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It’s one year today that we get to see the next James Bond film, the 24th in the series. To aid in the search for the next Bond song artist, Richard Lawrence, who co-hosts the fantastic All of Whine and Space podcasts, offers his suggestions for who it should be.

Shirley Bassey, Paul McCartney and Duran Duran, to name just a few, have all had the privilege of singing for Bond, James Bond. But who will get the honour this time next year for the as yet-untitled Bond 24? There is almost a required style for a Bond song, but in the past this has been challenged. I present below a selection of artists who I’ve heard and think could do a great job.


Let gets things started….



Skyfall was an interesting attempt from the Londoner; you could argue that it’s just what we should have expected from Adele and the Bond theme for the 50th anniversary. The classic John Barry theme can be heard within the tune and the lyrics, which after the release of the film work to perfection. However for me and a few others I have spoken to believe Adele’s true talents lay in her up-tempo numbers like Rolling in the Deep and Set Fire to the RainSkyfall has some elements of speedier tempo, partly the choral singing about sky falling and being at Skyfall, but I feel the shackles of the 50th anniversary held Adele back from delivering a truly classic theme. Because of that I’d love to hear Adele have another crack, but maybe just in a film or two’s times.

Emeli Sande


I don’t want Adele to do Bond 24, so a way everyone could be happy is to allow Emeli to have that film’s theme. This would not be a huge departure from Adele as from what I’ve heard Emeli has a very similar range. There are the up-tempo songs like Heaven and then her version of Read All About It which is much slower, both demonstrating her range of vocal abilities with which she could tackle a Bond song. For me this is a safe pair of hands to continue the style that was chosen for Skyfall and with the majority of the same production staff returning this could add an air of freshness while staying familiar.




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In The Diary of Anne Frank, who’s author, you’ll be intrigued to learn, was also called Anne Frank (I’d like to think she’d have been a Belieber), wrote “No one has ever become poor by giving, especially in the case of indie, grassroots horror movies, because those are more absolutely banging than Miley Cyrus’ seminal album Bangerz“.

It’s a great point beautifully made and there’s no finer example of this than the important and necessary Popcorn Horror. To get this out of the way, yes, I am the film reviewer of Popcorn Horror.But that isn’t the cause for this piece. No, in fact I am the film reviewer for Popcorn Horror because I think it is important and necessary.

My relationship with Popcorn Horror started when it was first mentioned as one of the new, unique ways people were distributing movies during a lecture on my masters course at Screen Academy Scotland. From the moment I downloaded the app (when Popcorn Horror was an app) I was hooked. When I wrote for Culture Bomb our first magazine had free advertising space, and Popcorn Horror  was the first I offered it to. And not just by the style and quality of the content. I was incredibly impressed with the fact they did what 99.99% of other content providers don’t do. They valued the content makers enough to reward them.

Just to reiterate how important that is, they value and reward the people who make the horror content.

In a time when so, so many content providers think that content makers should be grateful to even be considered to grace their webpages, Popcorn Horror recognizes that if content makers cannot get rewarded, then not much content can get made. They rile against the greedy modern notion that “exposure” is payment enough for hours of work 0n something different to entertain us.

In a way, Popcorn Horror really inspires the same kind of spirit that made the legendary Night of the Living Dead possible. The spirit that says you don’t have to go to a big studio and production company and have your artistic vision compromised so it’s no longer recognizable just to get it near-made.

And now look at Popcorn Horror. My how, and I hope no one from  Popcorn Horror towers will mind me saying this but, we’ve grown. Since I climbed aboard the good ship PH  the fine vessel has gone from an app to a full blown site, offering some of the most unusual, innovative and varied horror content you could ever possibly imagine. There is honestly nothing the discerning horror fan could ask for that isn’t covered by Popcorn Horror.

So, if you value fantastic content that you’ve never seen before, a thriving community that’s truly passionate about the most underrated yet meaningful genre in cinema (yes, horror, dumbass), and most importantly an ethos that inspires, nurtures and provides for independent horror content, be it my reviews, Cara’s cool news and views, or the myriad pieces of art available on the site, you owe it to horror and yourself to donate just a small amount to the Popcorn Horror Kickstarter campaign.

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When you go into a shop that sells movies, and you ask for a film that meets a certain criteria, you should be met with two responses:

  1. “Ahh yes, I can suggest a couple of titles that should fit that bill”.
  2. “No, but I can show you someone who works here that’s something of a horror expert, and they’ll be able to help you out”.

In my earlier reviewing days I walked into an HMV with just such a criteria that needed filling. I needed to get a horror film that fit the site’s weekly theme, and this theme was “horror films featuring a  villain that seduces someone/people”. When walking into the HMV and asking for a film that met this I was met with “I don’t know” followed by a silent, telepathic “because I know nothing about the products I am selling”. And this wasn’t just the once. There are numerous times I’ve asked for such advice, every one met with absolutely no knowledge of the section the staff are working in.



If you’ve read my last couple of reviews (Virginia Obscura for Popcorn Horror and Memory Lane for Haddonfield Horror) you’d be forgiven for thinking it is my personal mission to give a generous kicking to every micro-budgeted piece of horror fiction flung my way for review.

Not so for this latest piece, the newest chapbook from This is Horror, Stephen Graham Jones‘ The Elvis Room. You’ll be able to find out what I thought about it in a forthcoming review for Popcorn Horror, but for now here’s the PR from This Is Horror.

Think of it as penance for my recent acts of critical savagery.

[I’ve removed someone else’s praise from it, because frankly, its my gaff you should be coming to for all your horror criticism needs.]



A chronicle of the late, great Brazilian F1 racing driver Ayrton Senna, the film follows his life and career from childhood days to his infamous fatal crash at San Marino in 1994. The first element is that you needn’t be a fan of the man’s work or the sport in general to thoroughly enjoy this film. It is about the man, the racing driver and not the sport of Formula 1. (more…)

This article was originally published on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 in Culture Bomb ~

By Robert Bayley

It’s something amusing itself, that the biggest comedy festival in the world began on the fringe of the world’s biggest arts festival.

But it’s a long time since those unwelcomed but enterprising performers set up their own festival at the edges of the still simultaneously running Edinburgh International Festival. Since then it’s ballooned into a citywide month of fun and chaos run by many different companies, small and massive (a fact which Stewart Lee decries, despite still finding it in himself to play the Assembly Rooms, one of the biggest venues there is) vying for your attention.

After virtually unstoppable growth however, the recession’s finally hit over half a decade late. As Richard Herring himself put it “everyone is having a hard time”.


This article was originally published on Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 in Culture Bomb ~

If you want to save yourself some time, don’t read any further, just go out and buy this game. If you don’t have a console that can run it, this is all the reason you need to go and get one.

If you’ve been living in a bunker for the last year you might not be up to speed with the situation. 73 years ago, Batman, the world’s greatest detective was unleashed upon the world in Detective Comics and since then the Dark Knight has been adapted into every type of media imaginable. (more…)

This article was originally posted on Thursday, November 10th, 2011 in Culture Bomb ~

With the recent release of the final instalment of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare trilogy, the promotional blitz seems to have taken over most of the British countryside. Game franchises don’t come much bigger than the blockbuster series and with the amount of adverts dotting television, websites and billboards you’d be forgiven for thinking the military shooter makes more money than Mario.

The size the series has grown to is a tribute to how slick, engrossing and well-made the games are, especially due to the negative publicity thrown at it by some corners of the press.

However many of these accusations are grossly inaccurate and it’s time to set the record straight. (more…)

This article was originally published on Thursday, May 19th, 2011, in Culture Bomb ~

Generally, I am going to bang on and on about Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, but there is reason and warrant for this. It is the character and story, here’s why.

The character one plays, Nathan Drake, has just had a hairy (a pun!) encounter with a set of yetis that are not actually yetis and escaped from a Himalayan snow temple. Upon his return to the village he set off from, he finds it not the safe, peaceful sanctuary of before, but a war zone that has been overrun by the villain Zoran Lazarevic. (more…)

This piece was first published on Thursday, May 19th, 2011, in Culture Bomb ~

I am very interested in mythology, be it Norse Pantheon, Christianity, Greek Pantheon, Hinduism, Traditional Beliefs (such as those found in Lesotho or Tanzania) or Satanism. I guess this came from a combination of things; awesome mythological stories such as The Illiad or the Sundara Kanda and my complete lack of understanding of people’s belief in it. I suppose I also fear mythology and what it has done, and as Carmine Falcone said, you always fear what you don’t understand. Furthermore, as horror movies/games/books have taught us, we are also fascinated by what we fear.

However, when talking with friends regarding the themes I’d want to see in a mature videogame, the topic arose that this might be a problematic tale to tell, especially if one were to use a ‘real’ god as the antagonist. I was inspired by the Nepalese take on this Hindu Goddess from the ferocious statues of her in Kathmandu not to mention the goats tied to the blood-stained altars before them. Here is a picture I took:

I think you’ll agree, pretty damn scary, what with the several limbs grasping severed heads, a hand, a sword and the whole thing stood on a corpse. (more…)