True Lies, a James Bondian action/ adventure film with a lot of comedy, has a scene with "I´m nothing" AND near an edge. Bearing in mind the scene in Spooks 9.8 between Lucas/John and Harry and thinking one can compare every line or action in films or tv-series with one another, I was compelled. I even thought: NOOOO, it can even be worse! This in a good sense, because I did like Spooks series 9 and True Lies is an entertaining film.
Preview clip of Lucas and Harry´s Rooftop Standoff by BBC
In True Lies "I´m nothing" was said by Simon, played by Bill Paxton in a scene with Harry, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The hair dress of Simon resembles that of John Bateman, 15 years ago, but this is pathetic with a moustache and although JB had his flaws, he didn´t strike me as a wimp like Simon in True Lies. Or should I implicitly think in that direction, having in mind the discussions on Spooks Fan Blog and else on the script and the character Lucas/John?! Fair enough, character Simon was extremely over the top. Feel like the Spooks writers had this film on constant repeat - a shoot through a skyscraper floor... Luckily they left out the crane, likely because it came back as feature in one of James Bond´s latest films. Like I said, I shouldn´t compare so much, it kills the fun.
213 EXT. ROCK QUARRY - NIGHT
The van pulls up near the edge of a large quarry. The door
opens and Simon is pushed out, followed by Harry, who is in his
black jumpsuit and wearing a ski-mask. Gib follows as Harry
guides Simon to the edge of a sheer drop. Harry whips off the
hood and Simon takes in his surroundings.
You son of a bitch. Did you
really think you could elude us
Wait! You got the wrong guy. My
name's Simon. Look, just let me
go. There's no need to kill me.
I haven't seen your--
Harry whips off his ski-mask.
-- face. Shit! Shit!!
Simon has ducked his head and won't look at Harry. Then it
dawns... He looks up, brightening hopefully.
It's you! Hey, you still
interested in that Vette at all?
You can drop it now, Carlos. The
game is over. Your career as an
inter-national terrorist is too
No... I sell cars. That's all!
Not even foreign cars. Nothing
international, I swear. I'm no
terrorist. Everything I said was
a lie... you have to believe me.
I'm actually a complete coward.
If I ever even saw a gun I'd--
Harry whips his pistol out in one liquid motion and snaps the
muzzle right in front of Simon's eyes.
-- faint. Aahhh! Don't kill me.
I'm not a spy. I'm nothing. I'm
navel lint. I have to lie to
women to get laid. And I don't
score much. It's pathetic.
(he looks down)
See, look... would a spy pee
Harry is finally sickened by his grovelling. He pulls Simon
away from the edge, then gestures with his gun.
No. Soon as I turn you'll shoot
Harry starts back to the truck. Simon stays right with him,
facing him, terrified to turn away. Like a dog following him.
Please don't. You can have the
car for free--
Take off, dipshit!
Gib finally shoves Simon back and Harry contemptuously cranks
THREE ROUNDS into the ground by his feet, forcing him to dance
backward. The two agents get into the van and tear off in a
cloud of dust. Leaving Simon alone in the moonlight, miles
What are the chances that in film/tv-series
someone stands near an edge
and says: "I´m nothing" ?
Bound to find out.