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Q "of course itll open put you're back into it"
Bond "why don't you come down here and put your back into it"
"He's keen to get home"
"Open the door"
Makes me laugh every time
Great gunbarrel. Completely re-arranging and stretching out the opening chords followed by a wonderful guitar melody.
Happy 30th, LICENCE!
Actually in the States, the 30th anniversary will be next month on the 14th. I'll no doubt pop this in again.
Odd as it may sound, I kind of want an old VHS (or pre-Lowery DVD) copy for the occasion. I maintain the opinion the Blu-ray still looks a little too good for this film.
Cheesy slow motion shot in the PTS. I love it!
1989 was a fun year for movies. Pity this Bond kind of got lost in the crowd. I should pop in ROAD HOUSE or BATMAN afterwards.
I love this PTS.
Underrated Bind title sequence, IMO.
I love the vibrant red shot of Diana.
As much as I love Kleinman's work on GE, TWINE, and especially CR I miss the dark backgrounds of Binder's later titles.
Bond goes off alone. I believe in the Gardner novelization he flirts with the lovely blonde he's dancing with during "Wedding Party". Been ages since I read it, though. The main thing I remember about the novelization is that Leiter, here, is thrown to the sharks for the second time. He already had his encounter with Mr Big, so the novelization took place in the same Fleming universe/timeline so to speak.
Braun and Perez, don't look that formidable, now I must say. If Sanchez didn't have the other guards present, Hedison's Leiter probably could have fought this way out of this one. I think he could easily taken Perez. Bond will later share my opinion when he meets Sanchez and his henchmen in the office.
Little kid with a mullet.
I love the pacing here. This one really moves.
Bond is meeting Krest now.
Great casting, BTW. Anthony Zerbe is superb.
The only thing I felt was missing were instrumental versions of the title song. Had the track been recorded earlier, I don't doubt Kamen would have incorporated it somehow into the film. I believe the song was a very last minute decision.
Krest enters the bedroom and gives Lupe sh*t.
More sneaky Bond.
Underwater fight. 1989 really was a different time to be a movie goer. The audience was very loud in their applause during the water ski bit.
The Bond Theme helps.
The extras are pretty funny. The guys around the dancer's table have some great facial expressions. Cute brunette in the sleeveless blue top at the bar really getting into Tim Feehan's tune.
The boat scene here began my obsession with television setting calibrations. When I was a kid I had this film playing (on VHS), my Dad's friend came by and remarked how washed out Bond looked and thus adjusted the tint, sharpness, color level and contrast. By the time we got to the casino scene, I thought the picture looked much closer to the way it looked in cinemas in terms of color. Lupe's red dress was really vibrant in the cinema.
I remember popping in every other Bond VHS I had just to see how good they looked. Anytime I'd go over to someone's house I'd return the favor and tweak their television picture settings for them. I discovered most people never realized (or cared) how crappy their TV picture settings looked. Of course, today with the hi-definition televisions, it's not so much of an issue anymore.
Dario returns. Bond has some great facial expressions here.
Wayne Newton is wonderful casting. What a legend in a perfect role. Great stuff here.
Prof Joe it's really you!!!!!
I like Sanchez shouting at Truman-Lodge: "I SAID GO HELP HELLER!"
Bond in peril! I love it.
I never really get tired of this one. 30 years. I must have watched this a few hundred times.
Dario getting shredded is pretty funny, too.
Truman-Lodge loses his cool. Sanchez remains calm.
I always thought it was funny when people lose their temper and start screaming.
In the Ocean Exotica warehouse, Sanchez throws his cigarette into the water. This doesn't deter the shark. I suppose they will eat anything.
Zerbe is terrific as Krest. Such a slimy bugger. He was great in the Matrix sequels too.
Rasmussen's a jerk. He rattles off some statistics about chainsaw attacks to Bond and Sharky, then smirks inappropriately. I bet Bond wanted to backhand him.
Notice the ACME equipment in Krest's warehouse. I wonder if it all works properly.
Love seeing Bond snoop around warehouses at night. He throws Bill the security guard into the bed of maggots. "Bon appetit." Bill must've fractured his tailbone landing on the edge like that.
Now Krest is borrracho. Interesting to see drunk people in a Bond film. Not many appear - Maddy comes to mind when at L'Americain. Camille too, at the charity event.
The underwater scenes are better (and go for longer) than I remembered.
The bar fight is hilarious. Pam fires the shotgun under the table, and leaves a hole with a perfect circle in it. You really feel it when both Dario and Bond get punched in the face. Bond elbows some guy behind him, then follows it up with a back fist. Always loved that move.
Amid the chaos, there's a guy with a blue singlet and hat sitting at a table minding his own business, when Bond pushes him off his chair as the swordfish comes at him. For this, the guy in blue gets up and clocks Bond square in the face.
Pam shoots a hole in the wall, and the jukebox winds down. She must have hit the fuel line.
Dario shoots Pam in the back, and licks his metal tooth.
Pam kisses Bond on his bloody mouth.
(There's something about that guitar... the treble frequencies are toned down. It's not as bright as it could be. Same in the Pam track on the soundtrack album. Must've been intentional. Interesting choice.)
I wonder the same about every one-time composer. Though in this case I'm willing to venture the theory that they just wanted the most contemporary-sounding composer they could get their hands on.
Also good as the murder victim in Columbo. Pretty much playing Krest in that, as well.
I always forget that's the name of that guy. (Maybe because they never mention it?!)
I love the fictional locations in Bond films, and Isthmus City is one of my ab faves. I like the flag and its colour scheme. Filmed in Mexico, and based on Panama. An example of an 'isthmus' being the narrow strip of land that is Panama.
Banco de Isthmus manager Montolongo's secretary is a total babe. Love how they both suddenly have a smile on their face when Bond's suitcase of money appears.
Wayne Newton is a living legend, bless his heart. When Professor Joe flashes his winning smile, so do I.
I like the moment between Sanchez and his iguana. He gives his reinita a quick peck on the lips, then señor Iggy gets one too.
After Pam takes a photo with the Polaroid camera, we can see one of her fingerthumbs - thumbs that look like fingers. Not really though, she just has very slender digits.
Dalton got two excellent sniper scenes in his tenure, and both times, we saw some kind of nifty feature of his clothing, whether a velcro piece at his neck to hide the white shirt, or the abseiling rope hidden around his waist.
When Bond is at Sanchez' villa, we can actually see Bond thinking up a plan, manipulating Sanchez into becoming suspicious of Krest.
I always thought the Stinger missile subplot seemed a bit unnecessary, but I suppose we mightn't have got the cool tanker stunt at the end without them.
The Wavekrest captain is a bit too excited to have Pam piloting his vessel. Perhaps Pam should've been the one to say to him, "Full speed astern".
Lupe tells Pam that Bond stayed with her last night, to which Q rolls his eyes. There should be a gif of that we can use regularly on the B25 production thread.
Dario holds the P5 to Bond's back with straight fingers on the grip.
Before Bond gets thrown on the conveyor, Dario ties up Bond's legs. Then Dario does something to Bond's mouth. I think he actually presses Bond's lips together, as if to say, 'you don't wanna talk? - let's make it permanent', because Sanchez couldn't get Bond to confess who he's working for.
The tanker chase is hilarious. Perez and co attempt to hop into the jeep to escape Bond's tanker stunt antics, and Perez does this funny little dance step while bailing. Then the crew get a thorough crop dusting. Sanchez is climbing the back of the tanker and looks up just in time to receive a face full of Bond's shoe. The henchmen's flying 'fire truck' nearly colliding with Pam's plane would've been a textbook wtf?! moment for her.
Loyalty is more important to Sanchez than money, and he ends up killing those who the viewer might consider loyal to him, e.g. Krest and Truman-Lodge. Whether Krest intended to pay back the $5m, I'm not sure. We don't even hear Sanchez question where his boy Dario got to.
After the crash, Sanchez ended up drenched in gasoline, but this was the first time I noticed the liquid splashing on him as the dust was settling.
Lupe thanks Bond, then kisses him - and he is about to back away (presumably to return to Pam), when Lupe grabs him for some proper tongue action.
And this is what happens when both Bond girls survive at the end: awkwardness :))
Hector isn't the least bit surprised to hook up with Lupe. Turns out he was already meeting her on the sly - getting revenge sex on Sanchez for that time he received half his normal amount on the cheque - not to mention all the bribery/threats he put up with.
Tobacco disclaimer as the end credits begin to roll. Surely this is all they need do so we can see Bond smoking Morlands next time around.
As for tobacco disclaimer, I noticed there has never been a murder disclaimer.
LIVE AND LET DIE
Damn. That gunbarrel music is so good I just have to back it up and watch that again.
Looks like Bond shot me in the ribs rather that between the yes.
Excuse me, some telemarketer is calling..........backing it up and playing the GB for them..................
Pity. They hung up. Where's your sense of adventure?
Tom Mankiewicz may just be my favorite Bond screenwriter after Maibaum. The dialogue and wit just sparkles in his films.
Onto the titles.......................what can I say? My favorite in the series.
Beautiful, haunting, colorful. Wonderful. Nice tune as well.
This film tends to sneak it's way into my top 10 pretty often, considering I rank the films every other day practically. So far it's staying up there.
This is my girlfriend's favorite Bond film. Therefore my commenting may be interrupted while she watches a bit of this with me at some point.
Bond and Madeline Smith, another of my favorite Hammer horror beauties. I love this bit with M and Moneypenny.
I should make a cup of coffee in honor of M's coffee.
Lois is great.
I sure do like Roger's hair in this one.
Contrary to popular opinion, I believe Fleming might have liked Roger's Bond. Although he plays it lighter than Sean, his Simon Templar was pretty tough. The films were leading towards humor anyway. This one has some pretty funny bits.
"Little easy, Charlie. Let's get there in one piece."
Roger is amazingly suave. When I grow up I want to be just like him.
I've been saying that for nearly 40 years.
"Just browsing, thank you".
I love the NY section.
Here we go........Arnold Williams. YES!!!!!!!!!!!
Onto Baron Samedi now.
It's going to be a beauuuuuuuutiful day.
I like saying that to people and weirding them out.
I love the score here as Bond finds the poppy fields.
The famous double decker bus chase. I love it!
J.W. is great.
I like the flat 1:85 aspect ratio here. I really wouldn't be against a future Bond film going back to that ratio. The cinematography has depth and texture. Beautiful colors as well.
Pity the IMAX ratio of SF was never released on Blu-ray.
The Roger nod.
Controversial opinion: I like this train fight better than the one with Hinx. It's funnier.
One of my favorite films.
I've never noticed that before. Will pay attention next time.
I love that "dance step", haha!
It's played straight, as it should be, but it's pretty funny. An absurd image.
When he reacts to Tee Hee pointing his hook at him? I love that reaction. Pure style. Calm and cool under pressure.
Cheers on all points @ToTheRight !
The look of LALD is really stand out for the series, the blu-ray transfer is stunning.
Here's one I haven't watched for some time:
THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH
I did initially popped in SP, but felt I had seen it too recently.
The cinematography on TWINE reminds me a bit of SP, though the Blu-ray version , like LTK looks considerably different from the cinematic prints.
The cinema prints of TWINE had a very subtle greenish hue.
I love Cigar Girl. I'd like Maria Grazia Cucinotta to come back in a larger role. She always looks amazing.
The boat chase is a lot of fun. Have the Craig films matched TWINE's PTS running time yet? This flows pretty good, IMO.
Bond falls quite a distance to the Millennium Dome. Roger would have done his OOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH sound here.
Good titles, here and I've always liked the Garbage tune.
Pierce has a great scowl as M speaks during the MI6 debriefing in Scotland.
The R bits during this Q scene I don't find nearly as funny as it's intended to be. Sadly, I think the scene makes John Cleese look like an idiot rivaling Rowan Atkinson in NSNA. I think his scene in the next film is considerably better.
Bond looks like he's about to cry while watching the Elektra hostage tapes.
M dismissed everyone to have it out with 007.
After she says "I will not tolerate insubordination, 007" and he approaches her, it almost looks like he's intending to knock her out before he says "What happened?'.