Thursday 26 July 2012

"Trailers From Hell"

Here's an unusual webseries. It consists of Hollywood insiders discussing movies, while showing us the trailer for the movie in question. The commentators include (but are not restricted to): Guillermo del Toro, Allison Anders, Allan Arkush, John Badham, Larry Cohen, Roger Corman, Joe Dante, Jonathan Kaplan, John Landis, Adam Rifkin, Eli Roth, John Sayles, and Brian Trenchard-Smith.

I struggled in choosing an example for this post (there's so many to pick from), and changed my mind several times. In the end I settled on a Brian Trenchard-Smith commentary on Dr. No.

The first entry in the greatest tentpole series of all time, seven of which starred Sean Connery in the role that made him an international star. Amazingly, author Ian Fleming wanted composer-actor Hoagy Carmichael to play his licensed-to-kill Agent 007. The then-groundbreaking amorality of the concept led Patrick McGoohan to turn down the role, as did Richard Johnson (who later played in two Bond-like Bulldog Drummond films) and Roger Moore, who later replaced Connery as Bond.

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