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Topic: Mission Impossible Fallout Would Have Made A Great Bond 25

Was watching MI Fallout and thought with a bit of tinkering it would have made a great Bond 25.  If you replaced:

Ethan Hunt with James Bond
Benji with Q
Luther with Felix
Julia with Madeleine
Solomon Lane with Blofeld
The Apostles with SPECTRE
Ilsa with new Bond girl


It would have been a perfect follow up to SPECTRE.

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Fallout was getting really great reviews and I was excited to see it for the main reasons you give, of giving me a rough idea of what Bond 25 might be like. The title showed Solomon Lane escaping (by driving an armored car underwater and fishing him out with scuba gear - just like how Sanchez escapes in License to Kill), just like Blofeld needs to do at some point. However I found it very overrated and much prefer the last 3 MI movies.

Reasons:

1. It would bug me if Bond negotiated with terrorists like Ethan does in the movie. You don't pay terrorists for plutonium. They will just make more with the money you funded them. Even if it is just a sting, you don't have to bring real money.
2. And Bond shouldn't break out Blofeld.
3. Blofeld/Lane shouldn't get his ass kicked by Q/Benji
4. The Madeleine character (who Ethan breaks up with in Mi3 movie). At the end of the Mi4, Ethan is watching her and says 'I'm just making sure she's ok'. Well the only thing putting her in danger is keeping tabs on her. Because if you just ignored her, the villain would not even know about her.

Last edited by Shatterfang (28th Jun 2019 15:13)

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Generally agree about Bond negotiating with terrorists. Ethan’s character is much more of a morally ambiguous “ends justify the means” type. For instance, I think Bond is far less likely to sacrifice innocent lives to benefit the mission. He would find another way. That makes Bond a little less “modern” and “edgy”, I suppose, but it’s a core component of his character IMO.

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Miles Messervy wrote:

Generally agree about Bond negotiating with terrorists. Ethan’s character is much more of a morally ambiguous “ends justify the means” type. For instance, I think Bond is far less likely to sacrifice innocent lives to benefit the mission.

I'm curious if you've actually seen this film? Because something which is discussed at length in it is that Ethan Hunt won't put a single life at risk even to save millions.

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„Some flaw deep in your core being simply won’t allow you to choose between one life and millions. Now you see that as a sign of weakness. To me, that’s your greatest strength.“

Also check M:I-2 where Sean Ambrose says that Hunt would rather be doing some death defying stunts than kill somebody for his mission.

And let’s not forget, I was the main villain in Fallout, not Lane. ajb007/bond

Actually, Fallout is full of examples:
Hunt‘s compunction about killing police officers whilst freeing Lane
Only tranquilizing the fake Lark

Last edited by AugustWalker (28th Jun 2019 15:57)

The name is Walker by the way.

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Fair points. I stand corrected. And I did watch the film, but clearly I didn’t pay much attention to it.  ajb007/lol

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Every time he chose his friends over the world, the world was fine anyway. It will give some depth if Ethan's character flaw got a lot of people killed in the next one. I hear it's going to be a two-parter which means a cliffhanger. The friends he wouldn't sacrifice would turn on him.

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Miles Messervy wrote:

Generally agree about Bond negotiating with terrorists. Ethan’s character is much more of a morally ambiguous “ends justify the means” type. For instance, I think Bond is far less likely to sacrifice innocent lives to benefit the mission. He would find another way. That makes Bond a little less “modern” and “edgy”, I suppose, but it’s a core component of his character IMO.

Bond stood by and watched Silva shoot Severin in the head.

All through Casino Royale and QoS, M is constantly commenting on Bond's lack of concern over the innocent people he gets close to dying.

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canoe2 wrote:

Bond stood by and watched Silva shoot Severin in the head.

All through Casino Royale and QoS, M is constantly commenting on Bond's lack of concern over the innocent people he gets close to dying.

I guess it depends on how you define “innocent lives.” Severine was sympathetic, but she works for Silva and even based on the little bit we know about her, she has blood on her hands. And M’s comments to Bond in CR and QoS tell us that she misunderstands Bond. We know that Craig’s Bond actually does care about the people who die trying to help him (Craig’s acting when he finds Fields’ body is subtle but poignant), and that he doesn't enjoy killing people (Connery’s is really the only Bond, including Fleming’s, who seemed to consistently derive enjoyment from killing his targets). And again, these are all players in the game, not innocent bystanders. Maybe there are examples of Bond sacrificing innocents at some point in the long history of the character, but those are outliers.

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This is interesting. I can't remember a thing about MI Fallout, even though I saw it less than a year ago. On the other hand, I can remember the entire plot of Spectre, which I saw three and a half years ago.

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Gala Brand wrote:

This is interesting. I can't remember a thing about MI Fallout, even though I saw it less than a year ago. On the other hand, I can remember the entire plot of Spectre, which I saw three and a half years ago.

All I remember about Fallout is Tom Cruise flying that Helicopter, a solid bathroom fight, and the sublime Vanessa Kirby.

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Miles Messervy wrote:
canoe2 wrote:

Bond stood by and watched Silva shoot Severin in the head.

All through Casino Royale and QoS, M is constantly commenting on Bond's lack of concern over the innocent people he gets close to dying.

I guess it depends on how you define “innocent lives.” Severine was sympathetic, but she works for Silva and even based on the little bit we know about her, she has blood on her hands. And M’s comments to Bond in CR and QoS tell us that she misunderstands Bond. We know that Craig’s Bond actually does care about the people who die trying to help him (Craig’s acting when he finds Fields’ body is subtle but poignant), and that he doesn't enjoy killing people (Connery’s is really the only Bond, including Fleming’s, who seemed to consistently derive enjoyment from killing his targets). And again, these are all players in the game, not innocent bystanders. Maybe there are examples of Bond sacrificing innocents at some point in the long history of the character, but those are outliers.

There's also examples of Bond choosing not to kill (shooting the gun out of Kara's hands is an example that springs to mind). And talk about the impact all the killing has on his mental state ("It's what keeps you alone." "There won't be any soul left to salvage.")


But, based on his general past behavior, he is more likely to put others at risk for the sake of the mission (or just his own personal gratification  ajb007/biggrin ), seemingly giving little thought to what the outcome might be for them as a result of their involvement. So Bond's a far more morally ambiguous character than Hunt, imho. For me, that's exactly what makes him more interesting.

Hunt let the terrorists escape with the mcguffin to save Luther's life. Bond left a fellow agent to bleed out to chase Patrice.

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Gala Brand wrote:

This is interesting. I can't remember a thing about MI Fallout, even though I saw it less than a year ago. On the other hand, I can remember the entire plot of Spectre, which I saw three and a half years ago.

I don't hate Spectre, but Fallout is a superior film in almost every respect. It's a real shame and I'd love to see the next Bond film get somewhere towards the standard of the current MI films, but I think you need McQuarrie to do it- no one else seems to quite get how to construct these films so well.

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Miles Messervy wrote:
canoe2 wrote:

Bond stood by and watched Silva shoot Severin in the head.

All through Casino Royale and QoS, M is constantly commenting on Bond's lack of concern over the innocent people he gets close to dying.

I guess it depends on how you define “innocent lives.” Severine was sympathetic, but she works for Silva and even based on the little bit we know about her, she has blood on her hands. And M’s comments to Bond in CR and QoS tell us that she misunderstands Bond. We know that Craig’s Bond actually does care about the people who die trying to help him (Craig’s acting when he finds Fields’ body is subtle but poignant), and that he doesn't enjoy killing people (Connery’s is really the only Bond, including Fleming’s, who seemed to consistently derive enjoyment from killing his targets). And again, these are all players in the game, not innocent bystanders. Maybe there are examples of Bond sacrificing innocents at some point in the long history of the character, but those are outliers.

The idea that Bond is less of a cold-blooded killer than Hunt confuses me quite a bit, I must say. He doesn't let innocents die as a rule, it's true - mostly because it puts a bad taste in the mouth; for some reason -and very unusually- Quantum Of Solace puts a lot of innocent people in the way of the action that Bond takes part in and it's a really weird choice as it does make Bond somehow complicit in hurting these people: the truck driver who has a head-on collision in the car chase; the woman shot in the foot chase through the horse race, the Special Branch guy that Bond practically kills etc. But to compare Bond as morally favourable to Hunt seems rather bizarre to me.

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It would be fun (if it hasn't already been done somewhere) to have a psychologist "analyze" different film "heroes" and come up with a diagnosis for personality disorders. I could see them watching Connery shoot Dent for example, and be like "well, a healthy well adjusted individual doesn't do that! Clearly the man is sociopathic!"   ajb007/biggrin

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canoe2 wrote:

It would be fun (if it hasn't already been done somewhere) to have a psychologist "analyze" different film "heroes" and come up with a diagnosis for personality disorders. I could see them watching Connery shoot Dent for example, and be like "well, a healthy well adjusted individual doesn't do that! Clearly the man is sociopathic!"   ajb007/biggrin

ajb007/lol What does it say that Connery’s portrayal is considered the definitive version of the character by so many? His is definitely the coldest, Fleming’s Bond included.

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Miles Messervy wrote:
canoe2 wrote:

It would be fun (if it hasn't already been done somewhere) to have a psychologist "analyze" different film "heroes" and come up with a diagnosis for personality disorders. I could see them watching Connery shoot Dent for example, and be like "well, a healthy well adjusted individual doesn't do that! Clearly the man is sociopathic!"   ajb007/biggrin

ajb007/lol What does it say that Connery’s portrayal is considered the definitive version of the character by so many? His is definitely the coldest, Fleming’s Bond included.

Very interesting questions. Connery Bond is in some ways the coldest, the killing of Dent stands out. He is also the most compassionate,  he feels when people die, particularly if he has in some way been complicit or responsible. This element was picked up well by Dalton (death of Saunders)
Re definitive portrayal I feel that Connery captured the tension between cold sociopath but had a clear moral compas otherwise we would not care about him. I enjoy the MI films but could not give a Monkey's about Ethan Hunt or what happens to him. Bond is full of dualities; Gentlemen Thug, compassionate cold, duty rebellion etc.
For me Dalton comes closest but was standing on giants shoulders.

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

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emtiem wrote:
Gala Brand wrote:

This is interesting. I can't remember a thing about MI Fallout, even though I saw it less than a year ago. On the other hand, I can remember the entire plot of Spectre, which I saw three and a half years ago.

I don't hate Spectre, but Fallout is a superior film in almost every respect. It's a real shame and I'd love to see the next Bond film get somewhere towards the standard of the current MI films, but I think you need McQuarrie to do it- no one else seems to quite get how to construct these films so well.

I'm not a big fan of Spectre; it's just that MI films are instantly forgettable.

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Gala Brand wrote:
emtiem wrote:
Gala Brand wrote:

This is interesting. I can't remember a thing about MI Fallout, even though I saw it less than a year ago. On the other hand, I can remember the entire plot of Spectre, which I saw three and a half years ago.

I don't hate Spectre, but Fallout is a superior film in almost every respect. It's a real shame and I'd love to see the next Bond film get somewhere towards the standard of the current MI films, but I think you need McQuarrie to do it- no one else seems to quite get how to construct these films so well.

I'm not a big fan of Spectre; it's just that MI films are instantly forgettable.

Fallout was indeed a superior film to Spectre. I remember more about Spectre, but that’s primarily because there were so many things about Spectre that I didn’t like. It made more of an impression on me, but not in a good way.

Sometimes I also think I’m guilty of expecting too much from a Bond film, whereas I go into MI not really invested - just hoping for a couple hours of solid entertainment. They always deliver.

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Gala Brand wrote:
emtiem wrote:
Gala Brand wrote:

This is interesting. I can't remember a thing about MI Fallout, even though I saw it less than a year ago. On the other hand, I can remember the entire plot of Spectre, which I saw three and a half years ago.

I don't hate Spectre, but Fallout is a superior film in almost every respect. It's a real shame and I'd love to see the next Bond film get somewhere towards the standard of the current MI films, but I think you need McQuarrie to do it- no one else seems to quite get how to construct these films so well.

I'm not a big fan of Spectre; it's just that MI films are instantly forgettable.

No, they’re not. It’s just that you’re a Bond fan so you remember the Bond film more.

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emtiem wrote:
Gala Brand wrote:

This is interesting. I can't remember a thing about MI Fallout, even though I saw it less than a year ago. On the other hand, I can remember the entire plot of Spectre, which I saw three and a half years ago.

I don't hate Spectre, but Fallout is a superior film in almost every respect. It's a real shame and I'd love to see the next Bond film get somewhere towards the standard of the current MI films, but I think you need McQuarrie to do it- no one else seems to quite get how to construct these films so well.

As a die hard James Bond fan I hate to admit it but Fallout was a better movie than SPECTRE.  Fallout's motor bike chase through Paris was an adrenaline fuelled rush, whereas SPECTRE's car chase through Rome was a leisurely Sunday afternoon drive sponsored by the Rome tourist board culminating in Bond trashing a million pound prototype car because he seemed unwilling to face one man.

Fallout's finale was a nail-biting edge of your seat climax with two nuclear bombs to be defused and a cliff top fight with the villain.  SPECTRE'S finale was Bond going down the Thames shooting at a helicopter.

Christoph Waltz who had to be on everyone's wish list for a Bond villain was underwritten and wasted and you never got the impression of any past history between the two, and there was zero chemistry between Bond and Madeleine Swann.

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Bodie wrote:
emtiem wrote:
Gala Brand wrote:

This is interesting. I can't remember a thing about MI Fallout, even though I saw it less than a year ago. On the other hand, I can remember the entire plot of Spectre, which I saw three and a half years ago.

I don't hate Spectre, but Fallout is a superior film in almost every respect. It's a real shame and I'd love to see the next Bond film get somewhere towards the standard of the current MI films, but I think you need McQuarrie to do it- no one else seems to quite get how to construct these films so well.

As a die hard James Bond fan I hate to admit it but Fallout was a better movie than SPECTRE.  Fallout's motor bike chase through Paris was an adrenaline fuelled rush, whereas SPECTRE's car chase through Rome was a leisurely Sunday afternoon drive sponsored by the Rome tourist board culminating in Bond trashing a million pound prototype car because he seemed unwilling to face one man.

Fallout's finale was a nail-biting edge of your seat climax with two nuclear bombs to be defused and a cliff top fight with the villain.  SPECTRE'S finale was Bond going down the Thames shooting at a helicopter.

Christoph Waltz who had to be on everyone's wish list for a Bond villain was underwritten and wasted and you never got the impression of any past history between the two, and there was zero chemistry between Bond and Madeleine Swann.

Yeah, Bond should learn an awful lot from the MI films at the moment. Not least: a car chase is exciting because there's tension and amazing driving (Cruise in that fantastic BMW chase in Fallout), not because the cars are expensive and can slide around a lot (Spectre); and women like Rebecca Ferguson who actually have their own part to play in the plot and are beautiful and feminine are how you do strong female characters without just being male characters in a skirt.

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emtiem wrote:
Bodie wrote:
emtiem wrote:

I don't hate Spectre, but Fallout is a superior film in almost every respect. It's a real shame and I'd love to see the next Bond film get somewhere towards the standard of the current MI films, but I think you need McQuarrie to do it- no one else seems to quite get how to construct these films so well.

As a die hard James Bond fan I hate to admit it but Fallout was a better movie than SPECTRE.  Fallout's motor bike chase through Paris was an adrenaline fuelled rush, whereas SPECTRE's car chase through Rome was a leisurely Sunday afternoon drive sponsored by the Rome tourist board culminating in Bond trashing a million pound prototype car because he seemed unwilling to face one man.

Fallout's finale was a nail-biting edge of your seat climax with two nuclear bombs to be defused and a cliff top fight with the villain.  SPECTRE'S finale was Bond going down the Thames shooting at a helicopter.

Christoph Waltz who had to be on everyone's wish list for a Bond villain was underwritten and wasted and you never got the impression of any past history between the two, and there was zero chemistry between Bond and Madeleine Swann.

Yeah, Bond should learn an awful lot from the MI films at the moment. Not least: a car chase is exciting because there's tension and amazing driving (Cruise in that fantastic BMW chase in Fallout), not because the cars are expensive and can slide around a lot (Spectre); and women like Rebecca Ferguson who actually have their own part to play in the plot and are beautiful and feminine are how you do strong female characters without just being male characters in a skirt.

+1

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I've long had a question about Fallout and I thought I'd ask it here - in the trailer there is a shot of Cruise flying the helicopter directly into a truck that was cut out. Does anyone know how that sequence was supposed to have played out because I can't imagine that fitting into the scene as we have it now...

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Arbogast777 wrote:

I've long had a question about Fallout and I thought I'd ask it here - in the trailer there is a shot of Cruise flying the helicopter directly into a truck that was cut out. Does anyone know how that sequence was supposed to have played out because I can't imagine that fitting into the scene as we have it now...

It was when Ethan's helicopter drops down into clouds and Walker's helicopter doesn't follow: originally we followed Ethan down where he met the truck- in the finished film we stay with Walker.