Re: RARA-AVIS: Helm vs Bond:

Sat, 30 Jan 1999 11:24:57 -0800 (PST) Re Jim's mention of Kevin McClory and the THUNDERBALL remake rights:

McClory made a rather scandalous run down that hill last year with SONY.
He signed a contract with them to produce WARHEAD 2000 and then a series
of Bond films all growing out of the same story. MGM/UA and outside
council, the legendary Pierce O'Donnell, sued to stop the productions
and won.

At one point SONY even had the nerve to claim they not only had the
right to make any Bond film they wanted to make, but that MGM/UA also
owed them royalties on all the PREVIOUS Bond adventures as well!

As much as I'd like to see diversity in the series, the McClory/SONY
team wasn't exactly what I was talking about. We've seen McClory's idea
of what he'd do with Bond (NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN) - more of the SOS.
And SONY's most creative executives seem to work in the legal

The idea of a Tarantino giving us a fresh take on the character is
appealing, another series (especially one starring Dalton) merely
capitalizing on a questionable legal loophole and delivering a rip-off
series of weak imitations of the Broccoli Bonds is something I can live

Corporations like SONY don't get adventurous with goldmines like Bond
(outside of the courtroom, of course). They deliver to the masses what
they think the masses want - the same thing they've been eating up for
37 years.


PS - ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE is a terrific non-Connery Bond.
Lazenby is a bit stiff but I think he could have grown into the role if
he had been given a chance. I think the film itself is superior to most
of the other Bonds. Diana Rigg is fantastic casting as a "Bond Girl". So
perfect he MARRIED her!


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