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As in The Manchurian Candidate. :)
Would have been awesome.
I'd like to think they would take that kind of risk now. Knowing that they can always recast and reboot the series and audiences will come back.
lol I do have to admit though, the whole time I was waiting for Lazenby to lose the 'stache. I kept thinking 'Oh Bond is undercover and will lose it once he hunts Scaramanga' but it never happened. Not your fault since Lazenby himself had one during that time. It does beg the question: would the public have accepted Bond with a mustache? Considering lots of people had them back then sure-- but I doubt it would have aged well.
In the novel. :D
I think it would have been a very different movie, porentially a lot better, even though there are pArts of DAF I quite enjoy
Add American John Gavin as Bond in DAF and the franchise dies sooner.
I am convinced that if Lazenby had done DAF that DAF would have been much better.
Connery was just wrong for that movie and consider this: With Lazenby they would have done DAF as a full fledged revenge story!! DAF might have even been the best Bond ever who knows.
And who knows if Lazenby would not even have been more popular than Connery at one point, he just never got a chance (which he caused himself of course stepping away).
Imagine Connery stepping away from the role after Dr. No! Would we even seriously consider him to be the best Bond actor. He undoubtably would be ranked No 6 now.
However if we had the humorous DAF as it was released, just swapped with Lazenby, of course it would have not only been stupid but a total headscratcher!
'WTF is wrong with Bond, his wife just died!!'
At least with Connery coming back it helps the audience forget what happened at the end of OHMSS. Sort of like a sequel to YOLT instead of OHMSS
I think DAF isn't a sequel to anything. It's Picker and co demanding a radical departure from OHMSS, a film they deemed an abomination because it did(n't) make (enough) money. Had Majesty's done TB money, they'd be all over Lazenby. I recall plans to have the villain be Goldfinger's brother. It's obvious what they wanted. Financial success. I mean, Goldfinger's brother? Now THAT would have abominable. But the creative process was never an issue, now was it? No, money! UA wanted money. Then more money.
And then more.
OHMSS made money. Let it be said that this film was not a bomb, merely a failure compared to the hopes and desires of UA. But @RC7 said it: Hunt 'got' Bond. And just see where OHMSS is positioned on many a modern Bond fan's score card today: way above DAF. Majesty's is still going strong. DAF requires silly souls like myself defending it and its outrageousness or else it would be buried into either oblivion or total hatred. But while I like DAF like a one-night-stand, I love OHMSS like a wife.