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Member Since 08 Dec 2008
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In Topic: Reintroducing Moneypenny

09 December 2008 - 11:15 PM

But could it not also be argued that Q's expanded role in Licence to Kill was his finest hour?

Personally, I always preferred Q in small doses, so I thought his role in LTK was a bit too much. Desmond Llewellyn was amazing, though, so I don't want to sound like I'm dissing him.

I certainly don't want to turn Moneypenny into a Bond girl and I think Bond sleeping with her at all would go completely against her character. There needs to be a flirtatious relationship and a hint of sexual tension, but not taken too far.
Maybe It would be better to take my original idea down a notch and use her more as an ally within the service, helping Bond gain access to information he shouldn't have or keeping his superiors off his back while he peruses off the book targets. But overall it's her relationship with Bond needs to be what defines the character. I suppose there is a danger in giving her too big a role first time out as it would inevitably have to be cut down for future films, which could cause problems for the actress.

In the past recasting much loved characters such as Moneypenny has proved problematic, I think expanding the role and giving the actress more to do (not to mention casting a good actress who has chemistry with Craig) could help endear her to the audience.

So are you proposing that Moneypenny becomes more of a Mary Goodnight-type character? When I think of it that way, I like the idea quite a bit more.

In Topic: Reintroducing Moneypenny

09 December 2008 - 04:30 AM

But I honestly think that just bring her in isn't enough. With the way the films are right now I think they need to show her first meeting with Bond and build the relationship up from there. I'll admit that what I came up with was taking that to the extreme, but she needs to more of a role than sitting at a desk and flirting with Bond.

While I agree that they should give her more to do, I certainly wouldn't overdo it. I've always believed that characters like M, Moneypenny and Q should never be integral parts of the films' plots. The few times when they've overstepped (like with M in The World is not Enough), the results have been decidedly poor. They shouldn't relegate Moneypenny to one scene, like they usually do, but at the same time, I wouldn't waste too much emotional investment on her. Show her being useful throughout the film. Y'know, doing her job.

It's a fine balance with M, Q, and Moneypenny. If the way they've handled M in the reboot is any indication, we don't have anything to worry about.

And my apologies for helping turn this into a casting thread. It was not my intention.

In Topic: Reintroducing Moneypenny

08 December 2008 - 07:09 PM

I like your idea, Vanya. Sounds eerily similar to Chloe O'Brian on 24, though.

Generally speaking, I'd just like to see a thoughtful reintroduction of the character. Her role doesn't have to be super-essential to the plot, but I don't want it to feel shoehorned in just for the sake of it. Basically, treat her like they treated M in Quantum of Solace--beef up the role without making her clog up the plot.

I'm a huge Pushing Daisies fan, so my choice is Anna Friel:

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She's gorgeous in a girl-next-door type of way, a great actress, and the perfect age for the character.