Delivered like a brick through a glass pane window...the art of delivering lines of dialogue

thedovethedove hiding in the Greek underworld
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As someone who can recite Bond movie dialogue with regularity, I love how dialogue is delivered by the actors. Bond scripts have a blend of everything. There is humour, there is romance and there is death. (I might have cribbed that from Stromberg). It got me to thinking, I don't think there is a script or dialogue appreciation thread.

Might be fun to share some lines and scenes that we enjoy from the series. You can either write out the scene or line that you enjoy and then provide a brief mini review on why you like it. Or you can post a YouTube video that shows the scene and again tell us what you enjoy about it.



This scene is a stand out to me for many reasons. First, Steven Berkoff plays Orlov perfectly. He has menace, he's larger then life. The way he lifts his hand to speak. Then the way he sits down after his plan is shut down adds so much to the character. I love the way he says "Czechoslovakia". Another great choice in my mind!

Walter Gotell really does hang with him in the scene. The forceful way he stands up to respond to Orlov. After seeing Gogol as a comic relief character it's nice to see him with an edge. I don't know the actor playing the Russian Premier in this scene. But he delivers the "Sit down...BOTH of you." It reminds me of a father telling his kids to stop the argument. A wonderful scene that sets up so much about the characters and the story and will unfold.

What are some of your favourite scenes or dialogue? What do you like about the scene and what do we learn about the characters? I can't be the only one who enjoys the acting and scripts of the Bond movies!?

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  • Posts: 9,860
    I've been meaning to write a comment for days now, as I think this is a good idea for a thread!

    The meeting scene from OP is definitely the first one that comes to mind, as Steven Berkoff takes his character to the next level here. Over the top? Maybe, but sometimes that's just what you need.

    A much shorter line delivery of course, but I've always loved the way Jimmy Dean as Willard Whyte utters "Baja! I haven't got anything at Baja!" in DAF:



    It's not just this scene though; Jimmy Dean was incredibly funny throughout.
  • thedovethedove hiding in the Greek underworld
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    Agreed @Torgeirtrap my 8 year old and I watched DAF and he frequently quotes Jimmy Dean's lines.



    I love the "What the hell has happened to me and what can I do about it?" Jimmy Dean was really well cast as Willard Whyte!
  • w2bondw2bond is indeed a very rare breed
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    As ridiculous as DAF is, the lines and delivery of lines always cracks me up. Great cast.
  • Posts: 9,860
    thedove wrote: »
    Agreed @Torgeirtrap my 8 year old and I watched DAF and he frequently quotes Jimmy Dean's lines.



    I love the "What the hell has happened to me and what can I do about it?" Jimmy Dean was really well cast as Willard Whyte!

    He was indeed a great cast as Willard Whyte. There are few minor characters I look forward to appearing on screen the same way as with Whyte. I love every second he's on screen!
    w2bond wrote: »
    As ridiculous as DAF is, the lines and delivery of lines always cracks me up. Great cast.

    This is one of my main reasons for liking DAF so much. It's full of quotable lines, and the cast delivers them perfectly. I guess I could include any scene with Charles Gray as Blofeld to this thread as well:



    I love the way he acts in this scene. A different kind of Blofeld for sure, but my second favourite, I must admit.
  • thedovethedove hiding in the Greek underworld
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    This is a wonderful scene! It gives M some real lines to sink his teeth into. Bernard Lee plays it right and Moore is just with him.



    The look on M's face when Bond makes the coffee. I love how he starts to talk louder while Bond fixes the drink! Good chemistry with Moore right off the bat.
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    thedove wrote: »
    This is a wonderful scene! It gives M some real lines to sink his teeth into. Bernard Lee plays it right and Moore is just with him.



    The look on M's face when Bond makes the coffee. I love how he starts to talk louder while Bond fixes the drink! Good chemistry with Moore right off the bat.

    Could not agree MOORE!!!! ;)) My first ever Bond movie.
  • Posts: 9,860
    I think that scene was a perfect introduction to Moore's Bond. And his on-screen relationship with Lee and Maxwell was perfect from the very start.
  • Posts: 3,326
    The evil queen of numbers is the memorable bit here, but I just like Michael Kitchen’s delivery of all his lines.
  • edited July 15 Posts: 9,860
    Michael Kitchen, what a fantastic actor! Shame he didn't feature more as Tanner.
  • thedovethedove hiding in the Greek underworld
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    Yes I agree with you @vzok this time we are introducing a new Bond and a new M. Kitchen does well not just with the lines but also the facial expressions when Bond and M are exchanging lines. Well done by all three actors.
  • CommanderRossCommanderRoss The bottom of a pitch lake in Eastern Trinidad, place called La Brea
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    vzok wrote: »
    The evil queen of numbers is the memorable bit here, but I just like Michael Kitchen’s delivery of all his lines.

    Oh I love the face he makes when he realizes m is behind him. I love her reaction too; 'if I want sarcasm i' ll talk to my children thank you very much'. Dench delivers with panache.
  • mattjoesmattjoes Never go full Petachi
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    I've always liked the delivery and dialogue in this briefing scene:

  • thedovethedove hiding in the Greek underworld
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    This is a good one @mattjoes I like how Q goes into lecture mode right off the bat.

    Grey and Bond exchange some good lines too! Then the briefing heads outside and we see Moneypenny getting vocal about her horse! LOL!
  • MooseWithFleasMooseWithFleas Philadelphia
    edited July 16 Posts: 2,617
    I always enjoyed how Q, in the Moonraker brief, shows the wreckage site and says "We've been through it with a fine tooth comb"

    My understanding of the verbiage is fine-toothed is a type of comb. However, Q emphasises the fine alone and says toothcomb together as one word, making it seem like of all the toothcombs they could have used in the world, they used a decently acceptable (fine) one.
  • edited July 16 Posts: 331
    Gotta be Hugo Drax. Michael Lonsdale's almost-bored delivery sells the perfect Drax; someone who considers Bond a minor annoyance, a speed bump on the path to his dream. But my personal favorite from him is when Bond is reunited with Dr. Goodhead in the 'meeting room' beneath Moonraker 5.
    "Even in death, my munificence is boundless. When this rocket lifts off, I shall be leaving you in your own private crematorium. Mr. Bond, Dr. Goodhead, I bid you – farewell.”
  • thedovethedove hiding in the Greek underworld
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    I always love the Bond and Villain scenes to be such wonderful examples of writing. Both know that they are on opposite sides. They talk in double talk as it were. Lonsdale was perfectly cast as Drax in my opinion. He shines in scenes like this one. I love your read of him @MooreFun he did play it like Bond was a minor annoyance. One can almost see in this scene he was planning to take out Bond and then dispatch of Corrine.

  • CommanderRossCommanderRoss The bottom of a pitch lake in Eastern Trinidad, place called La Brea
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    That's why I love the dinner scene in Dr. No so much. It's a very intelligent discussion, a sort of battle of the wills. But with incredibly high stakes. Same goes for bond vs Emilio largo.
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