A double-entendre is a risqué or ironic comment, designed to be taken two ways, or to boast a double meaning.
And as we know from fifty-three years of Bond films, nobody excels at cheeky double-entendres more than Agent 007.
In the Alpine Room, one of Blofeld’s luscious patients surreptitiously writes her room number in lipstick on Bond’s leg (beneath his kilt). Bond is jolted, and Irma Bunt, Blofeld’s assistant, asks if anything is wrong. His response concerns the altitude, I suppose you could say.
The joke appears at the end of the film, as Mission Control captures an image of Bond (Roger Moore) and Dr. Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles) making love aboard a space shuttle in flight, returning to Earth. The same year as Moonraker premiered, there was also a re-entry sex joke in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.
Solitaire asks if there is time for a review of Lover’s Lesson Two -- *ahem* -- and Bond replies with this classic (if crude...) witticism.
Here, Bond beds Dr. Christmas Jones (Denise Richards) and makes a really bad joke about her name and the holiday season. It’s kind of a cheap laugh, yet, but I can’t deny that it works perfectly as a capper for the film, or has the desired effect.
This one always makes me laugh, and reminds me how the double-entendres that work best in the Bond series are crude and naughty, but colorfully and imaginatively crude and naughty.