Cracking thread, @prisoner-monkeys! I’m also partial to a Bond film – I have them all on DVD and tend to quote lines with my friends, but I’m not anywhere near as fanatical as you seem to be!
I’m a big cricket fan. I got into following it in 2004/2005 but then Channel 4 lost the coverage to Sky. But as I got Sky for the F1, getting the cricket with it is a lovely perk. I spend a lot of time watching it again these days. I used to play a little bit too, bowling my unique variety of leg spin, playing technically good but poorly timed shots and spending whole games fielding down at deep fine leg because I can’t catch or throw for love nor money.
I’m also a huge Snooker fan. I’ve watched it for as long as I can remember and my Dad has a lovely old quarter sized table which I’ve played on since I was 8 or 9 years old. Only played on a full sized table a couple of times but I’m looking to join a club in the near future and spend a bit more of my time down there. My favourite players are Tony Drago and Alan McManus, but since they’re not exactly at the forefront of the game these days I’ve also taken to supporting the likes of Ding Junhui, Neil Robertson and Mark Williams.
Five or six years ago you couldn’t keep me away from a piano/keyboard. I can’t read music terribly well so I’d spend hours learning a song and in the end I built up quite a repertoire – mainly 80′s stuff with heavy synth – but now I probably couldn’t remember them. My dad said I could have his keyboard if I want it though, so I might get back into that.
Video games. Being an only child who lived in a pretty remote area, I’ve played a lot of games. For me, playing a game with friends deep into the early hours of the morning is one of life’s pleasures. They don’t even have to be good games – America’s 10 Most Wanted, for instance…
I’ve sunk many hours in to the Call of Duty series (though less so the new games) and spent probably months of my life playing Gran Turismo. These days, it’s Forza that I spend the most time playing though thanks to ReallyRubbishRacing. Metal Gear Solid is my favourite game series of all time though – it’s just epic. Pure epic. On every level.
Other things I enjoy are geography, astronomy, physics and chemistry. I attempted to study History at university before I dropped out, and I still enjoy it. I used to be an active member of forums about Second World War aircraft and I still get excited about a P-38 or an FW-190D.