Check out this comment on the Home Theater Forum, written by someone who knows his Bond production history, on the film For Your Eyes Only was supposed to be, any why it didn't end up that way. I love reading this type of "behind the scenes" story of the creative process in film-making (and how a producer can harm a script, in this example).
Post by Eddie Love on Jul 31, 2010 10:00:06 GMT -5
Interesting stuff. I agree that the producers -- Michael Wilson ? -- don't get all the flack they deserve as they're calling the shots, while a lot of venom is focused on the actors and directors of some entries in the series.
I watched LIVE & LET DIE last night with my tween-age nephew (a feat in itself as he's largely averse to anything made before 2000. I'm chipping away at this.) He really liked it, even if: 1) it was "corny" 2) "the fights were too short" and 3) "James Bond talked too much." When we first see Roger Moore he said "He's so old!" "You ain't seen nothing yet," I replied.
I liked it moore(sic) than in the past, as Hamilton does get a nice rhythm to the middle third set in New Orleans. (Even though this does have the Pepper assault.) Plus, Moore looks really fit and cool in the final San Monique section where he's clad in black. (Out of his usual safari suit. Blech!) But, oh all that smug humor in the script, those arch, Mankowiecz penned "witticisms" play to Moore's worst instincts as an actor. In fact, it was refreshing this time to watch David Hedison, who plays Felix with a welcome sense of fun, that wasn't so condescending. And I still love the Kotto, maybe my favorite performance by an actor as a villain.