We’ve recently been toying with the idea of self-publishing a book, but can’t quite seem to get over the feeling that such a maneuver will result in a disastrous labor-to-pay ratio. That said, we’ve been heartened to learn that putting out one’s own book is no longer the sole domain of conspiracy theorists and frustrated poets. The great Yaphet Kotto has joined the trend with Kill Bond, an angry (and apparently poorly punctuated) account of the time he spent filming Live and Let Die in England. There is a brief teaser on Kotto’s official website; to glean the rest, you’ll have to shell out $19.95. We’re saving up now, especially in light of this tidbit from a 2008 paean to Kotto’s genius:
In 1973 he became the King of the Caribbean underworld in the James Bond adventure Live and Let Die and got lost in his role. Kotto played the dual parts of Mr Big/ Dr Kananga as a man in awe of Bond. He copies Bond’s suits, his love of women, gadgets and cars and Kotto began to do the same in real life. Outside of the film he insisted on being driven in limousines, only stayed in the finest hotels, he drank champagne by the bucket full and travelled the world like his own version of an international playboy spy. “It took me three years to stop this foolishness,” he later admitted.
For the record, we’ve loved Kotto’s work ever since seeing Midnight Run in the mid-1980s—the prototypical action buddy comedy, and one that Hollywood has yet to beat in terms of quality. And so we forgive him such recent trespasses as Witless Protection, on the assumption that he takes such gigs only to fund the Filippino “creativity resort” he runs with his wife. Anyone who care to make a donation can do so here, and snag an autographed photo for their troubles. Again, something we’re saving up for—perhaps by canceling Microkhan Jr.’s second birthday party. We’re sure he’ll understand when there’s a signed Yaphet Kotto photo looming above his crib.