At one point, Peta Wilson does a humorous impersonation of Sir Sean Connery's voice. According to Wilson, this was a last-minute addition to the scene, and she felt nervous doing it, since Connery impersonations were considered a no-no on the set. Before the shoot, she called Connery and offered not to do the accent, but he insisted she should. Afterwards, she asked him what he thought. He replied, "You were great!" She was taken aback and asked if he really meant it. He said, "Yeah, it's terrible! It's the worst impersonation I have ever heard, and it's perfect."
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Director Stephen Norrington had such a hard time with this movie that he announced he would never direct another movie again. As of August 2019, he hasn't. He reportedly did not like the studio supervision and is "uncomfortable" with large crews.
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Captain Nemo denounces the kidnapping of the scientists' wives and children as "monstrous". In Jules Verne's original story, Nemo's own wife and child were kidnapped and murdered. Grief-stricken, Nemo built his submarine and retreated into the sea.
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Except for the Invisible Man, all of the characters have fallen into the public domain, which means that anybody can write about them. The same rule applies to some Golden Age comic book characters.
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When Allan Quatermain is teaching Tom Sawyer to fire long-distance shots, Sawyer's arm and shoulder shake from the strain of holding the gun. In the cast commentary, Shane West said he was quite embarrassed because Sir Sean Connery, who was 71, seemed to have no problem holding the solid wood and metal gun while firing a shot. West, in his early twenties, found it incredibly heavy, and strained to hold it still while aiming at the target.
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Sir Sean Connery had a particularly bad working relationship with director Stephen Norrington. Both disagreed over almost everything, with Norrington constantly changing set-ups during the shoot, much to Connery's annoyance. According to anonymous sources on the set, there were frequent shouting matches, and in one infamous incident, Norrington challenged Connery to hit him in the face, to which Connery responded by walking off the set. Norrington did not attend the opening party, and when Connery was asked where Stephen could be, he is said to have replied, "Check the local asylum."
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A planned sequel was cancelled due to negative critical reception and poor box-office receipts. It would have been an adaptation of the second series of the comic book, with the League battling the Martian Tripods from H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds". A clue to the sequel's plot can be gleaned from a poster in the background, which says "Volcanic eruptions on Mars".
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This movie's literary characters are: Allan Quatermain, introduced in H. Rider Haggard's "King Solomon's Mines" (1885), Mina Harker from Bram Stoker's "Dracula" (1897), Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde from Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1886), Rodney Skinner, who replaced Hawley Griffin from H.G. Wells' "The Invisible Man" (1897) (the character in the comic was given the name Hawley Griffin, as the original novel gave no first name), Captain Nemo from Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (1870) and "The Mysterious Island" (1874), Dorian Gray from Oscar Wilde's "The Picture Of Dorian Gray" (1891), Tom Sawyer from Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" (1876) and its sequels, Ishmael from Herman Melville's "Moby Dick" (1851), and Professor James Moriarty from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Final Problem" (1893), one of the Sherlock Holmes stories. The Fantom and his mask design alludes to Gaston Leroux's "The Phantom Of The Opera" (1911). British Intelligence chief "M" alludes to "Casino Royale" (1953) by Ian Fleming as does Campion Bond, a character from the script, who is supposed to be the grandfather of James Bond (and never made it into the movie).
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Twentieth Century Fox was unable to get the rights for the literary character of The Invisible Man, created by H.G. Wells. The character in the movie had to be renamed, and he could never be called The Invisible Man, just "an" invisible man.
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In the original graphic novel, Allan Quatermain had written himself out of public life and become an opium addict. At the start of the story, he is rescued from a Cairo opium den by Mina Harker and enlisted as a member of the League. Sir Sean Connery reportedly refused to play an opium addict in the movie adaptation. The writers changed his story so he was merely hiding from the public.
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In a Q & A with Empire Magazine, Jason Flemyng was asked if the bust-ups between Sir Sean Connery and director Stephen Norrington were as bad as reported. He replied that they were much worse "You know when someone in your class is getting told off and your toes curl in your black Clarks' shoes? That's how it was. My favorite bust-up was in Venice. The League had to walk from Captain Nemo's boat down the street, Magnificent Seven-style. At the end of the take, Sean shouted to Norrington, 'What? You want us to do that again?' He replied, 'For $18 million, I don't think it's too much to ask you to walk down a road.' To which Connery's reply was unprintable."
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Alan Moore, author of the original graphic novel, was unhappy with the adaptation being so different from his original story. Moore has since distanced himself from other movie adaptations of his work, including V for Vendetta (2005) and Watchmen (2009).
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This is the final live-action movie role for Sir Sean Connery, who officially retired from acting in 2006 and died in 2020.
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While filming in Prague, the cast went to an Indian restaurant for lunch. The Indian proprietor recognized Naseeruddin Shah, called him by name, escorted the party to his best table, and waited on them personally.
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Sir Sean Connery was offered roles in "The Matrix (1999)" and "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)," but said he didn't understand the scripts. When he was offered this movie, another screenplay he didn't quite get, he took it.
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In the comic book version, Mina Harker (who refers to herself by her maiden name, Mina Murray) does not have vampiric abilities. The only reference to her past are large scars from bite marks on her neck, which are hidden by a scarf. Additionally, she is the League's leader, the one who is responsible for recruiting the other members.
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In a cut scene, Tom Sawyer explains that he and his friend, Agent Huck Finn, were tracking down the Fantom, and that the Fantom killed Huck. That is the reason Sawyer is so intent on getting the Fantom.
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The character of Tom Sawyer was added because the studio thought most Americans wouldn't care about the movie without an American character and cast member.
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The magazine on Allan Quatermain's desk aboard the Nautilus is "The Strand", original publisher of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories.
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Nemo's name is actually a Latin word meaning "nameless" or "nobody". In the graphic novel, when someone asks him his name, he often replies "I am no one."
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Allan Quatermain, Captain Nemo, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dorian Gray, and Professor Moriarty all died in their original novels or stories. In the novel "The Invisible Man", Dr. Griffin went quite mad and was eventually killed. Here, Skinner says he got the serum to turn himself invisible from a mad doctor, a very clever way to get around the rights issues. The Invisible Man and Mr. Hyde were far from heroes in their original incarnations, as they were murderers and rapists.
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Tony Curran's agent did not want him to take the role of Skinner. He reasoned that since the character is invisible for most of the movie, no one would care about who was playing him. Once this movie came out, Skinner became a fan favorite.
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Production delays, and constant clashes between him and director Stephen Norrington convinced Sir Sean Connery that he had fallen out of love with modern filmmaking. While he made no official announcement at the time, he later insisted that he was officially retired, and save for some voice-over work this was his last theatrical feature.
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While capturing Mr. Hyde in Paris, Allan Quatermain says Mr. Hyde has been terrorizing the Rue Morgue for some time. An allusion to Edgar Allan Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", another famous nineteenth century literary work.
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Two portraits in the meeting room represent previous Leagues. The first shows Robin Hood, Ivanhoe, and the Black Arrow. The Black Arrow is set in the 15th century (during the War of the Roses), far later than Robin Hood and Ivanhoe, but he may be one of the many who took the name prior to the novel's setting. The other portrait displays the Four Musketeers, Porthos, Athos, Aramis, and D'Artagnan, the Sea Hawk and Captain Blood.
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Captain Nemo, an Indian, performs martial arts throughout the movie. The martial arts discipline of Shin Sun Do is thought to have originated in India.
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Jason Flemyng was only cast as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde after several well-known British actors refused the part, because of the demanding make-up effects required for the role.
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When Quatermain, Skinner, Mina, and Nemo arrive at the East London Docks, the camera pans past a sign advertising "An Evening of Extraordinary Entertainment" with "Mr. Alan Moore" and "Mr. Kevin O'Neill", the writers of the original graphic novel. The poster is, in fact, a duplication of the title page of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume 1 Collector's Edition.
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The character of Campion Bond, British Intelligence Director (ancestor of James Bond), was supposed to appear (one media report suggested that he would have been played by Sir Roger Moore, thereby having two former James Bonds in one movie), but the character was dropped before filming began to be saved for a possible sequel, which was never made.
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The addition of Tom Sawyer to the cast, may have been meant to increase the movies appeal to U.S. audiences, but it wasn't just a whim. After "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"'s success, Mark Twain wrote two little-known sequels to "Tom Sawyer", in one of which, Tom has a Jules Verne-like adventure ("Tom Sawyer Abroad") and in the other, becomes a detective ("Tom Sawyer, Detective").
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Naseeruddin Shah trained with a karate master to do much of his own fighting stunt work as Nemo.
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In an interview with The Times, Kevin O'Neill, illustrator of the comics, said he believed this movie failed because it was not respectful of the source material. He did not recognize the characters when reading the screenplay, and claimed that director Stephen Norrington and Sir Sean Connery did not cooperate. Finally, O'Neill said that the comic book version of Allan Quatermain was a lot better than the movie version, and that marginalizing Mina Murray as a vampire "changed the whole balance".
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During the battle of Venice, there is a brief shot of the footwell of the NemoMobile. Shown are three pedals; however, Tom Sawyer slams his foot on the gas pedal without ever touching the clutch. This is because, a) The NemoMobile used an automatic transmission, and b) the pedal on the left is in fact, not a clutch pedal, but rather a second brake pedal. By having independent braking to the left and right side of the car, the stunt driver could achieve certain tricks not normally attributable to a twenty-two-foot long vehicle.
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While this movie contains numerous allusions to literary characters and places, the original comics were so thick with them that many web pages were devoted to panel-by-panel breakdowns of annotations.
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Filming was delayed due to the summer 2002 floods in Prague, Czech Republic which destroyed more than seven million dollars worth of sets and ruined countless Czech lives.
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Sir Sean Connery was paid seventeen million dollars for his role, which left the filmmakers little money to attract other big-name stars for the ensemble cast.
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A portrait seen in the background of one shot appears to be of a previous League, and corresponds to a similar portrait seen in the comic. This previous League consists, then, of: The Reverend Dr. Syn (created by Russell Thorndike), pirate and highwayman; Sir Percy Blakeney, the Scarlet Pimpernel (created by Baroness Emmuska Orczy); Natty Bumppo/Hawkeye/Deerslayer/Leatherstocking, hero of "Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper); and Lemuel Gulliver, of "Gulliver's Travels" by Jonathan Swift). Two female members appearing in the comic portrait, Lady Blakeney (from The Scarlet Pimpernel) and Fanny Hill (created by John Cleland), are absent.
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This is the second of four Alan Moore DC Comic graphic novels to be made into movies. The others being "From Hell" (2001), "V for Vendetta (2005)," and "Watchmen (2009)."
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Richard Roxburgh later referred to the finished movie as "an unadulterated stinker". He had signed onto the project as an opportunity to work with Sir Sean Connery and director Stephen Norrington. Roxburgh said that he realized too late that the movie was going to be a bad experience, when he arrived on-set during the first day. However, Roxburgh did praise the graphic novel.
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This movie's creators were sued in 2003 by Martin Poll and Larry Cohen. Poll and Cohen claimed that they had pitched a similar idea to "Twentieth Century Fox" between 1993 and 1996, under the title "Cast of Characters". They alleged that Fox hired screenwriters to adapt Alan Moore's comic long before it was finished, and instead, used ideas from their screenplay to make up the story. The case was settled out of court.
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This story takes place in an alternate universe, where technology is more advanced in 1899 than it was in real-life. Aside from the use of an automobile and other advanced devices, Captain Nemo's crew uses sonar, and Nemo refers to solar power, many years before either was invented.
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According to producer Don Murphy in a making-of featurette on the DVD release, pre-production work on this movie predated the publication of the first issue of the comic book. This may explain why there are noticeable differences between this movie and the graphic novel.
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In Jules Verne's original "20,000 Leagues under the Sea," Captain Nemo is not a white man but an escaped slave who has been an Asian prince, meaning that the casting of Naseeruddin Shah is much closer to Verne than actors like James Mason, Robert Ryan and José Ferrer.
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In the original script, it is revealed at the end, that Skinner is actually an agent for British Intelligence. He was working undercover to see if Sanderson Reed was actually a double agent working for the Fantom.
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There were widespread rumors that Jason Isaacs was to play the part of British Agent Campion Bond. However, in an interview, Isaacs revealed he hadn't even read the script, and that all reports of him in the role were fabricated.
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Moriarty's motive is to start a World War across Europe and sell weaponry to both sides. This is essentially his plan in "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)," minus the supernatural and science fiction elements.
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Monica Bellucci was originally cast as Mina Harker, but had to drop out due to schedule conflicts.
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When Nemo's driver is introduced, he tells the League, "Call me Ishmael". These are the opening words of Melville's "Moby Dick."
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The biggest change between the comic and the movie version is the relative downsizing of Mina Harker and Captain Nemo. In the movie, Allan Quatermain is the leader and protagonist, along with the American Tom Sawyer. The comic had the lady, Mina, as the undisputed leader, and Captain Nemo was responsible for many decisions. A significant part of the action was led by Mina and Nemo. This change missed the whole point of the comic, and contributed in part to its failure.
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In June 2016, SyFy Wire reported Twentieth Century Fox's update on their planned re-adaptation. John Davis is on board to produce through his Davis Entertainment banner. Jayson Rothwell (Silent Night) has been hired to write. No director, casting choices or filming start dates have been announced. With literary mash-up shows like Showtime's Penny Dreadful (2014) proving to be very popular, the time could be right for another stab at The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen with more respect for the original story and the recent leap in special effects technology allowing for a much better Nautilus submarine.
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As was the case with From Hell (2001), another movie based on a comic by Alan Moore, the scenes set in London were filmed in Prague.
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For legal reasons, Dr. Fu Manchu was dropped from the script even though he appeared in the comic.
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The last scenes filmed were for the trailer, which were the first scenes publicly seen.
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English comedian Eddie Izzard read for the part of Rodney Skinner/the Invisible Man.
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A character named Eva Draper (Winter Ave Zoli), the daughter of German scientist Karl Draper, was removed during editing, but remained in some of the promotional material. Eva had appeared in two scenes: one ended up on the cutting room floor, and she was digitally replaced with a different character in the other. A brief fight scene featuring Tom Sawyer and the replacement character was rotoscoped into the movie. The deleted scenes which feature Draper appear on the DVD.
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Former James Bond Sir Sean Connery played Allan Quatermain in this movie. A League of Extraordinary Gentleman comic, "Black Dossier" (2007), featured Bond as a misogynistic and incompetent fool who Allan met and beat up.
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The bow of the Nautilus resembles that of the HMS Thunderchild for illustrations done by Henrique Alvim Corréa in 1906 for a French translation of H.G. Wells' The War Of The Worlds.
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In the graphic novel, the main mission on which Moriarty sends the League, is to recover a space travel formula (invented by Professor Cavor, an H.G. Wells character) which has been stolen by Sax Rohmer's crime lord Dr. Fu Manchu (whose name is not printed in the book, due to rights issues).
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This movie was included in the first wave of Blu-ray releases by Twentieth Century Fox. A total of five movies were included in this initial wave. The others were: Fantastic Four (2005), Behind Enemy Lines (2001), Ice Age (2002), and Kiss of the Dragon (2001).
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This movie boasts two actors who, had circumstances been different, might have co-starred in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Sir Sean Connery turned down the role of Gandalf because he didn't understand the script, and Stuart Townsend was cast as Aragorn, but was dismissed two days before principle filming began when the creative team realized he was too young to play the role effectively.
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Peta Wilson's breasts were enhanced on the promotional posters.
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During a discussion with Captain Nemo, Quatermain says "Old tigers, sensing the end, they're at their most fierce." Later in the movie, Quatermain has an encounter with a tiger (which may or may not have been real) and says "Just an old tiger sensing his end. Perhaps this was not his time to die after all."
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Quatermain remarks that he met Dorian Grey at Eton. James Bond attended Eton, of course. Also, when Quatermain is told that the villain is called the Fantom, he replies that that sounds rather "operatic". Both are little side jokes.
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David Thewlis auditioned for the role of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
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Three clips from the original script, also featured in the novelization, are shown in the U.K. trailer. The first is Captain Nemo, Dr. Jekyll, and Skinner on the conning tower of the Nautilus. The second shows Eva Draper, a character completely cut from the movie, just before Sawyer saves Quatermain's life in M's fortress chamber. The third is when Quatermain chases the Fantom through Venice, and tackles some of his henchmen on a boat. These are all brief, but clearly seen.
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Tom Sawyer introduced himself as "Special Agent Sawyer of the American Secret Service", or S.A.S. of A.S.S.
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The production ran into trouble when a special effects set did not pan out as intended, forcing the filmmakers to have to quickly look for another effects shop.
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Marks the second movie where Stuart Townsend (Dorian Gray) played an immortal being. The other being the vampire Lestat in Queen of the Damned (2002).
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The Tracking Board reported on May 26, 2015 that Twentieth Century Fox and Davis Entertainment had agreed to develop a re-adaptation with hopes of launching a franchise. The report stated that a search was underway for a director. John Davis told Collider in an interview that the re-adaptation will be a female-centric movie.
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Tony Curran played a vampire named Priest in "Blade II (2002)." Stephen Norrington, who directed this movie, directed "Blade (1998)," and Richard Roxburgh (M) played Count Dracula in "Van Helsing (2004)."
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Richard Roxburgh played Count Dracula in Van Helsing (2004), which also featured a Mr. Hyde. The novel's heroine, Mina Harker, is a character in this movie.
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This is the second movie Jason Flemyng has been in that's based on an Alan Moore comic. The first was From Hell (2001).
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This was Sir Sean Connery's only comic-book feature. Although the Roger Moore Bond film For Your Eyes Only was adapted into a comic book by Marvel.
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The studio put pressure on the filmmakers for a summer release. Some staff at Twentieth Century Fox wanted it to be released in the fall, but according to the Los Angeles Times, Fox already had Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) lined up for the fall.
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Both Peta Wilson and Shane West have starred in two different TV series versions of the film " La Femme Nikita". Wilson in the series of the same title and West in an updated version "Nikita"(2010).
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Thomas Ian Nicholas auditioned for the role of Tom Sawyer.
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The interior scenes for the Nautilus were filmed in a former shipyard warehouse on the banks of the River Vltava near Prague.
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The podcast Quantum Recast (2020) took The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen out of 2003 and recast it in the year 2019 with relevant actors from that year, in Quantum Recast: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen - 2019 (2020)
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Now Playing Podcast reviewed The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. This film received three "not recommends".
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The second invisible man (whom Sawyer fights) is actually Sanderson Reed, the man who recruited Quatermain.
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When Allan Quatermain first enters the downstairs meeting room at the headquarters for the League we can see Masonic symbols carved on the face of the door. The same symbol appears on the Fantom's ring, foreshadowing the Fantom's true identity.
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In the fight scene in Dorian Gray's library with the Fantom: When the Fantom flees and runs out, chased by Quatermain, one of the Fantom's henchmen jumps down to stop Quatermain's chase. As he does this he yells "Run James!", giving a clue to the Fantom's real identity is that of Professor James Moriarty, enemy of Sherlock Holmes.
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Allan Quatermain is buried in Africa. This became his fate in the League of Extraordinary Gentleman comic "Century" (2009).
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If one listens quite closely, the Fantom/M/James Moriarty's accent changes frequently. The Fantom is at first Germanic in his accent, but then takes on a Russian accent when confronting the League at the shoot-out at Gray's house. As M, Moriarty/The Fantom uses an upper-class British accent, but in his fortress vast, Moriarty's accent is a rougher, almost Cockney-style accent.
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After confronting M in his fortress vast, Allan Quatermain calls him James Moriarty, the archenemy of Sherlock Holmes. As he escapes from Quatermain and Tom Sawyer, Moriarty throws a knife at Quatermain, which impales a portrait of Napoleon. Moriarty's most famous nickname is The Napoleon of Crime.
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Stuart Townsend stated in an interview that he was the only one of the seven League members whose contract did not bind him to a three-movie deal. He said they were going to ask it of him, but he observed that it would be pointless, since his character is killed in the movie, and they agreed to contract him for only one movie.
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Although Alan Moore uses "Quatermain", and this is often considered the canonical spelling of the character's name, H. Rider Haggard occasionally used "Quartermain", and that spelling is used several times throughout the movie (especially obviously on the grave marker).
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Body Count: sixty-six.
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The film makes frequent references to who the Fantom and M really is, Professor James Moriarty, the arch-nemesis of Sherlock Holmes. During the fight at Gray's, M's second-in-command (the one who is temporarily punched out by Quartermain and who also becomes the Dante Beast to fight Hyde) calls him James. At M's office in London, one can briefly see that Fantom's Masonic symbols are on the metal doors into the Library as well as a Napoleonic hat in the curio case. Finally, after confronting M in his fortress vast, M tries to kill Quartermain unsuccessfully with a throwing dagger that instead impales a portrait of Napoléon Bonaparte, easily alluding to the iconic nickname of Moriarty's: The Napoleon of Crime.
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