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Moonraker (1979)

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Old Oct 21, 2005, 04:44 PM   #31
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He was blond in Layer Cake (dark blond) and that's the official marketing photo - looks to me the same, just darker lighting making his hair look a shade darker.
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Old Oct 22, 2005, 01:37 AM   #32
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In regards to that article, you cannot simply erase 40 years of film history. The legacy of the films have etched their own mark on the character, and regardless of Fleming's initial intentions, the character is what he is today, thanks to the movies.

Today, the movies regulate the characteristics of Bond, not the novels. That time has long since passed. It is unfortunate we did not keep a closer eye in regards to the source material, but that is film-making at its finest.

With the performances of Sean Connery and Roger Moore, James Bond's legacy as a pop culture icon was sealed many decades ago. You cannot simply change that because Dnaiel Craig looks like a lumberjack from Alaska. Some may want a return to his grittier roots because they feel the need to "Batman" James Bond up a little bit.

The fact of the matter is, a James Bond movie will always be a James Bond movie. You may move a little bit to the left or right, but there are always elements that scream Bond. There are always elements that tie the past 20 movies together, and those elements are what keep the mythos of James Bond somewhat intact. The whimsical action, the cheesy one liners, the beautiful women, the outragous villains etc.

How are they going to convince an audience that this James Bond is the "real" James Bond and somehow negate the elements which we consider a must with James Bond. IE. No Q, No Monypenny, No M. No Gadgets

I don't see this need to panic and act as if the James Bond series is in need of a Batman Begins reboot. There are always examples of the filmakers returning Bond to realism throughout the franchise. When they gave us Moonraker, we got FYEO. When they gave us AVTAK, we got The Living Daylights.
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Old Oct 26, 2005, 11:31 AM   #33
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Interesting you mention For Your Eyes Only. I still regard it as one of the best Bond films, definately Moore's best and, perhaps next to From Russia With Love or Goldfinger, the best Bond film. And you are correct, FYEO was a radical departure from the over-the-top scifi leaning films that came in the middle of Moore's tenure and particularly an effort the reel the franchise back in after Moonraker. FYEO had no secret weapons, no sci-fi technology, and sported a very realistic plot that, for the first time in Moore's run, had absolutely nothing to do with a maniac wanting to destroy the entire planet or hold it ransom. The series would then slowly but surely get more and more outlandish, then revert back to realism, then get gradually outlandish again. Brosnan's run was the same way. Goldeneye and Tomorrow Never Dies were considerably more realistic than The World Is Not Enough and especially Die Another Day which in scifi terms is right up there with Moonraker. And so, just as they did in 1980, they are falling over themselves to get back to a more realistic Bond. But will it last? Likely not. Face it, most Bond fans love the over-the-top stuff, it is, after all, what makes Bond Bond.
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Old Dec 6, 2005, 11:05 AM   #34
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Speaking of Charlize Theron (see Aeon Flux thread for the naked truth on this South African goddess) - word is she's up for the next Bond girl in Casino Royale.
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Old Dec 6, 2005, 12:53 PM   #35
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Yummy.

Charlize Theron, I mean, not Daniel Craig.
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Old Jul 11, 2006, 10:58 AM   #36
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I really really really really really really really really really want Connery to come back and play a bad guy.
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Old Jul 11, 2006, 03:18 PM   #37
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Itll never happen too much bad blood with the Broccolis.
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Old Jul 11, 2006, 03:47 PM   #38
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Sean Connery was once quoted as saying (of Cubby Broccolli), "If he were on fire I wouldn't piss on him to put out the flames." Ouch. That's probably why he did the unofficial Bond film, then.

Sean Connery as a Bond baddie has been mooted since Goldeneye, you know.
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Old Jul 11, 2006, 03:55 PM   #39
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What unofficial Bond film?

Never thought about it before, but I think against Craig as the big bad (obviously with lots of er...females) it would put the fun back into Bond. Isn't Broccolli dead now anyway? And why did they hate each other in the first place?
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Old Jul 11, 2006, 04:01 PM   #40
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I have no idea why theuy hated each other, it was probably a clash of egos, and if so, probably mostly Cubby's.

The unofficial Bond film : Never Say Never Again
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Old Jul 11, 2006, 04:18 PM   #41
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I still don't quite see how than can be called unofficial
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Old Jul 11, 2006, 04:34 PM   #42
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It's unofficial because it wasn't one of the MGM-released Broccoli-produced films , and they're the holders of the license to Bond.

I tried to think of a 'licence to kill' pun there, but i've got nothing.
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Old Jul 11, 2006, 04:41 PM   #43
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Then wouldn't that be techinically illegal what with still calling him Bond and all?
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Old Jul 11, 2006, 04:42 PM   #44
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No, the writer won some sort of lawsuit.

From imDb :

"This "Bond film" was not part of the franchise produced by MGM and Danjaq. Kevin McClory, who was producer and co-writer of Thunderball (1965), won a legal battle against Ian Fleming to make his own Bond movie. The settlement stipulated that it had to effectively be a remake of Thunderball."
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Old Jul 13, 2006, 04:00 AM   #45
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maybe its just me and my old age but I wish they'd put the Bond franchise to bed once and for all. Its looking tired, a little dated and a bit desparate just lately. I guess if old Danny boy doesn't make the role his own I think they should retire Bond and put him out to grass
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