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Pierce Brosnan’s Wednesday News & Views

Bond. James Bond.

Depending on your age, a different voice spoke those words in your head. For the wiser readers among us, it’s the original Bond, Sean Connery. For others, it’s Roger Moore, whose tenure at Bond is currently the longest at twelve years. The Bond buffs among us many remember Timothy Dalton’s brief time as 007 in the late ’80s. My generation? Pierce Brosnan, baby. Brosnan became Bond in 1995, in the series’ first film in six years, “GoldenEye.” My father is a huge James Bond fan. So much so that his marriage to my mom almost ended right after it began. My dad took my mother to see a Bond movie shortly after they got married and on the way home, decided to test out some of 007’s fancy driving tricks, doing doughnuts and 360’s in the parking lot before my mom made him stop. Since, she has refused to see a Bond movie with him, so instead, my dad made us his Bond movie pals, taking us to see every single one in the theater, thankfully without the crazy driving antics.

Brosnan was a natural Bond: smooth, charming, and witty, and despite the terribleness of some of the actresses across from him (looking at you, Denise Richards), capable of carrying a film. Sure, Daniel Craig brings a certain ruggedness to the role, but for me, James Bond will always be Brosnan, suavely sipping on a “shaken, not stirred” martini with a smirk (hear that, Heineken?). After Brosnan turned in the keys to his BMW and Aston Martin, he’s tried to shake the trademark role with parts in “The Matador,” “The Ghost Writer,” and even “Mamma Mia!” He’s also had memorable parts in “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “The Thomas Crown Affair,” and “Mars Attacks” (okay, that last one maybe not so memorable, but fun fact: to this day, that movie scares me to death); but, he’ll always be Bond to me. On your 59th birthday, this one’s for you, Pierce.

News and Views, please.

— Tuesday got off to a sad start, with the news of former Cat Michael Porter’s arrest on sexual abuse and sodomy charges. For those who haven’t heard (where have you been?), Porter will face six charges of sodomy in the third degree and two charges of sexual abuse in the first degree for alleged sexual acts with a female minor, whom he met at a church function back in 2009. Porter entered a plea of not guilty on Tuesday afternoon, and was released after paying a $22,000 bond. He will wear an ankle monitor, unable to leave the state until his preliminary hearing on June 4th.

The news is troubling, and if the allegations are true, disgusting, disturbing, and every other word in the book. It’s best not to dwell on it until the hearing in June, but my thoughts go out to all of the families involved.

— Hooray, change of subject! Tuesday afternoon, we finally learned the intentions of Amile Jefferson, who picked Duke over North Carolina State and Kentucky. The news was not shocking; most suspected Jefferson was favoring Duke and NC State over the Cats all along, but in these high times, it still feels a bit odd to see a top recruit pick against the Cats. Jefferson said that academics were a big part of his decision, and that “Duke is a once in a lifetime opportunity and something you don’t pass up on.” You’re right, Amile. We all dream of losing to Lehigh in the first round. See you in November.

— With Amile going elsewhere, all eyes are on Montrezl Harrell, Kentucky’s next option at power forward. Harrell still does not have a release from Virginia Tech, according to Hargrave coach AW Hamilton. However, it seems to be a matter of time, as Virginia Tech’s new coach James Johnson said over the weekend that he would grant him one, at which time he’ll decide between UK, Louisville, N.C. State, Pittsburgh, Providence, Xavier, Cincinnati and Alabama. Complete the puzzle, Montrezl. (At times like this, I wish that “l” wasn’t silent.)

— Speaking of funny names, Rick Pitino added Michael “Dark Slime” Baffour to his roster today as a walk-on to replace Elisha Justice. Yep, Dark Slime.

— If you didn’t see it earlier, congrats to Brandon Knight, who finished eighth in the Rookie of the Year voting.

— I see you, Eric Bledsoe. At halftime, Bledsoe has nine points in eleven minutes as the Clippers trail the Spurs, 57-49. And hey, Mike Fratello: Bledsoe did start in college, thank you very much. UPDATE: Bledsoe absolutely killed it last night, finishing with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

— It was a tough night for the Kentucky baseball team, who lost to Murray State 7-3. It marks the first time the Racers have beaten the Cats since 1997. The Cats head to Starkville to finish up the regular season against Mississippi State this weekend before next week’s SEC Tournament.

That’ll do for now. In the morning, we go on “Montrezl watch,” so wear comfortable shoes and bring a snack.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

72 Comments for Pierce Brosnan’s Wednesday News & Views

  1. Hey!
    11:03 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    What’s the latest on Patterson, Lucas, and Cherry?

  2. Roy withers
    11:07 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Eh brosnan? Your serious? You know why Daniel Craig is bond now? Because everyone thought brosnan ruined the bond role!! That is fact. He was horrible.

  3. Manbearpig
    11:17 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Sean Connery is the only Bond!

  4. BPsycho
    11:24 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    #2 No.

    He’s not Bond now because of money. How was the role ruined by Pierce and redeemed with Daniel Craig’s nut slappy performance?

  5. Hoo Hoo
    11:27 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    D Craig is s pretty good bond better than the dbag in the photo…. Yawn

    Oh and Indiana sucks and Tom cream is a tard of a coach

  6. wigshop
    11:29 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Michael come and see me, Looks like you might lose everything!

  7. I Say
    11:37 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    No way, all the best Bond movies were Brosnan. #Goldeneye

  8. mars attacks
    11:40 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    underrated movie. there, i said it.
    jack nicholson, michael j fox, danny devito, martin short, pierce….

  9. DM
    11:40 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    I love B Knight, but is finishing 8th in a vote worthy of congrats?

  10. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    11:55 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Bledsoe has been the best player on the floor tonight. Career game.

  11. blake
    12:00 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    Murray swept UK two years ago

  12. B Real
    12:02 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    B Knight had a great rookie season and had he played on a better team, would have ranked higher

  13. bigbill992001
    12:02 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    Brosnan did a fairly good job in After the Sunsets and Seraphim Falls, also.

  14. chief_cat
    12:09 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    Eric Bledsoe gettin’ sh!t right tonight!

  15. Buckets
    12:12 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    Brosnan became Bond when I was in high school and he was definitely great, but I gotta go Connery on this one. Craig’s pretty good, too, but third-best at best.

  16. HenryEarl
    12:12 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    Bledsoe has been disgusting tonight.

  17. 'Bama Transcript
    12:12 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    this should be eric bledsoe’s wednesday news & views. EB was straight ballin’ tonight against the spurs.

  18. Buckets
    12:13 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    Brosnan was in Stephen King’s “Bag of Bones.” Uugggggghhhhhhhh…terrible, just terrible.

  19. E
    12:15 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    Bledsoe is not going to be a clipper for long, he’s going to be too good to not start. I think next year he could have a breakout year and become a top 20 PG.

  20. Nashville Cat Fan
    12:41 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    Anybody know where I could find the 12-13 roster including new guys?

  21. Dick10,000
    12:44 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    This is the guy we need right here. Montrezl Harrell’s game would fit in perfect with this team. Carolina Elite highlights,

  22. BPsycho
    1:35 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    #18 True. I’de like to ask him what he was thinking on that one.

  23. Roy
    1:39 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    Say what you want Daniel Craig is here
    To revive the damage done By pierce brosnan the directors/producers will even tell you that. Craig brings a realistic bond.

  24. Mack
    1:55 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    Sean Connery is James Bond! Second best was Roger Moore. Brosnan fits his part in Mama Mia the best.

  25. MBS
    3:06 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    “You’re right, Amile. We all dream of losing to Lehigh in the first round. See you in November.”

    Stay classy, M.T.T.

  26. Fat Ryan Lemond
    3:22 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    Love the AW Hamilton reference. #ScottCounty

  27. Ky stay fly
    3:48 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    B real- you realize kyrie Irving won rookie of the year and was on a terrible Cleveland team. Obviousley anybody in the running for rookie of the year would have benefitted from having a better team around them.

  28. Chris Hansen
    3:58 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    Michael, please have a seat

  29. GrumpyOldDude
    7:06 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    11 – That must be your uncle, the janitor…

  30. catcrawler
    7:09 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    Sodomy ?? dang Porter

  31. JayCee
    8:00 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    Steele. Remington Steele.

  32. Chicken Little
    8:04 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    The lead on Louisville news sports “UK loses another recruit”. They do not follow up with they still have the number 1 recruiting class.

  33. Azubuike's Bicep
    8:06 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    I wish Amile the best. The silver lining to losing him is that we’ll get to show him what he missed out on when we face Duke next year.

  34. Lou eaton
    8:07 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    Love the “enjoy Lehigh” comment on Jefferson’s decision! Yeah, I can tell you that this dude Harrel at VA Tech is the real deal. We could really use him…

  35. Cats#!t Crazy
    8:14 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    Remeber Leonard Washington, former UK recruit everybody wanted, but there were questions about his attitude? From Rush The Court:
    “Wyoming forward Leonard Washington received a $530 fine, a 31-day suspended jail sentence. and one year of unsupervised probation after he pleaded guilty to charges of criminal entry and battery stemming from an incident on April 15. Washington, who was suspended indefinitely from the team on April 4 for unspecified reasons, admitted to entering a house without permission and punching an individual leading to his arrest. With this event occurring soon after he had been suspended indefinitely from the team we would be surprised if Washington were allowed to rejoin the Wyoming team even if he was their best player last season averaging 12.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 1.1 blocks on his way to Second Team All-Mountain West honors. Washington, who transferred to Wyoming from USC, will probably end up at another school, but with just one year of eligibility this is probably the last we have heard of Washington on a (relatively) big stage.”

  36. Big Blue 66
    8:21 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    I will say this righ there right now, Chris Paul is the most overrated player in the NBA. Im not saying hes not good, but hes no where near the other big time players like they put him up with.

  37. God
    8:27 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    JayCee – Are you ready to come back home, my son? I’ve missed you.

  38. Karen Sypher's Loose Lips
    8:32 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    Lexington is a small town, someone on here has to have info on the Porter situation. Anyone?

    JayCee, I think God wants to talk again. Or, are you typing as “God” and having a conversation with yourself?

  39. Lou eaton
    8:34 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    Agree with 36. Paul is a good PG but he is not in the class with the guys he is often mentioned. Plus, I’ll take Cousins anytime over Griffin who excells at dunking…BUT…

  40. Don
    8:43 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    Damn, Harrell plays angry…I like it! 🙂 Great size, very athletic

  41. minton
    8:57 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    I am a huge movie buff, but ironically, i have never seen a James Bond movie. Gonna have to have a bond week one of these days.

  42. barn
    9:01 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    bond. james bond

  43. RYNO
    9:05 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    Even though they lost, Bledsoe outshined Chris Paul in last night’s game vs the Spurs. That’s right. I said Eric Bledsoe OUTSHINED CHRIS PAUL. Dude was everywhere on both sides of the court. A couple shots rimmed out towards the end, or he would have put up 30.

  44. RYNO
    9:06 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    32) The next headline should be, “And UofL still has 1 recruit for 2012, and he’s a 4-star”

  45. PatGLex
    9:07 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry, Ms. Tyler, but Pierce Brosnan will always be Remington Steele to me. I’m one of the old fogeys whose Bond is Sean Connery.

    And on the UKBB front — I’m thrilled to see Bledsoe rising to the occasion in the playoffs. Not a huge NBA fan but I am trying to keep up on the box scores of the former UK players.

  46. Will S.
    9:09 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    Classy post, Matt. “We all dream of losing to Lehigh in the 1st round.” Yeah, but Duke has 4 national championships since 1991, including one about 26 months ago. UK has 2 since 1978… you do the math.

  47. RYNO
    9:10 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    47) I’ll do the math for you since you’re clearly at a remedial level 8 > 5

  48. JayCee
    9:12 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    46- Exactly. Brosnan is a estrogen injected cakeboy.

  49. RYNO
    9:13 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    47) 2090 > 1971

  50. 003 goggles
    9:14 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    American actor Barry Nelson was actually the first to play James Bond. It was a television production of Casino Royale in 1954. Go Cats!

  51. RYNO
    9:14 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    47) 76.3% > 70.3%

  52. RYNO
    9:15 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    47) UK has 1 Championship since 2012. Duke has ZERO.

  53. RYNO
    9:16 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    47) Duke has 1 first round NCAA Tournament loss since 2012. UK has ZERO.

  54. JayCee
    9:17 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    Will must be a lit major.

    Uk has 3 titles since 78. 96, 98 and 12

    Your math is as useless as chicken squat on a pump handle, son.

  55. RYNO
    9:18 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    47) #1 Ranked recruiting class > N/R recruiting class

  56. Dave in Kabul
    9:19 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    Loved Pierce Brosnan as Bond. Just wish he’d have hit the gym for it. Dude was way too skinny. One hit from the Brosnan James Bond would have sent me into hysterical laughter.

  57. RYNO
    9:21 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    55)lol.. 3 = 2 That’s that high class Duke education we all hear about.

  58. WTF
    9:22 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    A few short years ago UK was in the dumper and Duke was national champion, may have lost to Lehigh this year, but made tourney, not NIT. Things can change quickly, let’s not get on our high horse.

  59. Jarvis Redwine
    9:23 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    1) Connery 2) Craig 3) Moore 4) Brosnan 5) Everyone else

  60. JayCee
    9:24 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    What was Duke before 1991?

    Same as UF in football- virtually nonexistent?

    Take out Spurrier’s Heisman season in the mid 60’s and Duke’s 78 tourney run… same irrelevance.

    Wait til Coach K retires…

  61. RYNO
    9:24 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    59) If it makes you feel better, keep telling yourself that. 3 = 2

  62. Tom Selleck's Mustache
    9:27 am May 16, 2012 Permalink


  63. RYNO
    9:31 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    59) You’re right. Lets not get on our high horse and go on Duke message boards to gloat over signing a 4-star recruit who boosted our recruiting class to unranked.

  64. got a crush on tyler
    9:49 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    Pierce Brosnan revived the series after the Timothy Dalton movies almost killed it. All of his Bond films were good (Goldeneye is top 3) and he is the 2nd greatest Bond (to Roger Moore).

  65. Guest
    10:06 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    He’s totally about to press a button on that watch that shoots a laser so he can get out of a train that’s about to explode. Just saying.

  66. Real Cats Fan
    10:14 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    #47, seriously? I guess you can’t count, because with #8 under our belts barely a month ago, UK has THREE since 1991, and came within an OT to Arizona to having won 4 of them and 3 in a row. We give up NOTHING to the dookies.

  67. Jason
    10:18 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    Murray State Thoroughbreds. Not Racers. Just sayin…

  68. barn
    10:31 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    when coach kaszhnozzle leaves, dook will go back to being like the andy griffith show afer barney left

  69. Mudcreekmark
    12:21 pm May 16, 2012 Permalink

    Now I don’t feel bad for having hated Micheal Porter while he was at UK. I hope he gets his in the end.Yes, and the pun was intended.

    3:26 pm May 16, 2012 Permalink

    r u a Bond Girl!

  71. Megan
    8:10 am May 17, 2012 Permalink

    God damn that’s a good picture. A bit skinny for my taste, but look at that face. Momma.

    The sex scene from The Thomas Crown Affair (with an equally sexy Renee Russo) stands as one of my faves.