The Night Manager

BennyBenny Keeping the British end up!
edited April 2016 in General Movies & TV Posts: 5,845
I couldn't see a discussion for this, unless my google search missed it. Surprised no-one is discussing this yet.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1399664/?ref_=nv_sr_1

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Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie are absolutely brilliant in this gripping six part mini series. A must watch for any fan of espionage thrillers. Plenty of Bond references and even a part for Tobias Menzies aka Villiers from Casino Royale.
If you haven't started watching it yet, do yourself a favour.
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  • Posts: 7,929
    Yes. Great show. I loved every episide, brilliant cast. =D>
    along with The Game , they're some of the best espionage
    dramas the BBC have done.
  • bondjamesbondjames Some men are coming to kill us. We're going to kill them first.
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    I will be jumping in to this conversation in a few days, as we'll be getting it here on Tuesday - finally. Tom's my guy to replace DC, so I'm hoping for good things. Love Hugh Laurie too.
  • Posts: 3,373
    It's great!
  • ForYourEyesOnlyForYourEyesOnly Australia
    Posts: 1,163
    Very good show. Hiddleson is fantastic, although I still don't have him as Craig's successor - yet.
  • edited April 2016 Posts: 3,373
    Hugh Laurie would be a good Bond villain, he gave the best performance in The Night Manager for me.
  • Posts: 4,182
    It has been discussed a little in the Next Bond Actor category, for obvious reasons.

    Very good show, slightly let down by some aspects of the final episode.

  • Posts: 3,373
    NicNac said:

    It has been discussed a little in the Next Bond Actor category, for obvious reasons.

    Very good show, slightly let down by some aspects of the final episode.

    Indeed it has.
  • Posts: 5,204
    Ah well I will post my reviews per show here rather then last bond movie you watched but still focusing mainly on how good or bad the show is and if Hiddleston and Barr( the director) could fit as Bond and director respectfully for bond 25 (or 26 if Craig indeed comes back like I hope he will) I should have the first review on Thursday as Its on Tuesday at 10 which means me and my wife won't see it till Wednesday oh how I love recording television I remeber the dark ages of either staying up or having to use your vcr to record it..)
  • Posts: 8,472
    Would certainly recommend this show to everyone. Quality viewing! :-bd
  • bondjamesbondjames Some men are coming to kill us. We're going to kill them first.
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    So I finally got to see the first episode yesterday. Very impressed so far. Great acting by everyone, quite suspenseful, has atmospheric visuals, and Hiddleston rocks as James B.. (Sorry, Jonathan Pine).

    I'm open to David Farr (screenplay) having involvement with Bond, Susanne Bier for directing, and Víctor Reyes for scoring duties. All impressed yesterday.

    Both Hiddleston and Laurie pretty much nixed the idea of a 2nd season recently, so there is hope that some of this team can be considered for inclusion by EON.
  • bondjames said:

    So I finally got to see the first episode yesterday. Very impressed so far. Great acting by everyone, quite suspenseful, has atmospheric visuals, and Hiddleston rocks as James B.. (Sorry, Jonathan Pine).

    I'm open to David Farr (screenplay) having involvement with Bond, Susanne Bier for directing, and Víctor Reyes for scoring duties. All impressed yesterday.

    Both Hiddleston and Laurie pretty much nixed the idea of a 2nd season recently, so there is hope that some of this team can be considered for inclusion by EON.

    They've said they'd do season 2 only if John Le Carre writes a sequel novel, which he is considering .So don't loose hope just yet.
    http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/news/a791307/the-night-manager-series-2-tom-hiddleston-says-a-sequel-could-work-if-john-le-carre-writes-it/
  • TheWizardOfIceTheWizardOfIce 'One of the Internet's more toxic individuals'
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    Here's an idea - how about Le Carre writing Bond 25? Or at least providing an outline.

    Not going to happen obviously given how he's slated Bond in the past but we can always dream can't we?
  • Given Le Carre's previously stated antipathy for the Bond character/series I'm not sure he'd be interested.
  • bondjamesbondjames Some men are coming to kill us. We're going to kill them first.
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    Well David Farr looks like he knows how to adapt an older novel to current times, so perhaps he could be brought in to take a continuation novel and work from there. So far, I'm impressed with how he reportedly contemporized Le Carre's work.
  • TokolosheTokoloshe Under your bed
    Posts: 2,149
    Absolutely superb series, enjoyed every episode. I'd have no problem with TH as Bond on the back of his performance here.
  • Posts: 3,373

    Here's an idea - how about Le Carre writing Bond 25? Or at least providing an outline.

    Not going to happen obviously given how he's slated Bond in the past but we can always dream can't we?

    Yes, given this I was surprised how Bond-like The Night Manager was. However I haven't read the original novel, even though I really like Le Carre, just haven't got round to it, which I believe was set in the early 1990s so may be a bit different.
  • TripAcesTripAces Some men don't like being taken for a ride.
    edited April 2016 Posts: 1,677
    I enjoyed the first episode, but I am not sold on Hiddleston as Bond. He is indeed rather dashing and charming, but he's also too fragile-looking, in a Jeremy Irons sort of way. He looks like he weights about 150 lbs soaking wet.
  • Posts: 5,204
    Fantastic first episode I loved it
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CA
    Posts: 15,898
    I'm not reading previous posts as I'm only one episode in. I was far too stoned to follow the subtleties so I must give it another viewing ere I watch episode number two.

    A few notes.

    Not what I expected at all. Not better or worse, just a different vibe.
    I am wary of the bandwagon Bond candidates, and this Tom Hiddleston is certainly the latest of those. It's why I was uncomfortable when Puerce Bronsan's name was first being bandied about. But I must say that I see it. His Bond would be a nice change from Craig's, a somewhat lighter interpretation.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CA
    edited April 2016 Posts: 15,898
    And, I can't help but think, wouldn't it be funny if the Day Manager was also wrapped up in some insane, completely unrelated mis-adventure.
  • suavejmfsuavejmf England
    Posts: 2,635
    I've just got it on DVD. I'll feedback on Hiddleston when watched.
  • bondjamesbondjames Some men are coming to kill us. We're going to kill them first.
    edited April 2016 Posts: 12,313
    Birdleson said:

    I am wary of the bandwagon Bond candidates, and this Tom Hiddleston is certainly the latest of those. It's why I was uncomfortable when Puerce Bronsan's name was first being bandied about. But I must say that I see it. His Bond would be a nice change from Craig's, a somewhat lighter interpretation.

    I agree. Moreover, in this case, mine and other's advocacy for him is primarily based on his acting and ability to project a refined 'edginess' on screen.

    With Turner, I find more comments attributing his suitability to his looks, and that reminds me of the Brosnan discussion.
  • I think Turner could play a Daltonesque Bond. That's why I would take him over Hiddleston.

    I enjoyed the night manager and thought Hugh Laurie was good casting. Although
    Spoiler:
    would roper really buy that the polite shy Pine was a hot headed psychopath who viciously killed someone in sleepy cornwall and then did a runner? Also, that he managed to run across him in two remote locations. Thought the ending was clever though
  • ForYourEyesOnlyForYourEyesOnly Australia
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    I don't think we want a Daltonesque Bond, right now.
  • I don't think we want a Daltonesque Bond, right now.

    We always want a Daltonesque Bond.

  • Posts: 488
    I watched the first episode. The plot seems interesting so far. I'll probably DVR the rest of the series.

    I am definitely not sold on Hiddleston as Bond though. At least not yet. He's like... an adorable little puppy.
  • TheWizardOfIceTheWizardOfIce 'One of the Internet's more toxic individuals'
    edited April 2016 Posts: 6,051



    I enjoyed the night manager and thought Hugh Laurie was good casting. Although

    Spoiler:
    would roper really buy that the polite shy Pine was a hot headed psychopath who viciously killed someone in sleepy cornwall and then did a runner? Also, that he managed to run across him in two remote locations. Thought the ending was clever though

    Agreed. That's my only gripe really with a cracking piece of television.

    At one point Roper says 'I never trust anybody.' but then for some inexplicable reason he decides to trust Pine.
  • suavejmfsuavejmf England
    Posts: 2,635

    I think Turner could play a Daltonesque Bond. That's why I would take him over Hiddleston.

    I enjoyed the night manager and thought Hugh Laurie was good casting. Although

    Spoiler:
    would roper really buy that the polite shy Pine was a hot headed psychopath who viciously killed someone in sleepy cornwall and then did a runner? Also, that he managed to run across him in two remote locations. Thought the ending was clever though

    Turners voice and lack of charisma make him unsuitable.
  • suavejmfsuavejmf England
    Posts: 2,635
    I've now watched 'The Night Manager'. I want DC to stay. But if he has to be replaced I'm sold on Tom Hiddleston. Chraisma, screen presence, good looking, the physique that Fleming described, good at action and the drama, good age, height and has a perfect voice for the role.
  • Posts: 8,472
    Glad most of the comments are positive! I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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