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Luke Evans is 41. Even the  most optimistic guesses on when Bond26 is realeased would make him at least the age Moore was when he was cast as Bond.

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The Sea Wolves (1980)

Starring Roger Moore, Gregory Peck. David Niven.
Based on a true story during WWII. The Germans are transmitting information, used to sink Allied ships, from the neutral harbour of Goa. British veterans from the Boer War are sent to take care of the problem. (This is a brief, simple description, so as not to give anything away, although I’m sure a lot of posters will have already seen it.)

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Black and blue (2019)

Naomie Harris plays the lead as a rookie police officer in New Orleans (but she is also an Afghanistan veteran) who is trying to balance being a police officer and black, something that's not easy. Then she witnesses corrupt police officers murdering criminals in cold blood and she has to survive alone in the slums while being chased by a group of corrupt cops. The plot is very tense, Naomie does us proud and really convinces as action hero. Don't miss this one!

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Invasion of the Body snatchers 1978
  This a remake of the original 1950s sci-fi classic and the best version in my opinion. A
fantastic cast the film was remade twice more in 1993 as Body Snatchers ! and with our
Own Daniel Craig's Invasion in 2007

https://youtu.be/vc_0dlmSq7I  Trailer

Later Donald  Sutherland would also star in another alien invasion conspiracy film
" The Puppet masters " in 1994

“God has given you one face, and you make yourself another"

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Thunderpussy wrote:

Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1978

I remember seeing this one in the theatre when it first came out, I was a mere munchkin.
As I recall, the pods were particularly disgusting, good biological horror, and there was a pod-malfunction involving a dog that gave me nightmares.

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Thunderpussy wrote:

Invasion of the Body snatchers 1978
  This a remake of the original 1950s sci-fi classic and the best version in my opinion. A
fantastic cast the film was remade twice more in 1993 as Body Snatchers ! and with our
Own Daniel Craig's Invasion in 2007

I've seen all three of these. For some reason, whenever I see the title Invasion of the Body snatchers, I think of The Day of the Triffids  ajb007/lol

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@Number 24 thanks for the heads up on Black and Blue, I will defiantly check it out in the near future.

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Robin and Marion

I suppose it helps to be knocking on a bit to appreciate this film, and to see it at this time of year as the leaves turn to flame. This was on three years ago when my Mum was in her final nursing home (she died in October) so it has a certain resonance for me.

As the film unfolds it is hard to see how it could be any more enjoyable than it is. Connery and Hepburn, and a score by John Barry. Connery's facing up against his old FRWL adversary Robert Shaw as the Sheriff of Nottingham but the odd thing is, you hardly notice it and if you did, it would not enhance your enjoyment. For this is the Shaw of Jaws and other classics, and this is the Connery not of Bond but The Name of the Rose.

Do watch it from the beginning, which is set in the Middle East Crusades and has Richard Harris as Richard the Lionheart. It nicely sets up the sheer cruelty, pointlessness and brutality of the endeavour.

The film has its flaws. Connery may be a great cinema sex symbol but I'm not convinced by his romantic lead credentials. I can't think of many or any of his films where you truly believe he is in love with the female lead. He is simply too vain or self-centred an actor, or his presence is. (Moore was even more narcissistic but he did have some humility as time went on.) Connery's main interaction lies in sparring with other men - the father figures of M or the Bond villain in early days, the young Hollywood A-listers in his later years. As with his lusty on-screen encounters, it is all about reinforcing his sense of self and persona. Falling in love is more about giving up of yourself. I don't really see Connery's acting doing that.

To be fair, the film does address this as Maid Marion (Hepburn) rebukes him for just going off and leaving her.

The odd thing about the film that hurts on first viewing is that on the one hand it's big on versimilitude and on the other it plugs the Robin Hood myth. Which is it?

The supporting cast is great and after repeated viewings it doesn't matter so much that none of them are given that much to do, none of them really get their 'turn'. That said, the sheer downbeat nature of the film earns it respect, it is so devotedly anti-Hollywood.

I do wish Hepburn had been given less of a mid-70s housewife at C&A catalogue hairstyle.

The ending doesn't quite work for me, or does it?

Spoiler Maid Marion kills Robin Hood with poison after his victory on the field of battle - is this because he is mortally wounded, in pain and due to die anyway? Or something darker? It is true to some versions of the myth and legend but its ambiguity possibly adds to its power.

The Ian Holm scene as King John is a mis-step - it's like something out of the Time Bandits (which Holm appeared in, as did Connery of course) than this film. His French princess is a bit hot too - you could imagine Bill and Ted whisking her away!  ajb007/biggrin

Audrey Hepburn, Robert Shaw, Denholm Elliot, Nicol Williamson, Ronnie Barker, Ian Holm, Richard Harris, Kenneth Haigh, Peter Butterworth, Bill Maynard... How ironic that of all this supporting cast, the only one still alive as I write is old Robin himself - Sean Connery.  ajb007/martini

Not to mention that acc to imdb, the young hot young actress who played Queen Isabella for all of 30 seconds went on to an illustrious career on the French screen where she is hot property today!  ajb007/cheers

Richard Lester the director is still alive but writer William Goldman and composer John Barry shot their final arrow in the air some years ago.

"This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

Roger Moore 1927-2017

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Now you made me want to watch "Robin and Marion" ajb007/smile 

It's a long time since I watched it, but I remember Connery as convinclingly in love in "The Russia House". Then again, who would't look convincingly in love with Michelle Pheiffer?

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rewatched some films that I haven't seen in a while (10+ years):

THE CROW
DARK CITY
SE7EN

I'm pleased to say that all three held up in my appreciation, with DARK CITY being one that took a huge leap forward in my esteem.

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TWINE>TND>QOS>TB>TMWTGG>GF>LALD>TLD>AVTAK>SP>DAF>LTK>DAD
Bond rankings: Lazenby>Moore>Connery>Craig>Brosnan>Dalton

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After my Alien invasion double bill, Tonight I'm hanging with the Anti-Christ.
Damien -The Omen 2.  I've seen these films many times, and love them
Satan Jr controlling events like Blofeld to achieve his aims. I also love
the inventive deaths they come up with, and hey a guy's got to have a
role model  ajb007/wink

“God has given you one face, and you make yourself another"

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The Deadly Affair (1967)

Starring James Mason and based on a John le Carre novel. A British agent, with the help of a retired cop, investigates the apparent suicide of a government employee. Some interesting characters and scenes in this film and I enjoyed watching it.

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Number24 wrote:

Black and blue (2019)

Naomie Harris plays the lead as a rookie police officer in New Orleans (but she is also an Afghanistan veteran) who is trying to balance being a police officer and black, something that's not easy. Then she witnesses corrupt police officers murdering criminals in cold blood and she has to survive alone in the slums while being chased by a group of corrupt cops. The plot is very tense, Naomie does us proud and really convinces as action hero. Don't miss this one!


Watched this tonight with Mr Spy, (he likes Naomie). Very good film. At one of the tense moments when Naomie's character was hiding from the police but they weren't actually around, we heard a siren and saw flashing blue lights and I thought she was going to get caught, but then I realised it was coming from the street next to ours  ajb007/lol

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ajb007/lol  ajb007/lol  ajb007/lol

"How was your lamb?" "Skewered. One sympathises."

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THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS, 1983.  Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner

I was in the mood for something like this and I hadn't seen it in ~30 years.

It's not the best of the Carl Reiner/Steve Martin films (that would be ALL OF ME) but it does have some amazingly big laughs in it, and those big laughs come fairly often.  it really only kinda turns to crap for 5 minutes or so during the climax when people are running around screaming, but it then rebounds with a funny endscene.

If you've got 90 minutes to kill, you could do a lot worse.  it was actually better than I remembered.

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Bond rankings: Lazenby>Moore>Connery>Craig>Brosnan>Dalton

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THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS
A brilliant movie  ajb007/cheers  so many
Quotable  lines.

“God has given you one face, and you make yourself another"

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Gymkata wrote:

THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS, 1983.  Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner

I like Kathleen Turner better parodying the vampy femme fatale, in this film and Roger Rabbit, as opposed to Body Heat where she played it straight.

I still haven't seen All of Me. Is that the one with Lily Tomlin? there's also Dead Man Don't Wear Plaid. and of course the Jerk. I saw the Jerk as soon as it came out, but for some reason never saw the followups at the time.

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Thunderpussy wrote:

THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS
A brilliant movie  ajb007/cheers  so many
Quotable  lines.

We have two cats in our house.  The wife has already started with 'get the cat outta here.'  I think that's a new, permanent line for us.

Also, I think the Austrian drunk driving test may be one of the single best comedic bits that Martin has ever done.
'God D_ _ _ your drunk tests are hard!'

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Bond rankings: Lazenby>Moore>Connery>Craig>Brosnan>Dalton

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caractacus potts wrote:
Gymkata wrote:

THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS, 1983.  Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner

I like Kathleen Turner better parodying the vampy femme fatale, in this film and Roger Rabbit, as opposed to Body Heat where she played it straight.

I still haven't seen All of Me. Is that the one with Lily Tomlin? there's also Dead Man Don't Wear Plaid. and of course the Jerk. I saw the Jerk as soon as it came out, but for some reason never saw the followups at the time.

yes, ALL OF ME has Lily Tomlin.  The film benefits greatly from having Martin play the role relatively straight apart when he's fighting for control of his body with Lily Tomlin.  The physical comedy in the film is brilliant.

I'm not a fan of DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID.  It has a few funny moments in it (the coffee scene comes to mind) but most of it is a gimmick that wears thin really quickly.

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TWINE>TND>QOS>TB>TMWTGG>GF>LALD>TLD>AVTAK>SP>DAF>LTK>DAD
Bond rankings: Lazenby>Moore>Connery>Craig>Brosnan>Dalton

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speaking of Steve Martin, here's an oddity:
Steve Martin's first comedy special: The Funnier Side Of Eastern Canada, 1974
It's actually a near straight travelogue, where he takes us on a tour of Toronto and Montreal, but all done in his goofball style.
Most of the places he shows us in Toronto don't exist anymore, there's been so much development! The footage of Ontario Place makes me especially nostalgic...

I can't figure out why he did this. Later in his career he collaborated a lot with Lorne Michaels, Dan Aykroyd, Paul Schaffer, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Martin Short ... but none of those guys are involved, so what was his Canadian connection in 1974?

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the last film I watched...

008: Operation Exterminate
Yet another lo-budget Italian spyfilm cranked out in 1965.
Starring Ingrid Schoeller as Agent 008, and Alberto Lupo as Agent 006.
I had recently seen Schoeller in an episode of the Saint, looking up her bio is what led me to this...
https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BNWU1Mjk5ZDctZTMxOC00OTNkLTk4NTEtZDBmNWIwOGEwZGY2XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMzA1MDQ2MTI@._V1_UY268_CR4,0,182,268_AL_.jpg

So, why did the Italians mass produce such a glut of James Bond ripoffs at the time? something to do with money-laundering perhaps? If other countries' film industries were also trying to cash in at such a scale, I don't stumble across their product so easily. These Italian made Bond-ripoffs are ubiquitous!

Mostly filmed in Egypt, some very nice location shots, with finale in Switzerland.
Schoeller plays the American spy who does most of the work, disguised as a nightclub chanteuse. Lupo is the British agent assigned to team up with her, kinda sorta looking like a more slope-browed Connery. He's basically her sidekick.

Get this: there is a dangerous anti-radar mcguffin that has been stolen and come up for sale in the black market. The spies of two countries are in Egypt, rivals teaming up to recover the technology. The villain traps them in the back of a truck, and drives them out deep into the Egyptian countryside and strands them there. At one point the sexy lady spy drugs her British male counterpart even though they're supposed to be working together. and so on...
I know when EON finally filmed The Spy Who Loved Me they couldnt actually use Fleming's The Spy Who Loved Me for plot ideas, but who woulda guessed they borrowed so much of the plot from this Italian obscurity?

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Not to mention borrowing the car - helicopter chase from Italian obscurity Danger Diabolik!

The Game

Slick nourish thriller from David Fincher - not as dark as Seven of course. Released in 1997 it has touches of Tomorrow Never Dies of that year, with BMWs, corporate events and scenes of death set up to frame the innocent.
It has Michael Douglas as the lead, a dour rich businessman who is sent a mysterious present by his unreliable younger brother played by Sean Penn. But when he reluctantly engages with it, he finds he's bitten off more than he can chew and may be victim of a massive scam.
It reminds me of a 1980s film with Rosanna Arquette in which the guy is stranded in New York all night after losing his wallet and can't get home.

To say more would spoil what is pretty much a one-note movie but done with such style that you do wish Fincher had done Bond - but would he want to?

"This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

Roger Moore 1927-2017

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hey I've actually heard of Danger Diabolik!
...or maybe I just heard of the comic strip its based on, and didnt realise theres a film until you mentioned it?
but now I have to see this film: I see it's got Largo in it.

according to wikipedia, Dino deLaurentis produced this Diabolik film at the same time he made Barberella (which I certainly have seen), sharing supporting actors and technical talent between the two adaptations to save money. I would imagine these two Euro-comics films must make a good double bill!

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Danger Diabolik is a fun movie. It was directed by Mario Bava and like many of his movies, some of it is a bit disjointed and the dubbing can be dodgy at times but overall it has a sense of style to it that belies its relatively small budget.

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caractacus potts wrote:
Gymkata wrote:

THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS, 1983.  Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner

I like Kathleen Turner better parodying the vampy femme fatale, in this film and Roger Rabbit, as opposed to Body Heat where she played it straight.

I still haven't seen All of Me. Is that the one with Lily Tomlin? there's also Dead Man Don't Wear Plaid. and of course the Jerk. I saw the Jerk as soon as it came out, but for some reason never saw the followups at the time.


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with Steve Martin and Michael Caine is a good one.