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39 Things We Learned from the Banned “Dr. No” Commentary

Film School Rejects presents 39 Things We Learned from the Banned “Dr. No” Commentary  by Kevin Carr.  Here are five of my favorites…

1. The iconic James Bond theme was not in the original picture. The score had “Underneath the Mango Tree” as Bond’s theme, and Young thought “that’s a really stupid idea” because eventually they would make a James Bond movie without mango trees. John Barry was referred to him, and he wrote the recognizable theme without even seeing the film.

7. It took ten takes of Bond tossing his hat onto the coat tree to get the shot. In later films, Connery became good enough to hit the mark on the first try.

23. When the Three Blind Mice try to assassinate Bond in the parking lot, Hunt did not have a shot of the passing car’s headlight that distract them from following through because Young never shot it. In order ot make the shot work, Hunt flared the film on the actors in post production to show the flash of light.

31. Young discovered Ursula Andress in a pile of photographs on the desk of a producer. He asked if he could keep the photo and took it to Cubby Broccoli to find her for the role of Honey Ryder. They cast her primarily because of her looks and never had a formal audition or test of her acting ability.

34. Ursula Andress was overdubbed by actress Nikki Van der Zyl because her accent was too thick and the filmmakers could not understand all of her lines.

Movie Easter Eggs: X Marks the Kill

One of the great reoccurring treats at is Movie Easter Eggs.  Movie Easter Eggs are hidden messages, jokes and nods to other films that are hidden within a movie.

One of the Movie Easter Eggs covered this week is that in the movie The Departed.  Director Martin Scorsese

…paid tribute to Howard Hawks’ original 1932 version of SCARFACE in which the director included a bunch of Xs in scenes to imply that a character was going to end up dead.

You can see the X’s in The Departed  scenes.  Click over and you can see the X’s in Scarface  as well as Movie Easter Eggs for Kill Bill,  Die Hard with a Vengeance,  The Simpson’s Movie  and Back to the Future.

41 Things We Learned from the “Dracula” Commentary

Kevin Carr at Film School Rejects provides 41 Things We Learned from the Dracula  commentary.

Here are five of my favorites…

16. Dracula’s infamous line “I never drink wine” was not in the book or the stage play. However, after it became popular from the film, it was added to the dialogue of the stage play.

20. Several scenes in the script described fangs for Dracula, however Lugosi never wears them. Even though the Count in Nosferatu had fangs, the vampires from the early Universal films did not have them.

25. Originally, Stoker planned to call the title character Count Vampyr. However, he stumbled upon the history of Vlad Tepis and his name Dracula (meaning “son of the Devil”).

32. The shot of Renfield crawling at the fainted maid is not as sexual or violent as it first appears. In fact, he is trying to catch a fly that has landed on her. This was edited out of the English-language version but left in the Spanish-language one.

34. Originally, Lugosi was not considered for the role in the film. Trade papers suggested Conrad Veidt (the sleepwalker in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari). The studio wanted Lon Chaney, and they ended up offering him a three-picture deal which included a talkie sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. However, Chaney died before this could be done. After several other considerations, Lugosi got the role with a $500 per week salary.

9 Incredible Historical Coincidences

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

Viralnova presents 9 Incredible Historical Coincidences That Will Leave You Flabbergasted.

You probably guessed that Lee Harvey Oswald, John Wilkes Booth’s Brother and Mark Twain would make the list — the coincidences that involve them are pretty well known.

Not as wildly known are those…

  • Involving the book written years before the sinking of the Titanic about a giant ocean liner called the Titan that sink after hitting an iceberg.
  • Or King Louis XVI of France who was warned as a child about the dangers awaiting him on the 21st of the month…
  • Or the car that James Dean was killed in…
  • Or how a wrong turn may have led to World War I
  • Or Andrew Jackson and the two misfiring pistols in perfect condition…
  • Or [my personal favorite from the list] Stalin and the curse from a 14th century warlord!


The TV Shows That Premiered 50 Years Ago!

Recently The ’60s at 50 posted the September ’64 Television Debuts.   I was surprised that 50 years had passed but so many of the shows that premiered that season are still not only known, but are being regularly watched on retro channels.

The Shows and my thoughts…

‘Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea’ – I occasionally watched, but often found the concept cooler than than the execution.
‘Peyton Place’ –  Never watched it.
‘Shindig!’ – Occasionally watched but preferred Dick Clark’s American Bandstand.
‘Bewitched’ – Used to tune in regularly.  
‘Jonny Quest’ - Loved that show.  An all-time favorite cartoon.
‘The Addams Family’ - I watched but not regularly.  I was more a fan of  The Munsters.
’12 O’Clock High” – Never really watched it.
‘Flipper’ – As a kid I was a regular viewer.
‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ - I watched as often as I could.
‘The Munsters’ – I was a pretty regular viewer.
‘Daniel Boone’ – One of my favorite shows as a kid!
‘Gomer Pyle – USMC’ – We’d watch regularly.
‘Gilligan’s Island’ - We’d watch weekly.
‘My Living Doll’ - I don’t remember it, but with Julie Newmar co-starring, I’d be interested in giving it a look.
It would be interesting to see how other seasons held up after 50 years.  Nice one, The ’60s at 50.