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Keeping the British End Up

I don’t want to add to the enormous pile of Maggie Thatcher related stuff clogging up the internet at, but this clip of Maggie (actually impressionist June Brown, who made a living as a Mrs T impressionist for many years) being a Bond girl in For Your Eyes Only is super-freaky:

(Ignore the comments at the bottom of the clip, by the way. Unless, of course, you wish to make yourself enraged for some some reason. They’re right about the prominent box of All Bran. Bond has classier things to plug these days, like manly watches and cars.)

James Bond is, of course, far too busy skinny dipping and having sexy times to talk to the PM. So he lets a parrot do it instead. Note that the film version of Thatcher preens her hair in that way in which ladies apparently do when receiving attention of a flirty nature. Imagine the real Margaret Thatcher doing that. Brr.

Note also that poor old Q gets the blame for Bond being too busy shagging to accept an official congratulations. And that Bond’s communication device (digital watch/phone hybrid. It probably does other stuff, like shoot lasers or balls of flame) looks pleasingly lo-tech. It looks like the kind of thing a schoolchild would wear on their wrist and would spend many happy hours getting the built in calculator to spell out things like ‘SHELLOIL’ or ‘BOOBLESS’. Ah, the 80s.

It’s just possible, in the world of the film, that James Bond paid Maggie a visit one evening, raised his eyebrow and asked if Dennis was in only. Only for Mrs T to tell him that her husband was asleep on the sofa and she would be well up for rewarding 007 for keeping the British end up/having a stiff upper lip.

Interestingly enough, the D.Craig (and P.Brosnan) Bond has a complex relationship with an older lady boss. But you wouldn’t catch Dame Judi being all taken in by Bond’s charms. And she would probably be able to tell the difference between a parrot’s voice and a man’s voice too.

E.M

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