Riva/Harlequin Presents Extra author Heidi Rice is back in Bond-age with Daniel Craig... And enjoying every minute of it!
After a cracking start with Casino Royale (blue shorts, bare chest, dripping wet, need we say more!) and the somewhat confusing Quantum of Solace (I couldn't even figure out what the title meant, let alone the plot) there has been a bit of a long wait for this latest assignment. But now it's arrived with all the requisite hype (well hey, half-a-century baby, fair enough!), the latest Bond film proves that the series really can keep re-inventing itself for a new generation of filmgoers.
This time out, Craig's Bond gets some really slick action set pieces (the one in the London Underground had me very grateful I didn't have to go home on the tube!); a mind-blowing car-bike-copter-train-digger chase stunt opening sequence; a little bit of globetrotting (Shanghai looks marvellous at night); Adele's super-classy shades-of-shirley theme tune; a wonderfully nutty villain in Javier Badem (just wait til he gets a load of JB's thighs!); but best of all some surprising character drama supplied by his compellingly dysfunctional relationship with Judi Dench's matriarchal M (and an old but game Albert Finney).... I'm not going to say anymore about that, cos I don't want to spoil the movie for people, but there are some surprises, some wonderful nods to the franchise's history and a captivating insight into Bond's childhood which I'm sure was there to keep us hopeless romantics happy - and explain why the man himself is so royally screwed up emotionally (well, apart from all that other murder and mayhem in his past, obviously!)...
So if you haven't seen it already, get down to your local multiplex and enjoy... Best two-and-a-half hours I've ever spent in a cinema full of popcorn-chomping, coke-guzzling pubescent men! Honest.
One Night So Pregnant is due out later this month in the US, and her first Kiss novel Too Close for Comfort is scheduled for a June release. She also excited to announce her first Entangled project. Tis the Season to Go Shopping, which is part of the brilliant Baby Its Cold Outside anthology of Seasonal novellas she has done with fab fellow authors Amy Andrews, Kate Hardy and Aimee Carson. Find out more on her blog & her website.