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My Hollywood Dream Cast for Hunter

A few blogs ago, back in January, I participated in the blog equivalent of a chain mail letter, an online challenge called The Next Big Thing. In it, I mentioned a couple of actors that I’d like to see play my characters in Defender.

Now this week, for Tia at The Serious Reader blog, I've thoroughly enjoyed putting together a short and snappy ‘Hollywood Star Cast’ for my second action thriller in the Alex Morgan espionage series, Hunter with descriptions of the characters included. You can read it here.

In this post I will be further explaining why I think these and other actors would be the perfect fit to play the following five of the main characters in Hunter. They are by no means the only actors who could play these roles but I do like to have people pegged in my mind as I write - it helps me bring the characters to life.

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FIVE REASONS IRON MAN 3 & ROBERT DOWNEY JNR ROCK

I'll tell you right now, I don't go for movie reviews that spoil the plot. And to tell you much about this movie, Iron Man 3, starring Robert Downey Jnr, Guy Pearce and Gwenyth Paltrow, would be to demystify some of the twists and turns that are best enjoyed by just sitting in a darkened theatre for two and a half hours with this very cool cast, script and staging smack-bang in front of you.​

Here's five reasons Iron Man 3 and Robert Downey Jnr rock.

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CONAN DOYLE, HOLMES & WATSON: AN ENDURING FRIENDSHIP

One of the great pleasures in my life to date has been in watching directors, producers and screenwriters re-interpret the great writing of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as new productions are brought to the big and small screens. I literally count the days until the next Robert Downey/Jude Law collaboration hits the box office, and I always attempt to create a quiet environment at home when it's time to take in the BBC Sherlock series and the new US take on Holmes, Elementary. I collect the DVDs (special edition if possible) and watch them at my leisure, all the while re-reading at least one of Conan Doyle’s stories each week. Such is my obsession enjoyment of these stories and the literary inspiration I derive from them. It is indeed a pleasure to see them out again in the mainstream media for our general consumption.

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MY TOP ACTION MOVIES OF ALL TIME

Being in the line of fire certainly helps a scene to come alive, but it isn’t the only thing. If the beastly writer’s block ever pops up, I know I can always trust the big screen to throw me some ideas.

Here’s my list of the Top Best Classic Action Films that I turn to when the ol’ memory needs reviving.

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SKYFALL MOVIE REVIEW: GLAMOUR, HUMOR AND CHARM

If, like me, you’re an Ian Fleming fan first and a Bond movie fan second, mark my words: you will love SKYFALL. If however, you prefer the vodka martinis, the cheesy one-liners, or the gadgets and gimmicks of earlier Bond films – the exploding pens, invisible cars and so on– don’t despair. The essential ingredients of the 007 franchise – glamour, humour, charm - are still front and centre in the long-awaited 50th anniversary 23rd film directed by Sam Mendes, but they’re present in a way that is much more a reflection of our times and tastes. The requirement to suspend your disbelief still holds strong and there’s just enough of the old tricks & gadgets to remind you of the rich history behind any Bond film. Besides, I’d be a hypocrite if I decried any story that presents  such a perfect balance of gritty realism with a liberal dose of escapism!

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CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL JAMES BOND DAY

Today is International James Bond Day, which marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the first 007 movie Dr No - making it one of the most successful and longest-running film franchises of all time. It's a milestone day for me, too, as I've just returned the structural edit of Hunter: Intrepid 2 back to my publisher, Joel Naoum, at Pan Macmillan's digital imprint, Momentum.

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ACTION MOVIE REVIEW: THE AVENGERS

I'm a huge fan of the Marvel comics. When Robert Downey Jr started playing Iron Man, directed by Jon Favreau, I was obsessed. And then when The Avengers was slated for 2012, I couldn't believe my luck! An old-school classic action series given a fresh look and new life? I couldn't wait. The film, which I saw with a great mate just back from Afghanistan, did not disappoint.

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