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  • Bond and Kara crossing the Austrian border on a cello case.
  • Necros successfully infiltrates an MI6 safehouse by dressing up as a milkman. He proceeds to have a brutal fight with an MI6 Red Shirt, then uses a radio handset, adjusting his voice subtly, to warn everybody outside of a (false) gas leak. With the help of milk bottle grenades, he effortlessly kidnaps the target and escapes in plain sight by slightly changing his outfit to resemble a paramedic. All while his theme music triumphantly blares in the background. Magnificent.
    • Made even better by the fact that it's only one part of one of the best Evil Plans in Bond movie history.
    • That Red Shirt, a guard only known as Green-4, himself is a Crowning Moment Of Awesome. A somewhat unimposing-looking, skinny middle-aged chap (played by a veteran stuntman) who nonetheless almost succeeds in fighting the much younger, bigger and stronger The Dragon to a standstill. Hell, from the looks of things, Necros didn't even manage to kill the guy. Give that guy his own movie series!
    • It's stated two died and two were in hospital, two grenades were thrown at other Red Shirt agents so he did survive the fight.
  • Bond has a fistfight with Necros hanging out the back of a cargo plane in mid-flight while a time bomb is counting down. Yikes.
    • And then using the bomb to take out a Soviet patrol pursuing Shah's men, then bailing out of the plane in a jeep seconds before it crashes...and then knowing a good restaurant in Karachi.
  • Kamran Shah and his followers' all-out assault on the Soviet airbase.
    • Kara going singlehandedly after the convoy Bond is pinned down in was awesome enough for Shah's men to glare him into following, as he growls "Women!"
      • Before that, during the prison fight, Kara mostly hangs back from the fight (which is sensible given she's been firmly established as a non-combatant) until she notices one guard knocked out early stir back to consciousness... at which point she tears off his helmet and whacks him upside the head with a steel bucket sending him back to la-la land and proving that she is not, in fact, a Neutral Female, just one who knows to pick her battles.
      • Speaking of that fight, how about Bond taking on the jailer and winning, while still handcuffed??
  • The Gilbraltar training exercise that opens the film. One of the most action-packed openings of a Bond movie ever (and one of the few to directly tie into the plot of the movie), culminating in Bond driving an explosives-laden Land Rover off the mountainside (with screaming Mook left inside), parachuting out before it explodes, and then landing his parachute on top of a passing yacht where a bored sexy heiress yearning to bump into a "Real Man" is waiting with a chilled bottle of champagne.
    Bond: (using the heiress' phone) Exercise Control, 007 here. I'll report in an hour.
    Linda: (offering a glass) Won't you join me?
    Bond: (thinks it over) Better make that two.
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  • Pushkin gets one of his own at the end, when he tells Koskov he's going to be sent back to Russia. Koskov is pleased, til Pushkin growls, "In the diplomatic bag."
  • The Car Chase. Every time a Bond film does a gadget-laden car chase right, it is awesome. This is one of those times.
    • Bond sees a roadblock set up before him and proceeds to activate a screen, line up a target and fire a pair of Stingers to take it out.
    Bond: I've had a few optional extras installed.
  • There's something awesome about Bond being an American Civil War buff.


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