Monday, 15 May 2017

Doctor Who Vs. James Bond, Part 4

Following the departure of George
Lazenby after just one appearance
 as James Bond in 1969 (in On Her
Majesty's Secret Service), United
 Artists secured the return of Sean
Connery for the seventh entry in
 the franchise.
Diamonds Are Forever was adapted
from Ian Fleming's fourth spy novel (1956), and was released in late 1971 - Shirley Bassey performed vocals on her second Bond theme
song (see Goldfinger). 
When Connery relinquished the lead role again, co-producer Albert R Broccoli insisted that another British actor replace him, and London-born Roger Moore was eventually cast for Live and Let Die in 1972. When Eon's usual composer, John Barry, was unavailable, George Martin
(the Beatles producer) was hired, and Paul McCartney wrote the title song for
his latest band, Wings - later nominated for an Oscar.
Another Bond film season continued on ITV yesterday with Moore's debut as 
the spy - The Man With The Golden Gun was loosely based on Fleming's 1965
thriller. This was the last film co-produced by Harry Saltzman, and the resulting legalities over the Bond property delayed production of the next instalment,
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). The three adventures here featured a total 
of ten Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Joseph Furst (Dr. Metz) played Professor Zaroff in The Underwater Menace
  • John Abineri (Representative) was Van Lutyens in Fury from the Deep, General Carrington in The Ambassadors of Death, Richard Railton in Death to the Daleks, and Ranquin in The Power of Kroll
  • Clifford Earl (Officer) was the Sergeant in The Daleks' Master Plan: The Feast of Steven, and Major Branwell in (episodes 7 and 8 of) The Invasion
  • Bill Hutchinson (Controller) was Sergeant Thompson in (episode 4 of) The War Games
  • Roy Stewart (Quarrel) was Toberman in The Tomb of the Cybermen, and Tony in Terror of the Autons
  • Dennis Edwards (Baines) was a Centurion in The Romans (1), and Lord Gomer in The Invasion of Time
  • Derek Meddings (VFX here, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only and Goldeneye) worked on SFX for The Invasion (1)
  • Sonny Caldinez (Kra) was Kemel in The Evil of the Daleks, then titular Martians in The Ice Warriors [Turoc], The Seeds of Death [Warrior], The Curse of Peladon (Ssorg), and The Monster of Peladon (Sskel)
  • Michael Osbourne (Lieutenant) was an Extra in The Myth Makers (2), a Guardian in The Ark, and Sorak in The Horns of Nimon
  • Rocky Taylor (Thug here and Tomorrow Never Dies; Guard in Never Say Never Again; Man in The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day) made uncredited appearances as a Warrior in The Daleks' Master Plan: Golden Death, a Guard in The Curse of Peladon (4), and was a stuntman on The Idiot's Lantern

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