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A Day at the Aquarium

Aquarium


”Dad!” yelled Toby, his voice echoing around the cavernous room. “This is just like that movie!”

“What movie?” his mom Tina asked.

“The one where the James Bond saw the hand of a dead person in the shark tank!”

“Shh,” his dad said, getting cross. “Toby, you’re much too loud.”

“It’s your fault, Tom,” Tina said. “I told you a five year old shouldn’t be watching a movie like that. You could easily click to something more age-appropriate. Now his imagination is going wild.”

“But Dad!” Toby insisted.

Tom ignored him. “Tina, I thought Bond was a good choice. It’s part of our culture.”

Tina rolled her eyes. “Let’s just move on to the jellyfish exhibit, shall we?”

Suddenly, everyone around them started screaming. “Oh my soul!” an old lady shouted, “there’s a dead body in the shark tank!”

“Excuse me!” a man said, pushing Tina out of the way. “I’m taking video here.”

A teenage girl shoved between Tom and his son. “Sorry! I have to get a selfie with the dead guy!”

“Ouch, my foot!” Tina exclaimed. “These people are nuts. Call security, Tom.”

“I told you, Dad,” Toby said.

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Written for Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.
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Quickies 3

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Welcome to my quick reviews ~ a mix of short takes on movies and books I’ve recently watched/read.

  1. The Girl Most Likely To… I picked up this 1973 “black comedy” DVD on eBay. Watching the film was an enjoyable experience for several reasons. One, I love Stockard Channing and Ed Asner. Two, it is fun to return to a 1970s setting before cell phones, etc. Three, it’s basically about bullying and people being horrible, a topic to which I can relate very well. I was bullied in my early years, though we didn’t call it that then, and no one cared enough to address it, not even my parents (not that I told them about every incident). Though TGMLT takes place during college years, it exposes the SOP of people ostracizing and mocking anyone whose physical appearance doesn’t meet the standards of the day. I cheered when the victim began getting even with the folks who had made her life miserable. The ending is golden as well. I had forgotten many things over the years, including Fred Grandy playing an idiot plumber (Gopher!). Jim Backus was great as the Professor (yep, Mr. Howell was the Professor here). The whole cast was good. I have a minor criticism, which is that Stockard’s peppy narration doesn’t match the trauma she endures. Sure, some people build up a funny, sarcastic persona as a defense, but there should be moments of despair imo.
  2. Vanilla Sky. Yup, another movie. This 2001 flick was available on Prime, and I liked the title as well as the star ~ Tom Cruise. But this wasn’t his best work. The premise is a woozy, confusing series of flips between dreams and reality. Sometimes I can enjoy that, but here TC annoys me with his two modes: giant grin or horrific screaming. Ugh! His costars’ performances are better. Cameron Diaz does an excellent job as a psycho stalker, and Penelope Cruz steals scenes as a somewhat sensible alternative. Kurt Russell is fine as the psychologist. It wasn’t a terrible movie, just a bit irritating. My friend says I would probably enjoy the original Spanish version, so I may give that a try.
  3. Quantum of Solace. Another movie and a Bond! This is one of the ones I missed, and I want to catch up before the new 007 arrives this fall (No Time To Die). I now understand why QoS received such crappy reviews and I previously gave it a pass. There is no gun barrel sequence at the beginning (just a brief hint at one), no Q/gadgets, and no “Bond, James Bond.” Ugh! I’m not going to judge it on the ridiculous plot because most of them are ridiculous, but it truly is a mess. However, I appreciate the reference to Vesper ~ both that Bond felt something for her and also describing the “Vesper Lynd” martini. Very nice. Another enjoyable aspect is the emotional interplay between Bond and M, illuminating how they care for each other, and setting the stage for Skyfall. So it wasn’t all bad, just mostly bad.
  4. Sunburn by Laura Lippman. I grabbed this novel on sale when a friend mentioned it on FB. Really enjoyed this unpredictable book! Just when I thought I knew what was going on, it switched up again. Top-notch writing on setting, characterizations, interior dialog, etc. The protags were not particularly likable, but I don’t mind that if the story is compelling and the writing is gripping and authentic. The ending was superb. I didn’t give it 5 stars though (only 4) due to too many coincidences. Writers really need to watch that. One or two, okay. When everything becomes a series of lucky breaks (or unlucky ones), I can no longer suspend disbelief, which knocks me out of the story. It’s as bad as introducing a vampire. Remember that in a love story the fact the protags meet at all is coincidence #1. You don’t have that many more to use up before the reader goes OH COME ON.
  5. Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro. This was the best book I’ve read in ages! I received it for my birthday and finished it yesterday. OMG, such a fantastic story… sci-fi, or was it? I mean, it was totally believable. I think the best sci-fi is. You wonder if the future really will be something like this. The story takes place in some unnamed location that I first thought was London, but it might have been New York. It is entirely and perfectly told from the point of view of an AF ~ Artificial Friend. Privileged children had AFs as companions in this story and we go from there. While Klara, the AF, waits in a store to be chosen by her person, she observes her surroundings, learning and understanding objects as well as human beings, in a limited way, as she processes the data. The AFs are solar-powered, so everything about the Sun is of crucial importance to Klara. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. Read it! I now want to read everything else by Kazuo.

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Spectre [repost]

Spectre

Thought we were done with 007, eh? NOPE! Here’s a straggler review from 2015 I’m reposting as a Bond Bonus. You’re welcome.

*****SPOILER ALERT*****

OK, I saw Spectre yesterday, and it was a lot of fun as Bond movies always are. Craig does an awesome Bond (and I was one of the original skeptics). Overall, I recommend the movie to Bond fans and action movie lovers in general.

But.

I was disappointed in a couple things. Right at the start there was something I considered a faux pas. Bond’s in a hotel room with a beautiful girl and tells her he’ll be right back. He goes off to kill a guy, gets chased, leaps across rooftops, etc., as he does… and then the film cuts away to the opening song and credits. Wtf? The Bond of old would have kept the date and they should have shown that. (“Now, where were we?”)

Next, I did not like two of the main plot twists. One, Franz the villain turns out to be Bond’s brother via adoption (Bond’s adoption), which leads to a bunch of babble about Franz killing their father out of jealousy and always having it out for Bond cuz he stole daddy’s attention. Ugh. Yuck. Two, Franz announces that he has taken his mother’s surname and is now called Blofeld (complete with white cat). No! No no no no. This was not a REMAKE of an old 007 flick, but a progression in the life and times of James Bond, and it’s completely uncool for the writers to grab back a done and dusted bad guy. (Supposedly, Blofeld died at the start of For Your Eyes Only, 1981.) What next ~ Scaramanga? Goldfinger? There was no reason not to have a new bad guy with a new name to “reboot” Spectre. No reason at all.

I think writers should be a lot more careful with reboots/remakes and the like. Either you stick to the original and update it with cellphones and stuff, or just move the hell on and write something new. Certainly don’t take a franchise and grab stale fries from fifty years ago to scatter about a film in the here and now. That’s kind of a cheat, and we know what happens to writers who use cheats a la Stephen King’s Misery.

My last criticism of Spectre is more basic. I object to this kind of SOS writing we’re seeing in action movies lately of having the hero always be a dude who is bravely going against his own government because of one flimsy piece of info, and then it turns out his boss is in cahoots with the villains, or is the biggest villain of all, blah blah blah. Usually Alec Baldwin plays a belligerent general at some point. Then, there are always one or two other peeps in the gov’t who believe in the hero and help him save the world, thereby putting their own careers in jeopardy. Yawn.

Other than these minor nits, I enjoyed the movie and am looking forward to the new one this fall!

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PS: Here are some other reviews I found interesting.

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Zorin, Max [April A2Z]

Max Zorin

This post wraps up my April A-Z. Every day except Sunday I’ve posted about James Bond 007, mostly focusing on the movies, not the books. I hope you enjoyed reading about this topic; I certainly enjoyed writing about it!

Today I introduce Maximillian Zorin, the fictional baddie in A View to a Kill (1985). Christopher Walken played this role, and Roger Moore portrayed James Bond. Max is a high-IQ psychopath, the unfortunate result of Nazi experimentation during WWII, and he was raised in the Soviet Union by an evil doctor. Later, he was trained by the KGB, but he is too wackadoo even for them and ends up plotting badness on his own. Max kills his own men to further his plans and is willing to sacrifice his lover May Day as well, who is played brilliantly by Grace Jones.

Zorin’s plan is to destroy Silicon Valley with a massive earthquake, causing the whole place to flood and wipe out all the computer companies, which would leave him as the microchip king of the world. He has some cockamamie idea of mining underneath the lakes and then using explosives to blast through the San Andreas Fault and the Hayward Fault simultaneously, yada. This is a familiar Bond movie trope, right? Goldfinger wants to wreck all the gold in Fort Knox so his will be more valuable; Mr. Big tries to put all the other heroin dealers out of biz so he can corner the market. Etc.

Anyway, May Day survives and joins up with 007 to thwart Max. She sacrifices her own life to move the explosives out of the strike zone, though there is still a huge blast. Now Max decides he must get Bond in revenge, taking Bond’s love interest captive. This is Stacey Sutton, played by the gorgeous Tanya Roberts, who sadly passed away in January 2021 at the age of 65. Stacey and Bond escape from Zorin, who tries to kill them with an axe, but instead he falls to his death into the San Francisco Bay.

Stacey Sutton


A bit of trivia: Max’s role was first offered to David Bowie, who declined. Rutger Hauer also said no thanks. Finally, Walken agreed to do it.

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You Only Live Twice [April A2Z]

James Bond 007

Welcome to my April A-Z! This month I will be posting about James Bond 007 every day except Sunday, mostly focusing on the movies, not the books. Enjoy! We are almost at the end…

You Only Live Twice is a 1967 Eon-produced Bond film, the fifth in the series, and starring Sean Connery as 007. It was directed by Lewis Gilbert who also directed The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977 and Moonraker in 1979 (both are Roger Moore Bond films). Roald Dahl wrote the screenplay for YOLT (not as catchy as YOLO, unfortunately, but we are using it here), and it was based on Ian Fleming’s novel, though it’s entirely different. This began a new tradition of basically writing an entirely new story for Bond films, while keeping the name of the books. Dahl said that YOLT was Fleming’s worst book with no plot whatsoever, and he had six weeks to write the screenplay with no prior experience. He was told to create three female characters for Bond to seduce. LOL

Bond is sent to Japan to figure out why American and Soviet spacecraft have disappeared ~ and for the first time, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, SPECTRE’S chief baddie, appears on screen. He’s sequestered away on some remote Asian island plotting bad things and working for an unnamed Asian government, assumed to be China, to provoke war between the other superpowers. This film didn’t do as well as previous Bonds, and during filming Connery said he was retiring, though he was persuaded to return in Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and later in the non-Eon Never Say Never Again (1983).

In any case, I never understood the weirdness of why Bond had to fake his death in Hong Kong and then show up on a Japanese island, not even looking Asian or different in any way from his 007 face, to participate in a lengthy “marriage” ceremony with an Asian girl. It literally made no sense whatsoever and doesn’t fool the baddies either. Oddly, however, this section is straight from the book! The idea is that Bond will pose as an ordinary fisherman hubby who will row over to the baddies’ compound to see what’s up and infiltrate it. There are some cool special effects with the spacecraft and also a volcano where the baddies hid it. The escape from the volcano as Blofeld sets it to destruct is pretty exciting. But we never find out what Blofeld’s motivation is in helping (presumably) China begin a kerfuffle wherein the US and Russia will supposedly destroy each other. Not my favorite 007 flick, but still better than most other action movies.

Bit of trivia: Sean Connery’s wife at the time, Diane Cilento, performed many of the swimming scenes for the Japanese actresses. Also, Queen Elizabeth II attended the premiere in Leicester Square.

Bernard Lee plays M in YOLT, Lois Maxwell portrays Moneypenny, and Desmond Llewelyn is Q. Once again, Nikki van der Zyl is uncredited, this time as the voice of Kissy Suzuki, the local operative assigned to help Bond.

Tune in tomorrow for the final A-Z Bond!

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X-Tra Bond Trivia [April A2Z]

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Welcome to my April A-Z! This month I will be posting about James Bond 007 every day except Sunday, mostly focusing on the movies, not the books. Enjoy!

Today I’m going to share some random Bond facts. Who knows, they may help you in a trivia contest…

Bond’s favorite gambling game is baccarat, which is insanely complicated, similar to an 007 storyline. There are several variations of baccarat, but it’s basically a card game, somewhat like blackjack, except face cards and tens are worth zero. If your cards add up to more than 10, you drop the 10 (6 and 7 is 3, etc.). You’re trying to get an 8 or 9, against another player or the house or both. The vast majority of games are played via fixed rules for both the player and the banker, with the gamblers betting on whichever. The house (banker) has the edge, of course. The fixed-rule baccarat games are called punto banco, but that’s not what 007 plays. Bond plays the variation known as chemin de fer (“railway” in French), where it is player vs player, with one designated banker.

There are variations of both types of games too, and the only reason I became aware of baccarat at all is because Bond plays the game. He plays in Thunderball, Dr. No, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, For Your Eyes Only, and GoldenEye. I haven’t seen them all, but I have seen most of them. I wonder if he’ll play baccarat in 2021’s No Time to Die?

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When the producers needed a new bond in 1967, they found George Lazenby, an Australian man, who was the highest paid model in the world at that time. At age 30, he was the youngest actor to portray Bond (so far). Lazenby’s manager advised him against accepting a multi-movie contract, so George was one and done, though he was offered a contract for seven films. Here he is front and center…

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How many actors have portrayed Bond? You think maybe 5 or 6, right? Nope! It’s 13. (So far.)

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Bond was 38 when he became a double-oh. How did he earn that? He killed two enemies in the field.

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The Bond family motto is “The World Is Not Enough,” and the Bond family home is… Skyfall.

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Bond’s on-screen girlfriend introduced herself in the opening scene of Dr. No as “Trench. Sylvia Trench,” which Bond then parried back with his famous opener. It’s important to know that he didn’t originate it, and it materialized out of flirtatious banter, not as an attempt to sound intimidating. Eunice Gayson played Sylvia in the first two films (Dr. No and From Russia with Love), and the running joke was that Bond would get called away on important biz just as things were getting spicy.

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Q is occasionally called “Major Boothroyd,” as we discussed, but does he have a first name? Yes, it’s Algernon! Bond mentions it in Never Say Never Again.

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Sales of the book From Russia with Love exploded in 1961 after President JFK said it was one of his favorite novels. The next Bond film was made from the book, and it was the last movie JFK ever saw ~ one day before his trip to Texas in 1963.

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While under contract to play James Bond, Pierce Brosnan was not allowed to wear a tux in any non-Bond movie.

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Barbara Broccoli (daughter of Albert) has been producing the Eon Bond films since 1995.

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To date, the 22 official Bond films have earned $12B. But the first, Dr. No, went $100K over budget and the producers considered bailing because they weren’t sure it would turn a profit.

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Tune in tomorrow for more A-Z Bond! Only two left…

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Whoops! [April A2Z]

Timothy Dalton

Welcome to my April A-Z! This month I will be posting about James Bond 007 every day except Sunday, mostly focusing on the movies, not the books. Enjoy!

Whoops, I forgot to include Timothy Dalton in my alphabetical list! He looks a bit annoyed about that… don’t you think? Sorry, Mr. Dalton. Yummy dimple, btw. In my defense, I haven’t seen the Dalton-Bond movies, though I’m sure they are enjoyable. Timothy Leonard Dalton Leggett was born in Wales in 1946. He’s the fourth actor to play 007 in the Eon films, starring in The Living Daylights (1987) and License to Kill (1989). Of course, he’s been in other movies also, but like who cares?

Apparently, Dalton was first approached to play Bond when he was 25, but he thought he was too young and couldn’t do the role justice after Sean Connery’s excellent portrayal. Ten years later, he was approached again, but he didn’t like the direction the films were taking… wtf? No wonder I haven’t paid attention to this guy. Mr. Fusspot, amirite? Finally, in 1986, he agreed to take on the Bond role. WELL, LAH DI DAH! Actually, since one of the last 007 flicks at that time was Octopussy (1983) I kinda understand Dalton’s hesitation…

Anyway, Dalton’s 1987 Bond film was hugely successful, doing better at the box office than Moore’s final two, and even beating his competition ~ Lethal Weapon and Die Hard. However, License to Kill did not do that well. To be fair, it had to compete with an Indiana Jones and a Batman, plus the British rated the film for 15+ years of age only, which cut into profits. In the future, Bond films would be released in the fall/winter, not the summer, to avoid another flop. We like our 007 served cold!

Dalton had a contract for three Bond movies, but the third got tangled up in legal issues and was delayed. By the time it got sorted out, Dalton was shooting a series and declined to renegotiate the contract. Pierce Brosnan was brought in at that point for GoldenEye (1995). I’m interested in checking out the Dalton Bond at some point, since Wikipedia says he played him darker and more serious, closer to Fleming’s vision. I’m open to all interpretations of Bond and see no need to decide which is the best one. But if you do, that’s cool. Thanks for reading along.

Tune in tomorrow for more A-Z Bond!

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Vesper Lynd [April A2Z]

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Vesper Lynd is a fictional character created by Ian Fleming in his novel Casino Royale (1953). She was portrayed by Ursula Andress in the 1967 film version of the novel, which is mostly a parody and doesn’t follow the book, and by Eva Green (pictured) in 2006’s Casino Royale, which starred Daniel Craig for the first time as Bond. Fleming created a cocktail recipe named after her, and the phrase “shaken, not stirred” comes from that as well. In the 2006 movie, Vesper works at MI6 headquarters and is assigned to help Bond bankrupt SMERSH baddie Le Chiffre, who has been staked by Mr. White. After 007 takes all Le Chiffre’s money in a game of baccarat, his henchmen kidnap Vesper. When Bond goes to rescue her, they grab him too. Vesper saves 007’s life when he gets poisoned. Naturally, they both are fine, though Bond is injured, and Vesper visits him daily as he recovers. They fall in love and become lovers when he regains his health.

However! Vesper is a double agent working for Russia. Her former lover had revealed to SMERSH (under torture) this information about her. After Le Chiffre’s death (via Mr. White, due to Le Chiffre losing his stake), Vesper hopes she can make a fresh start with Bond in Venice, even though she takes the money Bond won to give to her peeps, but then she sees a SMERSH baddie following them and knows her cover is blown. In an attempt to save 007’s life, she commits suicide. Upon discovering that Vesper was a spy for the other side, Bond appears to immediately dismiss any emotional attachment toward her and proceed with his next mission. But secretly he still has feelings for her, as we see in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) when he visits her grave annually ~ no matter that OHMSS took place decades before Casino Royale. We do not concern ourselves with such trivial details. Bond also mentions her in Goldfinger (1964). Gah, how do these dates make any sense???

Quantum of Solace supposedly makes sense of all this lover, former lover, embezzling stuff, but I haven’t seen it yet! In 2015’s Spectre, Bond finds a video of Vesper’s interrogation by Blofeld, who taunts 007 by saying he caused her death to hurt Bond. So even after her death, the Vesper Lynd character plays a significant role in future (and former) 007 films. Just don’t get hung up on the dates (I say to self).

Tune in tomorrow for more A-Z Bond!

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Ursula Andress [April A2Z]

Welcome to my April A-Z! This month I will be posting about James Bond 007 every day except Sunday, mostly focusing on the movies, not the books. Enjoy!

Today the spotlight is on Ursula Andress, the first “Bond girl,” debuting in 1961’s Dr. No as Honey Rider. She’s an independent woman, making a living selling seashells after suffering an abusive past, and encounters Bond about halfway through the film. She helps Bond escape from baddies, saves herself and him too, rowing Bond to safety while he’s unconscious. Not exactly the usual image we have of 007 overpowering everyone himself and single-handedly saving the beautiful girl, right?

Ursula was born in Switzerland in 1936, and Dr. No was not her first movie ~ she was acting in Italian films during the 1950s. In 1955, she came to Hollywood to try her luck. Though Paramount signed her, she didn’t get any roles due to her inability to learn English, but she did end up marrying John Derek in 1957. Somehow (mystery), she was cast as Honey for the Bond flick and made history ~ she credits the white bikini, which was sold at auction in 2001 for around $40K. She even won a Golden Globe for new star of the year, though her lines were dubbed by Nikki van der Zyl (who dubbed Sylvia’s lines too, as well as many other female characters in later Bond films). Following her success as Honey, Ursula went on to star in other films as well as pose for Playboy.

In 1981, Ursula played Aphrodite in Clash of the Titans, where she met Harry Hamlin, the leading man. They ended up in a romance and had a son, Dimitri, her only child. Ursula now lives in Europe.

Tune in Monday for more A-Z Bond!

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Thunderball [April A2Z]

James Bond playing cards casino thunderball

Welcome to my April A-Z! This month I will be posting about James Bond 007 every day except Sunday, mostly focusing on the movies, not the books. Enjoy!

When adjusted for ticket price inflation, Thunderball (1965) is the most financially successful Bond film. It was the fourth in the 007 franchise, and the Eon producers (Broccoli/Saltzman) had to overcome a legal dispute to release it. Ian Fleming had been sued by the cowriters of another screenplay, as they claimed that Thunderball copied that script. Finally, the lawsuit settled and the film was allowed to be made and released. One of the writers/producers, Kevin McClory, retained some rights, which allowed him to make the non-Eon, Taliafilm Never Say Never Again in 1983 in connection with Warner Bros, which essentially was a remake of Thunderball.

This film is notable for Sean Connery as Bond making use of a jet-pack gadget to escape from some baddies shooting at him. The actual “flight” was done by a stunt double with 007’s face appearing at the beginning and end. Naturally, a beautiful girl is waiting at Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 to unhook him from the pack and help him finish his getaway.

There’s a convoluted plot involving SPECTRE baddies changing their faces and voices to impersonate peeps, with the goal being to steal a couple British nukes, which Emilio Largo, the head of SPECTRE (his first name is changed to Maximillian in NSNA), will then attempt to ransom for $100M of diamonds. We see all this recreated in NSNA but with fancier special effects and retinal scans. As word of the plan gets out, 007 is sent to set things to rights in the Bahamas where it’s all going down. There, Bond meets Domino, Largo’s mistress [look at me, so non-PC!], who of course falls for Bond. There’s a tense poker game with Bond beating Largo (see first image).

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Another notable moment in this film is when Largo throws one of his henchmen to the sharks because he failed to kill bond. The stuntman, Bill Cummings, was required to leap onto a live shark, and he received hazard pay for doing so. Another stuntman, John Stears, almost died when he was battling a “dead” shark except it wasn’t quite, and there was suddenly a shark feeding frenzy, with the stuntman getting pulled out of the water at the last second. The footage was kept in the film and Stears won an Oscar for it (in 1978 he won a second one for Star Wars). But those aren’t even the most exciting shark moments, nope. For the scene in which Bond himself was trapped in the shark pool, he demanded a Plexiglass barrier. This was agreed to and constructed… except they didn’t have enough Plexiglass and a shark found its way into the gap. Luckily for us (and him), Sean escaped and went on to make You Only Live Twice (apt title!).

There’s so much info about this film, the Bond girls’ casting, the theme song, the explosions, etc., that my post would be humongous if I included all the info. I will throw this morsel to you: Bond’s “breathing apparatus” fooled the British Royal Engineers, one of whom called up the draftsman and asked how it worked and how long you could breathe underwater with it. He was annoyed to find out it didn’t work at all in reality. Those tricky filmmakers! Whatever will they think of next?

Oh, you can actually visit the “Thunderball Grotto” in the Bahamas. Look how beautiful it is!

Tune in tomorrow for more A-Z Bond!

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Information and images from Wikipedia, IMDB, MentalFloss, and Bahamar.com.

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