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Re-enacting that scene from The Spy Who Loved Me

 

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What a complete amateur - he forgot to pause & lob a fish out of the window!
 

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*Looks at wine bottle incredulously*
 

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One of the Spectre titbits on screen said that a goof occurred during the Rome car chase, in that he (Bond) turned left or something when he couldn't possibly do that in reality. Can that really be called a goof considering that he had just driven away from Blenheim Palace which, last time I was there, is in Woodstock, Oxon? Not really that close to Rome...
 

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Right, watched Spectre tonight, not bad, sort of middle ranking Bond movie. Went weirdly quiet in a lot of places, OK, there were a load of explosions and gunfire, but they really took the mood down between them, which might be why it's been criticised as boring, but I liked it for something different. Not surprised at all at the big reveal of Christoph Waltz, but he was a lot of evil fun anyway. Léa Seydoux took about three nanoseconds to go from hating Bond's guts to loving him forever. The jokes were better in Skyfall, though.
 

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OOh! .. the making of Goldfinger .. I haven't watched this yet ..

 

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William Boyd: Solo's James Bond keeps his 'bad habits'

James Bond retains his "bad habits" in his latest literary outing, according to its author William Boyd.
"He drinks, he smokes, he does everything you'd expect of the classic Bond," said Boyd, the latest writer to take on the 007 legacy. ...
Here's a retrospective review of Bond's smoking habits over the years ...

http://www.livescience.com/57519-james-bond-smoking-habits.html
 

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When your James Bond boxset doesn't do exactly what it says on the tin...

MGM Faces Class Action Over James Bond Box Set Missing Two Bond Films
The packaging said: "All the Bond films gathered together for the first time."

In what will surely be the most entertaining class-action lawsuit filed this year, MGM Studios and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment must contend with a James Bond completist upset with the DVD box set she purchased.

In Washington, Mary Johnson is suing on behalf of herself and others similarly situated who bought the box set upon packaging that stated "All the Bond films gathered together for the first time" only to be disappointed by the absence of Casino Royale (1967) and Never Say Never Again (1983).
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/th...es-bond-box-set-missing-two-bond-films-992172
Johnson says she "did not receive the product she was led to believe she purchased. The representations that Defendants make on the James Bond sets are false, mislead consumers (and Plaintiff in particular), and constitute unfair and deceptive business practices in violation of applicable law."

It's not just that the box set is missing two films.

"Despite representing that the Sets contain EVERY charismatic star, David Niven, the 'charismatic star' of Casino Royale is missing from the Sets," states the complaint. "David Niven was James Bond creator Ian Fleming's first choice to play James Bond in the James Bond movies."
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Call me crazy, but instead of paying thousands to a lawyer for a case you're unlikely to win, how about buying the other two films separately?
 

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Mitchell and Webb do Bond style baddie clips ..

 

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I've just discovered that the actor, Harold Sakata, who played evil henchman Odd Job once made an advert for Vicks ..

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Harold Sakata: the only actor to be killed by Sean Connery and William Shatner.
 

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I've just watched Octopussy on ITV. Pretty sure I've never seen it before but for action, entertainment and all-round Bondness it must surely outdo the rest of the canon!

Or does someone have another favourite Bond film?
 

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Different Bond films serve different purposes. Some of the early ones are quite close to the books, with only minor changes to update the plot, or make it less stupid like in Goldfinger (Irradiating Fort Knox makes a lot more sense than just trying to steal the gold. For a start, getting the gold out would take forever, and then once your gold hits the market, the price drops substantially. Removing it from circulation is a much better plan.)

In that vein, On Her Majesty's Secret Service is pretty good. Interesting plot, decent action, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas as Blofeld (he's not Donald Pleasance or Charles Grey, but he's fun to watch), great score, the plot is only slightly different from the book, and most of the story beats are there. It's just a shame about the lead actor.

I don't have a real favourite from the Moore years, and I haven't seen Octopussy, but at least they had the common decency to know they'd entered self-parody at that point. A View to a Kill, though, is particularly bad, despite having a great cast. It's just not well written. (Then again, it's no Quantum of Solace.)
 

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Octopussy has a rather convoluted plot but it's a lot of fun. And it has a chase scene involving autorickshaws!
 

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I've just discovered that the actor, Harold Sakata, who played evil henchman Odd Job once made an advert for Vicks ..

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In the book he's Korean--as are many of the employees of Auric Enterprises--yet he was portrayed by a Japanese actor.

Can you imagine pulling that one today? It would be like casting a German to play Churchill and claiming that as they're both Europeans there isn't really much of a difference.
 

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I've just watched Octopussy on ITV. Pretty sure I've never seen it before but for action, entertainment and all-round Bondness it must surely outdo the rest of the canon!

Or does someone have another favourite Bond film?
For pure daftness ? .. Live And Let Die .. because of the crocodile pelican crossing with the magnetic Rolex, burning a snake with a can, exploding inflatable black man above the sharks, voodoo ..
 

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In the book he's Korean--as are many of the employees of Auric Enterprises--yet he was portrayed by a Japanese actor.

Can you imagine pulling that one today? It would be like casting a German to play Churchill and claiming that as they're both Europeans there isn't really much of a difference.
"Ve'll fight zem on ze beaches, und ve'll fight zem in ze sky: ve shall never surrender..."
It will make for surreal viewing. :)
 

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Octopussy has a rather convoluted plot but it's a lot of fun. And it has a chase scene involving autorickshaws!
... and Q flying a hot air balloon decorated with a huge Union Jack! :D
 

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I can't find much love for any of the Roger Moore Bond films - I respect the man himself and his good works, but the films didn't work at all for me.
 

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I can't find much love for any of the Roger Moore Bond films - I respect the man himself and his good works, but the films didn't work at all for me.
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I always found Roger Moore's Bonds to be the perfect switch your brain off, put your feet up and relax after a big Christmas dinner kind of movie.
 

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I love the Moore Bonds.

Sure they're not realistic, and are quite camp, but beyond Connery's serious face how many of his films were realistic...?

Hell, I'll even defend "A View To A Kill".
Yes, Sir Roger may have been way too old for the role, and the film is slightly messy, but it's messy in a glorious over the top 80's way.

I'll put it this way, if you changed Bond to a CIA agent, replaced Moore with Arnie or Sly, and upped the rating to an R we'd be talking about it in the same breath as Commando.
Also, Christopher Walken in a blonde fright wig.
 

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I love the Moore Bonds.

Sure they're not realistic, and are quite camp, but beyond Connery's serious face how many of his films were realistic...?

Hell, I'll even defend "A View To A Kill".
Yes, Sir Roger may have been way too old for the role, and the film is slightly messy, but it's messy in a glorious over the top 80's way.

I'll put it this way, if you changed Bond to a CIA agent, replaced Moore with Arnie or Sly, and upped the rating to an R we'd be talking about it in the same breath as Commando.
Also, Christopher Walken in a blonde fright wig.
What happened to Zorin? I let Heeem go.
 

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I love the Moore Bonds.

Sure they're not realistic, and are quite camp, but beyond Connery's serious face how many of his films were realistic...?

Hell, I'll even defend "A View To A Kill".
Yes, Sir Roger may have been way too old for the role, and the film is slightly messy, but it's messy in a glorious over the top 80's way.

I'll put it this way, if you changed Bond to a CIA agent, replaced Moore with Arnie or Sly, and upped the rating to an R we'd be talking about it in the same breath as Commando.
Yes, I would put that hypothetically in the same category as Commando - stupid films with one or two amusing lines, but generally not worth the effort.
Also, Christopher Walken in a blonde fright wig.
That, and Grace Jones as Grace Jones.

But they killed Patrick MacNee, and I will never forgive them for that. (And the fact that despite playing an aristocrat with relevant insider knowledge, they had him pretend to be Bond's chauffeur. Bond as the chauffeur would have worked better from both a spy craft and a dramatic point of view. Not like being the chauffeur would have stopped him banging Grace Jones.)
 

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I watched Moore's Bond films as a child--not a teenager but a child--and I thought they were wonderful fun: a glimpse into an adult-ish world of sex, death and politics, but a comic book one. If they were on television, I'd beg my parents to let me stay up late and watch them.

As we know, it's very hard to remain objective with respect to childhood passions; I can't rewatch them today without slipping into the mood of childhood--which is a good thing.
 

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That, and Grace Jones as Grace Jones
I saw her (I mean physically, in a restaurant) in Spain just after this, and even allowing for 80s platform shoes & shoulder-pads, she appeared to be 8ft tall. In a silver microskirt....(and that was just for calamari & sangria).

But they killed Patrick MacNee, and I will never forgive them for that
Ditto snap. Steed indeed!! Criminal...

Multi-person filmic franchise personas (such as James Bond, Dr Who, Batman &cet) always seem to attract, how shall I put this....light elements of kitsch.

Over time, they become inevitably self-reverential (and referential), and create partitioned generations of rabid followers.

In the Venn diagram of Hollywood casting, it is probably where the dopplespeilers are most-similar to our founding favourites, when our distaste buttons are pushed.

When they bring their own uniquity to the screen, that we can accomodate...but when Daniel Craig raises a sardonic eyebrow that should be upon the sallow face of poor old Roger...that is when we see red (even without being fully-aware of the offence).

I can honestly say (at the risk of sounding a bit like Dame Edna) that when it comes to Bonds, I buck the trend and I love them all.

Despite having been initially-imprinted by the hollow menace of Connery, and weaned onto Moore (even including Lazeby & Niven) they all mélange into a multifaceted uber-Bond, for me. This is probably quite an autopsychometric admission from me, but I've no (current) idea what it indicates.
 

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I can't be having with View to a Kill. The Beach Boys snow surfing bit at the beginning. That woman who spends most of the second half of the film screaming "James! James!" The lack of decent chase scenes in favour of Keystone Coppery. All that faffing around with horses. Steed being given a lousy part. Christopher Walken not being Walken enough. Grace Jones not really doing anything. Just nothing about it works for me.
 
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