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Van Helsing (2004)

1. It was reported that Paul Hogan was in talks to play "Carl". It was subsequently reported that the role went to David Wenham.

2. Originally planned in 1994 as a direct sequel to Dracula (1992) with Anthony Hopkins to reprise the title role. After it was pushed back, many story elements were changed.

3. During filming, Hugh Jackman accidentally broke an extra's hand.

4. The second-to-last scene of X2 (2003) (Cyclops, Wolverine, and Professor X discussing Jean Grey) was filmed while Hugh Jackman had a day off from this movie.

5. So that the production company can hold certain rights to the character, the original character from the Dracula series Abraham Van Helsing was changed to the new 'kid brother' Gabriel Van Helsing instead.
Director Stephen Sommers claimed in an interview he changed the main character's name from Abraham Van Helsing to Gabriel Van Helsing, as he did not think he could have a lead character named Abraham. The Irishman who wrote Dracula, Bram Stoker, named the character after himself - Bram being a shortening of Abraham.

6. Richard Roxburgh's interpretation of Count Dracula is taken from the supposedly contemporaneous appearance of Gypsies.

7. The opening sequence follows, shot for shot, the original sequence from Frankenstein (1931), right up until Dracula shows up to talk with Viktor.

8. Cans delivering the film to theatres were labelled The Vatican Detective.

9. Dr. Frankenstein's lab was equipped with antique medical equipment purchased on E-bay.

10. While the film is an homage to the 1930s and '40s Universal Monster horror films, the inclusion of Mr. Hyde is an oddity, as he was never one of the Universal Monster roster. Instead, the films based on Hyde during that time were made for Universal's rival MGM.

11. Dracula's diminutive henchmen, the Dwerger, are actually trolls from Germanic folklore.

12. Among the most direct references to the original Universal horror films is the use of the Werewolf Poem which was created for the original The Wolf Man (1941) and quoted in every subsequent Universal film featuring that creature. The character of Igor is also clearly based upon Ygor from Son of Frankenstein (1939) and Ghost of Frankenstein (1942), though he also exhibits personality traits of Fritz from the original Frankenstein (1931) and Renfield from the original Dracula (1931). A scene where Dracula grabs a cross which bursts into flames is almost identical to a scene in Universal's remake of Dracula (1979).

Vanilla Sky (2001)

1. When David is having flashback at the end of the movie, he sees a clip from Almost Famous(2000), which is also directed by Cameron Crowe.

2. The scene with Tom Cruise alone in Times Square is not computer enhanced. The production was given unprecedented permission to shut down Times Square for one Sunday. At the time, the news ticker was providing updates on the Bush-Gore election. To avoid dating the film, Crowe got permission to change the NASDAQ sign in post-production.

3. Cameron Crowe says that there are 428 references to pop culture made in the film - 429 if you include one made in error.

4. The song "I Fall Apart" on the soundtrack is credited to 'Julianna Gianni' - the name of Cameron Diaz's character - and is actually performed by Cameron Diaz.

View to a Kill, A (1985)

1. During filming, Grace Jones' boyfriend was a little-known actor named Dolph Lundgren. Lundgren has a small part in the film as a KGB heavy.

2. For the first time, a piece of music not specially composed or performed for a Bond film appears in the soundtrack. It is 39 seconds of The Beach Boys' California Girls.

3. The disclaimer, "Neither the name Zorin nor any other name in this film is meant to portray a real company or actual person" was added after producers discovered a real company run by a person name "Zoran."

4. Roger Moore's final appearance as 007.

5. Lois Maxwell's final appearance as Moneypenny.

6. Filming was delayed when the "007" stage at Pinewood Studios burns down. It was totally rebuilt in less than four months, and renamed "The Albert R. Broccoli 007 Stage".

7. David Bowie was the original choice for Max Zorin.

8. The Ian Fleming short story (loosely) used as the basis for this film was originally conceived in the 1950s as a script for a never-produced James Bond TV series.

9. The Hebrew title translates as "Murder In The Eyes."

10. This film is often credited with helping to spark the interest in snowboarding.

11. The opening sequence of this film is the first time 007 is depicted on a mission inside Russia.

12. Title song written and recorded by Duran Duran and the only James Bond song to reach #1 in the USA.

13. When Bond first talks with Chuck Lee near the boat, a horn makes the first notes of The James Bond Theme.

14. The Rolls Royce seen in the film is actually owned by producer Albert "Cubby" Broccoli, who lent it to the production. Another Rolls, a virtual duplicate of Cubby's, is used when Zorin and May Day push it into the lake. That Rolls has no engine though.

15. Christopher Walken became the first Academy Award-winning actor to star in a Bond film.

16. Except for the title, which itself was shortend from Fleming's "FROM a View to a Kill", the film's story has no connection with any original Ian Fleming plot. Since it has been revealed that the character "Jaws" in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) was actually based upon a Fleming character, that makes A View to a Kill the very first 100% original Bond script.

 

 

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