In 1976 James Bond was at the centre of a high-profile legal battle between franchise owner Cubby Broccoli and writer Kevin McClory, who’d co-written Thunderball with Ian Fleming, and wanted to film his own version of the novel as James Bond of the Secret Service. Broccoli blocked the project (it eventually became Never Say Never Again) but the hoo-hah gave Shonteff the impetus to revive his MI5 muse. This was the result, with dashing Nicky Henson as Charles Bind, protecting the world’s top bankers from assassination with an orgy of showy gun twirling and blokey bum pinching. The violence levels were upped, rather nifty cod-blaxploitation theme tune ‘Givin’ it Plenty’ was slapped on, Jon Pertwee picked up a day’s work linking scenes on a very red GPO telephone as the Reverend Walter Braithwaite, and Shonteff made enough on his meagre outlay to justify a sequel, The Man from SEX (1979) featuring Gareth Hunt and Space 1999′s Nick Tate in a very vague plot involving cloned world leaders.
Creamguide's Pick of the Day
The People’s Songs
Wednesday, 22.00, BBC Radio 2
This series certainly isn’t just aiming for the standard Radio 2 demographic as it’s been true to its word of covering the entire sphere of post-war British pop, and we mark the halfway point with another more recent tune in Cigarettes And Alcohol. The reason it’s here is because it became the unofficial anthem of the new lad, a movement that seemed quite exciting at the time. Remarkably Loaded is still going, even though we haven’t got a clue who reads it, but it’s probably still more relevant than the world’s worst magazine, the truly appalling GQ.
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Points of View
- In 'Jay, Ricky', Applemask says: "Actually a really, really good magician and historian of magic and grifting. Also quite a handy actor, and delivered the opening narration to..."
- In 'Big D Nut Displays', Applemask says: "Albeit an advent calendar celebrating the birth of tits rather than Christ."
- In 'Energy Saving Campaigns', Applemask says: "David Waddington the forgotten Home Secretary?"
- In 'National Garages ', Applemask says: "Father Abraham was an opportunist who never really had anything to do with the Smurfs beyond employing them to make him money."
- In 'Wimpy Bars', Applemask says: "You’re right, that is hilarious."