Location: S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Island
As part of his training for his upcoming mission, Grant is ordered to play “the most dangerous game” against a S.P.E.C.T.R.E. agent disguised as James Bond, an agent expendable enough for S.P.E.C.T.R.E. to lose, but competent enough to be a worthy adversary for Grant. The plan is for Grant to win…and he does.
Connection to rest of film:
High degree of connection. The location is seen again, Morzeny and Grant are seen again, the latter playing an especially important role. Grant is essentially training for the rest of the film.
THE BIG MOMENT:
When the deceased James Bond’s mask is removed, revealing…not James Bond!
This is the first teaser in the Bond series, but it isn’t like the later teasers in which we see Bond on a mission unrelated to the major plot of the film. What this teaser is, however, is just that – it teases us like no other teaser will. We see James Bond die. We see him, at the hands of an assassin, get killed. Obviously, this could not be the case, or there’d be no movie. What we’re seeing is actually a training exercise for S.P.E.C.T.R.E. assassin Grant, but it’s thrilling nonetheless, and because we see what Grant does to the fake Bond in this exercise, we anticipate the final showdown between Grand and the real Bond. In other words, because we see Grant succeed at killing the fake Bond, we look forward to the moment in which he tries to kill the real Bond and fails.