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James Bonding #003: FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE with Jonah Ray

Jonah Ray joins the Matts to talk about their love of From Russia with Love!

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  • Just curious if anyone has noticed that the “danger” music they play when the helicopter crashes in FRWL sounds identical (to me, at least) as what is played in the Jonny Quest series.

  • Ok…what is the deal with the mysterious “Bond double” when the helicopter goes down in flames?!? There is a shot where there are two men wearing grey suits, carrying briefcases and running in the same frame! Right after the helicopter hits the ground and Bond is running over to the pickup truck and just before he says “One of their aircraft must have gone missing”. Am I missing some glaring detail? Or is this a huge mistake left in the film??

  • While the depiction is cartoonish, the idea of seeing the Gypsy camp is essential; this is the novel in which Fleming introduces the public(in a simplified way) to the SOP of the cold war, that both East and West fight by proxy(the Russians using Bulgarians as foot soldiers). Again, Fleming was making an entertainment version of the real covert world he was still in the know about.

    Vladek Sheybal was NOT “a ‘B’ character actor”; he had a long, distinguished, and varied international career in both film and TV. He started in the classic Polish film “Kanal” about the Warsaw uprising. Check out his fanatical treasure ship captain in the mini-series “Shogun”, or especially, his Bashaw of Tangier in “The Wind and the Lion”(a film with a great Sean Connery starring role, also).

    You can’t call yourself a movie buff without knowing about the wonderful Pedro Armendariz, one of John Ford’s western rep company actors(with John Wayne, Victor McLaglen, Ward Bond, Ben Johnson, Ken Curtis, Harry Carey Jr, Dorothy Jordan, John Quaylen, et al.). Watch him in “3 Godfathers”, or “Fort Apache”–absolutely charming.

    I agree about Shaw’s ranking as one of the best actors ever to appear in a Bond film. My favorite role of Shaw’s is his beautifully nuanced Sheriff of Nottingham in “Robin and Marian”(another great Connery role, as well–the ending makes me teary-eyed, every time).

    A note about Rosa Klebb’s death scene: bear in mind that this is the great Lotte Lenya, collaborator, wife and muse of Bertholt Brecht; they had a whole philosophy about theater and acting that rejected realistic/naturalistic acting because it sucks the audience in and lets them get comfortable(basically, it allows for the suspension of disbelief), instead of focusing on the ideas being presented in the script. Her instinct(ironically, like many a Method actor) wwould be to make the death grotesque and shocking, to keep you from just accepting it like you would with a bloodless “yawn and stretch” death in, say, an old western.

  • JImmy- People give Tomorrow Never Dies a lot of grief but I think it holds up well, the bad guy is silly even by Bond standards but the action scenes are great and Michelle Yeoh was Brosnan’s best Bond girl, really the only one I thought had real chemistry.

  • Oh and Roald Dahl wrote the original screenplays to both Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and You Only Live Twice which were both novels by Fleming. Rather than the switch thing you suggested :)

  • Loving this show, it’s awesome. Must correct something that has bothered me for three episodes- Scotland is part of Britain therefore Sean Connery and anyone from Scotland are British. So, when you dudes say something along the lines of ‘Scottish not British’ you mean ‘Scottish not English’. English and British are not the same :)

    Oh and I’m not a huge fan of Goldeneye, my favourite Brosnan film is Tomorrow Never Dies because Michelle Yeoh is badass!

  • James Bond: You’re one of the most beautiful girls I’ve ever seen.
    Tatiana: Thank you, but I think my mouth is too big.
    James Bond: No, it’s the right size… for me, that is.

    —- —- —- —- —- —- —-

    Tatiana: Horrible, horrible woman.
    James Bond: Yes, she had her kicks.

  • I love the James Bonding podcast but Matt’s idea that Casino Royale (The Craig one) is the first Bond as far as continuity goes is hard to get my head around. I find a better approach is just viewing each series as a different set for each actor. So for me continuity only matters for From Russia with Love when comparing it to other Connery Bond films. Like each version of Bond (Moore, Dalton, Connery etc) is an alternate universe, rather than a linear story encompassing them all.

    • Both “problems” are problems at all because CR was a reboot meaning everything before CR is not part of the story anymore. Sometimes the Matts forget that but that is basically the podcast’s only flaw.

  • 1. Bond shows deference to the original M because M in the books and the early films is Royal Navy Admiral Sir Miles Messervy. Since Bond is a subordinate naval officer he shows M the respect accorded to his rank. The Judy Dench “M” is “a bean counter” with no military connection. While Ralph Fiennes’ “M” is a retired army officer, his last name is Mallory, so he’s not the same “M” that was played by Bernard Lee.

    2. The pithy remark Bond makes after shooting the spy climbing out of the billboard was “HE should’ve kept her mouth shut.”

    3. The book that follows “From Russia With Love” was “Dr. No.” The whole sequence of replacing the Beretta with the Walther was because the Beretta got caught in his clothing when Klebb came at him with the shoe knife.

  • Thank you… thank you… thank you. I am preparing myself to laugh so hard it hurts.

    Dear Matt and Matt will this come out every Thursday? What will you do when you run of Bond? Oh and I can’t wait to hear what Jonah has to say.

    Hugs!

  • You guys always keep talking about the timeline and it’s flaws. After watching all the flicks many times I think I’ve got it figured out:

    Continuity 1 – Dr. No to A View to a Kill (Bond aging and visiting his wife Teresa’s grave 1943-1969)

    Continuity 2 – Living Daylights to Die Another Day (Bond aging and in Goldeneye the opening is set 9yrs prior, 1986, which one year before Living Daylights)

    Continuity 3 – Casino Royale to present (it was his first 00 mission)

    Does this make sense?

  • Ya know, people call this the best one but I don’t see it. I guess because it’s closest to being a straight up espionage movie but it’s kinda flat. Kinda like Quantum of Solace, it lacks charm. Can’t wait to hear you guys talk about Thunderball. That’s the best to me.