Over the next few months, MI6
will explore the scenes where James Bond is at his most cold-blooded
and hardcore across all 23 adventures
to date. Voting will then open to find 007's most
brutal moment in the series.
It was a moment so out of character
for Roger Moore's portrayal
of James Bond, so he thought, that the actor would have the be
convinced by writer, director and executive producer
to see it through. When it made it to the big screen, it became
one of the stand-out moments in his tenure as 007.
Your Eyes Only", Bond identifies the paymaster
of Melina's parents assassin as Emile
Leopold Locque, a Belgian
enforcer last seen in Cortina, northern Italy. Local agent Ferrara
sets up a meeting with Bond and Kristatos, who gives him false
information about Locque's alliance. The hitman tries to see
007's demise at the end of a ski jump, and yet another attempt
is made on Bond's life before he discovers his trust-worthy ally
Ferrara has been killed and left clutching a white dove pin.
Bond travels to Corfu and has a rendezvous with Colombo's
Countess Lisl, who is killed
the following morning on the beach, again by Locque. 007 awakes
in Colombo's headquarters and the
truth is revealed: Locque is working for Kristatos. They team
up to raid a warehouse where Locque is overseeing a drugs smuggling
operation, and after an intense fire-fight, Locque attempts to
flee in his car.
Unperturbed by the seeming disadvantage in speed,
Bond sprints up the steps of the mountainside and beats Locque
to the top.
Bullets shatter the early morning silence as 007 hits his target,
sending Locque's car crashing through the wall and left teetering
on the cliff edge. Finally confronting the killer of both Countess
Lisl and Ferrara, Bond flicks the dove pin at Locque to acknowledge
his game is up. A swift kick of the car door sends Locque to
Bond: "You left this with Ferrara,
Moore was reluctant to film the scene of Bond kicking
a car over the edge of a cliff, saying that it "was Bond-like,
but not Roger Moore Bond-like." Michael G. Wilson later
said that Moore had to be persuaded to be more ruthless than
he felt comfortable. Wilson also added that he and Richard Maibaum,
along with John Glen, toyed with other ideas surrounding that
scene, but ultimately everyone, even Moore, agreed to do the
scene as originally written.