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Claus Harding
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 - posted January 13, 2008 10:08 AM      Profile for Claus Harding   Email Claus Harding   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I just read this in the Independent:

http://arts.independent.co.uk/film/news/article3255611.ece

My initial reaction was one of apprehension. It's all good and well to resurrect a great, beloved name, but the sceptic in me shudders at what the phrase 'introducing it to a new generation' could mean.

The idea that the first product out the gate is a YouTube video doesn't exactly give me the urge to jump with joy.

Hammer's place in history is secure, but I am of the opinion that if you can't do something to continue the traditions of such a name, can't you at least have the decency to leave it alone. The answer is, I suppose, 'guess not.'

I'll give them the benefit of the doubt, though, until I see otherwise.

Best,
Claus.

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Andrew Wilson
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 - posted January 13, 2008 11:59 AM      Profile for Andrew Wilson   Author's Homepage   Email Andrew Wilson   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Interesting there Claus.A couple of points though.
Who is going to replace the likes of Cushing and Lee,as well as the backroom staff like hinds,Keys and Fisher.?Just a passing thought.I
would love to see Hammer flms back on the big screen.Andy.

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Maurice Leakey
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 - posted January 13, 2008 03:08 PM      Profile for Maurice Leakey   Email Maurice Leakey   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
They are just cashing in on the name.

Maurice

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Lee Mannering
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 - posted January 16, 2008 03:55 AM      Profile for Lee Mannering     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hands up who will not turn out to see the new films?

Don’t think they will ever capture all that is Hammer or indeed find the talented actors who were more versatile than the so called cream of the crop we have today. My own view is that it is a shame all these writers that are on strike feel they are worth the money re writing someone else’s old scripts which have already been in production and made films for goodness sake. Much dross hits our screens which is why, according to our cinema manager who has the figures people only see around 10% of the yearly releases in his cinema.

Thankfully Hammer classics will always be with us but I doubt if any new attempt to recapture them with 21st century method will stand the test of time.

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Andrew Wilson
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Im with you on that one Lee.Theres no way that they would be able to capture the magic of Hammers golden years.Andy.

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Osi Osgood
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 - posted January 18, 2008 02:56 PM      Profile for Osi Osgood   Author's Homepage   Email Osi Osgood   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
all that had been said is true ...

Another factor is the line up of actors that were Hammer regulars.

No matter what they put out, they won't have the combination of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee ...

(Though it would be awesome to see Lee as an aged "King of vampires" with long hair and some black trenchcoat set-up ... awesome!)

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