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The Post Office Tower? Opened 1965.countplastica wrote: And what's the climax? Kong climbing Big Ben seems redundant given both Gorgo and Konga, and England did not (afaik) have much in the way of skyscrapers at the time. How would Hammer have wrapped it up?
As my brain is a drooling fan-encrusted thing, with no marketing realities in it, its foley department supplied a disagreeing "bing" noise when I saw Granger's name listed with 1965 Maharis and 1965 Connors.Ted Newsom wrote: [...] No, they were not going to get Cary Grant... or Burt Lancaster, or by the 1960s, Stanley Baker. But they might get, say, Stewart Granger, George Maharis, or Mike Connors. [...]
Kerwin Matthews, maybe?Ted Newsom wrote: Michael Carreras knew that if Hammer was to become something other than a little cottage in the English film industry, they had to shoot higher than low budget horror films. If you look at the films he actually produced, as opposed to the early Gothics where he was executive producer (not a hands-on position), they're not Anthony HInds material, they're more "adventurous" with regard to casting, locations, and so on. TASTE OF FEAR and MANIAC shot in France. SAVAGE GUNS was one of the first westerns shot in Spain. And more to the point, ONE MILLION YEARS BC used the Canary Islands-- pretty much a match for the Red Rock Canyon locations of the original film. He often used American actors for practical box office purposes, but also because it livened things up. Fred Clark as the William Castle showman in MUMMY'S TOMB. Basehart in SAVAGE GUNS.
Remaking KING KONG was his idea. That's not subject matter which would interest Tony Hinds anyway. So with an eye on the world market, the only sensible thing to do is to use world-class names, or at least actors who might have some cache beyond "Oh, he was cool in that monster movie." All that, but keeping in mind what a "Hammer Film" budget could afford. No, they were not going to get Cary Grant... or Burt Lancaster, or by the 1960s, Stanley Baker. But they might get, say, Stewart Granger, George Maharis, or Mike Connors.
As for setting it in New York-- where else? Much of it may have ended up being shot on an Elstree or Pinewood backlot, but that's where KING KONG happens. Just because Hammer made SHE doesn't mean they had to shoot the trek to the lost kingdom in Black Park and use Oakley Court as Ayesha's palace.
So, my casting, c. 1964-66:
Ann Darrow: Raquel Welch (Did a good job before; will get international notice)
Jack Driscoll: Oliver Reed (not too pricey yet, and owes them a big favor)
Carl Denham: Forrest Tucker (getting a re-born career with F-TROOP, did fine in BREAK IN THE CIRCLE and SNOWMAN; can be blustery and amusing, and downright nasty.)
Cpt. Englehorn: Andrew Keir
Beyond that... the mid-level actors of your choice. Percy Herbert, Michael Ripper, Vic Maddern, Burt Kwouk, Eddie Powell, etc etc.
I think we both put Reed in our version, just disagree about in which role.Ted Newsom wrote: True enough. That was at Colombia's insistence, I should guess. He was under contract, use him, it's part of the deal. I'd still lean toward Oliver Reed. I'd buy him over Matthews as a big, taciturn first mate. Reed was on his way up, Matthews was floating down, too. Floating being the operative word. Something light in the loafers about ol' Kerwin, and a little too pretty. To the latter, likewise John Richardson. I'd think about Bill Travers, Kieron Moore, Edward Judd on the Brit side for Driscoll, Jock Mahoney, Peter Breck, Stuart Whitman. Philip Carey, Don Murray from the States. Physically right, known but not too pricey. Hey, Chuck Connors wants to get into features. Mike Connors, too.
No, they're not all genre guys, nor Hammer alums necessarily. I'm just trying to cast a movie that people will want to see.
It would have to be the Empress State Building, wouldn't it?countplastica wrote: And what's the climax? Kong climbing Big Ben seems redundant given both Gorgo and Konga, and England did not (afaik) have much in the way of skyscrapers at the time. How would Hammer have wrapped it up?