James Bond and Soviet Movies

The James Bond film franchise has had a considerable influence upon moviemakers around the world. Its luxurious scenery, magnificent music, amazing special effects, and gifted actors have been a huge success both critically and commercially. But, doing their great artistic job, creators of the James Bond series have also imitated some masterpieces of foreign cinema. In this post, we are going to discuss interaction between concepts in Soviet movies and the British spy’s cinematographic image.

A spy movie Goldfinger, released in 1964, has had a scene, where James Bond, strapped to a table, is threatened by an industrial laser, operated by bad guys. Soviet action film Detective, released in 1980, has had a similar scene, where a young policeman, strapped to a sawmill, is threatened by gangsters. However, it must be mentioned, that the sawmill scene was the young policeman’s vivid imagination, not an actual element of the plotline. Another spy movie, You Only Live Twice, released in 1967, has had an iconic scene, where a moving gangsters’ car being lifted up a law-enforcement helicopter. Soviet adventure comedy The Diamond Arm, released in 1969, has had a similar scene. But, the Soviet criminals were not dropped to death, as their ill-fated Japanese colleagues, and a Soviet simpleton, who had fallen from the flying car’s trunk, only broke his leg.

Soviet fairy tale Sadko, released in 1953, has had a magical woman-bird with hypnotic abilities – the bird of happiness. A female fortune-teller in Live and Let Die, released in 1973, bears a cerain visual resemblance to the mythical character. The aforementioned masterpiece, The Diamond Arm, has had a criminal, stranded on an islet. A teenage boy shows him a way out. But, the ungrateful criminal kicks the teenager into the sea. The Man with the Golden Gun, released in 1974, has had a similar scene, where a Thai boy helps James Bond to start the engine of a boat, thus aiding him to run away from chasing criminals. However, the ungrateful British spy throws the boy into the canal. A criminal comedy Gentlemen of Fortune, released in 1971, has had a scene, where fugitives in underwear and singlet are on the run. Never Say Never Again, released in 1983, has had a similar scene, where James Bond and his associate, clad only in underwear and singlet, escape a predicament.

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