Nice theme tune, shame about the film

NOT every conversation I had in Manchester was about politics. One in particular was about a much more important issue: the forthcoming James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace.

My interlocutor on this occasion was STV reporter and fellow 007 fan, Rae Stewart. Having quickly disposed of subjects like the leader’s speech, the opinion polls and Alex Salmond, we got down to business: what’s your favourite Bond movie/title song?

Mine? Goldfinger and Live and Let Die respectively.

Rae’s? He rated The Living Daylights, Goldfinger and From Russia With Love.

Bud maddeningly, he used the words “And of course…” before adding On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. This is a great bugbear of mine. An even greater one is the oft-used justification for the esteem in which this movie is misguidedly held: “But it’s true to the novel.” So what? Yes, the novel is pretty good – in fact the last decent one Fleming wrote. But sometimes decent novels don’t translate into decent films, especially when, as in this case, audiences of the novels and audiences of the movies expected and wanted entirely different products.

George Lazenby was truly atrocious, there’s no getting round it. “Connery could never have done that last scene (where Bond cradles the dead body of his murdered bride),” said Rae. Well, actually, I’m sure he could have. But Lazenby couldn’t either, so what’s the point being made there?

Anyhoo, for those of you who care, here’s the latest trailer for Quantum of Solace, due out in November. I’m sure it will be a cracker, but if it’s not, I guarantee it’ll be a lot better than On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

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5 responses to “Nice theme tune, shame about the film

  1. Tom – totally off topic (who cares about bloody James Bond films anyway?) – have you seen the wonderful debunking of your earlier post on John Redwood’s views on rail transport? You can read it here:

    http://devilskitchen.me.uk/2008/09/truth-calling-harris.html

    So, not only are your bones getting older, your little grey cells seem to be “mis-functioning” – that’s like “mis-speaking” or, as we used to say, lying, isn’t it? Now I am not saying, young Tom, that you would do that. But you if start down the road of telling “Brownies” on the industrial scale that the Great Leader now appears to be doing you will find that they come home to haunt you.

  2. Diablo – if that’s a “debunking”, then you lot are in trouble. Read the Hansard debate – Redwood certainly defended Railtrack and I’m happy to accept that it would have been more accurate to describe him as a “defender” rather than “supporter” of Railtrack. Wow, big difference…

    But is that it? That’s all you’ve got? You and Devilskitchen have gone through my article and JR’s and that’s all you’ve come up with?

  3. Angelin

    What sort of endorsement is ” Will you turn that damn computer off?” for the best blog on the block?

    And I was really warming to Carolyn………but sometimes the lady expecteth toooooooooo much.

  4. You’re right on this one (and the Lib Dem ‘shadows’).

    Lazenby actually had to be dubbed for the entire film. Although the story’s great (and very true to the book), Lazenby would have been best replaced by a plank, since its acting would have been less wooden.

    Quantum of Solace will be awesome, judging by the trailer.

    My fave is the most recent, Casino Royale. Best tune was from A View to a Kill, Moore’s last Bond film in which Machiavelli’s uncle did a stunt.

    Machiavelli was, as a child, privileged to be photographed on the bonet of the Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me with two Bond girls from A View to a Kill. Didn’t have the expected effect…

  5. I envy you your “Lotus Esprit” moment, but you’re not entirely correct on the dubbing thing: Lazenby’s voice was only dubbed (by George Baker) during the sequence in which he was trying to pass himself off as Sir Hilary Bray, a representative of the College of Arms. About 45 minutes, as I recall. Completely misjudged, of course.

    Interestingly (and I’m sure you know this anyway), as bad as he was in OHMSS, Lazenby was never sacked from the role of Bond, and was in fact offered “Diamonds Are Forever”. He turned it down for fear of being typecast.

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