Lifestyle | 27 April 2016Rebooting Bond: The Doomed Film Share article facebook twitter google pinterest When Daniel Craig first debuted as James Bond, it was a much different movie than the ones featuring five other Bonds prior. The 2006 reboot rewrote a lot of the rules and put viewers in a different world where Bond played by different rules. However, little do most Bond fans know, this wasn’t the first time a massive reboot of the character was attempted. Bond authority Paul Simpson talks about a never-made Bond reboot and many other tantilizing topics in his book Bond vs. Bond: The Many Faces of 007. Read what Simpson writes about the failed Bond reboot: Rebooting Bond In 2006, audiences around the world were startled to see a very different take on the James Bond they had come to know over twenty films and forty-five years. Although perhaps it wasn’t totally credible, the intention was that the agent played by Sean Connery (in his official appearances anyway), George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan was the same man. But with the arrival of Daniel Craig, it wasn’t just a new chapter in the 007 story that was beginning: it was a whole new tale. Craig’s Bond had never battled SPECTRE; he hadn’t been married and widowed thanks to the machinations of Ernst Stavro Blofeld. It was a trick that had been successfully pulled off by the makers of the batman franchise, and it paid off for EON Productions. However, this wasn’t the first time that the producers had considered restarting the Bond saga from scratch or incorporating the change of actor into the films’ narrative. When Sean Connery stepped down after You only Live twice, the sequel, oHMSS, could have begun with Bond undergoing plastic surgery so that Blofeld didn’t recognize him (a variant of this was used for the start of diamonds Are Forever). In the end, some cute references—such as the line “This never happened to the other fellow” in the pre-credits scene—were used. When they knew that the film following A View to a Kill would introduce Roger Moore’s replacement as Bond, writers Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson penned a treatment (a detailed outline of the story) that showed how James Bond came to enter the Secret Service and acquired his license to kill. The young naval officer would be seen working alongside veteran agent Burton Trevor in a complex tale of drug smuggling, and eventually inherit Trevor’s number in the 00 section. The project needed Cubby Broccoli’s blessing before it could be worked up into a full script. It didn’t get it. As Maibaum told the new York times, “Mr. Broccoli, who has an uncanny appreciation of what audiences want, among his other great talents, liked it; but he said the audience wasn’t interested in Bond as an amateur—as a man learning his trade.” The writers were sent back to Ian Fleming’s books to seek inspiration, finding it in the short story “The Living Daylights.” The movie Bond would eventually be rebooted nearly two decades later. While such a move on the big screen isn’t unusual—the past couple of decades have seen multiple “origin” movies for characters— for it to happen in books is less common. However, that’s what Ian Fleming Publications agreed to allow when they commissioned respected American thriller writer Jeffery Deaver to contribute a new entry to the Bond canon for publication in 2011. The book 007 had been consistently carrying out missions from 1953 to 2003—the same man who encountered Le Chiffre in Casino Royale battled The Man with the Red Tattoo. Charlie Higson, Samantha Weinberg, and Sebastian Faulks’s additions to the saga were all set in that character’s past. Deaver, however, was determined to bring Bond into the twenty-first century. “When the Fleming Estate contacted me, I said that I would only want to do it if it were set in the present day,” he told the HMSS weblog, “and they said, ‘We agree, that is what we were hoping for too.’ And the reason for that is the original books were not period pieces, of course. They were a product of their time.” It wasn’t just 007 that Deaver updated. His novel features all the familiar faces—Admiral Sir Miles Messervy, Bill Tanner, Felix Leiter, and even Bond’s secretary Mary Goodnight are there to assist the agent. The trappings of the Secret Service were brought into the twenty-first century, with Bond using appropriate apps on his smartphone. Unfortunately, despite many positive reviews, this version of the Bond franchise hasn’t as yet been revisited. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Who is your favorite Bond? Whether you love Sean Connery, Roger Moore, or even Timothy Dalton, you are going to love Bond vs. Bond. A fully comprehensive guide, Bond vs. Bond compares and contrasts all of the various ways Ian Fleming’s iconic British Secret Service agent, code name 007, has been interpreted through the years, from the books and movies to the guns and gadgets. Spanning from Fleming’s 1953 book Casino Royale to Sam Mendes’ 2012 film Skyfall, Bond vs. Bond features every incarnation of 007. Paul Simpson, co-author of Middle-earth Envisioned and That’s What They Want You to Think, adds side-by-side comparisons of the weapons and gadgets, the heroines and femme fatales, and more! You’ll be riveted with the expanse of Bond knowledge, facts and lore in these pages. This is definitely a book that no Bond fan should be without! 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