The James Bond Questions Thread

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  • Posts: 2,904
    Bond also says "Discipline, 007" to himself in Goldfinger, when he resists following Tilly Masterson's car.
  • Max_The_ParrotMax_The_Parrot ATAC to St Cyril’s
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    OHMSS when in his office after resigning, he answers the phone with ‘007’ but stops and corrects himself saying ‘James Bond here’ ... arguably it’s 90% of a 007 as he doesn’t quite finish the phrase!
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    I feel like a 00 agent should say his number as least amount as possible. Nobody in the outside world should know anything about his agent status.
  • BennyBenny Shaken not stirredAdministrator, Moderator
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    I'm not sure if it's been asked before, but whilst watching QOS, I'm wondering how Bond can track Greene to the Tosca opera when he arrives in Bregenz?
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    It’s the main event in Bregenz so it’s a logical place to start,it’s not that big a town.
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    Benny wrote: »
    I'm not sure if it's been asked before, but whilst watching QOS, I'm wondering how Bond can track Greene to the Tosca opera when he arrives in Bregenz?

    He puts the tracker on Elvis’s phone.
  • j_w_pepperj_w_pepper Born on the bayou. I can still hear my old hound dog barkin'.
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    It's so he can tell if Elvis has left the building.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    Mallory wrote: »
    Benny wrote: »
    I'm not sure if it's been asked before, but whilst watching QOS, I'm wondering how Bond can track Greene to the Tosca opera when he arrives in Bregenz?

    He puts the tracker on Elvis’s phone.

    This. He hands the guard at the gate in Haiti his "business card" so that when Elvis or whoever called, he'd now have a link to be able to track the phone.
  • MinionMinion Don't Hassle the Bond
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    j_w_pepper wrote: »
    It's so he can tell if Elvis has left the building.

    HA! You got me. :))
  • Fatimablushfan3Fatimablushfan3 England
    edited November 2019 Posts: 4
    which one where to get the original script to never say never again
  • j_w_pepperj_w_pepper Born on the bayou. I can still hear my old hound dog barkin'.
    edited November 2019 Posts: 8,827
    which one where to get the original script to never say never again
    I'm not quite sure about the direction of your question, but a transcript of the movie (though not a script that making the movie can be based on) can be easily found via Google (cf. www. giyf.com, if necessary).
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    What do you call "the original script" ? The movie probably go to diverses scripts before the final one.
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    Was Sean Connery having fun making DAF? He defiantly looks like he is having a better time in DAF than in YOLT, but was he having the enjoyment he was having like in FRWL & TB?
  • ThunderballThunderball playing Chemin de Fer in a casino, downing Vespers
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    I think Connery was enjoying himself a little more in DAF. Could've been the time off from the role, could've been the fat paycheck for his charity.
  • thedovethedove hiding in the Greek underworld
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    fjdinardo wrote: »
    Was Sean Connery having fun making DAF? He defiantly looks like he is having a better time in DAF than in YOLT, but was he having the enjoyment he was having like in FRWL & TB?

    Or was the script better and therefore the character looked more engaged? I am not sure of the whole Connery wasn't having fun in YOLT story. Or that he looks bored. DAF gave him cracking good dialogue. While there are gadgets in DAF they don't overpower the film or take away from Bond's character. I mean you have fake fingerprints, a voice changer and not much else. Compare to YOLT where the gadgets were very much front and centre. From Little Nellie to safecrackers. Cigarette guns and the various other ninja weapons. Bond takes a backseat to things. I think this is what frustrated Connery. The dialogue in DAF is far superior to YOLT. Just my two cents.
  • goldenswissroyalegoldenswissroyale Switzerland
    edited November 2019 Posts: 4,411
    It is written in many books etc. that he hated to be James Bond (definitely at the time of YOLT, probably already during TB) because he was followed everywhere by paparazzi and fans. He said something like “Bond is a monster“. He definitely looks bored in YOLT (and even a bit in DAF) and this the main reason why it is difficult for me to say that Connery is the best Bond.
  • NicNacNicNac Administrator, Moderator
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    It is written in many books etc. that he hated to be James Bond (definitely at the time of YOLT, probably already during TB) because he was followed everywhere by paparazzi and fans. He said something like “Bond is a monster“. He definitely looks bored in YOLT (and even a bit in DAF) and this the main reason why it is difficult for me to say that Connery is the best Bond.

    Connery was a pro, and he wouldn't let his personal feelings about the role impose on his performance. This 'he looked bored' nonsense cropped up once in a book and everyone has latched on to it. His laconic, casual style which fitted FRWL and GF probably didn't fit in so well with the more gadget-driven YOLT, and therefore it stood out more.

    I can't think of one scene where Connery looked bored. What I can see is Bond looking cool and laid back.
  • goldenswissroyalegoldenswissroyale Switzerland
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    NicNac wrote: »
    It is written in many books etc. that he hated to be James Bond (definitely at the time of YOLT, probably already during TB) because he was followed everywhere by paparazzi and fans. He said something like “Bond is a monster“. He definitely looks bored in YOLT (and even a bit in DAF) and this the main reason why it is difficult for me to say that Connery is the best Bond.

    Connery was a pro, and he wouldn't let his personal feelings about the role impose on his performance. This 'he looked bored' nonsense cropped up once in a book and everyone has latched on to it. His laconic, casual style which fitted FRWL and GF probably didn't fit in so well with the more gadget-driven YOLT, and therefore it stood out more.

    I can't think of one scene where Connery looked bored. What I can see is Bond looking cool and laid back.
    I cite the book for the fact that he was unhappy with fans who followed him and made it difficult to live in private. He looked bored to me and I don't like his performance in YOLT as much as before.
    His look is far away from cool when he is waiting for Kissy during the fake wedding. He looks like 70 years old there...maybe this is the role he has to play but I definitely don t like it.
  • mattjoesmattjoes TINY TIM
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    NicNac wrote: »
    It is written in many books etc. that he hated to be James Bond (definitely at the time of YOLT, probably already during TB) because he was followed everywhere by paparazzi and fans. He said something like “Bond is a monster“. He definitely looks bored in YOLT (and even a bit in DAF) and this the main reason why it is difficult for me to say that Connery is the best Bond.

    Connery was a pro, and he wouldn't let his personal feelings about the role impose on his performance. This 'he looked bored' nonsense cropped up once in a book and everyone has latched on to it. His laconic, casual style which fitted FRWL and GF probably didn't fit in so well with the more gadget-driven YOLT, and therefore it stood out more.

    I can't think of one scene where Connery looked bored. What I can see is Bond looking cool and laid back.

    Preach it, @NicNac. Connery might have been bored with Bond by the time of YOLT, but it doesn't come across in his performance. He's just playing the role much like Roger Moore in Moonraker: laid-back and relaxed, anchoring the film's spectacle with his charming presence. Any more intensity in Connery's performance would have felt awkward in a film that is more comic-booky and outrageous than previous entries. The film is saying "this is fun, it's a romp", so Connery had to get with the program and play the part in a suitable way.

    In DAF, I do think Bond the character comes across as bored, but that doesn't mean Connery the actor isn't engaged in the proceedings, it's just an acting choice. 007 seems particularly unfazed at the outrageous situations he finds himself in, and drops one-liners more casually and absent-mindedly than ever. This is perfectly suitable for the black comedy tone of the film.
  • thedovethedove hiding in the Greek underworld
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    Glad to know I am not alone with my thoughts on YOLT and the "bored Connery" story line. Connery cared about his performances. Yes being chased into washrooms was not something he enjoyed. The film was shot in Japan where Bondmania was not letting up and I don't think Connery was prepared for it.

    Take a look at his performance in Rising Sun and you might draw the same conclusion that Connery looks bored. But I think it's the same as YOLT in terms of tone of the character. I remember Connery was very invested in Rising Sun.

  • ggl007ggl007 www.archivo007.com Spain, España
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    Anybody hear about this story? Dali in Live and Let Die? https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/art/all/44640/facts.dali_tarot.htm

    Not in SKOH...
  • DragonpolDragonpol https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
    edited November 2019 Posts: 18,015
    ggl007 wrote: »
    Anybody hear about this story? Dali in Live and Let Die? https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/art/all/44640/facts.dali_tarot.htm

    Not in SKOH...

    Just looked into this further and found this article: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-surreal-tarot-cards-designed-salvador-dali-james-bond-movie-180973506/

    A very interesting find, @ggl007. Thank you for sharing it with us!
  • ggl007ggl007 www.archivo007.com Spain, España
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    Read more:

    "Legend has it that when preparing props for the James Bond film Live and Let Die, producer Albert Broccoli commissioned Surrealist maestro Salvador Dalí to create a custom deck of tarot cards. Inspired by his wife Gala, who nurtured his interest in mysticism, Dalí eagerly got to work, and continued the project of his own accord when the contractual deal fell through.

    The work was published in a limited art edition in 1984 that has since long sold out, making Dalí the first renowned painter to create a completely new set of cards. Drawing on Western masterpieces from antiquity to modernity (including some of his own), Dalí seamlessly combined his knowledge of the arcane with his unmistakable wit. The result is a surreal kaleidoscope of European art history."
  • 00Agent00Agent Any man who drinks Dom Perignon '52 can't be all bad.
    edited November 2019 Posts: 5,185
    Wow that is amazing. Never though i would see Dalí be associated with James Bond.

    On that Note i have another fun story, and I can't believe i have never noticed this before, but i recently watched LALD with Rogs commentery, and when Bond meets Solitaire for the first time and she's laying the cards for him, Roger talks about the cards having a clearly visible '007' Design on the back.
    It's supposedly just a funny accident, but once you see it you can never unsee. Maybe they had to get cheaper cards last minute, when the Dalí deal fell through.
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  • edited November 2019 Posts: 1,965
    Why couldn't Moneypenny be in Casino Royale instead of that annoying male secretary M had? Yes if she was in CR then her becoming MP story wouldn't have happened in SF but would it have been a big deal not to have the MP story in SF?
  • MinionMinion Don't Hassle the Bond
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    fjdinardo wrote: »
    Why couldn't Moneypenny be in Casino Royale instead of that annoying male secretary M had? Yes if she was in CR then her becoming MP story wouldn't have happened in SF but would it have been a big deal not to have the MP story in SF?

    After DAD, they really wanted to strip away the bloat the Brosnan years had accumulated, which unfortunately included Q and Moneypenny.

  • j_w_pepperj_w_pepper Born on the bayou. I can still hear my old hound dog barkin'.
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    00Agent wrote: »
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    On that Note i have another fun story, and I can't believe i have never noticed this before, but i recently watched LALD with Rogs commentery, and when Bond meets Solitaire for the first time and she's laying the cards for him, Roger talks about the cards having a clearly visible '007' Design on the back.
    It's supposedly just a funny accident, but once you see it you can never unsee. Maybe they had to get cheaper cards last minute, when the Dalí deal fell through.
    Odapd7jTacIROubZXYici1gT7JCkXMAVQcIQ01uMfTs.png?auto=webp&s=00588280b7b04038d791768c2c12d1924de725c3

    I'm surprised that you never noticed it before. I remember strongly that I saw it the first time I watched that movie in a theatre in early 1974 (and yes, of course I could never un-see it). I've always considered the entire Tarot stuff one of the few things I don't like about LALD, as part of the semi-supernatural/voodoo type of stuff that cannot be explained logically but is there. Apart from the soothsaying nonsense, even the deck doesn't make sense. And no, it's definitely not an accident.
  • Max_The_ParrotMax_The_Parrot ATAC to St Cyril’s
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    In the PTS of YOLT, just what is going on with Bond’s fake death? I’ve never been able to get my head around what’s actually happening ...

    Who is actually ‘in on it’? I’m assuming Ling is - but what about the gunmen? Are they shooting real or blank bullets - i.e. are they expecting to actually kill Bond, or know they are just pretending?

    If they were all in on it, why the hassle of the springing the bed up?

    What about the policemen? Are they in on it? If they are why the dialogue? If they aren’t, they don’t do a very good job of checking a shooting victim for signs of life.

    And if the whole lot are in on, why not just dress the scene and leave Bond and Ling to a bit more ‘Chinese sexy time’?

    I’ve always enjoyed the film and being a big Moonraker fan, I have no trouble just suspending all disbelief and going along for the ride, but if anyone does have a nicely wrapped up explanation for it all, I’d love to hear it. :)
  • goldenswissroyalegoldenswissroyale Switzerland
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    Would be great if someone can answer your questions... I can't. The scene only works without thinking...that's what I think :P
  • mattjoesmattjoes TINY TIM
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    I imagine they were all in it together. And why go through that elaborate spectacle that no one was there to see, rather than just dress the scene? Because we, the audience, were there to see it. Makes for an exciting scene to watch ("Bond is dead?!"), certainly more than seeing them quietly dress the scene, or merely hearing about Bond's death later on. I suppose we could try to come up with explanations as to why they did what they did (perhaps the most plausible one could be that they acted the whole thing in the event that some onlooker happened to see it), but since the people who made the film probably didn't bother to give it much thought, why should we? ;)
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