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It's not a secret message, just a simple instruction. You just need to look at the whole interchange: Bond: Dry Martini. Bartender: Oui, monsieur. Bond: Wait... three measures of Gordon's; one of vodka; half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it over ice, and add a thin slice of lemon peel. Bartender: Yes, sir. Tomelli: You know, I'll have one ...


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There are several reasons why Bond would order his drink 'shaken, not stirred'. Firstly, he might prefer a colder drink, as shaking a martini will certainly result in a colder beverage. However, this causes the drink to lose its clarity due to the tiny ice chips and is often frowned upon by 'connoisseurs' who claim this 'bruises' the gin. Secondly, it is ...


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I don't think it had any plot driven change. The Bond franchise was feeling threatened by newer spy movies (such as the Bourne series) which have more action, (slightly) more plausible plots (compared to ray-gun satellites etc), and have less comedic elements. A reboot with a new younger actor and a deliberate step away from some of the conventions of the ...


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Love the other answers already given but one extra contributory factor may be that, and you may not remember this, there was a huge backlash against 'Die Another Day's over-use of frankly bullshit technology and the makers commented at the time that they knew they'd gone too far. In particular the invisible car was just laughed at when I saw it theatrically, ...


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The original title is derived from a foxhunting song. From the James Bond Wikia page: The title itself is adapted from Ian Fleming's short story "From A View to a Kill", contained in the For Your Eyes Only collection of short stories released in 1960; however the title is where the similarity between short story and the film end [...] At the end of ...


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From what I can remember: When Bond "kidnaps" M she says: Too many people are dying because of me. Bond suggests that they use Silva's desire to kill M to their advantage. M agrees to play the bait, but insists: Just us, no one else. Bond then asks Q to create a ... trail of breadcrumbs impossible to follow except for Silva. When Q asks ...


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I didn't watch Skyfall, but some of googling gives me this picture which says its Q10. Its part of Wild and Wolf's Scrabble mug collection. Each ceramic mug features one Scrabble letter on the front and the official Scrabble letter distribution chart on the back.(Source) Available for purchase on ebay, amazon and wildandwolf.com. Here is images for the ...


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Yes... and no. Contrary to popular belief, and to every other Bond movie ever produced, it is entirely necessary to possess foreknowledge of the previous Daniel Craig Bond movies to garner the appropriate amount of appreciation for what is occurring. The Daniel Craig Bond movies represent a canonical reboot, in which during the first film Bond earns his 00 ...


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The order of the movies is reversed: Movie Order: You Only Live Twice (1967) On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) Novel Order: On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963) You Only Live Twice (1964) The IMDb FAQ explains: ... screenwriter Richard Maibaum stuck very closely to the original story when writing the ...


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Max Zorin is actually planning to destroy Silicon Valley. The exchange between Zorin and May Day happened as they were in a blimp over San Francisco Bay. Zorin's answer to May Day can be translated as their view from the blimp itself is literally "To a kill." As for the title of the movie itself, "A View To A Kill" is an abridged title derived from the ...


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I think that the test was just probing Bond's psychological state. Skyfall would involk a painful memory and Bond replied 'Done' in the sense that he was done with the test (hence he walked out). Bond is rarely one for sharing his true feelings and had a defiant streak. Once he knew that the test was going to ask personal question he did not want to ...


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  Skyfall Lodge used to be James Bond's home: ... the Bond family resided at Skyfall Lodge, though James Bond had not visited his ancestral home since his parents' death. Its only resident ever since has been gamekeeper Kincade. After they died, Bond's parents were buried in the chapel on the grounds.


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As someone who skis 50+ days a year let me try and address some the of the questions you pose. For reference I went and reviewed the scene you were talking about agin(it's been a little while). A couple of caveats before I begin regarding the equipment being used in this scene. The filmmakers give us a real good look at the skis and boots James Bond uses ...


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The biggest problem in answering this is understanding what is a Bond girl? The wiki for "Bond girl" describes them as: A Bond girl is a character (or the actress portraying a character) who is a love interest and/or female sidekick of James Bond in a novel, film, or video game But again, what does this really mean? In the reboot of the series, ...


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It seems the women in James Bond's love life often have provocative names: Honey Rider, Dr. No (1961): 1960s sexual position name for reverse cowgirl Domino Vitali/Petachi, Thunderball (1965) and Never Say Never Again (1983): Dominatrix? Kissy Suzuki, You Only Live Twice (1967): "kissing machine"? Tiffany Case, Diamonds Are Forever (1971): beautiful ...


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In an interview, Purvis and Wade, authors of the film, claim the title "fell from the sky": Neal Purvis: “Unfortunately Rob came up with the title. Not as a title, he came up with the name of the house.” Robert Wade: “We were looking for a name for this house…” Purvis: “Like Manderley in (Daphne du Maurier’s) Rebecca.” Wade: “Exactly. It’...


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I am surprised no one has suggested a bullet proof vest as the explanation. The first shot, hitting Bond in the shoulder, is above the location of any kevlar plates. This shot leaves an entry wound and shrapnel. The second shot, that knocks Bond off the train, makes impact around his ribs on his right side. If Bond did have a bullet proof vest on, this ...


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The first thing that comes to my mind is Tracy (Diana Rigg), the woman Bond (George Lazenby) marries in On Her Majesty's Secret Service:   [Source] The follow up film, Diamonds Are Forever , shows James Bond (Sean Connery) tracking down Blofeld in the pre-title credits, but it is only assumed that Bond is doing so out of revenge for Tracy's death. ...


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For two reasons, I believe Bond did not sleep with Eve Moneypenny. First, the Bond series usually makes it clear when James has sex with a woman. There are very few love scenes that are ambiguous -- but the scene with Eve is ambiguous. Second, Skyfall introduces Moneypenny, but I don't think Skyfall changes the nature of her relationship with Bond -- and ...


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The new movies starring Daniel Craig were intended as a reboot of the series. As part of that reboot it seems that they have moved away from having so many gadgets and are focusing more on the character's own abilities.


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Bond's official mission was to retrieve the hard drive with the names on it. When Q plugged the drive into his laptop it hacked MI6's network, and Silva escaped. Silva then tries to kill M, but Bond saves her. Bond and M go to Skyfall where they fight Silva. Bond kills Silva, but M dies. I don't think he was officially given a mission to protect M in the ...


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As noted in Wikipedia, (the Judi Dench) M's real name is very likely Olivia Mansfield. The source for this entry is this article on comingsoon.net which reveals: There was also something else that cropped up while we were looking through the archive, something that may be of even more interest to Bond fans. As we looked at the porcelain bulldog M ...


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Well I would choose not to speculate on the Bond-M relation and rather point out something from the movie. Cut to the scene where Moneypenny hands Bond the object in question: Moneypenny: Maybe that was her way of telling you to take a desk job. James Bond: Just the opposite! So, IMO, that was M's way of providing an emotional nudge to Bond, to ...


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this has been bugging me too. I loved the movie, but this plot issue has been rattling around my brain. Overall, 007 seems to fail in every way possible. He takes part in a botched operation where the hard drive is stolen. He knows M has given the order to 'take the shot' because he is listening on his earpiece; but he fails to duck and is hit. He ...


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I think the house-keeper called her Emma because Em is short for Emma so he just makes the logical assumption that this is her nickname. I also think that M means something like Master as Q is referred to in Skyfall as Quartermaster. I strongly doubt that M has any direct link to her actual name as that would suggest that hire people based on their own ...


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A: Because the writers wanted to give Bond style. You asked for the “science”, and the answers so far reflect that. To me this misses the point entirely. I’m interested in the artistic decisions, as they are more relevant to the movie series: Cocktails are all about taste and style, (not unlike print typeface.) Bond drinks the most debonair cocktail - ...


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I remember watching a MythBusters episode testing if there is a perceptible difference, resulting in an affirmation that there is a difference. And the Wikipedia article on “Shaken, not stirred” contains a whole section explaining a lot, including a claim that Fleming liked his martinis shaken, not stirred because Fleming thought that stirring a drink ...


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When James Bond points his gun at Valentin Zukovsky it is clear that his gun is a Walter PPK. Notice there are no grooves on the side of the gun towards the back When Valentin's henchman points his gun at James, grooves can be seen on the side of the gun towards the back of the gun. This to me shows that the henchman is using a different gun and not a ...


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From the James Bond Wiki: Most of the background information on Jaws comes from Christopher Wood's novelisation of the film The Spy Who Loved Me... In Wood's novel, Jaws's real name is Zbigniew Krycsiwiki and he was born in Kraków, Poland. Krycsiwiki was arrested by the secret police for his part in the "1972 bread riots". While imprisoned the ...


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I had a friend who used to work in government research. Apparently some items of data are so sensitive that you have to disconnect from the network (and definitely the internet) before accessing them. Logically this list would be about as sensitive as it gets so it is unlikely to ever be put on a PC in way it can be network accessed and would only be ...



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