Doctor Who History-Monk see, Monk Do

The Doctor is still blind, unfortunately. He gets a ‘message’ on his sonic sunglasses-a file called “Extremis”.

Shortly thereafter, representatives of the Vatican, including the pope, visit him, asking him to investigate a strange book, the Veritas-a book that which has driven it’s readers to suicide.

Going into the Vatican’s library, he attempts to read Veritas using a translation machine and a bit of technology, but soon finds himself attacked by bizzare corpse like “monks”. The Doctor, Bill and Nardole also discover various portals within the library leading to major world locations-but Bill and Nardole become disturbed when they can’t seem to come up with random numbers when questioned-everybody’s saying the same exact thing. All three then figure out they are in fact computer simulations, being used by the monks to plot an invasion.

 

However, the ‘fake’ Doctor then sends a recording of the simulation to his real self, who is sitting by the vault-and we find out who’s in it…

After his 24-year honeymoon with River Song-which ends with her being sent to the library and her final fate way back when he was the tenth Doctor, the Doctor journeys to a place where Missy is being held prisoner, presumably after she escaped from Skaro. He’s supposed to be aiding in executing her, but he only knocks her out and locks her in the vault, where he’ll keep watch over her. But now he needs her help, especially since he’s blind.

Suddenly, a giant pyramid shows up in the middle of three military zones-American, Chinese and Russian. It’s inhabited by the monks, who say that Earth will be extinct within the year, if they don’t intervene and rule over mankind. However, they don’t need to invade the regular way by force, but by asking for consent from someone. Plus they neutralize any force set against them.

Turns out this threat is a deadly virus unwittingly created by two scientists pretty much by acccident.  The Doctor is able to figure this out by process of elimination, and manages to set the lab to self-destruct. Although he’s able to save one of the scientists, he himself is locked in the lab seconds before the explosion-and can’t input the key code because he’s still blind.

 

However, Bill, wishing to save her friend, gives the Earth over to the control of the Monks in exchange for giving the Doctor his sight back and saving his life. Unfortunately, that gives the Monks control over the planet, and using powerful hypnosis and telepathy, lead everybody to believe they’ve been in control all along, although Bill resists. The Doctor, in the meantime, broadcasts propoganda for the monks.

 

Bill is finally able to reach the Doctor, but it turns out he really might be working with the monks, since he feels mankind needs their help. She shoots him, and the regeneration process begins…

….but it turns out to just be a trick to make sure Bill wasn’t under their control, and the Doctor’s still the same.

 

Returning to the vault, the Doctor and Bill consult with Missy, who says the Monk’s signal is controlled by various statues, but Bill was the original giver of consent so she must die to break the control.

The Doctor and co try to infiltrate Monk HQ to stop the control Monk, but the Doctor’s attempt proves futile.

Bill however, manages to defeat the Monk by overpowering it with memories of her mother. The Monks then hightail it off Earth, and with their influence gone, many people forget it ever really happened in the first place. Meanwhile, the Doctor returns to Missy in the vault, and is surprised to see her remorseful.

 

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“I keep remembering all the people I’ve killed. Every day I think of more. Being bad, being bad drowned that out. I didn’t know I even knew their names. You didn’t tell me about this bit. “

Despite her remorse, sometimes the ghosts of the past can haunt you….

Here come the drums…..

 

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Star Wars Comics History: Begun, this Clone War has-Anakin and Obi-Wan

(Thought I’d skip ahead a bit in the comics history thing, as Quinlan Vos alone is enough material for a few posts which I’ll work on somewhat later).

The Clone Wars is, of course, the three-year war that took place between “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith”, laying the seeds for Emperor Palpatine’s conversion of the Republic into the Empire and “Order 66” the purge of the Jedi Knights…..also of course, the birth of Darth Vader. It’s a topic covered in various Star Wars media, especially the “Clone Wars” animated series that ran from 2008-2013. The comics and novels paint a somewhat different picture of the war and it’s timeline, one that struggled to fit in with the continuity of the cartoon series until it was decided the CG series would be the only ‘canon’ account of the war.

The Clone Wars issues of Star Wars Republic (Which it was renamed as) mainly began with issue #50, with Obi-Wan and Anakin. (#49 is set after AOTC as well but features Quinlan Vos, which I’ll deal with in a later article) This issue, which was extra-sized and included three stories (all set during the battle) was also the debut of the elite ARC troopers, including the character “Alpha” who would later become the inspiration for Captain Rex in the CG series.

Alpha would also accompany Obi-Wan and Anakin to the moons of Naboo (Home of “disgruntled spice miners” as Mace Windu put it at the beginning of “Attack of the Clones”), where Anakin and Obi-Wan first meet Durge, who before General Greivous and Cad Bane, was considered the main major Clone Wars villain next to Asajj Ventress….and he’s literally next to her on the cover to #52.

 

Ventress, long before her cartoon appearences, first appeared in these comics, although technically her design goes back to ideas for an AOTC sith lord….a concept ultiametly realized in her commander, Count Dooku.

 

This stories’s strangest thing? Zombie Gungans (although they’re mainly just puppeted by Ventress’s force powers). They were wiped out by a deadly virus that the seperatists want to use on Naboo itself, and stopping it is of course a priority for Anakin, for obvious reasons.

The next arc (after a Vos issue and an Obi-Wan solo in which he’s the sole survivor of a Jedi mission) takes the two Jedi to Jaabim, where a fierce battle is being fought. The Republic however has a nice new toy:

Obi-Wan however is presumed dead during the battle, and Anakin is put in charge of a group of “orphaned” Padawans.

They fight fiercely, but ultimately all end up dying except for Anakin, who orders the Republic retreat in part to of course, save his star future pupil. As Anakin reluctantly leaves, he learns a sort of “handy” skill with the force to keep back an angry Republic partisan; one that would become one of his trademarks.

 

Anakin’s actions here would prove to haunt his son later on, in a sequel story in the “Empire” comics.

Still presuming Obi-Wan to be dead, Anakin is next teamed up with the one Jedi he’d rather not be: The one raised by the Tuskens.

For obvious reasons, of course.

After a mission, Anakin nearly lashes out at A’shared Hett. Hett calms him a bit by revealing his true face, and Anakin admits to Hett his secret about killing the Tusken village. In a haunting ending, when asked if he’d do it again, Anakin replies plainly: “Yes”.

Of course, given what happens to Krayt later on, this is kind of ironic….he pretty much revives the Sith and restores the Empire, undoing a century of peace, in the “Legacy” comic series.

The next arc features Obi-Wan and Alpha-who are actually alive, escaping from Ventress’s dungeon (Anakin in the meantime is apprenticed to Ki-Adi-Mundi, who we learn lost his family in the war). This arc also revealed much of Asajj’s backstory.

 

The next arc to feature Anakin and Obi-Wan draws closer to “Revenge of the Sith” with Anakin knighted and with new, longer hair. They team up with Quinlan Vos, (Sort of, as he’s sort of a double agent for both sides; it’s complicated) He’s also sporting the Azure Angel, the custom starfighter patterned in part on his old Pod Racer, and which also featured heavily in the original Clone Wars cartoon.

(In “Canon” Anakin would just have a yellow Jedi starfighter, both AOTC and ROTS versions, although a Jedi starfighter with a similar color scheme shows up in ROTS, but not piloted by Anakin, but by Plo Koon)

The arc also features Captain Dodonna, a character who would later give command a very critical operation (although on the opposite side of things):

The arc features the Dreadnoughts, powerful ships that play a significant role in the post-ROTJ Thrawn trilogy.

 

The arc ends with things sort of settled and everybody on Coruscant, with Palpatine gaining a new fleet of warships. However, Ventress shows up, discover’s Anakin marriage, and the two duel-with Ventress’s blade creating the scar we see him sport in ROTS.

Of course it’s the first of many, many more.

Anakin believes he’s killed Ventress after their fight, but in fact she’s rescued by Dooku.  In the series “Obsession” Obi-Wan becomes obsessed with finding Asajj Ventress. He also pretty much lands on Naboo to find Anakin and Padme, but he just shrugs it off a bit, not bothering to report it to the council (It’s sort of implied in both AOTC and ROTS he knows what’s really going on, but has enough respect for Anakin to not make a big deal of it). Smooth move Obi-Wan…and they thought Jar-Jar was responsible for the Empire.

 

In the comic Anakin also shows some more ruthlessness, by dropping the character Durge into an escape pod and throwing him into a sun, killing the seemingly immortal bounty hunter. So much for “It’s not the jedi way”.

The comic ends with a showdown on Boz Pity (Thanks to some help from Bail Organa), with General Greivous unleashed, killing Jedi council member (and star of the Jedi starfighter game) Adi Gallia. (In the cartoon, she dies at the hands of the ressurected Darth Maul and Savaj Opress; also, a look-alike character, Stass Allie, is killed during the Order 66 montage. Explanation? They’re cousins).

 

IIRC Adi Gallia was killed by Maul and Savage, so who gets gunned down by the clone troopers on the speeders in RoTS?

Eventually Ventress has a last-minute change of heart, and apparentally dies going to the light side. Plus she leaves a little hint as to the Sith’s next plot.

However, plot twist-she’s actually not dead, and commandeers a medical frigate to parts unknown, but just as far from the war as she possibly can.

What happens next in “Legends” continuity is either this:

 

or this:

As they both kind of have somewhat contradictory views of the events leading straight to Sith.

Metal Gear Tech Profiles-Cardboard box

 

 I dunno. I was just looking at it, and suddenly I got this irresistible urge to get inside. No, not an urge – more than that. It was my destiny to be here; In the box!
SigInt: Destiny?
Naked Snake: Yeah. And then when I put it on, I suddenly got this feeling of inner peace. I can’t put it into words. I feel… safe. Like this is where I was meant to be. Like I’d found the key to true happiness.Does that make any sense?
Sigint: Not Even a little…
-Big Boss and Siginit, Operation Snake Eater

 

 

 

 

 

The use of the cardboard box as a tool of stealth was first revolutionized during Operation Snake Eater. When lying prone-and not moving-it served as a form of camouflage for Snake, especially in urban areas such as the fortress of Grozny Grad. However, if guards caught the box moving, it’s possible Snake’s cover could be compromised.

It’s brilliant! The perfect synthesis of Stealth and attack power. Compact, elegant design!The finest example of a weapon I’ve ever seen!-Big Boss, on the Tank box, Peace Walker incident

 

During the Peace Walker mission, Big Boss once again figured the cardboard box could be a useful tool and utilized it several times, even allowing himself to be ‘delivered’ to certain locations by putting himself in boxes in the back of trucks. As his MSF organization received more Gross Military Product, he was also able to develop new cardboard box variants, most notably the “love box” which could cover two soldiers, and the tank box, which came with a built-in stun cannon.

 

 

When Diamond Dogs was formed a decade later, the Cardboard box was once again utilized, but this time it could also have various add-on posters that could easily distract guards (only for Venom Snake to emerge and CQC them)

 

 

It was also popular at weddings. It’s unknown whether these were DD soldiers though.

 

A decade later, perhaps being genetically predisposed to it or building, Solid Snake used the Cardboard box at Outer Heaven. Strangely, Big Boss dismissed the use of the Cardboard box, asking his son is he was “planning to move or something?” although he had expressed a fondness for it in his youth. Well, he was fairly villanous and fallen from grace at this point.

It was also very handy for him in Zanzibar Land a few years later.

Naturally he also used it at Shadow Moses, causing Campbell to recall their use at Zanzibar Land.

 

Roy Campbell: What have you got there? A cardboard box?

Snake: Yeah. Remember that trick?

Roy Campbell: That’s the Snake I remember. Those poor fools won’t know what hit em.-Roy Campbell being nostalgic with Solid Snake, at Shadow Moses

 

 

Pliskin : The cardboard box that you have is ideal for fooling your
enemies. It’s a very important tool for infiltration missions. Of
course. I can’t begin to count the number of agents whose lives
were saved by a cardboard box…

Raiden : You mean everyone’s using them?

Pliskin : Look. I’m not exaggerating when I say the success of your mission
hinges on how you use that cardboard box. But in the end, a
cardboard box is only made of paper. Handle it with care or it
won’t be of much use to you. Y’know… I’ve lost a couple thanks
to you…

Raiden : ?

Pliskin : Nothing… forget it. Treat your cardboard box with care. Take
care of the box and it’ll take care of you… Don’t think of it
as just another box. Treat it with love… Don’t be rough. Okay?-Solid Snake to Raiden, Big Shell Inciddent

Both Solid Snake and Raiden also used the box during the tanker and big Shell inciddents, with Raiden almost shooting Snake in the box when he was briefly mistaken for a member of Dead Cell.

However, Solid Snake started to phase out the cardboard box use during the Guns of the Patriots incident, with it mainly functioning as a distraction for a pair of Gekkos/IRVING units, while Snake relied far more on his new “Octocamo” suit and masks.

Although he did use a drum can, which was far more durable and covered him while standing. It could also be used more effectively offensively, as Snake could use it to ‘roll’ on enemies.

 

Years later, Raiden would utilize a similar technique to his friend.

 

 

 

 

Bond In Review: On her Majesty’s secret service finale

M sits defeated, saying they really have no choice but to pay Blofeld’s ransom-amnesty and a recognition of his bogus title. Of course, Bond is adamant to take out Piz Gloria by force, and also rescue his fiancee, arguing that the secret service owes her a debt (although M kind of sees through this as something too personal). So Bond decides on another option: A favor from his future father in law-an “aerial operation” to “install equipment”. Meaning helicopters and a well-armed strike force.

 

Meanwhile, Blofeld is trying to push his own moves on Tracy, which she uses as an opportunity to distract the supervillain. Like how she kind of plays him here, sort of acting disinterested but Blofeld doesn’t entirely get it, while obviously aware that her fiancee and father are on their way over the radio, prompting a bit of a smile on her part. All the while, the OHMSS theme tune slightly builds.

 

Although Bond and Draco have their own, unfortunate distraction-the Swiss Air Force, who don’t really like that unauthorized aircraft are going around. Draco bluffs, arguing that the helicopters are part of the Red Cross, although they’re initially not convinced-until he states there are members of the world’s press onboard.

Tracy continues her own distraction, qouting English poet James Elroy Flecker to flatter Blofeld, when suddenly of course the helicopter arrives just then, to the tune of the original arrangement of the Bond theme, as used in Dr.No. It’s particularly well-timed here (somewhat better than it’s use in You Only Live Twice), and Bond gets to do a cool slide with machine gun in hand, while Draco’s men-many of whom we saw earlier in the film such as CheChe and Toussaint, storm the place.

 

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For what it’s worth, Tracy does her own part too, and it’s kind of fitting that the Bond theme plays over her own fight scene as well, as she takes on Gunther, Blofeld’s other henchmen, first with a broken bottle, and then some more lethal judo and a piece of tacky wall-art which impales the henchman.

 

Bond then finds her and hands her over to her father, and we get a funny reprise of the “Sir Hilary” voice and manner as Bond disarms a guy, repeating “guns make me nervous”.

Draco and his men rig the place to blow, while Bond continues his pursuit of Blofeld. Of course Tracy is not letting her future husband go, but Draco knocks her out, arguing “Spare the rod, spoil the child”. Bond makes it down to the lab, gets some photos of the Angels just in case with a tiny camera, which actually is one of the few real Bond gadgets.

Bond would use a similar device in “Moonraker” of course, but one disguise as a cigarette lighter and of course much more personalized. Given how much stock Bond puts in the secrecy of his number’s identity, especially in “Goldfinger” “Thunderball” and this film, looks like later on he’s somewhat less discreet.

Bond then chases Blofeld on bobsleds as the villain attempts to make his getaway. There’s a somewhat goofy scene of tension as Blofeld drops the grenade he intended to hurl at Bond in his own sled, causing him to flail about for a minute before he finally manages to hurl it at Bond, destroying his bobsled.

Bond quickly manages to catch up with him and the two get into a brutal fight, all within the fast-moving luge. Although Blofeld does eventually get the upper hand, he unfortunately also gets the upper head as well…as his neck gets caught in a tree, presumably finishing off the villain once and for all.

Of all the things not to double check….

Finally, the wedding happens. It’s a nice scene here, with the two of course kissing, cutting the cake, and some great character moments.

M and Draco have a little chat about the “bullion job” M allegedly thwarted in ’64, possibly a Goldfinger reference, although in the context of the film it doesn’t make sense, since Goldfinger pretty much killed all his mob co-conspirators (MI6 didn’t do it) and Draco certainly didn’t get anyway with any haul-the gold was never quite ‘stolen’ in the first place!

Bond gets his own moment with Q, where the two admit they’ve had differences in the past but Bond now has his own “gadgets” (Tracy?)

 

But the best moment of all goes to Moneypenny, where we get a reprise of the hat gag-but with Moneypenny breaking down.

 

..although it’s somewhat ruined by her tasteless flirt in the next film of Bond bringing her a diamond ring back from Holland. Even Bond’s expression seems to say not cool in that, but I’ll dwelve more on that in the next installment.

We get a slight biblical reference with Draco telling her daughter to obey Bond in all things, and of course he offers Bond his dowry of a million pounds, but Bond turns it down with another qoute, from Proverbs: “Her price is far above rubies”.

The two drive off, we get a nice bit of the happy couple on the road, including some kids mocking their car as an ad for flowers. Tracy then makes a sort of ironic remark when Bond says he hasn’t gotten her a wedding present….

Anyway, you have given me a wedding present.The best I could have.

A future.

Right in the feels.

Tragedy however is on it’s way. As Bond briefly stops the car and observes the coast (sort of echoing the opening scene a bit), Irma Bunt and Blofeld-now in a neck brace (Injuries that he would recover from in the next film, but which would reappear in For Your Eyes Only) decide to pay a visit via drive-by shooting….and although they miss Bond, there bullets find their mark…. with Tracy.

 

 

As Bond cradles her body in his arms, a policeman stops by, and Bond distraughtly tells him:

 

It´s all right.It´s quite all right, really.

She´s having a rest.We´II be going on soon.

There´s no hurry, you see?

We have all the time in the world….

Focusing on the bullet hole in the car, the film ends with a solemn note of “We have all the time in the world” although the Bond theme then swells in the credits, sort of slightly ruining the moment just a tad.

Despite OHMSS’s somewhat low success and Lazenby leaving, the effects of this film going forward do leave their mark on the series continuity going forward, and although they’re set in a different continuity, even the Craig films have acknowledged OHMSS. The SPECTRE poster in particular somewhat references this final shot (and perhaps Madeline Swann might meet a similar fate to Tracey in the next film). Although the pattern is also an obvious reference to Spectre’s octopus symbol as well.

The events of this film might explain Bond tracking down Blofeld very quickly-and aggressively-in the pre-title sequence of Diamonds Are Forever….

 

The “Sensitive” topic of Bond’s marriage would be brought up in “The Spy Who Loved Me”….

….Tracy’s tombstone and Bond’s revenge on Blofeld appear in For Your Eyes Only, as does the “We have all the time in the World”….

….and it also explains in part why he’s so hell-bent on tracking Sanchez down in License to Kill after he maims Felix Leiter and murders his wife Della on their wedding night. The marriage is referenced in that film as well; Bond refuses Della’s offer of a garter to help him  would good luck on a future wedding, with Felix explaining “He was married once, but it was a long time ago” (Felix isn’t present of course at Bond’s nuptials, but obviously he eventually was told).

And finally, we see Bond despondent when Elektra asks him if he’s ever lost a loved one (although this could also apply to Bond’s parents, or others).

 

…and Craig of course pretty much starts his tenure with the death of Vesper Lynd, although with the added sting of her betraying him and then commiting suicide (This continues to haunt Craig’s Bond going forward for the most part).

Overall, OHMSS is a unique, very well-directed and well done Bond movie, and Lazenby-despite not being a trained actor-does very well as a more vulnerable James Bond. There’s some late 60’s oddballness, Lazenby’s dubbed for a good chunk of the middle of the movie as “Sir Hilary Bray” and perhaps the action scenes are shot a bit too quite, but John Barry’s score more than makes up for it IMO.

 

Bond in Review: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Part V

 

Tracy immediately recognizes that something’s up with her boyfriend, and they quickly slip out so Bond can get to the nearest phone booth to contact London. They manage to make it to a car, where we get a little joke to his earlier ‘rescue’ at the hotel Casino, that she wouldn’t “banco” on Bond not having been spotted. Tracey reveals that her father told her where to find him (although not anything as specific as to be at the ice rink at the exact time he needed help).

Unfortunately for Bond, they did notice, and Bond is unable to finish the call, with the two forced to throw off their pursuers by getting involved in a local car race.

 

With Tracey proves she’s just as good with tactical driving as Bond is pretty much. No wonder she becomes Mrs. Bond! Bond in the meantime is in the passenger seat the whole time.

Unfortunately despite temporarily alluding Bunt, weather proves a more formidable adversary, and they’re forced to shack up for the night in a barn. Cue romantic lighting:

 

 

As the two cuddle a bit, Tracey asks about what went on at Piz Gloria, but Bond says he can’t tell as it’s his job. Or maybe it’s because he technically cheated on her there. Bond muses that it’s about time he stopped thinking about himself, and that he might need to ‘find something else’ (perhaps a real resignation, something Bond also seems to consider upon “settling down” in both Casino Royale and Spectre….which didn’t work out well either in the first place, and we’re still waiting on the second). Bond then proposes marriage, to which Tracey accepts, and there’s some back and forth about finding a place to settle down.

The chemistry is really great in this scene, and Lazenby actually sells the emotion and vulnerability of his Bond here. Connery’s Bond was a bit more cold with sensitive emotions(he did seem to get more of the rest of the character well done), so I’m not sure if he would’ve handled this scene-or a key later one-better. Plus there’s a nice instrumental rendition of “We have all the Time in the world” here as well.

In the morning, Blofeld finds the barn but Tracey and Bond have already high-tailed it out of there-on skis. Time for ski chase #2-but this time in daylight, and with Tracey. Blofeld’s also back in pursuit as well. (not so how well Bunt would have ski’ed).

 

Gotta like the ease and amusement that Diana Rigg does it, though, and her “Simple!” as she (or rather, her stunt double) clears two rooftops with really big jumps.

One SPECTRE agent falls into the path of an ice clearing machine, and there’s a pretty nasty death scene as what’s left of him spurts out over the snow. Probably the most violent and gory villain death until “License to Kill”. While there are plenty of unpleasant death scenes of both good and evil characters in the series-Helga Brandt’s demise in the previous film being a prime example (and a later one coming up)-they’re relatively violent and blood free, and I really, really hope this isn’t the image that shows up on my links to this on other sites 🙂

 

Bond of course quips “He had lots of guts!”, but then he and Tracey head into an avalanche zone, which Blofeld quickly takes advantage of by firing a flare into the zone, triggering one that buries both Bond and Tracey. They both survive, although Blofeld for the moment is convinced Bond is probably dead; while he and his men recover Tracy as Bond looks on in despair….which leads to a brilliant shot of him back in London, looking out the window of M’s office, with the scene reflected and Bond still in somber spirits. Bond’s got his fiancee on his mind… (It should be noted that much of the above is not in the novel at all; Bond is still rescued by Tracey, but she doesn’t get involved in any chase scenes and she and Bond just go to the airport. She doesn’t get captured by SPECTRE either. So this is pretty much mostly artistic license) .

 

 

Bond in Review: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service part IV

Bond wakes up to a somewhat surreal scene-Blofeld saying “Merry Christmas”, decorating his Christmas tree, and monologging his master plan-while also explaining how 007 slipped up….he flubbed one of his genealogy facts, and a respectable baronet would not be such a philanderer. It’s not that the guy; in-universe, of course-was identical to the guy you faced in Japan two years ago.

 

Blofeld’s game this time is not starting World War III, but a biological weapon-“Virus Omega”-which will produce infertility in livestock and grain, therefore destroying the main sources of foods for millions-unless he’s recognized as a count and pardoned for his past work as SPECTRE chief. His instruments of Armageddon: The girls he’s hypnotized into spreading the virus.

 

Like I’ve written before, Savalas is a pretty unique Blofeld, far more physically imposing than Pleasence (although somewhat less creepy-he for instance lacks Pleasence’s eye scar, which is almost as much a trademark of the character as the cat-a cat which actually seldom appears in this film as well!). Also whereas the other Blofelds smoked, there’s just something in Savalas’s body language here, with the unique way he holds and smokes the cigarette.

Blofeld locks Bond in the cable car wheelroom, but not before showing him Campbell’s hung-and frozen-corpse outside, posed to look like a climbing accident. The Cable car wheelroom of course has a way out for Bond-although not an easy one, as he uses the cable to get out, with severe risk of being crushed, falling or getting severe rope burn.

 

 

However, Bond is not entirely bent on escape-he’s got to gather some more intel first-and find perhaps an easier way out. He goes back up to the Alpine room-staying out of sight this time-and sees how Blofeld intends to deploy his virus-using hypnotism including a control signal sent from Piz Gloria via radio, and having the virus in cosmetics.

Bond then steals a pair of skis and makes his way out-and we get the first ever James Bond ski chase. Along with car chases, or fights on or in trains, this seems to be one of the most repeated or homaged Bond action scenes, with ski chases appearing in three of Moore’s films.

 

 

With Dalton sort of giving it a bit of a funny twist….

And Brosnan of course getting his own sequence (Although not as well done IMO) in TWINE…

Craig’s ice sequence, like Dalton’s unfortunately wasn’t exactly a ski chase either.

But at least it wasn’t this….

 

The sequence-which includes Blofeld chasing Bond-something you definitely wouldn’t see Donald Pleasence do-isn’t perfect, as it suffers from some of the obvious special effects problems of the time in regards to actor close ups (But then again they hadn’t exactly fixed that by “Die Another Day” either as the above image demonstrates).

After he crashes, and after silencing two of Blofeld’s men by throwing one off the mountain and chocking the other one with a ski, Bond makes his way down to the local ski village, but Bunt and other men are in hot pursuit, although Bond manages to subdue one in very, very noisy fight in a room full of bells.

Bond tries to blend in with the crowd, but he’s unarmed, there’s too many people to make a scene, and Bunt is closing in. He also freaks out for a brief second when a guy in a crude polar bear costume takes his picture, in one of the film’s more bizarre moments.

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Bond seems to resign himself to his fate, sitting down and using a last ditch effort to hide himself, while actress and singer Nina Van Pallent’s original song for the movie “Do You Know How Christmas trees are grown”-an unusually cheerful song for a Bond movie, but hey, they’re trying to sell the Christmas setting here) plays in the background. And pretty much on cue, to the lyrics “….they need love.” (We wouldn’t see Bond music editing this timely until Spy Who Loved Me I think) Tracey skates up-in the nick of time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Metal Gear Profiles-Mr.Hideo Kojima

 

The mysterious, but highly skilled mercenary and informant known as Hideo Kojima was discovered by Big Boss in the back of a truck while the mercenary searched around. He was then recruited to, and became a valued member, of MSF’s intel team.

Later that year, he was sent to Cuba where he gained major intelligence at a “Black site” Camp, similar to Camp Omega. After he gained the intel, he made his escape, and was covered by Big Boss in his HIND piloted by Morpho.

 

Finally rescuing him, they returned to him his glasses, although he wandered what took so long.

 

Surviving the destruction of Mother Base, Mr.Kojima was eventually captured by the Soviet Union, and once again had to be bailed out by Big Boss (or rather, his Phantom “Venom Snake”)-especially since he was a highly valued VIP member of MSF, and well suited to Diamond Dogs. He pretty much had the exact same reaction as before.

It’s unknown what happened to Mr. Kojima after that, although it’s possible he was part of Outer Heaven and Zanzibar Land. Perhaps he commanded-and then haunts-Shadow Moses Island

 

 

 

 

Or perhaps he decided to go into creating video games….