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Posted by Graham Cambray on February 20, 2009 at 18:10

In Reply to: Bada-bing posted by Brian from Shawnee on February 20, 2009 at 17:25:

: : BADA-BING -- In the March 2009 "Vanity Fair," "The Godfather Wars," Page 327, actor James Caan discusses his portrayal of Sonny in movie classic "The Godfather." He used "a rapid-fire, Don-Rickles-meets-the-Mob bravado that elevated his character to a whole new level. Then a phrase was delivered to him straight from improvisational heaven. It popped into his mouth as he mocked Michael, after hearing his kid brother say he intended to kill Sollozzo and McCluskey, the corrupt Irish cop who had broken his (Michael's) jaw: 'What do you think this is, the army, where you shoot 'em a mile away? You gotta get up close, like this - and bada-bing! You blow their brains all over your nice Ivy League suit.' Bada-bing became a mantra for mobsters and aspiring mobsters. More recently, it served as the name of Tony Soprano's strip club in 'The Sopranos.' 'Bada-bing? Bada-boom? I said that, didn't I? Or did I just say 'bada-bing'? 'It just came out of my mouth - I don't know from where.'" The Godfather Wars, Vanity Fair, March 2009, online at

: Decades ago I was watching 60 Minutes, probably in the 1970's, and Mike Wallace was interviweing a whistle-blower. I forget what the story was about but the whistle-blower kept using the phrase "bing-bang-boom" to illustrate how easy it was for the cheaters to cheat. It got to the point where Mike Wallace told him to "forget the bing-bang-boom" and use regular words to explain himself. I'm certain that after 1973's The Godfather. I wonder if the guy was influenced by James Caan's character.


Va-va-voom dates back to the 1950s, it seems . (GC)