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They say Dake rides in on a pale horse... (21.05)

Connerty: They say Dake rides in on a pale horse.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are described in the last book of the New Testament of the Bible, the Book of Revelation by John of Patmos, at 6:1-8. The chapter tells of a book or scroll in God's right hand that is sealed with seven seals. The Lamb of God opens the first four of the seven seals, which summons four beings that ride out on white, red, black, and pale horses.

Though theologians and popular culture differ on the first Horseman, the four riders are often seen as symbolizing Conquest or Pestilence (and less frequently, the Christ or the Antichrist), War, Famine, and Death. The Christian apocalyptic vision is that the Four Horsemen are to set a divine apocalypse upon the world as harbingers of the Last Judgment. One reading ties the Four Horsemen to the history of the Roman Empire subsequent to the era in which the Book of Revelation was written as a symbolic prophecy.

I'm not some surrealist nightmare... (15.28)

Dake: That coffee is terrible. How do you drink it?

Connerty: I close my eyes and think of England.

Dake: When you close your eyes, I want you to think of me. Coming after you.

Connerty: Like my own personal Anton Chigurh?

Dake: Oh, no. I'm not some surrealist nightmare. I'm flesh and blood.

Anton Chigurh is the main antagonist of Cormac McCarthy's novel No Country for Old Men, and its film adaptation, in which he is portrayed by Javier Bardem. The character received much praise during the film's theatrical run, where Javier Bardem was awarded an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA for his performance. Chigurh has been included on numerous lists of greatest villains, most notably in Empire Magazine's list of The 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.

Chigurh is a hitman who is never seen to display remorse or compassion. He is described by Carson Wells, a central character in the novel, as a "psychopathic killer," in his 30s, with a dark complexion, and eyes as "blue as lapis ... Like wet stones." His signature weapon is a captive bolt stunner, which he uses to kill one of his victims and also as a tool to shoot out door locks. He also wields a sound-suppressed Remington 11-87 semi-automatic shotgun and pistol (as well as a TEC-9 in the film adaptation). Throughout both the novel and the film, Chigurh flips a coin to decide the fate of his victims. The Remington 11-87 was actually released seven years after the original setting of the book but still made an appearance as one of the most memorable weapons in the movie.

Keep a small piece... (34.21)

Karl Allard: Something I learned when I was working under Mondale take a little piece of yourself, tuck it away in the basement. You can give the rest to the job, but keep a small piece. I speak from experience.

Dake: Noted.

Walter Frederick "Fritz" Mondale (born January 5, 1928) is an American politician, diplomat and lawyer who served as the 42nd vice president of the United States from 1977 to 1981. A United States senator from Minnesota (1964–1976), he was the Democratic Party's nominee in the United States presidential election of 1984, but lost to Ronald Reagan in an Electoral College landslide. Reagan won 49 states while Mondale carried his home state of Minnesota and Washington, D.C. He became the oldest-living former U.S. vice president after the death of George H. W. Bush in 2018.

As the great Bruce Buffer says... (44.35)

Oliver Dake: And so, now, as the great Bruce Buffer says, "It's time.”


Bruce Anthony Buffer (born May 21, 1957) is the official octagon announcer for UFC events, introduced on broadcasts as the "Veteran Voice of the Octagon". Bruce's catchphrase is "IT'S TIME!", which he announces before the main event of the UFC. He is the half brother of the boxing and professional wrestling ring announcer Michael Buffer, and is the President and CEO of their company, The Buffer Partnership. Both are grandsons of boxer Johnny Buff. Buffer holds a black belt in Tang Soo Do and has fought as a kickboxer.

That's not showmanship. It's tradecraft... (5.04)

Chuck: For a career bureaucrat, you have a David Blaine-like flair for the dramatic.

Dake: Because I chose a locale where we were unlikely to be seen? That's not showmanship. It's tradecraft.

Chuck: Sure. Are we gonna have to go through the whole blind-drop routine every time we meet?

Dake: We would, if we were to continue meeting.

Chuck: Oh, this isn't just a grand entrance into the job. You're doing a whole thing.

David Blaine (born David Blaine White; April 4, 1973) is an American magician, illusionist and endurance artist. He is best known for his high-profile feats of endurance, and has set and broken several world records. Blaine innovated the way magic is shown on television by focusing on spectator reactions. His idea was to turn the camera around on the people watching instead of the performer, to make the audience watch the audience. The New York Times noted that "he's taken a craft that's been around for hundreds of years and done something unique and fresh with it." According to the New York Daily News, "Blaine can lay claim to his own brand of wizardry. The magic he offers operates on an uncommonly personal level." Penn Jillette called Blaine’s first television special, Street Magic, "the biggest breakthrough (in television magic) done in our lifetime" for changing the perspective of television viewers toward those seeing the trick live.

Blind Drop. What I think Chuck means to say here is live drop or even ‘dead drop’. A dead drop or dead letter box is a method of espionage tradecraft used to pass items or information between two individuals (e.g., a case officer and an agent, or two agents) using a secret location, thus not requiring them to meet directly and thereby maintaining operational security. The method stands in contrast to the live drop, so-called because two persons meet to exchange items or information.

I was more Iron Sheik era... (15.55)

Chuck: Well, well, well. Bryan Connerty and his new lord. May your reign be long and fruitful.

Dake: I serve at the pleasure…

Chuck: Don't we all? Freezing the assets? Now, that's an Ivan Koloff bear hug you're putting on the man. You're squeezing the breath out of him.

Dake: I was more Iron Sheik era.

Chuck: All right, fine. It's a camel clutch, and a hell of a good one.

Ivan Koloff (born Oreal Donald Perras; August 25, 1942 – February 18, 2017) was a Canadian professional wrestler, best known for once holding the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship. He was known as "The Russian Bear".

Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri (born March 15, 1943), better known by his ring name The Iron Sheik, is an Iranian-American former professional wrestler, amateur wrestler and actor. Vaziri is a one-time world champion, having won the WWF World Heavyweight Championship in 1983. He was what is referred to as a transitional champion, which saw him end the nearly six-year reign of Bob Backlund as champion only to lose the belt four weeks later to Hulk Hogan, who began a four-plus year reign himself. Coming off the Iranian hostage crisis, The Iron Sheik, an Iranian citizen who praised his home country and bashed the USA, is considered to be one of the greatest heels of all time. His villainous character peaked during the 1980s WWF wrestling boom and his rivalry with Hulk Hogan turned Hogan into one of the greatest television heroes of the decade. He would later form a tag team with Nikolai Volkoff, with whom he won the WWF Tag Team Championship at the inaugural WrestleMania event. In 2005, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

You must miss her... (24.27)

Chuck: Your wife, she still down in D.C.?

Dake: Yes, outside.

Chuck: You must miss her.

Dake: We talk every day, and the train ride is only…

Chuck: Sure it is. But the problem is that the free flow of information, the casual details of the day, can get lost. You know, for a time, even though we did reside in the same house, my wife and I lived that way.

Dake: You're telling me that you and your wife have no secrets?

Chuck: Oh I'm certain some are still lurking. We all mask certain emotions, often our most intense ones, like Bjorn Borg did. But like Borg, eventually, it'll end up costing you everything, so we're digging in, right? Digging in.

Dake: Ah.

Björn Rune Borg (born 6 June 1956) is a Swedish former world No. 1 tennis player widely considered to be one of the greatest in the history of the sport. Between 1974 and 1981 he became the first man in the Open Era to win 11 Grand Slamsingles titles (six at the French Open and five consecutive at Wimbledon). He also won three year-end championships and 15 Grand Prix Super Series titles. Overall, he set numerous records that still stand.

A teenage sensation at the start of his career, Borg's unprecedented stardom and consistent success helped propel the rising popularity of tennis during the 1970s. As a result, the professional tour became more lucrative, and in 1979 he was the first player to earn more than one million dollars in prize money in a single season. He also made millions in endorsements throughout his career. The downside, however, was that the constant attention and pressure eventually caused burnout and his retirement at the age of 26.

Not exactly Blue Horseshoe loves Anacott Steel... (28.13)

Bryan: You know, I was just wondering, who'd you get the initial tip from that started all this? I should interview him or her.

Dake: I understand why you're asking, but my tipster is not exactly Blue Horseshoe loves Anacott Steel. Just a foot soldier. It was enough info to get the FBI going but not a firsthand witness. If there were material value, I would share the name.

Bryan: Of course. I know you would.

Blue Horseshoe loves Anacott Steel is from the movie Wall Street. Blue Horeshoe is a code name for the Gorden Gekko character. Annacott Steel is a stock he likes. Its code for, Gorden Gekko is going to put Annacott Steel into play (potentially buyout offer). This would mean the stock is going higher. …Or something.

Samson got a real buzz cut... (45.23)

Dake: I'm holding in my hand Robert Axelrod's signature relinquishing his ability to trade securities. He gave it up.

Chuck: Well ol' Samson got a real buzz cut. Uh, we need to get our version out right away.

Dake: I've already taken steps.

Samson was the last of the judges of the ancient Israelites mentioned in the Book of Judges in the Hebrew Bible (chapters 13 to 16) and one of the last of the leaders who "judged" Israel before the institution of the monarchy. He is sometimes considered to be an Israelite version of the popular Near Eastern folk hero also embodied by the Sumerian Enkidu and the Greek Heracles.

The biblical account states that Samson was a Nazirite, and that he was given immense strength to aid him against his enemies and allow him to perform superhuman feats, including slaying a lion with his bare hands and massacring an entire army of Philistines using only the jawbone of a donkey. However, if Samson's long hair was cut, then his Nazirite vow would be violated and he would lose his strength.

buzz cut is any of a variety of short hairstyles usually designed with electric clippers.

I have an immaculate record... (40.15)

Jock Jeffcoat: Ollie, you're a bit of a rara avis, aren't you? You got no "hat," no one looking out for you, and yet you have risen. Maybe it's because you have an immaculate record. Some guys don't trust immaculate record. I do. I have an immaculate record.

Dake: Thank you, General.

Jock Jeffcoat: That was from a movie. You don't watch movies, do you, Ollie?

Dake: I re-watch The Dekalog every year.

Latin rāra avis (“rare bird”), plural rarae aves. From Juvenal's Satires (6.165): Rara avis in terris nigroque simillima cycno ("a bird as rare upon the earth as a black swan"). Noun: rara avis (plural rara avises or rarae aves). 1. A rare or unique person or thing. That Parsons girl is quite the rara avis if you ask me.

I have an immaculate record” is a line from 2006 movie The Departed delivered by Alec Baldwin’s character, Ellerby.

Dekalog, also known as Dekalog: The Ten Commandments and The Decalogue is a 1989 Polish television drama series directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski and co-written by Kieślowski with Krzysztof Piesiewicz, with music by Zbigniew Preisner. It consists of ten one-hour films, inspired by the decalogue of the Ten Commandments. Each short film explores characters facing one or several moral or ethical dilemmas as they live in an austere housing project in 1980s Poland. The series, which is Kieślowski's most acclaimed work, was said in 2002 to be "the best dramatic work ever done specifically for television” and has won numerous international awards, though it was not widely released outside Europe until the late 1990s.  In 1991, filmmaker Stanley Kubrick wrote an admiring foreword to the published screenplay.

Is that what being a boss does to you?... (39.52)
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Dake: We are in the right and wrong game, and this is Today we're in the "take the win and move on" game.

Bryan: Is that what being a boss does to you? Like when Sonny Black gets upped in Brasco? I was brought to Eastern for one specific task: to convict Bobby Axelrod.

Dake: You were brought to Eastern for the same task by the very person that you are now trying to jam up, a man who was a mentor to you. That's disloyal, and I don't cotton to that. So if you can't do it, I'll find someone who can. That's all.


Donnie Brasco is a 1997 American crime drama film directed by Mike Newell, and starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp. Michael Madsen as Sonny Black, Bruno Kirby, James Russo, and Anne Heche appeared in supporting roles.

The film is loosely based on the true story of Joseph D. Pistone (Depp), an FBI undercover agent who infiltrated the Mafia Bonanno crime family in New York City during the 1970s, under the alias Donnie Brasco, a.k.a. "The Jewel Man". Brasco maneuvers his way into the confidence of an aging hit-man, Lefty Ruggiero (Pacino), who vouches for him. As Donnie moves deeper into the Mafia, he realizes that not only is he crossing the line between federal agent and criminal, but also leading his friend Lefty to an almost certain death.

It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The adaptation of the book by Joseph D. Pistone and Richard Woodley was by screenwriter Paul Attanasio.[2] The film was a box office success, earning $124.9 million against a $35 million budget, and receiving critical acclaim.

Do what Mr. Knievel always did... (10.16)

Dake: You know Axelrod is guilty. Carry yourself with confidence in the courtroom, and DeGiulio will know it, too.

Bryan: Confidence? Not even Evel Knievel could jump the gap between what I know and what I can prove.

Dake: Then I suggest you do what Mr. Knievel always did. Rev her high. Pray for mercy. Try to put her down on the ramp. And hope you are one of the elect.

Robert Craig Knievel Jr. (October 17, 1938 – November 30, 2007), professionally known as Evel Knievel, was an American stunt performer and entertainer. Over the course of his career, he attempted more than 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps; in 1974, he failed an attempted canyon jump across Snake River Canyon in the Skycycle X-2, a steam-powered rocket. Knievel was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999. He died of pulmonary disease in Clearwater, Florida, in 2007, aged 69.