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Old 08-26-2008, 12:59 PM
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At least View To A Kill had Walken in it, Walken can make any film tolerable.
Except "Brainstorm.

Hey, short list of my fav Sean Connery non-Bond flicks:

Hunt for Red October
Finding Forrester
Just Cause
The Untouchables
Outland
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Except "Brainstorm.

Hey, short list of my fav Sean Connery non-Bond flicks:

Hunt for Red October
Finding Forrester
Just Cause
The Untouchables
Outland
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Old 08-27-2008, 02:23 AM
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Except "Brainstorm.

Hey, short list of my fav Sean Connery non-Bond flicks:

Hunt for Red October
Finding Forrester
Just Cause
The Untouchables
Outland
See I thought Waken made Brainstorm tolerable, but it looks unfinished. I am guesing because of the loss of Natalie Wood.
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He could still play bond. Imagine a new film, current style with Sean Connery.
He'd have to shave and get a new toupee. Maybe the one from LXG.
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It isn't THAT bad...way better than Octopussy.
I agree. Never Say Never Again was way better than Octopussy. Sean Connery was the Bond of 1983! I only wish it was an official Bond film that had the Gun Barrel and all. But I'm sure MGM could always add it if they come out with a new special edition version of NSNA.

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It has nothing to do with MGM, it has to do with ownership (or lack therof) of the story on which NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN (and first THUNDERBALL) is based. That failure to lockdown ownership of the story was the only reason NSNA was even possible as a remake.

It really boils down the the Broccolis and Eon, and they were much happier to finally gain the film rights to CASINO ROYALE than they were interested in obtaining ownership of NSNA... which I presume, despite Connery's appearance in it, will always remain 'unofficial' in the Bond film franchise.
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I agree. Never Say Never Again was way better than Octopussy. Sean Connery was the Bond of 1983! I only wish it was an official Bond film that had the Gun Barrel and all. But I'm sure MGM could always add it if they come out with a new special edition version of NSNA.

I think MGM had nothing to do with NSNA.
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For those interested in the details, here are some graphs on the history of THUNDERBALL and how it later was remade as NSNA:

Fleming wrote it intending to film it; it is officially credited as 'based on a screen treatment by Kevin McClory, Jack Whittingham, and Ian Fleming', a controversial shared credit that was the result of a courtroom decision. The novel was first published on March 27, 1961, and is technically the first novelisation of a James Bond screenplay, though when written and published, the eponymous film had yet to be produced.

It features the first appearance of the crime syndicate SPECTRE and introduces SPECTRE's leader Ernst Stavro Blofeld, although Bond does not meet him.

Upon being awarded the cinematic rights, McClory failed in finding financing for filming Thunderball. Later, in 1964, he reluctantly proposed to Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli a collaborative adaptation of Thunderball as the fourth, official James Bond series film. In 1965, Thunderball was released with Sean Connery as agent 007. Like most of these films, it was promoted as "Ian Fleming's Thunderball". The screenplay credit was Richard Maibaum and John Hopkins, but noted as "Based on an original screenplay by Jack Whittingham", also credited as "Based on the original story by Kevin McClory, Jack Whittingham, and Ian Fleming". Whittingham's sole, original screenplay credit usually is omitted from posters and promotional materials.

In the agreement between EON and himself, McClory agreed that he would not make another Thunderball adaptation for twelve years. In those twelve years, McClory's ownership of the Thunderball film rights did not prevent further Bond films — You Only Live Twice (1967), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), and Diamonds Are Forever (1971), from featuring SPECTRE, Blofeld, and Blofeld's cat.

In the 1980s, McClory finally asserted his rights to the James Bond character, helped by Jack Schwartzman and Warner Bros. financing to win a High Court decision against United Artists. Amongst the conditions of the settlement was that the project must be based on the original film scripts/novel and nothing peculiar to the Thunderball film, that the words "James Bond", "Thunderball" and "007" not be used in the project's title, and initially McClory and Schwarzman would have the right to only make one Bond project (later changed in other settlements). Consequently, in 1983, Schwartzman and McClory produced Never Say Never Again, a remake of Thunderball, written by Lorenzo Semple Jr., featuring Sean Connery's very publicised reprise of the James Bond role after a twelve-year hiatus.
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I think MGM had nothing to do with NSNA.
They didn't, but in 1997 they bought the rights to the film along with the Columbia Pictures spoof Casino Royale.

Warner Bros. and Taliafilm were behind Never Say Never Again.
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They didn't, but in 1997 they bought the rights to the film along with the Columbia Pictures spoof Casino Royale.

Warner Bros. and Taliafilm were behind Never Say Never Again.
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