Monthly Archives: February 2005

The Ultimate Power in the Galaxy (May Present Choking Hazard)

I love Star Wars. I love Lego. I love Star Wars Lego. But even I think this – from Lego Shop at Home – is a really strange toy:

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Casino Royale With Cheese

As a follow-up to my post about Casino Royale early in February, some of Martin Campbell’s views on the new film have featured in a story over at CommanderBond.net (apparently pretty much lifted verbatim from The New York Daily News).

According to Campbell, the new film will take the storyline from Fleming’s original novel – his first – and tweak it for a 2006 audience. “There are things that will have to be changed from the original novel. The Cold War elements will have to be reconfigured, for example, but Casino Royale will be a grittier, tougher and more realistic Bond movie. We’ll be getting away from the huge visual effects kind of films.”

Perhaps the biggest revelation from Campbell is that Casino Royale will take James Bond back to his early 007 days (a similar idea was floated during pre-production on The Living Daylights). However, CBn can confirm that the movie will not be a period film.

“In the new film, Bond is essentially starting out in his career, and has just recently become part of the double-0 section,” Campbell said. “The idea is to put a bit of the dash back in Bond. By the end of the movie, the character will have been forged into the wiser, harder Bond we know.”

The interview touches on Bond’s romance with Vesper Lynd from Fleming’s novel, one of the most unique of the series. “The door is open for Bond, emotionally. He’s in love with Vesper and he sees there’s another side to all of this, that life might be far more pleasurable, more gratifying, than being a secret agent. And ultimately that door is slammed in his face, which makes him the tempered steel kind of guy that we know. I’m looking forward to humanising Bond a bit.”

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Buggered Bunny, Part II

As a follow-up to Thursday’s post, here is the full line-up of Loonatics:

I think the line-up is, from left, Wile E. Coyote, The Tasmanian Devil, Bugs, Daffy, Lola Bunny, and The Road Runner. I say “I think” because they have managed to make the characters remarkably indistinguishable. Who thought Wile E. and the Road Runner, in particular, could look so similar?

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Buggered Bunny

Both Michael Barrier and Cartoon Brew have covered a bizarre story from the Wall Street Journal that Bugs Bunny is to be, well, “re-imagined” in an upcoming WB TV show. See if you can pick which is the new and which is the old:

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It’s Whatever Turns You On: The Goodies on DVD

DVD Bits has alerted me to some good news: more of The Goodies is coming to DVD. The second DVD will contain the following episodes:

  • Radio Goodies
  • Bunfight at OK Tea Rooms
  • Movies
  • The End
  • Punky Business
  • South Africa
  • Scoutrageous
  • Come Dancing (Wicked Walzing)

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Whose Casino Royale is it Though?

It’s official – Martin Campbell is to direct the next Bond film. It is to be Casino Royale. Brosnan is almost certainly out as Bond.

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