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Topic: What would Dalton's AVTAK have been like?

Many think Roger Moore was too old when he made AVTAK. Since I'm a Dalton fan and he was the one who took over from Moore in TLD I find it interesting speculating on how his AVTAK may had been like. Personally I think there are a few elements of AVTAK that actually would have fitted Dalton better than Moore: Zorin and Scarpine shooting the workers in the mine, the KGB agent getting brutally killed by the propeller in the pipe, Duran Duran and Grace Jones are among them. The obvious plus for Dalton was his age, because he was 39 and Moore was 57.  Dalton would have been far more convincing in the more physical scenes and the age difference compared to the Bond Girls wouldn't have been jarring. I think the only one who would need recasting in this scenario would have been Moneypenny. The villains would have worked better with the younger Dalton, age wasn't really an issue  for M and Q. I actually don't mind Tanya Roberts as Stacey. Just half the time she shouts "James!" and let her be kidnapped by Zorin before the airship takes off. What about Tibbet? I think the character as played by Patrick Macnee would have come across as the veteran agent who started in the service in WWII, and the guests at the palace would have seen him as the old family servant who'd probably been with St John Smythe's family since before he was born. Recasting to a young actor may have looked odd, an actor from another ethnic group may have looked questionable in the role as a servant and casting an actress may have looked superfluous or even wrong since Stacy Sutton is the woman Bond is focusing on at the castle.
What would have to go? "California Girls" in the PTS and perhaps some of the sillier elements, I think. I'd like it if they scrapped the whole"snowboard" idea and had Bond on a snowmobile longer. He'd be chased by soldiers on skis and snowmobiles and cross the lake on the snowmobile.
Q's robodog, the caricature Frenchmen and some of the quips and double entendres work for Moore, but not Dalton.
I think Dalton's Bond would have bedded Stacey after the fight at her house. Yes, in this version Dalton's Bond has more sex than Sir Roger  ajb007/biggrin  Tucking her in for the night is fitting for a man at 57, but not a 39 year old Bond. Many of the action scenes could have been more vigorous and tough and the leading actor's face could have been shown more often during them.

I'd like to hear other members' opinion on this.  ajb007/bond

Last edited by Number24 (21st Nov 2019 18:36)

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Re: What would Dalton's AVTAK have been like?

I think you're on the right lines. Perhaps a different PTS altogether, to introduce the new Bond?

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Barbel wrote:

I think you're on the right lines. Perhaps a different PTS altogether, to introduce the new Bond?

Good idea. Also most of the problems with the film are due to a decrepit Sir Roger. Never convincing physically it became embarrassing by AVTAK. Would also loved to see Bowie as Zorin as was originally mooted.

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

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Barbel wrote:

I think you're on the right lines. Perhaps a different PTS altogether, to introduce the new Bond?

I don't think there's any need to get a new PTS, Just cut out the silly bits and ad more though and believable action. One example is when Moore gets out a long line with an ancor, drops the ancor in a crevasse, skis aftera snowmobile with the rope, attaches the end of the rope to the driver of the snowmobile who gets pulled off his vehicle for Bond to jump on it. Dalton's Bodn would just've skied after the snowmobile, punched the driver and jumped on it. Dalton would probably even learn to ski and operate a snowmobile to be able to do some of the easier scenes himself.
AVTAK has relatively few gadgets and some really brutal scenes, and with a few modifications the movie would have worked fine for Dalton. Right now the only gadgets I can think of is the robodog and the special glasses he uses at the palace party.

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I can picture Dalton in the second half of AVTAK. St John Smythe is clearly written for Moore, and none of the other actors could pull that off. And I think Macnee was chosen for Moore as well. He would have an entirely different relationship with Dalton. Part of the reason why Macnee and Moore work together is that they're equals, and yet Bond gets to treat him so poorly in public. None of their chemistry would work with Dalton. This part of the film would have been entirely different with anyone other than Moore in the role. I have no idea what they would've done.

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The St John Smythe scenes are in the first half of the film, but I see your point. I agree the relationship between Bond and Tibbet would have been different with Dalton as Bond. Moore and Macnee were old friends, so the chemestry would come as natural with Dalton. Both Dalton and Macnee were experienced actors, so the scens woud still work well. I don't think Bond would have brought Tibbet down to the lab under the stables, though. I still think the reationship would've worked, only in a different way. I also agree the palace scenes are best suited for Moore, much more than any other part of the film.  I still think it would have worked if the plot was tweeked to fit Dalton more. Instead of the fairly silly obstacle course riding scene they could have done this. Bond is out riding on the castle grounds. Tibbet has just been killed and Zorin and his henchmen ride over to Bond to kill/capture him. A horseback chase ensues, first outside and later in the hallways, stairs and rooms in the palace itself.

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Number24 wrote:

The St John Smythe scenes are in the first half of the film, but I see your point. I agree the relationship between Bond and Tibbet would have been different with Dalton as Bond. Moore and Macnee were old friends, so the chemestry would come as natural with Dalton. Both Dalton and Macnee were experienced actors, so the scens woud still work well. I don't think Bond would have brought Tibbet down to the lab under the stables, though. I still think the reationship would've worked, only in a different way. I also agree the palace scenes are best suited for Moore, much more than any other part of the film.  I still think it would have worked if the plot was tweeked to fit Dalton more. Instead of the fairly silly obstacle course riding scene they could have done this. Bond is out riding on the castle grounds. Tibbet has just been killed and Zorin and his henchmen ride over to Bond to kill/capture him. A horseback chase ensues, first outside and later in the hallways, stairs and rooms in the palace itself.

I know the St John Smythe scenes are i the first half, which is why I said "I can picture Dalton in the second half of AVTAK".

I don't think they would have written Dalton to play a pompous heir, but that's how Bond is able to infiltrate Zorin's world. Dalton just wouldn't be able to pull it off and I think if they tried anything close to what they did in the first half of the film with Moore people would have hated Dalton. It would not have been the right way to start off his tenure, but it was a fantastic way to send off Moore, having Moore play an exaggerated version of himself, like Brett Sinclair. Dalton would have needed a more updated setting and circumstance with more action. There wouldn't have been anything to do with horses at a French chateau in Dalton's version. Maybe we could have seen more of Paris and something adapted from From a View to a Kill beyond the setting.

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I misread your post, like you pointed out.

I think an experienced actor like Dalton would have no problem at all playing a pompus heir, but I agree an other way of infiltrating Zorin's inner circle would have suited his Bond better.

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I agree a different PTS, and a younger Bond in Dalton, would have been interesting  ajb007/cheers
Although I may be in the minority of fans, who actually like AVTAK as it's Roger's last
Bond outing, it has a sentimental tug on the heart strings effect on me.

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”

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AVTAK is actually one of the Roger Moore Bonds I enjoy most, in spite of its shortcomings. I wonder: What is it you don't like about the PTS (other than "California Girls"?) I think it's a fine PTS if you ignore the song and snowboarding.

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Just as Barbel pointed out, more of an "Introducing a new Bond " vibe.  I actually like
the snowboarding sequence, perhaps a different ending, without the motorised iceberg ?

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”

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Thunderpussy wrote:

I agree a different PTS, and a younger Bond in Dalton, would have been interesting  ajb007/cheers
Although I may be in the minority of fans, who actually like AVTAK as it's Roger's last
Bond outing, it has a sentimental tug on the heart strings effect on me.

I like it too. I'm more of a fan of the first half, while most people favour the second half. The first half is just so Moore, while the second half doesn't play to his strengths so well, which is where Dalton may have done a better job.

I think Moore is one of the strengths of the film rather than the story. I think it would have been a terrible script overall to introduce a new Bond with.

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Thunderpussy wrote:

Just as Barbel pointed out, more of an "Introducing a new Bond " vibe.  I actually like
the snowboarding sequence, perhaps a different ending, without the motorised iceberg ?

I forgot the "iceberg" is actually a gadget, but AVTAK is still a "gadget-light" Bond movie. I think the idea fits Moore well, but the of it isn't  good enough. Being picked up by a Royal Navy submarine would probably suit Dalton better. He could climb down through the tower, salute the captain  and present himself as "Commander Bond, James Bond". I think that would be a good introduction for a new 007.

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Especially if that  Navy Captain was a " Major Babe "  ajb007/biggrin  ...... OOPs
Still thinking of a Sir Roger, Bond film !

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”

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Yeah, that would work.

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Imagine Bond bringing down the helicopter using a flair (just like in the real movie), but Bond jumps back on the snowmobile. He's chased by soldiers on skis and snowmobiles, but they stop when he drives into the water and heads into open sea. They shoot at him from the shore, but are convinced he's without a chance. Then a RN submarine surfaces and Bond drives the snowmobile on to the sub. He runs from the "parked" snowmobile while Russian bullets whiz past him, climbs up the tower and closes the hatch behind him. Teh sub dives while 007 salutes the captain and says "Commander Bond, James Bond". I'd pay to see that.

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I have a hard time picturing Timothy delivering the lines:

"A little soap here.............a little soap there.

Drat! I dropped the soap.

THAT is not the soap.

Ha ha, OOOOOOH!"

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I think Dalton is more of a shower gel guy  ajb007/wink

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”

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Besides, Dalton wouldn't have said "drat". He would have mouthed another four letter word.  ajb007/shifty

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I just remembered another gadget in AVTAK: the camera in the ring. But I still think the movie  is less reliant on gadgets than many other Bonds. The only time a gadget is used by Bond to get himself out of a tricky/dangerous situation is the "iceberg" in the PTS. Bond usually saves himself and Stacey using bravery and rescourcefulness, and I like that.

I've been thinking about how the horses and the castle could have been changed to something that fitted Dalton better. Perhaps Zorin cheats in motor racing instead of horse racing? Bond could have infiltrated his organisation by posing as a race car driver. This would have fitted Dalton better, but the subplot of genetic engineering wouldn't be relevant in this scenario.

Speaking of this: in the DVD commentary it's revealed that not only Zorin was meant to be a Reickind  - May Day was supposed to be a result of the Lebensborn program too! Imagine the nazis making a black superwoman  ajb007/amazed
Thank God that not in the movie, it would be as unrealistic as Stomberg's underwater society.

Last edited by Number24 (22nd Nov 2019 19:07)

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Don't forget those sunglasses which limit shade or something which he uses to snoop round Zorins office. They count as a gadget.  ajb007/lol

“The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning. "
-Casino Royale, Ian Fleming

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Yes, I think I mentioned it. Not the most spectacular or stylish gadget 007 has used over the years  ajb007/biggrin

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They were polarised  lenses, which  remove reflections, I used to
Use them taking photos of lakes or  cars to remove  reflections.

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”

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TP educating AJB. Thanks!

While the few gadgets in AVTAK has some use, other than the "iceberg" all of them could be taken out of the movie without any impact on the plot.

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I think Dalton’s serious and taciturn Bond would have had better chemistry against the jaunty and arrogant Zorin.  Bond’s rapport with the main villain is arguably the most critical element in a Bond movie.

"...the purposeful slant of his striding figure looked dangerous, as if he was making quickly for something bad that was happening further down the street." -SMERSH on 007 dossier photo, Ch. 6 FRWL.....