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El Jefe

While I commend you giving the theme and the movie its due (more like the books, really, than any movie but From Russia With Love) but the Britophile in me asks: what, no love for Matt Monro/Lionel Bart and From Russia... (sidebar: did you know the original stage version of Oliver included Barry Humphries and a young Phil Collins as the Dodger?) or John Barry's masterful orchestral theme for OHMSS (OK, he'd outdone himself with Midnight Cowboy the year before, but truly....) I would rate both above The Band So Nice They Named Them Twice. But I am a fuddy-duddy for Bond themes (hence my love of Skyfall's, and I feel about the Eighties much as you do about the Seventies, for much the same reasons, now with added Reagan.) Also, too: Moonraker. Really the theme (and Shirley Bassey's grace with the ends of phrases in her delivery) and Michael Lonsdale's second-greatest Bond Villain Line ("look after Mister Bond ... see that some harm comes to him") almost -- almost -- make up for, well, the whole rest of the movie.

El Jefe

As an added sidebar, Best Bond Villain Actors' Lines:

1st place: Gert Frobe, and do I even need to say it.

2nd place: Michael Lonsdale, "Look after Mister Bond... see that some harm comes to him."

3rd place: Louis Jourdan, "You have a nasty habit of ... surviving."

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