Sunday, October 14, 2012

Anderson Cooper & James Bond

Anderson's first 60 Minutes story of the season was on the 50th Anniversary of James Bond ~

And "Extras" from 60 Minutes/ ~

Becoming Bond for a day -
For her 60 Minutes story on the James Bond movies, producer Tanya Simon had an inspired idea for her correspondent Anderson Cooper: "Maybe we should have Anderson try being Bond for a day," she thought. After all, isn't that every male moviegoer's fantasy? To quite literally be James Bond?

So, Tanya began the careful planning that goes into 60 Minutes story elements. Her goal was to film Anderson as he stepped into the world of Bond: wearing a dashing tux, shooting a Walther PPK with style, and taking tight turns at the wheel of 007's famous Aston Martin. 

But her hopes for a Becoming Bond sequence would be dashed. It started with the idea for Anderson to wear a tux for his on-camera shots. AC didn't pack his tux. (He told Overtime that he didn't forget: he objected on grounds of sheer cheesiness.). 

Then, she worked to get approval from the movie studio to put Anderson in Bond's Aston Martin. When she had finally convinced them to allow it and had sorted out the insurance paperwork, Anderson broke the news: He can only drive an automatic. 

Tanya did manage to get correspondent Cooper to the shooting range for a lesson with the gun instructor who trains actor Daniel Craig on the proper technique of an assassin. All was going well as Anderson practiced with Bond's Walther PPK-- until she snapped a photo of AC in action and showed it to him. 

"In my mind I looked like James Bond and I felt like James Bond," Anderson recalls. "But I looked like this skinny, pale, gray-haired middle-aged guy. I never really got to feel like James Bond, sadly." 

Watch the Overtime video above to hear Anderson and Tanya tell the tale. AND you can watch AC take a hands-on, albeit white-gloved, tour of a treasure trove of deadly artifacts (Jaws' teeth, the golden gun, the booby-trapped briefcase) in the Bond archives. Enjoy.

James Bond's do's and don'ts 
Film producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson tell Anderson Cooper they are guided by writer Ian Fleming's vision for Bond -- and their own instincts about what's "Bondian" and what's not.

Bringing Bond's action scenes to life
Bond special effects supervisor Chris Corbould shows Anderson Cooper how he makes the films' over-the-top action sequences look real.

Going back to the books
Bond Producer Michael Wilson says his stepfather, Albert "Cubby" Broccoli, creator of the Bond film franchise, advised him to read - and reread - the original Ian Fleming novels for guidance and inspiration.

AC360 Transcript
AC360 Podcast

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Tanya Simon was wrong. This was a report on JAMES BOND, not Anderson Cooper.
I don't care if she was the producer of this 60 Minutes piece.
It would NEVER have been given the green light if the the originator of 60 Minutes were still alive.
Anderson should have been up front and said 'NO, as much as it is every man's fantasy, I am a journalist first.'
Good thing he did forget to pack his tux because he would have gotten a whole lot of flack had he worn it for this report.
Producers come and go and Tanya would have been...gone.
Anderson has really messed up two shows.
Hopefully he has sense enough not to
mess up a third.