For me it is a draw between the Suchet version of Evil Under The Sun and the Ustinov one both have something the other doesn't, I like the lavishness of the Ustinov version, I always thought the Roddy McDowell Character replaced the Vicar and Maggie Smith's Character replaced was a mix between the Hotel Owner and Daphne Castle and I thought in the Suchet version the Caroline Pickles character replaced the couple who were theatre Producers in the Ustinov version but I am probably wrong,
I didn't like Halloween Party as much as most others, the Policeman annoyed me because he was not pleased to have Poirot's help and he replaced Spence so if I was to put them in order starting with my least favourite it would be 4th.
I know this might be sacrilege but I think ITV improved on all the short stories except The Missing Will which was good but I would have liked to have seen it as Agatha Christie wrote it, I agree to do the short stories you need to have a lot of padding which I don't object to per se but it damaged my favourite Poirot Short story just like ITV ruined my Joint favourite Novel Cards On The Table
I agree with your points and I agree in the main, but I am glad the murderer was changed with The Secret of Chimneys, and wish this had happened with all the Non-Miss Marple stories that ITV did and put Miss Marple into it would mean that people could watch them without having them ruined when reading them although I am totally against the idea of putting her in Adaptations she shouldn't be in although If ITV wants to do this they should put her into Poirot stories, I think some would fit her wuite well, I agree changing the Motives is also wrong and completely changed the Texture of Cards On The Table and the Tone, I don't mind about the method of murder being changedas long as the change doesn't look silly.
The Missing Will is my least favourite of the Adaptations of a Poirot Story, probably because it is my Favourite Poirot short story, I cannot say any changes in any of the other Adaptations of Poirot stories annoyed me because they didn't and I liked this one but was just saddened by the changes.
I have never found any of the Misss Marple books serious apart from They Do It with Mirrors and The Mirror Crack'd From Side To Side
I HATE The Change of Character name in the stories, there was no need to change Bobby Jones's name and changing Colin Lamb's name just shows the programme makers don't like us to use our imagination and be left wondering, They went the wrong way anyway, The decided Colin Lab's Father was Race when it is Battle, everyone knows that.
I love Evil Under the Sun, it's one of my top ten favourites. The film with Peter Ustinov was great fun, although Ustinov is as far removed from Poirot as I can imagine. Maggie Smith and Diana Rigg were hilarious playing off against each other, the Gardners were amusing too and the music of Cole Porter made the whole thing a delight to me. There was a real holiday feeling about it, a lightness that made the evil so much more disturbing when the signs began to surface.
Much as I adore David Suchet's Poirot, I was very disappointed with that version. It was visually drab and unappealing and I thought it was a great mistake to substitute the boy Lionel for the girl Linda. This did away entirely with the friction between stepmother and stepdaughter and did nothing to improve the plotline.
TI loved the Suchet version, I loved the fact they put Hastings, Miss Lemon and Japp in, It is one of my favourite Poirot Episodes, I bought one copy not making sure |I was buying the copy I wanted got the wrong one and bought the one I Initially wanted, so I have both and Love both,
I have the soundtrack to the Ustinov film and am always sad that Diana Rigg isn't singing 'Your The Tops' (I love that bit) I also love the bit where Maggoe Smith is trying to give Dennis Quilley an Alibi and by doing so gives herself one (I think)
I don't understand why the Choice of person playing the part can make it unbelievable for them bto be the Murderer and think that the change was only done to appease people, I think the Marple seriese has been more interested in appearing 'relevent' to a new Generation and The American Audience who are unfairly thought to be stupid which the American Executives think they are and I agree another reason is because changing the stories also serves to please the people hired to write the Screanplays and the Actors who they want to attract, I was pleased to hear that Julia McKenzie picked the Makers up on a couple of things during the making of Carribean Mystery I wish she had done this before and Geraldine McKewan had done this and David Suchet Did it more.
I think Evil Under The Sun was so good because of the Cast, The Acting, The Scenery, The Music and The Book itself.
I still say if they are going to Catupalt Miss Marple into the story they should change the Identity of Thje Murderer for the Reason I give and for no other reason.
I agree they did choose a weak actor but that is a matter of opinion, I didn't think they person chosen to be a murderer in the Case of Body In The Library was that strong, but that is my opinion, I can think of a few Actors who I would call weak because they always play the same person (or so it seems to me), that wasn't a good enough reason to change the ending of Body In The Library, I can't remember who played the Character who should be in The Secret of Chimneys, You are right in saying Agatha Christie didn't like the Changes made in the Rutherford Films and would not like the changes made now but she isn't here which is why they are allowed, and I agree changing the Murderer in The Secret of Chimneys wasn't an Ideal Idea but nor is Catapulting Miss Marple into stories she shouldn't be in and if you are going to make that change why not change the Murderer so people can watch the Adaptation and read the book and think, I can watch it knowing that the ending will be a surprise, Its just a solution to a very bad Idea.
I fell asleep last time I tried to watch The Sittaford Mystery, and didn't wake up until they were all leaving, for fans of Nemesis and Sleeping Murder watching those is Torture too, It is obvious that Comedians, Singers and Television Presenters were cast to appeal to the Younger Generation and to encourage them to read Agatha Christie Books which I don't think is what will happen because people will watch the Adaptations and think the Books are as modern as the Adaptations, my sister was watching an adaptation with a friend of hers who had never read a Christie in her life and she was thrilled at all he more modern bits, (I can't remember f that one had Lesbians or suggestion of Incest anyway my sisters friend was thrilled, my sister held her head in despair, The Adaptations give the wrong Idea of Agatha Christie's work, an impression that the younger generation would love but I am sure in the long term won't help The Estate.
There are some people who should never be considered for a role in an Agatha Christie Adaptations ad sadly those people have appeared in Adaptations of her work on Television.
I also liked The Finney version of Murder On The Orient Express I agree there is not the money to do something like it these days but I also don't think Televison Executives have the appertite to do Agatha Christie's work properly so they do them improperly, and if they don't have the appertite to do Agatha Christie's work properly how can people who don't know her work know that they are being given a false impression of Agatha Christie's work and if they don't realise they cant ask for the Books to be done properly