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The Bond Bug, Pt. 2 - From Russia with LoveIn From Russia with Love, MI6 learns that a Russian corporal who has supposedly fallen in love with Bond wishes to defect to the West with a coveted decoding machine. Fully aware that the defection is a trap, Bond travels to Istanbul to meet with the girl, Tatiana (Daniela Bianchi), and attempt to return to Britain with the machine. He doesn't know that SPECTRE is behind the whole operation, out for revenge for the death of Dr. No. On his trail are consummate garrotte-fetishist Grant (Robert Shaw), the flint-hearted Colonel Klebb (Lotte Lenya), and the tiny-duffle-coated Morzeny (Walter Gotell).
Once the nuclear water (or whatever the hell Dr. No drowns in) had finally settled, Eon came back from a full-on dry hump with ridiculousness to make From Russia with Love: something of a masterpiece, a brilliant marriage of exoticism, grit, Hitchcock references and OMG scenework. It's tough to think of much to say about Russia without just regurgitating
The Bond Bug, Pt. 1 - Dr. NoDr. No, the first Bond adventure proper, sees 007 investigating the disappearance of an MI6 asset in Jamaica. He quickly falls foul of the megalomaniacal Dr. Julius No, who is using atomic power to disrupt US missile launches and killing anyone who dares to stray near his island headquarters. With the help of Quarrel, a local fisherman, and the no-help-whatsoever of iconic seashell collector and cleavage display-cabinet Honey Ryder, Bond sets out to take Dr. No to the launderette.
I reckon Dr. No must have blown cinemagoers' tiny minds when it was released in 1962. The now ubiquitous gun-barrel opening, for starters, is pretty daring even by today's standards, and the positively hallucinatory opening titles that follow are psychedelically strange and tonally uneven, lurching from pop-art dot party to jitterbug nightmare to the Saturday-morning TV weirdness of the "Three Blind Mice" bit. Now, though, a fair amount of it is pretty hard to justify. It's definitely an enj
Dead Man's SwitchIn control, then not -
Sudden loss of grip.
Headlong to where?
Details lost, smudged, streaked.
Careening; no system of
No dead man's switch,
On a fast track -
With or without a god?
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