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Hope nobody minds me starting this thread!! Sorry if I've been a bimbo and started a duplicate thread, I honestly couldn't see one - if I have, please can you just move this post to the right place and lock the thread? Ta.

This is, for me, an ultimate example of why Newton should have been remembered for more than simply being Long John Silver. He was amazing in this film. He was cool, he was calm, he was witty, he was aloof - he was James Bond before James Bond was a twinkle in Sir Ian Fleming's creative eye.

The best scene by far for me was in the hotel room. "Such a helpless feeling, isn't it? Being on the wrong end of one of these?" Classic. I don't think he could've acted that more perfectly if he'd tried. I don't think anyone could've. It was just perfect.

What's everyone else's thoughts on this film?

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What's everyone else's thoughts on this film?



I couldn't agree more. Our Bobbie was absolutely MARVELOUS! emoticon Too bad he wasn't allowed more of this type of roles!

I wish we had a cleaner copy of this movie. The picture quality leaves much to be desired emoticon

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I have yet to see this film. But after reading the comments, I can't wait! emoticon

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wow emoticon
that picture of him is beatiful!
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Oh he was undeniably scrummy in that film!!

I remember right at the beginning when he's talking about the potential atrocities of an atomic bomb... I was just lying back on my settee listening to him and thinking "What he's saying is horrible but it just sounds so PRETTY!"

Hmm.

It's also full of real dry, very old-school English humour, which is another reason I absolutely adore it. e.g. "I know even less about soliciting than my old Aunt Fanny!" "Which I sincerely trust isn't very much!" That was straight out of a Carry On movie before Carry On movies!!!!!!



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Lovely photo! So debonair! emoticon

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I know, so lovely - and in that scene he was just about to get married.

I really love the way the relationship between David Grant and Marion Decker develops. The breakfast in the kitchen scene was just so sweet. "Don't you take sugar?" "Not in tea." "But that's coffee!!" "Oh, is it?!" heeheehee!! Aww.

While in some places the storyline is a bit weak and there are bits of the film that we have to take for granted (how did Grant know that Wilson had met up with Faber on the boat? Who WAS the bloke in the hotel room that Grant delivered the famous "Such a helpless feeling, isn't it, being on the wrong end of one of these?" line? How much did Toby's Aunt Fanny KNOW about soliciting?!?!) the acting and the suspense of the film really makes up for it. The good thing is it makes you want to watch the film over and over to pick up bits you've missed.

I still think the ending is one of the best endings ever in any film I've ever seen. Ever.

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Take for "grant"-ed? Perhaps his name was meant to be symbolic then. emoticon It's not fresh in my memory anymore, but I had the same problem following the movie, and, as I mentioned in my review, it's partially because it's so packed with information that all flies by so fast. Like your question about the bloke in the hotel room (Herbert Lom). So as I was watching it for the third time, I finally got the bright idea to take notes ... which I turned into this detailed, spoiler-filled ]synopsis, which might help answer your question. Or click ]here for a less spoilery page all about the film.

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I have finally sat down and watched this film (Thanks, Susan!), and it was fabulous!
Oh my, Bobbie was so debonair and stylish. What a treat to see him play a suave spy! Indeed, he should have been given more roles like this one. He might have been able to bring in the popularity of British spy movies a couple of decades earlier!
This role clearly showed (along with Dr. Arnold in Tom Brown's Schooldays) the vast range of our Bobbie talents. He could give just as good of a performance when not, as they say, hamming it up.
The scenes between him and Muriel Pavlow (who looks absolutely adorable!) were so well done. The chemistry between them was believable and his gentle manner towards her was wonderful. The breakfast scene was so incredibly sweet! "But that's coffee." Oh, I did laugh!
And the humor between Grant and pal Toby had me in stitches! The scene in the hotel room: "Toby, wake up, wake up."
"Oh, darling, five more [sign in to see URL], it's you, what's the matter, old boy?"
Then that whole business about Aunt Fanny did me in! emoticon
And I agree with Spev, what a cute and clever ending to the film!
I confess the plot was a little confusing the first time 'round, but still a very entertaining film and well worth watching again and again.

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