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Member Since 16 Mar 2008
Offline Last Active Aug 15 2017 11:53 AM

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In Topic: BOND 25 confirmed for 2019 release

09 August 2017 - 06:10 PM

So anyone want to make guesses on a studio? I like what Sony did with the martketing on Craig's 4 so far, but i imagine a company like WB would be more heavy handed. Not that Bond films need heavier marketing - I mean look at the amount of "news" generated with EON only announcing a release date, tabloids, click bait news sites and forums are more than willing to make up their own Bond related headlines without any work from people actually involved.

When the possibilities were first announced my instinct was Annapurna Pictures. At first they seemed like the outsiders and I think that's what drew me too them. Making Bond films is the family business for Michael and Barbara and I think they may prefer a smaller more independently minded outfit to one of the major studios. And from Annapurna's perspective they need Bond more than the others do. All of the others want to add Bond to their existing slate of blockbuster franchises but Annapurna doesn't have any such a series in their catalogue yet and thus would be more motivated to acquire it. 

In Topic: Who do you want for Bond 7? * POLL ADDED*

09 August 2017 - 06:02 PM


Stevens is currently at the top of my wish list.

EON's too.


Source? I'm rooting for Stevens too, I just don't want to get my hopes up unduly. 

In Topic: What Will Be the Next Phase of Bond?

30 July 2017 - 07:22 AM

In it's broadest terms today's big films are defined by brand recognition, it's all about known properties. So on that front Bond already has it covered. But while nostalgia plays a big part we're also witnessing a move away from the gritty and grounded and audiences are re-embracing more fantastical films as well as a lighter touch. Taking these trends into account maybe the time has come for the Bond producers to take a little more inspiration from their own back catalogue. I think the time has come to make a more self consciously nostalgic Bond film, looking the the film like Goldfinger or You Only Live Twice for inspiration. Maybe bring back the elaborate sets, larger than life villains and elaborate schemes?

In Topic: Who do you want for Bond 7? * POLL ADDED*

29 July 2017 - 08:25 AM

After seeing him in The Guest, and knowing he left Downton Abbey to do it, Dan Stevens is my top choice to take over. Not only did he show himself to be a pro in action scenes he also showed he was capable of playing a character who is simultaneously dangerous and charming

This is a little something I put together for Youtube a while ago. I've taken images of Dan Stevens and paired them with snippets of dialogue and narration from his audio book of Casino Royale (along with some Bond theme for good measure) to create an audition of sorts. 

Hope you enjoy.


In Topic: Next Villain (If Waltz/Blofeld does not return)

27 July 2017 - 08:30 PM

Option one: They take no risks at all. The villain is a heavily accented jerk with connections to recent evil stuff we've all heard about. "He's Catalan, we think. Got his start selling bushmeat in Crimea. When the Russians marched in, he made a fortune." He's played by somebody with stubble who won a Cesar Award. 


Option two: They break with recent tradition and hire a British/Commonwealth/American actor. We haven't had an Anglophone villain in years, and we've never had a really nasty and formidable American villain. A mercenary, a renegade general, a boorish real estate tycoon, whatever. Call him Hildebrand and show him golfing in Florida and scheming with Russian sub-villains. He beats up women, wears a monogrammed windbreaker, and goes to dog fights. 


Option three: They get ambitious and hire some prominent Chinese or Bollywood actor to play the villain. Probably more of a pain than they're willing to suffer, but eventually Bond has to return to India, and when he does, it will be weird if the producers don't involve major Indian talent.


Option four: They create a proper female villain who gets to run the show and not share the stage with another baddie. She's played by a veteran actress, her scheme is ingenious and greedy rather than a hysterical revenge plot, and she never doubles as a love interest.  


Option five: Another damn super hacker. This time his scheme involves the dark web, "onion routers", the world's most sophisticated baccarat-playing computer, a driverless Aston Martin, and a fleet of drones reprogrammed to bomb major cities.

1. I always felt casting Christoph Waltz was an attempt at risk free villain casting. After that I think they definitely need to mix it up. 


2. In the past I've felt they should avoid American villains but maybe now is the time given the current climate. One name I've been circling for such a role is Denis O'Hare, a hugely underrated star of stage and screen. He came to my attention with his performance as a vampire king in True Blood where he demonstrated the ability to play a powerful and arrogant villain as well as being able flip from dangerous to hilarious when needed.  


3. Certainly a lot of potential here as both markets contain a lot of talent that's largely unknown to Western audiences. China could be a bit more of a problem as the Chinese Film Board doesn't like China being shown in a negative light and that may preclude a Chinese actor as the main villain. 


4. Isabelle Huppert perhaps? She's a well respected actress with a distinguished career spanning decades. She recently got rave reviews and an Oscar nomination for her particularly nasty turn in Elle but hasn't been part of any mainstream blockbusters or big franchises. 

But I agree with what you said about her scheme and motivation. I don't want to see a man used as her motivation, a desire for power and wealth is reason enough for what she's doing. 


5. Not to keen on more hackers but drone warfare has potential. I've been playing with and idea that's sort of an update of Moonraker (novel rather than film) with a drone fleet instead of a nuclear missile. It's got a topical edge but being about the manufacture and the people design and build the drones would make it different to the way they've been used before.