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by Don Wells
Wed Apr 15, 2015 5:35 pm
Forum: The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery
Topic: Mortdecai Question #6 - Book vs. Movie
Replies: 21
Views: 3179

Re: Mortdecai Question #6 - Book vs. Movie

And another good review of the "Mortdecai" movie. If things get much better, it will have to be re-issued.

by Don Wells
Fri Apr 03, 2015 9:45 am
Forum: The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery
Topic: Mortdecai Question #6 - Book vs. Movie
Replies: 21
Views: 3179

Re: Mortdecai Question #6 - Book vs. Movie

A more balanced review of the movie.

by Don Wells
Wed Apr 01, 2015 8:32 am
Forum: The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery
Topic: Mortdecai Question #6 - Book vs. Movie
Replies: 21
Views: 3179

Re: Mortdecai Question #6 - Book vs. Movie

At last - an appreciative and well-argued review of the movie. Here's the link to KB's F/Bk page:

by Don Wells
Wed Mar 25, 2015 1:22 pm
Forum: The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery
Topic: Mortdecai Question #10 - Writing Style
Replies: 7
Views: 982

Re: Mortdecai Question #10 - Writing Style

Did you know that Kyril Bonfiglioli has a Facebook page - under that name? His daughter Catriona writes it. I found it a bit weird, posting comments and messages to my virtual "old chum". He (she) recently posted a link to a BBC radio podcast called "A Good Read", where two autho...
by Don Wells
Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:49 pm
Forum: The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery
Topic: Mortdecai Question #12 - Favorite Passages
Replies: 13
Views: 1418

Re: Mortdecai Question #12 - Favorite Passages

Both 'andsome and 'ansom, Theresa. We're just not used to Jock making jokes.
by Don Wells
Tue Mar 24, 2015 10:59 am
Forum: The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery
Topic: Mortdcai Ques #11: What is it, she said, poking at it with the toe of her shoe.
Replies: 10
Views: 1377

Re: Mortdcai Ques #11: What is it, she said, poking at it with the toe of her shoe.

Again, I'm late to the party. Sorry. Bon wrote some poetry, short stories and one other novel, which I think was his best. It's called "All the Tea in China" and tells the story of Charlie's ancestor Carolus (Karli) van Cleef and his adventures on the high seas, in London and China at the ...
by Don Wells
Tue Mar 24, 2015 10:40 am
Forum: The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery
Topic: Mortdecai Question #15: Through A Miracle of Time and Physics....
Replies: 12
Views: 1317

Re: Mortdecai Question #15: Through A Miracle of Time and Physics....

Sorry I'm late to the party, guys. As someone who knew Bon, I can say that he would have revelled in the fact that a film was made of his work (though, as has been said on other threads, it was a mix of two books) and I'm pretty sure he would have loved the film. Yes, he would have quibbled a little...
by Don Wells
Tue Mar 24, 2015 8:40 am
Forum: The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery
Topic: Mortdecai Question #12 - Favorite Passages
Replies: 13
Views: 1418

Re: Mortdecai Question #12 - Favorite Passages

But, Theresa, you missed from your quote the next few lines, which I found funnier (or at least punnier): 'Then call me a cab!' 'Awright, Mr Charlie, you're a taxi.' 'How do you mean?' 'Well, I couldn't hardly call you 'ansom with that bleedin' moustache, could I?' At first I thought the dreaded tra...
by Don Wells
Sat Mar 07, 2015 7:03 pm
Forum: The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery
Topic: Mortdecai Question #6 - Book vs. Movie
Replies: 21
Views: 3179

Re: Mortdecai Question #6 - Book vs. Movie

Hi. Liz. I could and still can recall only one direct quote. It's from "Don't Point . . ." rather than "The Great MM Mystery". In the book it's the British Ambassador to the States who is speaking but in the film it's someone else. In my copy of the trilogy, it's on p.87 and read...
by Don Wells
Thu Mar 05, 2015 7:17 pm
Forum: The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery
Topic: Mortdecai Question #10 - Writing Style
Replies: 7
Views: 982

Re: Mortdecai Question #10 - Writing Style

I've got to say that Bon was not the world's top plotter. I've read all his books and if ever I "lost the plot" I didn't let it bother me. By then I knew that if I tried to go back and work out who did what and with which and to whom (there may be a joke in there somewhere) the probability...
by Don Wells
Tue Mar 03, 2015 4:09 pm
Forum: The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery
Topic: Mortdecai Tidbit #1b - Mortdecai Colloquialisms by Chapter
Replies: 9
Views: 2295

Re: Mortdecai Tidbit #1b - Mortdecai Colloquialisms by Chapter

A further word (or maybe 250 or so) on "Nutshell-mongers". I think readers would have got the joke if Bon had remembered to "set it up". Ask any comedian. Many jokes, wordy or physical, even going back to the old slapstick, need to be set up so that the reader/audience is ready t...
by Don Wells
Fri Feb 27, 2015 2:32 pm
Forum: The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery
Topic: Mortdecai Question #4: Good Ole' Jock
Replies: 12
Views: 1411

Re: Mortdecai Question #4: Good Ole' Jock

Agreed, Nebraska. Jock didn't figure as largely in the book as he does in the film. But the film plot was based on at least two of Kyril's books. In the other Mortdecai novels, Jock was a much stronger character and was much more involved in the action, as he was in the film. His culinary expertise ...
by Don Wells
Thu Feb 26, 2015 8:45 am
Forum: The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery
Topic: Mortdecai Tidbit #3 - The Honorable Kyril Bonfiglioli
Replies: 20
Views: 2804

Re: Mortdecai Tidbit #3 - The Honorable Kyril Bonfiglioli

Thank you, each and everyone for the compliments. I'll just give one last little toot on my own trumpet - possibly the most impressive fact of all. I am but one degree of separation from the great man himself. I see from something I've read (maybe on this site) that Johnny is a friend of Tom Baker, ...

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