Rush Limbaugh cites 007, U.N.C.L.E. villains in commentary

NOTE: This isn’t a political commentary and isn’t intended to start arguments/debates over political issues.

On his March 25 show, radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh did a commentary about the situation in Libya starting around 12:30 p.m. New York time. He said the North Atlantic Treaty Organization had “James Bond villain-sounding guys” running it. After a brief audio clip from Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the commentator said, “He could be running SPECTRE. He could be running Thrush.”

SPECTRE, of course, was the organization run by Ernst Stavro Blofeld, which was involved in six of the first seven films of the James Bond movie series and the Ian Fleming novels Thunderball, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and You Only Live Twice. Thrush was the large villainous organization that provided the opposition to the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement in The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Roundup of recent 007 political and cultural references

Making cultural references to James Bond has become common over the past half century. Still, there were four notable ones in just the past few days, ones that encompass opposite ends of the political spectrum and popular entertainment.

Here are four, starting with the most recent:

Fox Report With Shepard Smith, Fox News, Oct. 5: The nightly, hour-long newscast’s Oct. 5 telecast ended with a “This Day in History” segment on the 48th anniversary of the premier of Dr. No, showing publicity stills of star Sean Connery and actor Joseph Wiseman, who played 007’s first cinematic villain.

Hawaii Five-0, CBS, Oct. 4: The third episode of CBS’s revival of the classic series (which officially spells it Five-0 instead of Five-O, as in the original), includes a scene where Steve McGarrett 2.0 and Dan Williams 2.0 get dressed up to infiltrate an illegal casino run by hoodlums. “How come I look like a waiter, while you look like James Bond?” Danno (Scott Caan) asks the Big Kahuna (Alex O’Loughlin).

You can watch the episode by CLICKING RIGHT HERE.

The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC, Sept. 30: The first week of the new MSNBC show included a segment about Meg Whitman, the Republican candidate for California governor. She became involved in a controversy involving how she employed a housekeeper who was an illegal immigrant and fired the housekeeper O’Donnell, noted that her husband is Dr. Griffith Harsh and suggested that “Dr. Harsh” would be a fine name for a James Bond villain.

The Rush Limbaugh Show, syndicated radio program, Sept. 28: The radio host made this comment after talking to a caller: “By the way, the Bond character was Xenia Onatopp. It was spelled O-n-a-t-o-p-p, Xenia Onatopp. Sarah Palin is our Xenia Onatopp.”

To read the entire exchange between Limbaugh and the caller, you can CLICK HERE and see a transcript from the show’s Web page.

For those who don’t remember Xenia Onatopp, she was the femme fatale in 1995’s GoldenEye. Here she kills a U.S. admiral: