Who’s the one that’s not Gerard Butler?

Today's whimsical search…

1. Tell work colleague about James Bond's abandoned pregnant Japanese girlfriend in "You only live twice". Wonder if the Japanese assassin character in another book is maybe his son which would be great because I love cross book connections. (The book and movie do not have the same story.)

2. Google "Japanese assassin Brazil" which is pretty much all I can remember of the essentials of the story (plus he liked jazz, and the book included the startling 'fact' that there is a large Japanese community in Brazil. I don't know if this is true.)

3. Find Wikipedia entry for John Rain, son of a Japanese father and an American mother.?? Not Bond's son then. (Wiki search "Japanese in Brazil" and discover that "Brazil is home to the largest Japanese population outside of Japan." Fancy that!)

4. Start musing on who might be the next actor to play Bond after Daniel Craig. He made Layer Cake in 2004, which is a fun preview to his style of Bond in Casino Royale (2006).

5. Don't Google "Who might be the next Bond?". Instead start thinking of actors who might be suitable, and movies in which they may have shown that suitability.

6. Get sidetracked by a vaguely remembered British movie about gambling…or hustling…or something. Surprisingly, Google doesn't help.

7. Think "I'm pretty sure it stars that guy that X can't stand. Maybe I should tweet and ask? Nah, there's probably quite a few and the answer will be "Which one?" Mmm, I think that he's in that movie with that woman… what's her name…Roswell…Katherine…Heigl!"

8. IMDB Heigl. Scroll the list of movies. The movie I was thinking of is not the movie they are in together.

9. Find Gerard Butler. The movie that I'm thinking of is not in his list.

10. Wonder – who's the one that's not Gerard Butler?

11. Eventually give up, Google "Next James Bond." Find the Esquire article which leads me to Clive Owen, which leads me to Croupier which I think is the movie I was trying to remember (It only feels half right. The 'C' in the tltle feels right, the gambling feels right but…it feels like it should be a buddy movie.)

So there you go. Clive Owen is almost certainly the one that's not Gerard Butler.

2 thoughts on “Who’s the one that’s not Gerard Butler?

  1. Steph says:

    I love how your mind jumps from one facet to another :). Clive Owen did a series of car commercials for BMW in 2002, which have a Bond feel to them in case your interested!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Steph! I didn’t know about those ads – they are fun.

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