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I understood it was because it was too long to fit the standard 2 hour slot so they chopped it up and replayed bits to make it fit two 2 hour slots on consecutive nights. Has this ever been done to any other film in history?
I'd also be interested to know what the copyright position is here. I would say re-editing and adding an additional soundtrack to a film rather than just cutting sex and violence scenes has to be a breach somewhere along the line. EON should be suing ABC. Presumably they signed something at the time though.
And just for the absolute completists does anyone know who the guy voicing Bond is? Just to add to Bob Holness, Barry Nelson and Toby Stephens as people who have 'played' Jaes Bond at some point.
Sounds like ABC was trying to give OHMSS a kind of "miniseries" feel.
MI6 gives this mess a good look though.
Thanks for the YouTube link. I hope soon someone at ABC tells us what this happened the way it did.
You took the words right out of my mouth.
I Love how it says edited by John Glen not Ruined by some fool at ABC!!
To promote ABCs coverage of the Winter Olympics!!!!!!!
Of course, the OHMSS showing on ABC was done on a much grander scale and ABC gave no warning it was doing such a revamp. It was billed as the movie you saw in the theater (with the normal TV trims for language, etc.).
I don't think ABC know what the hell went on back then, It's like it was edited by a child!
I find it very painful to watch. Such a great movie ruined for TV viewers at the time.
Thanks for visiting "Dr. Shatterhand's Botanical Garden". My website has been up for nearly 14 years with articles on many things Bond. I was 16 when OHMSS came on American TV for the first time in 1976 and I was 9 when it first was shown at the theaters. Yes, I'm an old fan. I recently uploaded the 're-edited' version to YouTube, so please take full advantage of it before they decide that it should be taken down. It is there only for historical purposes and no money is being made from that account.
As for the Moonraker fan film, there is a link to watch that film too at the end of the article. It runs approximately 37 minutes.
I really enjoyed this article about the first time you saw YOLT:
Thanks for the information! Your site is great, I was really intrigued by the depth of your 007 knowledge, that was really impressing! I especially enjoyed that article on ABC and their censorship, it was outstanding. Keep up the good work!
Interesting that in the ABC promo they more or less say: "007 is back with Diana Rigg and Telly Savalas!" and no mention of Laz. Good to see the original 1969 UA studio credit with the blue Transamerica corporation trademark.
Here's a trailer for the 1976 ABC cut:
Indeed. Or that MI6 lives in fear of EONs lawyers.
Anyone remember a certain Nikki Van Der Zyl thread?
In a case like this, where a popular film subject to expensive international television deals has been uploaded in its entirety (albeit in a weird version), they would certainly opt to have it removed.
*that's why, incidentally, you see a lot of older Youtube videos that have their image reversed or that have been re-scored - it was an old trick to bypass the algorithm.
Underappreciated and after 25 plus years it is finally being seen as one of the all time great Bond films.
Entertainment Weekly ranked it 6th best
Mi6 magazine survery placed it 4th best