The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Seminal Image #1029

Gert Fröbe and Sean Connery in Goldfinger (Guy Hamilton, 1964). “Do you expect me to talk, Goldfinger?” “No, Mr. Bond! I expect you to die!


Sock MonKey 1 said...

"Bunker, Archie Bunker, you snooty limey."

Brent McKee said...

Old Auric talked a good game, but if he really wanted Mr. Bond to die he would have placed him so the first thing that the laser hit was his head. As is usual with villains Goldfinger was too in love with his death trap to use the quick simple and effective methods. That's why they lose.

Flickhead said...

I dunno, Brent: I think Bond kept prodding Auric at every turn -- down to shagging Jill Masterson, Goldfinger's paid woman who he apparently never had his way with. (AG also wanted a piece of Pussy, to find her off limits as well, although 007 "appealed to her maternal instincts.") Zapping James in the schlong would've been more a case of sweet revenge than anything else.

Brent McKee said...

I don't know Flickhead. If you want Bond to die you shoot him in the head. If you want to extract revenge on him by first zapping him in the schlong maybe you should start the laser beam closer to his wedding tackle than his feet.