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Tuesday, July 27, 2004

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Ron Mwangaguhunga

There have been reports swirling that no one knew how to graciously make a break with Brosnan. Now I hear echoes in the ethers of a project of a "Young James Bond" at Oxford, with, possibly orlando Bloom.

Maybe it's just over. I mean, so is the British Empire.

Aaron

Well, there was the story recently that Miramax Books was going in with the Fleming estate and some other author to write "Young James Bond" novels, although they refuse to acknowledge any films being in the works yet. I think that's a terrible idea.

I'm fine with it being simply over. The last thing I want to see is a 60s era Young JB at Oxford, or some modern day JB fighting in Iraq.

alkali

Now I hear echoes in the ethers of a project of a "Young James Bond" at Oxford, with, possibly orlando Bloom.

Try as I might, I just can't see a Bond film with a young girl as the lead.

acewhiplash

I agree with your choice of Clive Owen but I think another alternative is Damian Lewis, of Band of Brothers fame. He resembles Steve McQueen a bit.

Mike

What about Julian McMahon from Nip/Tuck? I think he'd be perfect for the role if they could work out the scheduling.

cushie

I say Ioan Gryffudd. He's getting around (currently playing Lancelot) and is the right age. Plus they haven't had a Welshie yet as far as I know, even though they usually trawl the British Isles.

Stephen, from Tagline

The formula for choosing a new Bond is simple: go with the guy you almost went with last time.

Sean Connery - picked over Roger Moore
Roger Moore - picked over Tim Dalton
Tim Dalton - picked over Pierce Brosnan

All we have to do now is figure out who was passed over when Brosnan took it.

(No smart-ass comments about George Lazenby either, thank you.)

Aaron

Actually, Timothy Dalton was Welsh. I like Gruffudd, and I thought he was a decent Lancelot, but watching him alongside Clive Owen in King Arthur actually just solidifies the idea of Owen in my mind. His performance contains far more depth and complexity.

I don't think Julian McMahon is really that strong an actor. He kind of does one thing and one thing only, and while he does it well, it's fairly basic sexy brooding, and that's it. His performance on Nip/Tuck as a ladies man plastic surgeon isn't really all that different as what he did playing the half-demon Alyssa Milano plaything on Charmed ... but maybe it should have been? He's good at what he does, but I think Bond could be a reach for him, even if he is an Aussie.

Damian Lewis is a really interesting idea, except I must admit: I don't think the red hair and fair skin works for Bond. Is that stupid? Yeah probably, but I still like the idea of darker and more brooding. He's a great actor though.

Filmbrain

Ugh! Keep QT AWAY from Casino Royale!

Aaron

It really is shocking to me that for someone who actually finds value in Vincent Gallo that you could hate QT so much, especially when it comes to material that could be conceivably perfect for him. You know I'm not a blind QT fan, but still, he'd actually be good for this.

Filmbrain

Why would QT be good for this? Wouldn't he just fill it with "quotes" from other films, as he's done all along?

Perhaps if he approached it as he did Jackie Brown (which, though not as referential as his others, still tried too hard to have a blaxploitation feel to it) it might be interesting.

Would it be a better Bond film than the crap they've been churning out for the last decade or so? Yes. But better than the original? No way.

For the record, Gallo, as pretentious as you may find him, is at least original in his ideas/execution.

Aaron

I don't want this comments thread to turn into a Gallo or QT discussion, however, one of your (at least I believe it was you as well as someone else) big positives about Gallo was how he "subtly" (supposedly) quoted other filmmakers in "Buffalo 66" such as Ozu, so I wouldn't necessarily just call QT a referential hack, even if "Kill Bill Vol. 1" (and 2, although slightly less-so) was just that. And Gallo's stuff isn't so original: there are plenty of boring movies with grade B dialogue which must have influenced him. Making a movie in which nothing interesting happens isn't exactly original. And mood-wise, he's definitely going along the Terry Malick sentiment in "Brown Bunny," which I know you haven't seen yet. I'll take David Gordon Green over Gallo any day. Besides, I don't mind reverential or referential filmmaking at all if it's done well. I love early Brian De Palma film, and there's no argument he was ripping of Hitchcock, but he created new twists and modern (for then) elements to the films that made them a ton of fun. (I still think "Dressed to Kill" has one of the scariest moments I've ever experienced watching a film.)

As for why QT would be good: I think he would bring a grittiness mixed with a modern pop-culture sensibility and a more modern look (without necessarily being too MTV) to the film. "Casino Royale" the book, as I remember it, is a smaller story, and from what I've heard him say, he wants to keep it that way and true to the book.

Filmbrain

Couple of points --

There's a WORLD of difference between QT and someone like DePalma -- i.e., between homage/influence and outright copying. QT lifts plots, lines, shots etc. (I recently watched Lady Snowblood and he even lifted the chapter headings idea!) Gallo doing the Ozu 360 thing is much more subtle than....oh, let's say copying Ringo Lam's City on Fire for Reservoir Dogs.

I've said it before -- QT can write wonderful dialog. If only he could apply it to something truly his own. (His war movie idea interests me more than anything else.)

True, haven't seen BB yet (will soon though) but B66 was indeed very original, even if to you it was dull, slow, pretentious, etc.

Also -- I'm going to buy the Fleming novel. (Never read any of his stuff -- this should be interesting.)

Filmbrain

But you're right -- the thread should go back to Bond.

Hugh Grant would be a Hugh-ge mistake!

I second your choice of Clive Owen. Well, him or this guy.

sac

Yep, Clive Owen is perfect.

Nene

Hi,
Let's just stop all of this. The best Bond to be is Ardian Paul. You all know a"Highlander". There is no other. He's tall,dark, clever, smart and handsome.

Aaron

Hmmm ... Adrian Paul, huh? I think I can comfortably say that I would absolutely, positively vote against Adrian Paul getting anywhere near even an audition for the role of James Bond. Sorry, I'm definitely not a fan. I find Paul pretty boring, and his acting talent isn't within the same league of Owen or several of the others on the list. His fans are people who enjoyed the syndicated series version of "Highlander," and I will say OK, Paul is a better actor than Christopher Lambert.

In fact, I can't even believe I spent this much time addressing the idea of Paul in the role.

Jayeh

Definitely Owen. His acting in the BMW shorts for the web was just perfect to picture him in the Bond role, although I wonder what he would be like playing the "ladies man" Bond role. Tough, yes. Handsome and dark, yes. Witty seducer, hm, maybe. (thinking in the line of Connery)

dalton hilliard

True about Timothy Dalton. He was a darker and the best Bond. Brosnan was just a remake of Moore, and his movies were all about the high tech special effects than about anything else. Timothy is a better actor, and if he was given more publicity and better scripts, he would have gone down as the best Bond ever.

Kim

I myself am tired of Remington Steel trying to pass of as Bond. We have had two great Bonds in our time. Sean Connery for one and the gentleman who played bond before Pierce. Out of the list of Bonds to be, I want some one who is english (since the guy is suppose to be british) He also needs to be physically fit (obviously) and have martial are training (like 007 should have). Not look like baby Huey and speak true english tongue. Hmmm out the the list of runner ups. I think Adrian Paul is the best choice. Sorry Nene, but I want to be able to enjoy the movie not GAG over the movie like I have been since pierce double O dork took over. Plus, women are suppose to find the guy incredibly sexy, not so ugly that their pleading " please dear god leave your clothes on.

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