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PostSubject: Your Three Favorite Bizarre Bond Moments   Tue Aug 02, 2011 4:01 am

As many of you know, one of my favorite features of the Fleming novels that has more or less been maintained in the films, is the bizarre element, or what I've christened the "benign bizarre." Below are what I consider to be the best of these moments in the films. Please mention your favorites.

1. Bond Clouted, Sees Strange Images: Love the scene in OHMSS where Bond is surprised by Bunt in bed, takes a wallop upside the head, Barry's Twilight Zone-style music kicks in, and Bond begins seeing things in a semi-conscious, dreamlike state. The red angel Christmas ornament, which looks rather demonic, is a great touch.

2. DAF Segue from PTS to Credits: DAF is the most bizarre of all Bond films and the best example of this comes immediately after Bond says "Welcome to Hell, Blofeld." Blofeld's white cat, wearing a diamond-studded collar, and superimposed against a black blackground, utters an unearthly screech and immediately thereafter the mesmerizing title track kicks in. Ingenious.

3. "It's going to be a beeeutiful day!": LALD is downright weird and spooky in spots, and it doesn't get much weirder than Baron Samedi playing a flute and stating, "It's going to be a beeeutiful day. A beeeutiful day! Aaah ha ha ha!" as Bond and Rosie trot past him.
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PostSubject: Re: Your Three Favorite Bizarre Bond Moments   Tue Aug 02, 2011 6:00 am

Would Bond being momentarily startled upon waking in Sanchez' house by that hideous statue/ornament/THING fall into this category? I kinda like that moment.
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PostSubject: Re: Your Three Favorite Bizarre Bond Moments   Tue Aug 02, 2011 6:42 am

Absolutely, BI. In fact, that might be No.4 on my list.
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PostSubject: Re: Your Three Favorite Bizarre Bond Moments   Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:17 am

1. The double-take parrot in Moonraker.

2. Bond doing the Tarzan call in Octopussy.

3. Bond surfing to California Girls in the AVTAK pretitle.
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PostSubject: Re: Your Three Favorite Bizarre Bond Moments   Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:28 am

I've always loved that segue from the DAF pts into the 'mesmerizing title track".

The cat's unearthly screech is very apropos considering cats are traditionally guardians of the underworld, at least according to John Cox in his excellent essay, The Sexual Subtext of 007, in which among other topics he likens YOLT as James Bond going to hell, or James Bond's death and journey through purgatory, with Blofeld cast as the devil (who else would live in a volcano) ordering men to commit evil deeds while stroking a cat.

Blofeld's cats always had a sinister quality.
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PostSubject: Re: Your Three Favorite Bizarre Bond Moments   Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:33 pm

Bizarre...

...the bar fight in LTK. Totally out of place.
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PostSubject: Re: Your Three Favorite Bizarre Bond Moments   Wed Aug 03, 2011 1:19 am

Favorite bizarre moments...
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PostSubject: Re: Your Three Favorite Bizarre Bond Moments   Wed Aug 03, 2011 2:06 am

There's some striking, eerie imagery as Bond makes his way through the 'graveyard of statues' in GE, although I guess the 'benign' aspect goes out the window when Alec appears.
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PostSubject: Re: Your Three Favorite Bizarre Bond Moments   Wed Aug 03, 2011 2:28 am

I particularly like Serra's scoring in that sequence, BI. Definitely a touch of the bizarre.
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PostSubject: Re: Your Three Favorite Bizarre Bond Moments   Wed Aug 03, 2011 2:52 am

From GE, there's also the mimes in Monte Carlo, and the dream-like sequence in the Orthodox church. Both of course helped by Serra's score.

What about Hai Fat's garden at night in TMWTGG? That's pretty damn weird.
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PostSubject: Re: Your Three Favorite Bizarre Bond Moments   Wed Aug 03, 2011 3:23 am

Are you talking about the sequence in which the sumo "statues" come to life, Bond puts the squeeze on one's nutz, and NickNack almost impales Bond? If so, yeah, pretty dam' weird.
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PostSubject: Re: Your Three Favorite Bizarre Bond Moments   Wed Aug 03, 2011 1:51 pm

Yikes, Favourite you mean. Sorry.

All those mentioned above, yes, absolutely bizarre and I love them.

Bond swallowing bullet in TMWGG, love the scene. The look on Moore's face.
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PostSubject: Re: Your Three Favorite Bizarre Bond Moments   Wed Aug 03, 2011 4:21 pm

1. "We can do a deal... I'll buy you a delicatessen.... in stainless steel!!!!" (FYEO)
2. California Girls coming on during PTS (AVTAK)
3. Chinaman running around on fire from Blofeld's lazer.... utterly bizarre effects, yet hilarious thus brilliant (DAF)

Very honourable mentions: The pigeon, "Dracula" and "Bond in space", all from the mighty MR.
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PostSubject: Re: Your Three Favorite Bizarre Bond Moments   Wed Aug 03, 2011 6:19 pm

I'm three favourite bizarre Bond moments? Thanks much! :face:

One that comes immediately to mind is Bond's cremation in DAF. Especially the ending when the goons suddenly pop the lid and get on Bond's case. That's best bizarre shit, bro.
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PostSubject: Re: Your Three Favorite Bizarre Bond Moments   Wed Aug 03, 2011 6:44 pm

My fave's probably the winking fish. I just dont get why everybody else seems to hate it. laugh
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PostSubject: Re: Your Three Favorite Bizarre Bond Moments   Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:24 pm

colly wrote:
My fave's probably the winking fish. I just dont get why everybody else seems to hate it. laugh

It's not the most obvious choice of Bond film to end with a literal 'wink to the audience', I think it's fair to say. laugh
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PostSubject: Re: Your Three Favorite Bizarre Bond Moments   Thu Aug 04, 2011 12:32 am

I've always liked the winking fish. Then again, there's very little about LTK I don't like.
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PostSubject: Re: Your Three Favorite Bizarre Bond Moments   Thu Aug 04, 2011 2:53 pm

My three favourites are the same as yours Khan except for the order



1. DAF transition from welcome to hell Blofeld to demonic cat screech to haunting title song. That whole sequence still knocks me out of my chair.



2. Tee Hee beeautiful day



3. Lazenby psychedelic journey.





If I can think of others I will add but for now those fit the bill nicely. Nothing beats # 1 though.
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