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0151: Unmade Bond 17 (1990)

24th March 2023

What was the very first draft of Timothy Dalton's unmade third film like?

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What was the very first draft of Timothy Dalton's unmade third film like?

Timothy Dalton's third James Bond film is one of the great 'what ifs' of the series, and over the years various incarnations have come to light. Recently, we dusted off the first-ever draft of what could have been Dalton's follow-up to Licence To Kill. Dated July 7th, 1990, this rarely-seen script was penned by Michael G. Wilson and American writer Alfonse Ruggerio. Many of its elements would survive in later films for Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig, but the locations and tech elements of this draft lend their own distinct flavour. Join us as we run through the story and discuss the characters, plot, killer robots, and ponder what this film could have been in the early 1990s. 

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The recording took place on March 16th, 2023 in the USA and Spain. 

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