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24. September 2013 16:32
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1982 Today Show James Bond Specials

24. September 2013 16:32 by m | 0 Comments

OctopussyOctopussy began filming in August 1982, and Never Say Never AgainNever Say Never Again in September of 1982. We can deduce, therefore, that NBC's Today show filmed these interviews with Sean Connery and Roger Moore sometime between the end of September and the end of December 1982. This wasn't the first time two competing James Bond films had gone head to head. In 1967, Sean Connery's You Only Live TwiceYou Only Live Twice went up against David Niven, Peter Sellers and Woody Allen in Casino RoyaleCasino Royale (1967), but that was just a spoof, not a serious contender.

This time, the two biggest cinematic Bond's were about to go head to head at the box office and NBC's "Man in Hollywood", Jim Brown, was there to interview both of these 007 heavyweights about the new films and the upcoming box office battle, in what Starlog would christen The biggest Bond year of them all". The interviews were broken into 4 parts, with one segment airing every day for four days.

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Parts one and two focus primarily on Connery's return to the role he originated, then left twice before, vowing never again. Is it just me or does Connery seem more than a little smug as he recalls a conversation with Moore about the locations their movies would be taking them to, what with Connery heading to the south of France and the Bahamas, while Roger was off to "some dreadful town on the outskirts of London" and then India?

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Parts three and four move on to Roger Moore and OctopussyOctopussy. Interestingly, Moore tells interviewer Jim Brown that producer Jack Schwartzman had approached him and offered him the role of 007 in Never Say Never AgainNever Say Never Again. "I said to Sean, 'which one do you want to do?' He said he didn't want to do the one with Cubby so I'm here, and he's there." I have found no evidence to support this claim. Starlog interviews with Never Say Never AgainNever Say Never Again producer Jack Schwartzman and writer Lorenzo Semple Jr. both explain that Connery had been an instrumental part of that picture since the beginning. I think it is more likely that Moore had simply told Broccoli this while re-negotiating his contract to provide a little leverage, or that Moore is simply amusing himself by making it all up during the interview.

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Moore explains that he would love to play a villain. In his latest book, Bond on Bond, he expresses an interest in being a Bond villain, which could be fun.

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