WHERE IS MY BOND GIRL?
One of the drawbacks of watching 96 hours of a James Bond movie marathon is a somewhat distorted outlook on reality.
As I have discovered first hand.
Channel surfing the other day for something to entertain me I discovered I had a cable channel known as Sleuth TV. What an amazing channel for a buff! They just happened to be showing a James Bond movie at the time. I felt like I hit the lottery.
A channel called Sleuth, and a Bond movie to boot. Well, that wasn't the all of it. It seems that Sleuth was about to start showing more than 96 hours of Bond movies! I was just the right candidate for this.
They were not just showing any Bond movies, but they had a pattern. A movie with each of the different Bonds!
Sean Connery, Robin Moore, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig- all the Bond's were represented. They even included the two most people forget- George Lazenby in the 1969 "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" and Timothy Dalton in the 1987 "The Living Daylights".
There was Dr No, with the unforgettable Ursula Andress coming out of the water in a bikini and a dagger- surely one of the top Bond girl candidates. There wax Halle Berry, my top choice for Bond Girl, playing the CIA counterpart to Pierce Brosnan in Die Another Day. Daniel Craig running around with Eva Green in Casino Royale, coupled with some really great 007 gadgets.
Did you know that in addition to providing the opening theme to "Die Another Day", Madonna also had a cameo appearance as a fencing instructor?
In "You Only Live Twice", Connery comes back to life- as an Asian! This movie has Bond fighting the evil forces of Ernst Blofeld, who later became the inspiration for Mike Meyers smash hits Austin Powers series. All while he squints the part of an asian male!
Let's just say I realized I overdosed on Bond after four days of 007 films.
The look I got from the Starbucks barista when I ordered my morning coffee "shaken, not stirred" was only matched by the look I got when I referred to Nancy, at the Boro, as "Miss Moneypenny". I found myself looking for a baccarat game- and I'm not even sure what baccarat is!
I called Marty, at Resource Allocation, "Q", and wondered why Bond gets these fancy Aston Martin cars with rockets and all sorts of unbelievable features and I can't even get a simple light package for my department four-cylinder Dodge?
Oh well, I have to go now. Sleuth is playing another Bond film.
Where's my Bond girl?
The 1875 Police Department of the City of New York had a somewhat different rank structure than todays department.
The Patrolman was appointed after a recommendation "by a number of reputable citizens".
Next in line was the Roundsmen. They were attached to each precinct, "to traverse the precinct from point to point, in order to see that the Patrolmen were discharging their duty faithfully".
Above them in grade were the Sergeants. There were four attached to each precinct, and were appointed by the Board of Police "at pleasure", after an examination was passed. The Sergeants "presided at the desk in the station house, and kept the "blotter", so-called, a book in which, with great minuteness of detail, all the transactions of Police life are entered".
Above the Sergeants rank are the Captains. "Those in command of the precincts were absolutely supreme".
A PRAYER FOR SONNY
I'd like to ask you all to say a prayer for me friend, Fermin "Sonny" Archer.
Sonny is a detective with the Fugitive Division's Regional Task Force, who is currently on life support at North Shore Hospital. Sonny suffered a series of strokes along with a torn aorta, and complications from all of these.
If you've ever had a bad guy tracked by the Regional TF, Sonny was surely involved.
Sonny would be the first to go through a door to catch a crook, even though he is larger than any door he went through.
A real cop's-cop, who practices actions over words, results and not just talk.
Please take a moment and say a prayer for Sonny. He needs it. It's the least we can do right now.
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