Former James Bond Timothy Dalton is in Wales to film a guest-starring role in the popular British Doctor Who TV series. Dalton played Bond in two films, The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill, succeeding Roger Moore in the role. For details click here
Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have announced a heavy-hitting talent will be joining long-time James Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade for the 23rd 007 film, as yet untitled. Peter Morgan, who wrote Frost/Nixon, The Queen and The Last King of Scotland will be part of the trio creating the storyline for the next Bond epic which will once again star Daniel Craig. It is anticipated the movie will be released in 2011. Apparently Oscar winner Paul Haggis will not be associated with the next film. He had contributed to the screenplays of Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace. Those two films have both grossed over $500 million each worldwide, making the Bond franchise hotter than ever even as it approaches the half century mark. Purvis and Wade are currently scripting The Brazilian Job, the sequel to the remake of The Italian Job. For more click here
I know I've sounded like a broken record over the years in declaring my disdain for the 1974 James Bond film The Man With the Golden Gun, Roger Moore's second outing as 007. It's got an infantile screenplay, grouchy leading characters and a heroine who makes Gracie Allen look like Madame Curie. While I've always admired Christopher Lee's "play-it-straight" portrayal of Scaramanga, it's a shame his efforts were wasted in this misguided film. However, a reader sent us a link to someone who feels differently, and in the spirit of fairness, we'll link to reviewer Colin Jacobson's defense of Golden Gun on the My Hollywood News website. See if it affects your personal opinion, one way or another. Click here to read.
We all know politics makes for strange bedfellows, but who ever thought of Pussy Galore and Nancy Pelosi would be linked?
By Lee Pfeiffer
We try to stay away from politics on Cinema Retro, but like Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part III, every time we think we're out, those politicians pull us back in.The constant blurring of show biz and government makes it a disservice to ignore some stories - especially when there are more boobs on display in Washington D.C. than there are in any ten strip clubs. Take, for example, the current state of the Republican party, which is in the worst straits since the dark days of Watergate. Frustrated by President Obama's consistently high approval ratings, the GOP has been floundering in its attempts to find an issue they can make work for them. With seemingly half the country out of work, the issues that have generally worked well for the party -gun control, abortion and the Bible - aren't high on most people's list of priorities. Thus, when the Democratic Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, became embroiled in a potential scandal recently, Republicans were understandably salivating at the prospect of capitalizing on it. Pelosi, whose own popularity ratings are generally very low, has been a constant critic of the Bush administration because of the use of waterboarding on terror suspects - a practice that Pelosi considers to be torture. Last week, however, the CIA indicated that Pelosi had been briefed by the agency years ago about the possible use of waterboarding - and Pelosi made no objection at that time. Faced with evidence of possible hypocrisy, the usually media savvy Pelosi gave a bumbling speech that rivaled that of Don Knotts in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken.She denied ever having been told about waterboarding and blatantly accused the CIA of not only lying, but intentionally misleading Congress. Them's fightin' words and the debate over who's telling the the truth has been raging ever since. What does all this have to do with the world of retro cinema, you may ask? Keep reading.
Smelling blood in the water, the GOP quite naturally wanted to keep the story alive so that Pelosi would suffer the daily drip-drip-drip of embarrassing questions from the media. (Her refusal to discuss the matter further after making the astonishing charge against the C.I.A. gave the GOP plenty of arrows for their quiver.) Then some genius working for the Republican party decided it would be funny to use the potential scandal as the basis of a James Bond-oriented spoof video based on Goldfinger. The ploy immediately backfired.The video opens with the familiar gunbarrel, and features the Speaker's face inside it while the blood drips down. This may be innocuous in the context of a real Bond movie, but it apparently never occurred to the person who put it together that centering Pelosi's face in the middle of a bloody gun barrel might strike some as sinister. Secondly, the video tries to make the connection between Pelosi and Honor Blackman's Pussy Galore - and actually uses both women on the same split screen. Now Bond girl names with sexual overtones is a long tradition, but in the politically correct world of politics, using the nation's most prominent female Congresswoman in the same sentence as "Pussy" in any context might just turn off women voters. Third, the implication is that Pussy Galore is an infamous Bond bad girl, but the video director obviously hasn't seen the film since it premiered. He doesn't realize that Galore turns out to be the heroine of the movie and saves the day by thwarting Goldfinger's plot to bomb Ft. Knox.
The result has been a major embarrassment for the GOP, which also used a Dr. No spoof in John McCain's campaign against Barack Obama - and we know how well that worked out. The GOP has not officially commented on the circular firing squad they've formed, but they have quietly taken the video down from their web site. However, you can see the uncut video on the liberal blog Taylor Marsh by clicking here. View a CNN story about the video by clicking here.
If you're a Republican and are distressed by these developments, just wait a few days. We're certain similar geniuses in the Democratic party are working on providing plenty of fodder for the next go-round.