Archive for the ‘Directors / Producers / Crew’ Category

Martin Grace (1942-2010)

January 29, 2010

Bond stuntman and stunt double Martin Grace has passed away at the age of 67. Grace was an accomplished stunt performer and coordinator, and was Roger Moore’s stunt double through most of his Bond films. Grace’s first 007 credit was in Sean Connery’s “You Only Live Twice” in 1967, before becoming Moore’s regular stunt double from “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977) up until his departure from the series in “A View To A Kill” (1985).

Grace’s other major film credits as a stunt performer/coordinator include: “Superman” (1978), “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), “Robin Hood” (1991) and “The Truman Show” (1998). Grace also appeared on screen as an actor, which included working with former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan in “Robinson Crusoe”.

Over his career, Grace worked on 73 motion pictures as well as many popular television programs including “Monk” and “Heroes”. His last big-screen stunt work was on the 2007 Jim Carrey film “The Number 23”.

After suffering a cycling accident in late November 2009, Martin fractured his pelvis and was hospitalized for some weeks. In late January he was taken from his home in Spain to hospital again after developing breathing problems. He died aged 67 on 27th January 2010 after suffering an aneurysm.

Rest in peace.

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Marc Forster: Beyond Bond…

June 24, 2009

Earlier this month, Marc Forster, along with MK12, released a short film for Swiss International Air Lines. I thought this was a very interesting and stylish video worth mentioning.

I know Forster faced a lot of poor reviews for his stylized thrill-ride, Quantum of Solace, but I’ll admit that I like him as a director. I think his visions and ideas are fresh. Was he a great choice for Bond? Perhaps. Perhaps not. Either way, outside of the world of Bond, I think Forster has a lot to offer as a director – way more than those who make hundreds-of-millions by filming CGI robots, or an over-rated actor in a cape.

James Bond tends to bring out the worst in some great directors. I think this certainly applies to Marc Forster. Why? I think because the series has under-gone so many changes, it’s unbelievable – from the Cold War James Bond, to the silly James Bond, to the “Die Hard” James Bond, to the ridiculous James Bond, to the Jason Bourne/James Bond hybrid. Bad writing, bad producers, and bad performances can have a lot to do with this, too.

What I’m trying to get at here is that Forster deserves to be cut some slack. His style (at least) for Quantum of Solace was something that has never seen in a James Bond film before. I think Forster showed dedication to his James Bond film, too; but in the end, the cards just weren’t on his side. The slew of mediocre and untalented writers were the ones to blame, in my opinion.

Anyhow, I look forward to seeing what Mr. Forster will deliver in the future. I think perhaps he knows now that maybe raw action flicks aren’t his forte.

Here’s the video, in both English, and German. Enjoy.