Monday, June 12, 2006

Return of the hero?

Over the weekend I saw for the first time the film Robin and Marian, starring Sean Connery as an older Robin Hood returning from the Crusades to meet Marian (Audrey Hepburn) and face down the final threat of the Sheriff of Nottingham (Robert Shaw) and it left me wondering - just how many other films are there that tell the story of a famous character returning to their adventures in later life?

Off the top of my head I can think of:

*Hook - Peter Pan has grown up and forgotten Neverland - until his children are kidnapped...
*Never Say Never Again - the unofficial Bond movie that briefly brought Connery back to the role. Bond is middle-aged and little used by the new director of MI6 until SPECTRE's escaped forces M to recall the 00 section.
*Casino Royale - The 1967 spoof film version, in which Sir James Bond has retired and his name reassigned (to "a sexual acrobat who leaves a trail of beautiful dead women") but with secret agents disappearing around the world and M killed, Bond is forced back into service.

And that's it. But I'm sure there have been others - does anyone know of a good source of information on this?

1 comment:

Paul Burgin said...

The Return of the Four Musketeers (1989)

This involved them trying to save the life of King Charles I in 1649. There is also The Man in the Iron Mask (1998 film version).

As for Casino Royale, the voice of Doctor Noah was done by one of my favourite actors, Valentine Dyall (Played Depp Thought the Computer in the TV version of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and The Black Guardian in Doctor Who. Now there was someone who would have made a good Blofeld in the arly official Bond films


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