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Poets have traditionally written to tempt coy mistresses into bed, and Marvell duly turns up inside the covers of The Poetry of Sex (Viking £14.99). Published in time for Valentine’s Day, this anthology features a huge “X” on its cover. Is there such a thing as raunchy poetry? Does the editor Sophie Hannah want us to admire the enjambment or heat- up so much that, like Dante’s Paolo and Francesca, we tremblingly push the book aside and “read no more that day”?

Daniel Craig is a Bond with a steely presence in Skyfall

Skyfall rakes it in to become biggest film at UK box office this year

Sam Mendes’ Bond film Skyfall has become the biggest film at the UK box office this year, surpassing The Dark Knight Rises accruing £57 million in 12 days.

The Market Report: Carnival shakes off its sea sickness

Nothing like a disaster at sea to put people off booking a cruise. The deadly accident in January that befell those on board the Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy steered potential cruise goers to safer shores for months. Last month, the cruise operator Carnival reported stronger-than-expected quarterly results which showed signs that punters were regaining their sea legs. Yesterday, US rival Royal Caribbean raised its full-year forecast.

Rebecca Tyrrel: 'George Lazenby's reputation as the Nostrodamus of movie trends is unshaken'

Who knew that George Lazenby quit James Bond after just the one film because he didn't believe the character could survive late-Sixties hippie culture? "Bond is a brute, and I will never play him again," he grandly announced soon after On Her Majesty's Secret Service was released in 1969. "Peace – that's the message now."

Sam Mendes promises 007 fans Skyfall will be 'epic'

Director Sam Mendes has promised James Bond fans an "epic" film when Skyfall hits cinema screens this month.

Editorial: 24/7 Bond? Even 007 needs a break sometimes

It is not that the release of Skyfall is unworthy of fanfare, particularly given that it coincides with the 50th anniversary of James Bond's first ever outing (in Dr No). BSkyB's decision to launch an entire channel dedicated to the exploits of 007 and his Walther PPK is, however, rather missing the point.

Magnus Betner

Magnus Betner, Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh
Des Bishop, Assembly George Square, Edinburgh
Max and Ivan, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh
Comedian Dies in the Middle of a Joke, Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

If comedy is the new rock 'n' roll, then Magnus Betner may be its Lou Reed: deadpan, downbeat and determinedly difficult. The Swede tells us he is a "fucking superstar" in his home country, though it's hard to tally that with the jaded figure who explains he couldn't be bothered to give his show a name. "People would go to something because of the title? How stupid is that?" he seethes. Duly, his set is austerely gimmick-free. A vitriolic jeremiad sees him weighing in on numerous "horrible, tragic" news stories – his preferred kind – with provocative one-liners and skewed sermonising. Given the ground covered, it's inevitably a mixed bag – his rundown of the Aids "hierarchy" was as trenchant as his analysis of the Batman shootings was glib. But, in an hour that inspires as many awkward silences as laughs, his uncompromising commitment to serious humour is a perversely admirable thing.

Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz ride out in 'The Bourne Legacy'

The Bourne Legacy, Tony Gilroy, 135 mins (12A)
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Jeremy Renner's version of Matt Damon's hero has plenty of wham-bam but little complexity

James Bond will have his own channel on Sky

Sky to show only Bond (but not on channel 007)

It's becoming something of a Sky speciality. Spend a bit of cash to hoick something from the terrestrial channels and then give it its own specialist channel so devotees can dedicate 24 hours a day, or thereabouts, to watching their favourite thing. It did it for sports, then it did it for Formula 1 and now it's doing it for the Bond films. It struck a deal in April with MGM, the film studio behind the spy franchise, to take the films away from ITV (who previously held the exclusive rights, which is why you were rarely more than a few hours away from Thunderball on ITV4). And from the autumn, Bond will be getting his martinis poured without ads on a temporary dedicated channel on Sky, launching on 5 October, which will also get the TV premiere of the forthcoming Skyfall.

Q returns – and he's younger than ever

Ben Whishaw will play Q in the next Bond film, Skyfall, in the youngest interpretation yet of 007's gadget man.

Crystal Dynamics release Tomb Raider ‘rape’ clarification statement

'We’ll certainly be more careful with what is said in future,' says developer.

James Bond is back to help loss-making Pinewood Shepperton

Pinewood Shepperton tumbled to a loss after a year that saw the film studios taken over, but it still has James Bond for company.

DVD/Blu-ray: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (18)

David Fincher delivers an atmospheric but slightly unnecessary (after the 2009 Swedish version) adaptation of Stieg Larsson's thriller.

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From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

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'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

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Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

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King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

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More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

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Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

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