Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by mr_spenalzo, Mar 12, 2018.
Another Bond movie where the score is better than the film itself.
Love a Bond list myself. My favourite Bond films in order.
1. The Spy Who Loved Me
4. Casino Royale (2006)
5. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
7. For Your Eyes Only
8. From Russia With Love
9. You Only Live Twice
12. Live & Let Die
13. Dr. No
15. Licence To Kill
16. Diamonds Are Forever
17. The World Is Not Enough
18. The Living Daylights
19. A View To A Kill
20. Quantum Of Solace
21. The Man With The Golden Gun
22. Tomorrow Never Dies
23. Die Another Day
25. Never Say Again
26. Casino Royle (1967)
Bond best scores.
You Only Life Twice
Live And Let Die
The Spy Who Loved Me
Casino Royale ( burt)
Best James Bond?
With any luck, yes...
Silly film not part of the cannon.
Though really rate the score.
It’s a fine 60s score and Quartet’s recent release is great.
Would have been interesting to see a Bacharach/Black
James Bond soundtrack in the seventies.
The Man with the Golden Touch: How the Bond Films Conquered the World (2008) by Sinclair McKay. Mentioned on page 4 (post 98) of this thread.
I re-read a large chunk of the above book. Very interesting. If you're reading this thread then I'd be very surprised if you didn't like this book.
Huge Taschen coffee table Bond title.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
I actually like this movie more than a lot of the best-liked Bond movies, including Dr. No and Goldfinger. George Lazenby isn't as good or as charismatic as Sean Connery, but I like his interpretation of Bond. Lazenby's Bond feels humbler in a way than most of the others; He strikes out sometimes and often seems to be laughing at himself ("This never happened to the other fellow."). He often seems amused and somewhat surprised when he finds himself in situations that Connery's Bond would've handled with utter comfort and exaggerated suave. As for the film itself, I enjoy it more than most early Bond films, but I think it suffers from the same flaws that I believe plague most of the franchise. For one thing, it has some major pacing and narrative issues. The whole sequence towards the beginning where Bond is on leave and just meandering around goes on for way too long and serves little purpose other than to introduce the Bond girl and her father, which, IMO, could have been done more smoothly and in less time. It hits a number of other slow patches during the time Bond is in the mountains. The ending was another problem for me. I like where they were going with it, but they backed themselves into a corner with it and took the laziest way out possible. Some of the positives for me are the characters. Tracy is still one of the best Bond girls to this day, and Blofeld is arguably the definitive Bond villain.
Ooh ooh ..yes!!!
The music is sublime.
Love the movie and the soundtrack.
Seeing Diana Rigg on figure skates was awesome for me.
Probably my fav. Bond film...
This is the Bond film which I seem to watch the most. Combination of the score& cast/location.
To go back to YOLT for moment, something I found out just yesterday (probably something most of you know already...), the fight Bond has in the office where he throws the couch, he was fighting against Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Grandfather!
They’ve appeared on Amazon Prime and Netflix every so often. I think you can pay to stream them from Amazon right now.
Didn't know that.
Oops, seems I'm getting behind...
You Only Live Twice is a bit of a mixed bag... I love Bond's funeral with the creepy music, beautiful Japan (and the Japanese influenced music), Tanaka, Aki and Bond's wife (whose face, by the way, is nothing like a pig despite what Tanaka says) running up the volcano in bikini. And some nice one liners: the "I love you" code, bird doesn't nest in bare tree, I give you very best duck. As always the titles by Maurice Binder are wonderful.
But it's also got more dull bits than the other films until here, the henchmen including Helga Brandt, played by the same Karin Dor that has one of the most poetic cinema deaths of all in Hitchcock's Topaz, are just not scary. As is this Blofeld, also played by a superb but totally miscast actor (you should see him in Wake In Fright... what a creep!).
Ranked until here:
001 - From Russia With Love
002 - Thunderball
003 - Dr. No
004 - Goldfinger
005 - You Only Live Twice
*Edit: I didn't realise Karin Dor died last November. R.I.P.
I don't have any other Movie soundtracks...but I have this one
The Japan Obi laserdisc is also a beaut.
While Goldfinger could arguably be considered the quintessential Bond movie, in effect, defining the genre, Thunderball was a notable step down.
I originally saw this film in the theater during a Bond film retrospective in the early 70's. I liked it at the time. But I've watched it numerous times on DVD and Blu-ray since then, and each time I watch it, it seems to get worse.
As I recall, it was originally written as a screenplay which then Fleming adapted to the novel. The novel is very good, one of the longest of the series. (Possibly the longest?) Lots of great intrigue and detail. But the film is mind-numbingly silly.
The opening sequence is nonsensical and pointless. (Let's face it, it was just a premise to put Bond in the jet-pack.)
Bond's presence at the spa is never fully explained (as it is in the book), and throughout the film there are head-scratching plot holes. (When Bond switches places with one of the enemy divers, he winds up boarding the enemy vessel and somehow avoids detection for the duration of the trip...something that the film conveniently just skips over.)
I find the underwater sequences rather drawn out and boring. Surely those could have been trimmed to highlight the action portions of those scenes.
Numerous continuity issues, and the film itself looks noticeably degraded compared to the others in the series which look wonderful.
So, yeah, I'm not much of a Thunderball fan. Probably in my bottom 5 Bond flicks.
Being a car nut ...
While that Aston Martin is of course THE Bond car I had much love for the "You Only Live Twice" Toyota 2000.
From what I understand it was produced as a fastback with the convertible made only for the movie.
Where I think Thunderball was generally a cluster of errors of execution, You Only Live Twice is when the franchise first genuinely falls off the rails.
The first half of the film is actually quite good. It seems to go back to the approach of the first two Bond movies, straightforward spy stuff.
But when Bond goes to the ninja school, it all starts to fall apart. The plot makes no sense whatsoever. If they now know where Blofeld is based and holding the spacecraft, why not just send in the military? Instead, it's a band of under-armored martial artists, and, for some reason, a young, short-skirted Japanese woman. The whole lair-in-a-volcano thing has become a bit of a comical cliché, though it serves its purpose in the film. And that Japanese marriage bit was just odd.
Of course, this is the first film that pretty much deviates completely from the Fleming novel. It was strange that this was chosen ahead of OHMSS, since YOLT is actually the sequel to the former.
Yet still, a notch more entertaining than Thunderball.
I believe they only made it a convertible as Connery was too tall to get inside the standard version.
Any fan of OHMSS should try and get a copy of this book. Highly recommended.
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