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Cassino Royale


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This topic was suggested to me by Dott in another thread. Casino Royale is a textbook case of how idiocy often reigns in Hollywood. First, why would someone spend the money to get a 007 property and then NOT make a 007 film? This piece of filth is never included in any Bond film anthologies because it is just a stupid, witless, "spoof" of Bond, which clearly doesn't understand it's own source material well enough to make even a passable pretext of parody. To see a REAL parody of Bond watch The "Our Man Flint" movies or the "Austin Powers" film. Second, because the jerk(s) who hold the copyright, have held onto the rights for nearly 40 years! Thus a "real" 007 version of this well-written Bond novel has never been made. I guess these greedy sobs are hoping for a HUGE killing. Well, the Bond series has gotten along w/o it and will for many years to come. The only loser is the Bond fan. To the idiots who hold the copyright: if you had accepted a reasonable offer 40 years ago you could have banked the money and now have 40 years compounded interest on it!

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PS The Casino Royale folks didn't even USE the story: just the title to lure in a pre-sold fandom. I HATE this practice!!! If you want to film your own movie, film it and let it succeed or fail on it's own merits: don't buy a well-known title just for media buzz and a hard-core audience of fans who will hate the film for misleading them.Here's another example: The producers of "Josie and the Pussycats" wanted to just do a movie about a girl band and admitted that they had no intention of being faithful to the concept. While I am not a fan and have never seen the film,I empathise with the "Josie" fans who were not only cheated by THIS film, but now have virtually NO chance of EVER seeing a "Josie" film made.

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Well, slappy, I see your point about "Josie and the Pussycats" - a pretty specific title with two proper names. But "Casino Royale" is already a card game and at least one hotel as well as a pretty generic term for non-Bond fans.

Like Craig Kilborn said (upon the news of Spike Lee's failed attempt to sue TNN for the use of "his" moniker): "Spike next plans to sue the makers of the railroad tie nails, the rubber cleats on the bottoms of golf shoes, and the act of mixing alcohol with drinks..."

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That's one of the main Hollywood tactics nowadays, far more than in 1967 (a correct assessment of Casino Royale, however!): buy the rights to a property and then proceed to butcher the hell out of it with stunt casting, post-modernist "look at how clever we are updating a cheesy '70s show" irony, anachronistic soundtrack music and state-of-the-art (read: ripped from The Matrix) special effects. More films have been destroyed in this manner than in any other braindead Hollywood device in the last five years. See: Charlie's Angels, The Mod Squad, The Brady Bunch, et al.

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stlgal, I don't follow your analogy. These folks bought the rights to Casino Royale and the film was marketed as a James Bond film. Spike Tv has nothing at all to do with Spike Lee. Nearly everyone who went to Casino Royale expected it to be a James Bond film. NOT a TWO James Bond film! David Niven AND Woody Allen as 007! YUCK-O!!!!!

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