Last night we went to see Skyfall, the new Bond movie. Lindsey likes Bond movies.
The sequences in Istanbul, Shanghai and London were good. The section filmed in Scotland seemed very clichéd.
In 1986 whilst living in Zomba we took our cook and his wife to see a Bond movie in the local community hall, where they used to show films on some Saturdays. It was very basic, but entertaining. Sometimes they even got the reels in the correct order.
It’s hard to realise how under-developed Malawi was in those days. There was no national TV, and satellite dishes were only for the extremely weathy. There were only a few TVs and VCRs in the whole country, and only a couple of proper filmhouses, in Blantyre and Lilongwe. Like the majority of Malawians, our cook’s wife had almost certainly never seen a TV, and had probably only seen a couple of basic films shown locally. And this is all in my own adult lifetime.
Maybe that is one reason the villagers seemed so happy!
Anyway, it was a birthday treat for the film trip, and afterwards we asked if Annie had enjoyed the Bond movie. Our cook explained that she had very much enjoyed it, but she was slightly confused. Why was that? Well, he said, she was not sure if it was all ‘real’ or not. Very sweet.
Nowadays, of course, things have changed, especially communication advances due to the growing popularity of mobile phones and satellite TV.
When we went on trips to villages on our Jinglamoto (motor bike), we were often surrounded by children who had never seen a white person before.