John Cleese bemoans lack of humour in recent Bond movies
British comedy legend John Cleese spoke recently to the Radio Times
to explain why he only appeared in two James Bond adventures, and blames the series' shift towards a grittier style (although he did not directly say what the magazine's headline claims).
"I did two James Bond movies [1999âs The World Is Not Enough, and 2002âs Die Another Day, playing Q], and then I believe that they decided that the tone they needed was that of the Bourne action movies, which are very gritty and humourless."
"Also the big money was coming from Asia, from the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, where the audiences go to watch the action sequences, and thatâs why in my opinion the action sequences go on for too long, and itâs a fundamental flaw. The audiences in Asia are not going for the subtle British humour or the class jokes."
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