Posted 24 January 2009 - 12:28 AM
I love OHMSS, but I think this tendency to just let defeated villains be is a weakness in the plot, and Bond does it a lot in this movie. First, in the PTS, he's attacked for no apparent reason by a couple of toughs on a beach, and after he knocks them silly, he apparently just leaves. None of this investigating who they are or why they attacked him. Then, in Tracy's hotel room, another guy jumps him, and there's this ferocious battle. Bond wins, and, having survived this blatantly illegal assault, he helps himself to some caviar and leaves. Didn't he want to know who, in this second assault in a day, had attacked him? Was he unconcerned that they might try it again, potentially with different results?
The corker, however, is his decision simply to leave Blofeld hanging around, as it were, after he "branched off." This guy had to be the world's most wanted super terrorist, and the failure to make sure what had happened to him simply made it all too easy for him to escape. The Secret Service had a right to expect better of its senior Double-0.
Negligence. Fatal negligence.