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Topic: Bond and M in TMWTGG

Just an appreciation...as poor as I think most of TMWTGG is, I really like the interaction between Bond and M. I especially like the twinkle in M’s eye when Bond says “if I found him (Scaramanga) first that might change the situation..” and M replies “dramatically..wouldn’t you say?”

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That moment aside, M is irascible with his subordinates in TMWTGG, cross with what he perceives as incompetence. Britain was in the doldrums at that point in the 70s, and I wonder whether this abrasive iteration of M was meant to reflect, obliquely, the impatience of the wartime generation with the way the country seemed to be going to hell in a handcart.

Critics and material I don't need. I haven't changed my act in 49 years.

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I agree. Similarly, its notable that the bleak atmosphere of contemporary Seventies politics factors into the background plot mechanics of TMWTGG in the same scene, where Bond protests to M that his mission to find Gibson is necessary in order to solve the looming world energy crisis.

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SpectreOfDefeat wrote:

I agree. Similarly, its notable that the bleak atmosphere of contemporary Seventies politics factors into the background plot mechanics of TMWTGG in the same scene, where Bond protests to M that his mission to find Gibson is necessary in order to solve the looming world energy crisis.

It's one of the few down-to-earth plots in Moore's Bond films. The crisis is not overblown in the film, but it is taken seriously. That is something I rather admire about the film. I think the film is Moore's weakest Bond, but I appreciate Bernard Lee's performance, just as I appreciate the other Lee's performance. Right from the start it's one of Bond's most low-key adventures. It would feel like an episode of the television show if it weren't for the Asian location filming and the car jump. But I really like everyone who is in the film (even Britt Ekland), and it's people like both Lees who hold it all together.

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Bernard Lee is terrific in GG.
I like the fact he's finally losing patience with his errant agents. His attitude neatly sums up my opinion of the whole film.