Welcome back to another of Planes, Trains, Automobiles and the Lot: Trolley Trouble. This is Part 5, where the focus shall be on a section of the SF pre-title sequence during which Bond experiences an erratic misadventure atop the locomotive leaving Istanbul.
I hadn’t blogged in a long, long time. Not since perhaps 2012. I had forgotten the extent to which blogging is a different exercise from writing for an online publication. When lending a hand to the latter, there are rules and regulations one must adhere to. The standards, if you will, to which said publication strives for in terms of quality and content.
Maybe it was just the circumstances under which I watched it (the very start of the long Christmas weekend, relieved that work was behind me), but revisiting it was stunningly effortless. It had me hook, line and sinker 30 seconds in.
It has been argued many times over that Goldfinger (1964), directed by Guy Hamilton and the third film in the 007 series, is the one that sent the Bond brand through the stratosphere of popularity and monetary success. The first two entries, DR and FRWL, had met considerable recognition worldwide (Russia’s budget was doubled from that of DN given how well the first turned out), but several factors led to GF becoming, for lack of better term, the gold standard of Bond films.
For the second entry in the Trolley Trouble series, the blog takes a look at another iconic, unforgettable near-death experience for 007 whilst riding the train: his tussle with Jaws in TSWLM.
Finally, even though the review has hampered on and on about how FRWL adheres to the spirit of a spy story, the producers were keenly aware that, following DN’s explosive finale, their second outing had to end on a spectacular note.
Is FRWL is the best Bond film? Who cares. No one will ever agree on that. Sure, people, many of whom are intelligent, well spoken, and film savvy, try their utmost to makes points about what an ‘objectively good’ film consists of, but I’ve always, and probably always will, have trouble buying into that.