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Just rewatched YOLT this morning:

It's better than I remembered.  I think I had other things on my mind when I first watched it so I was distracted.

But I all the more appreciate its merits.  This Blofeld is definitely my favorite.  The atmosphere and settings were much better than I remembered, as was the action.  There was lots of humor but it still was a tense kinda-serious film.  The gadgets and mini-copter were cool because they were used just enough. 

The movie still has its faults.  Bond faking his own death didn't do him any good.  Neither did him turning Japanese.  Like Chrisisall said, Aki was needlessly killed.  Maybe they wanted to stay faithful to some bits of Fleming's original book, but these elements didn't make sense since the film was vastly different from the book.  And the woman who replaced Aki somehow was wearing a bikini and nightgown the entire time (in harm's way), while all the other men were wearing protective armor but these are just nitpicks.

The film tries to incorporate Japanese culture.  Like LALD in Harlem, since this film was written in a time where people were less attentive to modern day sensibilities, there is some ignorance and stereotype, but I think overall it attends to be a friendly homage and it achieves that quite well.

Before, I had this film bordering at around 17-19 in my ranking list.  It'll probably be top 15 when I edit my list.

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Absolutely_Cart wrote:

This Blofeld is definitely my favorite.

I pretty much agree with your feelings, but though I love Pleasence as an actor, I felt he came off small and creepy in this role. He lacked the gravitas I prefer in villains and I cringe at what seems like two hours that he holds his gun out at Bond before trying to pull the trigger.  ajb007/lol While I prefer the "unseen" Blofelds, at least Telly Savalas was someone who exuded intelligence and machismo.

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I agree Savalas was my favourite Blofeld.  ajb007/martini  but Pleasence did have that
Creepy vibe about his character !, in fact I think the cat was trying to
Escaped from him, not from being frightened of the sounds of the explosions,
But to get away from what Blofeld was doing to him on his free time !  ajb007/lol
( sorry Thunderbird2 )  ajb007/wink

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”

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Pleasance had an alien vibe to him.  Savalas was a great actor, but he seemed more like a garden-variety abusive husband than a really spooky villain.

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Absolutely_Cart wrote:

Pleasance had an alien vibe to him.  Savalas was a great actor, but he seemed more like a garden-variety abusive husband than a really spooky villain.

I agree, and it's nice to see some others else get that. ajb007/martini

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I agree, Pleasance was a rather unique Blofeld  ajb007/martini

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thegreatgalling wrote:
Absolutely_Cart wrote:

This Blofeld is definitely my favorite.

I pretty much agree with your feelings, but though I love Pleasence as an actor, I felt he came off small and creepy in this role. He lacked the gravitas I prefer in villains and I cringe at what seems like two hours that he holds his gun out at Bond before trying to pull the trigger.  ajb007/lol While I prefer the "unseen" Blofelds, at least Telly Savalas was someone who exuded intelligence and machismo.

^^^^^^
What he said. ajb007/martini

"Felix Leiter, a brother from Langley."

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chrisisall wrote:
Absolutely_Cart wrote:

Pleasance had an alien vibe to him.  Savalas was a great actor, but he seemed more like a garden-variety abusive husband than a really spooky villain.

I agree, and it's nice to see some others else get that. ajb007/martini

Nah! ajb007/shifty

Savalas comes across as a menancing, intelligent, but somewhat delusional meglomanic who isn't afraid to mix it up with Bond a bit, if necessary. I like that!

"Felix Leiter, a brother from Langley."

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Me too  ajb007/martini

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I'm another for Savalas.  ajb007/martini

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Thunderpussy wrote:

I'm another for Savalas.  ajb007/martini

He loves ya, baby.

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AlphaOmegaSin wrote:

I agree, Pleasance was a rather unique Blofeld  ajb007/martini

Unique? Perhaps. But good? I don't think so.

"Felix Leiter, a brother from Langley."

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Blackleiter wrote:
AlphaOmegaSin wrote:

I agree, Pleasance was a rather unique Blofeld  ajb007/martini

Unique? Perhaps. But good? I don't think so.

He was good, just too short.
* cue "Short people" song*

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Blackleiter wrote:
AlphaOmegaSin wrote:

I agree, Pleasance was a rather unique Blofeld  ajb007/martini

Unique? Perhaps. But good? I don't think so.

He still looks rather chilling, with the Scar and his Voice in YOLT.

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Yeah.  I wouldn't put this Blofeld in my top 10 now that I think about it, but I still think he was a very good villain.  Iconic, perfect for the film.

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YOLT is probably the best movie from the entire series

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no.  license to kill and the living daylights are.  ajb007/wink

but yeah, you heard it from the man higgins himself.

YOLT = best bond.

time to close the thread barbel.  we're done here hahaha

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YOLT has some beautiful Scenery and Shots  ajb007/martini

And Dalton was a great Bond ja?  ajb007/wink

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nein!

President of the 'Misty Eyes Club'.
-------Dalton - the weak and weepy Bond!------
FIRST TO DISCOVER substantial evidence that Chew Mee is in fact not totally nude in the TMWTGG pool scenes!

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Absolutely_Cart wrote:

time to close the thread barbel.  we're done here hahaha

Oh, I don't think so!  ajb007/lol

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Higgins wrote:

YOLT is probably the best movie from the entire series

I can understand your POV on this one, and at times I might even agree with you (just after a viewing of it). It is wonderful. ajb007/martini

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I've definitely warmed up to YOLT.  I think this was one of the first Pros and Cons thread I've made, and I can see how my opinions have matured.  YOLT has the personality, memorable moments and scenes that age well.  It may not be in my top 10 yet, but YOLT knocking on it's door.

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Absolutely_Cart wrote:

I've definitely warmed up to YOLT.

You absolutely MUST see it on Blu Ray! ajb007/martini

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I did.  I own all the Bond films in Blu-Ray and, as I noted in the Pros, it looks fantastic.

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ajb007/cheers

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