Ever wonder what happened to Bond’s pink power tie in Diamonds Are Forever?

It appears lawman Steve McGarrett bought it at a second-hand store, based on this video around the 0:08 mark.

Meanwhile the late Cyd Charisse makes a remark at the 0:27 mark that was probably relatively innocent during the 1978-79 televison season but today sounds about as subtle as some of Jinx’s dialogue in Die Another Day.

Iconic Five-O location averts closing (apparently)

OK, Hawaii Five-O isn’t a spy show, but it did have some spy stories and it starred Jack Lord the screen’s first Felix Leiter. So this is fair game for us.

Five-O had a memorable main title, thanks to the theme by Morton Stevens and the title design by Reza S. Badiyi. One of the key moments was the set up for Lord’s “Starring” credit when a camera zooms in on lawman Steve McGarrett standing on a balcony of the Ilikai Hotel. The hotel also showed up in a number of episodes.

The Ilikai nearly closed, although it apparently received a reprieve, according to THIS FEB. 25 NEWS STORY. We hope that’s still the case. In any event, this gives an excuse to show you this main title from the first season:

An incomplete history of hacking 007 movies for television

The news that TCM is going to show the six Sean Connery 007 films produced by Eon Productions Ltd. got us to thinking about the rocky history of James Bond movies on television. Here’s a partial list:

1972: ABC airs Goldfinger, Eon’s third Bond movies and the 1964 film that became a blockbuster. ABC editors took out the gunbarrel, although the gunbarrel music plays.

The film is mostly complete and airs in a 2:15 time slot, including commercials. For future ABC showings, more scenes are cut to make the move fit into a 2-hour time slot. For example, the entire pre-credits sequence would be cut.

1974: ABC airs From Russia With Love, Eon’s second Bond film. The first showing is in a 2:30 time slot. It’s mostly complete, but ABC decides to shift the order of the opening sequences. ABC starts with the main titles then shifts to the gunbarrel (which, at least, is shown this time) and the rest of the pre-credits sequence. After that, we pick up with Venice and the rest of the movie is shown in its proper order. In future showings, you guessed it, the movie is cut to fit a 2-hour time slot. In one such showing, the entire gypsy camp scene is eliminated.

1974: ABC taps Thunderball to lead off the new season of The ABC Sunday Night Movie. For some reason, ABC *again* cuts out the gunbarrel while retaining the music. The movie is mostly complete and fills a 2:45 time slot. In future showings, it’s cut to 2:30. One such showing also has a disclaimer warning parents there’s a bit of violence in “this typical James Bond movie.”

1975: ABC airs Diamonds Are Forever to lead off a new ABC Friday Night Movie. It’s a big night of competition as ABC and CBS try to knock off NBC’s The Rockford Files. CBS is airing a two-hour Hawaii Five-O episode featuring the return of McGarrett arch foe Wo Fat.

ABC this time elects to keep the gunbarrel in. But the network trims a lot of dialogue, including Shady Tree’s line about how trying to find billionaire Willard Whyte “is like trying to find a virgin in a maternity ward.”

1975: Later in the same television season, ABC broadcasts You Only Live Twice on a Sunday. The networks editors are again feeling a little creative. We first see the gunbarrel, then shift to the main titles, then see the pre-credits sequence and then jump back to Bond’s “funeral” in Hong Kong.

1976: ABC makes its boldest changes to a 007 movie, although it will only be for one showing.

First, ABC decides to televise On Her Majesty’s Secret Service as a two-part broadcast, each part being 90 minutes, including commercials. In Part I, we see the gunbarrel. Suddenly the picture dissolves *into the middle of the movie* as Bond prepares to escape Blofeld’s Piz Gloria lair.

What’s more, we hear a narrator, identifying himself as James Bond, giving us the Raymond Chandler/Philip Marlowe treatment. The voiceover is NOT done by George Lazenby, the star of the movie. It sounds vaguely like an American trying to sound British.

After we see some of Bond skiing away from Blofeld’s men, we shift back to the start of the movie as a flashback. Throughout part I, we go back and forth in this manner with ABC’s Bond periodically commenting. This goes into the start of Part II, but when we catch up to Bond getting away from Piz Gloria, the rest of the movie is more or less how it was shown in theaters, albeit with occasional cuts because of violence.