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TWINE vs the Bond Formula

  1. Traditional Theme, Logo, Single Shot and Blood: The traditional James Bond theme is played as the logo (the inside of a gun barrel) bounces across the screen. The view centers in on Bond walking. Bond then shifts his pose and shoots into view. Blood drips down the screen.
      The World Is Not Enough: It's there. The music is similar to the opening of TND but kind of disco-ish

  2. Bond Almost Dies: His life is threatened by hook or crook and pulls off a fantastic stunt to save himself. This scene introduces key characters in the movie.
      The World Is Not Enough: Bond makes a great escape while risking his life in Spain. Then, in London he risks his life again to stop Cigar Girl. He is injured at the end of the sequence after fifteen minutes of fantastic stunts. igar Girl's boss is introduced who we later learn is Renard.

  3. Opening Credits: Lots of silhouettes of nubile women prancing around.
      The World Is Not Enough: Nude women in the title sequence are begining to fade away. Here, women seem to materialize from dripping oil followed by oil rigs and other stuff. Maurice must be spining in his grave.

  4. Movie Theme Song: This happens during the opening credits. The theme song scored just for this movie is played. It almost always has the movie title in its lyrics. Occasionally, it is played in other parts of the movie considering the mood of the music.
      The World Is Not Enough: The theme, by Garbage, is very good. It is reprised in many love scenes in the movie.

  5. Briefing of mission: Bond walks into the office of MI6 and flirts with Moneypenny. Bond walks into M's office. Gets briefed of situation.
    • The World Is Not Enough: Bond's innuendo's are free flowing with Moneypenny ("I know exactly where to put that"). M briefs Bond in Scotland and all other elements are present. Also, there is a picture of Benard Lee in M's office.

  6. Toyland: Q gives Bond any special gizmos needed for the assignment. Lots of prop jokes.
      The World Is Not Enough: The bagpipe begins the list. Bond gets the BMW Z8, the ski jacket and the x-ray glasses. Q introduces R and then leaves the scene in a rather sad goodbye.

  7. After the Bad Guy: Bond goes to the exotic location of where he tries to contact the enemy. Sometime before next step, he gets a Martini that is "shaken not stirred".
    • The World Is Not Enough: Bond goes to meet Elektra in Azerbajin. He gets his martini in Valentin's casino.

  8. "Bond, James Bond":  This can happen anytime during the movie. He announce his name typically when talking with a lady.  Classically this is how he introduced himself to the Bond girl but there have been variations in the later movies.
      The World Is Not Enough: He introduces himself this way to both Elektra and Christmas.

  9. Casino Gamble:  The casino scenes have been rare in the later movies.  They typically happen at the start of the movie for character introduction.  Whenever he gambles, he usually loses during the first gamble, but makes a comeback in the second bet.
      The World Is Not Enough: Bond overlooked Elektra's game with Valentin.

  10. Fight with Bad Guy's Henchman: Here is where the stunt men earn their pay. Lots of fights where Bond just barely wins. Makes easy transition into next step.
      The World Is Not Enough: Lots of little scuffles and skirmishes with Renard's men

  11. Meet Bond Girl: James comes into the circle of his female companion for the rest of the movie. The irony of all Bond movies is that Bond cannot complete the mission without the assistance of this lady!
      The World Is Not Enough: Bond can't diffuse the bomb without Christmas.

  12. Company of the Bad Girl: Not common in all of the Bond movies but has become very popular in the last few movies. This one lady is a senior henchmen of the Bay Guy. She usually has a tryst with Bond and almost always ends up dead or incarcerated.
      The World Is Not Enough: Elektra

  13. Sexually Suggested Female Name: There is a long streak of these going back to the very first Bond movie. Either the Bond Girl or the Bad Girl will have a name with a sexual innuendo in it. Examples: Pussy Galore, Octopussy, Holly Goodhead, Plenty O'Toole, Goodnight, Chu Me and Onnatop.
      The World Is Not Enough: Molly Warmflash, and an ending with Christmas jokes.

  14. Help From Across The Pond: An American Agent, usually CIA, is around to help Bond. It can be the Bond Girl, a separate character or even a henchman working undercover.
      The World Is Not Enough: Valentin serves this perpose and also as the comic relif of the movie.

  15. Enemy Spots Bond: Bond breaks a MAJOR rule of modern field agent training and flaunts his presence in unsecured environments. The Bad Guy and crew discovers Bond's presence following to next step.
      The World Is Not Enough: "Expecting Davidov? He caught a bullet instead of the plane."

  16. Chase Scene: Bond is in some exotic vehicle or location in a chase. Whether he is chasing or being chased or if the Bond Girl is with him or the bad guy's henchmen (never the Bad Guy) alternate from movie to movie. Lots of vehicle stunts with theme music.
      The World Is Not Enough: The boat chase and the ski chase

  17. Artist's Name: A lingering enigma of the films is that most villians in the movies have names of famous Russian writers. ex: Orumov, Travelyan...
      The World Is Not Enough: Aikevich

  18. Fallen Comrade: This can happen anywhere in the film from beginning right to the end. Someone in Bond's assistance will die at the hand of the Bad Guy's forces. It affects Bond emotionally usually to a point of avenging.
      The World Is Not Enough: Valentin

  19. Bad Guy's Headquarters Found: Bond finds HQ of the Bad Guy and infiltrates it.
      The World Is Not Enough: Bond and Christmas get taken to Istanbul

  20. Battle Armies: The large group assisting Bond gets into a huge battle royal with the forces of the Bad Guy. Most of the Bay Guy's forces buy it.
      The World Is Not Enough: "I'm looking for a submarine! It's big, black and the driver is a personal friend of mine." That's about the closest we get.

  21. Bond and Company Captured: Bad Guy and crew capture Bond and Bond Girl inside the HQ. Instead of killing them right off, they are placed in some isolated situation where they will die if they didn't do anything creative. Just before they are left to die, the Bad Guy explains his twisted reasoning of his own existence and actions. Occasionally, this happens before the Battle Armies step.
    • The World Is Not Enough: Naturally, in this case Elektra tortures Bond.

  22. Bond Saves Self and Bond Girl: Using a gizmo given by Q, he escapes and starts to screw up the Bad Guy's plans of destruction.
      The World Is Not Enough: Valentin saves Bond and then he dives into the water for the submarine.

  23. Final Combat: Bond gets the advantage and a final combat with the Bad Guy ensues. Bond wins.
      The World Is Not Enough: Bond and Renard at the nuclear reactor.

  24. Cynical Eulogy: Bond makes a comical comment about the death of the Bad Guy. It is usually a pun or wise crack about the exact method of his passing. Sometimes the comment is about the death of a henchman instead. It is always said in poor taste.
      The World Is Not Enough: "She's waiting for you..."

  25. Destruction of Bad Guy's HQ: Bad Guy defeated, usually dead, the whole of the Bad Guy's HQ goes up in a huge explosion.
      The World Is Not Enough: Bond and Christmas swim to the surface while the sub detonates underwater

  26. Secondary Combat: A minor, almost comical, fight ensues with the Bad Guy's Henchman. Bond wins. Henchman is under their own accord now. Sometimes occurs before Final Combat.
      The World Is Not Enough: Nope

  27. Talking the High Road: Bond and Bond Girl are retrieved in some exotic and unusual manner. They never get out under their own effort.
      The World Is Not Enough: The tourists wave from the boat

  28. Bond has the Bond Girl: This sometimes happens before the previous step usually with comical relief for the audience.
      The World Is Not Enough: "I thought Christmas only comes once a year?"

  29. Ending Credits: Boring black and white text scrolls across the screen with the movie score playing.
      The World Is Not Enough: The credits scroll to a techno Bond theme instead of a lyrical sone. "JAMES BOND WILL RETURN" comes before the credits rather then at the end


TWINE vs. the Bond Formula was written with emmense help from Schmitty.
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