Have a look at these men and see if you can guess what they all have in common:
Well, did you figure it out? That’s right; they’ve all played James, James Bond, also known as; 007, license to kill.
Originally a series of books written by Sir Ian Fleming, James Bond has become a big part of British Culture. Since the first film’s release in 1962, however, the concept of James Bond has been steadily changing.
When Sean Connery played James Bond he used to be smooth, suave and sophisticated and he would deliver terribly cheesy one-liners throughout the films. He would also be given cool gadgets by Q, the secret service’s own techno-wizard; anything from a wetsuit with a rubber duck attached to it to a helicopter that could be stored in a suitcase.
The Bond films used to be very tongue-in-cheek, but these days they have taken on a more serious, action theme.
Bond is now played by Daniel Craig, and doesn’t have the same style as he used to. The films are more action-packed and have fewer bad jokes than they used to, but maybe that’s what Bond needs.
Why not make up your own mind and sample a bit of British culture? Check out the James Bond films for yourself and let us know who your favourite James Bond is?
Key Grammar – Used To & Would
Both ‘used to’ and ‘would’ can be used to talk about repeated actions in the past. They have very similar uses and often both can be used without a problem.
Here are couple of quick tips for using ‘used to’ and ‘would’:
Neither ‘used to’ nor ‘would’ can be used to talk about single actions in the past.
‘Used to’ can be used to talk about states in the past, with verbs like ‘be’, ‘have’ and live’. You can’t use ‘would’ with these verbs.
‘Would’ is sometimes seen as more formal, and is often used more for written English than spoken English.
Now have a look back at the text and see how ‘used to’ and ‘would’ were used.