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A tribute to Roger Moore #goodbye #JamesBond

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Yesterday, Roger Moore age 89 passed away in Switzerland after a short fight with cancer. Today, I honor the man who took 007’s character to a lighter, funnier side compared to his predecessor by sharing theme mewsic from his James Bond flicks.

His first three Bond movies –  Live and Let Die (1973), The Man With the Golden Gun (1974), and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) I didn’t see when they released in theaters (we owe the entire Bond Collection now). It was after DH and I got married before I watched any of these and I can’t swear to it if I saw them at the movies or caught them on TV.  It doesn’t really matter because these iconic films are a part of my favorite all-time action movies.

 

 

 

Roger Moore will always be The Spy Who Loved Me. I  often sing the theme mewsic to DH.

Nobody does it better
Makes me feel sad for the rest
Nobody does it half as good as you
Baby, you’re the best

 

Moonraker (1979) is the first James Bond movie to release the year we got married, so I definitely recall seeing this film at the theater. It was awesome to see on the big screen.

 

You gotta admire the producers and directors in the early years for incorporating all the hot babes in the opening sequences setting the viewers up for more of that James Bond playboy charm and I fondly recall For Your Eyes Only (1981) and perhaps my all-time favorite Moore Bond film. We saw it at least three times in the theaters and bought Sheena Easton’s US hot ranking (#4) song!


Throughout Roger Moore’s reign as James Bond, there was more comic relief than others past or present movies that I recall. Maybe I’m remembering wrong but I could be right on this.  In the 1983 film Octopussy there are a few unforgettable movie quotes that left the audience laughing out loud or snickering sheepishly.

James Bond (Moore): [Q’s mechanized version of the “Indian Rope Trick” malfunctions] Having problems keeping it up, Q?

Q (Desmond Llewelyn): Experimental model!

James Bond (Moore): [looking at the tattoo on Magda’s back] Forgive my curiosity, but, what is that?

Magda (Kristina Wayborn): That’s my little octopussy.

 


A View to a Kill (1985)  was Roger Moore’s last film as James Bond.  I read it was his least favorite of his Bond movies and I’d have to agree but it was good nonetheless. I found this bit of trivia interesting from IBDb.

Roger Moore said that he decided to end his run as James Bond when he realized that Tanya Roberts‘s mother was younger than he was. However, Albert R. Broccoli said he wanted a younger actor for the next film The Living Daylights (1987) and would not have kept Moore as Bond anyway. Broccoli felt that retaining Moore, who was 57, for this film had been a mistake. Contrary to what some sources have said, Moore was never offered another Bond film after this one.

 

According to IMDB, Moore’s Bond never actually uttered the line shaken, not stirred when ordering a martini in any of his 007 movies. He also never drove the spy’s famed Aston Martin.

I found two fun articles Roger Moore Had the Greatest Gadgets in the History of Bond and The Wittiest James Bond in History I enjoyed reading this morning during my search.

The news of Roger Moore’s passing was bittersweet.  I was sad that he died but thankful for having known him on the big screen as James Bond.  His good-looks and classy sophistication captured the hearts of women around the world. I was not offended by his Bond character’s playboy antics. I saw a man who loved women with a certain tenderness. Maybe that was Moore’s personality shining through but he gave me the sense that his sexual escapades were more than just a one night stand if his bed buddy didn’t wind up getting killed or his duties to Queen and country didn’t take precedent. Through his acting career, Roger Moore became a person I felt like I would want to meet someday because his goodness radiated through his eyes and smile. Unfortunately, I won’t get that chance in this lifetime. Perhaps in the afterlife, I will.

Roger Moore had a colorful life with women.  He leaves behind wife #4, Kristina Tholstrup and three children from a previous marriage.  The BBC reported his children statement which read, “Thank you Pops for being you, and being so very special to so many people.” These words touched me deeply. Moore’s kids appreciated and understood the value of their Dad not only in their lives but through the eyes of his fans.

Our prayers and thoughts are with the Moore family. May God’s loving presence give you comfort and strength in the coming days as you adjust to facing life without your husband, father, grandfather, and friend. God bless!

 

You will be missed, Mr. Bond!

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Dance Freebie Style #4M and Leather Tuscadero Wins #BoTB

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Good morning, Kittens & Dawgs! Contrary to what you might be thinking, I’m really taking a blogging break for the next couple of weeks. I just have a strange way of doing it. I’m just committed to co-hosting the best dance party in Blogosphere with the 4M gals. This week, we’re dancing “freebie style” which means anything goes mewsic wise that is! Reel in your wild side folks. This is a family friendly site. 😉

I came across this morning picks last month which I saved just for this occasion and I hope you enjoy them, too.

 

 

It just dawned on me that both artists begin with the letter “P” but I didn’t find these mewsicians while doing the A to Z Challenge because of this reason or at least I don’t think so. I guess it’s possible I could have but I do remember looking for songs for the alpha-prompt “W” when I came across “Watercolour”. The thing is I didn’t use any mewsic in either of those posts.

While I’m here, I might as well let the Cathy out of the bag on who won in last week’s “Glad All Over” #BoTB Showdown.

This was a run away 11-3 victory for Suzy Quatro including my vote for Leather Tuscadero. Yeah, that’s a name from those good ole “Happy Days” which I totally forgot about until John reminded me. Thanks to everyone for making this a fun battle showdown and I’ll see you for June 1st #BoTB!

 

 

 

Thank you for including me in your Monday, kittens & dawgs!  I invite you to hit the dance floor with the M4 gang XmasDolly, Stacy, Colette, and little ole me! This week’s theme “freebie style” – your choice of mewsic!

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I’ll see y’all next week on the dance floor (Theme – Songs about Cars/Riding) with Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me. Have a tunetasic week, my friends!

 

What mewsic moves you today? 😉

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#1 Billboard Hot 100 Songs from 1961 #4M +#BoTB

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Good morning, kittens & dawgs! Thank you for joining me on the dance floor with “60s Rock Songs” requested by today’s Spotlight Dancer, Mike Golch. My first song selection was written by Gerry Coffin and Carole King and recorded by an all-girl band who took this single to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 list in 1961 (the year I was born) from the “Tonight’s the Night” album, The Shirelles!

 

In keeping with my birth year, the next song to top the Billboard Hot 100 charts is a cover by the doo-wop band, The Marcels.

 

My last “60s Rock Song” from 1961 to soar to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 list is one of my favorites has an interesting history but I’ll save that for another time is, The Lion Sleeps Tonight.

 

 

I’m on a blog hiatus for the most part for the next couple of weeks but I’m committed to  XmasDolly, Stacy, and Colette with co-hosting the best party dance party on the blockosphere.

 



While I have the old turntable spinning, let’s keep those feet happy with today’s #BoTB cover song!

Mike’s last week 4M playlist inspired this showdown. This 60s rock song topped the leader board in the USA (1964) and became the first hit for this British band, Dave Clark Five!

(reference only – not included)

This is gonna be a battle of the sexes. Female lead singer Vs Male lead singer, both new-to-me cover bands a bit edgier and heavier than I normally listen to but enjoyed.

 

Contender # 1 Suzi Quatro

 

Contender #2 TT Quick

 

Ok, here’s the drill. Voting is open to everyone visiting. There is NO wrong vote, except if you DON’T vote. You can start by telling me in comments which artist you like best and why (optional).

Which artist gets your vote – Suzi Quatro or TT Quick?

The fun continues with more epic battles underway and I invite you to visit the official manager of BoTB, Stephen for the update list of players and be sure to check back next week to learn the outcome of this battle.

What mewsic moves you today? 😉

I’m “Taking It Easy” but I’ll get to you ASAP. Just leave a breadcrumb trail for me to follow in comments and I’ll find my way to your site soon. Have a groovy week, my friends and keep rockin’ on!

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Watercolor Iris Mother’s Day Card

Good morning, kittens & dawgs! This week I’m sitting things out for the most part in Blogosphere. I need a little regroup time after last month’s exhausting but fun and rewarding challenge. You’re invited to read my A2Z Reflections post.

Yesterday I was swamped with catch up and I had an appointment with ENT doc. We’re going to give the nasal spray another month before resorting to surgery. This means my hearing continues to be limited and it’s a total annoyance but if this inconvenience prevents the need for a hearing tube then hooray!

During the April A to Z challenge, my flame for drawing grew. When I sketched my Iris picture, I knew I wanted to use it as a Mother’s Day watercolor design for my mom. I ordered Strathmore watercolor paper from Amazon after finding out regular cardstock (with mom’s bday card) buckles badly when using watercolors.

After I sketched my image, I used a Micron #02 pen to outline then erased pencil marks before applying Kimberly watercolor pencils and a dab of water. The watercolor paper worked beautifully as expected with no buckling. I’m a happy girl! The cool thing is this paper is manufactured in the USA (see upper right corner). Here’s a close up of my card.


I liked how the design turned out and decided to use it for DD#2’s upcoming birthday this Sunday. Yeah, her bday falls on Mother’s Day this year. Isn’t that neat?

Now moving on to a bit of mewsic!

I can’t recall how I stumbled upon this morning’s featured mewsician but that doesn’t matter.  Susan Wong is truly a “China Doll” born in Hong Kong. She spent several years in the land down under as a child with her family but after graduation, she moved back to Hong Kong. Her genre is classed as easy-listening with smooth jazzy vibes and if you’re like me then you’re going to enjoy her sound.

 

Facebook: @Susan Wong
Twitter: @susan_wong
Instagram: @officialsusanwong

 

Last week while catching up with missed A to Z posts, I was visiting Toni from Wandering and Wondering who was playing along with Airing My Laundry (click button) in “Hey, It’s Okay!”

This is what the hostess says… I got this idea from Glamour magazine. You can link up any day of the week. All you have to do is make a list of what you’re okay with. Simple! Please do not link up a post that has nothing to do with “Hey, It’s Okay”. It’s rude.

Hey, it’s okay if DH chooses to indulge me how every he wishes on Mother’s Day weekend. It doesn’t have to be anything grand because love shines through and there’s no amount of money that can buy that. 😘

Let me finish my chat session by joining Les from Ink Interrupted for Tuesday Coffee Chat this with this morning’s prompt: It’s my birthday and Mother’s Day soon… what should I do?

Contrary to the way some mothers feel, Les, I think Mother’s Day is best spent with the children.  I’m sure you’re like me on this score, too.  Enlist left brain to take you and the kids out for a picnic lunch in a beautiful park where you can watch them play while photographing those magical moments as a family or snapping the occasional picture of a beautiful flower or friendly critter or whatever strikes your fancy. Indulge yourself with something sweet like a scoop or two of ice cream. That’s the way I would go but choose something that’s special to you. After being out all day, get some take out to take home to spend a leisurely evening with the family.  Oh but wait, it’s your birthday, too! Start dropping hints (a good way to drop hints is to send him today’s post URL from my site or others playing along) now for left brown to help the kids bake a cake for you and offer suggestions for gifts of pens, a writing journal, color pencils, or your favorite ground coffee or tea.  The possibilities are endless. I’m sure your family already has plans for you and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it was along these lines. Happy Birthday and Mother’s Day to you, dearie! 💕

That’s a wrap for this morning. I’m hopping over to Stacy’s for Random Tuesday Thoughts and you’re welcome to join me if you want. The rest of the week and maybe the next two, I’m talking it easy to regroup after the April A to Z Challenge. Not to worry, if you leave your footprints here on my site, I will follow them back to you. I’ll see you soon!

I hope you’ll hop & link up tomorrow for not-so Wordless Wednesday.

 

Have a terrific Tuesday!

 

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Singers/Mewsicians Celebrating Birthdays Today #4M

Attention: I encourage you to read my A2Z reflections post from Saturday regardless if you participated or not. Now, I have an appointment tomorrow which makes blogging difficult, so I decided to publish this a day early. Our mewsic theme this week is Singer/Mewsicians Celebrating Birthday on Monday. 

 

 

My first birthday guest is a new-to-me but I thoroughly enjoyed this recording.


Australian-born Anthony Fields celebrates his 54th birthday today. He is the guitar soloist in the above video and I felt it this song choice an excellent way to start the week, don’t you agree, Kittens and dawgs?

Next up is a familiar artist to us all and if you haven’t heard of him, then what rock have you been under?


Enrique turns 42 and if you liked this song, then you may want to visit/revisit a past MMMM post featuring more of his mewsic.

My last featured birthday boy is the youngest of the pack turning 29 today and formally a member of the UK band, Lawson, and lead singer – Andy Brown.

 

Brown is a new-to-me artist who’s also known for Taking Over Me and Brokenhearted. He’s now a solo artist (sample his Seasons album) who now is billed as Adyn Townes.  I believe I preferred Brown’s singing when he was with Lawson then what I found on his bandcamp site but it was still a nice. I like broadening my mental mewsic library.

Thank you for including me in your Monday, kittens & dawgs!  I invite you to hit the dance floor with the M4 (borrowed from John at The Sound of One Hand Typing) gang XmasDolly, Stacy, Colette , and little ole me! 😉



What mewsic moves you today? 😉

Before I go, let me announce last week’s BoTB winner in 3-Way “Take It Easy” showdown.  This was a hard pick for me. I was torn between Mamadear (uptempo female lead) and Firecracker Vida (traditional Eagle sound). In the end, I found Mamadear’s cover resonated well with me getting my vote but it wasn’t enough to help her.  She gave the victor a good run, though.

Totals: Mamadear – 5, Firecracker Vida – 7, and Faithless Street – 1

The rest of the week and maybe the next two, I’m talking it easy to regroup after the April A to Z Challenge. Not to worry I have two weeks worth of Monday Mewsic scheduled and if you leave your footprints here on my site, I will follow them back to you. I’ll see you soon!

Have a good week, my dear friends.

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