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The Infamous Billy The Kidd Talks With James Bond Producer Barbara Broccoli About The Past, Present And Future Of 007

 

Born the daughter of James Bond producer Albert "Cubby" Broccoli, Barbara Broccoli has a long history with 007. She watched her father and his partner Harry Saltzman develop and produce nine James Bond films, before, at the age of 17, she entered the fray, working in the publicity department for THE SPY WHO LOVED ME. She went on to then work her way up to serving as an assistant director on Roger Moore's last two pictures as James Bond - OCTOPUSSY and A VIEW TO A KILL. For Timothy Dalton's two-film run as Bond, Broccoli became an associate producer which eventually catapulted her up the ladder to producer, alongside her half-brother Michael G. Wilson, with the introduction of Pierce Brosnan at 007 in GOLDENEYE. Broccoli has served in that capacity since, and, with this year's SKYFALL, it will mark her seventh film produced in the Bond catalog. 

After some scheduling snafus that had us missing each other, I was able to talk to Barbara yesterday on the eve of James Bond's 50th anniversary. She was very gracious and apologetic about our times having not matched up to that point, and for that, did her absolute best to make sure we did have a chance to chat before the Epix premiere of the Bond documentary EVERYTHING OR NOTHING: THE UNTOLD STORY OF 007. We were able to chat about the Bonds of yesterday, today and tomorrow, with some emphasis on the transitions between actors taking on the role, and, of course, SKYFALL managed to come up as well. So as we wish 007 a Happy 50th today on James Bond Day, enjoy my conversation with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli. 

The Infamous Billy The Kidd - There’s never really been anything quite like James Bond in the movie industry. You have a franchise that’s been around now for 50 years, you’ve gone through multiple recastings, and yet somehow the franchise keeps going strong without missing a beat, really. What is it about the series, do you think, that really continues to endure through all of these changes within society, as well as within the series itself that keeps people coming back?

Barbara Broccoli - I think, obviously, the key is the character of James Bond which was the creation of Ian Fleming. I think he created a character that was multidimensional and complex enough... He’s a classical hero, but he’s very human. I think that all begins and ends with the character. So I think it’s Ian Fleming, and obviously the actors who have all re-interpreted the character for the times. So, starting obviously with Sean Connery who... If it hadn’t been for him, I don’t think we would be here 50 years later. He created the cinematic character, and then with each subsequent actor, they reimagined it for the times, and moved it forward.

The Kidd - There never really seems to be... “Bond Fatigue,” I guess. You’re coming up on your 23rd, 24th, 25th films, and even the most successful franchises have usually tapped out around trilogies... Maybe four or five. But Bond continues to survive, and keeps having it. Even when you have recastings that seem to take a little bit of time to settle in with the fanbase, it still seems like the fan base keeps coming out to support it.  

Barbara Broccoli - Well I think we really do have to really acknowledge the support of the fanbase. I think they are very much a part of why the series has lasted so long. They come to the movies with a tremendous amount of goodwill, they want to like the movies, and I think they’ve stuck with us through the ups and downs that we’ve had over 50 years. We obviously make movies for them. We make movies for the audiences. We want to make a film that is going to satisfy the Bond audience, and also the wider audience. Because they have to stand alone as independent films as well, as well as within the whole library of films. So I think we owe a great deal to the audiences.

The Kidd - One of the most heartfelt moments in the documentary, to me, was actually the segment on George Lazenby, and his really brief run was 007. He only had the role for one film, but that film is widely regarded as one of the better Bond films in the overall catalogue. Do you think that he gets his due for his contribution to the Bond series?

Barbara Broccoli - Well I certainly acknowledge his contribution. I agree that it’s one of the best of the films, and I think he did incredibly well. As he points out, he’d never acted before, and I think his passion for the role obviously was responsible for him getting the role. I think Peter Hunt did a really wonderful job working with George to create such an effective performance. As he says himself in the documentary, I think... It was other factors and forces that became untenable for him to continue. And I think he was very brave and wonderful to have participated and have been so candid in his reflections about himself at that time.

      

The Kidd - He’s very honest, he says flat out, “I blew my chance at this role.” There’s kind of this perception of him as almost this... As a joke within the Bond actors because he only did the one film, but as we said, it is a rather important film in the overall scope of things.

Barbara Broccoli - Yeah. And I mean, we certainly never joke about him. We take his contribution very seriously, and it’s very important. I think it was very brave of him to be so candid and honest, and I think it says a lot about him as a person that he’s able to do that. I think it’s also an interesting commentary on fame, and what it’s like to be instantly a household name at the time, and how that fame and other people’s reaction to it can warp you. Warp your sense of reality. It’s a bittersweet story, and I applaud him for being so open about it.

The Kidd - Your first film as a full fledged producer was GOLDENEYE, which was the first bond film in about six years, following Timothy Dalton’s run. How important was Pierce Brosnan in rebuilding James Bond and kind of repairing the relationship with the fanbase that never seemed to warm to the Dalton films?

Barbara Broccoli - Well I think Timothy Dalton was a phenomenal Bond, and he’s a brilliant actor. I think all of his intuition and instincts about going back to the Fleming books and recalibrating the character of James Bond was absolutely spot on. I think it was ahead of its time. THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS was certainly a fantastic film, and extremely well received. The trouble was that when we went to make LICENSE TO KILL, we, the producers, took a much harder look at the series, and we went too far in terms of being too violent. The film was just too violent. It was the first one that had a 15 rating in the UK... I think the audiences felt very uncomfortable about it. I think we were planning to make another film with Tim, and we ended up in this MGM debacle, which caused a six year period in which Bond was off the screen, and that was the issue. Bond was off the screen for six years and... The wall came down. The Berlin Wall came down, and everyone was... The world is now at peace, there are no enemies, what relevance does James Bond have now in the modern world? The post-Cold War era? So that’s what we were up against, and, of course, as we all know, the world wasn’t any safer. Because the Berlin Wall came down, there was even more villainy out there, because... The parameters had changed.

The Kidd - There were just less defined enemies, I guess.

Barbara Broccoli - Yeah, exactly. So there were people operating in the shadows. So we used that thematically as a way to posit that the world needs James Bond more than ever. Fortunately, it was a resounding success. And obviously Pierce was very much a part of that. He redefined Bond for the post-Cold War era. He did an incredible job, and was very successful.

              

The Kidd - Let me ask you about the decision to move on from Pierce. At that point he had four Bond films under his belt, all of which were wildly successful in terms of redefinition of the character. How difficult was it to pull the plug on doing films with him and moving into the Daniel Craig era when he was so integral in bringing Bond back?

Barbara Broccoli - It was incredibly difficult. Because you have to understand, when we’re making these films over a period of time... You have a relationship with the actor. Like we had a wonderful relationship with Timothy Dalton, we had a wonderful relationship with Pierce Brosnan, and when we got to a point with the Pierce Brosnan films... I mean, DIE ANOTHER DAY was incredibly successful, the most successful one up to that time... But the thing was that there was this horrific event of 9/11 that occurred, and we felt that we had gone too far in terms of fantasy... In terms of DIE ANOTHER DAY we’d become too fantastical.

The Kidd - Yeah, the invisible car is...

Barbara Broccoli - Yeah. The invisible car. It’s kind of crazy, because the invisible car was based on some military technology about camouflaging military vehicles out in operations, and it kind of went from being something that was semi-practical, to being too fantastical. Our approach to it was misguided. So we felt... It wasn’t that we were unhappy with Pierce Brosnan, it was that we felt we had to take a change of direction in terms of the Bond character and the series, and we had to go back to reality, because we’re living now in a post-9/11 world. Frivolity didn’t seem appropriate. So around that time, or a year or two before, as a result of the settlement between all the legal wrangling, we’d gotten the rights to Casino Royale, which had been the Holy Grail of the Bond books. And the book that Cubby [Broccoli] and Harry [Saltzman] had wanted to make, but Fleming had sold the rights to TV and then to Columbia, who’d made a spoof out of it. So, the two events collided. One was a decision to take a change in direction, and the other was that we had the rights to Casino Royale. So Michael [G. Wilson] and I felt it right and appropriate to tell that story. And in order to tell that story, we needed to recast the role, because we had defined a Bond who... The whole point of that story is that it’s Bond becoming James Bond. So it’s the man who is basically a blunt instrument, who, through a sort of rite of passage transforms into the James Bond that we all know now, so we had to recast the role. And it was extremely difficult to say that to Pierce. Because A, he was incredibly successful, and the public loved him, and B, we loved him. We’re very close to him and his whole family, so it was a very tough decision. But we felt we had to do it for the longevity of the series. And he understood that. He took it like a gentleman, and we remain very close.

The Kidd - In the film, you talk about the concerns of Bond’s future being tied to a studio, which dates back to Harry selling his rights to United Artists, and I’m sure those concerns resurfaced when MGM was going through their financial issues recently, and plans for SKYFALL were on the shelf. Were you at all worried as far as the time frame as to when SKYFALL would actually get to happen? Because at that point Sam Mendes had already been attached to it. You had Daniel Craig who was still on the hook to do another film. Were you worried that it might be a lengthier process to get Bond back to the screen again?

Barbara Broccoli - Oh, absolutely, it was incredibly frustrating for Michael and I. Like you said, we had a window of opportunity for Daniel Craig... We also had a window of opportunity with Sam Mendes... We had a script we were working on that we felt confident about... So we had the kind of A-Team. Sam was bring Roger Deakins, we had Dennis Gassner... We had all the essential elements to get going. We were with a partner who was in financial disorder... We had great concerns that we would be able to meet the schedule that we had to keep all these people that were so essential to making the film. And also, we really wanted to have a film come out in the anniversary year. And so we didn’t want to disappoint the Bond fans. So it was a pretty tumultuous time, and we knew that Bond would prevail, but we just didn’t know that he was going to prevail on our timescale. Fortunately, he did.

                    

The Kidd - It was recently reported that Daniel Craig had signed on for two films following SKYFALL, which would take his run to five pictures. What goes into the determination of when one Bond has simply had enough and it’s time to switch gears and move onto a new interpretation of the character?

Barbara Broccoli - Well, you know, it’s a combination of various things. The main thing is obviously the actor. There’s a point where an actor will say, “I’ve done it, I’m happy. I’ve done enough. I’m going to hang up the holster.” These are very, very demanding roles for an actor to play. You take someone like Daniel Craig... The physical... Six months of shooting... and a Bond actor is on every day.  And this is intense physical... It takes intense physical stamina and peak performance condition, just on the physical part. Then you have all the concentration. The focus. The precision in terms of the acting. It’s a hell of an undertaking, and I think mostly it becomes of the actor unless outside forces intervene. As you saw in the documentary, the situation with George... We’ve just described what happened post-9/11... So, it varies, but usually it’s about when the actor says, “I’ve done enough. I’ve had it. I’ve done my... Let somebody else put the skates on and take off.”

The Kidd - Let me ask you one final question about SKYFALL, because I know things have been kept very close to the vest as to what to expect moving forward, so what can you tell me as far as what we might be able to expect from the next chapter of James Bond?

Barbara Broccoli - Well, I think Sam Mendes has crafted an extremely exciting and innovative emotionally charged film. I think we’ve got great action... A lot of surprises. I mean that’s why we’re being so guarded. To have an audience come in and discover the storyline for themselves without giving away spoilers. So I think it’s going to be a great Bond movie. That’s what we set out to do, is to make the best Bond film ever for the 50th anniversary, and I think we’ve done a pretty good job. I think people will really love this movie. I’m really proud of it, and I’m proud of the work that everyone’s done on it, and I’m really excited to see the audience react, which I think will be overwhelmingly positive.

The Kidd - Alright, thank you very much. I know we had some trouble hooking up here, and I appreciate you taking the time through all your travels. I’m sure you’re exhausted.

Barbara Broccoli - Well I appreciate you taking the time as well. Thank you so much.

The Kidd - Thank you so much, Barbara.

Barbara Broccoli - Thank you.

                        

 

Barbara Broccoli can be seen in EVERYTHING OR NOTHING: THE UNTOLD STORY OF 007, which premieres tonight, October 5, at 8:00 p.m., on Epix, and SKYFALL lands in the UK on October 26 and in the U.S. on November 9.

 

 

-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

BillyTheKidd@aintitcool.com

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  • Oct. 5, 2012, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Broccoli

    by J

    Heh, and I thought my last name was bad... Bed she calls her kids 'sprout'... Sorry, that was...bad taste....

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 11:39 a.m. CST

    *bet*

    by J

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Octopussy for LIFE

    by ben sheppard

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 11:49 a.m. CST

    She's certainly easy on the eyes...

    by Polyphenus

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 11:49 a.m. CST

    I'd hit it

    by waltbbadd

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Why didn't you ask about her last name? Broccolli! hahahaha!

    by Ricardo

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Nice interview but you should have asked...

    by MustGoFaster

    About Chris Nolan directing a future instalment.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Timothy Dalton

    by TinDrummer

    Really tragic that he didn't get to do Bond in '91 and '93. He was fantastic. Also, George Lazenby should have done Diamonds Are Forever with Peter Hunt directing. Sean seemed tired and disinterested at that point.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Pronounced Brocoh-lee not like the veggie

    by Ed

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Kidd

    by J

    I'm not a hater of your interviews like some of the talkbackers. That said, one thing you should work on is 'rounding out' your interview. By that, I mean it is not necessary, or at all desireable, to quote an interviewee verbatim. Most people who have not been trained to speak publically, do not speak in clear/concise sound bites. This is not a courtroom. People ramble and stutter and get off track when they are interviewed. As the interviewer/reporter, it is understood and expected that you will make their responses legible and flow. If you simply transcribe every sputter and unfinished sentence your voice recorder reels out, you wind up making these people look like idiots. Not to mention the strain it places on us, the reader, to follow the story without tripping and stumbling over all these verbal potholes. Just sayin'

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 12:11 p.m. CST

    yep agreed

    by CT1

    More Christopher Nolan in these interviews I think would bring you a whole new fanbase and increase popularity amongst readers

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Changes of Bond

    by Casey4147

    The one thing I'd like to know... they acknowledge that they had to change actors to do Casino Royale because the story called for the refining of a blunt instrument. I don't have a problem with changing of actors, I'm a Doctor Who fan. But they at least acknowledge it. Bond, they changed the main actor but kept Judi Densch as M. And I salute them for it, wouldn't have had it any other way, BUT... Are we to assume that Craig is another in a long line of spies who have been given the code name James Bond and the 007 number? Was Brosnan's Bond killed in action or retired or something? And if so, the whole Lazenby bit doesn't quite fit. I know it's all make believe and we're just best off not reading anything into it, but hey, inquiring minds and all...

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 12:24 p.m. CST

    As a 12-year AICN reader, I have the right to ask this question...

    by GravyAkira

    How in the HELL is The Kidd getting these great interviews on here? I'm not a fan! And Anchorman is a classic.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Billy the Kidd, that was an interesting interview although I do feel like you put out rather soft puff piece questions. Nothing about QUANTUM OF SOLACE for example which really seems to have split the fan base with the shaky cam? My first question to the milf would have been, *How do you like your camera work - shaken or stirred?*

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Such a ridiculous woman

    by peter skellen

    She should get down on her knees each night and thank God that she was born Cubby's daughter and so inherited a lucrative franchise that she doesn't even seem to like much. I'll never forget watching the Die Another Day DVD extras and her all po-faced and serious talking as if they'd just made The Seventh Seal.

  • No milfage involved.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 1:04 p.m. CST

    peter skellen , errr....

    by Jaka

    ....OK. I guess you know her pretty intimately, then. From everything I've read or seen over the years she loves this franchise passionately. But yeah, anybody who inherits ANYTHING that will provide them with a personal fortune should be most grateful. Still, be so fortunate doesn't make them a bad person.

  • ...as one of the reasons the series has lasted so long. Yes, Flemming's character is great. But it's HIGHLY doubtful we'd still be getting new Bond films in 2012 if it weren't for Sean Connery's original run of films.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST

    I didn't know Craig had signed on for two more

    by Jaka

    I think that's great news. Both for the franchise as a whole and the character itself.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST

    I would double oh her seven.

    by kabong

    I didn't want to phrase it crudely.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Living proof of the dangers of Nepotism.

    by Smerdyakov

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Thought was Craig was too old

    by seasider

    for the Bond character they were trying to portray in Casino Royale. He's supposed to a younger lad trying to get 00 status and Craig looked almost as old Brosnan did.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Themobgirl

    by Mike J

    The Incredibles trailer actually did use John Barry's main theme from O.H.M.S.S.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Lickmy love pump

    by Mike J

    Cobblers. Albert R Broccoli always claimed one of his relatives brought his vegatable namesake into the US so why on Earth would it be pronounced differently?

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Casey

    by John Doe

    I always thought the concept of Bonds as code names was a cool idea. Like the use of Lynch in A-Team. They could have parlayed this into an awesome Bond film where some of the older Bonds actually turned and became villains, joined SPECTRE etc. and tried to co-opt the new Bond.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    I like her honesty

    by twogunjames

    I don't think License to Kill is too violent, but I appreciate her bluntness in discussing mistakes, and changes. It's refreshing to read.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 2:05 p.m. CST

    jaka

    by peter skellen

    I don't know where you get "bad person" from. I merely stated she is a very pretentious woman who has comes across as completely ridiculous to me in most of the interviews I've seen or heard. "What are the challenges we face in the world today?" she says on the Die Another Day extras as if she's about to launch a speech on world poverty at the UN. I don't know Barbara. What are the problems we face in the world today that you grappled with so much when you were making this film? North Korean villains undergoing gene therapy and making themselves look like Toby Stephens? Ice castles? Yes, sure she speaks fondly of the old Bond films but do you think she really likes them? Do you think as she knits All-Bran around the kitchen table and dispenses luvvie banter with whoever she ever thinks, wow, those fantastical films with a sexist hero who lived in a heightened male fantasy world were great. Just my cup of tea. She has to pretend it's all serious now and she's some great artist rather than a lucky and hardly legendary producer who won the lottery of life. My favourite Barbara Broccoli quote was when she said Daniel Crag defined acting for his generation. Ha ha. All those other actors in the world were just fooling themselves all along. They should all retire and let Daniel Craig play every film part that comes up.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 2:05 p.m. CST

    She has kept the BOND series going strong.

    by one9deuce

    This is a great series and it's in great hands. And yeah, she is definitely easy on the eyes. I'd love to bend that fine ass over.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Brosnan was unceremoniously dumped

    by misnomer

    He'd expressed his dislike of the direction Bond was taking, and suggested Casino Royale himself. Alas, it was his own undoing... Looking forward to seeing EON at some stage...

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Brosnan deserved a better send off

    by Mugato5150

    Brosnan was at least as good as Connery. Die Another Day started out good, the torture and everything but it just devolved from there. The invisible car was the least of its problems. Still, Brosnan deserved one more decent film before the series descended into Daniel Craig's humorless Jason Bourne knock off.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Man, she is fucking hot

    by mr.underwater

    Bond should nail her in the next movie. Shit would be incredibly meta.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 2:51 p.m. CST

    peter skellen

    by Glenn

    Okay, so she's not making Syriana, films that actually ripple out of real life, she's making entertainment... But I know of plenty of examples of kiddies who inherited their parent's business and squandered it. I think she's done an incredible job keeping this thing going. Do you realize what a massive undertaking each and every Bond film is? Obviously she doesn't do it alone, but that kind of maneuvering is in the genes, I'd say.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Actually....near invisible cars and planes exist.

    by Smerdyakov

    And Ice presents perfect medium for them to work. So let's put the "Invisible Car" Hating to rest.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Chris Nolan will never do a Bond

    by Glenn

    Wanna know why? He refuses to use a 2nd Unit director. Says "Why are you hiring me if someone else can go out and shoot it?" And Bond movies often have 7 -- SEVEN! -- live-action units running around collecting inserts, establishing shots, you name it; Alexander Witt shot much of the opening of "Casino Royale" involving the construction site. I don't see a way around this obstruction, because Bond schedules are so tight, from 1st day of shooting to release, there's just no time for one director to accomplish all that. Even Spielberg had Mickey Moore on the Indy series shooting much of the action for that great truck chase in "Raiders." And the reason for these tight schedules is more than just money, having a huge crew around while ONE guy sets up shots; it's about the studio carrying interest on the production loans for too long; you don't wanna be paying that rate for more than a year...

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Quentin Tarantino

    by hallmitchell

    You should of asked her why she had Q.T. begging for the gig and she knocked him back.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 3:35 p.m. CST

    QT

    by Glenn

    They probably realized that a loquacious Bond isn't the best way to go, in terms of spy efficiency. Should of = Should have

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 3:44 p.m. CST

    The Kid,

    by Levi Tinker

    You really should have brought up the fact that Pierce had been arguing for Casino Royale, or a much grittier Bond Film since Tomorrow Never Dies. Remember at one point he was publicly suggesting that he would like to see Tarentino direct a future installment of Bond. And if you back to the period when he was let go from the role, you will see it sort of took him by surprise, and he didnt see it coming, He especially wasnt happy when they went forward with the Casino Royale story without him, when for years he had been pushing for that when doing interviews with the media.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Peter Skellen - Hater Extraordinaire!!!

    by Keith Small

    Will your screeching, bitchy whining and moaning never end??? Guess not.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 4:21 p.m. CST

    i would munch her broccoli

    by samwise_gamgees_scrotum

    Nothing turns me on like the thought of a powerful hot woman telling me what a pathetic worm I am. And then fucking my brains out.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Very diplomatic interview

    by TheNotoriousDRB

    What happened to Brosnan was a complete and utter screwjob, and yet...to a certain extent, Babs was right: They made James Bond into a superhero. Die Another Day was ridiculous in the way that Bond surfed a warhead, stopped his own heart and other forms of nonsense. By that point, his Bond was nothing like he started out as. I don't know if Pierce could have pulled off what they did with Casino Royale. Some call it Bourne Bond, and I was one of them, but damnit if that film hasn't grown on me. A lot. As for Lazenby. He is probably one of the greatest tragedies in Hollywood lore. Greed punched his ticket, and it wasn't even HIS greed. If he had an agent that actually looked out for him, Diamonds are Forever would have been a revenge classic. Instead, it was Connery being amused and lazy as fuck, killing an entire crescendo of a storyline. Lazenby, through his on screen naiveté, gave his Bond a vulnerability that Connery completely eschewed in the follow up. Then again, Diamonds are Forever could have just been what ended up being Quantum of Solace. Compared to what it ended up being, I guess you could call it a wash.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Dalton was immense

    by kwisatzhaderach

    A tragedy that the MGM situation screwed up his time in the role. The Living Daylights is still my favourite Bond film.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 4:56 p.m. CST

    So glad Bond villains seem to be...

    by Glenn

    ...done with the whole "Global Dominance" bullshit; that was the thing dating them beyond words. When they started writing real-world causalities and fallout into the plotlines, is when the series started to mature. The real world is always scarier. Now if Bond could somehow clean up Wall Street. I'd love to see him make a 'killing' on the market, then make killings in the Battery...

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 5:07 p.m. CST

    No Roger Moore Questions?

    by Drunken Busboy

    I would have asked why did they wait so long to replace Moore who easily went two Bond movies too many during his run. I don't know which was worse watching Moore seduce women old enough to be his daughter/grand daughter or those women going ga ga over him like he was this big stud. Either way it was pretty damn creepy. The "love" scene between Moore & Grace Jones in "A View To A Kill" was pretty fricking weird. Anyway it was still a great interview none of the less.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Thought was Craig was too old, reply to seasider

    by Slick1985

    Nonsense Craig was not to old to play Bond in Casino Royale it wouldn't of made much sense to have a younger lad playing James Bond that has never been the case although Timmothy Dalton was approached for On Her Majesty's secret service which would have been stupid. He may have just been starting out as a Double O in the movie but the James Bond had many years experience in the Royal Navy reaching the rank of Commander Bond before joining, I think Craig was 38 (?) when he did Casino Roayale in one of Ian Fleming very early Bond books it was suggested he was 37 years old as I believe it said he was 8 years off retirement age for a Double O which i think was 45. Have to say think Daniel Craig was cast perfectly for that role although I will admit to having doubts when it was first announced.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    So in a way it all goes back to DAD...

    by Bill C.

    ...which makes a certain sense, coming when and as it did, but it's still kind of sad. That said, there's plenty of room for regrets--the mythical fifth Brosnan film, the mythical third Dalton film, the mythical second Lazenby film...

  • We need more scenes like in "Goldfinger" opening where Bond zaps the guy in the tub and says, "Shocking, positively shocking." <b> BB, this is James Bond, not Harry Potter.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 5:50 p.m. CST

    test

    by CARTMANEZ

    boom

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST

    casey4147 - Bond being a code name

    by CARTMANEZ

    arguments for (i.e. each actor to play Bond was a different agent using the codename 'james bond' and the number '007): -the changing face -same bond from 1962 would be in his 80s now -‘this never happened to the other chap‘ -Dench as M in CR acts as if CraigBond is a totally new guy -Never Say Never Again could be considered an 'official' Bond movie (with events taking place the same year as 'Octopussy') -THE ROCK could be considered a bond movie ;) Argument against: (i.e. its the same bond from Dr No to DAD...until CR when the series is rebooted) -references to Bonds dead wife in Moore, Dalton and Brosnan movies -Bond looking at gadgets referencing previous missions of 'other' Bonds (e.g. OHMSS, DAD) -would possibly mean Felix, Moneypenny and Blofeld were also a 'codenames' (but not M and Q) -switching actors in other movies when actors is too old or unavailable is considered normal and not meant to mean its a different character -GEs opening is set in 1986 (as if to say Dalton had never happened!) -its not meant to be - (if it were, they could have past Bonds cameoing as M or a previous Bond)

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 5:54 p.m. CST

    I looked at Tailor of Panama...

    by TheNotoriousDRB

    As what happened to Brosnan's Bond after he was unceremoniously kicked out of the 00 program.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Broccoli, James Broccoli

    by lv_426

    Sorry, couldn't resist.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 5:58 p.m. CST

    she ran it into the ground.

    by JAMF

    man you idiots are sucker for a pretty face huh? and it's not even that pretty...

  • If we were having this conversation after 'World Is Not Enough' or 'Die Another Day', then I'd agree. But she (and her team) have more than successfully righted the ship with the Craig films--and yes, that includes QoS, which is nowhere near as bad as some people here make it out to be. Can't wait for Skyfall. Bring it on.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 6:04 p.m. CST

    violence does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    kabong, yes an element of violence and threat does have to be there. But I also remember going to see Bond films with my Dad, thats some great early memories. So in the interests of father son bonding you need to make movies that are suitable *family* viewing, rather than just pushing the envelope with hardcore violence. There are other franchises and movies that deliver that, Bond doesnt need to go too far into that direction imho.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Broccoli makes me poots my pants.

    by Fries Against

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 6:13 p.m. CST

    I'd love to see a sci-fi version of Bond

    by lv_426

    Basically a secret agent character but set in the far furture. I suppose it would be something like Bond meets Blade Runner, with the galaxy galavanting aspects of space opera thrown in for good measure. Think about it. Each movie could have the agent facing off against various villains using the different tropes of science fiction. In one movie he could fight rebellious robots, in another hostile aliens. There could be sequels that use other tropes like: time travel, parallel universes, doomsday weapons, clones, mind control, virtual reality, alien artifacts, sentient starships blowin' shit up, etc. Just attach a new villain to different sci-fi elements and tropes for each movie. Like Bond or Indiana Jones, the constant would be the secret agent character. Doctor Who is probably the closest thing to something like this, but I think another character in this type of mold could be fun. They could take a note from Doctor Who and build into the franchise the notion that the starring actor will change every three films or so because he or she can have their mind uploaded into a new body. How fun would that be? You could have a man or a woman play this Space Bond, making things different with each new version.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Pretty faces

    by Glenn

    Who gives a shit if Barbara Broccoli is good looking or not? Get off that sexist shit right now, she's not in front of the camera, you should be ashamed of yourselves going down that teenage-boy route. All this does is reinforce to the world that the only people who deserve to make movies, ALL have to be attractive, not just the actors. It's a pathetic viewpoint and shouldn't be tolerated.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 6:21 p.m. CST

    lv_426

    by Glenn

    Sounds like you have some writing to do now -- start outlining!

  • Or perhaps I should just change my name and write and produce it? Since I'm changing my name, I might as well go whole hog and change my first name too. Lance Cauliflower presents... Space Bond! or, Zanzibar Carrotstick presents... or perhaps, Perry Peapod brings you the adventures of... ???

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Kidd, Broccoli & Dalton were an item. Nice one...

    by Kenny8

    Are you "infamous" for not doing your interview prep? They also approached Dalton first to appear in "Goldeneye". I'd have liked to seen her face when you dropped that clanger suggesting audiences didn't like him! And as noticed, no mention of Moore? Surely the finest ambassador the film series every had

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Amazing that Moore was never mentioned in this

    by Nem_Wan

    Roger Moore is Bond in a plurality of EON's films and he's forgotten in this conversation. I'd like to know if, since MGM purchased the rights to Never Say Never Again 15 years ago and Kevin McClory died 6 years ago, is it okay to use SPECTRE and Blofeld in official films and video games again? This was a problem as recently as the 2005 From Russia With Love video game.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 6:38 p.m. CST

    So what should my Space Bond be named?

    by lv_426

    I need something dignified but cool. No names like Brock Landers or Chest Rockwell. Then again, it's the future. I can go a little more exotic. How about Eon Croy. I mean, who wouldn't name their kid Eon if they were from the future? And of course, Eon is a nice tip of the hat to Bond.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 6:43 p.m. CST

    lv_426

    by Glenn

    Why are you asking us what to do? You just carved out a concept, now run with it -- but do the work.

  • We'll see where I can take this idea. I'm thinking the perfect example of what I'm going for is something like Total Recall (1990). Action, espionage, cool technology, secret agents, etc. all set in a future world and on another planet. At the very least it will be a fun story to write.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Great interview Kidd...

    by Lord Elric

    You lucky man......;)

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 7:17 p.m. CST

    wow she is hot

    by fred

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 7:28 p.m. CST

    cartmanez there is an old rumor

    by fred

    that at some point, the producers wanted to make a Bond movie with a new actor and Connery as the villainous retired spy who turns against MI6. Connery ofc refused to do that because it would have meant that his retired spy was the original James Bond and that his name was the codename that all his successors were using. I don't how much true this rumor is but it would have been interesting if Connery accepted and they went with their plan. at least it would have solved the James Bond name and succession, controversy.

  • That's fucking brilliant.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 7:51 p.m. CST

    datbenbuford, nothing constructive to say ...

    by trevanian

    Skellen is just being honest ... AND RIGHT!

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 8:27 p.m. CST

    lv_426

    by BubbaDestructo

    Make your idea a reality. I support you in it!

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Apparently Bill Clinton is a big Bond fan

    by Nem_Wan

    The former president is the surprise interview in the EPIX documentary and he has a lot to say. Don't worry, Repubs, they've got clips of Reagan talking about Bond too.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 9:17 p.m. CST

    y

    by Sean

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Bond as codename...

    by ben sheppard

    I can never quite believe it when this pops up as a serious debate. He's the same man. If it helps, think of them being slightly askew universes. And Dalton's third Bond... God, it would have been amazing.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 10:55 p.m. CST

    bubbadestructo -- thanks for the support

    by lv_426

    I've even got some interesting titles kicking around in the old brain-noodle. - The Diamond Star - Stars & Diamonds Forever - Men Without Names - Faster Than Heaven's Light - Ecstasy Is Eternal - The Man With The Golden Raygun (okay, I'm joking about this one)

  • Oct. 6, 2012, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Bond is always the same character.

    by Charlie

    Stupid line in OHMSS where Bond goes, "this never happened to the other guy" as a third wall breaking joke has confused people ever since. Bond is Bond. It's always just con temporarily set version of the character. I think this is a question that arises from someone who doesn't know the franchise all that well. So many things would make no sense if it was all different characters under the same code name. It'd be just silly. Keeping some of the same actors through out the changes in Bond is a good way to keep some continuity so they aren't starting from scratch every time.

  • Oct. 6, 2012, 3:32 a.m. CST

    lv_426 got your title for you... Moon Raper.

    by Bradly Durant

    I'll have my check now, thank you.

  • Oct. 6, 2012, 3:36 a.m. CST

    MILF!!!!!

    by albert comin

    She could be a Bond girl, oh yeah!

  • Oct. 6, 2012, 3:51 a.m. CST

    @Mr order66_with_fries_please

    by albert comin

    It was her familythat gav the ame o the vegetable and not the other way around. Her gradfathr invented the broclli, which is an hybrid. He made a kiling, bcame super ch as a result of he popuarity of the vegetable, and hes father wanted to meet movie stars so he became a film producer and in a stroke of good luck and genious he gained the movie rights for James Bond novels and the rest is history. So, you got it wrong: her family name came first, and the brocolli is named after them.

  • Oct. 6, 2012, 3:54 a.m. CST

    @Mr themobgirl

    by albert comin

    It's the oher way around, it's the composer of "The Incredibles" stole and ripped off the Bond score of OHMSS. So, the praise for the score for "The Incredibles" should go to John Barry, who did it first in 1968.

  • Oct. 6, 2012, 4:09 a.m. CST

    @Mr lv_426: "So what should my Space Bond be named?"

    by albert comin

    Maybe "The World Is Not Enough" or "Moonraker". Sorry, couldn't resist.

  • Oct. 6, 2012, 4:33 a.m. CST

    trixas - the Connery Bond as a villain thing

    by CARTMANEZ

    i remember rumours about that in the 90s. supposedly EON wanted him to play a villain (i dont buy it) Lee Tamahori did want to do something with Connery and the codename thing for DAD though - heres an excerpt from an interview (for some reason the link wont post): What about the rumor of a Sean Connery cameo? LT - I was very involved in not the rumor, but I wanted a Sean Connery cameo. Michael [G. Wilson] and Barbara [Broccoli], with some well-reasoned thought behind it, it was one of the few ideas that was rejected. I think they thought if we put Connery in it with Brosnan, they thought [audiences] were going to get too confused. I'm not so sure that that's accurate. If they had followed my approach, which I think was a very good approach, it would have explained exactly why there were two Bond's in one movie. But they have a very loyal fan base and after 19 pictures, I'm not the guy to come in here and say that my idea is right and theirs is wrong. Some caution and some wisdom prevailed on that one. What was the idea? LT - My idea was basically that there have been several Bonds. It's just a prefix and a code name Even James Bond is not the guy's name. That's the way I've always been able to view these things from when Connery left and Lazenby and Moore took over, right up to Brosnan. How could this guy be so young still? Of course to me, it is just a prefix and a code name. That means that Connery either died or retired, Moore died or retired and so on. Following that, that allows you to have possibly two James Bonds in a movie. What happened to the others? Were they retired from active service or were they killed? That's where I came from. I thought what if there was a scene where Bond meets one of the originals, an older 007 who got out of the service and acted as a mentor to him, taught him some stuff about what was about to happen to him because he was being left behind and he was out of the secret service and people were trying to come and kill him. It was a different script at that stage, but I thought it was an interesting idea and I thought an audience may love it. Awesome idea, but I have to bring up a fanboy point. Why are the other James Bonds mourning the same dead wife? LT - Well, they don't. Moore visits her grave in For Your Eyes Only. LT - Oh, he does, does he. I didn't know that. What would your answer have been had I not brought that up? LT - I was not aware that he visited it. I thought if you sprung that on an audience, it may open up a whole new avenue or way of viewing Bond movies. Another reason I was proposing that as an idea was for future movies, when Pierce leaves and someone else comes on board, you may actually be able to do that as an introduction. You might be able to introduce the new guy as a new guy and look, there have been several before you, you're a new one. Don't rock the boat and don't do this and don't do that.

  • Oct. 6, 2012, 4:36 a.m. CST

    also

    by CARTMANEZ

    i think i remember rumours about Connery was going to cameo in the gentlemans club scene. i guess thats where Lee Tamahori wouldve had him appear giving advice to Brosnans Bond

  • And that was that the Bond we know, suave, controlled, focused, a master seducer was not always like this so in the transformation into 007, he had to be given combat training, espionage, etc...but also the skills on how to get into women's pants. How does British intelligence teach that? A fascinating angle. I know you can spoil things by doing too in depth an origin (some mystery is good) but I like the idea. I haven't seen Craig's Casino Royale since release (memory a bit fuzzy) but I think they briefly touched on the fact Bond is more or less early on, a rough around the edges sociopath (you pretty much have to be to do what he does) but I would like to know a bit more. The Craig films deviated from the known Bond formula elements, which I have resisted...but there is room to play around with other parts of his psyche. I want to see the next Bond do something with the S.A.S.

  • Oct. 6, 2012, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Three things:

    by theDORK

    1) I want to thank her for her continued contributions to the Bond films and keeping the franchise healthy and ongoing 2) I'd love to have full, unprotected sexual intercourse with her (no condom) 3) see 2)

  • http://www.craveonline.com/film/interviews/197415-hard-to-talk-about-barbara-broccoli-on-everything-or-nothing-and-skyfall

  • Oct. 6, 2012, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Love talking Bond...

    by Andrew Coleman

    First off if Lazenby stayed on for Diamonds are Forever that movie would be considered one of the best too. When it comes to Bond I essentially act with each new actor like it's a new universe. Makes it easier to walk. If you take the movies as literal sequels nothing makes sense. I would like to know even with the fan base split on QOS... Will we ever see Quantum again? Like in the fourth or fifth movie? I'd like to see Craig's Bond take them on again or wipe them out. Cause in a way Quantum was a realistic Spectre. Instead of one asshole controlling an entire terror organization. This was like a dozen or more super rich ass holes going outside the law to control natural resources and governments. Fuck you could talk me into thinking Quantum was real. Just because the director shook the camera around too much doesn't mean that story should just be forgotten. Die Another Day is easier to watch now if you just realize they were trying to make a Roger Moore Bond movie with Brosnan.

  • Oct. 6, 2012, 11:53 a.m. CST

    The True Nature of Being James Bond, via Ian Fleming

    by Greggers

    James Bond is a civil servant. In one fo the early books, maybe Moonraker, it delves into the inanity that constitutes 95% of his life, the 95% when he's not on assignment. His apartment, going to the office, taking lunch, writing reports, and having the hots for a girl at the office without necessarily doing anything about it. This James Bond wasn't a redirected sociopath, but a stoic; one who didn't enjoy the more violent aspects of his life, but did so out of duty loyalty (to M), and professionalism.

  • Oct. 6, 2012, 12:37 p.m. CST

    New Bond Please...

    by Jerry Danzig

    I'm sorry, but Daniel Craig just does NOT cut it for me as Bond. He doesn't have the wit or charisma -- and he doesn't even look that good, except for his washboard stomach. I for one am very disheartened that they'll be making two more Bond films with him. That means I'll be a very old man indeed before I might see a Bond film again...

  • Oct. 6, 2012, 2:37 p.m. CST

    connery was gonna be bond's dad..

    by ben sheppard

    From what I heard, the bit in the gentleman's club in DAD would show Bond snr, (not the original Bond mind you, just connery playing a different character) being told his son was alive and out of the prision camp place. Didn't happen either coz connery wasn't up for it, or someone realised we'd been told by 006 that bond's folks were dead. For the best I'd say. Sidenote- Lazenby wanted to play a villian but no one was interested!

  • Oct. 6, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST

    This interview has a glaring great hole in it...

    by Dromosus

    The size of about seven films and eleven years. A raised eyebrow shaped hole. A double taking pigeon shaped hole. A hover gondola shaped hole. A bomb disposal in clown suit shaped hole. A Union Jack parachute shaped hole. An aquatic Lotus esprit shaped hole. A honky on your tail shaped hole. A safari suit shaped hole. This interview could have been so much Moore.

  • Oct. 6, 2012, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Craig for another two movies??

    by Volllllume3

    Such fucking bullshit...

  • Oct. 6, 2012, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Connery/Moore

    by taff

    Loved both Connery & Moore for different reasons. Did not like Dalton and even though I thought the Brosnan choice was a good one never saw any of them in theaters. I like the new incarnation but still enjoy watching the old Connery/Mooore.

  • Oct. 6, 2012, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Dromosus:

    by ben sheppard

    I fucking love you. And you forgot about the inventing the snowboard shaped hole.

  • Oct. 6, 2012, 10:35 p.m. CST

    And filling Grace Jones' hole hole.

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

  • Oct. 6, 2012, 11:32 p.m. CST

    BRONSON was a Great Bond but had Crappy Scripts!

    by Drunken Busboy

    For Me ROGER MOORE is the Bond I grew up with. I still think LIVE & LET DIE is one of the greatest Bond movies ever! Roger just went 2 Bond movies too many!

  • Oct. 7, 2012, 3:41 a.m. CST

    great interview

    by quintana007

    thank you. now i'm off to look for this documentary

  • Oct. 7, 2012, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Trevanian

    by Keith Small

    Looks like Peter recruited a new girl for the "We Like Cute Boys For Bond Club". Congrats!

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