26 Burst results for "Goldfinger"
"goldfinger" Discussed on Game of Crimes
"Don't draw it out like James Bond films. James Bond never dies. You know why? Because goldfinger voice says, he says, do you expect me to talk goldfinger? No Bond I expect you to die, and then they run off and they leave him with the laser getting ready to cut him into and nobody knows if it actually happens or not. So Carl's got the chance to take John mcclane out. He's got the star AUG up against him. He should have taken the shot, but he doesn't. He gets into a fight and guess what happens? He gets choked out with the chain. John wins that battle. John chokes him out with or we think. He gets choked out with the chain, right? This is one guy that is tough to kill. This is the movie was die hard was also named after Carl. Carl was tough to kill. Carl, you just didn't, you just didn't take him out, right? So now they got all the hostages on the roof. John's fighting Carl, he's got the chain wrapped around him. And then but when they start moving him onto the roof. Now Jon takes out Julie, who was the Asian guy, big fu Manchu mustache, eating the candy bar. I thought it was kind of a lighthearted moment. He's down there, you know, when the geyser breaking in, he's sees the candy bar. So that's 8 ten goes down now. So he's got 8 ten goes down. Well, now the M 60 gunner on the Huey starts shooting at John on the roof, right? So that's the thing you do, right? You take a helicopter with an automatic weapon and you start shooting at people, which 99.9% of the people on the roof or guess what? Civilians. They're innocents, right? Makes perfect sense, doesn't it, Steve? Oh yeah. Yeah. It kind of fits in with all the rest of the things we've been talking about. Yeah. Oh, oh, by the way, there's a nice one from Michelle. Y'all the bad guys movie I just stepped off the rope cover of a romance novel have to be hard to kill. Yeah, 'cause they're good-looking.
"goldfinger" Discussed on Band It About - Podcast Series
"Can you remember. You fish geek. Yes i came. It was at his little bah on grenfell street. Co-produces bob which i think is a thing anymore. Yes that was. I would obtain eleven and we'll applying with a hape of other lack punk bands. And i just remember it. Being such surreal. Marmon getting supply lack a couple of flack originals and then a lot of lack punk covers which. I drained applying in a live settings Was lack very young. Which was yes. So i feel like that's one moment that will stick with me because it was so. Surreal in just a stup- sometimes get that feeling playing gigs. Now and it's yet just awesome. Excellent so what was she made you all what are talking about as major well in front of a large audience have to say so as lodge lodge audience. My first niger gig was supplying a kava bank dot noni show right and we did a show at a winery. Come remember the name of it Down like down south and it was for something called like that nineties potty and it was just a big life nineteen esque festival thing. It was in front of luck three thousand or so people. Yeah it was definitely massive for me. And i was like i was fifteen or that was such a massive moment and the weather was horrendous. It was pouring with rain but it was. It's one of those like moments again. That i'll never forget because of just the ship amount of people staring at a gone along to play a lot of big band. Settings luck that as well now but obviously con anymore because of the situation it does make it a bit tricky. Yeah just a little bit Do you have a memorable gig story. Good or bad that you'd like to share all year. I have a lot. There's one that always sticks out to me about gig. The lizards which is lack of thrash punk band. We played for a sweidish skype on bank. Would mellon cullen and also. I've been full gold fingers. Well which i a like scott skop band and that was lacking hype q. Back when that was open and that was surreal it was an unreal moment and i just remember often. Clyde getting congratulated side stage. Bob millan colin and goldfinger. Who would just some of my idles and then after the gig we finished winning sat backstage with them and i paid seren had music chats. We've to have my most five punk bands of all time. Which is something really really big. Yeah that's pretty memorable definitely. Did you have any of that. You wanted to share. You're there was one. It was like my second gig ever with banner and stood on the drums to as like to finish off and fell off of it ended up in this little crack behind the side of the stage which is odd odd sites. It's memorable but more funny than yeah. Yeah you've always got to check what's behind you. Yeah i probably should have checked the legs on the The stole as well because that's what collapsed a. Yeah yeah good idea. Check that definitely Say believe that you managed to get on stage was in two thousand and ten with the screaming jets at the gulf. Yes i was. Oh how old was i. Seven or eight something like that. That came along from a screaming jets cover. I did a lot better. When i was really young. That got taken off youtube because of some copyright thing but the manager from the screaming jets hit my mop asking if i wanted to like play them at their show that alive which was awesome and got up implied tunnels with them which was such an awesome moment for me. I just remember being really really nervous and really scared. And i kept on slowing down and as a lack six. Seven or eight year-old accountable. Our what i was. It probably says on the video. I just remember like the guitars staring at me. Going lack a k. We go to go faster. And i don't really. I wasn't quite understanding what was what was going on about apart from that it was definitely a big milestone show. So you got to play with the screaming jets at tom. Is there any alabama. I'd like to play with all of voice had lot. Little drains about playing with vans. And i tend to happen. Which is pretty cold. When i was fifteen plight drums for friends room. Yeah which was such a big moment for me is. I was my like biggest punk idols. When i was younger sorry being able to get up there imply a song that actually applied before on drums just listened to a lot was so coal and just yeah very nerve wracking. Because i thought i was going to stop but still absolutely unreal. That's cool you mentioned before we've not being able to apply as much at the moment gene. How many gigs did you lose. Three this whole shutdowns and everything else that's going on. I'm not sure how many like numbers wise but it has been a lot was and it was very hard Own happening twenty. Twenty two just khanna. 'cause it was twenty twenty was lock meant to be like a really good year like musically and so like burn out were meant to open full one of my favorite punk bands lagging. That gig was meant to be march the sixteenth or something and that was the sign die. That lockdown started in adelaide. Yeah so them. Being americans to be sent straight back and yes dot gig cancelled for us and that just gonna was a big downhill spiral so yes. Oh luck with Which when not a band anymore yes so it just kinda ended very harshly and just everything came to a halt which wasn't too good but obviously everything's partially back up and running now said that's put everyone in a better position. I reckon yeah yeah. Is there a positive. That's come from the lockdowns wouldn't have occurred. Figure out the ones. Yes so with. The lockdowns joined band. That i'm in now bring dicey which the by supply of from burnout. Pleading will still apply zine and they wanted to expand to a full pace because they were originally a three pastes before that saw them asking me to join was like september. Twenty twenty or something and that was absolutely awesome. It was such a big mood. China it was. Yeah just really really good for me. And now i've so happy to be part of such an awesome project with.
"goldfinger" Discussed on 710 WOR
"GOODFELLAS, starring Ray Liotta, Robert DeNiro, Lorraine Brocco and Joe Pesci. Open for your brain. Len Burman and Michael Riedel in the morning on 17. W O R. Alright. Welcome to the Michael Riedel. John Barry Festival. How did we get on this? How did this I don't know. I don't I don't know if they have something to do with Jeff Bridges and King Kong bridges because Jeff Bridges announced that his cancer was okay, but he battled Covid and he said that was tougher than battling cancer. And I said the first time I ever saw Jeff Bridges Was in the remake of King Kong in 1976, and I had that beautiful theme song by John Barry and all of you people that I work with here have never heard of John Barry and don't know this music and I played the harp there and you're like, Oh, whatever, Who cares, and another heart was good. I'm glad when you pointed that out, so give me a couple of more John Barry songs you love and then we'll get our listeners. Well, I think the most famous one is probably well. He did a lot of James Bond songs, Goldfinger and whatnot. But I'm going to give you this one born free. Well, that's great. Wait for it is the slow burn takes a while for this guy to get going. Really does my goodness. Wake me up when we get don't have time, Michael, or so music snappy show. About it. You hear? All right. That was great strings..
"goldfinger" Discussed on SpyHards Podcast
"Calvin. You're our guest. The question goes to you. I yes absolutely. Yes definitely wise not. I don't think you could get a more quintessential sixties escapist entertainment fund bond spy adventure. It's just nails all of those elements if you want to sort of talk about a bond films a cocktail. It has all of those perfect perfect things. It comes together really nicely and you can overlook some of its more agree just false because it is just that much of a good time. Yeah it says the template for that came afterwards. I think. I think it's important from a film history perspective. The people to look at this. I don't think it's just a good bond film. But i think it's just a great soul of a pop culture icon and an explanation of so much that came after a trendsetter really cam. What do you think yeah. it's a yes for me. I think the thing is when we look. At the connery's we inducted both in from russia with love. Those are much more gritty espionage thrillers Which the franchise. That's not really what it is. Whereas i feel like this is kind of the pinnacle of the sean connery superhero kind of blockbuster. James bond movies and it has all the elements. We've talked about the villains in you. Know the bond girls and the set pieces all of its working together as you. I said right up top. It has had raiders. Lost ark like feel. The magic is working all the elements are in place and we get just a supremely satisfying adventure. Film that i mean. There's a reason people still watch this movie over. And over and over. I mean a casual fans like not people who obsess over blonde like we. We watch the worst bond movie over and over again but i think a lot of people will sit and watch goldfinger even if they don't watch a lot of the other blonde films so i think it's a very important movie culturally and i think it lives up to that importance in culture. Well that means my is completely useless but Show you wanna hear it anyway so is also yes for me unsurprisingly. I'll keep show. I've said this on the oppo cost before. I'm not sure what discussion was about. But the discussion hand was the film we were talking about. Transcended the schommer. It was in and just became a great film. Overall in the in the history of cinema and goldfinger does the same thing for me. Not only is it. A great bonefield like from russia with love doctor or goldeneye. It's just a great film. You could put anyone in front of it. And i think they would find something to enjoy. Yeah so three yeses means. Golfing is joining dr. No from russia would love and goldeneye on the noc list. I think it's in good company They have it folks. Goldfinger is officially own. The noc list. And the dossier is closed at filed as classified. But before we talk about the film was tackling next week..
"goldfinger" Discussed on SpyHards Podcast
"As my lockdown. Look you're talking you buddy thank you. That's that's better than the bieb. Comparisons i normally go i to you buddy no way. That's that no one wants to hear that. Well this is. Sean connery time as bond. I think he's probably nailed the stage. I started we'll start to see the downfall potentially from him. How do you guys think about Shown stood appearance. I mean this is the beginning of the end in some ways like this is the one. That's obviously going to put connery on the map as a worldwide superstar. But it's kind of also the last time. I think he's really really excited about the prospect of playing james bond but that excitement is very much on screen here. I completely agree. I think he's he's clearly having a good time he's nailing it every single. He just convey so perfectly. I'd say it's a perfect bond performance. I think we have Go f- robe as goldfinger again. One of the quintessential villains really i. I actually would have him before. Any of the felts. Ooh that's yeah. Well i mean there's so many arguments back and forth about whether goldfinger is the greatest bond villain of all time. I mean it's really hard to make an argument against that. We can argue the movie about while bond isn't necessarily the active spy. He is some of the other movies. But goldfinger is a villain very much reigns supreme over this movie. It's almost like dark knight situation. Where the joker kinda runs away with the movie in many ways gold fingers the one that runs away with this movie so he might be the greatest bond villain of all time in gertraud really does bring you. I go so far as to say he is. I mean i love an awful lot of on villains. But i just think there's so much that he does is just so perfect he's i i love. We didn't mention it towards the end of the thing where his Scheme starts to go up in flames up full knox as soon as he realizes that something bad is happening..
"goldfinger" Discussed on SpyHards Podcast
"I can definitely use that as a way of looking at this film because it's just it's time doesn't forgive what they did but i want to sit here and just bash it as much either and i think that's something i've been guilty of recently with reviewing some other films well it would. We talked about one of our dinosaurs missing. I said like when you have problematic you know dated material like this. does it. Overwhelm the film versus. Is it a ellum into the film. You kind of have to acknowledge and you can move on from i. This is a case where you have these moments. That are a little uncomfortable. But i feel like they don't overwhelm the film. The one thing. I will say though is this movie has kind of weird relationship with bond and women in this movie. That i don't think was the case in the previous. I'm not gonna go you know. I'm not gonna die on the hill of the previous to progressive studies in you know modern courtship but bond multiple points. This movie is like interrogating women to like. Have you slept with goldfinger. Goldfinger is it sexual like. He doesn't seem to do that in the other ones. It felt kind of weird. Also you have the scene obviously with dink at the start of the movie with the famous men talk in the slap on the but which you know. I remember just like i remember when we watch this as a family back in the daily whole family. Just laugh at the sheer absurdity. A bad moment it seemed ridiculous dated even when we were watching it in the probably the eighties or nineties So yeah it's just like this has kind of a. I think the relationships between bonn and women is a little weirder in. This will be then. Maybe even some of the ones going forward when you get to the next one. You've got like fiona volpe basically calling bond out on the type of behavior he puts on pussy. Galore here where you know. He sleeps with her or really sexually a seltzer and then she completely you know has a the angels sing and she decides to jump over to the good guy side..
"goldfinger" Discussed on SpyHards Podcast
"I say i would go with zenya. But that's mostly because i'm a pierce brosnan on a team broza guy Sure i think the thing is like once you get to characters like What you know may day ends enya. They're trying to give them more of a psychological profile whereas the earlier ones you're getting more of your jaws your job. You're you're blind dude in. You only live twice several other tall blonde dudes in other movies. It doesn't seem like they're really trying to dig into this character so much as portray them as at best charismatic action characters. So i find it hard to compare like an odd job because send us given so much more to do as a character but in terms of the kind of the the heavy like the real kind of classic iconic heavy. it's odd jobber jaws. I think jaws just mike at the edge because he gets two movies. Yeah that's true. yeah. I had one of those two also true. Yeah i actually got to meet. Richard kiel so i think that one might Reign supreme in my mind on that so cool. When was that. It was actually a star trek convention in twenty four teen. He used to go to the las vegas star trek con every year. And just have a table he would. Yeah you could get autographs. You could get photos in the first year. I saw like this guy wasn't in star trek but this is an opportunity so i went and did itself opium crushing my head in his hands. I asked him questions sure. He's been asked more times than that he would prefer but he was very gracious. Answered the wall and I think it was maybe the next year he was there again. And i got him to do a Autographed photo for my dad for his birthday. Which in my dad has over his computer now so very nice man while he was alive so lovely. Yeah it's a bummer. Fem ca johnson came one year to the con- as well. And i was gonna do a photo op or autograph with her but they were like very very expensive. And i was like okay. I also fem. Ca johnson had invented social distancing at that point over a good distance away from each other. I've seen pictures and heard mixed things. Yeah i well let the kind to you can go. And look at people's photo ops. Because they lay them out on the table and it was a very uncomfortable. Series of photo ops. So i felt fairly justified in not paying the eighty dollars. Us or whatever. It was well before i move onto criticisms potentially is at any of the scenes on my guys shot out. I guess. I wouldn't mind giving a shoutout to pussy. Galore herself on a black man who i think. Definitely when thinking of the rest of connery's bond goals and female coast. But i think she's the strongest of the mole just the first one in the chronology to keep her own voice is a nice consistency of performance. Incredibly well written character. Very witty I guess we'll get onto criticism. That's bond seen in a bit. But i do love her and she's clearly an actress having a great time at the performance. Yeah just under. The highlight rarely another great performance. I feel with tracking these films. Coming out in the sixties it must have been very fascinating to see Bunk coming up against roosevelt in from russia with love. But this is maybe the first strong bond ally female..
"goldfinger" Discussed on SpyHards Podcast
"The book is really terrific But this is one where they really did. Take the The structure of the book and the characters and then expanded out and made it so much so much. better yeah it's a real improvement. Y- i read the book when i was a teenager. It's been so many years That my memories of it were very vague. But i do remember when i read it. My takeaway was walk. Goldfinger is considered by most especially back in the nineteen nineties. Like the ultimate james bond movie. This didn't feel like the ultimate james bond book. Because i'd read before that i think living die and diamonds are forever. I think i'd enjoy those two more. Yeah it was. It was follows dr no in from russia with love which a couple of favorite of the flemings and i think you do get to a point where fleming stocks kind of steam his next book after that one in the chronology was a comment for it was the short story compilation or if it was Bowl but from the ball obviously was based on a screenplay that he was so co writing with kevin mclaren's mother people for different projects in the short stories is a collection of various ones in britain for different publication. So he was definitely so out of steam a little bit at this point and he gets rejuvenated a bit towards the end of his run but Yeah it's also one of the longer ones so it sir ends up being boever slog. I'm curious you know. Your memory of the book is probably better than mine. was kind of the back and forth between bond and goldfinger played up as strongly in the book is it was here. I think it was I remember there's a whole passage in the book where bond is investigating goldfinger home. And he finds out that goldfinger has got like some cameras and then goldfinger returns from. He's gone bummed has to solve. Get rid of this camera. Film and nestle sparring and. There's some nice soft because goldfinger knows that bond has been searching his place in bond knows that they they have to keep these appearances. And then that's quite phone but you don't but golfing is a very different character. The the book is certainly totally not as light an as jokey and his camp as the film is i think some of the great exchanges between connery and gut for open this film come from just the activists chemistry and the dialogue. That give an. I don't think that's really presence in the book. What goldfinger is a bit more of a mobile kind of villain. I think right it's crazy. They can't died. Chemistry in place when gut was dubbed..
"goldfinger" Discussed on SpyHards Podcast
"Also a couple other. Notables here peter. Lamont was hired on as a draftsman to work under ken. Adam still peter lamont would go on to become a production designer for the franchise almost every single film. Your eyes only onwards so. This is a pretty major in the world of james bond also the addition of the cube branch sequence and boosting up the character of q desmond..
"goldfinger" Discussed on Cracking the Code of Spy Movies!
"That's the one building so You know just an incredible introduction to me. I've been in absolute or since lindsay. I'm totally my number. One fill five villain henchmen five riccar engine. Could i forget our job. Other thing that i think was so iconic. You know joe's wouldn't be wouldn't even be in the movie if it wasn't for. Mr one of my favorite scenes is the same wave misdemeanor night mr solo in nyc goldfinger mankind. If you wanna are just like all the the fact that he's got all these gadgets. As well i just love that. Say you're right and it's also. That was the sort of the first real exposure. I know he had a great Set in dhaka knows well but cannot go over the top. Engulfing is playroom just incredible one of the best ever and that's this is another one of those movies. It's something that i i grew up caddying. So you've got a golf scene with a calf. I'm hooked same just works so well balanced interesting because it's different in the book a little bit so in the book the caddy is the one who who who steals. If you will the golf ball where in the movie. It's it's bond and also all ichi host to get dry. Yeah but but as a as a former caddy just let the candy. Do the stealing. The books are fabulous. Though and tom and i we had an opportunity at indiana university to study in person. Eleven of the original fleming manuscripts paging through his typewritten. His typewritten pages any type in jamaica and then scratched out pan and in wrote paragraphs hold paragraphs in his own hand. The goal my god touching. These pages was any little side but the gulf finger one is really good to look through their goldfinger. Yeah what am i up. Bits and gold fingers on the plane getting reason to sit and have they mentioned that there was an attache case but it was damaged right and that's a reference back. I was thinking to the attache case in russia with love and is so subtle. Yes yes right. it's just so it's just a narrative is it's great. I think most sorry. That was great. Yeah terrific soft. Yeah i was just gonna you know in a movie. That's overflowing with great limes but my favorite line in any bond movie ever actually. The winner of the line is not goldfinger. And it's the expect me to talk goldfinger. mr bond. Expect to one of my favorites to lizzie. The thing i don't know is because they dubbed goldfinger fingers voice. How much like play this line up. So that the person who's dubbing it or did gert over the top the delivery of that which made the person dubbing it. Yeah it's it's. It's an interesting thing. Because i don't know if you've heard it i've heard good for oba's original track. There isn't an awful lot of difference. Frankly yeah between the two. So i think the lottery is true thomas that the guy who is dubbing it was like well why would i improve on perfection. So you know he. Poppy good over. Okay yeah even speak a word of english when the leasing yeah good stuff all right so we we talked about the attache case or tachi case with of course it had the ar seven rifle in there which was makes another appearance in a movie and that is on her majesty's secret service. Actually so we're going to go to brian who selected that as his first bond movie right already so with all these secret service. It's kinda like this. Transitional fell in the series..
"goldfinger" Discussed on WBSM 1420
"Calm down, but on Her Majesty's Secret Service, one of the best James Bond movies. I think we have been falling down in our break banter are with your apart because in the brakes if you're watching us online stream, you get to hear the back and forth with our team. Guys, are we not Failing in our break banter. I don't know. I don't think so. I don't think so. Whenever there's something that I feel like it's worth bringing up the way we do it. It's great, but are we doing it enough? Well, maybe just a smudges. We prep for the show. We should be prepping for the breaks. You know, they say it's an hour of prep per hour of show. I should prep for every every single break. Jeff, are you ready? Tow Have production prepped for the break. No, I agree. I think Shad should do the prep for the Grace I second that motion. You use such hard bottoms You really up? Let's do a little bit of banter. Right now. I know Jeff really has a strong opinion on this. The best bond movie that start with the professor's shad rack. The best bond movie Love Goldfinger it personally, It's because of the way that I watched it, which was During a snowstorm in the backseat of a car on a laptop, which is not the proper way to watch it. But for some reason, a really, really stuck with me after that, were you stuck in the vehicle? Was it mobile in the snowstorm? It was more violent. It's no storm and I felt really bad for my parents who are driving through, said Snow Storm because I was watching a bond film in the back seat when you a little bit squished in the back of those Aston Martins do not have a lot of room in the back. That's true. That's true. I was actually in the truck and we're talking about it asked me what he was behind the bulletproof panel. Good choice. Goldfinger. That's good, Eric. Respond. Movie You only live twice if for no other reason than the first on screen presence of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, played by the late Great Donald Pleasants. Ah, interesting usually usually appears near the bottom because Sean didn't want to do it. They paid him an astronomical amount of money to come back back and play in the You only live twice. Which you said you nearly twice, right? Yeah. Okay..
"goldfinger" Discussed on SpyHards Podcast
"If you read into his backstory he began as a vaudevillian it became an orchestra leader and he was also a writer as well. Songwriter and his most notable credit was he wrote the one thousand nine hundred forty one marx brothers movie. The big store which i've seen. It is actually pretty funny. He was mostly known for doing a lot of tv so he came up with the concept of what this movie is. This is right. After james bond has blown up you know Goldfinger thunderball are both phenomenons. They're changing the landscape of spy movies. So it makes a lot of sense that someone would wanna riff about that at this point in time and he writes the screenplay for this movie with a guy named ben star who mostly just wrote. Tv he'd written a lot of episodes of my favorite martian petticoat junction. Mr ed shows like that and this the script and idea was very much. Championed by producer saul david now saul. David was a guy who worked at bantam books as a chief editor for a time and moved into film producing in nineteen sixty five. We'd had a big hit with the frank sinatra film von ryan's express and was ready to continue on. This seemed like a really good idea for him. Now it was his idea to hire james coburn. And james coburn says i. Credit producer saul david for the flint films. He was responsible for the whole thing. He also casting me in the role so we can enter the director now but very much it seems like producer saul. David was the visionary behind what this will be ultimately came to be the director. Though was daniel man who had done an academy award nominated best picture candidate in nineteen fifty-five called the rose tattoo he'd also done some other prestige stuff like butterfield. Eight which one elizabeth taylor and oscar. He'd also done a couple of dean. Martin comedies nineteen sixty. Two's who's got the action in nineteen sixty. Three's sleeping in my bed. So he was kind of a weird director in that he would go from like very like You know Blake prestige type films to really goofy kind of sex comedies of the era. So he's an interesting choice for this movie. And i think it'll be interesting to talk about his contributions to this movie which definitely juggles the to a couple of other things. I'll just note. Raquel welsh tested for the role of gila but was not chosen. She wound up. Instead in the producers other follow up film from the same year fantastic voyage where she became an icon. So i'm not really sure why they passed over raquel welch for this movie but history turned out okay. So that's of the behind the scenes. There's not a lot of behind the scenes details written about our men flint. That i could find. I was digging through like old like newspaper. Clippings even for those quotes from coburn. I'm curious allen. If you knew anything that i didn't cover their no you've pretty much found whatever i have it. Considering the influence of it does have actually very little written about and a very few contemporary sources as well so interesting. You mentioned the tv thing. I was going back and looking at the cast..
"goldfinger" Discussed on Cracking the Code of Spy Movies!
"Sound of the timer. Ticking away right in our ears because we're close to the barrels because that's where the camera is. This is fabulous. I love that part great stuff. We see bond jumped down by the shore and then he begins to remove his dry suit to reveal a crisp white dinner jacket. A nice touch it reaches into a pocket and pulls out a red carnation for his lapel. Bond nice grades. Interestingly enough director steven spielberg has always had a strong desire to make a james bond Those spawning the creation of indiana jones. Now eating hannah jones and the temple of doom from nineteen eighty four. We say indiana wearing the similar talks a red carnation in shangahi nightclub links to goldfinger feature in the outlet sequence because he has no connection to the main storyline. He's he's fantastic and he's a great roofs. I must've invented out of thin air for the movie rights. I have no not exactly not exactly you know it. It looks ridiculous. You taking off this dry suit. Then you got this. You know. full tuxedo kind of thing underneath. Don't think that's ridiculous. I think that's bad but it looks like come on. That's impossible well. In nineteen forty one agent called tazelaar. Who was part of the dutch resistance and with british. Help got ashore near the hague. Wants a sure. He removed the wetsuit. And it was a specially designed wetsuit to reveal an evening suit. He infiltrated nazi party to try to extract. Other dutch resistance fighters. This really happened now is evening. Where would make him look like. He belonged tazelaar and he doused himself and alcohol to pretend he drunk so it kind of fit in allowing him to slip past the guards and into the party. This is all real stuff. Anyway of british screenwriter paul dain who worked on the screenplay for this and another great spy movie. The spy who came in from the cold among other movies was called in to polish up the gold finger script. He knew about this world war two incident because he was a former intelligence officer in world. War two The original script did not have the scene and the scene was not in the goldfinger novel. The idea likely came from dane. It's a great touch appearing moments later in a club. He's looking good and he examines is watch. And it's almost twelve twenty. We see the day. Go with the woman dancing and her name has benita. She was played by actress. Najjar reagan go also played karen bays mistress in from russia with love. Now this is a lower key day..
"goldfinger" Discussed on Cracking the Code of Spy Movies!
"The pre title sequence in goldfinger has set the bar for all future bond films in terms of how the pre title sequence is treated and is so prominent a part of each movie guy. Hamilton was brilliant in encapsulating. All the traits and characteristics of ban from his stealthy nece toughness blunt instrument of the government. Kind of spy. Womanizer coolness dapper nece and determination to succeed at whatever it is. He's doing all rolled up into the pre title sequence goldfinger. This is brilliant. He sounds amazing now. Golfing is considered by many to be the move that set the full relentless chance for be for many years to come. The first phone pray title was from russia with love however that will very much outlining the movie and letting us now that donald red grant wasn't assassin trying to kill james bond the goldfinger pre title sequence on the other hand as almost nothing to do with the rest of the movie. There are two small wins. The first is in the nightclub. I'm we'll talk about that later. And the second east when felix makes bond at the fund. Simple tally miami. Beach bond size on holiday might have now and would put me into the best. How telling miami beach after gratitude. Maybe that holiday was for the job title. It just isn't clear. Most people think the pre pull has nothing to do with the rest of the moment. We in agreement guys go. I think there is a little connection there. And i think we hear it in the nightclub in the pre title sequence. I think that's interesting. Because i saw an interview by richard maibaum and he actually says we thought we'd do this little mini thing in front. That had nothing to do with the movie. So it's kinda weird because they did try to seem to tie it together but as the writer said we did this just to Have some fun yeah. I think he's in miami for two reasons. One am wants him to trace the movements of goldfinger who happens to be there and to its immediately. After completing his mission we assume in central america which is not all that far from miami. So deploying double oh seven on the goldfinger mission might be believable since he was kind of in the area yes. It's true as from russia with love. The opening pre title sequence begins with a dark dimly lit scene. There's somebody walking we see these three. Large cylindrical objects. They kind of look like silos. Who hear the sound of footsteps on the stone. The camera pans back over a building. We start to hear the sound of water lapping the shore of the sounds. Yeah the sound effect. Here is brilliant. Yes it's really only second sound we hear. Is this water noise now. We know something's about to happen on the shore and we have to remember the cameras like our is. It's turning to what catches our notice or intrigues us. So the cameras leading us somewhere. Yeah yeah l. Of the details a small fishing boat perhaps is in the left foreground. Looks like a little fishing boat as the light bays or white structure in the background and perhaps a distant palm tree it looks like against the night sky the touches of warp with some lights that iran break the darkness a chocolate a couple of exterior structure lights just breaks the monotony of the darkness of the scene. So all of this is just beautiful in terms of a picture of what's happening as any greek pre title sequence should do it makes us wonder. Where are we who is there. What is about to happen. The music also is suspenseful other music greed in here because it's kind of suspenseful and then all of a sudden the score changes to these horns so it's kind of jarring. And we see the siegel swimming on top of the water. We have the great water sound effects in this. Short bursts of horns are learning that. Something's going to happen in a second. We know why we see that. The seagull is attached to bonds headgear of his dry suit as he cautiously looks around here moves the headgear and tosses it into the water. A nice splash again. Great sound effects and you see the splash in get is probably not a good idea. Because it's a pretty big splash buddies trying to be clandestine. So what do you guys. Think of this siegel thing it's bond. I mean it's cute. Thank you what do you think of that much of the skies. Someone would have be watching that. Second he said amusing disgracing Will be speaking later on a bit. More about baxter yet start of things. Start to the formula spouse. We say okay we say james bond approach approaches seething. The vote using fight anymore accident coins. This concept gets us twice more in the future. In james bond babies so these prey title has impact. Not only on many pre-title secrecy to comb. Won't on the mind body of gunman these in the gym. I thirty two saline octopussy. Where james bond roger roger. These time approaches the palace in a fight alligator or a crocodile thinking a crocodile. He uses it again. His voter a meets kid when he finds. Vj was killed. We have all seen the crocodile submarine at the now closed. Bond motioning experience. It was very cool. Indeed it'll be nice if they reopened that exist that
Los Angeles City, County Debut Response Teams For Mental Health Incidents
"Program under which mental health workers respond to certain types of 911 calls. These air calls involving people dealing with emotional crises where they don't pose and be a risk to themselves or anyone else. The LAPD is contracting with a nonprofit called Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, a major mental health provider in L. A county and the operator of the oldest suicide prevention line in the United States. Dr Jonathan Goldfinger is the group's CEO, he says. When someone calls 911 in L A, and explains that they're in crisis. The operator can then redirect the person right away, and then our counselor takes it over and we do what we do best. Developing the report quickly de escalating to help the caller access whatever services are needed to get well. And if they need a higher level of care, coordinating a rescue back at times to the LAPD or other community resource is the pilot program is running eight hours a day right now during peak 911 call periods, but it's expected to expand to 24 7. You're listening to KCRW.
"goldfinger" Discussed on News Radio 920 AM
"I'm just saying, I never understood why they needed to create new villains when Batman had a wealth of villains that they could have adapted so that You know? Always hurt me a little. How did they settle on Adam West Because he was kind of a sidekick on TV programs. I think he was in the rifleman. How did how did he land that job City? I think But the way he really got the role isn't 65. He did a serious of commercials for next. Please quit. You know the chocolate milk making stuff. He played a secret agent type commander like in the Navy. Named tapped in quick and you know, this is during again. The Connery bond praise of 1965 after Goldfinger, Goldfinger and 64 really kicked off by mania and all for 65. Until thunder ball came out at the end of the year. It was bond mania. So you know he had the man from Uncle on television, and this is quick. Everybody wanted to jump on the James Bond bandwagon, so they come up with, you know he's comedic commercials that were spooks of bomb. And they had this young actor Adam West, who was a like I said, great, be TV actor in Hollywood, but you know he was good looking and well built, and he plays the role, but because they were ness is quick commercials. They were to meet it. Weren't you know serious commercials. This is quick. So they were to meet it, and he played it deadpan and somebody ABC in casting must have shown it to William Does your like. You should check out this guy when they knew they were going to do Batman in the camp way they saw, you know Adam West. Play in a sense, a camp version of Bond, which is what Captain Quick Woz. And that's how we can go. Interesting. Interesting. And that the narrator of you know, tune in next week. Same bat time. Same Bat channel. Who was that? That was those here. Ah, I was the producer. So it shows you that he knew what he was doing. He knew he was doing a camp approach because when he in September of 66 Ends up doing the Green Hornet with the then newcomer named Bruce Lee as Kato. He decides to do the Green Hornet straight, not campy. So he knew what he was doing. Batman was not an accident. It was a very premeditated and that's what makes it a piece of pop art. That's what makes it self aware and camp and ironic. And that's what was a breakthrough in January of 66, which really kicks off the greatest pop culture year in American history. 1966. It kicks off the psychedelic era. There's a psychedelic like aspect of the Batman TV show the bright colors the sound effects. Right, Arlen, We've got to take a time out here. Hang in there. We're gonna open up the phone lines at the bottom of the hour. Here, take questions and comments Arlen Schumer on Batman Right here on coast to coast. Am Everybody going down rounds tonight. Everybody.
"goldfinger" Discussed on KFI AM 640
"That's M co double A M. C. E O. When you hit traffic. Don't handle it yourself. Hey, there's an accident over here. What? Over there? Where? What? Why? Leave it to the pros dial down to 50 on your cell phone and say the keyword Kay If I traffic pay if I am 6 40 more stimulating talk. I understand facing together, This'll guys crumble stand together. Okay. If I am 6 40 live everywhere. All the I heart radio at this is the Mo Kelly show, and we're in the midst of the wonderful conversation about all things James Bond. Joining me right now, By Zoom is Steve Rubin. We're talking about the James Bond movie Encyclopedia and Steve I gave you about. I don't know, 78 minutes to think about it, not necessarily the villains, but the hitch Hman. I think of odd job with the hat. I think of jaws with the teeth. Let's say that they got into a squabble and they want to throw down. Who would you pick in that fight? Well, that Z. That is an interesting mano a mano. I think that You know, they're very different characters. I mean, you talk about the realism of the bond movies. I mean, odd jobs, a real guy. I mean, he's you know, he has a a bowler, which slices through people's next very easily, Whereas Jaws is kind of ah, mythical character, because nothing can kill him. He's indestructible, right? I would put my odds on not with odd job but with Jaws because Jaws is indestructible. I think that was part of my problem with that movie. The one problem I had was spiral of Mia's Come on. Jaws is like he's basically Wile E. Coyote. What do you think? Richard Kiel, the actor, the late actor who played Jaws. What do you think he did for the bond franchise writ large. Oh, I think I think he was huge. I think the spiral love me, which blew out all the stops. That summer of 1977 was very much a new experience for a whole new generation of young fans. We're talking about people from 12 to 24 year, core movie marketing, a movie movie audience and Jaws was heaven to them. He was fun. He was the character they could talk about in the school yard afterwards, and I think that he was so successful that filmmakers brought him back for Moonrakers. So I mean, obviously they love Jaws. And for Richard Kiel, it made him an international star. I mean, Richard, of course, have been around forever. We all remember him from his own. Yes, right. Yeah, Exactly. Absolutely. So it's great for his career. And he was that convention signing autographs for decades. After that, When you talk about James Bond, you have to talk about those ancillary figures, which are known in every movie. We mentioned the evolution of the bond girl, and I'm not trying to say that as a pejorative. I'm just saying that was the characterization, but the female lead in bond movies. Who do you think was the most Consequential or most important to the bond franchise. Now that's a very good question. No, I think for my personal favorites I have to go all the way back to Goldfinger. Although I would go even back to the beginning with Doctor No. Ursula Andress. Her arrival in the movie coming out of the water in that white bikini is the day Oh, my goodness! Day. Yes, sir. This day. It's considered the most most dramatic introduction of an actress than in movie history, which I think is fascinating. My personal favorite is Claudine O. J, who played Domino in Thunder Ball. I think she was the most. Attractive of all the bond women, but they've been great all along. I mean, you put a line of these 40 or 45 women next to each other, And it's the most beautiful women in the history of mankind. Not a bad job to have to be James Bond. Let me tell you that. How can people find you your work?.
"goldfinger" Discussed on KFI AM 640
"It is to my mind the most comprehensive work on the bond Cinematic universe. Act. It is endorsed by former Bond George Lazenby himself. Quote. Nobody does Double 07 encyclopedias better than Bond historian Stephen Jay Rubin by his book M's Orders. Close quote Steven J. Rubin joins me now by a zoom, Steve. Or should I say, Stephen, which do you prefer? Steve is perfect, Mo. Thank you. Thank you for coming on, and I was awaiting this conversation because I am a bond fan, and I would almost say a bond fiend. If that makes any sense. You've been chronicling the history and legacy of bond films for more than 40 years, So take me back to your beginning. How and when did you first find and fall in love with the character of James Bond? My father was going business trips and normally he would bring home westerns and I never really had any interest in reading westerns. But one day in 1964 he plopped paperback edition of Gold Finger on my desk Now I was 12. And he gave gives me a book with a picture of a naked woman on the cover. Now she was obviously tastefully draped in gold and covering the right parts. But I started to read this book and I said, What is this? This is really cool. And this is 1964 that Christmas. Debuted. Goldfinger and I have not seen the first two James Bond movies. Dr Newman from Russia love. But Goldfinger was a big event like we would do The Avengers today go things. Peace. A man a man with minus touch us spiders. This'd is gold, Mr Bone all my life I've been in love with its color brilliance, divine heaviness. I welcome any enterprise that will increase my stock, which is considerable. I think you've made your part Goldfinger. Thank you for the demonstration. Choose your next witticism carefully, Mr Bond. It may be your last. The purpose of our two previous encounters is now very clear to me. I do not intend to be distracted by another. Good night, Mr Bond. Do you expect me to talk? Who? Mr Bond. I expect you to die. There is nothing you can talk to me about that. I don't already know. So I just fell in love with the character and this was at the height of bond. Um, the following year, and we only had to wait one year. For the next James Bond movie was Thunder ball, and that was even bigger. So it was just a great time to be a bond fan. He always runs while of those, won't he? Wow. Just exactly so he strikes The ball, Mr Bond. Welcome to India. It's a pleasure, e just hope I'm not interrupting anything. What do you mean? I thought perhaps you do know that visitor No. That gun. Looks more fitting for a woman. You know much about guns, Mr Bond, No. I know a little about women. It's interesting that you say the character of James Bond because that takes me into my next question, as has been revealed over the many years and many bond films double 07. It's not a person but in agent designation to which the actor playing this titular character has changed and has been expected to change. Over the years and decades Bond has been chronicled in books, comics, video games and, of course movies from your Knowledge of the character who then is James Bond, which I would make a distinction from double 07. Well, That's a very interesting question, because there's been a lot of controversy lately, especially with the casting of Luciana Lynch to play double 07 in the newest James Bond movie. No Time to die, which we hope we will be seeing suit. Why, whatever trade we all have our secrets. We just didn't get yours yet. The world is arming faster than we can respond. Where's double o sudden? E need a favor, brother. You're the only one I trust for this..
Sean Connery dies, iconic “James Bond” actor passes away at 90
"As James Bond and in many other roles. He was one of the smoothest actors ever to grace the screen. Sean Connery died overnight in the Bahamas at the age of 90. Born in Scotland in 1930, Sean Connery defined cool for a generation as the suave spy James Bond and Dr No James. He returned his double 07 in from Russia. With love Goldfinger Thunder Ball, You only live twice. Diamonds are forever and never say Never again. Not only was he a box office smash, she was sought by master filmmakers in Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie John Huston's The Man Who would be King Sidney Lumet's murder on the Orient Express and Brian DePalma's The Untouchables, for which he won the Oscar. Get Capone. Here's how you get him. He pulls a knife. You pull a gun, He sends one of yours to hospital. You send one of his toe the mark. His list of beloved Flix is endless. Highlander Hunt for Red October. The rock and my favorite is Harrison Ford's father in Indiana Jones and the last crusade I came here to say, Oh, yeah, and who's gonna come to save you Junior? He received the Kennedy Center honor in 1999 and was knighted in 2000, Remembering Sean Connery, Jason Fraley, Deputy news. Coming up
'Goldfinger' actress Margaret Nolan dead at 76
"Known for her role in the James Bond film Goldfinger is dead. Margaret Nolan was 76 years old. She had appeared as the gold painted woman in the opening sequence of the 1964 film, and she also played Bonds masseuse in the movie No one's in Grant. It's also include the Beatles film A Hard Day's Night and
Honor Blackman, who played Bond's Pussy Galore, dies at 94
"You my name is **** galore honor Blackman's most famous role was the pilots with her own Air Force in the movie Goldfinger she said for years that she was not a bond girl she told the magazine TV times in twenty fourteen **** galore was a career woman Blackman also played Cathy gale the anthropologist to new judo who was introduced in the second season of the nineteen sixties TV series the Avengers she also appeared in British and Australian theatre productions I marches are a Lotta
James Bond girl and 'The Avengers' star Honor Blackman dies at 94
"The British actress who played the bond girl in the nineteen sixty four movie Goldfinger has died honor Blackman was ninety four in a statement today her family said she died peacefully of natural causes at her home black one was arguably the most famous of all the
Billie Eilish And The Long Line Of James Bond Theme Songs
"And be our music critic Stephen Thompson joins us now to discuss bond songs and Billy I wish welcome accident great to be here let's start with the bonds side of this what makes for a good team well you want to capture the spirit of the James Bond movies which itself has evolved over the years it never hurts to have a certain amount of like sexual suggestive miss in the lyric but also you wanna sense of action and danger with a little bit of drama thrown in and when we talk bond themes were also talking about legacy right at what point did getting this gig become a coveted one for pop stars well I think once you had a few iconic James Bond songs everybody's trying to match that and you know I think of the gold standard of James Bond song singers as surely bassy who in nineteen sixty four I think really kind of set a standard with Goldfinger so once you have Goldfinger then
Bond Girl Style, an inteview with Dr. Monica German
"Other balloons certainly wear traditional traditional western clothes. But they're also subverting. The way in which they are wearing. Those Western close bond is always impeccably dressed. The suits of the other villains from Goldfinger to Hugo drax are produced almost a grotesque effects took the bodies of the villains they move screw task aradio Britishness of course in the book as well as into film Goldfinger angle fingers. Here's an henchman odd job. Who Wears a traditional Western suits at down to bowler hat but the effectively looks like okay grotesque parody of Englishness the for reinforcing that idea of racial difference which is at all Switzer British wideness and this power dynamics play out a little bit differently in the interactions between double o seven and the ladies that cross his path in these inevitable travels? And you know as you've already touched on at the time of Fleming's initial manuscript that patriarchal mindset worn out of colonialism was still very much in place. So how did this inform the way that Fleming wrote about women and in particular the women that bond encounters brought what. This isn't a very very intriguing question. Because one of the things about Bundy's that he never seems to score we British ladies especially British winds latest. So he's loggers are always foreign or women of color so there seems to be a suggestion whereby they British woman remains untouchable and untouched. She still represents the unconquered unconquered all the old Britannia the P. to me of DC. Of course the unconsummated relationship between bond and moneypenny accursed earth. Floor extremely hard with all especially the earlier movies when she's played by Lois Maxwell but nothing ever happens. It's a safe. The reason unwritten rule in fact in the novels Fleming always goes as far as saying is there is an an unwritten rule that that relationship can never be consumated. Those women can not be touched. They are part of the civil of the of the secret service US and the they were present in a way the British empire the whiteness. So the woman of the female body cannot be conquered by boomed or anybody else of course. We have a version of acts in addition to know where Mary true blood. Am A sex trade trade working for the secret. Service in Jamaica is killed and probably sexually violated by would flaming holes H. Hi Grow It. Mixed Chinese unblocked man dot sexual assault or the assault that has a sexual connotation eight self represents a subversion of the colonial authority and ideology the bond represents by first I when bond is overseas is always able to conquer the bodies all female foreign women sometimes they are white women sometimes. They're women of color but dot kind of relationship exists. Nevertheless it's a relationship that some would say say can never lead to marriage and the only time that bond ever goes near marriage of course with tragedy Vincenzo was also also not British but is wide but those relationships never go anywhere. Because the marriage signifies somehow bones mingling angling his is blocked with foreignness and bombed cannot do money also cannot settle down because he would not be. That's
'The Goldfinch' paints dull picture from prize-winning book
"Donna tarts 2013 book the Goldfinch won a Pulitzer Prize for its story of a boy whose mother dies in bombing. It is an epic tale of grief life abandonment friendship drugs and stolen painting of a Goldfinch now the Goldfinch has been adapted into a movie starring Ansel elgort Oaks vaguely Nicole Kidman Luke Wilson Jeffrey Right in Wolf Hart and Sarah Paulson. I'm Stephen Thompson this week on pop culture happy hour from NPR. You're talking the Gold Bitch of the movie movie and the book that spawned in here with me in the studio is very hardiman. Who was the books editor for Weekend Edition. Hello Bury. It is a pleasure to have you here. Also with us is writer Katie Presley Wrestling Hello Katy Hi there and also joining us writer Chris Clinic Hello Chris. I've seen Goldfinger a hundred times. I'm so excited to talk about so I'm not going to start with you and give you a couple of minutes to regroup start with Berry. You've read the book have and you've seen the movie. Would you think think well I will say that this movie suffers from something that I think often happens when you try to maybe be just slightly to faithful full to a in terms of literary adaptation the book which is a doorstop of a book and has so many places and plot points. If you reduce it down to its plot points it becomes a very and then this and then this and then this and then this and the movie to me felt very plop. PLOP PLOP PLOP plot plot. Here's a lovely actor plop. PLOP PLOP PLOP plot and in their ways in which you know as you read the list of actors in it and I heard Ansel elgort oaks vaguely. I thought well that sounds like a more interesting movie because it didn't it sort of lost some of its Dickensian deal of the book because it seems to me. Maybe you had a director who was so who wanted to be. He's just so faithful to the book that he he neglected to tell the real story of the book which I think you can do and lose truly like maybe half off of the plot. which in some ways is maybe how I felt about the book? I think Donna Tart is marvelous. I am a huge secret for history fan and this is a hard one to do. You're telling this story that spans a number of years and and that involves a lot of characters being played by multiple actors unless you are Nicole Kidman your role is is split between only do a roll if she can play a forty year span in a in a characters life exactly so so this is a sprawling story so to summarize a little bit of that plot boy named Theo he he is at a museum with his mom. The museum bombed his mother dies and feel winds up taking a painting from the museum and that painting has an impact on his life as the the movie follows him through his childhood and his young adulthood so there there is a lot there's a lot of character development to pack into this story and it sort of follows the the fate of this kid and of this painting Katie. Would you think a dark secret about me as a reader is I really am not generous wis.. It's morally questionable characters so I think in order like you're supposed to be in order to be an intelligent reader your supposed to appreciate morally A. and big. US or even morally repugnant characters because they're interesting. I can't stand them. I'm a nice person right like do do it in the streets apparently able in the sheets of a book. Yes the book. Write it on a bathroom. Okay life so what made the book interesting to me was that the central question of the book is a question of moral ambiguity like a boy away who is very recently concussed has just been in a has just been the victim of a terrorist attack plucks painting out of a museum because he thinks he's supposed post to because a dying man has told him to and then as he gets older he realizes what he's done and it becomes a dark web kind of closing in in on him what he's done and the sorts of people who want in on what he's done somehow the movie didn't capture that complexity to the character of Theo. I'm very judgy of unlikeable. Characters is the pithy way of saying it that is a fundamental part of who theo is is that the way that he processes the trauma of losing his mother and being in that explosion is by getting into some really shady stuff and I think the the elgort performance manages to lose that but also doesn't gain any charisma so felt like a very flat performance to me and not performance is central to you have to care about him if you're going to care about this story. He's the one that makes you believe that. The painting is magical. He's the one that makes you believe that the object of his affection is Helen of Troy like worth all affection and that his caretaker is as benevolent as he is. There's so much magic that the book has time came to expand upon through. Theo's is the movie didn't give you so. I came out feeling Gosh. That was awfully pretty gosh. I'm glad I read that Gorgeous Book Doc. Gosh why I'm hungry. It was long. That was the last thing hunger what you came out all right. How about you Chris Yeah. I didn't quite finish the novel before I saw the movie because it is a few pages shy of eight hundred pages so it is about three times the length of a typical novel so even a two and a half hour movie movie is a very hurried very condensed adaptation of this. I think I agree with with Katie's macro critique of how the you know. The movie tells the story and loses nearly all the subtext I sort I thought I would enjoy that more because Theo is the narrator of the novel and we get a little bit of voice over from him in the film but not very much not in his his head you know living with his perceptions the way you are for every word of this again eight hundred page book. I think this movie needed a director with a more a deft hand at combining time period. This is a you know a film and novel that jumps back and forth between our Neri narrators thirteen and when he's I dunno twenty eight or thirty or something Christopher Nolan is a director who does this this really well. Sorry I know always the person defending the Chris Nolan movie in this in this corner but he might have found a way to make it even longer that's not fair. That's got dunkirk but yeah but that thing that this film attempts were were were making the something that is chronologically prior to most of what we've seen gene feel like the emotional climax of the film that is the kind of card trick that he can pull off in this director John Crouch John Crowley who made Brooklyn which I which I like very much. That's a much much much simpler story. It's linear. I don't mean to diminish her or Sarandon's performance but I mean she's not morally conflicted in the way that that answer low Gorz that that Theo is in in this movie. I think that's a great a great adaptation this just I yeah it feels hammy plotting kind of workmanlike. I think it diminishes the book doc somewhat of the same reaction one thing that I kept thinking throughout this movie was why is this a movie and not and I don't mean like why is this a movie like why does is this exist. I'm not sitting there with my arms folded but I'm thinking why isn't this and this is this is gonNA sound counterintuitive. Why isn't this an eight hour series. Why isn't this I mean. This is Amazon Studios. They could have made this as a as a long form TV project and given the filmmakers time to dry out these characters a little a bit better. This is an epic story. This is seven hundred seventy three page book. This is a two and a half hour movie and the movie somehow feels both rushed and slow oh and that's a really tough combination because they're racing through all these plot machinations and I just kept sitting there and it felt longer than two and a half hours. I just kept sitting there thinking. I don't feel like I'm getting to know these characters. I can tell we're a long way from the ending and yet at the same time at weirdly weirdly doesn't feel like anything's happening even though they're so much plot I found the experience of watching the movie to be really frustrating as much as it. It is beautifully shot. I think there are some lovely performances and then I think it's very nicely cast think oaks vaguely as young was a non he was. Aso Oh he was also in Pete's Dragon. Which is I know I've heard the name oaks vaguely before I think he's terrific. I think fin wolf hard as the OS Ukrainian best friend and that he meets when he has been transported to the horrors of the outskirts of Las Vegas. He meets this. He meets this kid. Boris played by and Woolford who has really thick accent and I'm so used to seeing fin wolf heart in the movies or in stranger things but I thought that was a strangely lovely performance really affecting performance. I liked the child actors in this a little bit more than some of the grownup performances. There are all these little components of it that I like. It's shot by Roger Deacons. WHO's an amazing cinematographer awesome. I was kind of a standard with his credit came up at the end because this is not a movie that I mean it's mostly indoors it. You know it doesn't have the kind of big visas of movies like bladerunner when she finally went his Oscar for or you know sicario or the Coen brothers movies he's made but yeah I I was surprised because it just felt like TV for me and not you know not prestige. TV necessarily kind of well. I think wow I mean I do but I do think that's part of it as it did feel like it had the tone of like a like a big little lies tight type story and partly because it enter Cole Kidman but like it felt like it should be on TV. I think that's right because the book itself self is also incredibly episodic. You have and she does this. I mean this is a very secret history a little friend kind of thing to do where she is interested in the interplay of these different worlds of being in the busy the teaming space of New York and the upper east side and then being in this wasteland of Las Vegas and then being the places you go and her books and the way that like class and police and person rub up against each other is is very important and again every idea in this movie feels very unfinished. He obviously understood that thing about class that she's talking about. He understood the thing about you know first impression and art and an in how trauma plays but everything only gets a glancing blow and had it banned you know here is the episode with Boris in Amsterdam. Here is the episode bestowed with Boris and unless Vegas. I think you would have gotten a little more of that and you know what would have been really nice as you know because the book doesn't really have a doesn't land the plane really you're really just sort of circling over a philosophy rather than a a plot ending you would have given the viewer more time to develop it on their own so I I walked out feeling sort of confused and I didn't have that feeling of you know even though I did feel the book's ending is finished I i. I still felt that I'd had an experience of all these things. There was a lot to talk about. There was a lot to think about. I did not feel this here except there was a lot to love in the apartment. I do want to shoutout Oh. My God will be but also hoagies apartment beautiful. I liked all the apartments actually the glimpses you got of the Os the apartment art that deals with his mother and the barber's so the Barbara's are the wealthy family that I take. Theo in immediately after the explosion and e barber is he's a friend of the owes a classmate they were closer as young boys than they are now but they take him in and misses Barbara's played by Nicole Kidman. Who who I gotta say has never I'm not in a coal kidman person and so I think one of the places that this movie faltered for me is it she was like a black hole and the camera just rested on her face gazing at Theo thoughtfully and I was like this is wasted time is not an idea exactly and like that so much of how she actually acts through her cheek bones those are the antenna you know you're watching them for curry action and just like the little movements at the corner of her mouth and I don't Act Shoe Willie find that very interesting. I'm cheekbone person. I like a good cheek bone but it felt felt contractual. It felt like Ms Kidman requires no fewer than fifteen minutes of close up on cheek and the character both in I will say this. This is true in the book and the Movie Opens Up Santa Clara yes in her older age. She her family encounters major tragedy that that compounds the sympathy see that she was already forming for Theo but when we're talking about these weird drops into melodrama added melodrama that was not necessary because the story sorry could be dramatic if you let it breathe a little bit more so like too much time on Kidman. She did not work for me. I did actually like her at her oldest eight in the movie. I saw all of her performances written on top of each other. I saw in your wife like a close match of the way that Hart describes the character but you don't have to do it. Exactly the way tart describes the character you can cast someone else you go a different direction. You know you can still you. An adaptation is not a straight st translation right. I do want to say one thing because if people do not want to see this movie which I would certainly understand after this conversation I will say the book itself is one if those wonderfully meandering tales that actually benefits from the time you spend reading it you know you dip into it for a new episode and the writing eating is absolutely incandescent the descriptions of the furniture the look at Las Vegas the even the descriptions of some of the emotions like the tears ears that fall out of his face that are unconnected to I mean they're they're all of these moments in the book that really stick with you and I will say I do think it is absolutely worth whatever time time you put in to this book too so I agree. I just you
Revamped International Spy Museum pulls back veil on lives of spies
"The new international spy museum opens today in Washington, DC NPR's. Greg Mireille reports the museum is much larger and more comprehensive than the old one and tackles many sensitive issues like torture. The lobby of the sleek. New international spy museum features the silver Aston Martin that JAMES BOND. Drove in the nineteen sixty four movie goldfinger, but deeper inside the museum confronts, many of the most serious insensitive intelligence issues in recent years, like how did the US miss the warning signs prior to the two thousand one Al Qaeda tax and one exhibit room is devoted to the question. What is torture? Chris Costa's, the executive director, we wanna be provocative, but we don't want to tell people what to think the private museum is just a couple blocks off the National Mall. And replaces the old spy museum that opened back in two thousand and