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 Posted:   Aug 6, 2008 - 7:59 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Missed Opportunities to Bond Department:



We’ve always felt one of the only times the Moore era even remotely came close to capturing the incandescent anticipatory charm of Bond’s encounters with Moneypenny (as so sublimely conveyed by The Great Scot and luminous Lois) was in this introductory sequence



with Madeline Smith. Not only does Smith sport a most beguiling playful spirit (amongst other things)



but the look Maxwell’s Moneypenny gave her as she snuck outta the room was utterly priceless.



[ Mebbe it coulda developed into a running gag ala Bond and Sylvia in the first two adventures, their clandestine non-connection always being interrupted (long before coitus) ].



Still, the delectable Ms. Smith



is easily one of most memorable ingénues



having a right pert persona and visual virtue with far more oomph to her than those vapid specimens which followed.



In short, the long of it is this:



her appearance still scores high on the overall Bondometer.



How’s that for brightening up



your grandchildren's bedtime Bond-tales?! wink

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 7, 2008 - 5:25 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Speaking of Unnecessarily Vapid Department:



It won’t take much imagination to give the current regime guiding the Bond Enterprise (hey, howzabout that: 007 and Trek combined fer no xtra charge! big grin) infinitely more points that they’d handle luckless Gloria Hendry



with a heckuva lot more style than the thoroughly hapless manner the previous handlers MIShandled her Rosie Carver. Mind you, she had all the, uh, essential accoutrements



except any reasonably (well, hell, without being big about it, we’d even settle for simply believable) consistent characterization.



Now let's get this crooked ('cause it sure ain't straight): we're supposed to buy the idea - strictly and solely on unsubstantiated faith rather than evidentiary fact - this dame's supposed to be a highly-trained agent in Her Majesty’s unSecret Service yet, the second she spots a voodoo apparition, what does she do?

She DOESN’T stare it down, pull out her firearm or anything else approximating any intelligently resourceful operative; nah, the film-makers have her instantly regress back down the evolutionary scale and immediately scream her Afro-head off like an infinitely more colorful Fay Wray.



Sad to say, at that point we bailed out with anything approximating a desire for her continuation other than to see her collapsed cartoon dispatched with all undeliberate speed.



She’s obviously a lady with a lot going for her in all areas and we just wished they’d utilized her in a manner more befitting



(then again, come to think of it, it’s not as disgraceful as Grace Jones' bedroom debacle but, overall,



it sure comes awful durn close (making Halle



almost seem like the second coming of Olivier) ... embarrassment

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2008 - 7:31 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Virtuous Vulnerable Virgins



Need Not Apply
Department:



Once she achieved more "serious" thespic status in later years, Jane Seymour



tended to play down her sincere Solitaire (tho she's since conveniently recanted that attitude ever existed).



Still, even tho the role didn't demand much



in the way of her acting expertise,



there's absolutely no besmirching (let alone denying)



she remains one of the most exquisite



creatures ever to adorn her lavish beauty



upon breathless Bondophiles



from here beyond eternity onto infinity immemorial ... wink

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2008 - 8:14 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

The End (of Innocence)



and





But the Bondanza will Continue anon via Mr. Moore's finest Always - In All Ways (except musically, natch):



[ Plus In the Personally-Professional Non-Exclusive Bond Bonus Department:



our one and ONLY encounter with a true blue-(eyed) 007 ... wink

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2008 - 7:07 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)















“Say, what’s with this ‘ME’



crock of the well-known article??????!” wink

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 7, 2008 - 12:40 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Valerie Leon’s appearance as a hotel receptionist was her first



(official) stint



in Bondage



before appearing with Mr. Moore’s buddy in "Never Say Never Again".



Yep, she’s still quite a looker e’en now …



And We Finally Get Around to YOUR Favorite Cabin Girl, TeeGee Department:



Hay, sometimes words are quite worthless wisps of air compared to the actual womanifestation, no?



Somehow we sorta had a sneaky feeling you’d agree wink

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2008 - 8:29 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Sometimes Ya Just Can’t Win



fer Losin
’ Department:



When Caroline Munro was cast as Naomi



one thought sure she’d have infinitely more screen time with which to, eh,



express herself.



Alas (and gol-dang durn lack), such wasn’t to be so.



Admittedly, her part isn’t exactly a cameo and she makes the most of what’s given. She simply isn’t given enough!



Mind you, the exposure certainly didn’t do her career (or panting fans) any injustice.



Still, chart her stint within the "Most Under-Developed" category.



Yeah, we thot you’d get a kick outta that,



Toots wink

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 24, 2008 - 9:09 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

They Only Got It



Really Absolutely Rite



ONCE
Department:



And that was Barbara Bach’s thoroughly impressive Anya Amasova.



She’s the only actress within Mr. Moore’s Bondage



who makes it onto our All-Tyme Favorites list.



Not only was she a perfect complement to Bond in every way



(yo, behave!) big grin)

but she was also blessed with an abiding intelligence, striking sensuality and



air of authority that bespoke being more than capable of handling herself – or dispatching others – with equally passionate (and no less deadly) dispatch.



Our favorite Moore Moment of All – and, to our mind, the ONLY time he truly transcended and captured a genuine core emotional connection, thank you director Lewis Gilbert – is during their first meeting when she mentions he’s been “married once”:



the curt, abbreviated “don’t even THINK of going there” response he gives is cause for applause all on its own.









As to that, if anything, she’s even more memorably alluring today than yesterday.



Hey, Ringo knows wink

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2008 - 7:34 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Y'know, one of the perennial perks of being within Da Industry is having unique access in seeing films before the rest of the unconnected universe.



Mind yu, these functions can be a lotta fun with all sorts of intriquing insights available for extortion to either file away for future reference or just absorb their immediacy with a bemused air of “Wotta world, wotta world”. Granted, we never had the kind of A-list entry which constituted witnessing private screenings on the Beverly Hills-Bel Air circuit but thass okay (we never really wanted to, anyway).

At any rate (still preferably Swiss), one clear Westwood evening we found ourselves in the Academy’s theatre for the anticipated unveiling of guess what?



Cubby Broccoli and enclave were all in attendance (a mite more restrained than the accompanying “Moonraker” screening a coupla years later when the former strolled down the aisle almost akin to a Roman emperor and adoring entourage with Rona Barrett endlessly blathering at the top of her lungs, “Cubby! Cubby!” But we obsess in regress).



To say the screening was an unalloyed success would be an understatement of cosmic proportions: from Rick Sylvester’s opening ski jump (the earliest outburst of applause) all the way through the rest of the movie, it had the kind of tangible aura of assured popularity Tinsel Town has always wished it could bottle and package for the filmic equivalent of a home run every time.



Afterwards, those within the Bond Brigade assembled in the lobby receiving line outside the theatre, taking their compliments with grateful smiles. As for us, we weren’t particularly interested in anyone other than The Star of It All.



Thus, when our turn came, we kept it sweetfully short. An ardently offered “Very good. Well done” was all that issued forth as we shook Mr. Moore’s extended hand. Our eyes met for an elongated instance, his head bowed forward and he reciprocated with an equally gracious smile as he also autographed our program (since, equally alas, lost).

And that was that. Not quite along the more involved lines of time, situation, circumstance and personally-professional connection ala



or, most proudly (and profoundly)



But memorable nonetheless to satisfy and be grateful for a lifetime. Symbolically speaking, we’ve seen That Titled Handshake as an extended (wished for) visual equivalent to and for all the auspicious - and, aye, we mean all) - actors who’ve portrayed 007:



Tis terrifically enuff …



doth definitively serve smile

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2008 - 7:47 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

The End of Mr. Moore's Less Than Magnificent Seven Tenure - But James' Bonded Babes Will Return Department:

with



Say, are your Living Daylights Licensed to Kill? ... wink

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2008 - 7:56 AM   
 By:   Pete Apruzzese   (Member)

Roger Moore is doing an autograph tour in support of his new book and will be in northern New Jersey in November; I really have to try and make it there.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2008 - 9:27 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)













 
 
 Posted:   Oct 14, 2008 - 10:04 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)



Happy Bonded Buffday, Saint Roger of Moore Department:









... smile

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 7, 2008 - 7:03 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)



She Came a Long Way from The Company of Three's Department:





As the wholesome Della Churchill -



the unfortunately ill-fated bride of Felix -



Priscilla Barnes’ presence was far too-short yet still had a right lively spark about her.



Even tho her character’s presence was more for plot momentum than anything else,





it remains a fetching appearance (amid the accompanying residual effect of wishing she had been bequeathed more screen tyme altogether) smile



 
 
 Posted:   Nov 8, 2008 - 8:21 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

It goes without saying (which never stops us from doing so razz ) one would be hard put to come up with someone as sultry in her sexiness as Talisa Soto’s Lupe.



As to that, the tantalizingly attractive actress



has a most striking quality that stands her in considerable complimentary stead



that never negated or neutralized her connection with Robert Davi’s homicidal nutcase.



Tho bereft of any real opportunity to truly utilize her thesping talents



she still registers



with an impact



tangible in its - her -



overall effect ... smile

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2008 - 7:41 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

She Can Get the Drop on Us



Any Ol' Time'a the Day or Nite
Department:



Carey Lowell makes quite a striking impression as Pam Bouvier (any relation to Jackie 00 not 7? wink). Then again, we’re always admiring suckers for women coiffed in a stylish short hair-style – truth in personally prejudicial advertising, this.



As to that, she never faded away into the nondescript background



backed as well with a gamely garnered attitude and rather sophisticated sheen



(in addition to sharing screen time with our favorite contemporary Merlin).



All in all, it’s a virtuous outing with much value to richly recommend it (and her)



(not that we imagine her hubby hasta be sold



on any of these anchored attributes) wink

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2008 - 7:48 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)



 
 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2008 - 10:33 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)



wink











big grin

 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2008 - 2:06 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Kell Tyler in the pre-credits sequence was the best looking girl in Living Daylights IMO.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2008 - 7:58 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)



If Only I Could Meet a Real Man” Department:

At least, that was kurvaceous Kell Tyler’s (Linda)’s yacht-perched lament pre-the title credits



only to have You Know Who literally drop in to comply with her request.



Thereafter, don’t'cha kinda reckon her daylights came alive right readily? wink

 
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