New to this group, but have been reading all of Dr. Cussler's
fantastic books since Raise The Titanic,
The discussions of Matt McConauhey and Dirk Pitt reminds me of a
story I read long ago (actually more similar to the Cruise/Rice
story previously mentioned).
When the producers cast Sean Connery in the role of James Bond for
Dr. No, Ian Fleming was reportedly very unhappy with the choice.
However, after seeing Connery on the set and especially seeing the
result on the screen, he understood the producer's choice. As they
say, the rest is history with many Bond fans considering Connnery
the best in the role (myself included).
I agree that MM does not agree with my impression of DP from reading
the novels, but I respect and like him as an actor and am willing to
give him the benefit of the doubt until proven wrong. (Reminds me of
first hearing that Frank Sinatra was cast in the role of Captain
Edward Delaney in Lawrence Sanders' "The First Deadly Sin". I loved
that series and could not see Sinatra in the role. I envisioned an
overweight, Irish Cop, not Sinatra's Italian version. (BTW - it took
me many years to finally get around to rent the movie on video -
Sinatra did a very good job in the role.)