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Yes, would be great to see the ‘Zac Snyder cut’ of QoS. Give it to him to sort it out! 😁
I would also like a recut of the film, but it probably won't happen because Forster is happy with the final edit, and also because the producers don't seem to be into making alternate versions of their films.
Although, as a general principal, I'd prefer it if they went for timeless rather than 'on trend'. After all, safari suits were on trend at one time...
I do so very much love that too about the Bonds. Not only can I pick any "flavor" like exotic, dark, sci-fi-y, Hitchcockian, ... I can also choose between '60s, '70s, '80s, and so on. Some films play in the days when my parents were children, some in the days when I was a child, and soon there will be Bonds that play in the days when my son is a child. This provides the series with a remarkable variety in all sorts of ways. The Bond series is more than the sum of 25 films; it collects reflections on all sorts of historical, cultural, cinematic and other evolutions. The time-capsule aspect of the Bonds is as important to me as its travelogue qualities.
Oh yes. THIS!
Or maybe they want to distance themselves a bit?
When did you've read it?
EON and Barbara Broccoli have made films outside of the Bond universe for a long time.
Nothing to do with not being interested or trying to distance themselves.
I personally found the character of Logan Ash annoying and very slappable. Glad Bond dropped the car on his head. Apart from him I absolutely love NTTD.
I think that shows he was a successful baddie if you wanted Bond to kill him! :)
Which made me realize that they've gone with largely mute hechmen in the film series for a long, long time now. Especially once the hand-to-hand combat starts, they all stop talking. I don't even know who the henchmen in CR are, but I don't think Obanno and his goon say anything to Bond before or during the stairwell fight and Mollaka doesn't talk at all. The less said about Elvis in QoS the better and I don't remember Mitchell saying a whole lot either. Patrice is mute, as are all of Silva's goons. Same for Hinx. And then we have Primo who gets a few lines and Ash who is indeed a bit of a talker and he immediatly stood out. So I'd be very interested in a more expressive henchman who doesn't just go toe to toe with Bond in the fisticuffs, but also in the verbal sparring. Obviously don't go too much in the 80s one-liner direction, but let them talk, for God's sake.
All I am going to say is........................Cubby Broccoli gave Bond 100% of his time, except for Chitty, which was an Ian Fleming project, while Saltzman did other things.
That doesn’t say much, considering that Cubby’s track record wasn’t flawless.
Besides, TILL has five other credited producers, so I don’t think Barbara Broccoli had to put as much focus on that film compared to producing a Bond film.
Yeah, good point about the Craig era henchmen being rather silent (and a bit lacklustre). If I’m honest even Primo doesn’t do anything for me. Ash is a secondary villain but I guess slightly different to a henchman. I guess he’s more a ‘mole’/duplicitous traitor, which seems to have cropped up in later Bond films - Mitchel in QOS, C in SP etc.
I think they can do something different with the next henchman (or indeed henchwoman). I don’t think the film necessarily needs a large, muscled opponent for Bond to go toe to toe with, but they need something about them which poses a threat. Examples which come to mind are Dario from LTK with his knife, and Tee Hee with his metal arm. In both cases the audience are shown what these men can do with these traits, but moreover they are actually given lines and even specific reaction shots which give us a sense of how sadistic they can be (ie. ‘don’t worry, we have her a nice honeymoon’ etc). The closest we got to such a threatening trait in the Craig era was Hinx with his weird eye gouging thing (which, if I’m honest, was a bit lame). Even Primo’s eye, gimmicky as it was, was not a threatening feature, and generally he seemed more of a gun for hire doing his job rather than a sadistic psychopath who enjoys what he does.
Unfortunately, neither is Barbara's track record with Bond. She may be one of many producers on Till but she has also had to spend time on the Broadway play, not to mention keeping track of the Bond reality TV series. There are just so many hours in the day or brain cells you can apply to projects.
If I think of all the other filmmakers whose work I enjoy, I can't imagine being irritated that they've made other films on subject matter I personally have enjoyed less. I love the Indiana Jones films; am I supposed to be annoyed that Spielberg dared to make Saving Private Ryan instead of Indy 4?
And Saltzman was responsible for OHMSS and LALD, while Cubby was responsible for DAF and TMWTGG.