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Lando
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Question on The Avengers film. Was Nick Meyer involved in the production or early story treatments of the film? Around 1994 or so?
I saw his name in a listing of archive items and it mentions some things for The Avengers. I believe it may be one of Don Macpherson's early scripts.

If anyone knows more about this, I would be very interesting in knowing more.

Thanks!

On The Avengers movie, so no chance we will ever see the full cut of the film?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 1:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was a rumour from the late 80's that Mel Gibson had apparently acquired the rights to make a film and Nick Meyer was suggested as a possible director. There was nothing solid about any of it.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Might not be true, but I do like the story I saw recently that many years ago Jerry Weintraub asked Mel Gibson at a party if he like the old Avengers TV series. Gibson said not only did he like it, but he had all the episodes on video. Next day word got around (much to Mr Gibson's surprise) that he was in line to play dandy secret agent John Steed in a big budget Hollywood movie.

I would have to agree with the blogger who said Mel Gibson represents everything that is the opposite of John Steed.

My opinion is, if Mel Gibson was ever in The Avengers, it would have to be the 'other' Avengers so he could be The Incredible Hulk. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:47 am    Post subject: Re: The (dreaded) Movie Reply with quote

Andrew Pixley wrote:
Oh, and the music score. I thought that was terrific and was delighted to track down the CD soundtrack.

Then again, I enjoy "Wild Wild West" movie too. And "Virtual Murder". And "The Secret Service". So who am I to judge?


Just started reading this thread from the beginning and came across Andrew's comment. I loved Joel McNeely's score and it's one of my favourite soundtrack CDs.

And I bloody LOVE Virtual Murder! I thought I was the only one who remembered this little gem. I only recently transferred all the episodes over from VHS to DVD. Now I wish Network would get hold of that!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:36 am    Post subject: Virtual Murder Reply with quote

I vaguely remember this - Avengery/X Files-ish but died after a few episodes. I may have seen just one or two episodes and not really enough to form an opinion. Thirty years ago doesn't help...

Found a Wiki page here
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 6:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was touted in the press at the time as being 'The Avengers for the 90s' thereby, in one crassly chosen sentence, ensuring it's fate overnight. It was never allowed to become its own show and died after six episodes. A shame.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_Murder
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:12 am    Post subject: Re: The (dreaded) Movie Reply with quote

Virtual Murder? I'm afraid I don't remember it at all.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something called Nostalgia Critic reviews the Avengers film with annoying sarcastic loud person. Why is screaming effing and blindsing expletives supposed to be amusing?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dandy Forsdyke wrote:
Something called Nostalgia Critic reviews the Avengers film with annoying sarcastic loud person. Why is screaming effing and blindsing expletives supposed to be amusing?


Yes, he's clearly passionately pissed over the movie. Shame he has not seen the tv version, maybe then he'd understand that surrealism is a major component of the show & along with the banter- part of the charm.

Subsequently, I'll have to agree with this comical fool that it was a lousy film adaptation.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 10:26 pm    Post subject: Re: The (dreaded) Movie Reply with quote

Whiskers wrote:
Virtual Murder? I'm afraid I don't remember it at all.


Check it out if you ever get chance. Absolute gem of a series - imaginative, stylish, witty, fun ... and effectively slaughtered at birth by BBC scheduling.

I can't see it ever getting a commercial release, so hope you enjoy the first episode. Got me hooked!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbWdSiXFjbs

All the best

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cariheart wrote:
Dandy Forsdyke wrote:
Something called Nostalgia Critic reviews the Avengers film with annoying sarcastic loud person. Why is screaming effing and blindsing expletives supposed to be amusing?


Yes, he's clearly passionately pissed over the movie. Shame he has not seen the tv version, maybe then he'd understand that surrealism is a major component of the show & along with the banter- part of the charm.

Subsequently, I'll have to agree with this comical fool that it was a lousy film adaptation.


If he'd watched one he might have known deserted streets was pretty much par for the course of the show. It's interesting to hear a point of view from someone who isn't familiar with the episodes though and most critics seem to come to the same conclusion. He was spot on about the "answer the telephone" bit; it doesn't make sense and misses the target completely. Uma Thurman is so bloody useless in that scene too.

The film was made by people that pretended to get the show but really didn't.

Andrew Pixley wrote:
Whiskers wrote:
Virtual Murder? I'm afraid I don't remember it at all.


Check it out if you ever get chance. Absolute gem of a series - imaginative, stylish, witty, fun ... and effectively slaughtered at birth by BBC scheduling.

I can't see it ever getting a commercial release, so hope you enjoy the first episode. Got me hooked!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbWdSiXFjbs

All the best

Andrew


I didn't know the full episodes were YouTube - thanks.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anyone recall a copy of the Daily Mirror in the late eighties with the front page headline, Strewth Mel to Play Steed?

It referred to Mel Gibson apparently being line up to play Steed.

However, sometime later Gibson admitted he knew nothing about this at the time.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm just watching this film again... I'm not sure why.

If you watch it with the sound muted it's not too bad. Even the dialogue isn't that bad... The delivery of the dialogue is absolutely dreadful. It's not banter in the sense of the TV series, instead the main characters simply deliver a series of punchlines to each other as if they're waiting for a laugh after each... No chemistry and so, so unnatural.

Oh well.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DerekD wrote:
I'm just watching this film again... I'm not sure why.

If you watch it with the sound muted it's not too bad. Even the dialogue isn't that bad... The delivery of the dialogue is absolutely dreadful. It's not banter in the sense of the TV series, instead the main characters simply deliver a series of punchlines to each other as if they're waiting for a laugh after each... No chemistry and so, so unnatural.

Oh well.


how true...the film arrived D.O.A. in the States, Warners refused the usual screenings for press /Tv/radio...and went straight into the theatres where
it crashed and burned..badly...
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