5 Questions: Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection
Welcome to a special edition of 5 Questions as we celebrate the 75th birthday of a true action icon, Mr. Chuck Norris.
Chuck Norris has been entertaining fans of action and martial arts movies for decades, so it only seemed fitting on a milestone birthday like today, that we add another Chuck Norris movie to the list of those we have covered on the site. And that list is pretty impressive already. We’ve reviewed The Delta Force, Lone Wolf McQuade, Code of Silence, The Octagon. We’ve compared and contrasted Norris’ Matt Hunter from Invasion U.S.A. with Dudikoff’s Matt Hunter from Avenging Force. And Braddock: Missing in Action III has gotten the Throwback Thursday and 5 Questions treatment.
And speaking of 5 Questions… that leads me to our latest Chuck Norris related post.
The sequel to one of Cannon Films most amazing action movies of the 1980’s, The Delta Force, Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection had me asking myself some questions after a recent viewing.
1. Who in the blue hell is Major Bobby Chavez?
Obviously Lee Marvin could not return for the sequel as the original ended up being the final movie before his untimely death. But I don’t understand why Steve James was not brought back and instead we get a new Delta Force member, Major Bobby Chavez as McCoy’s sidekick. Maybe James turned them down since his character would end up dying, something James was not a fan of in movies based on some of my previous research.
2. How’d that snake get up there?
Chuck Norris’ character, Col Scott McCoy, asked the very same question I asked as I was watching McCoy climb what was reported to be a wall of granite that was impossible to climb. Not impossible for Chuck Norris of course, or a snake… a snake that has no arms or legs to climb with mind you. So snake from Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection, myself and McCoy would both like to know, how’d you get up there?
3. Was anyone else waiting for John P. Ryan’s character General Taylor to betray McCoy?
John P. Ryan did such a masterful job as the villain in Death Wish 4: The Crackdown and Avenging Force, that it took me to almost the end of the movie to lose my fear that he was going to suddenly turn on McCoy and reveal he was the true drug kingpin and not Ramon Cota (played by Billy Drago). And speaking of Drago’s character, how did he not have an accent? That’s a bonus question right there folks!
4. Can you name me another movie that features a heavily armed helicopter chasing a bulletproof limousine through a jungle?
If so, I’d definitely like to check it out. One of my favorite scenes in the movie was the chase as McCoy was looking to bring Cota to justice and Cota’s guard dog, General Olmeda (played by Mark Margolis) was launching missles at McCoy and Cota as they were driving through the jungle in Cota’s own armored limo. It’s that kind of fun and over the top action that makes action movies the best genre of movies in the world. The skydiving scene at the beginning of the film, and McCoy’s first attempt at bringing Cota to justice, would rank as a close second in terms of favorite scenes.
5. Where’s the music?
Steve James wasn’t the only thing missing from the Delta Force sequel. Director Menahem Golan was out since this film was made by Cannon after the Golan/Globus split. But maybe most importantly was Alan Silvestri’s fantastic score from the original. In my opinion it was some of the best music used in an 80’s action film and considering the composer it should be no surprise. Silvestri has composed music for films like Predator, all three Back to the Future movies, The A-Team and The Avengers. If you aren’t familiar with his work in Delta Force or if you are like me and just want to hear it again, I’ve included a video below. Enjoy!