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*** In fact, standard procedure in the military or intelligence for classified equipment or materials that was in danger of falling into the enemy hands is to destroy it rather than try to salvage it later. It's what happened with a US Military plane during the "Hainan Island incident". Before the plane landed, the crew used hammers to smash sensitive equipment to bits and tossed stuff overboard into the sea.

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*** Destroying the ATAC was actually the ''first'' option. It had a dedicated thermite charge and destruct mechanism. The CO's last order was "destruct ATAC system" and it just didn't happen because the person who tried to pull destruct lever drowned. Bond and Melina removed the ATAC instead of setting the timer was likely for safety reasons. They were several hundred feet underwater, had little time to work and couldn't rely on explosives and detonators that were exposed to salt water. By the time Bond had the ATAC in his hands, he was literally standing right in front of Gogol and an armed guard. So he threw it over the cliff and destroyed it.


*** Locke was tasked with paying Gonzales, so he was working that day (killing is not the only part of his job description). He just didn't intervene because with Gonzales dead, that's one less loose end, money saved and an opportunity for Locke and his associate to leave quietly while the others are occupied. He may have also been quietly sizing up Bond and was clearly expecting to encounter him again.

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*** Locke was tasked with paying Gonzales, so he was working that day (killing is not the only part of his job description). He just didn't intervene because with Gonzales dead, that's one less loose end, money saved and an opportunity for Locke and his associate to leave quietly while the others are occupied. Why get involved when there were plenty of others willing to do the dirty work? He may have also been quietly sizing up Bond and was clearly expecting to encounter him again.again if he survived.


*** I think part of it was Locke was sizing Bond up and the other part is that with Gonzales dead, that's one less loose end, money saved and an opportunity for Locke and his associate to leave quietly while the others are occupied.

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*** I think part of it was Locke was sizing Bond up and tasked with paying Gonzales, so he was working that day (killing is not the other only part is that of his job description). He just didn't intervene because with Gonzales dead, that's one less loose end, money saved and an opportunity for Locke and his associate to leave quietly while the others are occupied.occupied. He may have also been quietly sizing up Bond and was clearly expecting to encounter him again.


-->'''Gonzales''': A Walther PPK. Standard issue British Secret Service. License to kill (he looks to Locke, who gives Gonzales a nod of approval), or be '''killed'''. Take him away.

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-->'''Gonzales''': --->'''Gonzales''': A Walther PPK. Standard issue British Secret Service. License to kill (he looks to Locke, who gives Gonzales a nod of approval), or be '''killed'''. Take him away.


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*** I think part of it was Locke was sizing Bond up and the other part is that with Gonzales dead, that's one less loose end, money saved and an opportunity for Locke and his associate to leave quietly while the others are occupied.




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\n**** Was Locke actually on the job that day? I assumed he was visiting because he does absolutely nothing when Bond does nothing. He signals his associate at the pool not to shoot and waits at his table. I assumed he intentionally didn't shoot Bond because he wasn't hired to do so.


*** Then again, Kreiger wasn't trying to kill Bond but further sell him on the idea that ''Columbo'' wants him dead. Bond probably didn't know Kreiger was a KGB agent at the time.

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*** Then again, it's possible that Kreiger wasn't trying to kill Bond but further sell him on the idea that ''Columbo'' wants him dead. Bond probably didn't know Kreiger was a KGB agent at the time.


*** Sure but they're still on opposite sides and at the beginning of "The Spy Who Loved Me", it was the KGB who were trying to kill him in the opening scene.

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*** Sure Yes they did because the BigBad of the film was a threat to both their countries, but they're still on opposite sides and at the beginning of "The Spy Who Loved Me", it was the KGB who were trying to kill him in the opening scene.scene. While Gogol likes Bond and doesn't want him killed, he can't exactly micromanage his own people who are in the field.
*** Then again, Kreiger wasn't trying to kill Bond but further sell him on the idea that ''Columbo'' wants him dead. Bond probably didn't know Kreiger was a KGB agent at the time.


*** But not that he was ''James Bond'', just a 00-agent. In fairness, Bond was unarmed, outnumbered, surrounded by armed men and on Gonzales' property. So he was pretty sure he had control of the situation up until he took his final belly flop.


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*** But No, they were definitely ''not'' going to escort him off the property. It's all in the dialog.
-->'''Gonzales''': A Walther PPK. Standard issue British Secret Service. License to kill (he looks to Locke, who gives Gonzales a nod of approval), or be '''killed'''. Take him away.
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not that he was ''James Bond'', just that he was a 00-agent.government agent. In fairness, Bond was unarmed, outnumbered, surrounded by armed men and on Gonzales' property. So he was pretty sure he had control of the situation up until he took his final belly flop.


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** In fact, the two other attempts to kill Bond took place in public with plenty of witnesses. Let's also not forget that it was part of an effort to frame Columbo and have him killed.


*** But not that he was James Bond, just a 00-agent. In fairness, Bond was unarmed, outnumbered, and Gonzales' property, so he was pretty sure he had control of the situation up until he took his final belly flop.


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*** But not that he was James Bond, ''James Bond'', just a 00-agent. In fairness, Bond was unarmed, outnumbered, surrounded by armed men and on Gonzales' property, so property. So he was pretty sure he had control of the situation up until he took his final belly flop.





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\n*** But not that he was James Bond, just a 00-agent. In fairness, Bond was unarmed, outnumbered, and Gonzales' property, so he was pretty sure he had control of the situation up until he took his final belly flop.



*** Didn't the KGB cooperate with Bond (i.e. General Gogol)?

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*** Didn't the KGB cooperate with Bond (i.e. General Gogol)?Gogol)?
*** Sure but they're still on opposite sides and at the beginning of "The Spy Who Loved Me", it was the KGB who were trying to kill him in the opening scene.


** Gonzales' property seems to be fairly large with formidable security. It wouldn't be surprising if Bond wasn't the first one to trespass on his property. They probably planned to just take him to a specific spot out in the woods, kill him and then bury him. Or make him dig his own grave, kill him and then bury him.

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** Gonzales' property seems to be fairly large with formidable security. It wouldn't be surprising if Bond wasn't the first one to trespass on his property. They probably planned to just take him to a specific spot out in the woods, kill him and then bury him. Or make him dig his own grave, kill him him, and then bury him.him.
*** Gonzales identified Bond right away as a man with a license to kill. Did he intend to just take him off the property or to kill him. If it was the former, he knew he was a dangerous man, so stronger measures would have seemed prudent.




** He was toying with him. He was a KGB Agent, so he knew who Bond was and was happy to kill him.

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** He was toying with him. He was a KGB Agent, so he knew who Bond was and was happy to kill him.him.
*** Didn't the KGB cooperate with Bond (i.e. General Gogol)?


** He was toying with him.

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** He was toying with him. He was a KGB Agent, so he knew who Bond was and was happy to kill him.

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