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Old 05-23-04, 04:54 AM
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John Wayne, would he have been a good James Bond

I think so, some what of a "rustic" Bond but still he could made it work.
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Think of all the words that are generally used to describe James Bond: suave, sophisticated, wordly, ingenious, etc. etc.

Not one of them apply to the Wayne persona. Not One. He had a lot of qualities, but nothing that would suggest Bond. He never even looked comfortable in love scenes - how un-Bond is that!
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Wayne was definately heroic enough but he had that accent and he was not suave or debonaire.
[John Wayne twang]Bond. James Bond ma'am.[/John Wayne twang}
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John Wayne as Bond would've been as successful as Charlton Heston as a Mexican in Touch of Evil.
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Originally posted by marty888
Think of all the words that are generally used to describe James Bond: suave, sophisticated, wordly, ingenious, etc. etc.

Not one of them apply to the Wayne persona. Not One. He had a lot of qualities, but nothing that would suggest Bond. He never even looked comfortable in love scenes - how un-Bond is that!
You put it more elonquently than I would of Marty but I agree completely.
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I like Wayne, but he couldn't pull off a British secret service agent.
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I saw young John Wayne in a Republic serial. He looked goofy as an action hero. He's so bulky and slow that you couldn't believe that he'd catch the bad guys.

James Bond isn't like a serial hero, but he still has to run around some. John Wayne is most successful when he does his strategizing in advance, and then he can walk.
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John Wayne = the Bizarro-Bond.

"Shaken, not stirred, pilgrim," Bond drawled.

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Bacon - what on Earth made you even think about that?
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John Wayne = Can't act.
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Love John Wayne movies but have to disagree here.
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Originally posted by flashburn
John Wayne = Can't act.
That too.
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I'm with the majority here. I'm a fan but JW would not fit the role at all.
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Watching John Wayne play James Bond would be ****in' hilarious!
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Maybe if the Felix Lighter(SP?) was beefed up Wayne could play that role.

Ronald Colmon would have made a decent Bond.
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I think so, some what of a "rustic" Bond but still he could made it work.
You should definitely be working for a Hollywood studio, you would fit right in.
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Originally posted by flashburn
John Wayne = Can't act.
You said it, pilgrim.
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John Wayne = Can't act
John Wayne had a very limited range, but withen that narrow area is was very good.

Movies such as Red River & The Searchers are proof of that.
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Maybe as a spoof like Casino Royale.
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John Wayne was awesome but he would not have been a good James Bond.
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Originally posted by Jaymole
John Wayne had a very limited range, but withen that narrow area is was very good.

Movies such as Red River & The Searchers are proof of that.
Exactly. I'll put his performance in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance up there with anyone. His timing, delivery, inflections, gestures, body language, ability to give and take with the other performers----he was a highly gifted natural actor, IMO, even if his range was narrow.

But as James Bond??!! What, are you gonna have Walter Brennan as Q, Jimmy Stewart as M and Lee Marvin as Blofeld ?
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Wayne as James Bond? "That'll be the day."
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I just can't see it: "Hey Pilgrim, martini, shaken . . not stirred"
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personally, I've never understood the fascination with Wayne. granted I haven't seen a lot of his movies, but from what I've seen I'd only put him as an average actor
is it simply because he was an action star of the day?
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Good within his very limited range? Yes. A highly gifted natural actor? No. In fact these two statements contradict each other.

And it should be clear to anyone who has seen The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance who in that film is the highly gifted natural actor. Hint, it is not Mr. Wayne.

And John Wayne as James Bond? I think it's time we start testing thread starters for illegal substances usage.

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