Saturday, 20 January 2018

Doctor Who Vs. James Bond, Part 1

The initial instalment in the James Bond
franchise was made in 1962 with a low 
budget but was a box office success, and is 
now considered one of the best titles in the 
run. In a partnership that would last until 
1975, the films were produced by Albert
Broccoli and Harry Saltzman.
Although the British MI6 agent and Royal 
Navy Commander, Bond (codenamed 007) 
was introduced in Casino Royale (1953),
Dr. No was loosely based on Ian Fleming's
sixth novel (published in 1958).
The iconic role of Bond was originally offered 
to English movie star Cary Grant whilst
Fleming favoured David Niven or Richard
Todd, but the producers ultimately cast
Edinburgh-born actor Sean Connery when
Grant could only commit to one appearance.
Swiss actress Ursula Andress was then chosen as the first Bond girl, Honey Ryder. Bernard Lee, introduced here as 'M' (the head of British Secret Service) and Lois Maxwell, his secretary Miss Eve Moneypenny, both racked up eleven and fourteen appearances respectively. Connery ended his popular portrayal of Bond in Diamonds are Forever (1971), his sixth feature, and even reprised the role for Never Say Never Again (1983).
The famous Bond theme was composed for Dr. No by Monty Norman and was arranged by John Barry, but the now traditional title song was first performed
by Matt Munro for From Russia With Love (1963). Shirley Bassey was then
hired for Goldfinger (1964), the first of three theme songs.
Another Bond film season continued on ITV4 today with the third title - 
the first three films featured a total of twenty-seven Doctor Who cast and 
crew connections:

  • Robert Rietty (voice of Strangeways here; voice of Largo in Thunderball; voice of Tanaka in You Only Live Twice; voice of Dubbing in Casino Royale; Casino Official in OHMSS; voice of Blofeld in For Your Eyes Only; Minister in Never Say Never Again) voiced Bedloe for Death Comes to Time
  • SFX assistant (here and on next three films) Frank George was a Monoid in The Ark
  • matte artist Cliff Culley was a VFX designer on Planet of the Daleks, Invasion of the Dinosaurs and Robot
  • stuntman Peter Brace was a Guard in (episode 4 of) The Curse of Peladon, and Soldier in The Android Invasion (2)
  • stuntman Steve Emerson was a UNIT Soldier in The Claws of Axos (1)
  • stuntman Arthur Howell (here and Thunderball) was a Confederate Horseman in The War Games (3)
  • Rick Lester (Guard here; stuntman on From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live TwiceOn Her Majesty's Secret Service, Diamonds are Forever, Live and Let Die, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy and A View to a Kill) was an Ogron in Day of the Daleks, Carnival of Monsters (2) and Frontier in Space
  • Dinny Powell was a stuntman on Terror of the Autons (1) too, and was a Guard in both the first Peladon story (4) and Genesis of the Daleks (3)
  • Rocky Taylor (stunts here, From Russia With LoveGoldfingerYou Only Live TwiceThe Man with the Golden GunThe Spy Who Loved MeOctopusssyNever Say Never Again, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough and Skyfallwas a stuntman on The Idiot's Lantern too, following uncredited appearances as a Warrior in The Daleks' Master Plan (9), and Guard in The Curse of Peladon (4)
  • Francis De Wolff (Vavra) was Vasor in The Keys of Marinus (4), and Agamemnon in The Myth Makers
  • George Pastell (Conductor) was Eric Kleig in The Tomb of the Cybermen
  • Fred Haggerty (Krilencu here; stunts on The Spy Who Loved MeFor Your Eyes Only, Octopussy and A View to a Kill) was a stuntman on The Time Meddler (2)
  • Neville Jason (Chauffeur) was Prince Reynart in The Androids of Tara
  • Peter Brayham (Rhoda) was the stunt co-ordinator on The Christmas InvasionNew Earth and School Reunion
  • Jan Williams (Masseuse) was a Guardian in The Ark
  • Moris Farhi (Gypsy here; and Technician in You Only Live Twice) submitted two scripts in 1964 - Farewell Great Macedon and The Fragile Yellow Arc of Fragrance were both adapted by Big Finish in 2010
  • stuntmen Tex Fuller, Bob Anderson, Peter Diamond and Max Faulkner all worked on the classic run too
  • Eddie Powell (stunts here, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds are ForeverLive and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Octopussy, Never Say Never Again, A View to a Kill and The Living Daylightswas Thompson in Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD
  • Honor Blackman (Pussy Galore) was Professor Lasky in Terror of the Vervoids, and voiced Queen Anahita for The Children of Seth (BF, 2011)
  • Burt Kwouk (Ling here; Spectre 3 in You Only Live Twice; and General in Casino Royale) was Lin Futu in Four to Doomsday, and voiced Dr. Hayashi for Loups-Garoux (BF, 2001)
  • Alf Joint (Capungo, and Connery's stunt double) was a Heavy in The Ambassadors of Death (1), and stunt arranger on Battlefield
  • Terence Brook (Officer) was Braun in Planet of Evil (1), a Servant in The King's Demons (1), and a Retrograde in Frontios (1)
  • Tim Condren (stuntman here; ThunderballYou Only Live TwiceThe Spy Who Loved MeFor Your Eyes Only and A View to a Kill) was a Saxon Warrior in The Time Meddler (4), Soldier in The Web of Fear (4), and Guerilla in Day of the Daleks (1)
  • Roy Street (stunts here, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Diamonds are Forever, Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, Never Say Never Again, A View to a Kill and Skyfallwas a stuntman on The Masque of Mandragora (1) too, then was a UNIT Motorcyclist in Terror of the Autons (1), and a Guard in The Curse of Peladon (4)

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