Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
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Subj: Re: casino royale 1967 (and R.I.P. Sir Sean Connery)
Posted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 at 04:25:52 pm EST (Viewed 75 times)
Reply Subj: Re: casino royale 1967
Posted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 at 09:38:52 am EST (Viewed 69 times)


    While its true Niven might have been Flemming's original choice, Fleming certainly liked Connery's performance after he saw it in Dr No. In fact, he gave Bond Scottish ancestry in the OHMSS book in honour of Connery.

And he made a very favourable mention of David Niven in "You Only Live Twice" (apparently the only such mention of a Hollywood actor), which was published in 1964, two years after the release of "Dr. No".

    If you've ever seen Roger Moore run in a bond film, he runs like a girl:-)

Well, Roger Moore was my first film Bond (I'm one of those rare birds in my generation and younger who read most of the novels before watching any of the movies), I've seen most of his movies, so maybe I'm more inclined in his favour or our tastes are just different. It is perhaps a bit sacrilegious to say it so soon after Sir Sean's passing, but IMO the best James Bond so far was Pierce Brosnan, who to my mind combined the best elements of his four predecessors in his portrayal. But I console myself by reminding myself that Sean Connery himself felt rather ambiguous about Bond and noting that as an actor he definitely improved with age (for instance, I actually prefer "Never Say Never Again" (the remake) to "Thunderball").

Incidentally, my three favourite films starring Sean Connery are
3. The Name of the Rose
2. Robin and Marian
1. The Man Who Would Be King

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