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PostSubject: What actors do you see when reading the novels?   Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:28 am

That old discussion again. What actors do you see in the novels? Would it be those who played in the film counterpart or is it someone who never starred in the films at all?

Years ago when I first read the novels I mostly envisioned Connery as Fleming Bond. This time however, starting with CR I envisioned Craig in the role but once I started on FRWL I went back to seeing Connery in it and still do with Dr. No at the moment.

With other characters it's all over the place. In CR I see Eva Green as Vesper. In LALD I saw Solitaire as no actress, instead going by Fleming's descriptions of the character. In DAF I saw Tiffany as someone like January Jones and then with FRWL it's Daniela Bianchi despite not looking like her counterpart. With Leiter I first thought of Jack Lord years back when I first read them. Since rereading I saw Jeffrey Wright in CR, then switched to David Hedison. Now with Honey Rider I'm thinking more of the way Fleming describes her, I can't quite see Undress in it.
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PostSubject: Re: What actors do you see when reading the novels?   Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:36 am

For Vesper Lynd I see Corinne Drewery and hear Nikki van der Zyl.
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PostSubject: Re: What actors do you see when reading the novels?   Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:37 am

I picture the actors from the films when reading the characters of Goldfinger, Mr. Big, Honey Rider, Oddjob.

And Bernard Lee I will always see as M.

As for Bond, I guess I see myself in the role, but isn't that what Fleming intended. Keep the character vague, with just enough insight and introspective to make the reader own the character. That was the genuis of the novels. It made you step inside Bond's skin, and become Bond, with all his thoughts, fears, feelings, when he showers, what he eats, what he wears.

Just thinking about this makes me want to go on holiday and read a Bond novel by the pool, while drinking a few ice cold beers.
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PostSubject: Re: What actors do you see when reading the novels?   Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:49 am

Agree completely on Bernard Lee.

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PostSubject: Re: What actors do you see when reading the novels?   Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:04 am

It's hard not to imagine him in the novels. He's one of the actors that perfectly matched what Fleming wrote, along with Pedro Armendáriz as Kerim Bey.
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PostSubject: Re: What actors do you see when reading the novels?   Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:04 am

Don't really see any of the Bond actors. I guess the closest in appearance to the dude I see is Connery sans bushy eyebrows.

Bernard Lee is there when I picture M though. Perfect piece of casting.
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PostSubject: Re: What actors do you see when reading the novels?   Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:04 am

Another bit of great casting is Joseph Wiseman as Dr. No. No one could have done it better.
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PostSubject: Re: What actors do you see when reading the novels?   Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:12 am

I think it's too bad he's not in the film enough.
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PostSubject: Re: What actors do you see when reading the novels?   Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:22 am

Agree with the last two posts.

And I always picture Ferzetti as Draco when reading OHMSS. Steppat as Bunt too.
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PostSubject: Re: What actors do you see when reading the novels?   Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:01 am

When I read OHMSS I pictured Pedro Amandariz Sr as Draco... after picturing him as Kerim Bey too laugh

I tend to come up with my own image based off the descriptions/my imagination. I do hear Bernard Lee's voice with M, though.
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PostSubject: Re: What actors do you see when reading the novels?   Fri Jan 27, 2012 4:37 am

Visualise Illse Steppat quite easily for Bunt. As I've said before it's like she stepped from the book into the film well.

For Bond tends to be a blur. Can't explain but never picture anyone definite. Daltonesque actor really.
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PostSubject: Re: What actors do you see when reading the novels?   Fri Jan 27, 2012 4:58 am

Don't know about actors, but whenever I think of Sir Hugo Drax I see Angela Merkel with a strap-on.
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PostSubject: Re: What actors do you see when reading the novels?   Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:49 pm

I'm thinking of reading a novel while seeing the next film. Not sure which one though, could do with a suggestion.
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PostSubject: Re: What actors do you see when reading the novels?   Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:53 pm

Erica Ambler wrote:
Don't know about actors, but whenever I think of Sir Hugo Drax I see Angela Merkel with a strap-on.

Goes to show how far beyond rescue your mind really is. Next time you post something like that you better put it inside spoiler tags and warn against serious damage to people's visual cortex.
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PostSubject: Re: What actors do you see when reading the novels?   Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:55 pm

6of1 wrote:
I'm thinking of reading a novel while seeing the next film. Not sure which one though, could do with a suggestion.

In Praise of Older Women: The Amorous Recollections of Andras Vajda by Stephen Vizinczey.
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PostSubject: Re: What actors do you see when reading the novels?   Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:56 pm

Sharky wrote:
6of1 wrote:
I'm thinking of reading a novel while seeing the next film. Not sure which one though, could do with a suggestion.

In Praise of Older Women: The Amorous Recollections of Andras Vajda by Stephen Vizinczey.

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PostSubject: Re: What actors do you see when reading the novels?   Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:04 pm

6of1 wrote:
Erica Ambler wrote:
Don't know about actors, but whenever I think of Sir Hugo Drax I see Angela Merkel with a strap-on.

Goes to show how far beyond rescue your mind really is. Next time you post something like that you better put it inside spoiler tags and warn against serious damage to people's visual cortex.

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PostSubject: Re: What actors do you see when reading the novels?   Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:35 pm

Savourer you are.
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PostSubject: Re: What actors do you see when reading the novels?   Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:05 pm

Glad we got that sorted.
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PostSubject: Re: What actors do you see when reading the novels?   Sun Jan 29, 2012 4:29 am

Always used to envision Jacqueline Bisset as Vesper, but after TAILOR OF PANAMA decided Catherine McCormarck would be perfect.

Wanted Welles as LeChiffre even before (and after) seeing 67 CR.

Maybe because I watched a lot of TREK growing up, but I always thought CATSPAW's Theo Marcuse (who also played a Devil's Island commandant on TIME TUNNEL) looked like Blofeld from the books, expecially YOLT.

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PostSubject: Re: What actors do you see when reading the novels?   Tue Jun 05, 2012 1:19 am

I usually see Sean Connery or Pierce Brosnan, while for M I always see Berard Lee, though sometimes when I first read "M" I think to Judi Dench, then my mind realizes M is a man, so it gets to Bernard Lee.
About voice, I imagine Pino Locchi's (Sean Connery italian's official voice).
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PostSubject: Re: What actors do you see when reading the novels?   Thu Jan 03, 2013 2:19 pm

Well, it very much depends the novel I'm reading. I imagine Sean in FRWL and Roger in LALD, for instance. As for DMC and Carte Blanche, I imagined Craig. With LICENCE RENEWED (I'm reading it now) I imagine Yaroslav Horak's Bond from the strips.
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PostSubject: Re: What actors do you see when reading the novels?   Sat Jan 05, 2013 10:35 pm

On the first page's posts about perfect 'from book to screen' casting ... I'd include Lotte Lenya as Klebb.

Like Hilly, I don't really picture any of the screen Bonds when reading a Bond novel.
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PostSubject: Re: What actors do you see when reading the novels?   Sun Jan 06, 2013 9:29 am

So, I found out that I see the following:

James Bond:

A black-hair man who looks like Sean Connery, but isn't him: every Fleming novel, LTK novelization and Carte Blanche
George Lazenby (who alternates to the Bond above) in OHMSS
Roger Moore and Pierce Brosan in their movies' novelizations

M:
Bernard Lee (male)
Judi Dench (female)

Q: Desmond Llewelyn

Blofeld: Telly Savalas

All of the other non-recurring characters: movies' actors
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PostSubject: Re: What actors do you see when reading the novels?   Thu Jan 08, 2015 5:32 am

Having read COLONEL SUN, I pictured the title character as Ken Wantanabe. I think that's mainly because of how the character gets excited over the prospect of breaking Bond, that I can see Wantanabe pull off that kind of glee.
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