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Professor Pi

Member Since 27 Dec 2006
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In Topic: Moonraker - why such a bad rap?

Today, 02:27 AM

I'll admit, reading the Benson/Brosnan/Rubin critiques of this film lowered my opinion of it (much like reading cbn lowered my opinion of Pierce's entries.)  And despite its humor dragging it down in the eyes of these critics, to this day it has some of the most horrifying scenes for childhood Bond fans--the scientists gassed to death, Corrine being put down by dogs, the prospect of global gassing from orbital space.  Oh, and water moccasins.  Plus the cold corporate ruthlessness of Drax himself, feeling entitled to his megalomania by virtue of birth and wealth alone.

 

As if to balance all this out, MR also has phenomenal charm to it--something TND and QoS lack in droves.  It may not achieve the heights of TSWLM, or Roger's first two eighties Bonds, but it's more welcoming and warm than each of the other actor's worst Bonds.  OHMSS and LTK may be better films, but they are nowhere near as fun.


In Topic: MGM: 007 films to come out on a 3-4 year cycle

18 June 2017 - 03:22 PM

I wonder if the movies would have come out faster had Skyfall only grossed $500M instead of the billion dollars that gave EON a financial cushion.


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

18 June 2017 - 03:18 PM

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I miss the John Glen era. 

 

Me too.


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

11 June 2017 - 06:00 PM

And it would seem Cavill might have some openings in his schedule as Man of Steel sequels aren't slated to be in production after the Justice League movies.  DCEU's next two movies in production after JL and Aquaman appear to be the newly announced Batgirl and Justice League Dark.  The Batman, Cyborg, and The Flash have all run into pre-production delays, with Gotham City Sirens and a Suicide Squad sequel are more likely to appear first.  With how reactive Warner Bros. is to its movies' receptions, a Wonder Woman sequel may even emerge before all those other planned projects.

 

Cavill might be interested in the steady work of a Bond franchise.


In Topic: RIP Adam West (1928-2017)

11 June 2017 - 05:48 PM

LIke most of us born in the 50s-70s, Adam West's Batman TV show was my introduction to the character and comics.  While the later films derided the TV series as goofy camp, it did a remarkable job of introducing us, and faithfully I daresay, to its colorful villains.  Cesar Romero's Joker, Meredith Burgess' Penguin, Frank Gorshin's Riddler, and Julie Newmar's Catwoman were so iconic that the first film representations of these characters sometimes faltered in comparison.  His allies too, from Yvonne Craig's Batgirl to Burt Ward's difficult to update to modern times Robin, to say nothing of Commissioner Gordon, are all indelibly imprinted on our minds as iconic.  The Batmobile and Batcave became lexicons of the culture if not forerunners to the modern "Mancave."  West's portrayal of Batman was similar to how Sir Roger portrayed Bond, winking to the audience that this was, at the end of the day, fun.

 

Like Star Trek's TV actors, West ended up on the convention circuit to make ends meet, a notion hilariously sent up on an episode of The Big Bang Theory where he agrees to be paid to attend Sheldon's birthday party provided he's given transportation to and from the event.  Near the end, Seth McFarland cast him for as Mayor Adam West where his voice work, honed behind the mask all those decades ago, continued to entertain and bring smiles to us all.