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    Yeah, while I've enjoyed several of the Bond series since VARGR, I don't think any have surpassed the team of Ellis/Masters. I'm disappointed they haven't come back to do more Bond since Eidolon.

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    Fukunaga apparently pitched a version of No Time to Die where at the end of the second act, you discover that everything from the time Bond got the needle injected into him up to that point in No Time to Die had been a dream Bond was having. I'm conflicted about this. On the on hand, twists like this rarely stick the landing for me and end up just feeling pointless. That said, anything that rewrites parts of Spectre I would be on board with, especially if this managed to undo the twist that Blofeld was Bond's brother. I'll wait until No Time to Die comes out to make a final decision on whether I think this would have been an interesting direction to go or not.

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    Oh no, no no no no. I am not OK with that. Pour petrol on that idea and light that **** up
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    Haha since he just pitched the idea, I doubt they developed a script for this though I would like to read one. I don't think this would have necessarily made a good movie, but I am kind of fascinated where they would have went with it.

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    I just finished Nobody Does It Better: The Complete Uncensored Unauthorized Oral History of James Bond. This was a fantastic movie to read if you are interested in the history and behind the scenes development of the Bond films. It was also interesting to read about how the adaption rights of various books were split up over the years and how several studios were trying to be the first one to develop a Bond film and the transition periods between the various actors who have taken on the role of Bond.

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    It's kind of interesting parts from different books also kind of end up spliced throughout the films. A lot of LICENSE TO KILL's first act is borrowed from the novel of LIVE AND LET DIE, as is the boat sequence from FOR YOUR EYES ONLY. In both cases, the scenes are a lot more brutal than their book form, although LALD's novel doesn't have the added tragedy of Della's fate.

    Both OCTOPUSSY and SPECTRE use a variation on the short story as part of their backstory.

    MOONRAKER's novel also seems to have heavily influenced GOLDENEYE and DIE ANOTHER DAY, both of which have a scarred villain who has assumed a new identity.
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    Yeah, they touch on that throughout the book about how they would pick and choose aspects of novels and find ways to incorporate them into the movies. Also apparently Fleming banned The Spy Who Loved Me from ever being adapted due to the poor reception it received at the time, which is why the movie has nothing to do with the novel. It was also interesting to read about the order they were originally planning film adaptions to be released. Originally On Her Majesty's Secret Service was going to be released after Goldfinger, but these plans were changed after Kevin McClory won the rights for Thunderball.

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    I would argue a tiny bit of the book got into the film: The henchmen's descriptions do seem a bit like Jaws and Sandor on a basic level.

    I think the SPY WHO LOVED ME movie actually picked up a bit from COLONEL SUN, the post- Fleming novel. Bond is attacked by two thugs at the Parthenon, which I felt is very similar to the Pyramids scene from the movie.


    Anya Amasova sounds very similar to Ariadne Alexandrou, and she's also sort of a Russian agent working with the UK as a "detente" to help prevent a possible war caused by a third party.


    There's also the Mediterranean setting although FYEO would also use that.


    Granted, there's nothing about an insane mad man stealing submarines to create an Undersea kingdom but the basic "bones" are there I think. Of course CS would also inspired bits of Die Another Day, Spectre etc.
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    I re-read Diamonds are Forever during the past week. The first time I read it, I felt like the book just dragged on. This time, though, I felt it was much easier to read and I was much more engaged with it. That said, I still think it is the weakest of the Fleming Bond novels I have read. I also found some of the comments by Bond interesting in this book as I felt like they might reflect some of Flemings own thoughts, such as Bond feeling like this mission was boring and a waste off his time which made me wonder if this is how Fleming felt halfway through writing it. Bond also makes the comment that he feels marriage just results in one person subtracting something from another instead of two people coming together to make something better. While I feel like this fits Bond view of relationships, I also feel its a pretty direct representation of Fleming's own view of his marriage.

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    While not a major development, No Time to Die has moved up its release date in the US five days to November 20th. It has maintained its release date in the UK on November 12th.

    https://www.thewrap.com/no-time-to-d...ys-in-the-u-s/

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    One thing I'm curious about is the post-Craig Bond will use the supporting cast. In the original movies, Bernard Lee and Lois Maxwell went through three different Bonds, and of course Desmond through five....and of course despite being a seperate continuity/reboot, Judi returned for the Daniel Craig films. So maybe Fiennes/Harris/Whishaw will stick around for the next Bond?
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    I think it will largely depend on how No Time to Die wraps up this particular era of Bond and whether the treat future Bond films like the old ones in that they are all in the same, loose continuity or if there is a clear break from the Craig era like Casino Royale was from the previous Bond films. That said, I would love to see Fiennes/Harris/Whishaw return as I feel they fit their respective roles really well.

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    I like the current cast, so I hope that they stay. That said, sometimes a new era works best with a new cast so I wouldn't be upset either way. It also depends whether or not they actually want to stay!

    Also, a couple of Bond related additions for June. I'm not updated with the recent comics unfortunately...
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    Oh, nice! I havent heard of the Quasimodo Gambit before. Is it worth checking out? And yeah, I am also behind on the current comics. I still need to finish up Origins and that Oddjob arc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Parker View Post
    Oh, nice! I havent heard of the Quasimodo Gambit before. Is it worth checking out? And yeah, I am also behind on the current comics. I still need to finish up Origins and that Oddjob arc.
    The story is OK, but the art is pretty bad. Usually art kind of flows into a moving picture, but the characters all feel so static and like cardboard cut outs. It's weird The old James Bond comics are nothing like the Dynamite stuff. Some of them are actually good, you just have to read them knowing that they were never the same quality (or budget).
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