Showing posts from April, 2021

Does Diversifying James Bond Serve the Franchise?

  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

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