Re: RARA-AVIS: Helm vs Bond:

rikke & hanne Kesten (
Sat, 30 Jan 1999 10:48:09 -0400 Thatblumenidiot wrote:
> Why the difference in popularity? Was it only because the Bonds were
> first? Why is Bond a well known figure now and Helm forgotten?

The main reason is that the first film, made for United Artists for
under a million dollars, surprised everyone and made a TON of money.
So, whatever the filmmakers choices were in the tone of that film, they
hit a nerve in the audience that assured a sequel. The sequel made even
more money, Connery as Bond became an icon and the series was
First great crisis in the Bond money-train was when Connery said: "No
more Bonds no matter how much money you offer..." And the producers
managed to maintain and eventually improve their franchise with others
portraying Bond.
--steve kesten
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