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Old 01-09-06, 04:40 PM
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Quentin Tarantino pissed at James Bond producers for not calling him back about job

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QUENTIN TARANTINO has slammed JAMES BOND producers for failing to contact him following his request to direct forthcoming 007 movie CASINO ROYALE, because the remake had been his idea.

In 2004, the PULP FICTION film-maker suggested producers remake IAN FLEMING's original 1953 storyline, after screenwriters ROBERT WADE and NEAL PURVIS, who penned THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH and DIE ANOTHER DAY, publicly announced they were struggling to write a third script.

Tarantino had hoped to direct Casino Royale and had advised the Bond team to "go my way and do it a little differently", while maintaining he could still be trusted with the legendary superspy series.

But he was upset not to be contacted when GOLDENEYE director MARTIN CAMPBELL was instead chosen to direct the new 007 thriller starring DANIEL CRAIG.

Tarantino says, "I'm annoyed that the James Bond producers never called me to talk about it because I can tell you that they would not be making Casino Royale if I hadn't talked about it first.

"They should have called me. Especially since they are taking my idea and they are taking the publicity I gave them towards that idea.

"They should have at least had the courtesy to have coffee with me."
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Great, now he will have more time to "Present" more crappy movies.
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Maybe they wanted something more than vaporware.
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I agree with Tarantino. Perhaps the producers were worried that he'd try to "Tarantinoize" the series too much, but I think his work directing for television shows that he can be restrained while still bringing his own unique touches to the table.

That said, I'm thrilled about Martin Campell, since he directed the best Bond picture in the last twenty-five years (GoldenEye).
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Fuckers never called me back either. Bastards.
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Originally Posted by bboisvert
Fuckers never called me back either. Bastards.

Callback?????


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Originally Posted by Groucho
That said, I'm thrilled about Martin Campell, since he directed the best Bond picture in the last twenty-five years (GoldenEye).
I loved Goldeneye, but after Vertical Limit and Legend of Zorro my faith in him isn't as strong. Though Vertical Limit's exploding shoe was quite funny.

But I have to say..the thought of a real auteur like Tarantino on board, with Brosnan back for one more go around is far more appealing than a solid action director and this new go. Oh well.
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It's not exactly like the idea of remaking Casino Royale is soooooo brilliant that only Tarentino could think of it. (I always thought the only reason it hadn't been remade previously as a "real" Bond picture was that the rights were tangled up.)
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I sure hope QT wouldn't waste his time on this tired series of films. Hell, Mission Impossibles are more exciting than watching the hacks they hire to play James Bond toy around with gadgets for 2 hours.

At least Clive Owen would've brought something to the table.

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QT spits out enough ideas that he could really say that he thought of everything already. He should actually work on half of the ideas he has spewed out.
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Be quiet Jack. We all know the Vega Brothers movie will start production...sometime...

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Originally Posted by Inverse
It's not exactly like the idea of remaking Casino Royale is soooooo brilliant that only Tarentino could think of it. (I always thought the only reason it hadn't been remade previously as a "real" Bond picture was that the rights were tangled up.)
You're right on both counts
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EON probably didn't want Tarantino because he wanted to bring back Brosnan one last time, which would have been perfectly fine by me. I'll like what I've seen of Daniel Craig's past work but I'm not particularly looking forward to him as Bond.
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Originally Posted by Count de Monet
EON probably didn't want Tarantino because he wanted to bring back Brosnan one last time.
EON didn't want Tarantino because they are control freaks, and like to keep a tight leash on these productions. They hire directors they can control. Tarantino is not a director they could control, and they ignored his offer.
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Originally Posted by scott shelton
EON didn't want Tarantino because they are control freaks, and like to keep a tight leash on these productions. They hire directors they can control. Tarantino is not a director they could control, and they ignored his offer.
That all goes without saying. My point is that Tarantino's desire to bring back the aging, expensive and vocally-critical Brosnan only hurt his chances even more. Which is a shame, because I think a Tarantino/Brosnan CASINO ROYALE could have finally re-energized this threadbare and tired franchise.
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Originally Posted by Frank TJ Mackey
I sure hope QT wouldn't waste his time on this tired series of films. Hell, Mission Impossibles are more exciting than watching the hacks they hire to play James Bond toy around with gadgets for 2 hours.

At least Clive Owen would've brought something to the table.

Daniel Craig is a hack who won't bring anything to the table? Okay.

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Originally Posted by NatrlBornThrllr
Daniel Craig is a hack who won't bring anything to the table? Okay.

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He didn't say Daniel Craig was a hack, he was more being general that most James Bonds are hack. Or that's what I was assuming.

I like Craig, but I still don't know about him being Bond. I'm not saying anything till I see him in action.
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This must have nothing to do with the fact that EON acquired the rights to CR huh?

Tarantino should be kept as far away from the Bond series as possible.

Samuel Jackson would have probably played Felix Lieter.
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Maybe they didnt wanna hire him after he told Jay Leno that "From Russia with Love" took place in Russia.
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I don't think he even watched the movie let alone read the book.
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Who would even consider Quentin for the job? He should stay away from 007, I can't believe it was a consideration. I'm sure EON had good and obvious reasons for it, but yeh I hate it when people don't call me back either.
Personally, on the Daniel Craig issue, I hope his hair gets dyed black like Tom Jane for the Punisher for one thing and I think Clive Owen (King Arthur/Sin City) would have been darn friggin' brilliant in the part.
When I heard they wanted a younger actor at the starting point to basically 're-dux' the character you should have seen the overwhelming response and support to Christian Bale on a couple of Forums! Of course can a man handle 007 and Batman in one career?
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Originally Posted by scott shelton
EON didn't want Tarantino because they are control freaks, and like to keep a tight leash on these productions. They hire directors they can control. Tarantino is not a director they could control, and they ignored his offer.
Normally, I'd agree with that statement, but it sounds like EON is finally mixing things up a bit with Casino Royale. Far less action, no Q which means no gadgets, no Moneypenny, an unconventional Bond, not to mention going back to Ian Fleming for source material. I wish they'd bite the bullet and hire John Barry for one last go-round, but we can't have everything I guess.
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If you think EON is EVER gonna mess too much with the formula, you're dreaming. They want it safe and predictable. And was anyone REALLY claiming that Brosnan was too old for the role? Each one of his Bond films made more than the last, a feat no other Bond actor could claim.

And Martin Campbell has only directed one really good movie (MASK OF ZORRO), one barely decent one (GOLDENEYE), and a lot of crap (LEGEND OF ZORRO, BEYOND BORDERS, VERTICAL LIMIT, NO ESCAPE). I am not looking forward to this.
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It would have been a good decision to involve Quentin in order to broaden the Bond fanbase and perhaps get more critical acclaim for a bond film, but then again, Quentin's track record for organization and getting a film out on time is not something a studio should bank on.
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Originally Posted by Count de Monet
EON probably didn't want Tarantino because he wanted to bring back Brosnan one last time, which would have been perfectly fine by me. I'll like what I've seen of Daniel Craig's past work but I'm not particularly looking forward to him as Bond.
I heard they didn't want Tarantino because he insisted on Samuel L. Jackson playing the lead role. But when Jackson was reading for the part he couldn't stop ad-libbing stuff like, "I'm James Bond, Mutha' Fucka'".

But that was from an unreliable source. So you might want to take that with a grain of salt.

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