Day 10 of 30 Days of SPECTRE!
We’re talking iconic henchmen on today’s edition of JBR. After seeing Mr. Hinx in action in SPECTRE we talk through some of his key scenes, speculate on his potential return in Bond 25 and compare him to previous Henchmen like Oddjob and Jaws.
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Great henchman, under-used UNLESS there’s a second movie for Hinx. I guess a lot will depend on how the film does at the U.S. box office, which usually seems to have a large bearing on where things go next. If this one tanks in the U.S. then they may rein-in the fantastical elements for number 25, in which case probably no Hinx in the next one. I hope he is back though, and with some physical defect that he turns into a weapon would be great!
We know that the Bond people (often in a good way) like to recycle previously-unused ideas – as with the Acrostar jet conceived for Moonraker but used in Octopussy. In this case, Hinx’s treatment of the ‘Spectre agent is pretty similar to a deleted scene from Tomorrow Never Dies when Stamper kills one of Carver’s minions.
Wasn’t a huge fan of the car chase myself but I’ll wait until the podcast dedicated to that sequence to comment further on that…
Got to be the Sean movies, for those first four and the one-liners of Diamonds, if you could only have one collection but I think Chris’ question just raises the fact that it’s so great we have these different actors with their vastly different interpretations of the role, which doesn’t tend to happen (with such variation) with say Bruce Wayne or Clark Kent. There’ll be a time in the year when you’re in a Moonraker mood or a Licence To Kill mood and everything in between!
Well done guys and thanks so much for the daily podcasts. You’re doing the Lord’s work!
Cheers Stephen! Let’s just take a moment and pray for Hinx round 2! That guy deserves another film for sure! Yeah, it’ll be interesting to see how the film does across the pond over the next few weeks. I hope whatever the result that id doesn’t have an adverse effect on Bond 25!
In addition to wanting to see the metal thumb clips a second time in the film, I would have liked to hear Waltz address Mr. Hinx and actually say his name. Even though Bautista’s character has been given the official name of Mr. Hinx, he’s never actually referred to by name in the actual film. I would have loved to have seen Waltz in the SPECTRE meeting say something like, “Thank you, Mr. Hinx.” after the brutal kill.
Another great show guys. Was listening in the car thinking, “man when I get home I’m going to show my brilliance by mentioning the train barrels/Jaws nod,” then come find out that at least two guys (including Chris) beat me to it! Oh well, great minds. However, in the theater I thought the nod was to Steven Spielberg rather than simply the name “Jaws” – given the playful history between Spielberg and the franchise. Either way, what a great Easter egg in the film (among so many!)
Hinx MUST return – too much potential with the thumb daggers and the double barrel automatic. I think maybe the lack of more thumb dagger/gun action was to set him up in the next movie? I guess we’ll see.
So, the one thing about Hinx that might, if there are future appearances, make him the best henchman ever, is that he is not indestructible in the same over-the-top way that Oddjob and Jaws were. Bond does at least get a few good licks in and appears to hurt him a bit during the train fight. So, maybe if we say it’s now a post-9/11 Bond then Hinx gets the modern-day nod as the best because he’s tough, strong and REAL? Just a thought.
Take care, Tom and Chris!
Hey, forgot to mention the link between Hinx’s train doing-in by the hook to the belt, and the Heineken commercial with the girl and Bond on the boat. She hooks a parachute on the bad guy’s belt and he flies off the boat. I assume this is intentional….
I mean I forgot the mention it, not you guys. 🙂
Bond and Grant are equals…Hinxs, like Odd Job and Jaws are on another level. It was a Classic fight.
You guys mentioned on a couple of occasions in the show that you would have liked to see Hinx use his metal fingers ro take out Bond’s eyes during the train fight. I’ve seen the film 3 times and each time I’m under the impression that that is precisely what he is trying to do when he grabs Bond from behind by the head early in the fight. I will admit that I haven’t noticed if he’s actually wearing his finger tips, but judging by the way he’s holding Bond’s head, is he not going for the eyes?…
But What is so great about him? He is just a stromg silent henchman, very unsuccessfull henchman. By the way, he disappeared halfway in the film. So I compare him rather to Stamper than Oddjob or Jaws.