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(Onion AV Club)   MGM learns to never say never again, wins the rights to bring SPECTRE and Blofeld back into the James Bond universe   (avclub.com) divider line 76
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2013-11-16 12:52:27 PM
Sure, but since he died it will have to be for your eyes only, subby.
 
2013-11-16 02:47:48 PM
I'm pretty sure Austin Powers killed any chance of SPECTRE being re-introduced into any future James Bond movies. That's why we have semi-realistic James Bond, but even Skyfall seemed like it was a few winks away from being a James Bond parody movie.
 
2013-11-16 03:01:20 PM

Weatherkiss: I'm pretty sure Austin Powers killed any chance of SPECTRE being re-introduced into any future James Bond movies. That's why we have semi-realistic James Bond, but even Skyfall seemed like it was a few winks away from being a James Bond parody movie.


It was a parody of itself from the beginning.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casino_Royale_(1967_film)
 
2013-11-16 03:02:57 PM
How bout you close up the Quantum storyline you spent 2 movies building first?
 
2013-11-16 03:07:50 PM
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2013-11-16 03:11:02 PM

Lunchlady: How bout you close up the Quantum storyline you spent 2 movies building first?


Duh, obviously the big bad group of baddies turns out to be SPECTRE
 
2013-11-16 03:12:45 PM

Weatherkiss: I'm pretty sure Austin Powers killed any chance of SPECTRE being re-introduced into any future James Bond movies. That's why we have semi-realistic James Bond, but even Skyfall seemed like it was a few winks away from being a James Bond parody movie.


I watched Thunderball in September for the first time in years.  I didn't realize how much of Austin Powers was lifted from that particular movie.
 
2013-11-16 03:19:29 PM

Lunchlady: How bout you close up the Quantum storyline you spent 2 movies building first?


I think SPECTRE and Blofeld would helop close this.

Okay, floor's open. Who for the Blofeld reboot? Cranston? Tennant?
 
2013-11-16 03:22:54 PM

GRCooper: Lunchlady: How bout you close up the Quantum storyline you spent 2 movies building first?

Duh, obviously the big bad group of baddies turns out to be SPECTRE


Quantum was supposed to be an allegory for SPECTRE, since they couldn't actually use SPECTRE.
 
2013-11-16 03:23:29 PM
Now all they have to do is stop making shiat movies.

/skyfall sucked
 
2013-11-16 03:34:02 PM

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She'd make my pants feel funny, if I hadn't already taken them off at the mention of her name.
 
2013-11-16 03:35:36 PM

OtherLittleGuy: Lunchlady: How bout you close up the Quantum storyline you spent 2 movies building first?

I think SPECTRE and Blofeld would helop close this.

Okay, floor's open. Who for the Blofeld reboot? Cranston? Tennant?


Cranston = too obvious
Tennant = too tall, quirky, and young
Brian Blessed = too old

You need someone with some gravitas.  Jean Reno might actually be a good choice.
 
2013-11-16 03:35:39 PM
Parody level 9000: Heads of the Quantum/SPECTRE table are Connery, Moore, Dalton, Brosnan, with Mike Myers as the butler
 
2013-11-16 03:37:32 PM

Weatherkiss: GRCooper: Lunchlady: How bout you close up the Quantum storyline you spent 2 movies building first?

Duh, obviously the big bad group of baddies turns out to be SPECTRE

Quantum was supposed to be an allegory for SPECTRE, since they couldn't actually use SPECTRE.


The head of Quantum turns out to be one of the board members of the umbrella organization, spectre. Done.
 
2013-11-16 03:49:33 PM

Ghost Roach: Parody level 9000: Heads of the Quantum/SPECTRE table are Connery, Moore, Dalton, Brosnan, with Mike Myers as the butler


Ballsy and hilarious.  They'd never do it but it's actually a cute idea
 
2013-11-16 03:58:37 PM
I have no patience with someone who whines about Never Say Never Again not being an 'official' Bond movie.

Get a life.
 
2013-11-16 04:00:00 PM

RottNDude: Now all they have to do is stop making shiat movies.

/skyfall sucked


Stop it.
 
2013-11-16 04:03:28 PM

John Buck 41: I have no patience with someone who whines about Never Say Never Again not being an 'official' Bond movie.

Get a life.


Wasn't it just pretty much Thunderball redux, though, but with Kim Basinger?

What they need is a time machine to kidnap a young Max von Sydow and have him reprise that role.
 
2013-11-16 04:04:01 PM

John Buck 41: RottNDude: Now all they have to do is stop making shiat movies.

/skyfall sucked

Stop it.


Skyfall was like finding a piece of dog shiat with a lot of confetti stuck to it.

Super pretty on the surface but just a little digging reveals a mound a shiat.
 
2013-11-16 04:04:53 PM
If they try to make Blofeld a gritty, tragic figure I will be very disappointed.  Either Blofeld is chewing the scenery in every scene he's in or he's not Blofeld.
 
2013-11-16 04:06:59 PM

John Buck 41: I have no patience with someone who whines about Never Say Never Again not being an 'official' Bond movie.

Get a life.


Come on, they couldn't even use the theme song. OR Q. And Connery had more makeup than Lady Gaga.
 
2013-11-16 04:08:32 PM

FrancoFile: OtherLittleGuy: Lunchlady: How bout you close up the Quantum storyline you spent 2 movies building first?

I think SPECTRE and Blofeld would helop close this.

Okay, floor's open. Who for the Blofeld reboot? Cranston? Tennant?

Cranston = too obvious
Tennant = too tall, quirky, and young
Brian Blessed = too old

You need someone with some gravitas.  Jean Reno might actually be a good choice.


I actually think Javier Bardem, Mads Mikkelsen, and Jeffrey Wright would all make great Blofelds if they hadn't already been in previous Daniel Craig films.

Depending on where they want to go with it, Richard Armitage might not be a bad choice or Andrew Scott, though that might hew a little too closely to his Moriarty role in Sherlock.

Then again, if you thought Tennant was too young, none of those guys would work either.
 
2013-11-16 04:08:50 PM

Lunchlady: John Buck 41: RottNDude: Now all they have to do is stop making shiat movies.

/skyfall sucked

Stop it.

Skyfall was like finding a piece of dog shiat with a lot of confetti stuck to it.

Super pretty on the surface but just a little digging reveals a mound a shiat.


From Wikipedia-----Skyfall has earned $1.1 billion worldwide,[7] and is the highest-grossing film worldwide for Sony Pictures,[104] the second-highest-grossing film of 2012,[105] and the eighth-highest-grossing film of all time.

So you're saying lots of people like watching mounds of shiat?
 
2013-11-16 04:10:16 PM

Mugato: John Buck 41: I have no patience with someone who whines about Never Say Never Again not being an 'official' Bond movie.

Get a life.

Come on, they couldn't even use the theme song. OR Q. And Connery had more makeup than Lady Gaga.


I have you fav'd as '007 fan' but I guess we'll have to disagree on this one.

Cheers.
 
2013-11-16 04:12:08 PM

John Buck 41: Lunchlady: John Buck 41: RottNDude: Now all they have to do is stop making shiat movies.

/skyfall sucked

Stop it.

Skyfall was like finding a piece of dog shiat with a lot of confetti stuck to it.

Super pretty on the surface but just a little digging reveals a mound a shiat.

From Wikipedia-----Skyfall has earned $1.1 billion worldwide,[7] and is the highest-grossing film worldwide for Sony Pictures,[104] the second-highest-grossing film of 2012,[105] and the eighth-highest-grossing film of all time.

So you're saying lots of people like watching mounds of shiat?


I have a two-word rebuttal to that argument:

Transformers Franchise
 
2013-11-16 04:12:47 PM

rugman11: FrancoFile: OtherLittleGuy: Lunchlady: How bout you close up the Quantum storyline you spent 2 movies building first?

I think SPECTRE and Blofeld would helop close this.

Okay, floor's open. Who for the Blofeld reboot? Cranston? Tennant?

Cranston = too obvious
Tennant = too tall, quirky, and young
Brian Blessed = too old

You need someone with some gravitas.  Jean Reno might actually be a good choice.

I actually think Javier Bardem, Mads Mikkelsen, and Jeffrey Wright would all make great Blofelds if they hadn't already been in previous Daniel Craig films.

Depending on where they want to go with it, Richard Armitage might not be a bad choice or Andrew Scott, though that might hew a little too closely to his Moriarty role in Sherlock.

Then again, if you thought Tennant was too young, none of those guys would work either.


Nah, Bardem could work.  Tennant looks and acts younger than his actual calendar age. Scott is definitely too young.

Blofeld isn't an independent wunderkind evil mastermind - he's the guy who's climbed the ladder of a long-standing criminal organization.
 
2013-11-16 04:15:03 PM
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2013-11-16 04:22:21 PM

FrancoFile: rugman11: FrancoFile: OtherLittleGuy: Lunchlady: How bout you close up the Quantum storyline you spent 2 movies building first?

I think SPECTRE and Blofeld would helop close this.

Okay, floor's open. Who for the Blofeld reboot? Cranston? Tennant?

Cranston = too obvious
Tennant = too tall, quirky, and young
Brian Blessed = too old

You need someone with some gravitas.  Jean Reno might actually be a good choice.

I actually think Javier Bardem, Mads Mikkelsen, and Jeffrey Wright would all make great Blofelds if they hadn't already been in previous Daniel Craig films.

Depending on where they want to go with it, Richard Armitage might not be a bad choice or Andrew Scott, though that might hew a little too closely to his Moriarty role in Sherlock.

Then again, if you thought Tennant was too young, none of those guys would work either.

Nah, Bardem could work.  Tennant looks and acts younger than his actual calendar age. Scott is definitely too young.

Blofeld isn't an independent wunderkind evil mastermind - he's the guy who's climbed the ladder of a long-standing criminal organization.


So, really, we're looking for a politician.  Somebody who could just as easily play the President?  How about William Hurt?
 
2013-11-16 04:26:08 PM

Richard Roma: If they try to make Blofeld a gritty, tragic figure I will be very disappointed.  Either Blofeld is chewing the scenery in every scene he's in or he's not Blofeld.


Well stated. Ernst Stavro Blofeld is from a glorious bygone era and that's where he should stay. If anything, Broccoli and company should come up with a nemesis whose ruthlessness and implacability would prove more than a match for Craig's Bond.
 
2013-11-16 04:47:29 PM
...The writers hinted during an pre-production interview for Skyfall that they were open to doing "classic" Bond, and even Craig himself said he wouldn't be averse to "going back to the lasers and space stations".   Thunderball would be a perfect story for an updated Bond, as it was - from a technical standpoint - quite possible.   From Russia With Love and Goldfinger wouldn't be bad either.
 
2013-11-16 04:54:12 PM

John Buck 41: Lunchlady: John Buck 41: RottNDude: Now all they have to do is stop making shiat movies.

/skyfall sucked

Stop it.

Skyfall was like finding a piece of dog shiat with a lot of confetti stuck to it.

Super pretty on the surface but just a little digging reveals a mound a shiat.

From Wikipedia-----Skyfall has earned $1.1 billion worldwide,[7] and is the highest-grossing film worldwide for Sony Pictures,[104] the second-highest-grossing film of 2012,[105] and the eighth-highest-grossing film of all time.

So you're saying lots of people like watching mounds of shiat?


I loved Casino Royale with Craig and I just watched Skyfall for the first time on Netflix. It sucked.
The first hour was dull, Javier Bardem looked like he was trying to pull a Heath Ledger and failing, and honestly, it felt like Bond was not actually doing anything.

My 2 cents.
 
2013-11-16 05:01:08 PM

John Buck 41: Lunchlady: John Buck 41: RottNDude: Now all they have to do is stop making shiat movies.

/skyfall sucked

Stop it.

Skyfall was like finding a piece of dog shiat with a lot of confetti stuck to it.

Super pretty on the surface but just a little digging reveals a mound a shiat.

From Wikipedia-----Skyfall has earned $1.1 billion worldwide,[7] and is the highest-grossing film worldwide for Sony Pictures,[104] the second-highest-grossing film of 2012,[105] and the eighth-highest-grossing film of all time.

So you're saying lots of people like watching mounds of shiat?


Now come on, John. Are you really using the success = quality argument? You can do better than that. If you disagree, argue the merits of the movie. Demonstrate why its good.
 
2013-11-16 05:04:02 PM
I know he's "retired" but don't you think a truck load of money would make Connery be the PERFECT Blofeld?
 
2013-11-16 05:13:05 PM

buntz: I know he's "retired" but don't you think a truck load of money would make Connery be the PERFECT Blofeld?


I've said that for years. It's too bad that after Entrapment Connery had the absolute worst record choosing roles and probably got turned off to the industry.

Tom Hanks has said for years he would do anything to be in a Bond movie. I could see him being good, maybe not as a Blofeld though.
 
2013-11-16 05:14:15 PM

AtlanticCoast63: ...The writers hinted during an pre-production interview for Skyfall that they were open to doing "classic" Bond, and even Craig himself said he wouldn't be averse to "going back to the lasers and space stations".   Thunderball would be a perfect story for an updated Bond, as it was - from a technical standpoint - quite possible.   From Russia With Love and Goldfinger wouldn't be bad either.


I think Tomorrow Never Dies could stand a gritty reboot. Maybe make the villain an internet media mogul. I know this Curtis guy who'll work for beer.
 
2013-11-16 05:14:29 PM

buntz: I know he's "retired" but don't you think a truck load of money would make Connery be the PERFECT Blofeld?


He already tried that role once. The film was a gigantic steaming pile, and was the principal reason he retired.

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/Connery turned down the role of Gandalf for this
 
2013-11-16 05:16:40 PM
Got it.


Ben Kingsley
 
2013-11-16 05:17:27 PM
I want more Geoffrey Holder.

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2013-11-16 05:29:23 PM
how about Mark Strong as a brooding, evil Blofeld or Gary Oldman as a scene chewing Blofeld?
 
2013-11-16 05:35:38 PM

rugman11: FrancoFile: OtherLittleGuy: Lunchlady: How bout you close up the Quantum storyline you spent 2 movies building first?

I think SPECTRE and Blofeld would helop close this.

Okay, floor's open. Who for the Blofeld reboot? Cranston? Tennant?

Cranston = too obvious
Tennant = too tall, quirky, and young
Brian Blessed = too old

You need someone with some gravitas.  Jean Reno might actually be a good choice.

I actually think Javier Bardem, Mads Mikkelsen, and Jeffrey Wright would all make great Blofelds if they hadn't already been in previous Daniel Craig films.

Depending on where they want to go with it, Richard Armitage might not be a bad choice or Andrew Scott, though that might hew a little too closely to his Moriarty role in Sherlock.

Then again, if you thought Tennant was too young, none of those guys would work either.


Christopher Eccleston. He seems to be comfortable playing bad guys.
 
2013-11-16 05:42:05 PM

MFAWG: Weatherkiss: I'm pretty sure Austin Powers killed any chance of SPECTRE being re-introduced into any future James Bond movies. That's why we have semi-realistic James Bond, but even Skyfall seemed like it was a few winks away from being a James Bond parody movie.

It was a parody of itself from the beginning.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casino_Royale_(1967_film)


Er, no.  The parody Casino Royale (the second version) was released the same year as OHMSS; Dr No opened in 1962, and the series was a huge international success by the point that
 
2013-11-16 05:57:40 PM

John Buck 41: I have no patience with someone who whines about Never Say Never Again not being an 'official' Bond movie.

Get a life.


Sure, it's official. It's officially the worst Bond film ever next to Die Another Day.

Rowan Atkinson, dude. LOOK IT UP!
 
2013-11-16 06:09:24 PM

John Buck 41: I have no patience with someone who whines about Never Say Never Again not being an 'official' Bond movie.



I didn't see anyone doing that here, but it's not; it's a legally-allowed remake of Moonraker.   It's a movie to settle a lawsuit and a huge paycheck for Sean Connery.
 
2013-11-16 06:14:55 PM

Apos: Good news. And the perfect excuse to post some Claudine Auger pics:


I'd argue Thunderball had the best looking two Bond Girls, even if the movie itself it a bit slow moving.
 
2013-11-16 06:18:09 PM

Dwight_Yeast:  didn't see anyone doing that here, but it's not; it's a legally-allowed remake of Moonraker.   It's a movie to settle a lawsuit and a huge paycheck for Sean Connery.


You know, I LIKED Moonraker right up until they got into space.
 
2013-11-16 06:21:28 PM

Your_Huckleberry: Apos: Good news. And the perfect excuse to post some Claudine Auger pics:

I'd argue Thunderball had the best looking two Bond Girls, even if the movie itself it a bit slow moving.



Oh, definitely. From Russia With Love, Goldfinger and For Your Eyes Only are second, third and fourth respectively.
 
2013-11-16 06:24:52 PM

Your_Huckleberry: Apos: Good news. And the perfect excuse to post some Claudine Auger pics:

I'd argue Thunderball had the best looking two Bond Girls, even if the movie itself it a bit slow moving.


Make that four.  Martine Beswick (Paula) and Molly Peters (blonde health spa lady) were weapons-grade hot too.  Though Claudine Auger gets my vote for best looking Bond girl ever.  She's like a shaplier version of Audrey Hepburn.
 
2013-11-16 06:25:11 PM

John Buck 41: I have no patience with someone who whines about Never Say Never Again not being an 'official' Bond movie.

Get a life.


You're right; it's more fruitful to whine about what a sh*tty movie NSNA was.
 
2013-11-16 06:25:22 PM

buntz: Dwight_Yeast:  didn't see anyone doing that here, but it's not; it's a legally-allowed remake of Moonraker.   It's a movie to settle a lawsuit and a huge paycheck for Sean Connery.

You know, I LIKED Moonraker right up until they got into space.


So did I. That was the first Bond flick I saw in the theatre, so even though the cheese level cranks up off the charts once the shuttle of Space Marines show up, I've always liked that one.

I liked Skyfall a lot, too. But I didn't think it was THAT great. I actually enjoyed QoS more. I might be alone in that.

Also the Bond Girl in Skyfall that isn't Moneypony? Top Five in the franchise, easy. Gorgeous.
 
2013-11-16 06:28:34 PM

wiredroach: John Buck 41: I have no patience with someone who whines about Never Say Never Again not being an 'official' Bond movie.

Get a life.

You're right; it's more fruitful to whine about what a sh*tty movie NSNA was.


It definitely had its problems, but Largo and Fatima were two of the best villains in the series.
 
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