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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-11-05 05:45
Subject: [cancer|movies] James Bond and ow frick
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Tags:cancer, funny, health, movies, personal, radiantlisa, weird
As discussed, yesterday I did not go to the movies. This turned out to be wise, as my GI had a few nasty things to say around that morning. That actually started while Lisa Costello and I were out at early lunch with Jersey Girl in Portland and her visiting family. So I stayed home with Lisa and Jersey Girl and laid low. Mostly we watched Chitty Chitty Bang Bangimdb ], which I am old enough to have on VHS. Weirdest. James Bond. Movie. EVAR. Though it does include Dick van Dyke uttering the immortal line, "You'll find a slight squeeze on the hooter an excellent safety precaution, Miss Scrumptious."

(If you're unfamiliar with the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang/James Bond connection, consider this: The original book was written by Ian Fleming. The screenplay was written by Fleming and Roald Dahl, along with two others. Albert Broccoli produced. Desmond Llewelyn has a minor role, who also played Q. The story features a magical car, an improbably named female love interest, a shadowy Eastern European dictatorship, and some weird sex. Yes, in a Disney movie. With Dick van Dyke as James Bond. Not to mention Benny Hill as a manic depressive toymaker and Phil Collins making an uncredited appearance as a child actor. Watch the movie with all this in mind and prepare to be amazed. It's like all the James Bond plot cards turned 15 degrees out of true.)

Yesterday afternoon, the Neulasta pain came on. In a weird place — my upper arms and upper back. (This is not consistent with my own historical experience of this drug's side effects.) I felt if I coughed or choked. This morning it is also in my lower back. What causes this is bone marrow growth blooms placing pressure on the bone from the inside. It expresses as a sharp, intense pain that can approach crippling, though in truth this is more annoying that crippling.

Ah, cancer and its discontents. I'll always have Dick van Dyke. Sometime soon, we're going to watch Mary Poppinsimdb ] with a similar revisionist eye. That movie also rewards such scrutiny.

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User: kshandra
Date: 2012-11-05 16:02 (UTC)
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It's fairly well-established fanon (which is a portmanteau of "fannish canon," in case you haven't encountered it before) that Mary Poppins is a Time Lord. Given this, I can absolutely buy that Chitty is a Bond film, and will need to re-watch it with this in mind.

(Additionally, Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus is River Song, which makes this that much more awesome.)
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User: martyn44
Date: 2012-11-05 21:25 (UTC)
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You forgot Gert Frobe - Goldfinger - as the wicked king.
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Jennifer Brozek
User: jennifer_brozek
Date: 2012-11-05 22:34 (UTC)
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Now I need to watch Chitty Chitty Bang Bang again.
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Reynardo the Red
User: reynardo
Date: 2012-11-06 01:19 (UTC)
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Alas that Robert Helpmann was never cast as a Bond villain. After his performance as the Child Catcher, he would have been awesomely eeeeevil!
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User: djonn
Date: 2012-11-06 01:51 (UTC)
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Your analysis definitely proves that Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a Bond film -- but one should note for the record that it's a Disney film in precisely the same way that it's a Bond film -- which is to say, in execution and spirit (and flipped the indicated 15 degrees out of true, thereby explaining why there's sex in it), but not in the corporate sense. Also, MGM borrowed Disney's composing team; the songs are by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman, the geniuses behind the Classical Age of Disney musical feature films.
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User: randy_smith2
Date: 2012-11-08 03:21 (UTC)
Actually, I'm old enough to remember having seen it at the movie theater with my parents. I don't know that I've seen it since. I'll need to fix that, especially after having read your post.
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