Saturday, April 5, 2008

A Bond A Week: I Never Joke About My Work, 007


Last week, I announced that I'd be starting a new feature, "A Bond A Week," to begin this week. Well, it's been busier than I'd imagined it would be, so I beg your forgiveness for the delay, and promise I'll begin the feature in earnest next week. Or as the films themselves always say, "The End...BUT James Bond will return in..."

5 comments:

Jonathan Lapper said...

Quick - Name the first Bond film to list the wrong movie at the end of the credits and explain why.

Brian Doan said...

I'm pretty sure it's GOLDFINGER, which listed ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE as the next film. The next film turned out to be THUNDERBALL, which Broccoli and Saltzman had wanted to make the first Bond film a few years earlier. They couldn't because of the lawsuits between Ian Fleming and Kevin McClory, with whom he'd collaborated on the initial THUNDERBALL screenplay back in 1960. By 1964/5, the lawsuits had been resolved in McClory's favor, and to keep McClory from going forward with his own Bond film, Broccoli and Saltzman struck a deal to make THUNDERBALL the next film.

Jonathan Lapper said...

You're a sharp one Mr. Doan. Okay, name the next time it happened since it happened more than once or I wouldn't have asked for the first time in my original question. After this I'll shut up and stop quizzing. The next time there were no legal quabbles, just opportunistic greed.

Brian Doan said...

Hmm, this one's trickier (and me without my Bond reference books at home). I think what you're referring to is when FOR YOUR EYES ONLY was supposed to follow THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, but didn't, because STAR WARS was released in 1977, and Broccoli chose to cash in on it with MOONRAKER (a film that's such a mixed bag, btw-- the first half is fun, the second half is really quite bad).

BUT-- wasn't there one earlier moment? I'm pretty sure that ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE was, again, supposed to follow THUNDERBALL (thus matching the chronology of the books), but when producer Harry Saltzman was scouting locations, they found that volcano in Japan and decided to do YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (a version which has absolutely nothing to do with the moody, character-driven novel, one of Fleming's best) instead. I might be misremembering that, though.

Wow, this would've made a good blog post! (: "The ever-changing Bond film schedule," or something.

Liked your Bette Davis post, and linked to it above.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Damn you're good! Two for two. I was indeed referring to For Your Eyes Only and the franchise cashing in on space movies after Star Wars by switching it to Moonraker.

I am impressed sir.