Friday, October 14, 2005

007 minus Q and Moneypenny

(From BBC Online)

Further to my last posting about 007, it seems that neither Q or Moneypenny will be appearing in the next Bond film, which will be titled Casino Royale.
This is slightly disapointing as Bond flirting with Moneypenny, and his teasing of Q whilst been introduced to his latest gadgets for the field, are almost de rigeur for a Bond movie. But C'est la vie, things move on!
I thought though, that I would be sad enough to share with you some of my favourite dialogue between Bond and Q.

From Goldfinger:

Q: [Showing Bond a tracking device] Reception on the dashboard, here. Audo-visual
Q: , range a hundred and fifty miles.
James Bond: Ingenious, and useful too. Allow a man to stop off for a quick one en route.
Q: It has not been perfected, out of years of patient research, ENTIRELY for that purpose, 007. And incidentally, we'd appreciate its return, along with all your other equipment, INTACT for once, when you return from the field.
James Bond: Well, you'd be surprised the amount of wear and tear that goes on out there in the field.

From Moonraker:

Q: It's activated by nerve impulses from the wrist muscles.
James Bond: Like this?
[dart pierces a painting on M's wall]
M: Oh, thank you, 007!
Q: Be careful, will you? Now, there's ten darts: five blue-tipped, armour-piercing; five red-tipped, cyanide coated, causing death in thirty seconds.
James Bond: Very novel, Q. Must get them in the stores for Christmas.

And from Tomorrow Never Dies:

Q: It's the insurance damage waiver for your beautiful new car. Now, will you need collision coverage?
James Bond: Yes.
Q: Fire?
James Bond: Probably.
Q: Property destruction?
James Bond: Definitely.
Q: Personal Injury?
James Bond: I hope not, but accidents do happen.
Q: They frequently do with you.
James Bond: Well, that takes care of the normal wear-and-tear. Is there any other protection I need?
Q: Only from me 007, unless you bring that car back in pristine order

It's moments like that that help make a Bond movie!


Kerron said...

Personally I'm more bothered about Samantha Bond not being in it. :-(

Actually, may I refer you to this wonderful commentary on the casting situation:

I have heard the author is both humourous AND good looking/charming. (So maybe stick £5 on him being the next next Bond!) ;-)

Paul Burgin said...

Well Samantha Bond was admittedly the sexiest Moneypenny and her presence will be missed. Some of the best dialogue between Moneypenny and Bond was during her time (Goldeneye and The World Is Not Enough)
I think you might be wrong about the author. I suspect the next 007 will be a chap from North Herts who speaks with an accent that is a mixture of Oxfordshire/Midlands/Herts, and who is currently thirty years old ;).
He has ski-ied, rock climbed, absailed (In fear), fired guns (admittedly with pellets on a school outing and another time indulged in a clay pigeon shoot, constantly missing...), and has had numerous affairs with women (Do single figures count?), all of which make him a good choice methinks!