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James Bond #6.... Clive Owens?

FortKnox (169099) writes | more than 9 years ago

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Looks like Mr.Owens is the Media favorite for the job and has officially screentested for the role.
British tabloids are claiming he will be officially named the next Bond this week.
There are some pushing for the nip/tuck star Julian McMahon. He is in the running (has publically admitted to it), but he's an Aussie... last Aussie Bond didn't get that good of a reception, and only had one film (that'd be Mr.LazenbyLooks like Mr.Owens is the Media favorite for the job and has officially screentested for the role.
British tabloids are claiming he will be officially named the next Bond this week.
There are some pushing for the nip/tuck star Julian McMahon. He is in the running (has publically admitted to it), but he's an Aussie... last Aussie Bond didn't get that good of a reception, and only had one film (that'd be Mr.Lazenby). There is also discussion of MGM just pulling out the big bucks and taking care of the situation by throwing as much money as they possibly can at Pierce Brosnan.

All the (popular) possibilities are here.

My opinion? Brosnan is a hell of a Bond. I think Owens will be a great Bond. As long as names like Orlando Bloom, Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Ewan McGregor, and every other 'big name' stay out of the picture, I'd be happy.

I'm rooting for Pierce or Clive, myself...

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Only one? (1)

nizo (81281) | more than 9 years ago | (#12147385)

Am I the only one who thought FortKnox was saying that #6 in the fotocon was going to be the next James Bond?

Re:Only one? (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | more than 9 years ago | (#12147791)

No... I was pretty close to thinking that too.

Owen (1)

XopherMV (575514) | more than 9 years ago | (#12147424)

That makes sense considering the rumors surrounding Owen Wilson [imdb.com] possibly being offered the role. Someone probably leaked that "Owen" would get it, but didn't say which Owen.

I don't understand it (1)

NeMon'ess (160583) | more than 9 years ago | (#12147710)

I accept all of the Bonds except for Lazenby. I watch their films and instantly accept that they are James Bond. Yet I try to imagine any of the actors being considered as Bond and I can't do it. Even though Brosnan looks different from Dalton, I can only imagine an actor who looks like them being #6. I suppose whoever they choose will convince me when I actually see him in action.

Re:I don't understand it (1)

NeMon'ess (160583) | more than 9 years ago | (#12147769)

Well effing hell. I didn't follow the link you posted. I was expecting to see a page with Bloom and Crowe on it. I voted for Julian McMahon. I think he has the best look of them.

Re:I don't understand it (1)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 9 years ago | (#12148215)

Read the books. Lazenby is closer than Moore and much/most of Connery.

Re:I don't understand it (1)

NeMon'ess (160583) | more than 9 years ago | (#12157550)

I should. They're on my reading list. But I haven't read anything in quite some time that wasn't on the net, in a newspaper, or a textbook.

Question (1)

On Lawn (1073) | more than 9 years ago | (#12148045)

There are two Bond franchises, one is UA the other is MGM. UA has Pierce for a while, but he's said he's out of there. But he's said he might be the MGM Bond...

MGM's last Bond flick was "Never say Never", No?

If that is true the running for UA Bond (a bigger fish) seems to be Jude Law, and Hugh Grant. Of which I think Hugh Grant is a strong candidate for being an early Connery type Bond (Dr. No and Goldfinger).

Re:Question (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 9 years ago | (#12148979)

Lazenby was 86'ed by Broccoli & Saltzman, 'cos he thought he was the hot stuff new Bond, and acted like a big-shot in negotiating for "Diamonds are Forever". B&S thought he was acting like a twat, and figured they could re-hire Connery at that kind of money - they did. And they made sure that Lazenby got a shitty reputation: "You'll never work in this town again!" He didn't.

Roger Moore was "The Saint", which must've caught the producers' eyes. He filled in after Connery did his bit. Him and Dalton were the only English Bonds - you got Scottish, Australian and Irish. Lazenby and Brosnan could always pass - not Connery!

I always liked the idea of Patrick McGoohan as Bond. If I pretend that the Moore flicks are really just "Saint" movies - these are really much better fun, too!

Looks like this new fellow is Welsh. After seeing "Croupier" I'd guess he's more like the book Bond than even Lazenby - who was still a bit too-much the "pretty-boy, robust, man of action" type. Bond had an f-ing desk job, and every couple years went out in the field to get some tail and be tortured. :-)

MGM doesn't have a franchise - they had an option on a treatment that Flemming wrote for television. The project got shelved, and Flemming made the story into - I think - "Thunderball", which explains the presence of the Largo character, etc... MGM bought the rights for the original treatment, and fought for yeard against Broc/Salz for the right to make the thing! They parlayed this into "Never Say Never Again", orginally titled "Warhead". It was a one-off with no legal right to continue making "Bonds". Sergio Mendez does the soundtrack. This is in tribute to the other non Broc/Salz Bond: "Casino Royale" for which he did the soundtrack, and behind which is another sloppy, show business legal story involving American television.

Re:Question (1)

On Lawn (1073) | more than 9 years ago | (#12159271)


Funny enough, I like Templar better than Bond. My favorite episode was the one where he was challenged to rob a dinner with a bunch of wealthy people, including he chief of police.

So he winds up making a circus act of it, the rich people find it so quaint to be robbed, and Templar assures them the proceeds will go to an orphanage. They happily hand over their jewelry and stop the Chief from arresting him.

That was probably the pinnacle Templar, but the old black and white episodes where he had to protect someone from the mob or something were the classic "Saint".

And funny you mention McGoohan because John Drake was my favorite out of all of them. He was more a more tortured and dark personality and didn't mess around with booze or carousing.

Anyway, you are right MGM doesn't have perpetual rights to Bond. But I was of the understanding they had more than Casino Royale they still had rights to produce. I could be wrong, the legal battles around Bond are legendary but far too complex to really get down well (which you seem to have).

Re:Question (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 9 years ago | (#12159386)

I used to be really into this stuf. Heck, I even read Kingsly Amis's "The James Bond Companion" - which shows a certain fortitude!

Drake in Dangerman/Secret Agent was great! All the situations he was sent into were really screwed and ambiguous. He was a perfect lead-in for McGoohan to do The Prisoner.

I remember your Saint episode. Pretty good stuff. I always liked spotting the recurring charater actors that would turn up here and in the Avengers. Donald Sutherland did a lot of U.K. TV, and turns up in two of the colour Saints. I don't mean the horrible Ian Ogilvie thing! ;-)

Please no (1)

sielwolf (246764) | more than 9 years ago | (#12149352)

My boy Clive has much better things to do with his life. Like my mans Eric Bana as the Hulk: it gets in the way of his legacy. Clive has demonstrated abilities beyond A) standing there and B) looking pretty. He has a tortured aspect, played on in such things as Second Sight, I'll Sleep when I'm Dead, Sin City. Bond has a slight misery at his edges. But they'd never capture that (it'd be something a Frankenheimer or Fuller could do) and just make another schlock fest. No. The world is far to interesting to limit Clive Owen to Bond.

I think Bond needs to be retired for 6 years. Give us time to find some good stories instead of just feeding the fat maw of the mob. Tarantino has expressed interest. I wonder if Brocoli would give it to him?

Re:Please no (1)

Em Emalb (452530) | more than 9 years ago | (#12152561)

Tarantino has expressed interest. I wonder if Brocoli would give it to him?

I hope not.

Bond: "The names Bond. James mutha fucken Bond, bitch"

Villian: "Betta check yoself Meesta Bond, 'for you wreck yoself"

Taratino (on directing the movie) I tried to give Bond and edge, tried to update the series to the new millenium. It's what I do. HEHEHEHEHEHEHE

BLECK.

SciFi Article (1)

XopherMV (575514) | more than 9 years ago | (#12170823)

I just read a SciFi article [scifi.com] about this today, which I guess they got from Variety.
  • Variety contains a roundup of rumors and assertions about who may or may not assume the mantle of James Bond in MGM's next 007 film. Complicating the issue is the impending takeover of MGM by Sony, which will end MGM's run as an independent studio, the trade paper reported.

    Among the rumors and reports Variety related:

    • The Bond franchise-controlling Broccoli clan has patched things up with Pierce Brosnan and were negotiating a two-picture, $40 million deal. Alternatively, a rumor says that Brosnan has agreed to make one more film, while Sony and the Broccolis groom a new agent for a film to take over after that. Brosnan's representatives denied to Variety that any talks are taking place.
    • The British press reported that U.K. actor Daniel Craig has been offered a three-picture deal by the Broccoli family, a report that other sources downplay.
    • Angeleno magazine reported that Nip/Tuck's Julian McMahon is the next 007, with a cover that reads "Meet the Next James Bond."

    MGM has denied that any Bond has been chosen.
Nothing mentioned about Owens.
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