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Absolutely. We indeed were robbed
Not me. The doldrum years imo!
I can understand you'd prefer a world with more Dalton but the Franchise did well without further installments of this this never happened to the other fella, as a certain Aussi said. ;)
The 90's could have belonged to T-Dalts.
Could have got another 7 films out of him in 1991,93,95,97,99,01,03.
Or 5 from 1995.
Love Dalton but I could never give up Brozza. I think four films would've been perfect for him. And Dalton had no interest in being the longest serving Bond anyway.
Looking at it a different way, it's possible that Dalton & Brosnan fans could have what they wanted. Dalton could have done another two or three post LTK, then Brosnan takes over for either '95 or '97. I can't imagine Dalton making more than five anyway, four is the best number, even back when they were able to crank 'em out on a two year cycle.
.The Property of a Lady 1991 - based on the Bond 17 treatment but without the cyborg and stealth car. Dalton's biggest movie. Tone of LTK with the scale of TSWLM.
.Risico 1993 - very grounded, glamorous, classy European spy movie. Reminiscent of FRWL/OHMSS.
.Everything Or Nothing 2004 - epic film but with a much darker tone like Brosnan wanted. Basically the look of DAD with the tone of CR.
But, to say LTK is worth the Brosnan films all? The movie is full of cheap assets and terrible actors that make Denise Richards look like a thespian. I watched the film last night and couldn’t help but cringe at most of what came and went. It was an overglorified television movie that seemed like a Miami Vice spinoff. It’s enjoyable, but nowhere near to hold a candle for either of the Brosnan films. If it wasn’t for Robert Davi, I don’t think the film would be regarded with a high value, these days.
I like it. Though in my dream timeline, I have Dalton stay on as Bond until 1998, with James Purefoy taking over in 2000. TLD was the last spy thriller of the series, so Dalton making another spy thriller Bond, pleases this fan.
As much as I love Dalton and would have killed for more films with him, I don't think he would have been as successful as Brosnan. I think people forget how popular he actually was at the time.
As a Dalton and Brosnan fan, that sounds perfect, although I'd add one more Dalton film in 1985 in place of AVTAK (keep Walken and the score though).
Pity that it never came to fruiton.
Does anyone know how much we can blame Mcclory and how much of it was just due to them not getting things together/settling on the direction to take it? Because I always thought it was the court case stopping them but they seemed to go through a bunch of treatments in that time, it seems like they were trying to get the next one off the ground as that stuff was going on.
It had nothing to do with Kevin McClory; the lawsuits with him came later (in the late 1990s).
The legal wrangling that caused the gap between Dalton's and Brosnan's eras involved Pathe Communications (and its head, Giancarlo Parretti), the merger of Pathe/MGM and television rights to the Bond films. You can read all about it here:
Another factor in the delay had to do with a change in regime at MGM/United Artists. John Calley came onboard as MGM/UA President and hired Jeff Kleeman as his VP. They didn't want to use Dalton and Michael France's draft of GOLDENEYE (which was written for Dalton), and they worked with EON to rethink the direction of the series.
Cheers for this. I'll give that a read in the morning.
Hopefully one day we can read that entire script.
I think that the business factor greatly influenced for fear that Dalton would not work at the box office from 1993 until the end of the 90s. I don't think that it would have been a commercial failure.
I loved Dalton in 1992's Framed with Penelope Cruz, though I did feel he needed a shorter haircut for playing Bond. One thing I didn't like about him in LTK was his long, poncy locks. This is how he looked in 1992.
His six year contract had expired so he was free to do so.
I've never seen anything to confirm that he walked away because of France's script. That sounds like something fabricated by the fans.
In reality, here's how it went down:
1. Dalton was keen on doing one more Bond film, which would have been GOLDENEYE. The problem is, Cubby Broccoli wanted him to sign a multi-film contract. Dalton refused.
2. MGM/UA did not want to proceed with Dalton in the lead. Calley and Kleeman convinced EON to go with a new actor.