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You're kidding, right? Benicio Del Toro, bloody awful? Robert Davi too? What the heck, let's recast Desmond L. as Q while we're at it...
If we've got to have a Professor Joe then fine, Wayne Newton can keep his job, bless his heart. But Everett McGill as Killifer doesn't get to keep the money, he didn't earn it...
.... Yes, everyone is bloody awful in it.
That's a GREAT post and exactly how I felt back then. LTK was released the summer before I started high school. I had read all the Fleming books the previous summer and a few of the Gardners and to me, Tim was truly attempting to represent the man in the pages. By the time my sophomore year finished and there wasn't a new film out it had been quite disappointing. I did keep myself Dalton entertained with The Rocketeer that summer. Set in the 30s he looked great! I kept think when Bond 17 comes around- keep THAT haircut for Tim.
Still during that period in life other interests, skills, coming of age events occur and Bond takes a back seat. There were new digitally remastered VHS releases of the Bonds out in 1992, so it was kind of fun re dipping in those, but not much else happening.
I must say I probably watched the CBS/Fox VHS edition of LTK at least a hundred times during that time, though. If I were to remove anything from that film, I suppose the Sanchez interrogation could have been re shot or a different take used.
Actually, I may be one of the few here with this opinion, but I prefer the US theatrical version to the extended edition that's currently available. The shot of Leiter's stump isn't really necessary, and the scene is intense as is. Krest's head exploding to me works better when the cut is made as it's expanding. In the uncut version it looks like a dodgy effect.
To me, the one scene in LTK that has always stood out as unnecessary is Pam's plane being dismantled. It doesn't make much sense and doesn't go anywhere, either.
I also think Bond and Pam sleeping together on the boat should have been cut. It seems to contradict Pam's hard-to-get act later and pops the balloon on their sexual tension too early.
Its to set up that she needs to nick the cropduster which proves crucial in the final chase.
There is no tension in TB precisely because the bombs are never even armed.
How do you make a film where the villain's scheme is to hold the world to ransom with nuclear bombs yet never have the bomb even counting down?
Well, I like that line, too. It works well. Same with the smooching. I just mean the final shot of the scene where Bond and Pam lower down into the boat to bump uglies. Too much, too soon.
And whilst I'm at it bump uglies what a disgusting turn of phrase that is
Am I correct in thinking that you are ok with the scene on the ferris wheel in TLD featuring you alter ego (and my favourite bond girl ).
That's just one thing (I've buried LTK in a few other threads here). Despite that, the things LTK does well are enjoyable.
No, seriously. SF suffered from little that should go. The two main things certainly are the obviously badly done CGI in various places and especially the stupid flashlight incident.
In all 24 movies you'll find something that could go. But in the classic era (up to LTK) I don't really want to miss out of them.
The Beach song in AVTAK? The double take Pigeon? The obvious back projection in GF? The sped up sequence in TB?
For me they belong to those movies.
GE to SP is another matter. When CGI became popular and wasn't too expensive anymore, filmmakers became lazy.
DAD is testament to that. The CGI tsunami surf scene? That's certainly the low point in the whole franchise. Not to say the only real low point.
Sure, the Komodo Dragons are CGI but at least, even when everybody knows it's fake, looks real enough.
As for singular characters being cut out of a movie like Professor Joe Butcher that's utter nonsense. They belong to the film, and yes some may dislike this or that character but that's no reason to omit a character entirely, no, not even horrendous Silva :))
I love LTK. If anything I would add in more scenes. Bond in the hotel room, extended shark scene. I would make it more brutal. As for Talisa Soto, she is the sexiest Bond girl in the entire series, so I won't criticise her in anyway either. The fact that the producers were scared of the PG-13 (15 in the UK) is the reason the film isn't as effective as it could be. My only criticism is that I would smarten up Bond a tad.....he's a bit too casual in this outing (he also requires a nice rental car)!