In my mind I used to dream-cast each of the books as I read them, but as I read them in the years they were published, most of the actors I envisioned are either dead now or too long in the tooth for the roles. As I never updated the casting, the visions remain intact, however dated.
First of all, I saw Roger Moore as James Bond right from LR up to and including The Man From Barbarossa.
When it comes to leading ladies, however, I seldom if ever chose a current face. Chalk this up either to sexism on my part, or to Gardner's ability to describe his female character so well that I saw only what he described, even if he only said that Lavender Peacock was "reminiscent of Lauren Bacall as a young woman." (More on that habit later)
For villains I almost always see either Kevin Spacey or John Malkovich, and although I know they couldn't have played them all, just once each would be enough. Licence Renewed
Anton Murik: Eddie Albert
Caber: Richard Kiel (only younger)For Special Services
Marcus Bismaquer: Joe Don Baker
Walter Luxor: Marc Lawrence
Mike Mazzard: Kevin KlineIcebreaker
Konrad Von Gloda: Kurt Jurgens
Brad Turpitz: Joe Don Baker
Kolya Mosolov: Kevin SpaceyRole of Honour
Holy/Finnes: Kevin Spacey or David Copperfield
Cindy Chalmers: Gloria Hendry or Teres Graves
Tamil Rahani: Peter Miles (from The Sanbaggers
Episode 5: "Always Glad to Help")BlackFriar
or Death to Spies
(formerly No Deals, Mr. Bond
Chernov: Kevin Spacey
Jungle Baisley: Dolf LundgrenScorpius
Scorpius/Valentine: Kevin Spacey or John Malkovich Win, Lose or Die
Bassam Baradj/Besavitsky: Kevin Spacey or John Malkovich (see?)
Ali Al Adwan: Kabir BediBrokenclaw
Lee Fu-Chu: Sonny Landham
Ed Rushia: Eugene RocheThe Man From Barbarossa
General Yuskovich: Eugene Lipinsky (if he's the Russian who armed the bomb in Octopussy
)Never Send Flowers
David Dragonpol: Timothy Dalton (AKA "The man with the glass head") or David Copperfield
For Nobody Lives For Ever
, Death is Forever
I never saw anybody in particular, and I'm not sure Mr. Gardner did either (although in DIF he had a character say about the author of the book he was reading, "have you ever noticed how he never describes anybody? He just says that the character looks like somebody famous, like "he could have been Rex Harrison's double", or "He had the rugged good looks of Sean Connery." Mr. Gardner may have been acknowledging a criticism made of his own work).
As for cinematic changes, I wouldn't change a thing, except to tighten up the pace in RoH and NDMB (and add more humour to the former). For the most part Mr. Gardner wrote very film-friendly treatments, and I too would like to see them realized.
Edited by AMC Hornet, 08 November 2011 - 06:53 PM.