**Spoilers for the new James Bond film Spectre follow**
When Daniel Craig tussles with Dave Bautista onboard a train in Spectre, Bond fans will immediately think back to Roger Moore’s fight with Richard Kiel’s giant henchman Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me.
Not only is the setting the same but so is the intensity of the scrap, while Bautista’s giant brute Mr Hinks, with his steel thumbnails, is a modern-day take on the metal-toothed Jaws.
What you may not have spotted, though, is a neat little visual pun – a reference not to Jaws the Bond villain but to Jaws the shark movie.
As the fight reaches its climax, Bond has wrapped a rope around Hinks’s neck and, as he prepares to kick him off the moving train, he clips the other end of the rope to a series of metal barrels. One by one they are pulled off the train until as the final barrel is whipped away Hinks realises that he’s next.
Anyone who knows Jaws (the movie) reasonably well will be immediately reminded of the scenes in which Captain Quint and co are harpooning the shark with arrows tied to plastic barrels, which are supposed to prevent it from diving (“He can’t stay down with three barrels on him. Not with three he can’t…” says an incredulous Quint as he begins to understand just what he’s dealing with). The barrels are tied together, and slide off the boat one by one, in just the same way as they do on the train in Spectre. In short, Hinks is the killer shark that Bond is trying to stop.
It’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment but a lovely little nod for film fans and a nice indirect tribute to the late Richard Kiel (who died earlier this year) – not to mention to James Bond’s rich tradition of punning.
Spectre is in cinemas now