James Bond and One-liners

Yesterday’s Slate declared “Yippee-Ki-Yay-Motherfucker” the greatest one-liner in movie history. And makes a persuasive case for it, too. But the article on one-liners gives 007 his due as well.

And not only did the James Bond franchise give us “Bond—James Bond,” but lines such as “Shocking! Positively shocking!”; “He had to fly”; and “He got the boot” prove that Bond also gave action films their penchant for punning. Throughout the series, Bond’s cheeky dialogue defuses the emotion of a given scene, just as the one-liner does throughout the action genre.

I’d add “No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!” “From my angle, things are shaping up quite nicely;” “I think he got the point;” and “Do I look like I give a damn” to the list of classics.


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