This is more relevant to younger members, but list the things in Bond that referenced pop culture at the time, or actors who were associated with other roles, but have faded into obscurity now. I was prompted to make this because I keep reading about people associating Telly Savalas with Kojak (and not Blofeld, negatively affecting their opinion of OHMSS), which means nothing to me aside from being Bond trivia.
DN - Stolen Duke of Wellington portrait
FRWL - "Once more unto the breach, dear friends", a quote from Henry V
, Act III, Scene I (Shakespeare, 1599)
FRWL - opening chess game references the Russian Championship match Spassky vs. Bronstein (1960).
GF - "Beatles without earmuffs
TB - Reference to Great Train Robbery
[Dubbing ?language: TB - When Pat introduces "Mr. Bond ... Count Lippe", Bond responds by saying "From Detmold, eh?"
Detmold used to be the capital of the County of Lippe which existed until 1919]
LALD - Mention of the phone monopoly
TMWTGG - Do viewers that started with Craig films know who Evel Knievel
MR - Hugo quotes Oscar Wilde - "To lose one aircraft would be an accident. To lose two, would seem like carelessness." The original quote spoken by Lady Bracknell - “To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.” (The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People, Oscar Wilde, 1895.)
OP - "Sit-tuh!" (Barbara Woodhouse
dog training catch-phrase). [German dubbing references a ESSO gasoline commercial 'Put a Tiger in your Tank'. Instead of "Sit!", Bond tells the tiger: "You belong in the tank!"]
OP - Tennis jokes due to Bond's ally Vijay being professional tennis player Vijay Armitraj
OP - Tarzan yell
AVTAK: California Girls by The Beach Boys
TLD - Q refers to the boombox
as a "ghetto blaster"
TLD - Moneypenny refers to her Barry Manilow
LTK - Bond references "A Farewell To Arms" (1929) by Ernest Hemingway - "Well, I guess it's, uh, a farewell to arms". The scene is set at Hemingway House and includes cats at the residence (he famous kept a lot of cats)
TND - "Don't Ask" "Don't Tell"
- US military's policy on gays in the service, from 1993.
TWINE - Mention of Swiss Bankers, see the post here
DAD: London Calling by The Clash
SP: A cover of Frank Sinatra's 'New York, New York' is played in 009's car
[Various films: References to the Berlin Wall, Cold War]
References to other movies:
FRWL - North by Northwest
association (particularly the Helicopter vs Bond sequence)
FRWL - "One of Our Aircraft Is Missing"
- I believe it references the 1942 film.
FRWL - Poster for "Call Me Bwana
", produced by Cubby Broccoli and EON productions
TB - Bond says "Another Time, Another Place"
, referring to Connery's 1958 movie
TSWLM - Playing the theme
from Lawrence Of Arabia when Bond and Anya walk through the desert.
TSWLM - Anya uses "Lara's Theme" from Doctor Zhivago as a ringtone.
MR - Magnificent Seven musical reference as Bond rides on horseback
MR - Using Close Encounter Of The Third Kind
as the keynote opener of the laboratory door.
MR - "Play it again, Sam", a misquote of "Play it, Sam" from Casablanca
MR - 2001: A space odyssey (1968) theme is played at the beginning of the hunt. The theme is originally from Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss (1896)
AVTAK - Bond references Dick Tracy
DAF - Jimmy Dean (Willard Whyte) - singer, sausage magnate.
DAF - Leonard Barr (Shady Tree) - comic, dancer, uncle to Dean Martin.
(DAF - Sammy Davis Jr. - singer, dancer (deleted scene))
MR - Melinda Maxwell (Drax's girl) - Lois Maxwell's daughter
FYEO - Cassandra Harris (Countessa Lisl) - Pierce Brosnan's wife
LTK - Wayne Newton (Prof Joe Butcher) - singer, Vegas entertainer.
GE - Minnie Driver (Irina) - actress, singer
TND - Daphne Decker (Carver PR Lady) - model, TV host
TND - Ricky Jay (Henry Gupta - magician
TWINE - Ray Brown (Wheel clamper) - Wheel Clamper from BBC's 'Clampers'
TWINE - Goldie (Mr. Bullion) - British musician
TWINE - Martyn Lewis - Welsh News Presenter
DAD - Oliver Skeete (concierge at fencing club) - British Showjumper
DAD - Madonna (fencing club instructor) - singer
DAD - Deborah Moore (slight attendant) - Roger Moore's daughter
CR - Sébastien Foucan (Mollaka) - founder of Parkour
CR - Richard Branson (Man checked by security at airport) - Virgin founder
CR - Alessandra Ambrosio (Woman checking Bond out outside the Ocean Club) - Brazilian supermodel
SF - Wolf Blitzer, as himself, on CNN
SF - Huw Edwards, as himself, on BBC News.
TB - Charles Russhon (US air force general). Military advisor on several James Bond films
TB - Kevin McClory (man sitting in chair) - producer of Thunderball, Never Say Never Again
OHMSS - Peter Hunt (Man in reflection after title song) - director
MR - Albert R "Cubby" Broccoli (Man on bridge) - Producer
TLD - John Barry (Orchestra conductor) - Composer
GE - Martin Campbell (lead cyclist) - director
CR - Martin Campbell (oil tanker driver) - director
Gregg Wilson - Man in bar (scorpion scene) SF, Man opposite C (SP)
(are they really references? Any official comment on these (through interviews etc)?):
TND - Geoffrey Palmer and Judi Dench verbal sparring (reference to "As Time Goes By"?)
TWINE - Bond: "I thought you'd enjoy one of these."; Moneypenny: "How romantic. I know exactly where to put that." - Bond gives Moneypenny the phallic-shaped cigar tube with some innuendo. Recalling President Clinton's scandalous interactions with an intern involved in his impeachment proceedings in 1998.
Thanks to Gerard, RichardTheBruce, Benny, mtm, echo, marc, QBranch for their contributions
The North by Northwest homage/lift never stood out to me because it's just another action sequence, but what did always strike me as odd in FRWL was the not quite a one-liner one-liner "I'd say one of their aircraft is missing." If you don't know what that's in reference to (which would be just about everyone who didn't live through the 1940s) the line is an oddity for sure.
Well, she wasn't known in France, that's for sure. In fact, the reference totally went over my head at the time. So did the gag of Judi Dench sparring with Geoffrey Palmer in TND (As Time Goes By didn't air in France, except on BBC Prime in the 2000s).
@Gerard Wait, what gag? Is there a specific reference, or just the fact they are trading verbal barbs?
I didn't get the reference at all when I saw DN in 1966.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don't_ask,_don't_tell(There was a third part: Don't pursue.)
- Moneypenny: Don't ask.
- M: Don't tell.
- Bond: I thought you'd enjoy one of these.
- Moneypenny: How romantic. I know exactly where to put that.
Good one. It's something I view of as Bond Trivia.
Thanks. Some subtle ones there
The Spy Who Loved Me : Playing the theme from Lawrence Of Arabia when Bond and Anya walk through the desert.
Moonraker : Using Close Encounter Of The Third Kind as the keynote opener of the laboratory door.
And then in TWINE of course you have the random cameo of that wheel clamper guy from the BBC’s then-current reality show ‘Clampers’, a cameo which doesn’t have any reaction nowadays. Much like Alfie Bass appearing in the gondola chase of Moonraker.
Slightly similarly there’s that showjumper guy who turns up at the end of the DAD Blades scene: but that was a very random appearance even at the time!
In fact, a lot of the tennis gags in Octopussy only work if you know Vijay Armitraj was a professional tennis player, which I’m sure a lot of people don’t know anymore.
The cigar was certainly a Lewinsky reference, yeah., good call; but I’m not convinced about the ‘don’t tell’ one being intentional.
However of course don’t forget the exchange later in the film between M and Moneypenny talking about Carver having fallen off his yacht: a joke intentionally referencing the real shady media mogul Robert Maxwell’s death several years earlier, which was the subject of many theories about how he really died (and I’m sure being killed by MI6 was probably one of them). That one isn’t as topical anymore.
Warren Zevon, whose 2000 album was called Life’ll Kill Ya, has terminal lung cancer. ”I’m OK with it,” the ”Werewolves of London” rocker said in a statement, ”but it’ll be a drag if I don’t make it ’till the next James Bond movie comes out.”
"I'll Sleep When I'm Dead", Warren Zevon, 1976.
I'll sleep when I'm dead
Saturday night I like to raise a little harm
I'll sleep when I'm dead
Later used for a compilation album and the biography written by wife Crystal.
I have a feeling this is imagined, but is interesting nevertheless. Apparently Benjamin Franklin said "plenty of time to sleep when you're dead".
I like some of the other examples you listed and have included them in the OP
"Don't ask, don't tell" is clearly intentional though. The American screenwriter didn't accidentally refer to a hotly debated domestic political issue of the era. The phrase was referenced in other (somewhat trite) jokes at the time and the intent was clear to American audiences.
I'm sure you're not! :)) This is another case of the professional screenwriter accidentally writing a joke! ;)
Here's another mind-blowing fact, though: every single post-2016 occurrence of the phrase "Make ______ Great Again" is a reference to Donald Trump. Because if you don't want to refer to Trump, you don't use that phrase. Similarly, if an American screenwriter doesn't wish to refer to a controversial and frequently discussed policy in 1990s America, they do not use the phrase "don't ask, don't tell". (It wasn't a common phrase prior to the invention of this policy, anyway)
The phrase in the film doesn't have to refer to Trump or gays in the military. It's not a great style of joke, but simply working in a reference counts as humor for many people. (Though in any case, the Bond/Moneypenny relationship is known but not sanctioned, mirroring to some extent the situation for gay service members)
Yeah it's still recognized in some circles, @ProfJoeButcher. And to an American at the time especially, it's funny.
I did a quick check in the novelization and the DVD commentary tracks, those involved don't usually stop and explain jokes like this one. But it pops up and is acknowledged in references to the film.
It's not so much a throw-away line as far as promotion of the film went at the time, either, as with this trading card.
The Brosnan films had an unusual number of jokes referring to or at the expense of the American government. Not only this one, but obviously the cigar thing in TWINE, the "bad news from CNN" joke in Goldeneye (is that referring to something specific?) and the "consider him slimed" from MGW in Tomorrow Never Dies. I haven't seen DAD recently enough, but I'm sure Michael Madsen's character leans pretty hard in that direction too.
I'm tempted to include Albert Finney in here but his appearance is not so much a reference as a really famous actor whose claim to fame way predates my birth
The US government broke up the phone monopoly in 1982.
TND: "Consider him slimed" is almost certainly a Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky reference.
Outright celebrities in Bond films I'd say include:
I’m not sure if he counts as a cameo as such or whether he was just doing a job as a comic actor, if you know what I mean. But I guess he was pretty well-known at the time and would have been surprising to some.
(Though there was an Emma Peel episode of The Avengers where Steed gets a Christmas card from Cathy Gale, and he wonders what she's doing in Fort Knox!)