Crime: The Axeman of New Orleans — A Jazz Loving Serial Killer The murders had taken place over a hundred years ago but   the Jazzman story   remains one of the greatest mysteries and unsolved murder cases within the annals of American crime. They were a series of night slayings that were committed during a Post-War age of Jazz and new found optimism that were both dark and terrifying. It is a chilling story of terror during a seemingly golden time of boom where a New America had emerged but a night prowler was invading homes and creating night-time carnage and chaos. The Axeman’ s  modern status is one of mythological urban legend and the rumours and theories behind this killer range from the interesting to the downright farfetched but terrifyingly the Axeman was real — very real. There were four people brutally murdered and eight grievously injured by the Axeman. They were all New Orleans (and the neighbouring Gretna) residents, predominantly Italian-Americans and they were atta

THE WORST WOMAN ON EARTH

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  The first American female serial killer Lizzie Halliday THIN LIZZIE A cross-continental homicidal lunatic with a range of nefarious pseudonyms. Lizzie Halliday was  the   Catskill Ripper, the New York Ripper  and most famously  the Worst Woman on Earth [New York Times]. Halliday was born as Lizzie McNally in 1859 Ireland, born just a year before her namesake Lizzie Borden, she would go on to commit far worse crimes than the original Lizzie and garner less fame and attention. This is the story of the Irish American serial killer Lizzie Halliday. Lizzie terro r ized Hudson Valley, New York in the 1890s; just a few years after the gruesome Whitechapel murders started. Lizzie’s reign coinciding with both Jack the Ripper (Lizzie is sometimes listed as a suspect for these crimes) and Lizzie Borden — Halliday would generate less fame than the notorious Lizzie Borden but looking at the crimes, Lizzie was equally (if not more) bloodthirsty than her counterparts. Lizzie emigrated to the United

THE EYE

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Every day for Brian begins and ends with the eye watching him – every day. It all started two weeks ago and it’s been relentless ever since. The eye is everywhere. When Brian’s at work the eye is watching him from inside his computer screen. Or staring at him reflecting off the coffee maker. The eye flames bright and big, its lashes are long and dark and it’s colour is the shade of brown. It’s especially bright when he’s with Helen. Like the eye knew all along. Helen doesn’t see the eye. Brian will be watching the television and the eye will shine through the screen and beam out towards Brian. “Do you see it?” Brian will say. “See what?” Helen will usually reply. It started on that night two weeks back when Brian drove down to the quarry. The eye was flashing across his windscreen and into his field of vision as he drove, he could barely see anything else. At first Brian thought it was the streetlights, but when he got off the major roads and down those country roads that don’t have an