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In Topic: Goldeneye - Ian Fleming's Jamaica

08 April 2015 - 07:56 PM


I contributed a lengthy review of Goldeneye to the Artistic Licence Renewed site. You can read it here: 
Short verdict: a required purchase for Fleming fans.

Splendid review. One quibble tho': You duplicate the passage that starts "After one of his worst fights with Ann, who’d grown to hate Jamaica, Fleming...".



Thank you Glidrose, both for the kind words and spotting that error. That probably resulted from my harassing the poor webmaster with numerous last-minute drafts and revisions.

In Topic: The Real Casino Royale

08 April 2015 - 01:00 AM

This is going to be my evening for superlatives, Revelator, but this is indeed a very nice documentary. 


I'm glad you liked it, and I'm always glad to accept your superlatives! I'm still puzzled why this documentary was never included on any of the various DVD/Blu-Ray editions of Casino Royale. Perhaps some obscure rights issues were at fault.

Regarding Parker's Goldeneye, I heard from the Artistic Licence Renewed webmaster that Parker liked the review. I'm still puzzled that Parker (and Lycett) had to rely on Amory's book of Ann Fleming's letters rather than Ian's actual correspondence, which must exist since Amory quoted from it.

In Topic: Goldeneye - Ian Fleming's Jamaica

07 April 2015 - 08:21 PM

I contributed a lengthy review of Goldeneye to the Artistic Licence Renewed site. You can read it here: 



Short verdict: a required purchase for Fleming fans. 

In Topic: Revisiting You Only Live Twice

12 March 2015 - 10:46 PM

The Connery-is-bored trope has become conventional wisdom, but not everyone subscribed to it. Here's Pauline Kael's capsule review:


The fifth of the Bonds, it can easily be differentiated from the others because it's the Japanese one. It's a product, but probably the most consistently entertaining of the Bond packages up to the time--not as startling as parts of GOLDFINGER but much superior to THUNDERBALL. Ken Adam's sci-fi production designs (including a hollow volcano) seem almost perfectly calculated for the genre. Lewis Gilbert is a rather more humanistic director than his predecessors and he's a reasonably efficient traffic manager; he doesn't let the actors loiter on the sets too long. And Sean Connery's James Bond isn't the sleek, greasy-lipped dummy of the earlier films; playing the super-hero as a paunchy, rather bemused spectator, Connery gives him more character than he's ever had before. This casual, human Bond is rather tender in his sex relationships--one might almost call them love relationships this time. The Roald Dahl screenplay (out of Jules Verne and old movies) is clever enough, and Donald Pleasence, as Blofeld, pets his white cat ominously.

In Topic: Spectre in Octopussy?

08 January 2015 - 08:57 PM

I don't have my copy with me so I may have some details wrong, but the Taschen james Bond Archives book explains it:

SPECTRE attacks MI6 and kills M. Bond is framed as an inside man and goes on the run, and Moneypenny is sacked. SPECTRE then replace M with their own man, so they can run the secret service or something. Octopussy runs a spy outfit of her own that's at war with SPECTRE, and Bond teams up with her and an Afghan freedom fighter called Kamal Khan. The villains are Blofeld and the head of his SPECTRE army, Smythe. The pre-titles was in the Netherlands.

Kamal Khan's name later turned up as the villain's, the character of Kamal Khan later turned up in TLD as Kamran Shah, and it looks like literally the entire rest of the plot was recycled for BOND 24!

The Taschen book actually relates a lot of original plot ideas that I've never head of before, and no sources are cited! But it's fun! Apparently TOMORROW NEVER DIES was originally set in Transylvania... the land of vampires and werewolves...


Fascinating stuff--thank you for sharing it. I'll have to save up to buy that Taschen book! As Odd Jobbies commented, that's a very bold scenario. Like the Spectre version of TSWLM, it seems to have been too bold for Broccoli. I also wonder how they would have filmed the death of M, considering that Bernard Lee was already dead.