Quotes that make little sense (except to 007 fans)

"What does that mean, anyway?"

“What does that mean, anyway?”

What follows are quotes that make little sense taken out of context — except for James Bond fans who’ve seen the movies over and over again.

Here they are, presented with no context. Most Bond film fans have the context memorized.

Some of these lines will even bring a laugh to a Bond fan, while those nearby would be baffled.


“More! More pow-wah! DO IT!”

“I’ll buy you a delicatessen — in stainless steel!”

“That’s as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs.”

“I have a slight inferiority complex.”

“I got a brudder!”

“Openin’ crater…Closin’ crater.”

“Let the sport…commence!

“Just a drop in the ocean.”

“Somebody sent their brain trust down to meet you.”

“Humility is the worst form of conceit.”

“That’s extra, man.”

UPDATE: There are more, of course.

“You really do have a magnificent abdomen.”

This beautiful girl will be locked into a steel cage and will change very slowly into a ferocious 450-pound gorilla.”  (from reader Steve Oxenrider)

“Ptth! American motorists kill that many every two years.” (from reader Gary Firuta, down in the comments section)

“Japanese proverb say, ‘Bird never make nest in bare tree.'”

Salute (sort of) to YOLT’s “Crater Guy”

James Bond movies aren’t known for their working-class characters. But if you look closely, they are present. Take, for example, “Crater Guy” from You Only Live Twice.

“Crater Guy” (we’re never actually told his name) is the fellow who opens and closes SPECTRE’s entrance to its secret Japan headquarters built inside a supposedly extinct volcano. He activates a switch so a camouflaged door (designed to look like a lake in the volcano) so SPECTRE helicopters can come and go and, of course, so SPECTRE’s “interceptor” rocket can snare U.S. and Soviet spacecraft. Also, he must utter the critical words, “Openin’ crater…closin’ crater.”

We’re never given any backstory to “Crater Guy.” But we imagine he’s a working stiff, just trying to feed his family. Our guess is the SPECTRE crater job was probably the best-paying job he ever had. Maybe he even got the job by answering a want ad a SPECTRE front took out.

“Crater Guy,” perhaps, even had his own ambitions. One day, he might have worked his way up to mastermind. Unfortunately, it all ended rather suddenly — and badly — as shown at the 7:18 mark of this video: