Now while I liked The Laughing Policeman, I straight out dropped dead love, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.
Funny how this one is also from 1974, which yet again proves my point about that being the perfect year in movie and music history.
Anyway, Pelham is a tight, fast moving story about some highly organized criminals hijacking a subway train and holding it for ransom.
Matthau and his sidekick Jerry Stiller …..
…are the two cops stuck in the middle of everything, and both are just great.
But best of all is the criminal gang of Misters Blue, Green, Gray and Brown, led by the always threatening, Robert Shaw.
As good as Mattahu is, Shaw just steals this film.
He’s cold as ice and as threatening as a viper attached to a nuke.
It’s just an excellent film that everyone should watch, if for no other reason then to watch the odd and in it's own way extremley funny ending.
Finally a quick side note about Robert Shaw.
I have to say that in all my years of watching James Bond films, the only time I ever felt that Bond might actually be in over his head was way back in From Russia With Love, when Bond found himself at the mercy of the truly dangerous, Red Grant.
Smart, dangerous and mean, Red was Spectre's anti-Bond and in the end came closer to killing 007 then anyone else Bond ever faced.
Now there was a bad guy.