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Well of COURSE Tarantino wants to make a movie based on the book in which James Bond gets electrical shocks to his genitals and discusses theology with his friend ...

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Quentin Tarantino Wants To Make Next Bond Film

Only days after James Bond star Pierce Brosnan revealed that writers have been stymied in their efforts to come up with a script for a new 007 thriller and suggested that they return to a more character-driven plot like the one in the original Casino Royale novel, Quentin Tarantino has indicated that he would like to remake Casino Royale -- with Brosnan in the starring role. In an interview with the online Sci-Fi Wire, Tarantino indicated that he had had a positive meeting with Brosnan about his proposal but that he had only a "thin chance" that MGM and the Bond film producers would go for it. "I don't see that they have anything to lose at all," Tarantino said. "They've got this gigantic franchise, they can't do anything wrong with it. Pierce Brosnan's only going to do one more movie for them, if that, so ... go my way and do it a little differently. I won't do anything that will ruin the series." (The 1967 film version of Casino Royale was a virtual spoof of Bond movies, featuring a number of actors, including David Niven and Peter Sellers, playing Bond in multiple "disguises.")

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Of course there is always the "never say never again" route.... Say what you will, but it sports my favorite "M" and a novel "Q". I'd like to see what he'd do with it. The novel has a killer gambling sequence that has been imitated a few times, but never really done according to the plot.

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Rich Kennedy wrote:

: Of course there is always the "never say never again" route....

I believe that movie was made possible by the fact that Kevin McClory had received some sort of writing credit on the original Thunderball (1965) that gave him the legal right to re-make it if he so chose -- he tried to parlay this into an all-new Bond franchise at Sony a few years ago, but the courts ruled that only MGM/UA, which owns the rights to virtually all of Ian Fleming's other Bond stories, could go the franchise route.

Interestingly, however, I do not believe Casino Royale is one of the stories that MGM/UA owns. It was the first of the Bond novels that Fleming wrote, and the 1967 Columbia Pictures film of that name -- more of a parody than an adaptation -- remains the only Bond film produced outside the MGM/UA canon (apart from Never Say Never Again, the re-make of Thunderball that was produced in 1983 by Warner Brothers). I would be surprised if it was even within MGM/UA's power to produce a faithful adaptation of Casino Royale now.

In other words, if Tarantino wants to make this film, he probably doesn't have to go to MGM/UA -- all he has to do is find out who DOES own the rights, and persuade THEM to let him make the film. And if he can bring Brosnan on board, so much the better. Hey, why not? The Warner Brothers film starred Sean Connery -- although, admittedly, Connery had not starred in an MGM/UA Bond flick for over a decade when he signed onto that film. Brosnan, on the other hand, is still working with the MGM/UA people and might not want to compete with them.

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MattPage wrote:

: I'd always thought Casino Royale was a spoof?

The existing 1967 film of that name, yes. But the novel was actually the very first of the Bond books -- indeed, I suspect its firstness may be the reason its film rights went to a different set of producers than those of the other books. It was first adapted for American television in 1954, before Sean Connery took the character to the big screen in 1962's Dr. No; I have never seen that original teleplay, but apparently it was released on VHS, and apparently it has also been included on the Casino Royale DVD as a bonus feature.

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007 to put his gadgets on ice

THE next James Bond film is to turn away from the high-tech gadgetry and special effects of recent 007 productions. The remake of Casino Royale, the first Bond novel, will concentrate instead on the character of the spy, painted by Ian Fleming in the book as a suave, coldly aggressive seducer. . . . The decision to make Casino Royale comes after Quentin Tarantino said at the Cannes film festival that he would like to adapt the book for the screen. Tarantino’s words seem to have spurred the action from the Bond films team.

Sunday Times, November 28

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