Great story. Loved the detail and the illustrations of the time. And the author is dead on about solid versus liquid prpulsion. I interviewed several members of the German rocket team (the ones who developed the V-2 in World War II and went on to work for the US Army and NASA) and their preference was to develop liquid fuel over solid fuel because of the inability to control – ie speed up or shut off – for once it is lit the solid booster goes until it explodes or shuts down.
However, liquid propulsion was in its infancy, as the author states, and solids were some 2,000 years old.
I don’t think the plan would have worked. Too many dangerous techs that would have to be proven in space – like steam propulsion for stearing I don’t think that would have worked in the extreme temperatures in space would counteract the steam or it would freeze and give off little thrust. World War II and the aerospace advances of the experimental aircraft programs had to come first for large program management and advanced technology.
Such a good piece. I wish more people would do this type of writing for these sites and leave the bottle rocket jokes on the playground.
Spot on with The Man With The Golden Gun not being the sum of its parts.
Moore gives an excellent performance. Christopher Lee is charmingly menacing as Scaramanga. The plot was topical for the time (and sadly, today, it is topical again). The locations exotic – islands were even renamed for the movie.
But there is just something wrong with Gun. Something that alway makes me pass over it when I look at my Bond DVDs … Caroline Munro in The Spy Who Loved Me maybe?
The lackluster humor is the main hate I have for this movie.
J.W. Pepper should have been left in that swamp from Live and Let Die. The Karate twins should have stayed home and Britt Eckland should never, ever scream “James!” at all or drive “infernal bedpans.”
And a whistle on the best car stunt of the 1970s? Dub it out Eon.
And, mostly, when making a James Bond movie, the production should MAKE A BOND MOVIE.
Make it – FAR OUT … WAY UP … LARGER THAN LIFE.
Gun has all the cinema qualities of a CBS Movie of The Week about a cab driver and his drunk wife in Flatbush (but filmed in Burbank). I keep thinking Ed Asner should wander by and share a Shakey’s Pizza coupon with JW’s wife.
The book was outstanding and could make a good Craig vehicle today. Gun the movie … well, Maud Adams is gorgeous and there’s that ship in Hong Kong Harbor.