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I can imagine.
The one with the female Inspector Fix? I haven't seen it, but I did read the book and watched the 1956 film and 1989 miniseries, both very enjoyable. As far as screen adaptations go, the 1989 miniseries makes Inspector Fix more likable. Robert Newton was good in the 1956 film, but rather abrasive, so it's nice to have this other take on the role, courtesy of Peter Ustinov. In the miniseries, the romance between Fogg and Aouda is more developed too.
Neither version is entirely faithful to the book, of course, considering, for instance, the balloon in both versions, and the eccentric but ingenious casting choice of Cantinflas as Passepartout in the 1956 film, a character whose name remains the same but who speaks fluent Spanish with a Mexican accent and idioms.
(Incidentally, I love many Cantinflas movies, particularly until the early sixties, though I doubt many English speakers are familiar with his work. Even in Spanish there is a lack of critical analysis of his career. Quite regrettable, especially considering the fascinating change his films underwent through the years, gradually becoming more socially outspoken, replacing subtle satire with blunt moralizing and patronizing, and thus becoming worse overall.)
The 2004 Around the World film also made an unusual choice with Passepartout by casting Jackie Chan. And now the latest miniseries does something similar with a female Fix. Mixing it up in casting seems to have become an accidental tradition for these adaptations!
Yeah it reminded me of Tomorrow Never Dies
Yes - it had some good ideas but I found the humour was missing. I gave up after one episode.
It's fun looking at it as a wild, unofficial fifth Bond film for Brosnan, where he's retired from MI6 and completely burnt out but works for a new agency.
Sort of. It gets very fast paced and has these moments such as Bond taking someone out with a tray, downing shots in between the action sequences etc. It's exactly the sort of stuff you'd get throughout most of PB's tenure.
That said, I've never seen anything quite as horrific in a Brosnan Bond film as when the Spectre agents start to die (honestly, it looks like it could be in a horror film). The concept of the Spectre meeting being a sort of Bunga Bunga party and the set/costumes are more camp than what we got during the Brosnan era (and no, the Brosnan films were not camp, as silly as the later ones could be). So it has a weird mixture of tones, for better or worse.
Look at the wee lad!!
Well, what about Mars Attacks? I love that movie.
What is PB wearing? Oh dear
It wasn't the worst! It's way too dated now and I feel like I would've loved it had I rented it as a kid instead, when it was fresh and the technology wasn't that advanced, but it was fine enough. I think I gave it 2/5 stars - didn't wow me but I loved the characters on display more than anything, really.
It's 50 minutes, so definitely a TV episode. Fun, though - some astoundingly bad clothing choices all round, and some very sleazy dudes getting their comeuppance.
As for Mars Attacks, I saw it recently and was surprised by how enjoyable it was; way more to it than the posters and clips I'd seen had led me to believe.
One of the bits of his biography that always intriguingly stood out to me. I think he said he did it just to get chicks too. What a stud.
I like the characters and I like seeing them get killed off. This film makes it funny.
And I love that first Tom Jones scene.
Where else do you get to enjoy Tom Jones not only singing but fighting aliens too?
@Agent_99, I'll be checking out Carpathian Eagle later tonight! I figure it's over 50 minutes and it's available to log on Letterboxd so I'll skirt my criteria for once and consider it a "TV movie" instead so I can check it out. Hopefully he appears longer or more fruitfully than that blink-and-you'll-miss-it bit in the horrible The Mirror Crack'd.
He does it in a Remington Steele episode, along with some trapeze stuff!
Enjoy! It's a short appearance but he does get actual lines.
He did some fire eating when he guest hosted Muppets Tonight.
- Hello there. Do you know where I can find the, uhh..., the park swings?
- Get lost, mate.
That's an improvement on his actual line, which is "Look, I fancy you, you fancy me, let's not mess about."
(Which reads like 'James Bond but honest' now I come to think of it.)