007 Visits the Troops

Some celebrities find time in their schedule to come visit the troops, wherever we may be. Daniel Craig, fresh off his success in the latest James Bond flick, visited my old stomping air. I would write stomping grounds,  but we were always at a high elevation when we flew over Camp Bastion in Helmand Province:

007, Daniel Craig, visits Camp Bastion to meet soldiers, introduce new James Bond film Skyfall

Mr. Craig recently got his American driving license. Remember, we drive on the right side.

Very Greek: Tonia Sotiropoulou

I took a semester of Greek in college and bumbled my way through the Alphas and the Betas*. It is a great language filled with root words that I recognize from prior meetings. When I saw the name of the new Bond girl, Tonia Sotiropoulou, I used my previous Greek training (do not try this at home) to ferret out that she was indeed, Greek.

Very Greek: Tonia Sotiropoulou

It’s the role every female actress wants, and Naomie Harris nailed it.

But it seems the Pirates Of The Caribbean actress will have some competition on her hands, as Skyfall introduces a new Bond girl.

Director Sam Mendes has cast Greek beauty Tonia Sotiropoulou alongside Daniel Craig, with the unknown actress bound to rocket to A-list status.

Tonia revealed on her Facebook page: ‘Dear friends. I officially announce I got a part in J. Bond new film!!! Turkey here I come! Thank u all for you love and support! This is officially the happiest day of my life bitches!!!!’

Ha ha, bitches? That does not sound very Greek of her. Τόνια Σωτηροπούλου, allow me to translate:

Αγαπητοί φίλοι. Μου ανακοινώσουν επίσημα πήρα μέρος σε J. Bond ταινία νέα! Η Τουρκία εδώ έρχομαι! Σας ευχαριστώ όλους για u αγαπάς και υποστήριξη! Αυτό είναιεπίσημα η πιο ευτυχισμένη μέρα της ζωής μου σκύλες!

The Bond film, Skyfall, appears to be an interesting romp. Some intel:

Production on “Skyfall” began in October 2011. Filming is being done in Turkey as well as Scotland, England and Shanghai, China, where the first still image from the film was shot. It shows Craig as James Bond, holding a pistol.

“Skyfall” hits theaters on October 26 in the United Kingdom and November 9 in the United States. It also features another new female character, the gun-toting field agent Eve, played by Naomie Harris. The actress is known for her role as Tia Dalma in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films. She said her Bond character thinks of herself as the spy’s “equal.”

Daniel Craig sandwiched between Bérénice Marlohe and Naomie Harris

In the film, Bond’s loyalty to Judi Dench’s character, M, head of MI6, is tested after her past comes back to haunt her. The British Secret Intelligence Service is attacked and 007 sets off to stop its perpetrator. Also, in at least one scene, he will “swap his trademark martini” for a sip of Heineken beer, according to a recent report by Advertising Age.

Heineken? Are you kidding? Instead of shaken, not stirred will it be chilled, no lemon?

* I got a lot of mileage out the joke, as do all Greek students, that the language is all Greek to me!

Caroline Wozniacki + Rory McIlroy = Wozzilroy

Okay, hypothetical time: imagine you are boring.

In reality, you are not dull; you are actually James/Jane Bondian in appearance and presentation. And, just like 007, your fav food is bacon and your speech is not slurred, but clear, Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsodic” English. When asked of your style, you say: bacon, not slurred. (Yikes, I had better stop. I took that one tooooo far.)

Caroline Wozniacki and Kangaroo

To spice things up, you have an interview. Did I mention that you are one of the world’s top tennis players, Caroline Wozniacki? And that you have been told you are an aloof interviewee? So what do you do at your next group chat, other than goof around:

Q. What is the most exciting thing you’ve ever done? If it’s illegal, we promise not to tell anyone.

CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Well, the other day I went to the park and I saw this kangaroo lying there. If you’ve seen, I’m playing with the thing on my shin here. It was lying there. So I wanted to go over and help it out. As I went over to it, it just started to be aggressive and it actually cut me. . .

Q. You’ve done a lot of boxing. Did you think about boxing the kangaroo as it took a swing at you?

CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: I’m sure that was ready for some boxing. I like boxing.

It looked so cute. But once it started scratching me, I was a coward and I run away.

Whoops, the press believed it. Because you are ordinarily so dull. They even reported it. And you pissed off the kangaroo PETA-like folks:

Entering last year’s Australian Open, Caroline Wozniacki was considered a boring interview subject. Heeding the criticism, the world No. 1 decided to spice things up by telling the press a story about getting beat up by a baby kangaroo.

Some particularly gullible reporters followed up the story before Wozniacki came back to tell everyone that she made it all up. Everyone laughed, Wozniacki got some positive press and we figured that’s the last we’d ever hear of the tale.

But not everyone had a smile that day. No, the folks at at Australian Society for Kangaroos were displeased.

Go to the above link to read about the public relations hoops Caroline hopped through to repair the damage. As for her rep, she’ll be fine:

In three days, Wozniacki has managed to transform her off-court image from aloof and snobby to entertaining and mischievous. Normally, one can only kill their reputations in such a short period of time. For her to change the narrative so quickly is a public relations triumph.

But wait, there’s more!

She’s dating Rory McIlroy, the laid-back golfer. A good kid who had a tough final round at the Masters. But he’ll be back. He did, however, hook sweet Caroline up with some cheesy clubs of her own. Which ticked off some sport writers:

Poor form. First of all the name looks like it was punched in using the same tool I use to mark my keys with words such as “HOME” and “OFFICE.”  More importantly, the whole combining of the last names thing is extremely lame.  Rory owes me a tournament victory.

Rory McIlroy & Caroline Wozniacki’s Wozzilroy Club

Wozzilroy? Wozz ‘dat? Oh, both their last names. Got it. Is she going to gift the young lad with his own racket? A Wozzilroy Wilson, maybe?