I never liked horror films before I discovered Wes Craven.
When I first started getting seriously into cinema in my early teens, horror films meant torture porn. The two biggest franchises working their way through cinemas were James Wan’s Saw and Eli Roth’s Hostel. Scares were secondary to splatter and intelligence was in short supply. I pretty much discounted an entire genre because there simply wasn’t anything for me.
On a whim, I ended up watching A Nightmare On Elm Street, only passingly aware of its brutal reputation. Over the next two hours, my perception of an entire genre changed. I was terrified and disgusted, but above all else, I was gripped. Freddy Krueger had sunk his claws into me and he wasn’t letting go.
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, Roger Moore dresses as a clown in Octopussy.
After the release of The Spy Who Loved Me, every Bond film was an uncertain project. The contract of lead actor Roger Moore was up, requiring each film to be individually negotiated. Moore was reluctant to return after For Your Eyes Only, leading to a search for a new man to wield the Walther PPK in Octopussy.
However, Eon soon got wind of a rival Bond project set to be released in the same year as Octopussy. Sean Connery had been enticed to star in Never Say Never Again – a remake of Thunderball. With the spectre of this competition on the horizon, Eon were keen to get Moore on board for their latest film.
They managed it, but then they put him in a clown uniform.