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Old 1st June 2012, 12:47 PM
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Dammit, you know what all this discussion means, don't you? I'm now going to feel compelled to buy all the Bond films on Blu-ray and re-evaluate them all again.

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Talking of which, I watched OHMSS again last night. Still up there in my top 3 or 4.

Just shows how possible it is to make a classic Bond film without all the stupid stuff.
That's one more reason why I never warmed to OHMSS... I simply love the one-liners and the hilarious gadgets.

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Dammit, you know what all this discussion means, don't you? I'm now going to feel compelled to buy all the Bond films on Blu-ray and re-evaluate them all again.



Just give in, it's inevitable anyway. I swore I was only going to upgrade my favourites and now I'm slowly selling the few I bought to aim for the box set. I have no idea why either!!

So in a couple of years I'll be able to say 'I watched For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy on BD and they were still crap'.
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Old 1st June 2012, 12:56 PM
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Why so much hate for Moonraker and Octopussy? They're (partly) pretty silly, yeah, but also really entertaining.
Personally, I dislike 'Moonraker' so much because it WASN'T a Bond film

Up to them, all the Bond films had been believable - an English secret agent/spy fighting baddies. They were gritty and real. Then came 'Moonraker', with it's science fiction trappings, which was a fantasy film and totally unbelievable.

Why should Bond (and the other MI5 agents) suddenly use a lazer gun when a Walther PPK has been acceptable previously?

Why would a meglomaniac, who was looking for racial purity, permit Jaws (who was not perfect, because of his metal teeth) and his girlfriend (who was not perfect, because she wore glasses) onto his space station?

'Moonraker' only exists because the public loved 'Star Wars', so what batter way to make the perfect movie than having a beloved character (James Bond) appearing in the setting of another beloved film ('Star Wars')

It would have been better, and more acceptable, if it featured Matt Helm!
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Old 1st June 2012, 01:00 PM
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It would have been better, and more acceptable, if it featured Matt Helm!
I quite like the Matt Helm films, in spite of Dean Martin's need to sing all the time. But Coburn's Flint was far cooler and super-sauve!
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Old 1st June 2012, 01:19 PM
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And (courting controversy here) I actually liked George Lazenby. I think he should've done at least another one.
Lazenby (possibly) returned to the world on Bond in a 1989 episode of the 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents...' television show, in an episode entitled 'Diamonds Aren't Forever'

In it, Lazenby appears as a retired spy, referred to only as "James ...". In the credits to the episode, the name is listed with the 'dots' included, and other characters are always interrupted before they get to complete his name. The episode includes many subtle references to James Bond, implying that the character played by Lazenby might indeed be Bond.
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Old 1st June 2012, 01:27 PM
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Lazenby (possibly) returned to the world on Bond in a 1989 episode of the 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents...' television show, in an episode entitled 'Diamonds Aren't Forever'

In it, Lazenby appears as a retired spy, referred to only as "James ...". In the credits to the episode, the name is listed with the 'dots' included, and other characters are always interrupted before they get to complete his name. The episode includes many subtle references to James Bond, implying that the character played by Lazenby might indeed be Bond.
Oooo, never seen that. i NEED to see it now.
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Old 1st June 2012, 01:28 PM
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Lazenby (possibly) returned to the world on Bond in a 1989 episode of the 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents...' television show, in an episode entitled 'Diamonds Aren't Forever'

In it, Lazenby appears as a retired spy, referred to only as "James ...". In the credits to the episode, the name is listed with the 'dots' included, and other characters are always interrupted before they get to complete his name. The episode includes many subtle references to James Bond, implying that the character played by Lazenby might indeed be Bond.
There was also this brief appearance as 'JB' in The Return of the Man From U.N.C.L.E.

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Up to them, all the Bond films had been believable - an English secret agent/spy fighting baddies.
No Scots or Aussies involved then?
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Old 1st June 2012, 03:23 PM
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I almost forgot my only gripe with OHMSS though, even though it is rather a large plot hole.

Having already been face to face in You Only Live Twice, you would think Blofeld might recognise Bond from the first meeting at the alpine resort.
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