After being shot in Orson Welles' Touch of Evil, Captain Quinlan's last words before falling into the river are;
"That's the second bullet I stopped for you."
His words appear to be aimed at his partner, Menzies, who shot him from the bridge - however, I don't understand what this line means in the context of the film.
At first, I thought the implication was that in the struggle on the bridge between Menzies and Quinlan, it was actually Quinlan who had been shot (the actual shooting isn't shown on screen as we are focused on Vargas at the time), but we are shown a few seconds after these words that Menzies' hand is dripping blood from his wounds, meaning that it must have been he who was shot in the struggle and not Quinlan.
I then thought that the implication of this line was that Quinlan, who was previously admitting to planting evidence on tape, knew what was happening and covered for Menzies in an attempt to clear his partners name, who may have secretly been "in on" the planting of evidence the whole time - meaning that the bullet in question was a metaphorical one, not a literal one. However, if that is the case, why would Quinlan shoot and kill Menzies just minutes later?
I have since learned that there are multiple versions of Touch of Evil, and that the studio cut/reshot the film the way they wanted after Welles had finished filming - this studio version is the one that I watched. Is this an inconsistency generated from these cuts and reshoots? Or is there another explanation for this line?