The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

16 May 2004

Stabbed, not stirred

Quentin Tarantino, having successfully killed Bill, wants a shot at James Bond.

At least he's picked the right Bond story. Casino Royale is one of two Bond tales for which the descendants of Albert B. Broccoli do not control the movie rights — the other is Thunderball — so it should be at least reasonably simple to negotiate the rights. I don't think the Broccoli operation will willingly release Pierce Brosnan to play Bond for Tarantino, though.

Would I go see this? No doubt. The 1967 original was made as a deliberate spy spoof, and a remarkably unfunny one at that; the best thing about it was the Tijuana Brass recording of the Bacharach/David title tune (A&M 850, #27 pop in Billboard). It's about time someone did this story justice.

Posted at 12:44 PM to Almost Yogurt


I liked Casino Royale -- the movie. But I had a big David Niven thing going once.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 1:49 PM on 16 May 2004

In fact, The Wife and I are watching KBv1 right now, and it only reinforces my belief that QT is something of a God.

Hell, he could remake "Ishtar" and I'd pay big $$$ to watch it.

Posted by: David at 2:57 PM on 16 May 2004

I might pay small $$$ to watch a remake of "Ishtar" mainly on the assumption that no one could do it worse than the original.

Unless, that is, Ashton Kutcher were to be cast in a lead role...

Posted by: McGehee at 3:04 PM on 16 May 2004

Dude, Where's My Camel?

I don't think so.

Posted by: CGHill at 4:00 PM on 16 May 2004

Seems like I remember some TV station using TJB's Casino Royale as their "dialing for dollars" music back in the '70s. May have been a Little Rock station I watched when visiting grandparents. (The count is "down 4," the amount is $80.)

Posted by: Michael Bates at 7:06 AM on 17 May 2004

Since we've already had a second Thunderball in Never Say Never Again, it would have to be Casino Royale. Actually, I could imagine QT bringing back Roger Moore to play Bond again, giving him a cynical world-weariness like he did with Robert Forster in Jackie Brown. That would be something of a stroke of genius.

Posted by: Phil at 10:41 AM on 17 May 2004

Now that's an idea. There's precedent — Sean Connery (!) came back to play Bond in Never Say Never Again — and few people can do world-weary quite like Roger Moore.

Posted by: CGHill at 11:06 AM on 17 May 2004