HMSS nominations for best lines from James Bond movies

What’s the best line from a James Bond movie? Here are a few for consideration:

“Bond, James Bond.” Sean Connery (James Bond, natch) from Dr. No.
Analysis: Perhaps a cliche now, but Connery established a classic introduction line.

“She should have kept her mouth shut.” Sean Connery (Bond), capping off a tense sequence in the movie From Russia With Love that was mostly a faithful adaption from a memorable chapter of the Ian Fleming novel of the same name. Connery had delivered a number of quips in Dr. No, but this one reflected perfect timing and Connery’s growth in the role of 007.

“No, I expect you to die!” Comeback by Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe dubbed by Michael Collins) to Bond’s witticisms from Goldfinger.

“Somebody’s probably lost a dog.” Bond (Connery again) skeptical that about the emergency for which he has been summoned in Thunderball. Often overlooked among 007 witticisms, it’s a perfect example of Connery at his peak in the Bond role.

“Wait till you get to my teeth.” Bond (Connery) muttering to himself following his first encounter with Domino in Thunderball. The line isn’t as memorable as Connery’s delivery, a perfect example of what was the actor’s polished confidence in the role.

“Mr. Osato believes in healthy chests!” Helga (Karin Dor) to Bond in You Only Live Twice. An early sign of how the series was starting to parody itself.

“But darling we have all the time in the world.” Bond (George Lazenby) to his soon-to-be-deceased bride Tracy (Diana Rigg) in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. A line based on Ian Fleming prose, something that would soon be rare in the film series.

“Look after, Mr. Bond. See that some harm comes to him.” Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale) to his manservant Chang in Moonraker. An example of subtle humor and menance in an otherwise over-the-top film.

“I’m glad I insisted you brought that cello!” Bond (Timothy Dalton) to Kara in The Living Daylights. For most of a key sequence, Dalton/Bond had been more than a little annoyed that Kara had insisted on bringing the cello. The instrument turns out to be both a clue and a means to a getaway from Cold War-era Czech troops.

“He disagreed with something that ate him.” A note attached to Felix Leiter (David Hedison) in Licence to Kill, which took the idea from Fleming’s Live And Let Die novel.

“The bitch is dead.” Bond (Daniel Craig), referring to double agent Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale. Once again, going to the Fleming source material.

5 Responses

  1. James Bond: The world is not enough.
    Elektra King: Foolish sentiment.
    James Bond: Family motto.

    Brought a hearty chuckle from those who know the origin.

    Then on the lighter side with a bit of 4th wall breakdown:
    Q: “Very good, 007, though killing M. was certainly not part of the exercise.” Bond: “I think if you examine the replay Q, you’ll see M. suffered only a
    flesh wound.”

    One more:
    (At a crap table in Las Vegas after Bond coolly demonstrates his expertise.)
    Plenty O’Toole: “Say, you’ve played this game before!”
    Bond: “Just once.”

    Excellent!

  2. What many people miss about the “Bond. James Bond” line is that Bond says it that way because it’s how Sylvia Trench introduces herself a moment earlier–“Trench, Sylvia Trench.” He’s gently mocking her…yet because of Connery’s delivery, it became the classic line…

  3. “We’ll head him off at the precipice!” — Blofeld (Telly Savalas) in ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE.

    A clever take on the hoary old line used in a bazillion Westerns. It never fails to get a chuckle out of me, while not distracting from the excitement of the ski chase sequence.

  4. “Forget it. I’m feeling Italian and musical.”

    James bond to Miss Taro as he decides they will not be staying in for dinner at her suggestion. One of the most offbeat lines in all the series, from DR. NO.

  5. Honey Ryder to Bond before meeting Dr. No:
    “I’m glad your hands are sweating too.”
    Bond: “Of course, I’m scared too.”

    How often has Bond admitted to being afraid?

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