1967. Raquel Welch as an American skydiver named Fathom Harvill.
Do you need another reason to watch Fathom? Let me answer that for you. Tony Franciosa? Clive Revill? Okay. I can’t vouch for the film, necessarily. There is a reason we haven’t presented this film in a “just because” presentation. I will vouch for it’s live tweet possibilities and mention that Roger Ebert gave this film ZERO stars. Babes, beaches and bullfighting. Did I mention Raquel Welch? Yes? Well, I just wanted to make sure.
Join #Bond_age_ on Wednesday, September 20th at 9pm ET for the Fathom live tweet. Follow #Bond_age_ hashtag.
Here’s the opening of Fathom to tease your sensibilities.
This week Pam and I finally found a skippable Steele episode from Season 2. Just one. We should offer this skipped episode up as homework. There will be quizzes at the end of the live tweet.
We settled on “Steele Knuckles and Glass Jaws” and “My Fair Steele” because of notable guest-stars for classic film fans. The episodes are mid-tier but that shouldn’t negate any live tweet shenanigans, except those that concern Murph as he’s still on sabbatical.
Our first episode, the 9th episode of Season 2, concerns mobsters and boxing and child endangerment. The episode guest stars Bert Remsen, Ken Foree and Paul Stewart. Stewart appeared in a few small projects by the names of Citizen Kane, In Cold Blood and Kiss Me Deadly. You may have heard of them.
In our B-Side episode this week, a terminally-ill millionaire hires the Steele agency to locate the twin sister of his cantankerous adopted daughter. The actress playing the twin sister dual roles happens to share my birthday (September 13th) and appeared in Jaws 2 as Tina.
Dust off your lady fedoras. This week it’s time to do some more investigating with Remington Steele. Join #Bond_age_ for the 11th Volume of Remington Steele live tweets on Wednesday, September 6th @ 9pm ET. We’ll be watching Episodes 9 and 10 from Season 2. Follow #Bond_age_TV hashtag.
We started Tom Cruising sometime last year because we thought Tom Cruise had a filmography worthy of all the live tweet fodder. We may not have pinpointed Days of Thunder as the apex of the live tweet Cruise-ography. Some might argue in favor of Top Gun and I might agree, but for the sake of the self-promotion at hand, let’s call it Days of Thunder.
I don’t know if you remember, but when Days of Thunder was released in 1990 this was peak Cruise. This was audiences frothing at the mouth for what appeared, by any measure, to be an ersatz Top Gun sequel. TOP GUN WITH CARS! I was OMG dying to see this film when it came out. I was 12 so you’ll pardon the misguided tenacity of my childhood enthusiasm. I should note a few things about how the Cruisness and the marketing for this film clouded my judgment. I had never seen a NASCAR race and quite honestly had no interest in ever stumbling across one. Arguably the closest I’d come to such a thing was playing Pole Position in the arcade. But Tom Cruise in race cars. YES. SO MUCH YES.
All that said, even at the age of 12, I understood that Days of Thunder was, well, worthy of a live tweet. I didn’t know what the hell a “live tweet” was at the time, but given enough time and thoughtfulness things could have worked out thusly:
Days of Thunder : Live Tweets :: Toilet : flux capacitor
I’m just saying. It could have happened.
Join #Bond_age_ for the live tweet of Tom Cruising Vol. 6 – Days of Thunder on Wednesday, August 30th @ 9pm ET. Follow #Bond_age_ hashtag. And remember…. his name’s Cole, not Dick.
It’s weird that we haven’t live tweeted a Harry Palmer movie yet. It’s weird that even when we do start to live tweet the Harry Palmer movies, we’re starting with Billion Dollar Brain because themes. It just so happens that the third Harry Palmer film dropped during 1967 and we’re currently exploring the spy films of 1967 through the Year of the Spy 1967 retrospective.
This works because A) Harry Palmer movies are not especially beholden to each other; B) Billion Dollar Brain is the most Bond-like of the bunch; and C) I said so.
The Billion Dollar Brain was directed by Ken Russell, marking the controversial director’s only outing as a mainstream director-for-hire. It’s an odd fit for the director, but some of the auteur’s flamboyant touches remain even filtered through the pop-culture spy craze.
Join #Bond_age_ on Wednesday, August 16th at 9pm ET for the Billion Dollar Brain live tweet. Follow #Bond_age_ hashtag.
I’m still struggling to find skippable episodes. Pam and I had a meeting of the minds and we decided to air episodes 6 and 7 from the second season of Remington Steele. We skipped episode 5. The twist here is that the main attraction for this pair of episodes happens to be the second episode “Love Among the Steele.”
First a recap of episode 5: Someone wants to frame Steele for murder and there are no overt references to classic cinema. Moving along…
First up, we’ve got Season 2, Episode 6 – “A Steele at Any Price.” This one’s fun because Remington Steele indulges his love of the heist in a case about stolen paintings. He gets to tease his past a little bit and solicit some Laura eyerolls. As you can imagine, this episode boasts references to a couple of classic heist films.
You’ll not want to miss “Love Among the Steele” which has the second slot of the evening. This one is essentially the “Jon Voight’s car” episode of Remington Steele. The real attraction here is the escalating Laura/Steele sexual tension and rampant double entendres. All this stuffed inside a wacky narrative which provides a platform for some excellent screwball moments.
R: “I think someone’s shooting at us!”
R: “Because we’re kissing! Somebody always shoots at us when we’re kissing!”
Dust off your lady fedoras. This week it’s time to do some more investigating with Remington Steele. Join #Bond_age_ for the 10th Volume of Remington Steele live tweets on Wednesday, August 9th @ 9pm ET. We’ll be watching Episodes 6 and 7 from Season 2. Follow #Bond_age_TV hashtag.