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We didn't have access to much entertainment in Kenya when I was growing up. There was only one nationally owned TV channel until I was a teenager and it only aired eight hours a day from late afternoon to evening. The movie selection was a little bit better but tended to lean toward the action genre, particularly Bruce Lee, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren and of course James Bond. 

While I enjoyed all these action heroes, I couldn't help but have a preference for Bond. Was it his suave machismo, the fact that he was quintessential British or both?. Despite, or perhaps because of, the fact that Kenya was a former British colony, we have a love of all things British like tea, scones and best of all British humor which of course Bond has in spades.

So it shouldn't surprise you to know that I've watched every Bond movie ever made and count some of the theme songs as my favorites. Who doesn't love 'Goldeneye' by Tina Turner or 'Diamonds are Forever' by Shirley Bassey. Not to say that there haven't been some clunkers like the latest one, 'Writing's on the Wall' by Sam Smith. He could at least have made the effort to include the movie title in the lyrics rather than dial it in. Considering that Adele knocked it out of the park with 'Skyfall', so much so that she won an Oscar for her effort, I'm not sure what Sam was thinking.

I digress. Good or bad theme songs aside, I am die hard fan. It doesn't matter if the script is terrible or the acting over wrought, I love the character so much that I am willing to overlook any and all flaws. These are the only movies I will watch on opening day so of course you know I will be glued to my seat when Spectre premieres on Nov 6 in the US. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I'm sure I will.

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