FILM & TV REVIEW | THE LION KING (2019)

People of all ages remember the Disney’s 1994 classic The Lion King. Starring notable voices of James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Rowan Atkinson and Matthew Broderick, the animated film truly created a vibrant, humorous and meaningful animal world.

After the success of the live-action remake of The Jungle Book, Disney announced that The Lion King would be getting the same treatment. Now, in July 2019, the live-action visualisation of our beloved Simba and Mufasa is finally here.

After seeing remake of The Jungle Book, I was extremely excited for Disney to bring The Lion King to life with excellent cgi and an incredible cast. At first, I had my doubts about particular actors and if they would live up to the voices from the original, such as Seth Rogen as Pumba and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar instead of Jeremy Irons. However, it is safe to say I loved both of them as their characters, as well as every other choice of voice. Seth Rogen brought his own humour and trademark laugh to the film, which, combined with accuracy of the 1994 Pumba, made the character just as lovable and entertaining. His partnership with Billy Eichner’s Timon certainly did justice to the humorous pair of the original, with every scene of theres making me and every audience member laugh hysterically.

From Chiwetel Ejiofor’s first scene as Scar, there was a dark and menacing presence, something that contrasted Jeremy Irons’ evil, yet camp portrayal. Whilst I loved everything about Irons’ Scar, Ejiofor’s sinister voice combined with the battered and ‘scarred’, yet realistic cgi lion acts as a visual epitome of menacing and evil. It is evident that many have criticised Disney’s choice in creating 2019 Scar’s appearance more realistic to a lion, as apposed to giving him his previous black mane in the 94′ version. I personally love the realism of new Scar’s appearance, and whilst it is somewhat difficult to distinguish characters in some scenes such as the Simba/Scar battle, the new live-action remakes are clearly attempting to bring as much realism to the characters as possible (minus the talking, singing and relationships between lions and their prey).

On the subject of singing; that was perhaps one thing that Ejiofor couldn’t quite match against Jeremy Irons. 94′ Scar’s ‘Be Prepared’ song was a large musical scene, with some questionable ‘nazi-parade’ styled hyenas (which was rightly excluded from the remake) and a scheming Scar that fully embraced Irons vocals. On the other hand, reports have stated that singing isn’t Ejiofor’s strong suit, and that is somewhat evident in the Be Prepared scene. However, Ejiofor does perform the song, but an alternate version, that seems shorter and almost more of a speech. Whilst this was perhaps one of the major differences in scenes between the films, it still served its purpose and provided a perfectly dark scene.

Lastly, with an abundance of new and exciting cast members, I was extremely thrilled to hear of James Earl Jones returning to play the one and only Mufasa. Everybody is familiar with the greatness of James Earl Jones’ natural voice, which undoubtably contributes to the incredible presence of Mufasa and his speeches to his pride members. Whilst it was sad to hear of other 94′ cast members not reprising roles in the remake, I’m sure I can speak on everybody’s behalf when I say that Mufasa could not be voiced by anybody else.

Overall, Disney’s new remake of The Lion King is incredible, both visually and as an emotional, hilarious and exciting film.

Whilst many critics have jumped on the bandwagon of slating Disney’s choice to retreat the incredible original ‘purely for money’, I can’t help but to disagree. The state of the art cgi allows each character to look like they were taken from a real nature documentary, thus allowing a new and realistic visualisation of the classic, with opportunities for nostalgia to pour in every minute and in every scene.

Many reviews have stated that the remake is not necessary, but personally, I think many are just looking for something to moan about. This film is truly entertaining and full of nostalgia from the very start, and definitely worth watching.

 

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THE WONDERFUL MYKONOS, GREECE

For our first holiday of the Summer Eesh and I were able to find a bargain on Thomas Cook, travelling to the divine Greek island of Mykonos and staying at the 4 star George Hotel, situated at the Southern beach of Platis Gailos.

The hotel was amazing for a variety of reasons. It not only looked beautiful, but provided amazing views of the bright blue coast and the multiple rocky hills that surrounded the beach, covered in the typical bright white buildings. Any hotel located in Platis Gailos is within a 5 minute walk of the beach front and the number of restaurants and shops that it offers. We soon realised that the restaurants, similar to the many that we visited across the island, all seem to offer roughly the same items on the menu, that consist of meat dishes, pizzas, pastas and seafood. Unfortunately for us, this was limited with our vegetarian diet, but I can’t complain about having pizza, pasta and chips for most meals!

Whilst we could not fully explore the Greek cuisine, we did try to explore the island itself as much as possible, whilst on a somewhat limited budget. Various beaches have simple paths from one another, or the buses to various locations across the island are extremely affordable. If that’s not for you, there are multiple excursions, such as jeep tours, quad bikes, or boat trips that provide opportunities to visit different locations. We chose the Southern Beach Tour, which evidently involved a boat trip, showing and docking up at a number of prominent beaches, some offering immensely clear waters, others providing opportunities for food or bars. Overall, we felt that for the £70 per person price tag of this excursion, it wasn’t that great. Some of the beaches that the boat docked up at were not the best (either super busy or covered in seaweed), there was little information explained whilst on the tour, nor time to snorkel, and the lunch that was part of the price was rather disappointing. With all that, we regret not doing some of the other excursions, which included a boat trip to the historic island of Dilos or a off-road venture across the Mykonos landmarks.

Next, we visited the main Mykonos Town. Located North of the island, this was the highlight of our trip. The vast amount of pictures of the painted white floor and the white and blue buildings do not do it enough justice. It truly was incredible. With the many little alleys anyone can roam for hours and never get bored… but can easily become lost. Within the compact town, there are many restaurants and bars, ranging from typical Greek cuisines to Italian pasta and pizzerias. Here we tried the Greek food of Souvlaki at the Pepper restaurant, which consisted of seasoned chips, salad and yogurt in pitta, and it was delicious! For those with a sweeter tooth, the town is home to dozens of dessert shops, offering so many flavours of ice cream, crepes and waffles that it is so hard to decide what to try.

The beaches of the town are filled with romantic restaurants and bars that provide ideal spots to overlook the sunsets each night, something that attracts huge crowds.

Looking back at our holiday, I would recommend finding a hotel closer to Mykonos Town. Simply due to the liveliness of the area, in comparison to where we stayed. Whilst the Platis Gailos had a wonderful beach and nice restaurants and bars, it was missing the immense Greek culture and the complete essence of Mykonos, with every street coated in white and colours in every direction. Obviously, some may prefer a beachside hotel, and whilst I can completely understand this, it seems that wonderful beaches can be found every half mile, evidently within a short hikes distance.

b933d54c-ab38-4d54-ab6d-fba63b2d562cMykonos was definitely one of my favourite locations that I have visited. If you haven’t been, I would definitely recommend, and if you have, I can’t blame you if you want to go back, as I’m pretty sure I’ll aim to at some point. However, as many people hope between mykonos and the beautiful island of Santorini, I now aim to visit there. For now though , I hope you have enjoyed my little summary of my trip to Mykonos!

 

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ROB’S LIFE UPDATES 02 – I’VE FINISHED UNIVERSITY!

So after four long years at Hertfordshire University, I’ve finally finished. Whilst I’ve submitted my last assignment, my graduation isn’t until September!

Now finished,  I can relax. I mean really relax, considering that I’m currently in Spain. It already feels very strange not having any assignments to think about or deadlines to worry about, but I’m going to make the most of it.img_2639

Now I have a few weeks until I start a new job, one that I can use to save up as much money as possible, so that in a year or two I can travel. I think we are tempted to look at inter-railing, and fully explore Europe first, but to be honest I’d love to go everywhere, especially Asia.

Anyway, for now, I can focus on working and relaxing, any maybe even try to pick up some new hobbies. The main thing I want to do is read more, and with that, try and cut down on the amount of video games that I play.

Finally, I hope to be able to write more blog posts, on literally anything that comes to mind. I’m tempted to write more reviews, on anything new that I try, or any new places that I visit. So if any of you readers have any recommendations of cool places that you have recently visited, let me know!

As for now, that’s it for this little update of my life.

 

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WINTER WEAR

When the weather becomes colder everyday, there are more, justified reasons to buy and bring out the warm clothes. This winter, I’ve actually thought smart, and bought clothes that not just look good, but more importantly, will actually keep me warm.

I was in desperate need of a new denim jacket/coat, and this coat provided that little bit of difference to the usual look with the full borg lined style. The jacket can be partnered with almost anything, but as you can see here I went for a simple black t-shirt and necklace. The jacket itself is extremely warm, mainly due to the borg material making up the inside of the jacket. At £42 from boohooman, this is already reasonably priced, with the addition of the many discounts that boohoo provides, this was one of my best purchases by far.

 

Blue Fully Borg Lined Denim Jacket – BoohooMan | Skinny Black Jeans: Asos | Black Classic T-shirt – Topman

 

H&M have some really decent mens winter clothing at the moment, especially the jumpers and hoodies. This ribbed zip jumper is somewhat an older look, but provides a casual but stylish look for any occasion. I partnered this with a simple peacoat, just to add a bit of extra warmth. The dark colours combined with these grey Nike trainers are simple but effective.

 

Ribbed Zip Jumper  – H&M | Nike Air Max 95 – Nike

 

When I travelled to the Swedish capital of Stockholm, the weather was snow all day, each day, and temperatures of -8. I knew that I was in desperate need of a thick coat to keep me extremely warm… and here it is. This padded coat from H&M was excellent for the cold and wet weather of Stockholm, as well as providing a great new look compared to the rest of my wardrobe. At £40, plus a 20% student discount, I can consider this a bargain. The only downside is the lack of hood for when it really does rain, however the jacket isn’t too thick that you can’t wear a hoodie or jumper underneath.

 

Red, White and Blue Padded Jacket – H&M | Beige Muscle Fit Jumper – Topman | Skinny Black Jeans: Asos

 

I hope you have enjoyed reading my small post on my Winter wears.

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A WEEKEND EXPLORING STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

I’ve been to the Swedish capital of Stockholm multiple times now, all of which have been with my family – mainly consisting of following my sister’s direction and plans, due to her previously living there for a year.

This time, I was taking Eesh as a Christmas present, thus taking all responsibility and planning. Fortunately, once you are familiar with the different areas of the city that are important for tourists, it can be quite easy to navigate.

I chose to stay in the Elite Hotel Stockholm Plaza, as not only was it a lovely hotel that I had stayed in before, it was also located in the centre of the city.

Everything in Stockholm is within walking distance, sometimes it may take 40 minutes, but its still easily achievable. If walking isn’t for you, then the Metro/Underground the easiest and most affordable alternative. The travel cards, which provide unlimited use of the Metro, trams and boats, can be purchased as a 24 hour pass at 130 SEK, equating to just over £10, or a 72 hour/ 3 day pass at 260 SEK, equating to just over £21.

The Metro can definitely be daunting at first, but if you’ve planned your routes and familiarise yourself with the names of stations and areas, then take your time and it is no different to any other country’s metro system.

Our first day involved a walk through some of the main streets of the city, before getting the Metro over to Slussen, and visiting the Fotografiska – the photography museum. The Fotografiska constantly changes its exhibitions, and each time I’ve been they’ve been pretty amazing. The exhibitions not only provide information about each picture, but information about the photographer, their reasons behind their collection, and even additional videos of the making of the collection. I highly recommend visiting, as like myself, I wouldn’t usually go to a photography event, but this was certainly worth it.

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Kirsty Mitchell – Wonderland

For me – someone that loves animals, the Skansen Zoo was a must. It prides itself on holding traditional Nordic animals, and featuring such animals in different areas to represent different parts of Sweden in which they come from. Again, a word of advice is that with snow, some animals, such as the wolverine and the brown bears, were either harder to see, or were actually hibernating… On the other hand, it was great to see the Wolves sprint through the heavy snow.

Another must is exploring Gamla Stan. Also referred to as the Old Town, this a top tourist location, as after all, this is where Stockholm was founded. Thus, what better location to hold the Royal Palace, which is a remarkable visit. Gamla stan is also ideal to relax and explore with its vast amounts of restaurants, cafes, museums and shops. The huge amounts of coffee shops not only in Gamla Stan, but all over the city serves the Swedish cultural tradition of fika. Fika involves not only coffee and cake, but a time to stop, relax and socialise.

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However, for those of you that are more into shopping, Stockholm does not disappoint. Drottninggatan is a large shopping area, with a huge street dedicated to retail shops and department stores. The area, of course, includes many coffee shops and restaurants as well.

During our visit to Stockholm we tried to vary our eating as much as possible. Like most large cities, Stockholm hosts vast amounts of chain and independent restaurants, catering to a variety of cuisines. Having turned vegetarian in recent months, it was already going to be a struggle to find food options, and we most likely gave up on the idea of trying the traditional Swedish meatballs. We did however, during fika, try both the Kanelbulle – a cinnamon role, and a Kladdkaka – a chocolate cake.

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Overall, the holiday to Stockholm was great. Like everywhere we’ve been so far, it provided us with an insight into a new and pleasant culture. There is lots to do, and whilst we were perhaps limited to some things with the harsh snowy weather, we would happily visit again in warmer weather to maximise on the Swedish experience. Based on our experience, I would perhaps suggest that it would be better to go in such warmer weather, however the cold time of January did allow us to experience cheaper prices and less busy attractions – always a positive!!

Not many people think of Stockholm as a first choice location for a holiday. I’d like to think that this post will show that the city of Stockholm certainly has unique, cultural attractions and traditions that intrigue the typical tourist. If you have any more questions or would like any advice for travelling to Stockholm, feel free to contact me!

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I hope you like this post on my travels to Stockholm, Sweden.

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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS – 2019

2018 has ended, and now is the time to start the traditional resolutions for a better me and a better life. Much like a lot of other people I’m sure, I’ve had New Year’s resolutions before, with not much luck in seeing them out.

 

The first thing that is on mine and I’m sure many others’ list, is to become a vegetarian. Whilst the main reason for my resolution is my love for animals, and my dislike towards the death of animals just for food, I am also aware of the unsustainable animal farming industry and the consequences it has for our planet.

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it”             Robert Swan, polar explorer.

For a while now I’ve been saying to myself and others that I want to become vegetarian. The hardest thing for me is that I love food, and I have certainly loved trying different cuisines containing beef, pork and most of all chicken (as you would see from my numerous food blog posts). However, I’ve felt like a hypocrite when announcing my love for all animals, yet continue to eat a variety of them because of society’s norms. Now, as of January 1st, I am meat free, and as much as I want to do this for ethical reasons, it has also become a personal challenge for me – especially to prove to my family who do not believe I can do it.

 

Another resolution of mine is charity. Recently I have started donating to WWF, as I feel like more needs to be done to help to save many of the animals on our planet. At the moment it is only £5 a month, but anyone can donate anything, which contributes to the planting of forests, ranger salaries and animal preservation.

On the topic of charity, I really want to – and I feel like everybody should try – to give blood. The only reason I haven’t in the past is laziness to find somewhere to donate, so this year I’ll make a change to that!

 

A final resolution of mine is to become more organised, proactive and productive. I’ve become so used to sitting around, mainly playing Playstation and being productive on the odd occasion, but then I’ll often feel like I’m wasting time and losing out on achieving things.

I am now half way through my last year of university, and the last few months that made up the first semester went extremely quickly, so I’m preparing myself for some fast paced months ahead. I really want to try and cut down on my procrastination, and especially focus on my university work, and trust me, that’s a lot harder than it looks when you’re an avid gamer like me.

What do you think of my resolutions? What New Year’s resolutions do you have?

 

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TRYING SOMETHING NEW | INDOOR SKYDIVING

As one of her birthday presents, my sister and I bought our Mum (and us) tickets to Basingstoke’s iFLY Indoor Skydiving. My sister, Rach, had previously done this, so she convinced us that it was an experience we just had to try.

Now I have never been keen on the idea of actually skydiving, I just wouldn’t trust parachutes, especially when I’ve seen in the news that accidents involving them really do occur. I know a lot of people do it and are fine, but I just don’t think I could bring myself to do it, and don’t even get me started on my fear of heights… However, this indoor skydiving seemed like the closest thing to skydiving, without actually having to worry about any parachutes, so I was more than keen to have a go.

After being briefed by our instructor, we suited up and equipped our not so stylish goggles and helmet. I think it was at this stage that my anxiety kicked it and I really started to stress. I had so many things going round in my head, all of the hand signals we were briefed on, the positions I needed to keep my body in, the fact that I’m stupidly long   and stiff- much like an awkward Bambi on ice.

So yeah, I really started to panic, I watched the couple in front, and then I watched my Mum do it. They all seemed to get to grips with it pretty quickly, which just made me worry even more that I would be the one that goes wrong. The time quickly counted down and then it was my turn. I kind of just zoned out. I stood at the entrance, leant forward a little and all of a sudden the 100mph wind took me. I quickly tried to get some positioning to my body, but it wasn’t great. To be expected, I was flying (literally) all over the place, hitting against the walls, whilst the instructor was signalling to relax and keep my head up. Then it started to work, I actually managed to hover without him helping me for a second or two, and then it was over. The pictures below are not the best, in terms of the quality and how I look, so try not to laugh to much!

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Its hard to say how I felt about it, particularly at the time. It was literally like nothing that I have done before. I wouldn’t say that I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I’m definitely glad that I did it. I think it really is one of those things that, the more you do it, the more you really start to like it. The only issue with that is the price. iFLY Basingstoke offer different packages, starting from two flights (one flight is one minute) for £28.99. The prices then become slightly cheaper if you are a returning customer.

I would definitely recommend trying indoor skydiving. Once you do it once, it definitely would become easier. If you’re willing to spend the money, which for this unique experience, you should, then you’ll definitely have a good time.

 

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LONDON FASHION WEEK FESTIVAL

If you’ve read some of my previous posts, you’ll know that as a birthday present, I bought Eesh and I tickets to the London Fashion Week Festival.

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Attending the event was certainly a new experience for us, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. I bought us the gold tier tickets, which provided us with a designer tote bag, entry to two catwalk shows and access to the festival until 8pm. I also upgraded the trend and designer catwalk shows to front row seats, to really give us the best experience.

The atmosphere in the London Fashion Week Festival was really cool and chilled. A huge mixture of people shopped around the trend and designer pop up stands, bought food and watched demonstrations. It was really interesting to see other people’s trendy and quirky outfits, with many people getting photos with other random people due to their flamboyant attire.

The designer catwalk show we attended was by Katharine Hamnett. I have to admit, I thought by attending a designer catwalk, I would see the crazy outfits as seen in the actual Fashion Week, that some might debate as fashion. However, I was pleasantly surprised by Katherine Hamnett’s casual fashion designs. I actually saw myself taking an interest in and inspiration from most of her male designs. However, as much I liked them, I couldn’t see myself splashing out the high prices that she charges. I almost question the need for such high prices, when although they were rather nice, the outfits could easily be replicated from normal high street shops.

I would be more than happy to go to the London Fashion Week Festival again next year. It would almost tempt me to pay for the next tier up for tickets, just to provide us with those extra perks. The only thing that held us back from completely enjoying ourselves were the prices of the pop up fashion stands. Eesh and I have grown accustom to finding a good bargain and deal from online and high street shops, even finding cheap clothes extremely similar in appearance to the bigger labels. There were some cheaper clothing for females, but very few cheap clothes, or clothing stands in general, for males.

I would definitely recommend going to the Fashion Week Festival if you’re into fashion, if you like dressing up, or just looking for a present idea for the girlfriend – as this certainly went down well for me!

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Attending the London Fashion Week Festival would be the first time in a long time that I could actually wear some stylish clothes. It was quite a major step for me, as for the first time, I branched out and tried cropped trousers. As you can see, I went for some simple grey pinstripe smart trousers from Topman. To match the soft colour, I wore a white knit sweater from Zara. This knit sweater is perhaps one of my best purchases. I don’t know if it’s just because of the weight I’ve put on, but it seemed to fit well, almost like a muscle fit, whilst also being really stretchy and comfortable. Finally, to work with the cropped trousers and sweater, I wore some simple white and red plimsoles from River Island.

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White Lace-up Trainers – New Look Mens | Grey Pinstripe Smart Joggers  – Topman | Purl/White Knit Sweater – Zara

 

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What events have you been to recently?

 

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THE FUTURE OF JAMES BOND

With a lot of speculation over the future of the James Bond character in recent months, latest rumours suggest that there finally might be a cemented choice for the role in the next film, and it may be surprising.

Rewind to 2015 when the current James Bond, Daniel Craig, was quoted saying that after four films as 007, he’s had enough and actually stated that he would rather slash his own wrists than reprise the role – quite a bold statement I know! However, recently on The Late Show on US TV, the now 50 year-old actor admitted that whilst it would be his last outing, he will be James Bond in the 25th instalment.

So, the important question that has been circulating the entertainment worlds is, who will become James Bond after Daniel Craig?

IDRIS ELBA

In the last couple of months, rumours that I think everybody in the country would have heard is that Idris Elba could potentially be the next 007. Whilst there has been no confirmation, Elba has not hesitated to tease fans. On Twitter, the 46 year-old posted ‘My name’s Elba, Idris Elba’, mimicking the iconic James Bond introduction, and most recently, played the iconic Bond theme tune at London’s Elrow Town.

I personally would love to see Idris Elba as James Bond. Whilst we’ve seen Elba in many rough and tough roles, we’ve seen little amounts of roles were he speaks very articulately and posh. However, Daniel Craig didn’t exactly come across as posh, but more rough and gritty, which Elba could easily excel at, as seen in previous roles (Luther, Rockn’Rolla).

Idris Elba would also bring diversity to the role, which has been the focus of debates all over social media, polarising opinion. Some have argued that Ian Fleming’s (the James Bond creator/author) original description of the character depicts a middle class, dark haired, blue-eyed, white male, and actors should resemble such. I myself feel that this argument is unnecessary, and that ‘a British Spy’ is all that is needed for an actor to try to resemble. If anything, it could be argued that some, if not all of the previous actors that have portrayed the James Bond character, have had one or more feature/characteristic from the original description missing (e.g. the scar on his cheek or hand), so what difference would race have to the role.

I don’t want this post to mainly be about the debates over wether Idris Elba is eligible for the role, but instead focus on wether he would be a good James Bond. Personally, I think he would. As I’ve said, he can easily show suave and sophistication in both appearance and mannerisms, as well as having the build and figure for the typical action scenes of James Bond.

TOM HIDDLESTON

There is just no denying that Tom Hiddleston is sophisticated and suave. The actor, best known for his role as Loki in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, seems to have perfected his Norse-God character through such sophistication, articulate speeches and his charm. In any real-time interviews, you can witness the extremely British accent and attitude of the 37 year-old actor. I feel that there is just something about him that has potential for the role as James Bond – maybe the only thing I would adjust is his stature, perhaps if he bulked up I would definitely support the idea. Anyway, this idea of Hiddleston being James Bond seems quite controversial, even between the members of my family! I think he might be like marmite, you either love him or you hate him!

HENRY CAVILL

Henry Cavill’s role as Napoleon Solo in the Man from Uncle film (2015) is the epitome of sophistication that would suit James Bond – albeit an American version. Cavill quite clearly has the cool and charming look for the role, and as seen in his latest role as CIA agent August Walker in Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018), he can certainly perform an action scenes and stunts well. The 35 year-old already has the height, physic and looks to pull off the Superman role, so he would easily be able to pull of a sophisticated spy in a suit.

Back in July 2018, in an interview with Yahoo Movies, Henry Cavill discussed his interest in the 007 role, stating: “I would love the opportunity and if they were to ask I would say ‘yes'”. In addition, as I discuss in my previous blog post – ‘HENRY CAVILL EXITS SUPERMAN’ – THE DOWNFALL OF DC?, ties between Warner Bros. and Henry Cavill seem to have fallen apart, fortunately allowing Cavill availability to take up new franchise roles… perhaps perfect timing?

TOM HARDY

Tom Hardy is undoubtably one of the most popular British actors in recent years. With vast amount of roles, ranging from the Kray Twins to DC’s Bane, Mad Max to an MMA fighter, Hardy has gathered a large fanbase, and rightly so. I personally think he is an excellent actor, with the amount of different roles showing how versatile he is.

This Means War (2012) is perhaps not one of Tom Hardy’s most popular films, but does give us a small insight into what he could be like as a British spy. Contrasting against typical American characters, his extremely British portrayal aims to highlight the charm and sophistication that is linked to being British. Put that in a film, along with Tom Hardy in a suit and lots of action scenes, and we might just have a great James Bond.

KIT HARRINGTON

There has been few (but still some) rumours of one of the biggest Game of Thrones stars potentially being considered as the next James Bond. Kit Harrington, who plays the beloved Jon Snow in George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series, has also had a go at spy-action films in the past, taking on the role as Will Holloway in the Spooks: The greater Good film. This film actually had similarities to the James Bond franchise, centralising around the British Secret Service, as well as focusing on an unpredictable, ruthless and charming agent. This would perhaps help us to imagine Kit Harrington as James Bond, and frankly, I just don’t see it. I don’t know if its the 5″8 height, or perhaps the iconic long black locks that his GOT character requires, but I just cannot imagine (and I didn’t feel it in the Spooks film) Kit Harrington really scaring or intimidating, or even impressing the notorious villains of James Bond.

In addition to recent rumours, possible actors that I think could have some potential at being 007 include Armie Hammer, Charlie Hunnam and if he’s not too old, maybe even Clive Owen.

Who do you think would be a good James Bond?

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BACK TO UNIVERSITY: FINAL YEAR

Summer is clearly at an end, and with that it means preparing for not only another year of university, but the final, most stressful and most important year of my studies. After my girlfriend finished university earlier this year, I could see how stressed she was with work loads and deadlines every week, and I can’t say that I’m looking forward to it at all.

On the plus side, I’m going into my final year with good grades, so hopefully I can power through for the next nine months in an attempt to finish university with a 1st or 2:1.

I’ve finally received my lecture timetable for the year, and I’m in everyday, some days staying on campus from 9-5, which does not sound fun. And as for my assignments, a number of them include group work, which I personally hate. I have never understood why examiners and lecturers feel the need to include the potential incompetence of others in the reflection of your own work. First year I had a rather unfortunate experience of having a member in my group, who failed to complete any work, and on the day of presenting to the class, merely read out something that they had copied word-for-word of wikipedia. Personally I just prefer essays, or just any individual work for that matter, as I can have full control, and its I’m fully responsible for the final grade – okay rant over…

So far my modules may not be the most exciting, but they are certainly interesting enough. The only worrying thing is the amount of assignments that I have due in November, so I’ll most likely have to start some of them now!

When I finish university, I am not certain on what I want to do – in terms of career path or plans in general. I’ve always had the idea of travelling for a long period, but I worry I may have a better chance at finding a fulfilling graduate job straight after university.

Studying journalism has also given me the idea of perhaps combining my interest in travelling with my interest in writing and blogging, and perhaps one day making that my profession – which makes me think – would travelling for a period and continuing to blog, help make that concept a reality…

Anyway… as for me going into my final year of university, I’m expecting a lot of stress, which hopefully I can keep under control by going to the gym, boxing and now living with my girlfriend! Wish me luck!

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