Recently, there've been news about a Japanese theatre company named Takarazuka Revue
which is adapting 'Casino Royale'
to a play, with Japanese actress Sukuho Makaze as Bond
It’s 1968 and the world is in the grip of the Cold War centered on the United States and the Soviet Union. In Paris, anti-establishment protests known as “May 1968” break out, mainly among students and workers. After they are suppressed, the radicals merge into an underground organization that calls itself “The Red Army League.”
At MI6, the pinnacle of British Secret Intelligence Service, secret agent James Bond, code name “007,” receives an order to neutralize a Soviet spy known as Le Chiffre. Le Chiffre was forced into a corner during May 1968 after spending funds sent by the Soviet organization to The Red Army League, and now he plans to recover a fortune at a casino. Bond’s mission is to use his gambling skills to beat him and cut off his source of funds, and then to take him alive and force him to divulge any information he possesses. Bond, disguised as a Jamaican millionaire, arrives at “Casino Royale” in a hotel at the Royale-les-Eaux on the Atlantic coast of France. Meanwhile, the mourning Romanov family have gathered at the hotel and are fighting over who will become the next patriarch. Delphine, one of the descendants, is a graduate student at the Sorbonne and is the girlfriend of Michel, a radical student who escaped to The Red Army League. When Le Chiffre loses to Bond at the gambling table, he decides to target Delphine’s inheritance, just as she is about to begin a relationship with Bond.
All of these covert plots and schemes play out in a glamorous casino. With CIA agents, French intelligence officers, and Soviet spies joining the scene as well, Bond faces a series of crises in his path…
Don't miss this gorgeous and romantic musical epic starring the cool and suave Suzuho Makaze in the role of James Bond as only Takarazuka Revue can create.
Their Bond has really good hair, I'll say that. I do wonder if they're going for the 50s, the 60s, or present day.
I checked out a Japanese site and got this translated description @TheSkyfallen06.
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A modern reversal of male-dominated kabuki theater. Those b*stards.
I love that Australian Book Club edition cover of Colonel Sun. Still not tracked down a copy of that one unfortunately though I have it in my sights. I always thought it was some sort of Devil's mask a bit like the one used in the titles for Tales of the Unexpected but perhaps it has some link to Chinese or Japanese theatre instead?
The Hannya mask can be red or white, representing a vengeful female demon of all things. Hopefully we're still at least a little on topic.
Update: another contender, very similar to the Ondeko/Oni-daiko mask, demon character from Sado Island, Japan.
Or stick to Fleming, still it calls attention to something missing if I can say it that way.
But I admit up front I'm biased. I'd have problems with an all-male production.
But may not be well received in Florida and similar states where dressing up as the opposite sex is frowned upon.
In that case I hope they never find out about Shakespearean productions of the past. They would go out of their tiny minds.
I imagine then that 2035 is going to be interesting when public domain happens on a larger scale, given what happened with Sherlock Holmes.
(And which I say still remembering the Moonraker novel based fan film he tried to make half a lifetime ago almost that would suddenly be a viable thing to do again.)
By then most writing will be done by AI or James Patterson.
But here's the thing. The originals, flaws and all, will still be the best.
The short story.
Even the Craig film created an entirely new cast of card players, rather than base them off those already written by Fleming.
Though it appears they’ll take a lot of liberties, given that Vesper is not featured as the main Bond girl but rather lumped with the supporting cast. I think they want to have this musical end with Bond hand in hand with another lady rather than have a down note ending with Vesper’s suicide.
Yes, that's true of the Bond films. Even when it's seen as a faithful adaptation there are still surprises (Mathis being presented as a traitor for one) and changes made - that is what it is to adapt. Still, with this Japanese play I got the impression they were sticking to the novel more. I suppose when one heard that the cast would be entirely of Japanese women it should've been a good enough sign that this would be something quite different in nature from the original novel.
Still, I hope they stick to the broad outline of the original story and don't chicken out on the ending. Imagine the film version of OHMSS ending with Bond going on his honeymoon and Tracy surviving. It wouldn't quite have the same punch. The same is true of the ending of Casino Royale in my opinion.
I dunno how copyright laws work for Japan, but I’m assuming CR is public domain there so that was the only way they could make a musical by adapting that? I think it’s safe to say the torture scene will either be depicted very differently or eliminated entirely.