When I was kid, James Bond made me clean the basement.
My dad — a Bond movie fan and avid Ian Fleming reader — made 007 movies like Goldfinger our reward for the tough chores. After hours of housework, I’d see Sean Connery on The ABC Sunday Night Movie, edited for TV broadcast.
This Father’s Day, I gave Dad a trio of James Bond gifts.
Carte Blanche: The New James Bond Novel in hardcover.
Jeffery Deaver has rebooted Bond. Deaver updates 007 to an Afghanistan/Iraq veteran and a former smoker, while retaining Bond’s classic smooth spy persona.
Oprah Winfrey loves to give. She graciously signed off today after 25 years of daytime television and nearly a decade of her audience-swooning Favorite Things. The blog Jezebel estimates Oprah gave $23,809,050 worth of products since 2002. Not every gift stood the test of time — like Dell’s Pocket DJ MP3 player and J.Lo’s velour sweatsuit — but most have. Let Oprah be your guide for your next gift.
My dad loves London’s consulting detective. For his birthday, I tracked down two Sherlock Holmes DVD gifts. The TV show Sherlock: Season One ($24) re-imagines Holmes as a 21st century sleuth (with GPS, Internet and texting).
Next, I paired 2010’s Sherlock with the classic 1940s Holmes. The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection ($75) features all 14 Sherlock Holmes films, starring the inimitable Basil Rathbone. If you think the complete DVD box set is too much, consider giving these two double feature DVDs:
If you haven’t heard of John McGivern, he is Milwaukee’s Garrison Keillor — only funnier. Tonight we took in his laugh-til-you-hurt, one-man show Home for the Holidays. My wife said it was her favorite part of this Christmas holiday. In this YouTube clip, John shares his childhood memories of Christmas presents.