Monday, 1 May 2017

Doctor Who Vs. James Bond, Part 3

The first Bond film not conceived by the Eon
Productions stable was released by Columbia
Pictures in 1967, just two months before You 
Only Live Twice. Producer Charles Feldman had 
acquired the cinema rights to Casino Royale in 
1960 with the intention of adapting Ian Fleming's
 book with Eon and, but negotiations with Broccoli 
and Saltzman failed. Eon would not produce an 
official version until 2006. Sir James Bond was 
portrayed here by David Niven (1910-1983).
Eon's sixth entry in the Bond series premiered
in December 1969, and was based on Fleming's
novel of 1963, On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Following Sean Connery's decision to relinquish
the role, Eon cast the unknown Australian actor
and model George Lazenby (born 1939) as 007. However, during production Lazenby resolved to
play the spy only once, and critical reaction to
his portrayal remains divided. Connery then 
agreed to return to the part in 1971 for Eon's 
next title, Diamonds Are Forever, then finally 
for the unofficial release, Never Say Never Again in 1983.
Another Bond season continued on ITV yesterday with Lazenby's solo
outing, and both films featured a total of nineteen Doctor Who cast and 
crew connections:

  • Geoffrey Bayldon (Q) was Organon in The Creature from the Pit, and voiced Big Finish's Unbound First Doctor for Auld Mortality (2003) and Storm of Angels (2005)
  • Colin Gordon (Director) was the Commandant in The Faceless Ones
  • Erik Chitty (Butler) was Charles Preslin in The Massacre: War of God, and Co-ordinator Engin in The Deadly Assassin
  • Valentine Dyall (Assistant) first appeared as the Black Guardian in The Armageddon Factor, then the trilogy of season 20 stories
  • John Hollis (Fred here, Blofeld in For Your Eyes Only) was Sondergaard in The Mutants
  • Caroline Munro (Guard here; Naomi in The Spy Who Loved Me) voiced Sentia for Omega (BF, 2003)
  • David Prowse (Creature) was the Minotaur in The Time Monster
  • Robert Rowland (Agent) was an Extra in The Dalek Invasion of Earth: World's End
  • Bernard Cribbins (Taxi Driver) played Wilf Mott in eight adventures, from Voyage of the Damned to The End of Time
  • Mike Reid (Stunt Driver) was a Greek Soldier in The Myth Makers: Death of a Spy, a Guard in The Massacre: Bell of Doom, and a Soldier in The War Machines
  • Diana Rigg (Tracy) was Winifred Gillyflower in The Crimson Horror
  • Bernard Horsfall (Campbell) was Lemual Gulliver in The Mind Robber, a Time Lord in The War Games, the Thal leader Taron in Planet of the Daleks, Chancellor Goth in The Deadly Assassin, and voiced Arnold Baynes for Davros (BF, 2003)
  • Geoffrey Cheshire (Toussaint) was the Viking Leader in The Time Meddler, Garge in Devil's Planet, and Tracy in The Invasion
  • James Bree (Gumbold) was the Security Chief in The War Games, Nefred in Full Circle, and the Keeper of the Matrix in The Trial of a Time Lord: The Ultimate Foe
  • Catherine Schell (Nancy) was the Countess Scarlioni in City of Death
  • Joanna Lumley (English Girl) was the female Doctor in The Curse of Fatal Death
  • David de Keyser (voice of Draco here; and Doctor in Diamonds Are Forever) provided the Atraxi voice in The Eleventh Hour
  • Brian Grellis (Aide) was Sheprah in Revenge of the Cybermen, Safran in The Invisible Enemy, and the Megaphone Man in (part 4 of) Snakedance
  • Dudley Jones (Porter) and Steve Plytas (Tycoon) both starred in The Tenth Planet, as Dyson and Wigner respectively

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