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20. August 2014 06:40
by m

Good Morning America James Bond Specials 1985

20. August 2014 06:40 by m | 0 Comments

Beginning on May 13th, 1985 Good Morning America began airing a short segment on James Bond every morning at about 7:45 am to promote the new James Bond film, A View To A KillA View To A Kill, which opened on May 24th. Roger Moore appeared alone on Monday morning to talk about the new film and the series. It is interesting to hear him talk about their struggle to maintain a PG rating: I've talked about this before, but when Albert R "Cubby" Brocolli was in charge, this was very much family entertainment, unlike the gritty, violent realism depicted in the Daniel Craig Bond films (which I like very much) my inner child laments the passing of that era of Bond. I was not yet 11 when A View To A KillA View To A Kill was released, but because it was rated PG I was able to go see it. I doubt I'll be able to take my kids to see Bond 24...

On Tuesday, Roger Moore was joined by the villains: Christopher Walken (Max Zorin in A View To A KillA View To A Kill), Christopher Lee (Scaramanga in The Man With The Golden GunThe Man With The Golden Gun) and Richard Kiel ("Jaws" in The Spy Who Loved MeThe Spy Who Loved Me and MoonrakerMoonraker). Christopher Lee, who was also Ian Fleming's cousin, describes how he and Ian would discuss Bond on the golf course, and how a Bond villain should be a dark reflection of James Bond. While mostly interviewed in tight close ups, the occasional sight of Walken and Kiel side by side on the couch provides some unintentional amusement - it looks like Kiel brought his little boy with him. Kiel, however, makes a great point about Jaws vs Bond being very much like the Coyote and Roadrunner cartoons.

On Wednesday, Lois Maxwell (Miss Moneypenny) and Robert Brown (M) were on the sofa with Roger. Lois Maxwell describes the back story she had created for her character and Bond, to explain their relationship. Basically, Moneypenny and Bond had liked each other a lot early in their careers, but both were wary about falling in love - for Moneypenny she knew that if she fell in love with him he would break her heart, and Bond knew that if he fell in love with her, being an honorable gentleman he would want to marry her, and perhaps they didn't allow married '00's so it would end his career. That is why they flirt with each other - they would both really like to be together, but it just can't happen.

I don't know if there was more on Thursday and Friday as this was all I could find. Despite a running time of about 18 minutes, it still seems to be over awfully quick...

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