Non Fleming books adapted into movies- your choices!

MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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Sorry if this has been done before. I was wondering what everyone's choices would be for non Fleming books that should be adapted for the next movies. EON has been mostly miss in terms of original screenplays, and I feel that some of the books would be better as movies. My top pick would be Carte Blanche. It has a great starting point for a new 007 actor. It can bring a lot of characters that deserve more screen time. It would great to see Felix Leiter get in on part of an actual action scene. It also would be nice to see Mary Goodnight get a cinematic redemption, as she is a important character in Ian Fleming's books. After The Man With The Golden Gun, she's earned another shot in the movies, better written and portrayed. Lastly it's time for May to be introduced into the movies. Even for a short scene, she can help Bond feel safe and give advice. I know it's not the best book, but I feel that this would be the one that I would make. Let me know what Non-Fleming books you want as movies!

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  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CA
    edited June 12 Posts: 23,072
    The general consensus around here is that COLONEL SUN is the obvious choice. Some of the other continuation authors have their backers, but many (most?) of us seem uninterested in going in that direction. I'm sure others would like to speak for themselves, but that is the general landscape as I see it.

    Personally, aside from CS, I haven't come across any that would interest me. The Fleming treatments that the Horowitz books are based upon are a no-brainer, I would think. If that meant having to take the plots of his novels, so long as the Fleming contributions were still up on the screen, I guess I'd go for that.
  • WalecsWalecs On Her Majesty's Secret Service
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    Agreed about Colonel Sun, though I'd be actually interested in a period piece TV show faithfully adapting all Fleming books (perhaps Trigger Mortis too) and having Colonel Sun as the final episode.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    I know that Colonel Sun is the favorite for a lot of people. However, it's three big plot points have been taken in recent movies. M is kidnapped in The World is Not Enough. Colonel Sun was the original villain's name in Die Another Day. Lastly the touture scene is used word for word in Spectre. If EON wants to make it into a movie, they need to do it fast.
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    I think bits of Trigger Mortis would work really well. F1 is a bit too flashy now imo but some sort of racing setting would be cool (@patb wrote a great script with a bit at Le Mans). I think the whole Japanese playing card (can't remember what they were called, sorry) gimmick the bad guy had was interesting too. And I'm genuinely surprised that after so many years of books, films, games, etc full of elaborate death trap situations, it took so long for someone to have Bond being buried alive. I think that bit would bd cool to see in a future film.
    MaxCasino wrote: »
    I know that Colonel Sun is the favorite for a lot of people. However, it's three big plot points have been taken in recent movies. M is kidnapped in The World is Not Enough. Colonel Sun was the original villain's name in Die Another Day. Lastly the touture scene is used word for word in Spectre. If EON wants to make it into a movie, they need to do it fast.

    That's my issue too. I liked Colonel Sun but they've nicked from it so much now that a direct adaptation would feel pointless. Do we really need to see M kidnapped again? I'd prefer a story that doesn't involve M or anyone else at MI6 outside of the briefing/London scenes.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
    Posts: 105
    I would also like to see Trigger Mortis be adapted. I feel that it could be modernized, but I wouldn't mind it as long as Pussy Galore comes back! I would also like Never Dream of Dying or Devil May Care, as I feel that Rene Mathis deserves cinematic redemption.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CA
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    Mathis was great in the two EON films he was in, why does that need any "redemption "?
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    Make him a more straight forward ally, none of this "is he evil or not" stuff. He's a flat out ally in the books, portray him this way!
  • edited June 13 Posts: 3,496
    I think one of the issues with Bond now is finding backdrops and locations with real class. Life in general is so dumbed down and corporate that locations that match the classic values of the man himself are in short supply. Once you find those venues/events, then Bond just works as he is in great surroundings

    @thelivingroyale Thanks for the comment. Le Mans is a perfect location and, in the re-write, Bond meets M at Lords.

    Wimbledon tennis would also be a great venue IMHO and perhaps Ascot? Goodwood would alos be perfect (the House, motor racing and hourse racing). The Temprate glass house at Kew Gardens would also be great for a set piece.

    In contrast, F1 at Silverstone is just crass re Bond and some horse racing has gone down hill with pop concerts and fights breaking out etc.

    Bond needs to link up with the "best of British" and there is still much to be tapped into. (Centrepoint not on my list)

    PS Shuttleworth House (with its collection of classic 1930s aircraft) would also be great. (A taste of John Buchan)

    PPS many of these locations also have real history behind them and , therefore, can partly deal with the issue of Bond looking too modern. On the basis that a "Bond in the 60s" will never be made, putting him into historic locations gives the movie a classic feel.

  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
    Posts: 105
    How about using Roger Moore's books on his life to make an overall movie? He would be fun for any actor to play. Also, he lived an interesting life, a story worth telling.
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe S.A.R.A.H.
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    Honestly, I have enjoyed some of the post-Fleming books more than some of the actual Fleming books. For example, I don't like GF or DAF, but, I do like LR, FSS, IC, ROH, and HTTK. I posted a ranking of the books a few years ago, my top 5 were all Fleming books, after that it was a free for all.
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