MEMORABLE MOVIE QUOTES: THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (1974)

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Welcome back to another MEMORABLE MOVIE QUOTES column, where we look at some memorable quotes from some pretty nifty movies.

We return today to the world of James Bond as we look at THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (1974), the second film in which Roger Moore played secret agent 007.  The other neat thing about this movie, especially for horror fans, is that Christopher Lee played the villain, the man with the golden gun, the million dollar hitman, Scaramanga, who in this film has his sights on James Bond.  Scaramanga is one of Christopher Lee’s better film performances.

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN did not perform all that well at the box office upon its initial release in 1974.  Audiences back then were still struggling with the transition to Roger Moore as Bond and were still craving a return by Sean Connery, but the film has aged well, and today it ranks as one of the better Bond movies.  It also has a memorable music score by John Barry.

And like most Bond movies, it’s chock-full of neat quotes.  Let’s have a listen to some of these quotes from THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN, screenplay by Richard Maibaum and Tom Mankiewicz.

Christopher Lee gets some of the better lines in the film as the villainous Scaramanga, especially when he spars verbally with James Bond, like in this scene where he suggests to Bond that they engage in a gun duel to the death:

SCARAMANGA: A duel between titans. My golden gun against your Walther PPK. Each of us with a 50-50 chance.

JAMES BOND:  Six bullets to your one?

SCARAMANGA: I only need one.

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Scaramanga vs. Bond

 

And in this scene where he explains to Bond how he first became interested in killing:

SCARAMANGA: When I was a boy I was brought up in a circus. My only real friend was a huge, magnificent African bull elephant. One day, his handler mistreated him and he went berserk. Bleeding, dying, he came and found me, stood on one leg, his best trick, picked me up and put me on his back. The drunken handler came along and emptied his gun into his eye… I emptied my stage pistol into his!

JAMES BOND:  An eye for an eye.

SCARAMANGA: You see, Mr. Bond, I always thought I loved animals. Then I discovered that I enjoyed killing people even more.

 

Of course, eventually, Bond gets to respond in kind:

JAMES BOND: You live well, Scaramanga.

SCARAMANGA: At a million dollars a contract I can afford to, Mr Bond. You work for peanuts, a hearty well done from her Majesty the Queen and a pittance of a pension. Apart from that we are the same. To us, Mr Bond, we are the best.

JAMES BOND: There’s a useful four letter word, and you’re full of it.

 

Scaramanga is as cool as he is deadly, as in this scene where he calmly kills the powerful Mr. Fat and politely addresses Fat’s subordinates moments later:

SCARAMANGA: Mr. Fat has just resigned. I am the new Chairman of the Board.

Fat always did like that mausoleum. Put him in it.

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Christopher Lee takes aim as Scaramanga in THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (1974).

 

Of course, Roger Moore gets plenty of zingers as James Bond.  Let’s listen to a few:

SAIDA:  Ah! I’ve lost my charm!

JAMES BOND: Not from where I’m standing.

 

And:

JAMES BOND:  Did you see who shot him?

SAIDA: No, I was in his arms. My eyes were closed.

JAMES BOND: Well, at least he died happy.

 

And what would a James Bond movie be without the double entendre names?

JAMES BOND (approaches woman in swimming pool):  Good morning. How’s the water?

WOMAN: Why don’t you come in and find out?

JAMES BOND:  Sounds very tempting, Miss…?

WOMAN:  Chew Mee.

 

Even M (Bernard Lee) and Q (Desmond Llewelyn) get in on the act with this lively exchange:

JAMES BOND: And that is really all there is to report, sir.

M:  So if I heard correctly, Scaramanga got away – in a car that sprouted wings!

Q: Oh, that’s perfectly feasible, sir. As a matter of fact, we’re working on one now.

M:  Oh, Q, shut up!

 

 

But my all time favorite line from THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN is spoken by Roger Moore, and it’s also one of my favorite lines in the entire series.  As Bond tries to extract information from a gun manufacturer, he points a gun at the man’s groin area, and he says:

LAZAR:  Mr. Bond, bullets do not kill. It is the finger that pulls the trigger.

JAMES BOND: Exactly. I am now aiming precisely at your groin. So speak or forever hold your piece.

 

Gotta love it!

Well, that’s all we have time for today.  I hope you enjoyed this look at quotes from THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN.  Join me again next time when we look at more memorable quotes from other cool movies.

Thanks for reading!

—Michael

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THE QUOTABLE CUSHING: THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN OF THE HIMALAYAS (1957)

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Peter Cushing and Forrest Tucker don't see eye to eye in THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN OF THE HIMALAYAS (1957)

Peter Cushing and Forrest Tucker don’t see eye to eye in THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN OF THE HIMALAYAS (1957)

THE QUOTABLE CUSHING:  THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN OF THE HIMALAYAS (1957)

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Michael Arruda

Welcome back to THE QUOTABLE CUSHING, that column where we celebrate classic lines of dialogue from Peter Cushing movies.

It’s been such a brutal winter here in 2015 it got me thinking about today’s movie, THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN OF THE HIMALAYAS (1957),  Peter Cushing’s second film for Hammer Films’ studios, made in between THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1957) and HORROR OF DRACULA (1958).  I thought of this movie because it takes place in the harsh snowy mountains of the Himalayas, which is what my backyard has looked like all winter!

THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN OF THE HIMALAYAS does not play like the horror movies Hammer Films became famous for, their gothic period pieces featuring Frankenstein and Dracula, capturing all the blood and gore that went with these tales in vivid color.  First of all, THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN was shot in black and white, and it’s also more of a science fiction adventure rather than a horror movie, and as such resembles Hammer’s earlier hits, the Quatemass films from the 1950s.

It also features American actor Forrest Tucker alongside Peter Cushing, which gives it a 1950s American monster movie flavor.  That being said, it really isn’t a monster movie per se, as it’s much more of a psychological adventure that tells the tale of a small isolated group of explorers who have to brave the harsh winter elements as they make their way up the mountains in search of the elusive Yeti.

As always, Peter Cushing has some memorable lines in this movie.  Let’s have a look at some of these lines from THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN OF THE HIMALAYAS, screenplay by Nigel Kneale, based on his television play “The Creature.”

Actually, Peter Cushing had starred in the television version of “The Creature” written by Nigel Kneale on BBC television in 1955, so he was familiar with the role of Dr. John Rollason, the scientist in search of the mysterious Yeti.

It’s a very smart script by Nigel Kneale, as the premise of the story is the Yeti are more than just brute snow beasts.  It’s speculated throughout the film that the Yeti are in fact superior to man and have been hiding from humankind in order to survive from our brute animalistic and murderous tendencies.

Forrest Tucker plays Tom Friend, the “Carl Denham” character if you will, the showman scientist who wants to bring back a live Yeti to show the world that they exist and to ultimately make a lot of money doing it.  And Friend is no friend to the expedition, as he makes decisions that endanger the party, as he’s focused on one thing:  the capture of the Yeti, and he’s driven to accomplish this task at all costs.

Peter Cushing’s Dr. Rollason is on the expedition for scientific reasons, to study these creatures, if they exist, and it’s Rollason who begins to tap into the notion that the Yeti are in fact more than “just creatures,” that they are superior beings to humans, both physically and mentally.

The third interesting character in THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN OF THE HIMALAYAS is the mysterious Lama (Arnold Marle), the Tibetan monk who seems to possess clairvoyant abilities.  He also seems to share some sort of connection with the Yeti, as made evident by his final line in the movie, which we’ll get to later, but first here’s a look at some earlier lines of dialogue, a conversation between the Lama and Peter Cushing’s Dr. Rollason, in one of the first scenes in the movie.

In the snowy mountains of the Himalayas, Rollason, his wife Helen (Maureen Connell) and fellow scientist Peter Fox (Richard Wattis) arrive at the Tibetan monastery, ostensibly to study plants since they are botanists, but the Lama knows otherwise.  From the outset, he questions Rollason about the party on its way to the monastery, the one led by Tom Friend.  This scene sets the mood for the rest of the movie, as it’s cryptic, eerie, and thought-provoking.  Let’s listen:

LAMA:  Dr. Rollason, what do you know about those men who are coming?

ROLLASON:  Know about them? Not very much.  I had a message from them suggesting we meet here.

LAMA:  From their leader?  A man called Friend?

ROLLASON:  That’s right.  Tom  Friend.  You’ve heard of him?

LAMA:  He passed this way before, some months ago.

Moments later:

LAMA:  Now he returns.  What is this man searching for?

ROLLASON:  Before I can say that I must have a talk with him.

LAMA:  You can say now!  Dr. Rollason, why do you want to help these people?

ROLLASON:  I suppose for the pursuit of knowledge.

LAMA:  Whose knowledge?

ROLLASON:  All of human knowledge.

LAMA:  Human knowledge?  (laughs)  Is that reason enough?

 

There is a sense of foreboding in that last question which has “is it worth it?” written all over it.

Later, in a mountain cave, Friend discusses the Yeti with Rollason and the two other members of their party, hunter Ed Shelley (Robert Brown) – (James Bond fans are familiar with Brown’s later performances as M in the Timothy Dalton Bond movies, and also in the last two Roger Moore Bond films), and Andrey McNee (Michael Brill) a young man who had supposedly seen a Yeti and lived to tell about it.

FRIEND:  What you’re suggesting roughly is that this might be some kind of a missing link?

ROLLASON:  It’s strong, intelligent!  It may have powers we haven’t even developed!  It might have inherited the earth.  — And here it is, the last vestige of a species hiding away where nothing else will live.  Waiting in misery and despair for final extinction.

Later, in one of the more exciting sequences of the film, Friend sets a trap to capture a Yeti, but the plan goes awry and Ed Shelley is killed.  Friend and Rollason arrive at the scene to find a shredded net and a dead Shelley.

FRIEND (looking at the net):  It’s ripped to pieces.  Ed!

ROLLASON (examines Ed’s body):  He’s dead.

FRIEND:  Dead?   How did they kill him? ROLLASON:  I can’t find any marks.  It looks like a heart attack.

Moments later, Rollason examines the gun Ed was using and discovers it was loaded with blanks.

ROLLASON:  You loaded the gun.  What with?  Dummy ammunition?

FRIEND:  I didn’t want another dead one.  I knew he’d fire even if the net held.  He was scared!

Rollason discovers an attempt had been made to remove the carcass of the dead Yeti that was inside the cave with Ed.  He deduces the Yeti had come to the cave to reclaim their dead.

ROLLASON:  This was all they wanted.

FRIEND:  You mean they weren’t after Ed?

ROLLASON:  No.

FRIEND: But they killed him! ROLLASON:  No they didn’t, Friend.  You did.

That last line is one of Cushing’s best in the film, and it’s said with such disdain, it cuts through the winter snow like an ice pick.  Cushing’s Rollason has had enough of Friend’s antics, and his frustration comes through in that one line.

Later, Friend and Rollason debate the intelligence of the Yeti:

FRIEND:  Let’s get something straight, doc.  These are animals.  Dangerous killers!  And that’s all they are.

ROLLASON:  McNee died from an accident.  Shelley died from his own fear.  It isn’t what’s out there that’s dangerous.  It’s what in us.

(Rollason examines the dead Yeti.)

ROLLASON:  I’m wondering how old that face is?  It’s seen a long life.  A hundred years?  Perhaps more.  This isn’t a face of a savage being.  It’s generous.

FRIEND:  Generous?

ROLLASON:  They’re waiting for us to die out.

FRIEND:  For mankind to die out?

ROLLASON:  Suppose we’re the savages?

FRIEND:  Are you out of your mind, doc?

ROLLASON:  Perhaps we’re not homo sapiens, thinking man.  — But man the destroyer.

And the last line in the movie, spoken by the Lama, occurs after Rollason returns from the expedition, now denying the Yeti’s existence, even though he had seen them.  Rollason’s stunning statement is affirmed by the similarly affected Lama as he states to close out the film:

LAMA:  There is no Yeti.

THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN is an intelligently written movie, well-acted by Peter Cushing and the rest of the cast, and features nifty direction by Val Guest.  Its shots of snowy mountains and ice cold blizzards take on even more flavor when viewed in the winter.

So that wraps things up for another edition of THE QUOTABLE CUSHING.  Hope you enjoyed today’s look at THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN OF THE HIMALAYAS.  Please join me again next time as we look at more quotes from another Peter Cushing movie.

Thanks for reading!

—Michael

MEMORABLE MOVIE QUOTES: THUNDERBALL (1965)

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Thunderball posterMEMORABLE MOVIE QUOTES: THUNDERBALL (1965)
By
Michael Arruda

Welcome to another edition of MEMORABLE MOVIE QUOTES, that column where we look at great quotes from some really great movies. Some of the best lines in the movies come from the James Bond films, especially the early ones with Sean Connery and Roger Moore.

One of the best Bond films in terms of memorable lines is THUNDERBALL (1965), Sean Connery’s fourth outing as 007. This film came at the height of James Bond mania, following the insane success of the third film in the series, GOLDFINGER (1964), and really, you could call this film the high point of the Sean Connery era, as the series trended downward a bit after this film.

Anyway, let’s have a look at some of those memorable lines of dialogue from THUNDERBALL, screenplay by Jack Whittingham, John Hopkins, and Richard Maibaum.

 

This is the only James Bond movie where we see all the 00 agents together in one room in one shot. It comes early on in the movie, when an emergency meeting is held to discuss an impending crisis. Bond is the last to arrive, something that is not unnoticed by M (Bernard Lee) who says, stopping Bond in his tracks momentarily:

M: Now that we’re all here.

 

One of my favorite lines in the movie comes when Bond (Sean Connery) first meets the beautiful Domino (Claudine Auger) and calls her by her name, something that he wasn’t supposed to know.

BOND: My dear, uncooperative Domino.

DOMINO: How do you know that? How do you know my friends call me Domino?

BOND: It’s on the bracelet on your ankle.

DOMINO: So, what sharp little eyes you’ve got.

BOND: Wait till you get to my teeth.

 

The villain in THUNDERBALL is Largo (Adolfo Celi) and he enjoys some memorable lines as well, like in this scene where he talks about his favorite henchman, Vargas.

LARGO: Of course. Vargas does not drink— does not smoke— does not make love. What do you do, Vargas?

Of course, we know what Vargas does: he kills.

 

As you would expect, some of the better exchanges in the movie are between Bond and Largo, like in this scene where the two men are getting to know each other, each pretending to be someone they aren’t, each trying to learn something of value about the other.

Here, they discuss guns:

BOND: That gun, it looks more fitting for a woman.

LARGO: You know much about guns, Mr. Bond?

BOND: No, but I know a little about women.

 

And as Largo leads Bond in a sharp shooting contest.

BOND: It looks very difficult.

(Shooting from the hip, Bond shatters his clay pigeon.)

BOND: Why no, it isn’t, is it?

 

Some of my favorite lines of dialogue in THUNDERBALL are between James Bond and the beautiful assassin Fiona (Luciana Paluzzi) who works for Largo and has made it her mission to kill James Bond.

After the two ride together in a car, with Fiona driving at incredibly high speeds, she screeches the car to a halt, and Bond appears visibly shaken.

FIONA: Some men just don’t like to be driven.

BOND: No, some men don’t like to be taken for a ride.

 

At one point, Bond walks in on Fiona while she’s taking a bath in the bathroom of her hotel room.

FIONA: Since you’re here, would you mind giving me something to put on?

(Bond casually hands Fiona her shoes.)

 

And their time together ends at a festival, where Fiona finally attempts to kill Bond, but since this is a James Bond movie, it’s Fiona who dies, not 007. She’s cut down on the dance floor, in Bond’s arms. He guides her limp lifeless body to an empty chair and says:

BOND: Do you mind if my friend sits this one out? She’s just dead.

 

And we finish with a classic James Bond line, one that fits in with the fine tradition of double entendres uttered by Bond when he finishes off his adversaries.

In this scene, Bond is on the beach with Domino, when she spies Vargas creeping up on them, and she tells Bond this. He casually shoots Vargas with a spear gun, then turns to Domino and says,

BOND: I think he got the point.

 

That’s it for now. I hope you enjoyed these quotes from the classic James Bond movie, THUNDERBALL.

Thanks for joining me today, and I look forward to seeing you next time on another edition of MEMORABLE MOVIE QUOTES.

Thanks for reading!

—Michael

 

 

 

 

THE QUOTABLE CUSHING: THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (1959)

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Peter Cushing as Sherlock Holmes

THE QUOTABLE CUSHING

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Michael Arruda

Welcome to another edition of THE QUOTABLE CUSHING, that column where we look at some of Peter Cushing’s best lines in the movies.

Today we look at Cushing’s first performance as Sherlock Holmes, in the Hammer Film THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (1959), screenplay by Peter Bryan, based on the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  Since this is a Hammer Film, this version of the famous Sherlock Holmes story emphasizes the supernatural and suspense elements.  It’s actually a great little movie, and I’ve always felt sad that Hammer didn’t make a series of Sherlock Holmes movies starring Peter Cushing. This was the only one they did.  Evidently, it didn’t do all that well at the box office.

Anyway, Peter Cushing makes for a phenomenal Sherlock Holmes, and he gets to deliver a host of memorable lines along the way.

We’ll start off with a Peter Cushing signature line, the type of line he might say in any number of his movies.  Van Helsing, for instance, easily could have uttered this line.

Watson (Andre Morell) has just discovered that Holmes (Peter Cushing) has secretly been investigating the moors outside Baskerville Hall gathering information.  Holmes turns to Watson and utters a grave warning to his friend.

HOLMES:  “There is more evil around us here than I have ever encountered before.”

I’ll say!  The Hound from Hell is patrolling these moors!

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Later in the movie, Holmes believes Sir Henry Baskerville’s (Christopher Lee) life to be in danger if he visits the Stapleton family.  Now, the Stapletons have invited Sir Henry, Holmes, and Watson to dinner, and since Sir Henry has feelings for Stapleton’s daughter, he’s eager to go.  Holmes needs to avoid joining them so he can be free to protect Sir Henry from a distance.

To do this, he’s purposely rude to Sir Henry, mocking him for socializing with poor peasants.

SIR HENRY: I wouldn’t dream of going without you.

HOLMES:  My dear Sir Henry, if you really wanted us to come with you, you’d have told us about the invitation much sooner than this.  You’d better be off.  You mustn’t be late for your peasant friends.

SIR HENRY:  I don’t like that Holmes.

HOLMES:  I don’t like the people you’re mixing with.  I should have thought in your new position you would have cultivated worthier friends.  I hope you enjoy their rabbit pie.

 Ouch!

Cushing has such a way with lines like this.  When Christopher Lee’s Sir Henry storms off in an angry huff, you know exactly how he feels.

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When Holmes is confronting the irritating pompous Dr. Mortimer (Francis De Wolff) he has had all he can take from the annoying man. He sets up the doctor for a dramatic revelation.

 HOLMES:  Strange things are to be found on the moors.  Like this, for instance!”

 Upon which Holmes hurls a dagger onto the table, its sharp point stabbing the wood.

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Early in the movie, as Holmes and Watson agree to honor Dr. Mortimer’s request to travel to Baskerville Hall to protect Sir Henry Baskerville, the wheels of how he will handle this case are already turning inside Holmes’ head.  He sets up the situation so that Watson will go on ahead, leaving him free to conduct undercover work.

When Sir Henry suggests they leave today, Holmes feigns disappointment, but then comes up with a brilliant suggestion.

SIR HENRY: If you attach so much importance to this, why don’t you come down to Dartmoor with me today?  You can pack before the train leaves.

HOLMES (shocked): “You’re going today?  I can’t possibly leave town until the end of the week at least.   (But then, the brilliant suggestion.)  Watson? You’re free at the moment, aren’t you?

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And we wrap things up with a look at Holmes’ dire warning to Sir Henry, about keeping off the moors.

HOLMES: I must insist upon one thing. Under no circumstances are you to go out onto the moors at night.

Wise advice, echoed years later in AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981):  Stay off the moors!

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Hammer Films’ THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (1959) is highly recommended.  It features one of Peter Cushing’s best performances, as Sherlock Holmes.

That’s it for now.  See you again next time.

—Michael