MI7 or MI6?
Posted 28 July 2001 - 05:57 AM
In subsequent films, 007 is back with MI6.
I always suspected Bernard Lee's voice was dubbed in where he says "MI7".
The new "extra footage" video of Dr No (and the DVD too I suppose) has a funny old B&W documentary about Bond made at the time. The briefing seen is shown in part, and sure enough M did originally say MI6!
Presumably this was changed to the fictitious MI7 during post-production because someone got cold feet about suggesting the real MI6 was sending out agents with a licence to kill.
Posted 26 September 2001 - 09:44 AM
This is more or less the equivalent to the FBI/CIA situation in America.
Posted 26 September 2001 - 01:52 PM
But I wonder for how long?
The caption in TWINE describes the the building on the Thames as "MI6 Headquarters".
Could this be a faux pax?
Posted 26 September 2001 - 08:08 PM
MI-5 - Military Intellience 5, internal affairs (anti-terrorism etc)
MI-6 - Now goes under the guise of...
SIS - Secret Intelligence Service
Deals with intelligence gathering outside British borders.
Judi Dench visited the SIS HQ before the release of TWINE as a dinner guest. Even then the bloody media got it wrong on that occasion and called it MI6.
The department is and will be called SIS for the forseeable future.
The name "MI6" is purely historial now, and the reason the movie makers / media still use it is because:
a) The general public have heard of it
It was used for such a long time
c) It remains congruous with MI5
And as for MI1 to MI4, and up to MI22... Fiction and fact have blurry lines. If there are those departments, then they are likely to be extremly small, specıalısed and have narrow ops.
Anyway... For a special treat - if you mega-slow-mo the scene in TWINE where King is walking to his money and the camera cuts to the overhead shot of him walking over the MI6 crest, you will see "OO Section" on the bottom of the motif. :-)
Posted 28 July 2001 - 01:43 PM
So there IS an MI7, but if we ever found out what it did, we'd probably get a visit from a nice big lad from HM's Forces, and taken for a little drive in the woods...
Posted 29 July 2001 - 06:09 AM