Trump approval rating "in the toilet"

After a few weeks of Donald Trump's presidency, only 37 percent of Americans are happy with it. It's the worst in 72 years of polling for a fresh president, reports Mary Papenfuss.

Barack Obama’s rating at this point in his presidency was 60 percent.

HuffPost Pollster’s aggregate, which combines publicly available polling data, currently puts Trump’s approval rating slightly higher at 44 percent, with 53 percent disapproving.

It’s not clear which of several issues may have torpedoed the president’s numbers.

With so much to work with, how can any one thing be given credit? The appearance of being a loser ties it all together, though, like a nice rug in room furnished with junk. CNN reports that FBI director James Comey is today expected to publicly rebut Trump's claim that Barack Obama, in cahoots with British intelligence, "wire tapped" him during the election campaign.

It's a moment of political theater that could end in humiliation for Trump, with Comey expected to say that there was no wiretapping, debunking allegations that Trump has repeatedly refused to withdraw.

The hearing could also shed light on the state of FBI investigations into the extent of Russian meddling in the election campaign. Republicans hope Comey will state that there is no evidence of collusion between Trump aides and officials from Moscow, a move that could begin to break up a cloud of Russian intrigue that has stifled the early weeks of the administration.

It is Comey, though! Since everyone's happy to cast him as kingmaker whenever he asks them to, who knows where whim will take him today? Read the rest

Ian Fleming's James Bond novels are either free or $2 as Kindle editions

I've read a few of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels and they are a lot of fun. James Bond is much more flawed and weird in the books than he is in the movies. Right now Amazon is selling the Bond series for $2 a book as Kindle editions. But if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited (I do) you can read them for free. Here's a link to a join Amazon Kindle Unlimited with 30-Day Free Trial. Read the rest

Send e-cards courtesy of Sir Sean Connery

Are your notes to pals and co-workers lacking gravitas? Sir Sean Connery, star of such films as Zardoz and The Rock, has just the e-card generator for you.

The link is tucked away at the bottom of Sir Sean's website. Andrea's post earlier led us to this fantastic service.

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Make: "Pie Another Day," a no-bake James Bond Oreo pie

“Pie Another Day“: James Bond No-Bake Oreo Pie Recipe by Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin (aka @ThePieous) (more geeky pie goodness) Read the rest

If "The Empire Strikes Back" was a James Bond film, this would be the opening credits

Created by Kurt Rauffer, who writes:

Growing up in the 90s where Star Wars was released on VHS, the franchise really sparked my imagination as a child. It not only let me exercise my imagination but also supplied me with some of the happiest memories as I watched it with my family. After re-watching "The Empire Strikes Back," I decided to use this as a chance to create a homage in the form of a title sequence. This would also serve as my senior "thesis" at SVA and took me the whole semester to complete.

The style and tone of the animation was inspired by the James Bond title sequences. The music was a rejected song from the newest Bond film, Spectre, sung by Radiohead. I really wanted to play on the concept of Luke trying to find himself and true purpose, so the music and inspiration felt fitting.

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Radiohead's rejected theme song for the James Bond movie Spectre

Radiohead says, "Last year we were asked to write a theme tune for the Bond movie Spectre. Yes we were. It didn't work out, but became something of our own, which we love very much. As the year closes we thought you might like to hear it. Merry Christmas. May the force be with you."

(Image: Michell Zappa/Wikimedia) Read the rest

50 years of incredible James Bond movie art

See sample pages from this book at Wink.

EON Productions was founded in 1961 by Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli and Harry Saltzman for the express purpose of turning Ian Fleming’s novels about a ruthless, womanizing Secret Intelligence Service officer named James Bond into movies. EON has produced 24 Bond movies to date (quite a feat, since Fleming himself wrote a total of twelve Bond novels and two short story collections).

These two books are a deep dive into EON’s James Bond archives. Bond by Design was written by Meg Simmonds, EON’s archivist, and is a breathtaking collection of location sketches, plans for villains’ lairs, outrageous vehicles, exotic costumes, and, my favorite, the dual-purpose gadgets used by agent 007, such as a thermos/grenade, a briefcase/sniper rifle, and the fantastic gadget-filled Aston Martin D85 from Goldfinger.

James Bond: 50 Years of Movie Posters is loaded with movie posters from all over the world. Paging through the book, it becomes clear that James Bond was and is as globally famous as Mickey Mouse (and a heck of a lot more sauve). It also contains many never-before-seen concept sketches for posters, making it a must-have for any serious Bondophile.

After going through these books, I’m ready to watch the Bond oeuvre again. If you are new to Bond I recommend starting with Dr. No, From Russia with Love, and Goldfinger. (Skip the 1967 version of Casino Royale, Octopussy, and the Man with the Golden Gun – they stink!)

James Bond: 50 Years of Movie Posters by Alastair Dougall DK 2015, 328 pages, 9.9 x 13.4 x 1.2 inches (paperback) $18 Buy one on Amazon

Bond by Design: The Art of the James Bond Films by Meg Simmonds DK 2015, 320 pages, 14.2 x 10.4 x 1.5 inches (hardcover) $18 Buy one on Amazon Read the rest

James Bond: Every attempted crocodile jump in "Live and Let Die"

Multiple takes of stuntman Ross Kanaga's epic crocodile jumps, in the shooting of the 1973 James Bond flick, "Live and Let Die."

All the Bonds, fighting themselves

Who would win in a battle between Bond and Bond... James Bond?

Happy 50th, Mr. Bond! Here is the fancy new song that Adele sang for you

The fancy new James Bond theme, "Skyfall," sung by Adele is out, and it's pretty sweet! You can buy it at iTunes and consume it in video form on the singer's YouTube page. Adele has experienced some moderate success this year with both her career and her life, and singing the new Bond theme was a good way of acknowledging she cannot pull off the "melodiously heartbroken" thing anymore. (via Adele on YouTube) Read the rest