Sunday, 25 June 2017

Doctor Who Vs. James Bond, Part 12: Casino Royale

Ian Fleming's first spy novel was published in 1953,
and was adapted by CBS for American TV just a year
later. 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 the book with Eon and, but negotiations with 
Broccoli and Saltzman failed. Eon would not produce an official version until 2006, when Daniel Craig (born 
1968) debuted as Agent 007.
Shown again on ITV last night, the twenty-first entry 
in the Bond film series featured Judi Dench (as M), 
Eva Green (Vesper), Mads Mikkelsen (Le Chiffre), 
and ten Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Joseph Millson (Carter) was series regular Alan Jackson in The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • Tobias Menzies (Villiers) played Lieutenant Stepashin in Cold War
  • Big Finish guest actor Tom Chadbon (Broker) was Duggan in City of Death, Merdeen in The Mysterious Planet, and voiced Gordon for No More Lies (2007), and Embery for both The Paradox Planet and Legacy of Death (for 2016)
  • Robert Jezek (Officer) was Sergeant Zbrigniev in (part 1 of) Battlefield
  • Christina Cole (Receptionist) was Lilith in The Shakespeare Code
  • Peter Brooke (Policeman) was a Man in Daleks in Manhattan
  • Greg Bennett (Driver here; Agent in Skyfallwas both a Sycorax Warrior and UNIT Soldier in The Christmas Invasion, and an uncredited Guest in The Lazarus Experiment
  • Glenn Foster was a stuntman on Tooth and Claw too
  • executive producer Anthony Waye was assistant director on both Dalek films
  • composer David Arnold had also provided a new arrangement of the Doctor Who theme tune for Big Finish's Eighth Doctor releases

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