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Jul 23 12 10:10 AM
Ted Newsom wrote:Imagine how much better LOVE THAT BOB would've been with the Hitchcock touch? I mean, Robert Cummings worked so well in SABOTEUR and DIAL M FOR MURDER. Why, can't you just see Barbara bel Geddes in the Schultzie role... with Grace Kelly popping in now and then in the Joi Lansing part? Yessir, it'd be terrific...
Sep 29 12 8:52 PM
Rick wrote:Wellllllll, like most things in this world, it's not really that simple. The whole convoluted, twisted, confusing story is told in the fascinating and typo-ridden book The Battle for Bond. Unfortunately, I'm out of town so I can't double-check with the book, but I think I can get the basic facts right.THUNDERBALL was originally written to be a movie, not a novel. The ideas were Kevin McClory's and he partnered with Ian Fleming who turned out the first-draft screenplay. I'm pretty sure this was, indeed, in the late '50s. Later, the movie still unmade, Fleming was struggling to write his next Bond and the publisher was beseeching him. So, with no better ideas, Fleming "borrowed" the story, the title, the EVERYTHING from the script and turned it into the novel. This set off years and years of lawsuits and recriminations and name-calling. Ultimately, McClory was awarded a producer credit on THUNDERBALL and certain rights to the characters and story, eventually leading to NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN.Meanwhile, back in the '50s (I think) Fleming was interested in having Hitchcock direct the movie (as who wouldn't be?) According to the book, someone close to Fleming knew Hitchcock and got the script to him. The script was returned with a terse comment basically saying "not interested."So, yes, Hitchcock was sought as the director of THUNDERBALL, and I think it was the '50s. As for Jimmy Stewart-- well, I dunno. According to the book, Hitch just wasn't interested in making the movie, so why he'd start thinking of casting, I don't know. edit: Plus -- Hitch was supposedly convinced that VERTIGO failed because Stewart was too old, so I think he was a little soured on Jimmy. And Bond, of course, is awfully British. It certainly seems that Hitch would have turned to his other favorite leading man and fellow Brit Cary Grant -- who right at that same time managed a sort of civilian-Bond turn quite admirably in NORTH BY NORTHWEST.
Sep 30 12 2:13 AM
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