The Beatles, 007, and Various Upgrades


Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 10.44.16 PMOne of the more humorous moments in the science fiction film, Men in Black, is when Tommy Lee Jones’ character holds up this small disk and says that this is the future of music was in a small disk that was cross engineered from alien technology.  His comment was that it looked like would need to buy the Beatles’ White Album, yet again.  It probably went over the head of half the audience.  Those who were my age thought it was funny. Thus far I have purchased the Beatles in the following formats:

  1. 45’s
  2. Vinyl 33’s
  3. 8-Track
  4. Cassette
  5. CD
  6. iTunes down-load
  7. (Sir Paul in concert – in Memphis – live)

They’re the same blasted songs, bought, over and over and over and …. well, you get the picture.  I’m tired of it.  Sure, according to Kanye West’s dimwit fans, Sir Paul McCartney is this new guy who needs a break, but, well, yea, right.  Enough is enough.  The man’s worth billions, and now we know why.  We keep buying his music when a new format appears.

That’s okay.

Now, iTunes is marketing the complete 23 film Bond collection.  Look, enough is enough.  I’m as big a Bond fan as anyone, even if I think the new movies suck.  I realized it isn’t the current rendition of 007, but the whole reboot.  The franchise is now taking itself too seriously and too gritty.  I don’t want serious and gritty.  I want …. James Bond!  Okay, so, currently, sucking up room on my hard drive are the following (in alphabetical order)

  1. Diamonds Are Forever
  2. Die Another Day
  3. Dr. No
  4. For Your Eyes Only
  5. Goldeneye
  6. Goldfinger
  7. License to Kill
  8. The Living Daylights
  9. The Man with the Golden Gun
  10. Moonraker
  11. Skyfall
  12. The Spy Who Loved Me
  13. The World Is Not Enough
  14. You Only Live Twice

It has dawned on me that there are some serious holes in my collection, as you can tell.  The problem here is that I have a hard time keeping up with what I have.  You see, I have had or have copies of the Bond movies on

  1. VHS
  2. Video Disk (I managed to talk my mother into saving the disks and the machine, which still works)
  3. Laser Disk (ditto)
  4. DVD
  5. iTunes

I also realized I don’t have

  • Tomorrow Never Dies
  • Live and Let Die (my favorite song)
  • From Russia With Love
  • Thunderball
  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  • Octopussy
  • View to a Kill (in my estimate the worst of the whole bloody lot)
  • Casino Royale
  • Quantum of Solace

I’ve never even seen Skyfall or Quantum of Solace.  Once upon a time, I had to see the new film the moment it hit the theater.  Forget that, today.  No, it isn’t because I’m getting old, but I truly don’t like the series reboot.  I’m still pissed because Pierce Brosnan was fired.  I don’t like Daniel Craig’s version.  Sorry.

That’s not the point though.  This is about two things.  First is the fact that I swear a serious portion my blasted hard drive is taken up by James Bond, Indiana Jones, Jane Austen, and Nick Charles.  Secondly, it’s about technology and how stupid, we the consumer are.  I keep reading about replacements for the common DVD and Blu-Ray (which I don’t have), but I’m not seeing much of anything other than some mega storage, which I would love to have, and probably should.  There are ways to do it, but before I do that, I need to get around to scanning several thousand 33mm slides I’ve taken over the years.

It’s interesting what I’ve purchased in so many duplicate formats.  Let’s face it, I’ve been the most infamous with the Beatles and James Bond.