Differences between the books and the movies

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Differences between the books and the movies

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dec 19, 2008, 2:58am

I'm reading Thunderball and watching the film concurrently. In the former, Bond visits the Bahamas in search of the nuclear warhead because M. concludes, after careful study and reasoning, that is the only place SPECTRE could have stored it. In the film, Bond asks M. to be posted there instead of Canada, because he recognizes the pilot of the plane carrying the warhead. Seeing the man before doesn't make him any more qualified to do the task than the agent already assigned there; Moneypenny knows as much, remarking that the photo that informed Bond who the pilot was also revealed he had a beautiful sister.

This points to one of the most glaring differences between the two media: the need to have romantic scenes in the middle of the film narratives. The literary Bond almost always waits til the mission is over before he beds his girls.

maj 31, 2011, 11:21am

It's been 2 1/2 years since the original post, but the production of "Bond 23" has enticed me to dust off this thread. I'd like to know what this group thinks about the creation of an all original screen play. When comparing Fleming's books to their Hollywood counterparts, it's apparent that several of the films incorporated only the title and nothing else.

1) Do you like to see Hollywood's original take on 007, or would you rather see films that, for the most part, stay true to Ian Fleming's original story like: "Dr. No", From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball and On Her Majesty's Secret Service - later Casino Royale?

2) Which film would you chose to re-make, to better reflect the original story?

jun 1, 2011, 12:51pm

I'm glad someone dusted it off.

With the huge changes in the North American television market in the last decade, I think the time would be right for a stripped-down series that stayed true to the novels. That format would make possible adaptations of the short stories as well as the series in the last few novels in which he pursues Blofeld all over the world.

The economics of the film industry makes big-budget, over-the-top productions inevitable. I'm one of those who was amazed and impressed of how *Casino Royale* was adapted for a contemporary audience a few years ago, but sure enough, the next one was once again a totally original screenplay.

jun 1, 2011, 3:03pm

3 > I just want to make sure I'm on the same page. Are you saying that the stripped-down series that stayed true to the novels would be made for television, not as big budget blockbusters?

If so, then I agree with your comments that you could adapt many of the short stories and even divide the longer ones into a two episode cliff-hanger. I would love to see something like this.

jun 1, 2011, 6:24pm

We're on the same page.

I read somewhere that Bond is close to rivalling Sherlock Holmes in terms of cultural presence. Consider, then, how Holmes has been displayed on screen over the last seventy years. The character remained popular partly because of these films and tv shows, however uneven in quality they were.

The high point surely is the British adaptations with Jeremy Brett, which arguably were very much true to the spirit of Doyle's creation. And these were made in the 80s, decades after the last Holmes story.

feb 8, 2014, 11:21pm

Bump -

Anybody watching the new BBC America series "Ian Fleming"?

sep 11, 2014, 11:14pm