The assistant director had a extra prolific profession behind the digicam than in entrance of it, however Bond aficionados discuss with him fondly as “Man With Bottle” or “Man With Wine Glass,” a task he performed in three consecutive franchise entries: 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me, 1979’s Moonraker and 1981’s For Your Eyes Only.
The Spy Who Liked Me contains a high-wire chase during which Bond and Main Anya Amasova drive off a pier and into the ocean to escape an assault helicopter in Bond’s Lotus Esprit sports activities automotive, which converts right into a submarine. Tourjansky sits on the seashore and watches, dumbfounded, because the Lotus emerges from the water. He gapes on the the automotive, then seems again on the wine bottle in his hand.
An identical gag takes place in Moonraker, as Bond pilots a hovercraft gondola by way of St. Mark’s Sq. in Venice. Tourjansky, sitting exterior a restaurant, as soon as once more sits in surprised disbelief earlier than directing his consideration back to his wine bottle. In For Your Eyes Solely, a wide-eyed Tourjansky tries to make sense of issues whereas trying over the destroyed lodge balcony, wine glass in hand, after Bond barrels by way of a ski lodge on a motorbike whereas being pursued by assassins.
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Tourjansky’s preliminary cameo was purely a matter of being in the suitable place as the suitable time. He was working on-set in Italy as an area assistant director and wound up in The Spy Who Liked Me as “a ghastly in-joke of [director] Lewis Gilbert and myself,” affiliate producer William P. Cartlidge stated in 2000’s Inside ‘The Spy Who Loved Me.’
“I’ve finished a number of elements right here and there, like serving to out, , on the final second when an actor was behind schedule or one thing,” Tourjansky stated in the identical documentary. “They usually requested me to do it, so I stated, ‘Properly, let’s attempt. Can I take advantage of a bottle?’ So I would take a double take. I used to be trying first on the Lotus, then on the bottle. And he stated, ‘Do something you need to do and let’s have a look at what occurs.’ However he was blissful.”
Tourjansky racked up lower than a handful of different performing credit following his Bond cameos, although he served as a second unit director or assistant director on practically 30 options, in line with IMDb. Regardless of his scant performing resume, his onscreen appearances had been sufficient to earn him a particular place within the hearts of many Bond followers.
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The James Bond films have been many issues over time: one of many longest-running movie franchises within the historical past of cinema, box-office behemoths which have routinely topped all-time-money-making-films charts and textbook examples of the way to stage motion footage.