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Written by Daniel Kirby on 14th October 2015

As the world premiere of Spectre in London draws ever nearer, discussion surrounding the film has increased, and the key topic seems to be the character of the spy himself.

The James Bond series has been steaming along for over half a century, during which time there has been little change to the long established formula – and the series has become so deeply ingrained in our culture that even the release of the latest Bond song will make national news, as with the release of Sam Smith’s single – Writings’ on the Wall.

However, there has been some criticism of this song, which matches closely with the critique of the film series, which is that the recent iterations of the Bond movie (and the lyrics of Smith’s song) appear to be attempting to bring a greater sense of vulnerability in the character.

“How do I live? How do I breathe? When you’re not here I’m suffocating.”

These are the opening lyrics of the chorus, and for some they have set off a few small alarm bells, especially considering the fact that Smith wrote the song after reading the script. The concern is that this tone of fragility must reflect issues that are covered in the film, and any such issues represent a betrayal of some of the core values of the Bond heritage.

The most notable critique of the recent films has come from Anthony Horowitz, the author of the next James Bond novel Trigger Mortis, who lambasted Skyfall  in a recent interview. He explained that "Bond is weak in it. He has doubts. That's not Bond”, and continued by voicing his concern over a certain aspect of the trailer for the upcoming Spectre  which suggests that the film is going to deal with Bond's troubled family history. "Don’t tell me, I don’t want to know. I don’t want to know about his doubts, his insecurities or weaknesses. I just want to see him act, kill, win."

This isn’t the first instance of a ‘weaker’ Bond however, as the issue had in fact already arisen by the end of the 1960’s, when George Lazenby shed a tear upon the death of Diana Rigg’s character during one take in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Lazenby, who had completed the majority of his scenes in just one take, was immediately asked to re-do the scene by director Peter Hunt, who explained simply ‘James Bond doesn’t cry.’

Clearly then, this is a familiar issue for the Bond franchise, and one which will surely continue to be explored over the comings months. Despite the criticism, Daniel Craig’s Bond films have been some of the most well-received of the series, and the hype is greater than ever. Spectre is to be released on October 26th, and many will be waiting to see in which direction 007 is headed.


Written by Daniel Kirby on 13th October 2015

Whether you are looking for a new job or simply want to network within your industry, LinkedIn will always have a role to play. And even if you are happy with your current employer, having an online professional presence can help or hinder your career.

Instant Offices’ Head of HR, Helen Taylor, explains how recruiters look at an applicant’s Linkedin profile to help shortlist candidates. This will help when searching for your next big break.

What do Recruiters Look for in a Profile?

  As a professional network, LinkedIn is extremely important for showcasing an employee’s strengths and is a great help in looking for a new challenge.

When hiring, recruiters look at an applicant’s LinkedIn for several reasons:

  1. To see who has recommended or endorsed an applicant; this is a good way to see who they associate with and where their strengths lie.
  1. Confirming any grey areas in work history. Make sure that your profile echoes your CV as recruiters will check dates and the length of time with employers.

 Helen says,“If I am unsure of anything on their CV, for instance the length of time they have worked within a particular company. If questions still need answering but overall the candidate is strong, I will still offer them an interview but will ask them in person to clarify the discrepancy.”

 LinkedIn matters outside of Job Hunting

LinkedIn offers great possibilities for networking even when you not looking for a new role.  A relevant and interesting profile can help attract potential clients too.

  1. By sharing blog posts and other content about your current workplace, you can increase their engagement and potentially create new business opportunities. 

Don’t worry – a negative comment on LinkedIn won’t derail your networking opportunities. A single comment should not affect how people view your working style.

Helen says,If a member of LinkedIn community has written  a negative comment on a person, maybe saying something like ‘they are not much of a team player’, it is important to remember that it is just one person’s opinion and does not define their potential.  

It is common that professionals use Linkedin in order to attract a new job and they do not update their profile with their new workplace. You must always keep your LinkedIn up to date. Potential clients may look at your page and you are representing not only yourself but your current work place.”

LinkedIn has so many benefits to apply to your working life. By maintaining your profile regularly, you will create new connections in your chosen field and maximise chances of being chosen for that dream job.


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