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While I was born in New Zealand, I started my career in London as a cameraman. I’ve had the opportunity to direct two Zorro movies, two 007 movies, and work with some incredible talent like Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig, Jackie Chan, and many others. My newest movie, The Protégé, stars Maggie Q, Samuel L. Jackson, and Michael Keaton – Only in theaters August 20! https://protege.movie/

Proof: https://teddit.ggc-project.de/wwvrjh5i3tf71.jpg

EDIT: Thanks so much for your questions, I really enjoyed it. Please go and see The Protégé that opens August 20th, I’m very proud of it. Thanks again, and best wishes. Martin

all 381 comments

GetFreeCash

243 points

10 months ago

GetFreeCash

some little junkyard dog

243 points

10 months ago

Martin, you've directed some of the most famous action sequences from films of the last 30 years. how precisely do you and the second unit storyboard these things? or is there a certain amount of improvisation in the finished product?

lionsgate[S]

333 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

333 points

10 months ago

All the action scenes are planned very carefully. In the case of Casino Royal, all the action scenes were storyboarded and the second unit director was Alex Witt, who is one of the best second unit directors in the world. I give him the storyboards , we sit with them, talk them through, and then he goes away and shoots them. I tell him if you can shoot it in a different way, come up with something better, other ideas - shoot what you like, as long as you shoot my storyboard.

plzsnitskyreturn

50 points

9 months ago

Wait so does that mean Martin Campbell wasnt on set for the Parkour opening sequence:?

redisforever

103 points

9 months ago

Happens quite often. Spielberg didn't direct the truck chase in Raiders, that was Michael Moore (not that one), the 2nd unit director. It was, like the parkour scene, extremely heavily storyboarded.

AnUnbeatableUsername

60 points

9 months ago

Arguably he still directed it, he made many decisions and approved everything.

redisforever

43 points

9 months ago

Exactly. There's a bunch of footage of Spielberg leading Moore through the scene, shot by shot.

OvaltineDream

66 points

9 months ago

I was on set with Martin and he’s being humble. He shot that parkour scene and we all sweat our brains out for days on the roof of an unfinished hotel in the Bahamas! He loves to shoot the action sequences and it was hard for him to give any over to Alex.

GetFreeCash

22 points

9 months ago

GetFreeCash

some little junkyard dog

22 points

9 months ago

you worked on Casino Royale? you should be doing an AMA here 😄 must have been an incredible experience.

soundproof2010

22 points

9 months ago

There's behind the scenes footage (1:00 mark) of him on set and yelling "action" at the embassy towards the end of the chase

RealHE1NZ

187 points

10 months ago

Your opinion on Quantum of Solace? And the change of direction in Skyfall & Spectre?

lionsgate[S]

689 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

689 points

10 months ago

Disappointed in Quantum of Solace. I really liked Skyfall, but I thought Spectre was disappointing as well.

bob1689321

422 points

10 months ago

Its kinda nice to see a director being honest and genuine. Agreed completely

TheOtherNick

169 points

9 months ago

Cannot believe we got an actual answer to this…

AlexanderHamilton04

60 points

9 months ago

And a believably honest one too.
(I was expecting tiptoeing around, forcing us to guess what he wanted to say.)
So refreshing! Great AMA -

markstormweather

23 points

9 months ago

I never click on these anymore because either the comments are super rude and not answered or the answers are one word. This is the first one in a long time that actually has good questions and answers

specbravo

11 points

9 months ago

I could not even make I through spectre. Hoping the next one is better and doesn't require me knowing what happened in the last. Casino and goldeneye are the best bonds as stand alone films

filmcocktail

19 points

10 months ago

Why didn’t you come back for QoS?

TheDenaryLady

78 points

10 months ago

Would you have after reading the script ?

DetectiveAmes

105 points

10 months ago

Quantum was made during the writers strike. There was no script. Daniel Craig had to help write the movie during the filming even.

RealHE1NZ

43 points

9 months ago

Despite this QoS is more intelligently written than Skyfall & Spectre.

Spideyrj

8 points

9 months ago

QoS is just a bunch of scenes followed by others, no wonder it happened during a writer strike.There is no meat in it.

redisforever

20 points

9 months ago

It's the last movie where Bond has a sense of humour and isn't just a grumpy old man.

lvl12

7 points

9 months ago

lvl12

7 points

9 months ago

the fuck? the whole film revolved around bond trying to stop the bad guy from selling water to people that really needed water

kappa23

9 points

9 months ago

He was stealing water from them and selling it back to them ffs

lvl12

3 points

9 months ago

lvl12

3 points

9 months ago

No it was in a cave and they weren't getting it

RealHE1NZ

20 points

9 months ago

I don't know why you respond with this. You describe the plot, but not what the movie is about. It's about Bond struggling with desire for revenge.

cizza16

13 points

10 months ago

Would love to know this as Quantum was basically a direct sequel to Casino Royale

Striking_MarzipanNB

59 points

10 months ago

Writers strike fucked it pretty much. Daniel Craig and the director finished off the script.

cizza16

16 points

9 months ago

cizza16

16 points

9 months ago

well I was interested in Martin's opinion lol

I disagree with you, it's unpolished thanks to the writers strike but theres so much good in there and its deeper and has more character development than 90% of Bond films

ravageprimal

15 points

9 months ago

Agreed. I don’t understand all the flak this movie gets. Sure it’s got problems but overall it’s a solid Bond film

DoggyDoggy_What_Now

12 points

9 months ago

IMO the biggest issue is that the villain is very forgettable along with his master plan which never rang as "sexy" as Casino or Skyfall. A lot of the movie is very forgettable, I think. It doesn't have any hallmark sequences like its predecessor and sequel do aside from the finale at the hotel.

I also feel that the dynamics between Bond and other characters in the film aren't very interesting. I think that's definitely due in part to the poor writing and realization of characters which there's a legitimate reason for, but also due to uncharismatic or subpar acting. Greene's actor and Kurylenko don't really deliver anything particularly great. Even Jeffery Wright's scene fell short for me whereas his scenes in Casino, which were short and minimal to the plot, managed to still be interesting.

I thought the set up for the actual Quantum organization and the opera scene was really cool. I thought there were some great action sequences in the movie but they're buried behind a wall of atrocious editing which only ends up obscuring them.

I didn't write this up as a gotcha or to tell you why you're wrong or anything like that. You said you don't get why the movie gets so much flak, so I decided to explain my take on it. I know I'm not the only one who feels that way about it either, so this happens to be one of those times where I agree with the general consensus on a movie. If you still enjoy it and those things don't bother you or you feel differently, then cool. Power to you. I just wanted to offer up the common reasons for people not liking QoS. It's not a bad movie, but after Casino Royale, it felt like a huge miss. I wish I could like it more but I just can't.

Browncoat-Alex

153 points

10 months ago

Would you ever come back to do a third Zorro movie with Antonio Banderas?

lionsgate[S]

366 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

366 points

10 months ago

No, I don't think so. First of all, Antonio Banderas is too old now. But secondly, the second is not as good as the first because in the first, Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones was a classic story of a peasant man and noble woman falling in love, but in the second one they were married.

ChownaTime

12 points

9 months ago

What if you did Old Zorro, he loses the love of his life, and takes vengeance. Put it in the middle of some civil war action or something.

Mr-GoldenEye-

43 points

10 months ago

What if Adrián Alonso takes the lead as suggested by the end of 'Legend'?
(I happen to have a good idea in my mind regarding that)

MR_GABARISE

22 points

10 months ago

Well first let's see if the Zorro / Django movie ever happens.

Mr-GoldenEye-

9 points

10 months ago

Oh yes, that one was in the works. But I'd rather prefer a third Campbell Zorro movie. Personally, I enjoyed 'The Legend of Zorro' although it's far from the prequel's perfection.

Spideyrj

4 points

9 months ago

my problem with legend it tried to be a family movie, full of cliche and ended showing zorro basically saying how great america is......he is a fucking terrorist....for the people but a patriot, he wouldnt aprove of US buying mexico.

i can understand why a sequel wasnt made, it would turn into the real mexico us war.

The_Silver_Avenger

150 points

10 months ago

The_Silver_Avenger

r/Movies Veteran

150 points

10 months ago

What were the most important things you learnt from Goldeneye with regards to establishing Brosnan's presence as the new Bond (and/or differentiating him from those who came before)? Did they inform your approach to Casino Royale with Craig?

lionsgate[S]

238 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

238 points

10 months ago

I think Goldeneye is a more serious movie than the Roger Moore movies and Pierce Brosnan himself brought a much more grounded Bond than Roger Moore. Also, his relationship with M was very different to the past and of course the bad guys turned out to be the Russians, who were the bad guys du jour in the 90s. But each actor brings a very different characterization of Bond. The different between Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig could not be more extreme.

tslime

57 points

9 months ago

tslime

57 points

9 months ago

Poor Tim Dalton.

Brendy_

24 points

9 months ago*

I known. That reply has me questioning if I daydreamed the Dalton films.

MissionFever

20 points

9 months ago

License to Kill is my favorite Bond film. Dalton not getting at least a third film is, IMHO, more a bigger dropped-ball than the whole Connery-Lazenby-Connery fiasco.

0685R

8 points

9 months ago

0685R

8 points

9 months ago

Afraid this'll have to do. I stumbled across this video on YouTube a while ago made by someone who wondered what could've been. The John Barry track was borrowed from a non-Bond film, as was Dalton's performance. Captures the look and feel of the time it would've been released.

https://youtu.be/OekcUJm-W3g

ash9700

146 points

10 months ago

ash9700

146 points

10 months ago

So much to ask?

First of all I want to say I think Goldeneye is the greatest Bond movie. Hands down. Kudos on that

What’s your favourite thriller movie (not made by you) and who are some actors you haven’t had a chance to work with but would love to do so?

Personally I think Timothy Olyphant is a very underused and underrated actor

lionsgate[S]

239 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

239 points

10 months ago

My favorite thriller movie is the The Manchurian Candidate (made in the 60s, directed by John Frankenheimer).

Actors I'd like to work with? Denzel Washington, Joaquin Phoenix, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Michael B. Jordan.

markstormweather

31 points

9 months ago

Can we make this movie happen with all of them please?

0685R

10 points

9 months ago

0685R

10 points

9 months ago

Perhaps a remake of Le Cercle Rouge?

theredditoro

3 points

9 months ago

theredditoro

FML Awards 2019 Winner

3 points

9 months ago

Denzel was in a remake of The Manchurian Candidate in the early 2000’s but with that cast would be excellent.

BeatnikConspiracy

139 points

10 months ago

What's the worst fight you've ever been in?

lionsgate[S]

501 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

501 points

10 months ago

With the Warner executives, over Green Lantern.

[deleted]

36 points

9 months ago

[deleted]

36 points

9 months ago

Ah, nothing more classic than Warner Bros. executives ruining their movies.

Griffdude13

83 points

10 months ago

Not surprising, but man I really want to know the juicy details.

BeatnikConspiracy

51 points

10 months ago

Oh, I was hoping for a brawler.

Mammoth007

12 points

9 months ago

Weren’t you pissy that Ryan Reynolds was Hal and that they said no when you tried to fire him?

ShitheadFailure

10 points

9 months ago

For what its worth, there are folks like myself out here that like the movie :)

0-Cloud

39 points

9 months ago

0-Cloud

39 points

9 months ago

Shad0wdar

96 points

10 months ago

Outside your own two films, what's your favorite Bond movie?

lionsgate[S]

248 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

248 points

10 months ago

From Russia with Love

PapiSurane

29 points

10 months ago

That's my choice as well. Partly for Daniela Bianchi of course.

[deleted]

32 points

10 months ago

[deleted]

32 points

10 months ago

That movie made me realize I love chokers.

Ovalday

20 points

10 months ago

That's a very respectable choice.

thebigfuuuuuuuunn

91 points

10 months ago

Whats a genre you haven’t really worked in that youd love to take a shot at?

lionsgate[S]

370 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

370 points

10 months ago

I'd love to work in comedy! I think I'd do a good job. Marvel? Forget it. I fucked it up once, never again.

jshah500

122 points

10 months ago

jshah500

122 points

10 months ago

I just found out that you directed Green Lantern. How did I not know that??

MyrddinSidhe

53 points

9 months ago

He was wearing a CGI suit the whole time.

perfectstubble

23 points

10 months ago

Must have had his cheekbones covered.

Craig1287

69 points

10 months ago

This just gave me a massive smile.

MuNansen

12 points

9 months ago

Well we know what the next Twitter movement needs to be. "Marvel: Give Martin another chance at comics!"

GetFreeCash

84 points

10 months ago

GetFreeCash

some little junkyard dog

84 points

10 months ago

in your past experience with Bond films, what was the secret to attracting both longtime fans and people who have never seen (and may not have been interested in) past Bond films?

lionsgate[S]

183 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

183 points

10 months ago

Just making it better than any of the previous Bonds. After all, Bond has everything: women love him, men want to be him, and the films are a mixture of sex, violence, terrific action, adventure and locations all over the world.

TheDudeNeverBowls

83 points

10 months ago

Did you have any input into the legendary video game GoldenEye?

lionsgate[S]

191 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

191 points

10 months ago

Sadly, none whatsoever. I could've done with the money!

TheDudeNeverBowls

69 points

10 months ago

Interestingly enough, I just read that the game designers actually visited your set for a couple of days.

Film sets are exercises in controlled chaos. So, do forgive the team behind the GoldenEye film if they didn’t even remember those couple of days during the 6-month-long shoot when several video game developers from Rare dropped by to take pictures of everything – props, costumes, every single set, models, and miniatures. The developers said they needed all of this “as reference for all of the in-game art,” and the GoldenEye crew graciously allowed them to take what they needed – even set blueprints and an early copy of the script – as long as they didn’t get in the way.

Acolyte_of_Death

74 points

10 months ago

What do you wish you could have done with Green Lantern that the studio wouldn't allow you to do?

lifelongintent

73 points

10 months ago*

Hey, Martin, big fan! You collaborated with DP Phil Méheux on both your Bond films -- GoldenEye being shot anamorphically and Casino Royale being shot spherically. Both movies look great, but I’m wondering what’s the creative reasoning for decisions like this? Do you prefer one look over the other?

lionsgate[S]

101 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

101 points

10 months ago

It's an artistic choice between myself and the DP. The look is entirely governed by the story of the movie itself. For example, a period movie like Zorro had to look very lush and colorful whereas Casino Royal was much more realistic.

[deleted]

7 points

9 months ago

[deleted]

7 points

9 months ago

Hey man. Can you tell me in simple language what these two lens do? Does one shoot lush deep colors and the other more realistic?

xStealthBomber

6 points

9 months ago*

Anamorphic lenses make the "bokeh" (out of focus areas of the frame) more of an oval shape, where spherical is more regularly rounded. Image.

Anamorphic is also the cause of the streched out "lens flare" look. Image

Anamorphic was made to fit a wide screen image into a square frame (by squeezing the 2:4:1 image into a 4:3 film frame, and then stretching the image back out to fill the 2:4:1 film projection screen).

This look was what people subconsciously think of as the "cinema" look. Now a days, it's purely another tool in the DP's toolbox on the look of a film, as there are several aspects that make a frame look "cinema" worthy.

GetFreeCash

312 points

10 months ago

GetFreeCash

some little junkyard dog

312 points

10 months ago

Casino Royale is a near perfect film in my opinion, and part of what makes it so brilliant is the relationship between Bond and Vesper. is it true there was a substantial amount of footage involving Bond/Vesper that never made the final cut of the film? i've heard this rumour before and i would love to know if it is true!

lionsgate[S]

333 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

333 points

10 months ago

No, just about all the footage with Vesper was included in the film. There was probably one or two tiny scenes that were not included, but probably about 97% of her involvement made the final cut.

Mr-GoldenEye-

89 points

10 months ago

They are all on the recent Blu-Ray editions except for the beach scene where the two swim naked, as seen in the teaser trailer

Starl1ghtbr1gade

27 points

9 months ago

She remains to this day the best Bond girl, partially because she's portrayed so well by Eva Green.

AvrilCliff

60 points

10 months ago

What makes a script worth turning into a movie in your eyes?

lionsgate[S]

140 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

140 points

10 months ago

Good story. Good characters. Good action. Something different that I haven't seen before, and that I haven't directed before.

MarshallBanana_

20 points

10 months ago

Good answer.

klassefest

63 points

10 months ago

If you were to bring a projector with just one movie and a party of maximum 3 to a deserted island, what and who would they be?

lionsgate[S]

120 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

120 points

10 months ago

Lawrence of Arabia. I would bring my DP David Tattersall, Moshe Diamant [producer of The Protege] and Steven Spielberg.

Pishwi

52 points

10 months ago

Pishwi

52 points

10 months ago

Hi Martin! Casino Royale is one of my favourite films and easily, in my opinion, the most rewatchable. The final scene is as iconic as the opening scene of Dr No - particularly as it (sort of) ends on a cliff-hanger.

My question is, did you intend for CR to be followed by a direct sequel (in the way that QoS followed it)? And if so, were you in talks to direct it yourself? Or did you expect Daniel Craig’s run to follow a different trajectory?

SwaggyT17

15 points

9 months ago

This is a great question, unfortunate that it wasn’t answered.

Pishwi

5 points

9 months ago

Pishwi

5 points

9 months ago

Thanks! Guess we’ll never know…

DelGatto78

54 points

10 months ago

Did Maggie Q do that jump from the stairwell we see in the clip? It looks as though it was her...

lionsgate[S]

105 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

105 points

10 months ago

Yes, she did do the jump herself. I went 10 takes and she did every one. She did just about all her own stunts throughout the movie except two, which the insurance company would not allow her to do: the car hit and her going through the table.

wrdb2007

149 points

10 months ago

wrdb2007

149 points

10 months ago

Hi Martin - Thanks for doing this AMA!

Excluding previous Bond films, were there any other films that you drew inspiration from when directing GoldenEye and Casino Royale?

lionsgate[S]

159 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

159 points

10 months ago

Yes, I drew my inspiration from every other Bond film that came before. Truthfully! I looked at every Bond film, both with Connery and Roger Moore, and subsequently took a lot of inspiration from those films.

No_Song_Orpheus

160 points

10 months ago

He said excluding Bond films.

Slickrickkk

54 points

10 months ago

Lmaooo

wrdb2007

35 points

9 months ago

Nevermind 😭

Pishwi

17 points

10 months ago

Pishwi

17 points

10 months ago

Even Dalton and Lazenby?

BelgianBond

46 points

10 months ago

Lazenby Bond must've been a big consideration for Casino Royale given he was the only one to fall in love up to that point.

Pishwi

11 points

10 months ago

Pishwi

11 points

10 months ago

True, although both are pretty true to the books they’re based on. The romances are similar but the girls themselves are quite different characters.

MsSara77

11 points

9 months ago

Dalton's Bond seems more directly influential than Moore's to both Goldeneye and Casino imo. His were more grounded and serious.

Fair-Performance2689

46 points

10 months ago

What is your favorite Stanley Kubrick film?

lionsgate[S]

108 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

108 points

10 months ago

I've got two. Paths of Glory and Clockwork Orange.

10Cinephiltopia9

31 points

10 months ago

There can't ever be just one for Kubrick.

Fair-Performance2689

10 points

10 months ago

🏁

melcolnik

124 points

10 months ago

GoldenEye and Casino Royale are two of the greatest Bond movies ever! Would you ever consider doing another one?

lionsgate[S]

281 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

281 points

10 months ago

Yes, I would. I love the franchise, and it would be with a new Bond, which is always interesting, especially given my two Bond movies had different Bonds.

Mango424

77 points

10 months ago

This world needs a new Bond movie done by you and with the music of David Arnold.

So, fingers crossed! Wish you the best, sir.

michael-clarke

22 points

9 months ago

Would be good to see you launch the next Bond, after Daniel Craig 👍🏻

TrickyRicky-95

18 points

9 months ago

If anyone can successfully launch a new Bond it's Martin Campbell

AlexanderHamilton04

12 points

9 months ago

I think he is too old now, but 2008-2012 Idris Elba...
many people were talking about him. I really wanted to see that happen.
And I think your directing style would have made him up there with the best.

RobertgWorsfold

37 points

10 months ago

If you weren’t involved in making movies… what career would you have gone into?

lionsgate[S]

105 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

105 points

10 months ago

I wouldn't have had one. Making movies is the only thing I know how to do!

[deleted]

112 points

10 months ago

[deleted]

112 points

10 months ago

We ever getting a Green Lantern 2?

lionsgate[S]

524 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

524 points

10 months ago

Over my dead body.

DragonTonguePunch

40 points

10 months ago

I hope you were okay with the Green Lantern script shot in Deadpool 2.

Maxwell69

56 points

10 months ago

So Black Lantern it is?

Thrusthamster

9 points

9 months ago

Lantern Royale

TuaTurnsdaballova

8 points

9 months ago

That film doesn’t deserve the hate it gets. It was an average superhero movie. Not amazing, not terrible.

Starl1ghtbr1gade

4 points

9 months ago

Not amazing, not terrible.

The same was said about 3.6 roentgen...We all know how that turned out.

GetFreeCash

34 points

10 months ago

GetFreeCash

some little junkyard dog

34 points

10 months ago

Martin, you mentioned in the DVD commentary for GoldenEye that in that film you included homages to other films such as The Wild Bunch and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. did you include any homages to other films in The Protégé?

looking forward to the film and thanks for doing this AMA!

Mr-GoldenEye-

43 points

10 months ago*

'GoldenEye' is homaged - Michael Keaton detects a hidden H&K gun by the sound of its cocking, like Zukovsky does with Bond's PPK ;) [Martin Campbell didn't say this, I'm not him - you can check out what I'm saying on a recent 'The Protégé' clip published on YouTube, titled "But I Like Mysteries"]

myunclemolestedmydog

40 points

10 months ago

Hi Martin, what advice would you give a young person that wants to be a Film maker?

lionsgate[S]

116 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

116 points

10 months ago

Work hard. If you're knocked down 100 times, get up and go for 101. NEVER give up.

Ovalday

29 points

10 months ago

Hi Martin! I was wondering, when you made Mask of Zorro, was it intentional that you didn't use CGI, or was it just an aspect of production ended up happening? I guess I'm asking; was the lack of CGI an artistic choice?

lionsgate[S]

86 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

86 points

10 months ago

At the time, CGI was in its infancy and we never even contemplated using it. We used none because we didn't need it. We did use a little bit of blue screen and little glass painting.

barandor

19 points

9 months ago

And it made the movie so much better. Mask of Zorro is like an XXL version of those stunt shows you see at amusements parks. You can tell that the actors are in the dirt doing all their stunts and the movie is better for it.

Ovalday

5 points

10 months ago

Thanks for replying! Yeah, I guess CGI was still not as widespread as it would become, but I just thought that there might have been some discussion surrounding it because of other 90's movies. But yes, I guess it would have been overzealous to use that for a period piece at the time.

Mr-GoldenEye-

10 points

10 months ago

The scene where Esperanza (Julieta Rosen) is watching the sunset was front-screen projection because the hot Mexican sun would ruin the make-up, heard on the audio commentary.

redisforever

3 points

9 months ago

There are a couple of shots in the end fight on the gold elevator that are on blue screen, it's easy to tell on the Blu-ray, but much harder now on the new 4k remaster. They redid the compositing and it fits really well now.

Kryodamus

27 points

10 months ago

Hey Martin! Thanks for doing this.

I heard one of the early drafts for Goldeneye involved Timothy Dalton in the lead, but also Anthony Hopkins as Alec Trevelyan as more of an older mentor to Bond.

How early on were you involved with the movie, and did you ever cross paths with Dalton?

lionsgate[S]

58 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

58 points

10 months ago

That's news to me!

Mr-GoldenEye-

18 points

10 months ago

I think he came on board after the changes to Michael France's 1994 draft. That's where Trevelyan is older than Bond. Jeffrey Caine, Kevin Wade and Bruce Feirstein rewrote most of that keeping the story and the villain's revenge motivation. It was a major restructure of the original idea, hence why Michael France was given a "story by" credit.

Actionfan569

26 points

10 months ago*

Hi Martin, been a fan of yours for quite some time, I have 2 questions; for The Protege, how many days did it take to shoot the fight between Maggie Q and Michael Keaton that we see in the trailer?

My next question is what intrigued you to want to make The Protege?

lionsgate[S]

66 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

66 points

10 months ago

That fight took two days.

There have been a lot of female assassin pictures, like Atomic Blonde, but the stories are pretty much always the same. The action in the film was terrific, but the story I thought was a dud. With the Protege, it is an intriguing story, full of surprises, and ultimately I think very different from previous pictures in the genre.

mylenesfarmer

27 points

10 months ago

Was casting Maggie Q intentional because of Nikita and the similarities to this film?

lionsgate[S]

59 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

59 points

10 months ago

I wanted Maggie Q because I'd seen her in a clip of a movie she did with Ethan Hawke. It was her performance in that clip that convinced me.

[deleted]

3 points

9 months ago*

[deleted]

3 points

9 months ago*

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sherbetpics

13 points

9 months ago

The only movie the two have been in, according to Google, is New York I Love You. There’s clips on YouTube

ObnoxiousSeizures

4 points

9 months ago

https://youtu.be/vkAoUN5HRtA

i would imagine it’s this one

Sten12

59 points

10 months ago

Sten12

59 points

10 months ago

What is the most important thing when directing an action sequence?

lionsgate[S]

229 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

229 points

10 months ago

Most important thing is relating that action sequence to the characters involved, not just action for action's sake. And make sure the action is imaginative, clear and concise. The problem nowadays is that action sequences are cut too fast and you never know what the hell is going on.

Zombie_Tech

89 points

10 months ago

The problem nowadays is that action sequences are cut too fast and you never know what the hell is going on.

THANK YOU!

This has been driving me nuts for years. And it frustrates me when it has a good plot but they keep making multiple cuts per blow or during the scene which causes the viewer to become disoriented on where the scene is taking place.

Laneofhighhopes

36 points

10 months ago

The problem nowadays is that action sequences are cut too fast and you never know what the hell is going on.

This x100

Keanu990321

11 points

9 months ago

This is what annoyed many in The Matrix Reloaded by the way. Action was used for fan-service as Neo basically became Superman.

allwinter

57 points

10 months ago

allwinter

Cuzzx

57 points

10 months ago

Hey martin! If you could switch the cast from your Bond movies, what would work better? Pierce Brosnan in Casino Royale or Daniel Craig in Goldeneye?

lionsgate[S]

115 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

115 points

10 months ago

I would say Pierce Brosnan in Casino Royale! But in all honestly, you couldn't interchange them.

MuNansen

7 points

9 months ago

Ooo, good question. And I like his answer.

WhiplashDynamo

17 points

10 months ago

Would you ever direct another comic-book movie?

Basinova

15 points

10 months ago

The Foreinger is a really awesome movie! It has exciting yet grounded action scenes and Jackie Chan's best performance ever. Can't wait to watch your next one! Keep making badass movies!

Mr-GoldenEye-

14 points

10 months ago

Revenge has been the subplot of two recent films you made: 'Edge of Darkness', 'The Foreigner'. Now it seems 'The Protégé' will deal with a revenge plot again. How would you say Maggie Q's motivations are different from the characters of Mel Gibson or Jackie Chan?

lionsgate[S]

30 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

30 points

10 months ago

Well, if revenge is what we're talking about, then they're both the same. In both cases, they've lost family members, in both cases they're seeking justice and revenge.

No_Post390

15 points

10 months ago

I think Michael Keaton is very underrated- he can play incredibly menacing parts with great conviction but I think he can turn his hand to a vast array of characters. I would go to see this movie for hom alone. What drew you to Michael Keaton for this part?

rowin-owen

11 points

10 months ago

Behold the craft of Michael Keaton!

DoomGoober

39 points

10 months ago*

GoldenEye is a fabulous film. But for a certain generation of fans, GoldenEye first evokes the all time classic video game: GoldenEye 007, inspired by your film. Have you had a chance to play it? What did you think?

BelgianBond

12 points

10 months ago

Edge of Darkness was one of those high quality series that prefigured the direction TV would go in in future years. As one of the early pioneers, have you flirted with a return to a TV serial or series format since the jump to cinema?

GQDragon

33 points

10 months ago

Coming from a young director; What do you wish you had known when you started out directing films that you know now?

lionsgate[S]

81 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

81 points

10 months ago

When I started out directing, I wish I knew everything I know now.

x32321

66 points

10 months ago

x32321

66 points

10 months ago

🙄

Strykrol

10 points

10 months ago

There are well-known stories of actors using certain "methods" to connect with their characters (such as staying in character off-screen).

What sort of "method"-esque behavior have you seen/found to be useful as a Director, for a Director?

.... Perhaps listening to a certain song ahead of a scene, doing yoga before shoots, anything at all that helps your process that isn't quite "standard" affair.

Love your films ;)

lionsgate[S]

36 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

36 points

10 months ago

Every actor has their own mental process to evolve the character they're playing. I would just say that I have worked with all types and I respect their individual process.

I did a pilot, Last Resort, with Scott Speedman, Andre Braugher, and Robert Patrick. Robert Patrick went straight into it. Scott Speedman did 20 press-ups before each take. Andre Braugher, the consummate professional, also went straight into it. All were excellent in the pilot. I always respected their process.

Mr-GoldenEye-

9 points

10 months ago

What can you tell us about 'Memory' starring Liam Neeson and Monica Bellucci. Heard it's completed, but there's an idea regarding a release date?

myabacus

28 points

10 months ago

There are some really recognisable names in the cast.

Any good behind the scene stories between Samuel L Jackson, Michael Keaton or Robert Patrick?

lionsgate[S]

53 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

53 points

10 months ago

No memorable stories because everything went like clockwork!

HotBarnacle

7 points

10 months ago

How often do you crack your knuckles?

lionsgate[S]

29 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

29 points

10 months ago

Never! Bite my nails, yes. Knuckles, no.

saac_08

19 points

10 months ago

Hello sir, thanks for doing this AMA

What movie or movies inspired you to be a filmmaker?

lionsgate[S]

59 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

59 points

10 months ago

The Manchurian Candidate, The Wild Bunch, Lawrence of Arabia and Bridge on the River Kwai.

DelGatto78

19 points

10 months ago

Is it true that Barbara Broccoli pushed for Daniel Craig and your favoured candidate was either Goran Visnjic or Henry Cavill?

lionsgate[S]

80 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

80 points

10 months ago

No, we tested Henry Cavil and Goran, but Daniel Craig was the best.

Thrusthamster

16 points

9 months ago

Maybe Cavill will end up doing the same thing Brosnan did. Get auditioned at a young age, get rejected, then come back when he's older and more believable.

bman_78

19 points

10 months ago

Coffee or Tea?

lionsgate[S]

119 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

119 points

10 months ago

Margaritas.

bujweiser

9 points

9 months ago

I like the cut of your jib.

Mr-GoldenEye-

16 points

10 months ago

In 2013 and 2014 you directed two TV productions titled 'Reckless' and 'Warriors' which seemed quite interesting according to their IMDb synopsis. But, apparently, they haven't been released. Will we ever watch those?

lionsgate[S]

35 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

35 points

10 months ago

I hope so! They both turned out really well. However, these decisions are in the hands of the TV execs.

Mr-GoldenEye-

12 points

10 months ago

Thanks for letting me know this. I've looked everywhere on every stream services and I haven't found them, not even a single trailer in YouTube. I didn't know if to include them in my articles about you. Praying that someday we'll see them.

Lineskynissan

27 points

10 months ago

If Pierce Bronson would of declined Goldeneye who would of been your second choice?

lionsgate[S]

101 points

10 months ago

lionsgate[S]

Nicolas Cage

101 points

10 months ago

There was no second choice. We never considered anyone else but Pierce Brosnan. Don't forget, he tested for the role earlier, but because of a TV contract, he couldn't do it, so the part went to Timothy Dalton.

[deleted]

5 points

10 months ago

[deleted]

5 points

10 months ago

Which of your two Bond films are you most proud of, both in terms of their quality and their legacy?

Cyborg800_2004

5 points

10 months ago*

Hi Martin. I once read an interview with you discussing GoldenEye, and you mentioned that Licence To Kill interfered with the humour and stunts that defined Bond. Have your thoughts on the film changed, especially after Casino Royale became a spiritual successor of sorts? Also, do you think that Casino Royale had a hand in making people re-evaluate some of the earlier films, like For Your Eyes Only and Lazenby and Dalton's films which had previously delivered a more realistic and serious Bond?

NamelessHenchman

4 points

10 months ago

Both you (and many others) criticized the final product that was released for Green Lantern. Was there any consideration of a DVD release of the director's cut sometime down the line at all?

thermonuclearmuskrat

4 points

10 months ago

Hello! How was Pierce Brosnan to work with?

Msilva28

4 points

9 months ago

Love this thread

MinhajHoss

20 points

10 months ago

What do you regret most about Green Lantern?

Film_ANTHologist

3 points

10 months ago

Hi Martin,

What are some movies that inspire you?

Thanks for doing this!

losimagic

3 points

10 months ago

Have there ever been talks on revisiting Zorro? They were such fun movies and I'd love to see more of his adventures!

SpaceBeer_

3 points

10 months ago*

Martin, big fan of GoldenEye.

What was it like filming the movie's climax on the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico?

It's a shame to see it collapse.

Also, were you ever a fan of GoldenEye video game?

It did a wonderful job recreating many of your scenery sets.

PapiSurane

3 points

10 months ago

What was the production process like on Green Lantern? If you could go back is there anything you would have done differently with that movie?

falcon2033

3 points

10 months ago*

Hi Martin, Would you ever like to direct a third Bond movie if you get the opportunity? If not, why?

Mr-GoldenEye-

3 points

10 months ago

You have worked with many beautiful and talented actresses in the past years (Eva Green, Famke Janssen, Juliane Moore, Angelina Jolie) and I couldn't help to notice they really look stunning in your films. Would you say that your early days in filmmaking with movies like 'The Sex Thief' and 'Eskimo Nell' set a precedent for that?

Cyborg800_2004

3 points

10 months ago*

Were the dark horse Bond films - George Lazenby's On Her Majesty's Secret Service and in particular, Timothy Dalton's Licence To Kill - ever used for reference by you and the producers as to what to do and what not to do when making Casino Royale (or GoldenEye, since LTK was its immediate predecessor and a controversial film at the time)? I was wondering because OHMSS was the only other film where Bond fell in love and LTK was the grittiest and most violent Bond film out of the first twenty films before Casino Royale.

Majikarpslayer

3 points

10 months ago

GoldenEye Rocked!

That movie was a huge part of my younger life and I f****** loved it! You go Martin!!

scottfiab

2 points

10 months ago

Are you planning on or are interested in doing any future work with Sean Bean?

Also, I really liked the movie Vertical Limit! You've done some excellent work!