Favourite Bond Moments - Round 25: The finale

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  • M_BaljeM_Balje Amsterdam, Netherlands
    edited November 2020 Posts: 3,733
    Top 5:

    1. Sword Fight
    2. Ice palace car chase. It actualy be in two parts and whyle second part is a bit short, i think Peter Lamont and his team try again some old Bond scool. It be very dificult to get ice cold enough. I also don't mind flipover in first part and invisible car trick in the second part.
    3. Maintitle
    4. Meeting M and New quatermaster & invisible car.
    5. Van Bierk. Bond at a bomb in suitecase of diamonds and then helicopter land for Bond changed him self with Von Bierk.

    Over all those years i only have it 5-6 times complete because the movie whant to much and some things should not be in Bond movie. Outside of the movie teaser trailer is one of my favorites and SE DVD till today is best release of the movie.
  • goldenswissroyalegoldenswissroyale Switzerland
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    That was the last moment for your ranking @M_Balje. Thanks. This leads to the fact that the ice chase is now part of the average top 5 and you confirm that the sword fight deserves to be the winner. Here are the resulting top five DAD moments based on your rankings and comments:

    1. Sword fight at Blades
    2. Hong Kong hotel
    3. Frost points the gun at Bond, he tries to kill her and uses the ring to escape
    4. Car chase on ice
    5. Bond arrives in Cuba and meets Raoul


    Let's go back to good old Rog. After DAD another movie which is usually ranked a bit lower but I'm sure that you will find again enough reasons why this movie deserves to be rewatched again by any Bond fan (and film fan with good taste in geneal) ;)

    It's time for the duel between Bond and the guy who thinks that one bullet is enough to kill Bond:

    Favourite Bond moments - Round 7: TMWTGG - Part 1: Suggestions and discussion
  • The Man with the Golden Gun tends to shine in the more intimate character moments—particularly those shared by Moore and Lee, like when they're ringside at the boxing match or having a lunch of fried mushrooms. And while I'm not exactly a fan of Moore's meaner Bond in this one, there is something absorbing about his performance with Andrea Anders in the hotel room (the first time around). I could do without the physicality, but the scene is well staged and well played by both actors.

    As for the action, I always enjoy the succession of karate bouts in Hai Fat's dojo and yes even the silly fight with Hip's nieces once Bond leaps outside. And despite J.W. Pepper's involvement, the later AMC Hornet chase really is quite thrillingly shot and edited. The two funhouse showdowns that bookend the film are highlights as well. Both of 'em true exercises in suspense.

    One more perhaps less obvious scene I rather like is when Bond shows up on Hai Fat's grounds posing as Scaramanga. It starts off playfully with Bond casually smoking his cigar and surprising Hip by climbing over the fence, and then you have the invitation to a swim by the skinny-dipping Chew Mee (bless the pen of Tom Mankiewicz and the 70s!). But the real kicker here is the reveal that Scaramanga and Fat had indeed met before and that Bond is the one being played. It usually isn't a good idea for the audience to be a step ahead of the hero, but here the development adds a much needed element of danger to the proceedings.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Hotel Kali-Yuga
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    A couple of scenes I love: The one where Bond is being observed and identified from afar through binoculars, and the one where Mary Goodnight opens the trunk of the flying car.
  • R1s1ngs0nR1s1ngs0n France
    edited November 2020 Posts: 1,053
    1. PTS - I just love the setting, music, the reveal of Bond's wax figure. A personal favorite of mine as far as PTS go.
    2. Bond meets Scaramanga at the Muay Thai match. I love Lee's monolgue in this scene and his delivery is just brilliant.
    3. Lunch with Scaramanga - much better than the actual duel. Both Moore and Lee are excellent.
    4. Scaramanga anticipates Hai Fat's retirement.
    5. Scaramanga caresses Andrea with his powerful weapon - quite an erotic scene but tastefuly done, especially with Barry's wonderful music. Maud Adams is very beautiful and very convincing as the mistress in distress.

    It's not really surprising that every memorable scene (in a good way) in this film involves the great Christopher Lee. Such a shame the final duel and his demise are such a letdown.
    Still a classic.
  • Posts: 518
    1. Bond flying to Scaramanga’s island with the TMWTGG theme playing, I love that bit
    2. The car jump.
    3. M’s base on the half sunken liner (the Queen Mary?). It’s bonkers but in a good way. I particularly like the glimpse of a MiG-21 being salvaged from the water, it shows that it’s supposed to be an actual working British military base rather than just an odd palace for M.
    4. ‘A water pistol?’
    5. Am probably alone here but I really like the two nieces fighting all the guys in the karate school. I was a young teenage boy when I saw this film and I loved that scene, I’ve had fond memories of it ever since :))

    DAF, LALD and TMWTGG form a trilogy in a way, they’re all quite similar in tone and they share a sort of “will this do?” attitude. They all feel slightly sleazy, which I really like.
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Not quite sure where I am, but my heart is definitely somewhere in Italy or San Marino
    edited November 2020 Posts: 5,448
    Awesome stuff in this one:

    - The PTS
    - final duel
    - Bond flies to Scaramanga's island
    - the car chase & stunt
    - M scene
    - "The chap who made the bullet."
    - Lazar
    - First encounter with Scaramanga
    - "a water pistol?"
    - kung fu school

    Probably forgot a few more.
  • Max_The_ParrotMax_The_Parrot ATAC to St Cyril’s
    edited November 2020 Posts: 2,345
    I love TMWTGG, it's one of those films I watched over and over again as a kid, it always seemed to be on the TV. I rank the 360 roll as one of the best car stunts in the series, even with the swanee whistle (maybe it would be the best with a better choice of sound effect!) And let's not forget Mary Goodnight in that bikini ... and the waitress in the Bottoms Up Club!!

    I can't help but having a big smile on my face while Hip's nieces shove Bond out of the way and kick-ass, and likewise when the little elephant boy turns up ... 'For you mister ...'! and Bond gives him a helping hand (I also love how much Roger protested he wished he hadn't done that in later life given his UNICEF ambassador role, as if it was infinitely worse than almost breaking Maud Adams arm!) Mary Goodnight in that bikini ... and the waitress in the Bottoms Up Club!!

    The Queen Mary set piece is fab, like something out of an episode of The Avengers. And Mary Goodnight in that bikini ... and the waitress in the Bottoms Up Club!!

    The re-appearance of JW delighted me as a little kid, and I particularly like the banter between him and James whilst in the car showroom and during the car chase. Clifton James is a master of the comedy expression! The moment he produces his wallet full of identity cards is comedy gold! (Look, remember I still have the same sense of humour I had when I was 7 and watching this!!) Don't forget Mary Goodnight in that bikini ... and the waitress in the Bottoms Up Club!!

    The 'funhouse' set itself is great, with it's multi-coloured lighting, endless shadowy corners and fun features such as the mirrors and sideshows. Heck, I'd even nominate Roger Moore's waxwork, if I could have that stood in the corner of my living room I'd jump at the chance, with or without a complete set of fingers! Also Mary Goodnight in that bikini ... and the waitress in the Bottoms Up Club!!

    There's just so many little moments I love in here, the little exchange where Bond requests Q rustle up a third nipple - Roger's impish little grin, Q's exasperated sigh. Andrea's dead-pan (get it?) expression as she sits dead whilst Scaramanga and Bond natter away for ages - she looks so .... dead!!

    And pretty much any moment with Nick Nack in - yes EVEN the suitcase fight at the end, in fact maybe particularly the suitcase fight at the end, it's so 70s Roger Bond, and i LOVE 70s Roger Bond! If I had to pick a Nick Nack moment though it would be where the camera pans down and we see him adjusting his tie in the shop window camera, outdoing Bond in a Bond moment. Oh, let's not forget Mary Goodnight in that bikini ... and the waitress in the Bottoms Up Club!!

    Damn, I could go on and on ... 5 favourite moments from TMWTGG you ask??? Impossible to pick just 5 I say!!

    PS I almost forgot to mention Mary Goodnight in that bikini ... and the waitress in the Bottoms Up Club!!
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
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    Welcome back Max_The_Parrot!
  • Max_The_ParrotMax_The_Parrot ATAC to St Cyril’s
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    @QBranch hehe thanks!! Due to circumstances (and needing a little break) my appearances will be a little sporadic for a while, but never fear, I won’t be far away! :)
  • goldenswissroyalegoldenswissroyale Switzerland
    edited November 2020 Posts: 2,790
    @R1s1ngs0n No doubt that every moment with Christopher Lee is worth a mention. Lunch with Scaramanga will definitely be part of my top 5. However, I wouldn't define your number 5 as an erotic scene. Maud Adams doesn't look realxed at all (why should she?) and it's rather uncomfortable to watch. However, the scene does it purpose in the story. Isn't it somewhere mentioned in Fleming's novel that using his gun is a satisfying "replacement" of sex for him. It's definitely described with other words but I thought there is done a comparison (or am I dreaming?).

    I'm not a big fan of the nieces (although they don't bother me either. But the rest of your list are moments I like a lot, too @IGotABrudder

    Good that you mention Lazar @GoldenGun. I thought this moment was kind of boring as a teenager but enjoy it more and more with every new watch. The moment when Bond shoots between his legs with his ice cold comment is great.

    I really missed your humour @Max_The_Parrot. Great to read another funny and enthusiastic post of you. Your adoration for the Moore era is catching ;)
    I also think that Clifton James is pure comedy gold and always loved (and still love it!) the moment when he takes out his wallet with all the cards.
    ----Wait, didn't you forget to mention the lovely waitress in one of your last paragraphs??? She won't forgive you.
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
    edited November 2020 Posts: 11,259
    1. fight in Saida's dressing room
    2. gun talk with Senhor Lazar
    3. Bond waiting across the road from the Bottoms Up, cigar in mouth
    4. Phuyuck?!
    5. Goodnight's button butt saves the day

    Honourable mentions:

    sunken ship HQ
    dinner with Scaramanga
    Bond in the funhouse
  • royale65royale65 Caustic misanthrope reporting for duty.
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    Thanks @royale65 for your detailed and interesting thoughts. Good pick with your number one: The exchange definitely deserves a mention when we talk about highlights of the film. You mentioned a lot of other good moments and it shows that even a weaker (very weak?) Bond film has a lot scenes to enjoy. That's how I see it: Even the weaker Bond films are much more entertaining than most other films.
    One thing I didn't understand in your post: What do you mean with "Lee Tamahori's muscular direction"?

    That's kind of you to say. Re. Tamahori's direction is energetic and forceful, which contrasts with Spottiswoode's, and especially, Apted's safe, even staid, direction. Tamahori gets the film and grabs it by the scruff the neck. Of course, he was too energetic, and his attempts to modernize the series led to some, erm, unfortunate decisions. But as you said, every Bond film has plenty of good stuff buried within it.
  • Posts: 3,135
    Will go with most peoples fav.
    1) PTS, Lee is particularly good here. Very menacing!
    2) "A water pistol?" The roughing up is a bit out of place for Moore, but not for Bond!
    3) Lazar, best sequence for me.
    4) Plane flight to Scaramangas island
    5) Car jump. Have read recently that the whistle was John Barrys idea and that Cubby hated it!
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
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    Nice to see you Max.
  • M_BaljeM_Balje Amsterdam, Netherlands
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    Scaramanga schooting on fake Bond before maintitle starting
    007-bullet
    The real The Man With The Golden Gun (Bond use thirth niple)
    Confrontation bullet maker
    Mystery ship
    M: Good Night Good Night, Bond: Good Night sir..
  • marcmarc Universal Exports
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    - Solex power plant action (finale)
    - Scaramanga shows Bond the plant (and destroys his plane)
    - Duel Bond v. Scaramanga at the beach
    - Karate school action + boat chase
  • goldenswissroyalegoldenswissroyale Switzerland
    edited November 2020 Posts: 2,790
    I'm surprised that only @QBranch mentioned the fight in the dressing room. Is it because of the "uninteresting" location? This at least is the reason why I wouldn't add it to my top five list. The fight itself is intense and easily one of Moore's best. However, the surrounding is a bit forgettable (apart from Saida of course;)

    Good that you mention the duel at the beach @marc. The resulting "duel" doesn't satisfy my expectations, not even close. But the beginning with the two men standing back to back, gun in the hand, on this beautiful beach with Nick Nack counting, is great.

    Several top five moments were already listed for this film. It seems that some of you know exactly which moments they love the most and you don't need any further discussions.

    Time for the others to do the same:
    Favourite Bond Moments - Round 7: TMWTGG- Part 2: Ranking
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
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    I'm surprised that only @QBranch mentioned the fight in the dressing room. Is it because of the "unintresting" location? This at least is the reason why I wouldn't add it to my top five list. THe fight itself is intense and easily one of Moore's best. However, the surrounding is a bit forgettable (apart from Saida of course;)
    I'm surprised, too. I like the choreography, and Bond using non-weapons to his advantage.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Hotel Kali-Yuga
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    1 Mary Goodnight opening the trunk of the flying car
    2 Bottoms Up waitress with her bottoms up
    3 Good night, Sir.
    4 Bond sneaking around in Macau
    5 The camera and sound crew in the mirror
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Not quite sure where I am, but my heart is definitely somewhere in Italy or San Marino
    edited November 2020 Posts: 5,448
    1. PTS
    2. Final duel
    3. Dinner with Scaramanga
    4. Flight to Scaramanga's island
    5. Bond sneaking around Macau
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    Although TMWTGG is far from one of my favorite installments in the series, I think it is one of the most beautifully shot, the cinematography is gorgeous and, taken independently, there are excellent scenes, among which:
    1. The PTS.
    2. Bond in Macau, from his confrontation with Lazar to the casino.
    3. Final duel.
    4. First meeting with Andrea Anders in her room.
    5. Car jump.
  • M_BaljeM_Balje Amsterdam, Netherlands
    edited November 2020 Posts: 3,733
    1. The real The Man With The Golden Gun (Bond use thirth niple)
    2. Confrontation bullet maker
    3. 007-bullet
    4. Mystery ship
    5. M: Good Night Good Night, Bond: Good Night sir..
  • goldenswissroyalegoldenswissroyale Switzerland
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    @GoldenGun @Thunderfinger
    Which scenes are included in “Bond sneaking around in Macau“?

    Am I the only who thinks that the scene with Goodnight in the closet is so wrong (and therefore so funny) that it is a strong contender for a top five?
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Hotel Kali-Yuga
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    I am thinking of outside The Bottoms Up Club in particular.
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Not quite sure where I am, but my heart is definitely somewhere in Italy or San Marino
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    I am thinking of outside The Bottoms Up Club in particular.

    Me too. Pretty much the whole part starting in the Bottoms Up club and ending with Hip taking Bond away.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Hotel Kali-Yuga
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    GoldenGun wrote: »
    I am thinking of outside The Bottoms Up Club in particular.

    Me too. Pretty much the whole part starting in the Bottoms Up club and ending with Hip taking Bond away.

    Agreed. It is all one great sequence.
  • goldenswissroyalegoldenswissroyale Switzerland
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    I especially like the moment when Hip drives away with Bond and when they go on the ship. There is a good tension built up (mainly due to the good score).
  • GoldenGun wrote: »
    I am thinking of outside The Bottoms Up Club in particular.

    Me too. Pretty much the whole part starting in the Bottoms Up club and ending with Hip taking Bond away.

    Agreed. It is all one great sequence.

    That is indeed a great sequence. Bond noticing Nick Nack straightening his tie in the display television is wonderfully weird and that close-up of Scaramanga taking aim with his golden gun is probably one of the film's single most defining shots (well, either that or Goodnight accidentally activating the Solex with her bum ;) ).
  • goldenswissroyalegoldenswissroyale Switzerland
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    1. Plane flight to Scaramanga's island
    2. Dinner with Scaramanga
    3. JW Peppers facial expression
    4. Secret base in Queen Eilabeth
    5. Goodnight has to wait in the closet while Bond has another “mission“

    I'm a bit sad that I couldn't include the flying car. Love it. And the car action is also very entertaining.
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