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Jag wrote:

Not quite sure why so many people want to keep Bond so old-fashioned and out of touch with the modern world. People nowadays go to casinos in shorts and thongs, not tuxedoes. Drinking champagne and eating caviar is not what it was half a century ago. Smoking is not something that makes you look cool anymore. I want to see a Bond creatively updated and moved in time to the 21st century. If I want to watch a fully classic Bond, I’ll put on Goldfinger. When I watch Bond 25, I want to be amazed the way people back in the 1960’s were when they watched Goldfinger. There is no point repeating the same old stuff all the time. There is nothing wrong with being a little self-referential, but this should be only done discretely. So I’d rather be surprised by the new Bond that tell producers what I want the new Bond to be. But if I can give a few hints – I’d like to see a few sensible and useful gadgets again – preferably something totally new and not seen before. How will they be able to fit them with the new Q, who apparently doesn’t go for exploding pens anymore? I don’t know, but it’s not my problem…

Do you think TH could rock a man bun and thong ajb007/lol

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If Craig quits now the new actor should keep the current MI6 staff and the SPECTRE storyline/Blofeld, because it's simply too soon to drop it. Lazenby continued Connery's SPECTRE storyline and both he and Moore inherited Connery's MI6 staff.

There should be less time spent on Bond's personal history and more on his personal life (girls and other types of leasure activities, food, wine, hobbies).

It would be great to see more movies where M gives 007 a mission and Bond simply carried it out. Ideally Bond is sent on a mission seemingly unrelated to previous events, but he later discovers it's a SPECTRE ploy to free Blofeld.

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Agreed, I too want less personal history for Bond. With M sending
Bond off to defend the realm on a mission or two. With a new 007
I'll be expecting a big "jaw dropping" opening sequence.
    I do like the Craig era films, so have done a 180 on Bond being so
Fussy over his food and wine  ( we can take it as read, that he expects
the best and gets it )
   Keep the humour at the Skyfall level, I do prefer a harder edged 007, and
Keep giving Bond a hard time occasionally, a good torture scene every now
And then, to remind the audience that Bond's job is dangerous and hard.
  Also agree that Hopefully Blofeld will escape , perhaps news of this at
The end of Bond 25,  ( giving a chance to change actors, if Waltz doesn't want
to return ) setting up Bond 26.

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I too want less of a personal history for Bond. Character development should be in the present story and from telling a story from the past. Fleming did that well in his stories.

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I want the biggest and most impressive action scene in the last act of the movie, preferably in a set/location worthy of Ken Adam  ajb007/bond

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Jag wrote:
Higgins wrote:

Please boot Tom Ford
Please bring Back Arnold

See, I am a simple bloke who can easily be made happy  ajb007/biggrin



We certainly agree on that! I missed the Italian suits.

No Italian suits! Tom Ford is closer to Bond's Mayfair-tailored roots than Brioni. Keep Tom Ford, boot Jany Temime!

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Get David Mason/Anthony Sinclair on suit duty!

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HalfMonk HalfHitman wrote:

Get David Mason/Anthony Sinclair on suit duty!

Wouldn't that be great!

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A raid at the end, something we haven't seen in a Bond movie since TLD and no other action franchise has a tradition for

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Right, things I'd like to see for a new Bond:

- Like GE, open with an iconic stunt
- Also like GE, introduce Bond with a bit of humour.
- Have Bond drive a DB5. Make it the new trademark of Bond, like his line "Bknd, James Bond" and him ordering Martinis.


Also, I think this is essential when any new Bond starts; take time to make their first film perfect. Like GE or CR, take time with scripts, don't rush a film out.

1.LTK  2.AVTAK  3.OP  4.FYEO  5.TND  6.LALD  7.GE  8.GF  9.TSWLM  10.SPECTRE  11.SF  12.MR 13.YOLT  14.TLD  15.CR (06)  16.TMWTGG  17.TB  18.FRWL  19.TWINE  20.OHMSS  21.DAF  22.DAD  23.QoS  24.NSNA  25.DN  26.CR (67)

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Hire fewer French actresses (usually brunettes). There is nothing wrong with them, it's just that most Bond girls during Craig's tenure was in this group.

The same goes for the locations Italy, the Alps and Turkey.

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Number24 wrote:

Hire fewer French actresses (usually brunettes). There is nothing wrong with them, it's just that most Bond girls during Craig's tenure was in this group.

The same goes for the locations Italy, the Alps and Turkey.

Agree with all of this, as well as a raid in the third act!  ajb007/cool  Time for Bond to return to Japan...

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Here's my little wish list:

- A coherent and solid script, for once.

- A more pared-down modern espionage plot that actually challenges Bond in unpredictable and bold ways and puts him in seriously dangerous situations where he has to use his wits and combat skills to survive. No more exploding watches or ejector seats to get him out of trouble, we've seen enough of that during the franchise already.

- A stand-alone mission with the MI6 team staying put in London and Bond being out on the field alone.

- Stop using predictable personal angles as a lazy substitute for real character study. Instead make the character of Bond interesting and complex by focusing on his dialogue and interactions with the characters he meets during his mission.

- Truly innovative action scenes and breathtaking stunts. Throw in some brutal fist fights as well.

- A sense of vibrant and colourful immersion and detail with the locations Bond travels to.

- Leave out Spectre's experimentations with gags and puns and keep the humour dry and witty.

- If they decide to continue with Blofeld, I want to hear no mention of the Oberhauser family in relation to him ever again.

- No more retconning.

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I'm not opposed to a gadget or two...but I couldn't agree more about the MI6 staff (especially M!!) staying in London, for the love of God.

Bond #7 should be in the field in 25, more or less alone, until Jeffrey Wright's Leiter appears with something to move the narrative forward  ajb007/cool

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"Screw 'em." - Daniel Craig, The Best James Bond EverTM

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Loeffelholz wrote:

I'm not opposed to a gadget or two...but I couldn't agree more about the MI6 staff (especially M!!) staying in London, for the love of God.

Bond #7 should be in the field in 25, more or less alone, until Jeffrey Wright's Leiter appears with something to move the narrative forward  ajb007/cool

No Helicopters or Planes, please no Helicopters or planes, enough already.

Of that of which we cannot speak we must pass over in silence- Ludwig Wittgenstein.

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zaphod99 wrote:

No Helicopters or Planes, please no Helicopters or planes, enough already.

Are lasers ok? It would sure please chrisisall! ("Everything's better with lasers!" )
http://www.ajb007.co.uk/topic/45194/bon … -by-laser/

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Barbel wrote:
zaphod99 wrote:

No Helicopters or Planes, please no Helicopters or planes, enough already.

Are lasers ok? It would sure please chrisisall! ("Everything's better with lasers!" )
http://www.ajb007.co.uk/topic/45194/bon … -by-laser/

Lasers are cool, I would love me some Lasers... ajb007/cool

Of that of which we cannot speak we must pass over in silence- Ludwig Wittgenstein.

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Well bond could be issued with one of those laser pens....under the instruction not to use it near an airport of course!

It was either that.....or the priesthood

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zaphod99 wrote:
Loeffelholz wrote:

I'm not opposed to a gadget or two...but I couldn't agree more about the MI6 staff (especially M!!) staying in London, for the love of God.

Bond #7 should be in the field in 25, more or less alone, until Jeffrey Wright's Leiter appears with something to move the narrative forward  ajb007/cool

No Helicopters or Planes, please no Helicopters or planes, enough already.

I agree with this  ajb007/martini  but I would like to see Bond on some sort of boat, I've always liked the idea of Bond taking time out on a boat and it's quite fitting with his naval past.

It was either that.....or the priesthood

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Matt S wrote:
Jag wrote:
Higgins wrote:

Please boot Tom Ford
Please bring Back Arnold

See, I am a simple bloke who can easily be made happy  ajb007/biggrin



We certainly agree on that! I missed the Italian suits.

No Italian suits! Tom Ford is closer to Bond's Mayfair-tailored roots than Brioni. Keep Tom Ford, boot Jany Temime!


We might have to disagree on that one. If you compare the fit of a Brioni vs Tom Ford, then if you take Ford as a representative of the British tradition, I will have to conclude that the Brits have lost it.

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Jag wrote:
Matt S wrote:
Jag wrote:


We certainly agree on that! I missed the Italian suits.

No Italian suits! Tom Ford is closer to Bond's Mayfair-tailored roots than Brioni. Keep Tom Ford, boot Jany Temime!


We might have to disagree on that one. If you compare the fit of a Brioni vs Tom Ford, then if you take Ford as a representative of the British tradition, I will have to conclude that the Brits have lost it.

I understand your point, but Tom Ford showed in QOS that he could do a decent job with the right costume designer. The QOS suits are only just a hair too tight. His shoulders are much better than the larger Brioni shoulders on Craig. Tom Ford isn't to blame for the shrunken suits in SF and SP, and that's not what he usually does. He didn't even design those suits, Jany Temime did. She's the problem. If you pair Lindy Hemming with Tom Ford, Bond would have proper suits. The Italians have messed up too, with suits too long and baggy in LTK and to a lesser extent in GE and TND, and aeroplane-wing lapels and wide flares in TSWLM and MR (though the fit was perfect there).

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I agree with a lot of your posts especially operation bedlam and loellelholz

When screen testing the new Bond what do you think the Producers will be looking for?????

i can only find a few on You tube James Brolin and Sam Neil and thats a bit dated

1 Fight scene
2.Chatting the girl up and being smooth
3. Tux
4. Aston Martin DB 11
5. Torture scene
6. His Dark depressing side losing M
7. beach scene

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Matt S wrote:
Jag wrote:
Matt S wrote:

No Italian suits! Tom Ford is closer to Bond's Mayfair-tailored roots than Brioni. Keep Tom Ford, boot Jany Temime!


We might have to disagree on that one. If you compare the fit of a Brioni vs Tom Ford, then if you take Ford as a representative of the British tradition, I will have to conclude that the Brits have lost it.

I understand your point, but Tom Ford showed in QOS that he could do a decent job with the right costume designer. The QOS suits are only just a hair too tight. His shoulders are much better than the larger Brioni shoulders on Craig. Tom Ford isn't to blame for the shrunken suits in SF and SP, and that's not what he usually does. He didn't even design those suits, Jany Temime did. She's the problem. If you pair Lindy Hemming with Tom Ford, Bond would have proper suits. The Italians have messed up too, with suits too long and baggy in LTK and to a lesser extent in GE and TND, and aeroplane-wing lapels and wide flares in TSWLM and MR (though the fit was perfect there).

Thanks! It makes more sense when you put it this way. I'm still no fan of Tom Ford though, regardless who actually designs a piece. After all it was Tom Ford whose label was stuck on those suits, not Jany Temime's.

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Not being much of a clothes horse myself, I can honestly say that I'm easy to please in this regard. I thought Craig always looked well turned-out, even as others said his suits were too tight, or what have you. I can see where being Cinematic Bond's tailor would be a plum gig for any suit-maker.

Last edited by Loeffelholz (24th May 2016 00:51)

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I would like a Bond who can pull off seduction; I don't buy Craig as a womaniser. Rather than having lots of personal history, I'd like there to be more enigma, both in the character and in the film. Also, a simple plot and not just a collection of set pieces (having a great set piece is good but it needs to be integrated into the story).