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BIG TAM wrote:

I love THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN. Sure it's not perfect but there's enough good in it to give me a warm glow. In fact I feel this way about all the '70s Bonds. Others are better in many ways but these are MY Bonds. They speak to me in a way the others don't. It's an age thing.

I do get that. We must be of a similar age. I've edited and expanded some of my own five posts on the preceding page as a sort of a tribute to TMWTGG and my own mixed feelings about it.

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"The way in which Herve Villechaize's midget identity is 'othered' as comic / weird in the film is insensitive"

You dont have to go far back to '74 re : mocking of little people , the Austin Powers films also mocked little people , more or less

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Grindelwald wrote:

"The way in which Herve Villechaize's midget identity is 'othered' as comic / weird in the film is insensitive"

You dont have to go far back to '74 re : mocking of little people , the Austin Powers films also mocked little people , more or less

That's true, sadly. And the word "midget" used in the screenplay of TMWTGG is now widely considered offensive. I should have phrased my own point differently. The way in which Herve Villechaize's identity as a Little Person is 'othered' as comic/weird in the film is insensitive.

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Shady Tree wrote:
Grindelwald wrote:

"The way in which Herve Villechaize's midget identity is 'othered' as comic / weird in the film is insensitive"

You dont have to go far back to '74 re : mocking of little people , the Austin Powers films also mocked little people , more or less

That's true, sadly. And the word "midget" used in the screenplay of TMWTGG is now widely considered offensive. I should have phrased my own point differently. The way in which Herve Villechaize's identity as a Little Person is 'othered' as comic/weird in the film is insensitive.

Hervé Villechaize preferred the term "midget". Despite it being a pejorative term (particularly today, but I believe it was always widely offensive), I wouldn't hold using the term against the film if it's what the actor preferred.

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Shady Tree wrote:

Stepping down as ... Dracula in the early seventies, Christopher Lee had been as much a Bond-villain-in-waiting as he'd ever been.

'Dracula A.D. 1972' aside, Christopher Lee, the future Scaramanga, shares a scene in 'Horror Express' (1972) with 1.5 former Bond villains. (The 0.5 is Robert Rietty, who'd dubbed Largo in TB and who, in 'Horror Express', dubs mad monk Pujardov.) It's a joy to watch Telly Savalas (Blofeld in OHMSS) improvise as Captain Kazan, a bullying Cossack who turns against fellow passengers Pujardov and Lee's character, Professor Saxton. The very different acting styles of Lee and Savalas are shown in entertaining contrast. So that's 2.5 Bond villains sparring in the same carriage aboard the 'Horror Express'!

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ajb007/cheers  Well spotted, DP, and good choice. "Horror Express" is a flawed but fascinating film, with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee doing their usual thing opposite Telly Savalas. The SFX could have been better, as is common with such films, but there's a good story in there.