Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bondlets: Live and Let Die


We entered the Roger Moore phase of James Bond with some skepticism.  Having the guy die in the cold open by being bitten from a snake that never gets closer than a yard away from him may have been the cause of that.

The change of pace in McCartney’s theme caused her to rate it boring at first, until realizing it was catchy.

The lack of Q depressed her, as it should everyone.  Having yet another actor in the role confused her once more, leading her to ask who Felix Leiter was.

I re-explained, “He’s played by a different actor almost every time, though this one comes back when Rassilon plays James Bond.”

Her reply: “That’s not a sentence you hear every day…except in this house.”

At some point during the running around, she stated she was impressed by the Foley sound used.

That’s my girl.

She finds “pretzel people” naturally scary in general, but Baron Samedi extra freaky.
This helped her identify better with the terror the characters were showing on screen before his arrival, because her first reaction to the portent of his arrival on the grave was:
“She's afraid of a hat?”

The Tarot cards were a key element of the plot, but whenever someone would talk about them showing the future, she’s pipe in with, “No they don’t!”  In general she thought anyone who believed in the magic powers were crazy, and “just sad.”

That’s my girl.

Other observations of the new lead spy:

“Of course, he’s the naked people card.”

“Chasing after someone while pulling his clothes on?  Typical.”

“Wow, he did that whole show with the fake deck of cards?
Usually he just says, “Let’s go Jamesbond.”

In only one film, she identified Roger Moore’s key acting expression.
“Ooh! He’s raising an eyebrow!”

And she figured out Mr. Big and Kananga were one and the same, though she still found the reveal disturbing.

Her favorite part was learning the evil, super strong henchman with a claw hand was named “Tee Hee.”  Every time he showed up she’d get hysterical.  She was hoping someone would offer him a hot beverage, “Want some tea, Tee Hee?” 

The lighter and sillier action of the Moore era engaged her interest more than the previous films.  Comic relief J. W. Pepper added to it considerably and she decided they should have made:
“Tee Hee and Billy Bob’s Adventures on the Wide Frontier.”

Adding in the fact that, before switching to the supposedly more manly but less spy like Ruger .44 Magnum Super Redhawk, Bond carried “the Pee Pee gun.” She declared this the best movie ever.

There was some concerns that there would be Jamesbonding on a pole when our heroes were captured, but the saw watch generated an impressed, “Whoah!”  We love Q even when he isn’t there.

The end of Kananga was equally remarked upon, with the addition, “He’s like a human piƱata!” 

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