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The Spy Who Loved Me

Nobody Does It Better

When it comes to birthdays, there are two kinds of people: those who prefer to ignore the whole ghastly affair and those who like fuss, attention and presents. Falling in the latter category, I wanted to do something special for my 40th.

I had the idea that screening a film for my friends would be fun, and the internet led me to Whirled Cinema, a cosy and quirky venue just down the road from me at Loughborough Junction.

My chosen flick was The Spy Who Loved Me, the Bond film from the year of my birth. It's a solid choice, containing all the elements the casual viewer would associate with the series and many of its finest innuendoes.

I was especially pleased that two of my friends brought their nine-year-old to experience her first Bond movie. Afterwards she commandeered my Goldeneye cap gun and went around demanding that we tell her everything we knew (which in some cases did not take long).

Roger Moore's Bond is pretty kid-friendly, though there was the occasional awkward spot:

AGENT TRIPLE X: Why don't you lie down and let me look at it?
9-YR-OLD: What's going to happen?
ME: Um...

When the film was over we had pizza from Mamma Dough and a proper posh cake made by the wife of one of my colleagues before moving on to a nearby pub.

Huge thanks to everyone who attended from points north, west, south, east, and closer to home. I was inundated with cards and presents, and didn't manage to open everything on the day, so I can only apologise to everyone who didn't get a proper thank you.



That is some cake! Well done to all of you. :-)
Excellent icon for the occasion :) I had to provide my own toy car for the top tier, but luckily I had a few to choose from!
An absolutely exceelnt idia for a lovely time. The photos are awesome, and it sounds like the company was even awesome-er than the cake :) Congrats on an epic 40th b'day!

Thank you! Epic about covers it!
Excellent birthdaying! Your 9-year-old mate was having the BEST time in James Bond world. I briefly met her in the toilet queue...

Child: Oh, there's a queue.
Me: Yes, you'll have to take us out one by one to get to the front.
Child: I like your thinking!
Oh, that's fantastic. I don't envy her parents trying to get her to bed that night.

Thank you so much for coming!
Sounds an interesting idea for a celebration. I may have to plagiarize it for when I hit the big F.
Do it! One of my friends is already planning to do the same for their 30th with Licence To Kill.
Probably won't be a bond film for me lol
Going for one from your birth year though?
Very probably.
Sounds like a great day! :-) *hugs*
It was! *hugs back*
Happy birthday, and many happy returns of the day - I am glad you had such fun.

40 seems so young to me now.
Thank you!

It still feels pretty young to me so far!