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John Cleese calls recent Bond films "humourless"

1 of 1 John Cleese believes recent Bond films pander to the Asian market
John Cleese believes recent Bond films pander to the Asian market

Veteran British comic John Cleese has poured scorn on the Daniel Craig era of James Bond films by describing them as “humourless”.

The Monty Python member – who appeared in two pre-Craig Bond movies, 1999's The World Is Not Enough and 2002's Die Another Day - slammed the spy saga for what he sees as pandering to the Asian film market.

In an interview with the Radio Times, Cleese said: “I did two James Bond movies and then I believe that they decided that the tone they needed was that of the Bourne action movies, which are very gritty and humourless.

“Also, the big money was coming from Asia, from the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, where the audiences go to watch the action sequences, and that's why in my opinion the action sequences go on for too long, and it's a fundamental flaw.

“The audiences in Asia are not going for the subtle British humour or the class jokes.”

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