This week, John Cleese sharply criticized the UKTV streaming platform for deleting an episode of the BBC’s “Fawlty Towers” which contained racial insults. He called the decision “temporarily” to remove “The Germans” – the last episode of the first series – from “stupid”. The site said it would review the content to see if it matches the expectations of the contemporary audience after being affected by scenes. This is not the first time that the founder of Monty Python has spoken publicly about the expectations and “sensitivities” of the modern audience and how it affects movies and TV shows. Previously, he lambasted the James Bond franchise for throwing naughty jokes, improbable gadgets, and dry British humor to appeal to viewers who longed for long action scenes – which he said were aimed at people. in Asia.
He groaned that the “fundamental flaw” of the franchise was that it was not funny enough and had too many action sequences.
John said, “I made two James Bond movies, and then I think they decided that the tone they needed was that of the Bourne action movies, which are very grainy and humorless.
“In addition, the money came from Asia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, where the audience is going to watch the action sequences, and that is why in my opinion, the action sequences last too long , and this is a fundamental flaw.
“The public in Asia is not going for subtle British humor or class jokes. “
The box office sales could be seen as partly reflecting his comments, as a number of Hollywood films were supported by the Asian market after a flop in the United States.
One example is Tom Cruise’s action movie “Edge of Tomorrow,” which struggled to attract audiences in the United States, but topped the charts in Indonesia, Taiwan, and South Korea.
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The importance of the Asian market had just been understood at the time and in a historical movement for a James Bond film – “Casino Royale” – was screened in China.
Later, “Skyfall” would also be broadcast to the nation but was censored – authorities removed scenes showing prostitution and torture by Chinese interrogators.
Director of “Casino Royale” Martin Campbell responded to John Cleese’s tirade by saying that he wanted to make the film “more realistic” than the previous ones installments.
He said: ” We stayed away from gadgets. We couldn’t suddenly get John Cleese in with a rocket. “
James Bond “No Time To Die” will hit theaters in November after the original release date has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.