|THIRTY-TWO… FORTY-ONE… I WILL RE-ENTER…
||[Mar. 11th, 2018|10:21 pm]
Gonna see some regime change soon in the Congo, I betcha!
Blofeld's hollow volcano is erupting! You Only Live Twice, despite it's absolutely goofy-ass plot with logical holes you could drive a truck through, remains nonetheless one of my three favourite James Bond movies, with the other two being the much more logical Goldfinger, and Thunderball. You Only Live Twice has the best of the opening sequences, I think, with a catchy song (although it can't hold a candle to Shirley Bassey's snarling performance in Goldfinger) and the Japanese parasol motif. It just works very well for me. The conceit of the villain having his HQ inside a hollowed-out volcano is absolutely breathtaking (and I know by all the times it's been parodied I'm not the only one who reacted to that), plus the sequences where SPECTRE's spaceship engulfed the two capsules, and especially the Russian one with the cosmonaut on his tether, were absolutely haunting. It's all like something from 1940s radio drama. The whole thing is so engaging that I'm willing to completely overlook all the reasons this won't work.
You know, were I a politician, and did I desire to be loved by all, Democrat and Republican alike, I'd propose the abolition of Daylight Savings Time.
And, on review, I find that it was the American astronaut whose tether (technically an umbilical, since it was a Gemini) was severed by the SPECTRE ship.
The Soviet capsule, while looking nothing like an actual one, was, IIRC, reasonably close to speculative picture of a Voshkod that was current at the time.
Interestingly, to me, is that my first reference for the word "umbilical" was to a Gemini spacewalker's umbilical. I didn't know it was a biological term until several years later
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