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Graham I knew you'd come through!!

For those of you still wondering.....

1. Spy Who Loves Me. When the S1 Esprit comes out of the sea and Bond drops a fish out the window, there's a man doing a double take look with a bottle of wine.

2. Moonraker. After the hovercraft/gondola exits the water, the same man is doing the same thing sat at a table in Venice.

3. For Your Eyes Only. Same thing when the motorbike crashes through a chalet during the ski chase.

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Eyethangqueue. :D

While we're here: The 1930's Rolls Royce used in the Goldfinger film was plagued by electrical gremlins that the RR engineers couldn't fathom while on location. The screen appearances of the car were often preempted by a lot of pushing by the film crew and engine noises dubbed in during editing.

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The spy who loved me (1977): Featured a Lotus Esprit.

Fact: While this car was a white 'S1' Esprit, to this day (a staggering 33 years later) there are still owners of lotus Esprits, regardless of the fact their car is the completely wrong model or colour, that claim some spurious 'bond connection' or other.

For your eyes only (1981); Featured two Lotus Esprits.

Fact: With the flagrant disregard for accuracy already established, the 'Bond related' claim now goes beyond model or colour. Anyone owning a Lotus product with a chassis number, number plate, or fuel receipt with the number '007' in it can claim a 'bond connection' to the point of absolute nausia.

Pretty woman (1990).

Fact: While not technically a 'Bond' film, it features a Lotus Esprit and therefore is 'bond related'. In this film the car is silver, my Elise is silver, so by default my Elise is 'Bond related'.

Erin Brockovich (2000).

Fact: Starring Julia Roberts, who drove the Esprit (for a bit) in the pretty woman film. While this film has no real car or motoring connection, her being in it makes it viable, and the fact the year it came out has a '00' in it makes it 'bond related'.

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007).

Fact: Clearly 'bond related' in it's own right just for having '007' in it's year, but it also stars Albert Finney who (despite having not been in a bond film or pictured on screen with a Lotus Esprit) starred in the film Erin Brockovich with Julia roberts, so thats a bit bond related too.

Born free (1966).

Fact: Ok, Born is not spelt the same as bourne and it's a bit 'liony', but it's made in the year we won the world cup, and the word 'world' appears in the title of the bond film 'The world is not enough', ergo: Bond related.

Build Me Up Buttercup (1968).

Not a film, but a song performed by the foundations. The word 'buttercup' contains the word 'cup', as in world cup, as in 'the world is not enough'. And pinewood studios were built on foundations: Bond related

Butter (dairy product).

Fact: Hold a buttercup under someones chin and if it reflects yellow they 'like butter', or so it's said, never got that myself, but it must be in some way 'Bond chuffing related' for sure.

etc...

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Paul this is the Incredibly Obscure Bond trivia thread, not the Blindingly Obvious Bond trivia thread. The stuff you've posted about is well documented and you'd have to be a blithering idiot if you didn't already know about it.

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In Moonraker, the villain Hugo Drax is so named because of a bit of an in-joke when they were filming the carnival scenes in Rio. One of the local dialects translates "hugo" as "giant or obesese" and "drax" is the name of a popular local goats cheese. So throughout the film, Bond is looking for The Big Cheese.

Actually the character is Hugo Drax in the book written in 1955.

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All of the 'facts' I've posted are utter utter drivel.

Except one...

Ok. New Competition. Since Dec 2004, Which is the 'one' of Grahams 3982 posts? ;)

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Paul this is the Incredibly Obscure Bond trivia thread, not the Blindingly Obvious Bond trivia thread. The stuff you've posted about is well documented and you'd have to be a blithering idiot if you didn't already know about it.

Sorry mate.

:)

It's just with all the'Bond stuff', and the 'Lambo door' stuff and the 'messing around with the rear light cluster' stuff popping up over and over again every two or three years, i'm unsure of what year it is, or if the people posting the threads are new people or the original posters using different names. If i woke from a coma there would be no way for me to determine the time, day, month, year, or to accurately observe colours sounds or shapes. It's like the matrix (but without that boney faced rubberclad black haired bird that looks a bit like an emaciated pale faced boy).

Indeed, i feel there should be someone i can grab by the lapels and scream "Is this real?, Is this some kind of test? Am i as insane as GKP implies?", only to collapse into a corner and wait for the next 'electric chargecooler pump' thread to begin...

But to stay on topic, the gun held here:

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Is actually a Walther LP53 Airpistol. I had one for a while purely as it was 'bond related' but sold it because it was not actually very good and the cocking mechanism was as rubbish as it was over engineered. Quite accurate though having a very long barrel due to it's breach position, but the trigger guard cocking lever idea was old hat twenty years before it was made. looked a bit 'luger like' though. Was never sure why on earth it was pictured with bond, as it looked f-all like his gun.

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The assignment from M was not, in Bond's opinion, a terrifically difficult one on balance. Ferreting out the whereabouts of the arch villain Paul C had been one of MI6's rising priorities for some time now, and the time had come, in M's inimitable way of scheduling the standard "villain pursuit tasks" during the winter months, normally allowing Bond the priviledge of venturing off to warmer and more photogenic climes to keep the production crew happy, to attend to this little chore. Adjusting his Rolex Submariner to reflect the precisely synchronised zulu time, he padded cat like toward the battleship grey Bentley, cleverly disguised as an Aston Martin by Q in one of his more creative moments. Noting that the rear bulletproof shield had once again been inadvertanty left in the extended position, he resolved to correct this lapse in protocol, as it made for somewhat dicey lane change maneouvers on the motorways, owing to the restricted rearward visibility. Employing the oil spill feature improved the situation, but the resevoir required frequent topping off, and he was never quite sure of the recommended viscosity requirements.

Alighting gracefully within the car's sumptuous cabin, Bond flcked the key, bringing the motor to its trademark sonorous purr, heavily enhanced by well paid sound technicians. Checking that his tie was appropriately centered, as one never knew when Casino duties might beckon, he deftly selected first gear and began his transit across London to join the M40 northbound towards Oxfordshire, planning to intercept the infamous Paul C at his weekly visit to the Hook Norton Brewery. No languid tropical destination this time, poor fellow. No, it was off to the deep snows of central England, a change of pace that might present problems in keeping the attentions of his evergrowing fanbase. Perhaps a scene involving the Pear Tree Inn on Scotland End might liven things up a bit. One must maintain hope, and the beef and ale pie came highly recommended.

The recent weather pattern had served to reduce the traffic this day, and Bond was soon within the environs of greater Oxfordshire. The familiar pungent smells of Swindon, 30 miles to the southwest, wafted unabated in their irritating way to suffuse the more amiable scintillation from the brewery itself. Within minutes Bond was pulling up to the parking lot, searching for the perfect spot that would draw the least attention to his presence, yet permit an unobstructed view of the pathway to the Visitor's Centre. The chug of the brewery's 25hp steam engine could be heard faintly in the distance. Bond took a moment to examine the Walther PPK resting comfortably in his immaculate cumberbund, verifiying the 7.65 mm chamber--oddly at ends with the more commonly found 380ACP, Valentin Zukovsky's snide comments notwithstanding .

Bond's laser like vision detected the nefarious Paul C's diminutive Elise pull into the lot, throwing gravel in great gouts of spray as the four wheel drift came to a halt. Yes, this was a man that needed to be taken out, with extreme predjudice. The numerous taunts aimed at Bond's worldwide influence on the male mindset as having become long in the tooth were simply too much to bear. Years of intense cultivation of a copyrighted personna were at risk. Millions of franchise dollars were literally at stake, and the psychological well being of Lotus drivers everywhere was in imminent danger. Nevermind that Bentleys were the "written word's" vehicle of choice. There were sponsorship fortunes to be made here, and Bond would assure that that exercise in free enterprise would continue on in true capitalist fashion.

Paul C exited his car and proceeded toward the brewery..........

Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose.

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Fun Bond Fact:

Despite heroic efforts to link the Bond mythology to its hallowed locale, Greater Stornoway, Scotland, has never been featured nor so much as been mentioned in any way, in either published or cinematic form in any Bond adventure.:huh:

Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose.

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John,

Please send availability details in order that we may start the script commissioning process at which we will guarantee no changes to the material submitted so far.

It is imperative that we do not contact Paul C's organisation until all of the details are finalised as we would take a dim view of them proposing changes. I feel that the scene submitted could be captured in one take and that there will be no need for stand-ins. Rest assured that a top notch armourer will be employed to obviate against weapon malfunctions.

We look forward to speedy agreement so that we may move into production as soon as possible.

Yours faithfully.

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In the 2014 film "Look at My Weapon" starring Paul C, Julia Roberts was due to play the love interest as she's already got Bond history from her time in a Silver Esprit (and has got small feet - like a race car driver's) but this was vetoed by Paul's management because she doesn't like butter.

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The Walther LP53 (I have one, too Paul) was the photographer's own air gun.

Sean Connery was ordered to visit the photo studio for some publicity shots for From Russia With Love. The prop guy (or girl) forgot to bring a gun though.

As the photographer happen to have his LP53 in his car, they have used this one instead.

I think this is a very remakable piece of handweapon and really suit Her Majesty's favorite spy very well.

My LP53 is presumably 35 years old now and still holds pressure very well. Accuracy is also superior....

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But to stay on topic, the gun held here:

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Is actually a Walther LP53 Airpistol. I had one for a while purely as it was 'bond related' but sold it because it was not actually very good and the cocking mechanism was as rubbish as it was over engineered. Quite accurate though having a very long barrel due to it's breach position, but the trigger guard cocking lever idea was old hat twenty years before it was made. looked a bit 'luger like' though. Was never sure why on earth it was pictured with bond, as it looked f-all like his gun.

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In Dr. No when Bond is seen screwing a silencer onto his pistol, he is actually screwing a prop-silencer mounted on a threaded rod into a pro-pistol with an accommodating thread. Real silencers use MUCH too fine (and therefore fiddly) threads for the scene to have worked with the real items.

In For Your Eyes Only the Greek Orthodox priest who is seen for about half a second was actually executive producer Michael G. Wilson. Wilson has had many other odd cameos in Bond films over the years, including a voice-over in License To Kill.

Ian Fleming got the name James Bond form the author of an ornithology book...hence Bond's cover in Cuba in Die Another Day, which was full of homages to past Bond stuff.

Goldeneye was originally the name of Fleming's estate in Jamaica, which was also briefly owned by Bob Marley and is now a resort. Goldeneye is where James Bond was originally created as a character.

Roger Moore was sought before Sean Connery to play Bond, but was unavailable at the time. James Mason was considered very early in the casting process for Dr. No, and at some point (presumably a few years later) a then-unknown Burt Reynolds was considered (one reason being that Reynolds has a natural grace in his movements that plays well on screen). Years later in the 1978 film Hooper, Reynolds plays a stuntman who is working on the making of a movie called The Spy Who Laughed At Danger, and Adam West plays himself as the actor who plays the spy. The name James Bond and the number 007 are never mentioned, but it's quite obvious that TSWLAD is supposed to be a Bond movie.

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I think this is a very remakable piece of handweapon and really suit Her Majesty's favorite spy very well.

My LP53 is presumably 35 years old now and still holds pressure very well. Accuracy is also superior....

...but still its an air pistol lol I wouldnt want our guys to be armed with air pistols!! lol Might be ok to give me to the Yanks as it might reduce the amount of deaths from friendly fire though!!

Ok back on topic...after the first book Flemming got a letter from a gun expert saying a shoulder holster is rubish and your man woiuld be better with a hip holster and other info about what guns to use etc. His name was Major Boothroid and his name was then used for Q.

Something like that anyway!

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