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Friday, August 25, 2006

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY BOYS

Today August 25

The AYCU site wishes a happy birthday to both Sean Connery and director Tim Burton.

First, Sir Sean Connery. The original James Bond is 76 years young this day. Mr. Connery has taken a hiatus from acting in pursuit of Scottish politics, and independence. Sean will be remembered as 007, but he also did good in The Untouchables, Finding Forrester, The Hunt For Red October, The Rock, and Finding Forrester. Happy Birthday Mr. Sean.

Second, Tim Burton. You gotta love the guy who can go from dark movies like Batman, Sleepy Hollow, and Edward Scissorhands, into James & The Giant Peach, Nightmare Before Christmas, and even a Willy Wonka remake. Tim is an interesting director. Happy birthday, Tim.

8 Comments:

  • At 12:23 PM, Blogger Marshall Art said…

    Actually, just to be a pain in the ass, Connery was the second actor to play 007. The less than noteworthy George Lazenby was the first, and, according to one blurb I saw years ago, was the one most like what the author had in mind. Telly Savalas was the bad guy in that flick.

    However, everybody knows that Connery is 007.

     
  • At 12:39 PM, Blogger Les said…

    Lazenby was second.

     
  • At 8:43 PM, Blogger Marshall Art said…

    Really. So Sean did one, then George, then the rest Sean? Or was there somebody else? I always heard it the way I reported it. Please clarify.

     
  • At 9:01 PM, Blogger NDwalters said…

    OK, there was a guy who played 007 in a 1950s TV version of Casino Royale on some CBS Playhouse. Peter Lorre was the bad guy on that.

    Then 1962-1967, Sean Connery was 007.

    George Lazenby in 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

    Connery in 1971 in Diamonds Are Forever, after which he left for fear of typecasting so he did The Man Who Would be King, and other films.

    Roger Moore 1973-1985

    Timothy Dalton 1987-1989

    Pierce Brosnan 1995-2002- very left leaning but great as 007. Would have been 007 in 1987 were it not for his contract to NBC doing Remington Steele.

    Now, Daniel Craig. Craig was good in Munich, Layer Cake, Road To Perdition and other films. Craig will be a more moody and darker Bond. Somewhat suave but more deadly in Casino Royale.

    CR will be an official prequel for 007, tracking back to his first mission. M will be Judi Dench, and there is no Q, yet, but Bond will rely on his bare hands, a pistol, blades, and his wits as his weapons. CR promises to be more dark than most Bond films, going back to From Russia With Love and Dr. No times..... and yes even Thunderball and License to Kill's darker moments.

    I for one will give Mr. Craig a chance, but recall Sean Connery is still the original James Bond.

     
  • At 7:38 AM, Blogger Mooneyguy said…

    Barry Nelson played Bond opposite Peter Lorre...

     
  • At 7:54 PM, Blogger Marshall Art said…

    Wow! Are you dudes fans, or what?!

    I didn't realize just how far into the franchise it had gone before Lazenby got a chance. Must be the poor quality of the film made it appear to be pre-Connery. As for the tube presentations, I considered that there might have been one, but I figured we were speaking of the big screen. In any case, I sit (it's more comfortable) corrected.

     
  • At 7:39 AM, Blogger NDwalters said…

    Moonshine, good work at the bond trivia. You're a Bond fan I see. Well, I can respect you for that.

    Does anyone else think that the old Q could have hung around for a while, or was John Cleese welcome for the role and needed? I know Desmond Llwelyn died in an auto wreck, but had he not, would he have remained Q?

     
  • At 10:21 PM, Blogger Marshall Art said…

    He was gettin' on, but you guys would most likely know more than I would about that.

     

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