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#804

On a side note, I love The Way of the Gun. It is one of my favorites.


#805

I said trying. :wink: He was working as a script doctor and trying to re-launch his own films as a director but it wasn’t working out that way.

Has wrote ‘Valkyrie’ to direct himself, with Thomas Kretschmann in the lead, but then Singer and Cruise wanted to make it and McQuarrie had to decide what was good for his career at that point.

I think he made the right choice.

I can’t find the tweet, but he was asked by someone on Twitter, “What happened to your directing career after Way of the Gun?”

And he replied,

“Way of the Gun happened to my directing career.”

He made the film well, but it’s not the kind of story that’s going to be popular with most people. It’s an anti-action movie.


#806

Which he pretty much admitted at the time. He wrote it in direct response to people only wanting crime films from him. So he wrote it to as unpleasant as possible. He comes right out and says it on the DVD commentary for the film.


#807

Not, in retrospect, the smartest of moves.


#808

Yeah, me too. This is really disappointing news.


#809

#810

This sort of exists already. There’s a comic with an elderly Bond, disillusioned and alone, sleeping with hookers because he has no human connections.

EDIT: Damn, I can’t find it online now.


#811

Pretty sure that’s the original Fury miniseries by Ennis and Robertson.


#812

So, Bond: Brexit then?


#813

The next Bond will be two hours of Bond sitting in his Aston Martin outside Dover while he waits to clear through customs. But on the plus side, his passport will be blue.


#814

Rumours that the film’s script was the source of the disagreement have been reported, with producers alleged to be unhappy with the decision to focus on contemporary political tensions with Russia and a “modern-day Cold War”.

However one industry source told the Telegraph the split was due to a fall out over whether to cast Tomasz Kot as the lead villain. The 41-year-old Polish actor stars in Cold War , a love story set in 1950s Europe, and was described as a “left-field” decision for a Bond enemy.


#815

Boyle insistence on bringing an entirely new team, including his established writing partner John Hodge, infuriated Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, another industry source told the Telegraph

Not only is it normal (if wasteful) for a newly hired director to junk a developed script, it’s also what’s happened on previous Bond films.

They’ve been hiring powerful auteur types for a while now. They could’ve gone the Marvel route and brought in talented but less powerful filmmakers, but they chose not to, repeatedly.

So was Brocolli infuriated? I have no idea, but she’s smart and has been making these films for years. I don’t believe she was surprised.


#816

#817

Which is what makes this so frustrating. Surely all parties knew what they were getting into from the start, and these are all weathered professionals. It’s such a shame it still didn’t work out, and I do want to punch somebody for that, and wish I knew who to punch. (Like, very slightly. To the shoulder, maybe.)

Maybe they’ll still keep the Hodge script for the next one though? fingerscrossed


#818

We don’t know how good either script is?


#819

True, but I like John Hodge :slight_smile:


#820

#821

Without a doubt, Craig has headlined some of the long-running franchise’s best films, and he stands as a personal favorite Bond. Earlier this year, I asked if there was anything left for the actor to do as Bond, and landed on the decision that with Boyle, the answer was “yes.” But without the celebrated filmmaker, who seemed sure to deconstruct the character in an emotionally cathartic way, what are we looking at? Sure, it’s feasible to imagine some great set pieces, maybe a well-cast adversary or two, but for Craig’s Bond, who has been the most introspective and emotionally damaged of all the 007 iterations, it seems his story has found closure. Unless a new director can find a way to challenge the character that wouldn’t end in “creative differences,” it really does seem like Craig has explored all he has to offer with James Bond.

I think that’s massively ovethinking what a Bond film is. Deconstruction and catharsis are what you go to Le Carre and Graham Green spy movies for, not Bond.


#822

Well, I think Casino Royale did do a lot of that, which is why it is my favourite.

That’s also the reason why I’d like to see one last Bond with Craig, though. I don’t want the terrible Spectre to be the last one. It’s a bit of a shame they blew the Old War Horse theme on the first third of Skyfall really, because that’s still a movie I would love to see (and didn’t get with Skyfall, unfortunately).

Anyway, I would like to see Craig’s Bond end with as good a movie as it started. Up until this point, it was all diminishing returns, unfortunately.


#823

It’s more of a construction than a deconstruction of James Bond. :wink:

I think it was an interesting counterpoint, but if Bond fell apart emotionally in every movie I’d stop watching them.

Craig’s done a fine job, but I have no emotional attachment to him in the role, it’s been played by so many actors now.

Do one more with him, or not, just make a good film.