Favourite Bond Moments - Round 25: The finale

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  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Joe Don Baker Street
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    I love the fight in the warehouse.
  • goldenswissroyalegoldenswissroyale Switzerland
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    I love the fight in the warehouse.

    And I like your humour.
  • cwl007cwl007 England
    Posts: 494
    Top 5 favourite moments in AVTAK
    1- erm
    2- :-\"
    3- give me a minute, just thinking.
    4- :-w
    5 - oh, yes, The Living Daylights, if you swap discs really quickly it comes right after the bit in AVTAK bit where it says "James Bond wil return". Does that count?
  • WillyGalore_ReduxWillyGalore_Redux I like my beer cold, my TV loud and my homosexuals flaaaaaaming
    Posts: 292
    The climactic fight atop The Golden Gate Bridge is extremely well executed.
    I also love Rog hamming it up as James St John Smythe and belittling Tibbet at every opportunity.
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Defender of Timothy Dalton, George Lazenby, Éric Serra & Bill Conti!
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    I waited to long for TB's final round :(, but then again I wouldn't know where to start, I love so much of it. Probably the bathtub scene with Fiona though.

    That being said, on to AVTAK:

    I always liked the PTS:
    007 in the USSR, we onely had that twice. Big plus.
    Skiing!!
    Mary Stavin!
    Love the iceberg sub too.

    Apart from that the Eiffel Tower stunt, the Golden Gate finale, May Day's sacrifice and the the whole sequence at Chantilly.
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
    edited October 2020 Posts: 11,237
    There's a lot to like:

    Bond in Siberia - he uses the grappling hook in a different way than intended

    title sequence - one of the best sequences and songs

    Ascot races - their enclosure badges read 'Thursday 1984'; you can see the moment Zorin activates the transmitter on his cane; Bond bets on Pegasus then buys Moneypenny dinner

    Bond and Tibbett's banter as they check the room for bugs

    searching for Pegasus - secret lab; microchip warehouse; escape

    lurking at the car wash - the scene is well done

    Bond observes the KGB planting a limpet mine at the pumping station

    bungling in the dark - Zorin catching them, and his secret of genius

    May Day's sacrifice

    Special mention:

    Zorin chuckles to himself after booting a miner off the edge.
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  • Posts: 511
    AVTAK doesn’t really do anything for me. There’s something slightly embarrassing about it, like dad dancing or something, IMO. Anyway, to focus on the positive, I do like:

    “Intuitive improvisation” while Zorin briefly waves his gun at his own head (that’s brilliant)
    Jenny Flex
    the Wine with Stacey melody, that’s really lovely
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Joe Don Baker Street
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    Bond breathing from the Rolls Royce tire.
  • goldenswissroyalegoldenswissroyale Switzerland
    edited October 2020 Posts: 2,771
    marc wrote: »
    I'm sorry, I didn't think the TB ranking would be over after 4 days. My TB ranking would have been:

    1. Bond in the shark pool/Palmyra prowl
    2. Disco Volante speeding between islands
    3. Helicopter flight in search of the Vulcan
    4. Flying & Hiding the Vulcan
    5. Bond visits Largo in Palmyra

    Sorry that I went on too quick. I thought that nothing more was going to happen and it was you that “encouraged“ me to shorten the time. Taking your ranking into account, the Palmyra infiltration definitely deserves the second spot after the SPECTRE meeting

    @TheGoldenGun the bathtub moment is by far my favourite of TB.
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
    Posts: 7,007
    Yeah there's loads I like about AVTAK.

    The Paris car chase and pretty amazing stunts in that, I like the lasery skiing title sequence, the whole part in the chateau especially with Tibbet, Mayday is great, I love the airship stuff, the bridge fight is fantastic, Zorin is a top baddie, I love a good villain-turning-good ending... yeah I just enjoy the feel of it.
  • goldenswissroyalegoldenswissroyale Switzerland
    Posts: 2,771
    cwl007 wrote: »
    Top 5 favourite moments in AVTAK
    1- erm
    2- :-\"
    3- give me a minute, just thinking.
    4- :-w
    5 - oh, yes, The Living Daylights, if you swap discs really quickly it comes right after the bit in AVTAK bit where it says "James Bond wil return". Does that count?

    Really nothing you like about it? Is AVTAK your number 24 of the EON Bond ranking?
    Even my least favoured Bond movies (MR, DAD, DAF) feature a lot for me to enjoy.
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
    Posts: 11,237
    Forgot about the Zorin blimp. I love how we're led to believe the business meeting is in a regular office building, then its location is revealed when Anthony Chinn drops out. Would I be right in saying the interior design is the one thing to be heavily inspired by Ken Adam in that film?
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
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    I like so much of it I actually think it's quicker to list the bits I don't like! :) Stacey is rubbish, the firetruck chase is really weak, perhaps the underwater bit at the pumping station isn't quite as interesting as it should be. Oh the factory fight is terrible, but in quite a funny way.
    And that's probably about it! Everything else I love :)
  • goldenswissroyalegoldenswissroyale Switzerland
    Posts: 2,771
    QBranch wrote: »
    Forgot about the Zorin blimp. I love how we're led to believe the business meeting is in a regular office building, then its location is revealed when Anthony Chinn drops out. Would I be right in saying the interior design is the one thing to be heavily inspired by Ken Adam in that film?

    Good that you mention it. I think this scene belongs in my top five.
  • DwayneDwayne New York City
    Posts: 1,089
    Upon further review my top AVTAK moments would include:

    1. The title sequence / Duran Duran’s theme song (see prior post)
    2. Christopher Walken as Max Zorin is deliciously demented, especially his killing of Howe at city hall. “Intuitive improvisation” indeed.
    3. Patrick Macnee as Sir Godfrey Tibbett – I really love the by-play between his character and Bond as they check the room for bugs.
    4. The Golden Gate Bridge final – what could have been a disaster, but it actually works – as does Moore’s “there is never a cab when you need one” quip to conclude it.
    5. John Barry’s score – with the possible exception of TMWTGG, Barry’s scores are always on point for me.

    Although I like Tanya Roberts the person, her “Stacy” really drags this movie down. (J-A-M-E-S!! J-A-M-E-S!!!). I’ve often wondered how AVTAK would have worked with a actress a bit closer in age to Moore and if “Stacy” had been played as a bit more mature. A point I’m reminded of since this week marked the birthday of fellow “Charlie’s Angels” alumni Jaclyn Smith. I missed opportunity IMO.
  • royale65royale65 Caustic misanthrope reporting for duty.
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    Bond breathing from the Rolls Royce tire.

    Bond's resourcefulness through the Glen films deserves mention, such as the tyre breathing.
    I also love Rog hamming it up as James St John Smythe and belittling Tibbet at every opportunity.

    Yes, indubitably - Sir Rog has a fine time posing as an eccentric Englishman, in almost a pastiche of the roles he stereotypically played.

    The final act in particular is terrific, from the mine under the San Andreas lake – surely one of Lamont's most technically impressive sets – right through to the thrilling climax on top of the Golden Gate Bridge.

    But that really isn't a moment. So, I'll suggest a couple of moments -

    Bond's rescue of Stacey from the burning City Hall. The motif, usually associated with the lyric "dance into the fire", is used brilliantly by Barry, as Bond carries Stacey down the ladder. Terrific stuff.

    "Wine With Stacey" is a superb romantic, and kind of melancholic, rendition of the title theme. On a more personal level, a couple of months after my stroke, I was watching AVTAK. Reaching the dinner scene, a strange thing happened; I experienced goosebumps down the right hand side of my body. Full sensation had returned to my body. And for that, I'm grateful for AVTAK, thus I have some sentimental feelings towards this film.

  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
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    Wow, that's wonderful.
  • cwl007cwl007 England
    Posts: 494
    cwl007 wrote: »
    Top 5 favourite moments in AVTAK
    1- erm
    2- :-\"
    3- give me a minute, just thinking.
    4- :-w
    5 - oh, yes, The Living Daylights, if you swap discs really quickly it comes right after the bit in AVTAK bit where it says "James Bond wil return". Does that count?

    Really nothing you like about it? Is AVTAK your number 24 of the EON Bond ranking?
    Even my least favoured Bond movies (MR, DAD, DAF) feature a lot for me to enjoy.

    Sorry only just seen your question.
    I was been tongue in cheek to a degree but yes you're right, AVTAK is bottom for me. It is without doubt my least watched of all the Eon Bonds.
    It is both silly and boring which for me is a toxic combination.
    The stunt double work is really lazy as well, it's almost like they stopped bothering to pretend it was Roger. I love Moore as Bond and feel this film let him down, he should have stopped at Octopussy.
  • cwl007cwl007 England
    Posts: 494
    I will though, in the spirit of this thread which I am really enjoying offer a proper top 5. Even my least favourite Bond film will have something if I think about it properly...
  • cwl007cwl007 England
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    Right ok, here goes.
    1- Bond saying "here let me help you" to Tibbett and only taking a brolly. Very funny gag.
    2- Tibbett's death in Cubby's Rolls. Very macabre.
    3- The Goldengate bridge fight. The combo of large scale miniature, back projection and the real thing works really well.
    4- Moore's anger at Zorin when he catches up with the Rolls "killing Tibbett was a mistake"
    5- Howe's office "brilliant, I'm almost speechless with admiration"
  • royale65royale65 Caustic misanthrope reporting for duty.
    Posts: 4,320
    cwl007 wrote: »
    Right ok, here goes.
    1- Bond saying "here let me help you" to Tibbett and only taking a brolly. Very funny gag.
    2- Tibbett's death in Cubby's Rolls. Very macabre.
    3- The Goldengate bridge fight. The combo of large scale miniature, back projection and the real thing works really well.
    4- Moore's anger at Zorin when he catches up with the Rolls "killing Tibbett was a mistake"
    5- Howe's office "brilliant, I'm almost speechless with admiration"

    It's followed up by a similar gag. After Bond punches out the truck driver, while disguised as a fire chief, he says to Stacey, "give me hand", where by Stacey picks up the driver's hard hat.
  • marcmarc Universal Exports
    Posts: 1,423
    There are many scenes in AVTAK I like a lot; IMO it has the best villain's plot and the best finale.

    Among those that haven't been mentioned so far:
    - Bond discovers the simulation of Silicon Valley being flooded
    - the whole build-up to the plot reveal, like worries about Zorin's pipeline activities, the earthquake, the 'a view to a kill' line in the blimp
    - fire-truck chase (yes, I like it a lot)
    - Vivaldi being played while Bond does some spying in Zorin's chateau
    - humour in the warehouse fight (yes, I like that, too)
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
    edited October 2020 Posts: 7,007
    royale65 wrote: »
    cwl007 wrote: »
    Right ok, here goes.
    1- Bond saying "here let me help you" to Tibbett and only taking a brolly. Very funny gag.
    2- Tibbett's death in Cubby's Rolls. Very macabre.
    3- The Goldengate bridge fight. The combo of large scale miniature, back projection and the real thing works really well.
    4- Moore's anger at Zorin when he catches up with the Rolls "killing Tibbett was a mistake"
    5- Howe's office "brilliant, I'm almost speechless with admiration"

    It's followed up by a similar gag. After Bond punches out the truck driver, while disguised as a fire chief, he says to Stacey, "give me hand", where by Stacey picks up the driver's hard hat.

    Yes I think I only spotted that little bit of echoing recently: it's actually a really neat bit of rhyming between scenes! They're both lovely gags, the brolly one especially. "Oh thank you sir" :D

    Another of my favourite gags are possibly the filthiest double entendres ever in the Moneypenny scenes:
    "The trip back from Siberia took a lot out of me"
    and
    "I'll fill you in later"

    :))
  • goldenswissroyalegoldenswissroyale Switzerland
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    So far, the finale on the bridge seems to be a favourite (good action, great location which looks surprisingly real and a strong score), such as the banter between Bond and Tibbett (and his death!).

    And Walken's performance should definitely be part in my top five ranking. But which moment stands out the most?

    I also
    royale65 wrote: »
    Bond breathing from the Rolls Royce tire.

    Bond's resourcefulness through the Glen films deserves mention, such as the tyre breathing.
    I also love Rog hamming it up as James St John Smythe and belittling Tibbet at every opportunity.

    Yes, indubitably - Sir Rog has a fine time posing as an eccentric Englishman, in almost a pastiche of the roles he stereotypically played.

    The final act in particular is terrific, from the mine under the San Andreas lake – surely one of Lamont's most technically impressive sets – right through to the thrilling climax on top of the Golden Gate Bridge.

    But that really isn't a moment. So, I'll suggest a couple of moments -

    Bond's rescue of Stacey from the burning City Hall. The motif, usually associated with the lyric "dance into the fire", is used brilliantly by Barry, as Bond carries Stacey down the ladder. Terrific stuff.

    "Wine With Stacey" is a superb romantic, and kind of melancholic, rendition of the title theme. On a more personal level, a couple of months after my stroke, I was watching AVTAK. Reaching the dinner scene, a strange thing happened; I experienced goosebumps down the right hand side of my body. Full sensation had returned to my body. And for that, I'm grateful for AVTAK, thus I have some sentimental feelings towards this film.

    Thanks for your personal story. The Barry moments you picked are also scenes I like a lot and this is mainly due to the wonderful music. Bond's Rescue of Stacey from City Hall is much more touching and heroic as it deserves.
    royale65 wrote: »
    cwl007 wrote: »
    Right ok, here goes.
    1- Bond saying "here let me help you" to Tibbett and only taking a brolly. Very funny gag.
    2- Tibbett's death in Cubby's Rolls. Very macabre.
    3- The Goldengate bridge fight. The combo of large scale miniature, back projection and the real thing works really well.
    4- Moore's anger at Zorin when he catches up with the Rolls "killing Tibbett was a mistake"
    5- Howe's office "brilliant, I'm almost speechless with admiration"

    It's followed up by a similar gag. After Bond punches out the truck driver, while disguised as a fire chief, he says to Stacey, "give me hand", where by Stacey picks up the driver's hard hat.

    I never realized the similarity of the two gags. Like @cwl007, I like the "Here, let me help you" gag a lot. I understand that some find Bond's treatment of Tibbett "unappropriate" (this was once discussed in another thread) but it is very funny (imo) and it is obvious (in other scenes) that Bond and Tibbett are very good friends.

    Tibbett is a wonderful ally, Zorin a great villain and Jenny Flex is lovely to watch.
    Some mentioned MayDay's sacrifice. This is another great moment.
  • goldenswissroyalegoldenswissroyale Switzerland
    edited October 2020 Posts: 2,771
    I will now "officially" start the second part for this movie: the ranking. Some of you listed their top five already, which is absolutely fine (there aren't any strict rules here, it's all about the celebration of these wonderful movies).

    However, feel free to go on with the discussion. I appreciate all your opinions and suggested moments.

    The ranking will go on for at least three days (at the least till Sunday evening). I hope there is also enough time for one of our biggest Moore fans to join this round: @Max_The_Parrot.

    Round 3: AVTAK. Part 2: Ranking
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Defender of Timothy Dalton, George Lazenby, Éric Serra & Bill Conti!
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    1. Bond and Tibbett arrive at the château.
    2. Pre-title sequence in Siberia
    3. Golden Gate Bridge finale
    4. May Day sacrifice
    5. Pola Ivanova
  • cwl007cwl007 England
    Posts: 494
    So far, the finale on the bridge seems to be a favourite (good action, great location which looks surprisingly real and a strong score), such as the banter between Bond and Tibbett (and his death!).

    And Walken's performance should definitely be part in my top five ranking. But which moment stands out the most?

    I also
    royale65 wrote: »
    Bond breathing from the Rolls Royce tire.

    Bond's resourcefulness through the Glen films deserves mention, such as the tyre breathing.
    I also love Rog hamming it up as James St John Smythe and belittling Tibbet at every opportunity.

    Yes, indubitably - Sir Rog has a fine time posing as an eccentric Englishman, in almost a pastiche of the roles he stereotypically played.

    The final act in particular is terrific, from the mine under the San Andreas lake – surely one of Lamont's most technically impressive sets – right through to the thrilling climax on top of the Golden Gate Bridge.

    But that really isn't a moment. So, I'll suggest a couple of moments -

    Bond's rescue of Stacey from the burning City Hall. The motif, usually associated with the lyric "dance into the fire", is used brilliantly by Barry, as Bond carries Stacey down the ladder. Terrific stuff.

    "Wine With Stacey" is a superb romantic, and kind of melancholic, rendition of the title theme. On a more personal level, a couple of months after my stroke, I was watching AVTAK. Reaching the dinner scene, a strange thing happened; I experienced goosebumps down the right hand side of my body. Full sensation had returned to my body. And for that, I'm grateful for AVTAK, thus I have some sentimental feelings towards this film.

    Thanks for your personal story. The Barry moments you picked are also scenes I like a lot and this is mainly due to the wonderful music. Bond's Rescue of Stacey from City Hall is much more touching and heroic as it deserves.
    royale65 wrote: »
    cwl007 wrote: »
    Right ok, here goes.
    1- Bond saying "here let me help you" to Tibbett and only taking a brolly. Very funny gag.
    2- Tibbett's death in Cubby's Rolls. Very macabre.
    3- The Goldengate bridge fight. The combo of large scale miniature, back projection and the real thing works really well.
    4- Moore's anger at Zorin when he catches up with the Rolls "killing Tibbett was a mistake"
    5- Howe's office "brilliant, I'm almost speechless with admiration"

    It's followed up by a similar gag. After Bond punches out the truck driver, while disguised as a fire chief, he says to Stacey, "give me hand", where by Stacey picks up the driver's hard hat.

    I never realized the similarity of the two gags. Like @cwl007, I like the "Here, let me help you" gag a lot. I understand that some find Bond's treatment of Tibbett "unappropriate" (this was once discussed in another thread) but it is very funny (imo) and it is obvious (in other scenes) that Bond and Tibbett are very good friends.

    Tibbett is a wonderful ally, Zorin a great villain and Jenny Flex is lovely to watch.
    Some mentioned MayDay's sacrifice. This is another great moment.

    Yes you're right, I remember reading or hearing somewhere that Bond's treatment of Tibbett was inappropriate and mean spirited. That for me totally misses two factors.
    1, Bond and Tibbett are pretending to be master and servant and Bond is just taking the micky to add to the guise.
    2, as an audience member I think what you are watching during that sequence is Moore and McNee, who were good friends in real life, enjoying playing off each other. Great chemistry.
  • goldenswissroyalegoldenswissroyale Switzerland
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    @cwl007 That's exactly how I see it. Only written in proper english ;)
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
    edited October 2020 Posts: 7,007
    cwl007 wrote: »
    So far, the finale on the bridge seems to be a favourite (good action, great location which looks surprisingly real and a strong score), such as the banter between Bond and Tibbett (and his death!).

    And Walken's performance should definitely be part in my top five ranking. But which moment stands out the most?

    I also
    royale65 wrote: »
    Bond breathing from the Rolls Royce tire.

    Bond's resourcefulness through the Glen films deserves mention, such as the tyre breathing.
    I also love Rog hamming it up as James St John Smythe and belittling Tibbet at every opportunity.

    Yes, indubitably - Sir Rog has a fine time posing as an eccentric Englishman, in almost a pastiche of the roles he stereotypically played.

    The final act in particular is terrific, from the mine under the San Andreas lake – surely one of Lamont's most technically impressive sets – right through to the thrilling climax on top of the Golden Gate Bridge.

    But that really isn't a moment. So, I'll suggest a couple of moments -

    Bond's rescue of Stacey from the burning City Hall. The motif, usually associated with the lyric "dance into the fire", is used brilliantly by Barry, as Bond carries Stacey down the ladder. Terrific stuff.

    "Wine With Stacey" is a superb romantic, and kind of melancholic, rendition of the title theme. On a more personal level, a couple of months after my stroke, I was watching AVTAK. Reaching the dinner scene, a strange thing happened; I experienced goosebumps down the right hand side of my body. Full sensation had returned to my body. And for that, I'm grateful for AVTAK, thus I have some sentimental feelings towards this film.

    Thanks for your personal story. The Barry moments you picked are also scenes I like a lot and this is mainly due to the wonderful music. Bond's Rescue of Stacey from City Hall is much more touching and heroic as it deserves.
    royale65 wrote: »
    cwl007 wrote: »
    Right ok, here goes.
    1- Bond saying "here let me help you" to Tibbett and only taking a brolly. Very funny gag.
    2- Tibbett's death in Cubby's Rolls. Very macabre.
    3- The Goldengate bridge fight. The combo of large scale miniature, back projection and the real thing works really well.
    4- Moore's anger at Zorin when he catches up with the Rolls "killing Tibbett was a mistake"
    5- Howe's office "brilliant, I'm almost speechless with admiration"

    It's followed up by a similar gag. After Bond punches out the truck driver, while disguised as a fire chief, he says to Stacey, "give me hand", where by Stacey picks up the driver's hard hat.

    I never realized the similarity of the two gags. Like @cwl007, I like the "Here, let me help you" gag a lot. I understand that some find Bond's treatment of Tibbett "unappropriate" (this was once discussed in another thread) but it is very funny (imo) and it is obvious (in other scenes) that Bond and Tibbett are very good friends.

    Tibbett is a wonderful ally, Zorin a great villain and Jenny Flex is lovely to watch.
    Some mentioned MayDay's sacrifice. This is another great moment.

    Yes you're right, I remember reading or hearing somewhere that Bond's treatment of Tibbett was inappropriate and mean spirited. That for me totally misses two factors.
    1, Bond and Tibbett are pretending to be master and servant and Bond is just taking the micky to add to the guise.
    2, as an audience member I think what you are watching during that sequence is Moore and McNee, who were good friends in real life, enjoying playing off each other. Great chemistry.

    Oh wow yes, people have really said that? I think that whole relationship is completely Bond: James is a bit of a dick to someone, but in such a weirdly charming way that we actually still him like him for it! Which is basically a sort of perfect distillation of Bond's character throughout all of the movies!
    And that actually sort of shows why, despite him playing down his own ability for years, Roger was really talented: can you imagine many other movie stars managing to pull off bullying a (senior!) colleague in such a way, and then boasting to him about how he might have to sleep with a beautiful woman, and yet still remaining the hero we all like? :D

    I don't want to change the subject too much, but it's another way Dalton's Bond sort of misses the mark for me: he doesn't really do enough of that sort of thing- there's very little of that vicarious pleasure of watching Bond be a terrible arse and actually charmingly get away with it; that fun is gone. What does he do- order an expensive hamper?
  • edited October 2020 Posts: 5,746
    Cool idea for a thread. A chance to celebrate the best every Bond film has to offer. A View to a Kill is such a nostalgic film for me, it's a bit of a challenge isolating just 10 shining moments, let alone ranking them. I will say the music really puts over the top whatever excellence was already there. John Barry truly was the MVP on this one.

    1. Airship to Silicon Valley

    By this I mean the whole sequence beginning with Zorin's speech to his investors, played with gleeful panache by Walken, and culminating with the blimp's eye view of the San Francisco Bay Area—including the chilling departure of the Taiwanese tycoon through the floor, the double double entendres of being provided with a drink and anybody else wanting to drop out, and the shared delivery of the film's title spoken by Zorin and May Day with such reverence and such awe as they look down upon their destiny. The whole sequence is the perfect encapsulation of the film's humor, beauty, style, and cool.

    2. The steeplechase

    Simply one of the tensest and most grounded action sequences of Moore's tenure. Before it begins, both Bond and the audience know just what he's in for upon Zorin's understated delivery of "Then you lose." Barry's dramatic score propels the scene through to its gripping finale as Bond jumps onto the side of the Rolls, only to discover May Day has replaced his dead colleague behind the wheel. Bond's icy rebuke "Killing Tibbett was a mistake" and Zorin's flippant "Then I'm about to make the same mistake twice" end the sequence on the perfect note.

    3. Bond's been expecting May Day

    I suppose this one might make a few people's bottom moments list, but it's scenes like this that really give AVTAK its unique flair. It isn't so much the fact that Bond beds May Day (though Barry's sax-powered rendition of the main theme doesn't go unwelcomed) as it is all the tension that comes from Bond racing back to his room and finding himself caught in the hall with Zorin and May Day standing at the door. Walken once again turns what might have been a throwaway moment into a hilarious bit of characterization, giving May Day the go ahead with a shrug and a nod.

    4. May Day's sacrifice

    In a welcome deviation from formula, the henchwoman herself is betrayed by her psychotic employer and lover and teams with Bond at the eleventh hour to take revenge. Sure, Jaws turned good guy in Moonraker, but that ended up being played as much for laughs as for anything else. Mayday's was a dramatic turnabout and Barry gives her a fittingly dramatic end with fiercely swelling percussion. That last skyward look on Grace Jones' face, eyes glaring glacier-cold, justifies this scene as one of the film's top moments.

    5. The Golden Gate fight

    To be honest, this is mostly for that haunting music that plays as Bond is improbably swept over the tallest of San Francisco's skyscrapers, clinging to a mooring cable for what in real life would have been several minutes, but the thrill of seeing the stunt actors battling atop the actual Golden Gate with those terrifying camera perspectives looking down mark this scene out as one of the series' greatest accomplishments. The scene loses points for Willoughby Gray's screeching and it may have been more impressive viewed on a small screen when I was a kid, but then Walken's final bemused chuckle, as mystifying as the expression on Mona Lisa's face, clinches the deal for me.

    6. Wine with Stacey

    A simple scene without much of anything at all going for it in the dialogue department, yet Barry's sublime music turns two people sharing a bottle of wine into a moment filled with feel-good emotions. Bond is also at his most gentlemanly here, taking it upon himself to bake a quiche and fix the telephone and at the end of a long day of beating up goons, tuck the leading lady into bed and watch over her from the comfort of the rocking chair. Moments like these make AVTAK a special entry in the Bond canon.

    7. Bond follows Stacey over the Golden Gate

    A very brief moment—it's little more than a transition in location—and yet Barry's incredible music and the beautiful shots of the bridge fill me with such nostalgia during this part that I couldn't leave it off the list.

    8. Chasing May Day up the Eiffel Tower

    As with the Golden Gate, it's just plain cool to see stuntwork choreographed around such an iconic world landmark. The moment where Bond nearly goes over the side himself triggers my own fear of heights every time I see it, and leaping down on top of the descending elevator car to continue the pursuit is such a purely Bondian moment.

    9. Bond and Tibbett arrive at the chateau

    More of Barry's impossibly gorgeous music—there aren't enough adjectives to describe what a score this really is—and the views of the chateau itself are nearly equally stunning. The repartee between Moore and Macnee is top-notch stuff as so many others have mentioned here and is perhaps at its funniest as Flex leads them up the stairs.

    10. The pre-titles

    Certainly not the greatest in the series—this opener has its shortcomings—but the part that gets ribbed the most is actually I think the part I like best: Bond innovatively snow-surfing down the slope on the detached ski of a snowmobile to the tune of "California Girls" (in a silly bit of foreshadowing if you like). This was just plain fun to watch as a kid and it's still fun today. The iceberg submersible replete with Bollinger, beluga caviar, and a blonde pilot in the most 80s tracksuit possible was fun as well in line with the best of the Moore era excesses. And of course, I couldn't finish this list without mentioning the terrific jazzy bit of score Barry introduces before the electric main titles (which deserve their own spot here, too).
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