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6 thoughts on “Toby Stephens to Play James Bond

  1. I wonder why they chose Dr No? Is it just because film goers might (mistakenly) think that’s the first story? (Or is it because they felt cheated by the movie changing Dr. No’s death from bat sh*t to boiling radioactive water? I know I felt cheated.)

  2. I wonder why they chose Dr No? Is it just because film goers might (mistakenly) think that’s the first story? (Or is it because they felt cheated by the movie changing Dr. No’s death from bat sh*t to boiling radioactive water? I know I felt cheated.)

  3. I didn’t think it was bat sh*t so much as bird sh*t. I’m not sure how well that will work on radio, either. Nor the giant squid which went missing from the film. However I would imagine that it will be more faithful to the book than the film was.

    Apparently, EON agreed to just one production and wanted approval on the casting of the lead (but no problems with Mr Stephens). That’s a shame, because I could have got into a series, especially if they’re done as period pieces.

    As to the choice of Dr No I’ve no idea. Which book would you have chosen? I think, if forced to chose just one for radio production, I’d have liked OHMSS.

  4. I didn’t think it was bat sh*t so much as bird sh*t. I’m not sure how well that will work on radio, either. Nor the giant squid which went missing from the film. However I would imagine that it will be more faithful to the book than the film was.

    Apparently, EON agreed to just one production and wanted approval on the casting of the lead (but no problems with Mr Stephens). That’s a shame, because I could have got into a series, especially if they’re done as period pieces.

    As to the choice of Dr No I’ve no idea. Which book would you have chosen? I think, if forced to chose just one for radio production, I’d have liked OHMSS.

  5. Now that you menton it… you’re absolutely right.

    I’ve never given that might thought to guano. I can remember reading Dr. No in… 1979 or so, and I can remember having to look up the word, “guano” and came away from that with the notion that it was strictly a bat phenomena, and I’ve not questioned that assumption until this day.

    Wikipedia tells me it comes from bats, seabirds or seals. Which, upon reflection, seabirds make a lot more sense in the context of Dr. No’s island.

    I don’ know which story I’d pick. I’d be inclined to go with the first book except that it is Casino Royale, which is not only too recent in everyone’s mind, but also the novel is not very good.

    Assuming they’re done as authentic period-pieces, maybe Live and Let Die. Moonraker with it’s ex-Nazi rocket scientists and guided missle threat to London was somewhat amusing, too.

    I would say that OHMSS is the stand-out Bond story, in both the novels and the films.

  6. Now that you menton it… you’re absolutely right.

    I’ve never given that might thought to guano. I can remember reading Dr. No in… 1979 or so, and I can remember having to look up the word, “guano” and came away from that with the notion that it was strictly a bat phenomena, and I’ve not questioned that assumption until this day.

    Wikipedia tells me it comes from bats, seabirds or seals. Which, upon reflection, seabirds make a lot more sense in the context of Dr. No’s island.

    I don’ know which story I’d pick. I’d be inclined to go with the first book except that it is Casino Royale, which is not only too recent in everyone’s mind, but also the novel is not very good.

    Assuming they’re done as authentic period-pieces, maybe Live and Let Die. Moonraker with it’s ex-Nazi rocket scientists and guided missle threat to London was somewhat amusing, too.

    I would say that OHMSS is the stand-out Bond story, in both the novels and the films.

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