Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Carlyle and Chopping…Day 104 of Bond 365

Richard Chopping
Richard Chopping
Born this day in 1917
Illustrator of James Bond Dust Jackets

Of the covers for the Ian Fleming James Bond books, I greatly admire Richard Chopping’s covers the best for a number of reasons. First is the consistency throughout the eight covers, for example the text lettering and the background texture is typically wood, with the exception of Thunderball. Secondly, the artistic style is botanical, which lends to a timeless feeling. Thirdly, the symbolism of the objects selected for the covers is intriguing to me because Fleming provided guidance for what he wanted to see on the covers.

I know there is controversy and hard feelings surrounding the artwork, and I would like to discuss that another time. For this entry, I just want to focus on the positive: Chopping was gifted artist and through his and Fleming’s collaboration, we have amazing covers to accompany our favorite stories.

Robert Carlyle
Robert Carlyle
Born this day in 1961
Renard in The World Is Not Enough

Straight up, I admire Robert Carlyle and the acting roles he has undertaken. I know that many will know him best as Begbie from Trainspotting (1996) and while I did see that film, I hold his following roles in high regard: Gaz in The Full Monty (1997); Plunkett in Plunkett & Macleane (phenomenal soundtrack by the way!); Malachy in Angela’s Ashes (1999); Frank Keane in Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2005); and most recently, as Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin in Once Upon a Time (2011-2015). I’ve seen him a number of others, but these are my favorites.

I think it’s cool that he is part of the Bond alum especially since he is a recognizable actors hailing from the UK. I thought he was brilliant as Renard; I wish he had more screen time!

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