Cocktail Nation Evenings At The Penthouse-Lonely Penthouse 

This week the show is programmed by James Spencer and I think James is sending me a message that he’s worried about me.

Perhaps he thinks I am holed up like Howard Hughes ? Don’t worry James, it’s all good up here as we relax at the end of the day with some cocktails and jazz.

Lonely Girl -Julie London with Al Viola  

Lonelyville-Anne Phillips

There’s A Lull in My Life- Chet Baker

Bittersweet -James Spencer

Lonely House – June Christy

Why Was A Born- Paul Weston

Hey There Lonely Girl-Jackie Gleason

Lush Life – Chris Connor

Ce Mortel Ennui -Serge Gainesbourg 

Please Belong To Me -Bobby Troup

Sorta Blue-Lola Albright

Little Girl Blue- Peggy King

Good Bye – Peggy Lee

The Meaning of the Blues-Julie London

Was Roger Moore the best Lounge Lothario James Bond in Live and Let Die?

It seems to me that Roger Moore’s debut as James Bond in Live and Let Die (1973) showcased the new Bond actor as something of a caddish gentleman spy who enjoyed the finer things in life even at the expense of other’s lives. 
1. Moore Bond sleeps with Agent Caruso of the Italian Secret Service, then he attempts to keep her hidden from his boss M, who makes an unexpected early morning visit to him at his home to brief him on the deaths of 3 British agents in a 24 hour period.
2. Moore Bond sleeps with supposed CIA rookie agent Rosie Carver and then brandishes a gun in front of her when he reveals to her that he knows that she is in fact a fraud double agent in the pay of Dr. Kananga. She replies how could he kill her with his gun after they have just made love. Moore Bond replies, “Well, I certainly wouldn’t have before”. To this Rosie replies, “Damn!” On running away after Moore Bond asks her to “make her choice” of him or Kananga she is silently shot by a remote controlled scarecrow in the employ of Dr. Kananga. She was about to reveal her true role as an agent of Kananga. It could be convincingly argued that Bond is equally to blame for her death. He makes her run off to her death by scarecrow after all.
3. Moore Bond hijacks Mrs Bell’s Bleaker School of Flying plane flying lesson. As a result of “winging it” in a series of madcap stunts that relieve the plane of its wings Mrs Bell is reported to be “in intensive care, but she’ll pull through.” There is a clear lack of sincerity when Moore Bond asks Felix Leiter “How is Mrs Bell?”. Look at his ironical eyes and their expression if you are unconvinced! Yes, Moore Bond does equate to Lighter Bond, but it should have its limits, surely?
4. Moore Bond makes love to Solitaire in by using a rigged deck full of ‘Lovers’ cards. He sleeps with her, thus by “compelling her to Earthly love” (before Dr Kananga can) he has made her powers of ESP useless, just as happened to her mother before her. Look again at Moore Bond’s face when she explains all of this. he’d be more interested in a quickie. Jane Seymour is on record in a 1999 programme about Bond saying that he wasn’t all that great a guy as he had more than stacked the hand in his favour to convince poor Solitaire that the cards said they were destined to be lovers. As such, he subjected her to physical abuse by Dr Kananga and near-death at the hands of a Voodoo witch doctor and general death-dealer (who killed MI6 agent Baines in the PTS) with a serpent (and the Great Stinking Goat or Satan himself on his head). Of course Moore Bond saves the day, but it was surely a close-run thing when one considers how close that snake was to her body. It was quite literally Steve Irwin close. 
Moore Bond shows a little of Ian Fleming’s character – as a young man he was a rather selfish lover by all accounts. As Dunstan, a wartime colleague said, “You had to get yourself killed before his emotions showed”. The lack of emotion by Moore Bond in LALD is derived from the high-living of his creator, though not really from the Bond of the books, who was never really a cad, the atypical quote “The bitch is dead now” on Vesper Lynd at the end of Casino Royale quite aside of course, and that was arguably justifiable. Roger Moore truly deserves credit here for adding the caddish element of Fleming in here as a boon to the film Bond here. Who said that Moore wasn’t Flemingeque, eh? Moore’s acting in LALD is superlative and he nails the Eton drop-out upper-class Bond image on his first go, despite those that say this only appeared in The Spy Who Loved Me.

Roger Moore – Saint, Persuader and the suavest James Bond – dies at 89

He was the epitome of the suave English gent, quipping sweatlessly in a bespoke three-piece suit, who enjoyed an acting career spanning eight decades. On Tuesday,at the age of 89 in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer.


Moore was best known for playing the third incarnation of Bond as well as his roles in hit shows The Saint and The Persuaders. He also devoted a lot of his time to humanitarian work, becoming a Unicef goodwill ambassador in 1991.

The actor was born in London in 1927 and, after working as a model in the early 50s, he signed a seven-year contract with MGM. His early movies weren’t particularly memorable, from Interrupted Melody to The King’s Thief, and it was a move to the small screen that brought Moore his first taste of success.


“During my early acting years I was told that to succeed you needed personality, talent and luck in equal measure,” Moore said in 2014. “I contest that. For me it’s been 99% luck. It’s no good being talented and not being in the right place at the right time.”

His first break in TV came in romantic adventure Ivanhoe which was the start of a set of hit shows for Moore, including western Maverick and crime shows The Saint and The Persuaders. The success of The Saint gave Moore an opening in Hollywood yet the resulting spy movies failed to ignite the box office.

Moore had been approached to play the character of James Bond but scheduling conflicts with his television roles meant that he was never available. When Connery had stepped down from the role for good, Moore was asked again and made his first Bond film in 1973, the well-received Live and Let Die. He went onto star in another six films as 007 over a period of 12 years, making him the longest running actor in the role. When he finally retired from the role in 1985, he was 58.


After handing over the reins to Timothy Dalton, Moore took a break from the spotlight and didn’t make another film until 1990. From then on, his acting work became sparse, including small roles in Spice World and Boat Trip.

In 1999, Moore was awarded a CBE which then became a knighthood in 2003, given to him for his charity work. Moore’s decision to become a Unicef goodwill ambassador was actually based on his friendship with Audrey Hepburn, who had also worked with the same charity.

“The knighthood for my humanitarian work meant more than if it had been for my acting,” Moore said to the Guardian. “I’m sure some people would say, “What does an actor know about world issues?” But [working for Unicef] I’ve become an expert on things from the causes of dwarfism to the benefits of breastfeeding. I feel very privileged.”

Moore also wrote two books about his time as Bond as well as two autobiographies, the most recent of which was 2014’s Last Man Standing. When asked by in 2012 who his favourite Bond was, he changed his mind from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig.

Moore is survived by his wife, Kristina Tholstrup, and three children.

story from Guardian


Cocktail Nation Evenings At The Penthouse-Sad movies

Well it was movie night in the Penthouse so Koop, kicked off his shoes and loosend his tie ready enjoy a classic movie, sadly the film he chose was downright morbid and depressing.
Michelle Morgan-Days Of Wine and Roses
Allison Wedding -The Secret
The Idea Of North -A Nice Surprise
Diana Krall-Dream
Garry Peacock-When I Fall In Love
Kurt Rosenwinkel- You Go To My Head
Angelo Badalamenti-Freshly Squeezed
Frank Bennett-Love Carefully
Larry Gelb-The Love Song Of Ian Ops
Jane Hutton-Day By Day
Oscar Peterson-Nice Work If You Can Get It
Les Baxter-Pool Of Love


Cocktail Nation 449- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service


The Spies are back on the radio this week as Jason Whiton from  stops by to talk about a very famous Bond film, news on Hugh Hefner and Swank Advice on getting a waiters attention at a restaurant and new Music from James Spencer who has just released an album of Exotica on Piano

Jet Set Sweden-Man From Thrush

Swingerhead-At The Strip

John Barry- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Lalo Schifrin-Rio After Dark

James Spencer -The Mysterious Temple Of Dahkla

Steve Slagle-Body and Soul Alto

Monica Mancini-Moment To Moment

Christopher De Goot-Hidden Reef

Janet Seidel -Charade

Dom Halpin -Mambo

Dyad -Flower Duet

Jack Burger-Boulevard Of Broken Dreams

Anna Salleh-Caravan


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Cocktail Nation -The Night And The Music

They go so very well together, The Night and The Music, so relax in your Danish chair and enjoy the Cocktail Jazz on the Cocktail Nation Evenings from the Sydney Penthouse

Jackie Gleason-You and the Night And The Music
Dean Martin-I. Wish You Love
Peggy Lee-Nice And Easy
Joe Lovano-I’m All For You
Diana Reeves-We’ll Be Together Again
Marcos Valle-So Nice
Janet Seidel-My Gentleman Friend
Cocktail Inn-The Way You Look Tonight
Aaron Diehl-Le Tombeau de couprin
Barney Mccall -Mysteriss
Bobby Troup-Moonlight In Vermont
Peter Paulson-Third Time


EXOTICA by James Spencer Released

Well he has done it again, James Spencer has released another album! A very busy creative in the Lounge and Exotica scene James has released his long awaited album, a sensual escapist and mystical Exotica solo piano album of Impressionist, Late Romantic and Lounge selections transporting the listener on a reflective journey to balmy, mysterious jungles, lush tropical islands, Mediterranean and Asian ports of call.

Grab it today via this link