Ahead of the release of SPECTRE this autumn, the Bond Reloaded series takes a weekly look back at each film in the iconic James Bond franchise. This week, Pierce Brosnan steps into the Bond mould to clash with an old friend.
Legal wranglings between studios kept Bond off screens for years following Licence to Kill, during which time Timothy Dalton quietly vacated the iconic tuxedo. This left the door wide open for Pierce Brosnan, who was now free of the Remington Steele commitments that had kept him away from the part in 1987. Brosnan had always been within a whisker of Bond, but now he was finally getting his chance in the spotlight.
The six year production hiatus also forced the Broccoli family to recast several of the key MI6 roles, with Judi Dench becoming M and Samantha Bond taking over as Moneypenny. There was also a change in the director’s chair for the first time since 1979, with Martin Campbell replacing John Glen.
The major changes across the board positioned GoldenEye as something of a reboot for the Bond franchise. With the Cold War in the past and a new roster in front of the cameras and behind them, this was a Bond for the 1990s and it arrived with a hell of a bang.
UK Release Date: 9th October 2015
Runtime: 87 minutes
Director: Ross Whitaker
Writer: Ross Whitaker
Starring: Mark Pollock, Simone George, Johnny Pollock, Barbara Carson, Emma Pollock
Synopsis: After suffering a horrific freak accident, a blind Irish adventurer battles adversity to overcome paralysis below the waist and get back on his feet.
The story of Northern Irish adventurer Mark Pollock is a well-known one in his native country, where his inspiring story has been regularly covered in the media. In the rest of the UK, though, Pollock isn’t nearly as recognisable. Ross Whitaker’s documentary Unbreakable: The Mark Pollock Story brings the story to the big screen in engaging and deeply emotional style.
It’s October, which means the cinema is about to get scary. Except it isn’t. Despite the looming spectre of Halloween at the end of the month, the packed slate for October is largely free of major horror releases – with the notable exception of Guillermo del Toro’s new film.
Elsewhere, there’s the small matter of a new James Bond film on the horizon, a reinvention of a classic fantasy tale and a couple of major awards contenders sneaking in too. Whether it delivers on the Halloween front or not, this month is certainly stacked.
Here are ten films you should head out and see this month in UK cinemas.
Ahead of the release of SPECTRE this autumn, the Bond Reloaded series takes a weekly look back at each film in the iconic James Bond franchise. This week, Timothy Dalton continues his tenure as Bond takes on the war on drugs in the shockingly violent Licence to Kill.
In his first film as James Bond, Timothy Dalton took the character that had become campy under Roger Moore and gave him the darker edge that creator Ian Fleming initially wrote. For his second outing, Licence to Kill, Dalton and director John Glen went one step forward and had Bond go rogue in the dark, murky world of the drug trade, fuelled by fiery personal issues.
Cost issues led the Bond crew to move away from London and Pinewood in order to shoot Licence to Kill on location in Mexico. Capitalising on Dalton’s gritty turn as the British super spy, writing duo Richard Maibaum and Michael G Wilson, began working on a darker entry in the series. The finished film would become the first in the franchise to earn a 15 certificate from the BBFC, having been cut from a version that would have scored a restrictive 18 rating.
Originally titled Licence Revoked in line with the central storyline before undergoing a change with the US market in mind, Licence to Kill marked a major shift towards darkness in Bond’s tone almost two decades before Daniel Craig made it cool with Casino Royale.