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Thoughts on a James Bond TV series...

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#31 Simon



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Posted 13 November 2001 - 10:02 AM

Correct me if I'm wrong, but one of the reasons why Brocolli didn't go with Brosnan at the time of The Living Daylights, even though NBC offered a reduced working shift for him while still on Remington Steele, was that if the public could get to see him on the small screen weekly and for free, why would they put up the money for a film?

Ergo, the same might be said for a TV series. Also confusion might be experienced by introducing the element of time and periods into a screen history as well as the actor potentially moving from small to large screen.

The only way it could be done to my mind is if and when the movies take a sabatical.

#32 RossMan


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Posted 22 December 2001 - 06:46 PM

I have to disagree. Look at Star Trek, they have numerous series and still come out with a movie every two-four years. Even when there were two different ST series on TV there would still be a new movie and those usually still do pretty well. I think a Bond TV series would work well, and it's set back during Fleming's day, there'll, in a way, be two different Bonds to go see.

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Posted 13 November 2001 - 08:44 PM

Jim (13 Nov, 2001 08:29 a.m.):
Now don't shout at me but...

I'm not sure whether these have reached beyond the shores of the UK, but in the early 1990s the BBC dramatised the entire Sherlock Holmes series for (shudder ye not, young ones) the radio, and they're now all available on tape (and heartily recommended).

A TV series might be prohibitively expensive (particularly for the BBC; licence payers' money etc), and I'm well aware that the BBC did a rather half-arsed radio dramatisation of You Only Live Twice about ten years ago, but (inevitably) with the right writers, I think it could be done .

Brilliant thought, Jim. Bert Coules (writer of most of the Holmes series) has also adapted Buchan's "The Thirty Nine Steps" (not a million miles from Bond) for
radio. A faithful to Fleming, in period, Bond series (perhaps starring Dalton), written by Mr Coules would make this fan a very happy little Vegemite.