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Thu, Nov 30, 2017 5:13 PM

Live Poll: Surprising Stars of the 'James Bond' Movies

Which person are you most surprised to learn had a role in one of the James Bond franchise movies?

Take other series polls: Surprising Stars of the 'Star Wars' Movies and Surprising Stars of the "Star Trek" TV Series.

See the partial list of surprising "Star Trek" cameos and guest stars here: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls031245665/

Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/cr_R5Q7ecC4/

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3 years ago

Casino Royale (1967) isn't considered canon - it is a parody.

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I would agree it is one of three non-Eon productions, the others being Never Say Never Again (1983) and "Casino Royale" (Climax!). I would disagree that it is a parody, since it is the middle of three official 'Casino Royale adaptations. The Casino Royale (2006 film) is a remake, made only after the rights to the 1967 movie were acquired. "Casino Royale (2006) is the twenty-first spy film in the Eon Productions James Bond film series, and is the third screen adaptation of Ian Fleming's 1953 novel of the same name".

A parody is "a literary or musical work in which the style of an author or work is closely imitated for comic effect or in ridicule." Since, this is an official adaptation, it isn't a imitation, but a more satirical version with more liberties taken with the novel's story. I think it is a fair inclusion. I don't claim it is canon, only that it is a James Bond movie.

I also included it because of the star power and that most people don't know of this version or the TV movie version as some of the earliest Bond films. Hence, the link to the Surprising Stars of the 'James Bond' Movies. Regardless, I tweaked the question to increase your comfort level with its accuracy.

Which person are you most surprised to learn had a role in one of the James Bond* movies?
*includes Eon and non-Eon productions

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The film had a bit of a complex production history.  The novel "Casino Royale" by Ian Fleming was published in 1953, as the first novel in the "James Bond" series. In 1955, Fleming sold the film rights to the novel to film producer Gregory Ratoff (1893-1960). Ratoff tried to find financial backers for a James Bond film based on the novel, but failed.

In 1960, Ratoff died and the film rights passed to his heirs. The rights were soon sold to film producer Charles K. Feldman (1905-1968). Feldman also had trouble financing the film, and eventually offered to co-produce with fellow producers Albert R. Broccoli (1909-1996) and Harry Saltzman (1915-1994) who held thefilm  rights to the rest of the James Bond novels. Negotiations over the film rights failed, and Feldman secured financial backing from Columbia Pictures. They decided to turn their adaptation into a spy comedy rather than a "serious" adaptation of the novel. 

Columbia ceeded the rights to the film to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1999, after a court battle. 

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3 years ago

Dolph Lundgren

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I was surprised too.

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What is the big surpise? "A View to a Kill" (1985) was Lundgren's film debut. See: https://jamesbond.fandom.com/wiki/Venz

He plays one of the bodyguards of General Anatol Gogol (played by Walter Gotell). See: https://jamesbond.fandom.com/wiki/General_Gogol

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What is a surprise to some, may not be a surprise to others. I think it would be fair to say, he wasn't the biggest star of the 'Bond' film franchise. So, it is reasonable to assume that not everyone realizes he was even in a Bond film, especially, to those who may not be the most avid Bond or Dolph Lundgren fans

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2 years ago

EDITORS
Please, correct list link in POLL header post from "Star Trek" to 'James Bond'

See the partial list of surprising "Star Trek" cameos and guest stars here: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls031245665/

should be

See the partial list of surprising 'James Bond' cameos and guest stars here: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls031245665/

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2 years ago

Tomorrow is spelled incorrectly on #16.

John Barry is hardly a surprise - he wrote the music for 11 Bond films, and he arranged and performed the theme starting with the first film - Dr. No.

FYC:
Joanna Lumley (Patsy from Ab Fab) - On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

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Thanks, I corrected Tomorrow and added Joanna Lumley. I was even more surprised to learn that the British actress appeared on Roseanne (TV Series) as Patsy Stone in 1996.

I would disagree that John Barry would be hardly a surprise to others. After all, it is not like he is Stan Lee and you expect him in every movie he has a remote connection with. He only has made two cameos in a sixty year career covering over a hundred movies. Plus, he is uncredited in the movie, he is only shown briefly and he doesn't have the face recognition of other front-of-camera types. I was surprised to learn he had a cameo, as well as, those of producer Michael G. Wilson, who has an even stronger Bond connection and has no fewer than sixteen Bond film cameos.

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I misunderstood his reason for being on the list. Forget I said anything.

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will do

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2 years ago

Rowan Atkinson???  That surprised me.  You could also add Judi Dench.  Before JB, I only knew her from Cranford.  :)

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Me too, I have since re-watched "Never Say Never Again" and he has a decent size part. Mostly overlooked as he gained most of his worldwide fame later in his career after that movie debuted.

OCTOBER 5TH is GLOBAL JAMES BOND DAY - The Official James Bond 007 Website

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2 years ago

Sammy Davis Jr

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It is a nice bit of trivia and not hard to see it happening as a Vegas gambler cameo given that he was Vegas performer and the role didn't require any preparation or travel. I can see that kind of cameo between two legends of the 60's is akin to a Star Wars cameo today. Too bad it ended up on the cutting room floor and only ended up as a deleted scene on the DVD.

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a year ago

The 5th of October is officially Global James Bond Day.

It annually marks the cinematic birth of the James Bond franchise on  5 October 1962 at the London premiere of Dr. No (1962) .

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2 months ago

It is not like he's Stan Lee and also you anticipate him in each film he has a far flung reference to. He best has made  cameos in a sixty year profession covering over a hundred films. Plus, he's uncredited within the movie, he is handiest shown in short through tools and he does not have the face reputation of other the front-of-camera types.

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Yes, Stan Lee has no equal in general film appearances or within the Marvel cinematic universe. But, Michael G. Wilson and Alfred Hitchcock are his closest competitors and you miss the point. While, I would be very surprised to see him in a Bond film, especially now. As far as I know, he hasn't a single cameo in any Bond film.  Michael G. Wilson is the undisputed King, when it comes to Bond cameos. This is more about being the master of your domain. Plus, see Most Creative Where's Waldo Wannabe? for a listing of other masters of their domains.

 

HITCHCOCK

Alfred Hitchcock, Hitchcock Film Series (37/53 appearances)

vs. Stan Lee, Hitchcock Film Series (0/53 appearances)

vs. Michael G. Wilson, Hitchcock Film Series (0/53 appearances)

 

MARVEL

Stan Lee, Marvel Film Series (60/?? appearances)

vs. Alfred Hitchcock, Marvel Film Series (0/?? appearances)

vs. Michael G. Wilson, Marvel Film Series (0/?? appearances)

 

BOND eon

Michael G. Wilson, Bond Film Series (18/25 appearances)

Stan Lee, Bond Film Series (0/25 appearances)

vs. Alfred Hitchcock, Bond Film Series (0/25 appearances)

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