The Heist Live Tweet (aka Happy Birthday, Fluffy)

Last week, our dearly beloved Pierce Brosnan turned 64. Because #Bond_age_ had a previously scheduled date with Deadlier Than the Male, I made the executive decision to postpone the official birthday festivities until this week.

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With so many excellent Fluffy films from which to choose, the choice of film weighed heavily on my mind. Do we go with a lesser Fluffy film? Or a more recognized success? My first choice– The Matador (2005) remains a film that deserves broader appreciation. Brosnan deliberately plays against the Bond persona as a bedraggled and unpredictable contract killer that befriends a put-upon schlep (Greg Kinnear). The outcome is a low-key rambling character-driven comedy. But would it make a good live tweet? Comedies are often hard sells, especially in films that essentially make the wise-cracks for us.

So… now what?

So I moved on. What else did I have in my bag of Fluffy tricks? I was tempted by The Mirror Crack’d, an Agatha Christie film featuring a very youthful Brosnan in an uncredited role. Another time, perhaps. A bit part wasn’t sufficient enough celebration. I still want to do After the Sunset, but that’s really just not reflective of the mood I’m in.

I went back to Taffin. How could we recreat Taffin? I recalled I picked up the HBO film The Heist on DVD for just such an occasion. Fluffy plays Neil Skinner, an ex-con framed by his partner Ebbett (Tom Skerritt). His partner now runs security at a race track and in order to seek his revenge, Neil’s going to steal the track’s daily take right out from under his old partner’s nose. Before you go looking for the @007hertzrumble seal of approval, I can’t offer any. Because I haven’t seen it! We’re going in blind here people! For Fluffy!

Join #Bond_age_ on Wednesday, May 24th for the THE HEIST live tweet, starring Pierce Brosnan, Tom Skerritt, Wendy Hughes and a whole bunch of “those guys” you know from somewhere else. Show starts at 9pm ET. Follow #Bond_age_ hashtag. 

 

Deadlier Than the Male Live Tweet

I’m going to be straight you people. I often try to sugarcoat these matters, but not today.

A couple of years ago @GregMcCambley, @TRWilcox live tweeted Deadlier Than the Male and ya’ll *T%#%$ing missed out. It’s the sad truth of the matter. The three of us had one of the finest #Bond_age_ evenings in the history of #Bond_age_ and unless your name is Greg or T.R., you weren’t there. When I recall my fondest evenings live tweeting movies with the #Bond_age_ crew, I always cite the Moonraker Wraparound (Pew. Pew. Pew anyone?), that Skyfall live tweet (when we pretty much had everyone that’s ever twattered Bond), and that sparsely-attended Deadlier Than the Male.

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I’m giving everyone a chance to make amends.

Deadlier Than the Male resurrects the old Captain Hugh “Bulldog” Drummond character for the 1960’s. The war veteran/sleuth/gentleman adventurer first appeared in the novel Bull-Dog Drummond in 1920, the creation of author H.C. McNeile. Bulldog Drummond has endured through page, stage, radio and screen. 1922 saw the first of 23 Bulldog Drummond films. At one point in 1933, even Alfred Hitchcock was set to direct a film in the series called Bulldog Drummond’s Baby — but when the British rights holders refused the sell the rights to screenwriter Charles Bennet for use in the film, Hitchcock went ahead with the script, but without the beloved character. That script became The Man Who Knew Too Much.

Played by Richard Johnson (The Haunting) in this resurrection, the retired war hero Bulldog Drummond now finds himself an insurance investigator hot on the tail of two femme fatales played by #Bond_age_ favorites Elke Sommer and Sylvia Koscina. Plus (bonus!), Bulldog’s American nephew tags along for the case.

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The film’s title comes from the Rudyard Kipling poem “The Female of the Species” and also refers back to an earlier Drummond novel called The Female of the Species. As a blatant attempt to capitalize on the new Bond craze with an old, familiar character, Bulldog Drummond has clearly been cut from a more James Bond-like mold. Though, one could easily argue that Bond was first carved out of the Bulldog Drummond character. So it goes.

Released in 1967, we’re celebrating the film’s 50th anniversary by bringing Deadlier Than the Male back into the #Bond_age_ rotation. And giving you, the #Bond_age_ viewer, a chance to right the egregious wrongs of live tweets past.

Join #Bond_age_ for the live tweet of Deadlier Than the Male @ 9pmET on Wednesday, May 17th. Follow #Bond_age_ hashtag.

 

Greg’s Happy Fun Time El Santo Livetweet – May 3rd, 2017

Hello again, everyone!

Once more @007hertzrumble has entrusted me with the keys to the #Bond_age_mobile, and am lucky to be holding another Happy Fun Time livetweet this Wednesday. When I learned I got the gig (why am I always the last to know?) I knew that I’d be hosting El Santo again. The only question was which one? Do I go with early El Santo, or do I go later? As I was vetting my choices, I came across a couple of screenshots:

A movie with Mexican Richard Dreyfuss and…the other guy? This required more research. Both are featured in 1973’s Las Bestias del Terror, in which El Santo and his cohort Blue Demon fight, according to IMDb, kidnappers. In Miami. A chance to see Miami in all its 1970s glory? Yes, please! So join me at 9 pm EST this Wednesday for The Beasts of Terror! As is standard for Happy Fun Time, subtitles are not available, but who needs them? The target is Miami! Repeat, the target is Miami! Join me, won’t you? Please use the #Bond_age_ hashtag!

The Venetian Affair Live Tweet

 

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I don’t really need to provide any justification for a live tweet of The Venetian Affair (1967).

But alright. If you insist.

#1. A former CIA agent, now disillusioned, loner journalist, is sent to Venice to investigate the bombing of a peace conference by an American diplomat. So we’ve got the whole espionage part of the equation.

#2. Robert Vaughn. #Bond_age_ favorite. This time doing his best scruffy-looking nerf herder impersonation.

#3. Elke Sommer

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#4. Boris Karloff. Felicia Farr. Ed Asner. Carl Boehm. And Luciana Paluzzi!

#5. The poster containing the tagline: Vaughn! Venice! Voom!

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You’ll be sorry if you don’t join #Bond_age_ for the Venetian Affair Live Tweet on Wednesday, April 26th at 9pm ET. Follow #Bond_age_ hashtag. Embed on the #Bond_age_ site.

 

Tom Cruising Vol. 4 – Edge of Tomorrow Live Tweet

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So far #Bond_age_ has live tweeted only “classic Cruise” as part of our Tom Cruising series. We’ve done Risky Business, All the Right Moves, Top Gun and Cocktail. That almost suggests that there isn’t “classic Cruise” outside the 1980s. Not so! We’re just getting started.

This Wednesday at 9pm ET, join #Bond_age_ as we live tweet the thoroughly underappreciated sci-fi action flick EDGE OF TOMORROW. Sure, it may have a terrible name (followed by an even more terrible attempt to rebrand the movie for home video consumption) but make no mistake — this is top notch Cruise paired with the even more excellent Emily Blunt in a fun slice of contemporary mind-fuckery. EDGE OF TOMORROW is like if Independence Day and Groundhog Day had a baby and Tom Cruise was their doula.

Wednesday at 9pm ET, #Bond_age_ live tweets Edge of Tomorrow. Follow #Bond_age_ hashtag. Embed will appear on the website just before showtime.

 

Ladies’ Night Vol. 3 – Claudine Auger in Triple Cross

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Ladies’ Night Vol. 3 featuring Claudine Auger in Triple Cross.

In the conversations about the most iconic Bond girls, Claudine Auger gets shortchanged. You start off with Ursula Andress. The first lady of Bond. The white bikini. Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore comes up. Daniela Bianchi, of course, because if you’re a #Bond_age_ fan you’ve heard me fawn over Tatiana Romanova. Shirley Eaton quite literally became a gold standard despite no more than a couple of lines. Diana Rigg. Eva Green. I could keep going. But where does Claudine Auger find herself in these impromptu recollections and reminiscences?

Despite her timeless beauty and iconic black and white two-piece bikini that makes both men and women swoon, poor Claudine Auger finds herself sequestered among the “other” ladies of Bond. Is it due to Thunderball‘s undervalued status as a lesser Connery? Is it because she plays a “kept” woman? In the end, she gets her revenge. No punches pulled.

For at least one night of good #Bond_age_, the French actress, fashion icon and 1958 Miss World runner-up gets to be the center of everyone’s attention.

The real life Eddie Chapman, aka Agent Zigzag.

Triple Cross reunites Auger with her Thunderball director Terence Young. The Anglo-French co-production also features future Bond villain Gert Fröbe, Yul Brenner and Christopher Plummer. Loosely based on the story of Eddie Chapman (code name “Zigzag”), a British spy believed to be Germany’s top agent in Great Britain. The film takes liberties with the narrative to present a more glamorous — “Bond-like” — version of the spy life so naturally we’ll take liberties with Triple Cross.

If you’re interested in reading two fantastic books about Agent Zigzag, I recommend Agent Zigzag and especially Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies both by Ben McIntyre. Essential reads for history buffs or fans of the espionage genre.

Join #Bond_age_ on Wednesday, March 29 for the World War II thriller Triple Cross (1966) featuring Claudine Auger.

Warner Archive’s preview clip from Triple Cross: