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Old 10-14-2014, 07:48 PM   #761
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I've always thought Michael Douglas would make a great Bond villain. I doubt we'd ever see something like this happen though because an actor of his caliber might take focus away from Bond.
They have used strong actors in the past and that wasn't a problem. If you have a good supporting cast, they just boost the overall performances of everyone if all works well. Or you could cast Halle Berry.

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Excited to see what Batista can do but FFS someone change his name. Hinx? Are we back to the people who wrote Mr. Kil's name?
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Never Say Never Again is superior over Diamonds are Forever
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No way.
Seconded.
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No way.
Agreed, if for no other reason than John Barry's score. NSNA has one of the worst and most inept scores ever for a big budget film.
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DAF would have been a lousy Bond no matter what, but coming on the heels of the devastating ending of OHMSS, its slack, jokey, campy tone is like farting in church. Blofeld in drag! Jimmy Dean! The mincing gay hitmen Kidd and Wint! Add in subpar special effects (it's obvious the bulk of the movie's budget went directly into Connery's pockets), lines like "Yeeeeeeeee!" and a complete lack of tension and you've got the third-worst Bond movie of them all (I only dislike A View To A Kill and Die Another Day more than this). It pretty much set in stone the trend that all popular, long-running Bond actors have to go out on a terrible, TERRIBLE movie. Only John Barry's typically fine score makes it out of the movie with its dignity intact.
You have a talent for metaphor.

"slack, jokey, campy" with "mincing hitmen" and "a complete lack of tension" describes all five Bond films of the 1970s in a nutshell. Add to that, misogyny. I saw these films when they were new, and like many Bond fans at the time, I always left the theater slightly entertained but feeling disappointed. The Bond films that followed OHMSS had no grounding in anything real that audiences could relate to, and no fidelity to the source. The producers seemed to be in their own world, delivering one non-sequitur after another. Director Guy Hamilton and principle writer Tom Mankiewicz preferred light misogynistic comedy to dramatic thrillers in their trilogy: Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Live and Let Die (1973) and The Man With the Golden Gun (1974). Hamilton was a lazy, indifferent director. By the time Lewis Gilbert and Christopher Wood deliver their pair, The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979), there is nothing left of the spark that started the series. It's all artifice, bad jokes, flaccid action and self-parody in beautifully photographed exotic locations. That's what the producers wanted. They are all bad moves, but at least Diamonds Are Forever had an actor who took the role seriously. Whatever else the film can be criticized for, Sean Connery grounds it. It's a well-produced film. All the budget did not go into his pockets.

The producers made a conscious attempt to restore integrity to the series with For Your Eyes Only (1981). Even Roger Moore changed the tone of his performance, although he denies it in the commentary. It almost worked, but the 1980s Bonds were characterized by a different set of problems.

Casino Royale really shook me up in 2006, but I did not give up on the franchise until Skyfall. Barbara Broccoli took the series out of mild misogyny and comedy and into acute misandry and depression. James Bond couldn't win a fight, hold onto his gun or save a life in Skyfall. If he hadn't been in the movie at all, the outcome would not have changed. The villain would still prove him wrong, outsmart him in every contest, and His M(mother) would still tell him off, belittle him and then face her murderer alone. At that point I just had to give up on the Bond films. Great action and set pieces don't add up to a hill of beans when the characters are corrupted and the stories are depressing.
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