Sunday, September 24, 2017
Aramis and the Worm, by Michael Mallory
My friend Michael Mallory is making his fourth appearance in this space, his second time this year. Being an actor he often writes about show biz and this is the case today.
Adrian Keel used to star in a lot of Grade-B movies filmed in exotic locations. Key phrase is "used to." He is ninety years old, lives in an apartment in London, and has all kinds of medical problems. He wears adult diapers.
But he is called back to duty once more. Not because of his acting talents, but because of his other job. You see, he worked for MI-6, taking parts in terrible movies so he could go to trouble spots and report back. Now his old boss has set him up in a movie that is filming in Cuba, so he can spot the Russian spy
"The Cold War is coming back, Adrian, and worse than ever."
"You believe Putin to be that dangerous?"
"Vladimir Putin is dead."
Adrian set down his wineglass. "I've heard nothing of that."
:Nor has anyone else on the outside. That bald, glowering, bare-chested man you see on the television is not Vladimir Putin., it is a brilliant double."
And then things get complicated. A wild ride.