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James Bond 007 film-by-film thread

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by mr_spenalzo, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. AirJordanFan93

    AirJordanFan93 Forum Resident

    LTK is a weird one. I have always really liked it but it feels so different than the rest of the 62-89 Bond films. It feels very much like a run of the mill 80s action movie that just happens to have James Bond in it.
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  2. Richard--W

    Richard--W Forum Resident

    It looks and feels like a made-for-tv movie shot fast and cheap and
    with no attention to the details -- makeup, hair, story, story-logic.

    Just think how much better John Glen's films would have been if
    someone else had directed them, and he just did a few stunt scenes.

    Peter Hunt should have directed For Your Eyes Only and License to Kill.
  3. AirJordanFan93

    AirJordanFan93 Forum Resident

    Shame Peter Hunt had no association with the films after OHMSS. He would have done great things with Dalton as Bond.
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  4. Chains

    Chains Forum Resident

    A recent post (too large to quote) mentioned LtK as PG13. I always thought it was originally rated R. Perhaps the rating was changed more recently as the "social climate" and "media morals" have changed?? Or maybe I am wrong?

    I just found this thread. I wish I had been here from the start....
  5. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    James Bond Christmas film ?

  6. bostonscoots

    bostonscoots Forum Resident

    Boston, MA
    Never too late to catch up. There's a lot of thoughtful reviews and opinions here...and some fun, too!
  7. Sammy Waslow

    Sammy Waslow Just watching the show

    I know it was rated 15 in the UK and Ireland, the first Bond film to get that classification, much to the chagrin of Cubby Broccoli.
    However, certainly for the time, there were things in it deemed too nasty to warrant a lower cert.
  8. Richard--W

    Richard--W Forum Resident

    License to Kill was always PG-13 in the USA so far as I know.
  9. Richard--W

    Richard--W Forum Resident

    I didn't expect much from Pierce Brosnan when I heard he was cast. I expected
    a lightweight TV actor making big faces. But Pierce Brosnan surpassed my
    expectations. He brought style, integrity, intelligence, and inner strength to the
    role. He knew instinctively how to be Bond. He turned out to be exactly the right
    actor at the right time. EON under-estimated him, but he carried their silly films
    on his shoulders and delivered deeper, more committed performances than they
    deserved. So much wasted opportunity. Brosnan deserves a lot of credit.

    Last edited: Nov 12, 2019
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  10. Richard--W

    Richard--W Forum Resident


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  11. Quadboy

    Quadboy Forum Resident

    Just watching Thunderball on TV and was wondering if the hidden Blofeld was portrayed by the same actor as in FRWL?
  12. finslaw

    finslaw muzak to my ears

    No shame, but Moonraker is my favorite too. For all the flack it gets for being stupid, it has one of the more socially interesting villainous plan, like a crazed plastic surgeon. In this respect I find Jaws's character arc to be kind of cool, although I wish they had picked a less pretty girl for his girlfriend. And how can you not put braces on her, it would have been perfect. Otherwise Moonraker improves on Spy Who Loved Me because the climax takes place somewhere we hadn't been earlier and is more of the epic battle from YOLT than the lonely sea station. I always felt Spy failed at the end.

    Not sure where we are on the films but I have to say I love A View to a Kill for the cheesy 80's factor, and I believe the only film with 4 conquests.

    Big Bond fan here, although I do side more with the campier films. Some of the others are too dour for me to enjoy much. From Russia With Love in particular should have edited out the whole gypsy shootout and could have taken a good 25 minutes out of the beginning without losing anything other than Red Grant "sparing" Bond in the shootout. In my opinion the faster we make the unsuspenseful heist and get to the train the better. Here is my current ranking:

    1.11. 11. Moonraker (1979)
    1.5. 5. You Only Live Twice (1967)
    1.6. 6. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
    1.17. 17. GoldenEye (1995)
    1.3. 3. Goldfinger (1964)
    1.10. 10. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
    1.21. 21. Casino Royale (2006)
    1.20. 20. Die Another Day (2002)
    1.18. 18. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
    1.9. 9. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
    1.23. 23. Skyfall (2012)
    1.14. 14. A View To Kill (1985)
    1.12. 12. For Your Eyes Only (1981)
    1.2. 2. From Russia with Love (1963)
    1.13. 13. Octopussy (1983)
    1.8. 8. Live and Let Die (1973)
    1.15. 15. The Living Daylights (1987)
    1.19. 19. The World Is Not Enough (1999)
    1.4. 4. Thunderball (1965)
    1.16. 16. License to Kill (1989)
    1.1. 1. Dr. No (1962)
    1.22. 22. Quantum of Solace (2008)
    1.24. 24. Spectre (2015)
    1.7. 7. Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2020
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  13. vzok

    vzok Forum Resident

    I believe it is Anthony Dawson in both movies. He was Prof Dent in Dr No. Different voice though in the two movies.
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  14. yesstiles

    yesstiles Senior Member

    What are all those prefacing numbers?
  15. OobuJoobu

    OobuJoobu Forum Resident

    Leeds, UK
    Big journey started tonight. At a rate of not quite 1 film per week, I will be watching all the Bond films in order between now and November, and ranking them as I go along, then slotting in where No Time To Die fits after the 1st watch.

    I did rank all the films a couple of years ago but that was just a kind of "hunch" ranking, this time I'm going full geek mode and doing it on a points basis over several categories, to see how it differs.

    I'm making a video as I go along (quick summary after each viewing and slotting the film in to i't place in the ranking) that will eventually end up on my YouTube channel.

    As of half an hour ago: Dr No - Done! :righton:
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  16. NickCarraway

    NickCarraway Forum Resident

    Gastonia, NC
    Its number in the series. Dr. No is 1.1, Spectre is 1.24. My guess is that he's told his cataloging software/media library player that "James Bond" is a TV show and therefore the films show up chronologically rather than alphabetically.
  17. yesstiles

    yesstiles Senior Member

    Wow, Spectre and Diamonds Are Forever at the very bottom of your list. Those two are near the very top of my list haha. :laugh:
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  18. Shoehorn with Teeth

    Shoehorn with Teeth Romans 6:23

    I do a summer Bondathon every year and watch all the films, as well as do a yearly ranking. I'm about a month away from doing it--here's where my rankings fell last year:

    1. Goldfinger
    2. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
    3. The Spy Who Loved Me
    4. You Only Live Twice
    5. GoldenEye
    6. Skyfall
    7. Casino Royale
    8. Octopussy
    9. Thunderball
    10. Licence to Kill
    11. From Russia with Love
    12. The Living Daylights
    13. Dr. No
    14. Tomorrow Never Dies
    15. For Your Eyes Only
    16. Moonraker
    17. The Man with the Golden Gun
    18. The World Is Not Enough
    19. Live and Let Die
    20. Spectre
    21. A View to a Kill
    22. Diamonds Are Forever
    23. Die Another Day
    24. Quantum of Solace
  19. vzok

    vzok Forum Resident

    It’s hard though to decide what categories to include in the decision making. Sometimes a film is more than the sum of it’s parts.
  20. btomarra

    btomarra Classic Rock Audiophile

    Little Rock, AR
    So is Skyfall and Casino Royale! Those are my favorite Daniel Craig Bond movies!
  21. btomarra

    btomarra Classic Rock Audiophile

    Little Rock, AR
    My rankings:

    1. Goldfinger
    2. From Russia With Love
    3. Casino Royale
    4. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
    5. Skyfall
    6. The Spy Who Loved Me
    7. For Your Eyes Only
    8. You Only Live Twice
    9. Dr. No
    10. Live and Let Die
    11. The Living Daylights
    12. Thunderball
    13. Goldeneye
    14. Spectre
    15. Octopussy
    16. Diamonds Are Forever
    17. Tomorrow Never Dies
    18. Licence to Kill
    19. Quantum of Solace
    20. The World Is Not Enough
    21. The Man With the Golden Gun
    22. Moonraker
    23. Die Another Day
    24. A View To A Kill
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  22. captainsolo

    captainsolo Forum Resident

    Murfreesboro, TN
    It's Anthony Dawson both times who was good friends with Terence Young. Eric Pohlmann does the voice in FRWL whereas it is seemingly Joseph Wiseman who does the voice in TB.
    While I like the three on screen Blofelds very much for different reasons, none have the impact of the unseen versions. It's yet another indicator of just how good and how truly important Young really was.
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  23. bostonscoots

    bostonscoots Forum Resident

    Boston, MA
    ...and more power to you for standing up for it, publicly!

    Kidding aside, I always enjoy reading which Bond movies wind up being fans' favorites - and why. The conversation/discussion is never more fun than when those favorites fall outside the more universally renowned vintages, like the '77, '69, and 1964 Le Grand Annee.

    Now, Moonraker isn't among my favorites, but I've always admired how firmly the movie commits to being the most outlandish, over-the-top Bond ever put on film. I also can't throw shade on a movie so eager to entertain its audience for two-and-half hours. Do I wince when Roger Moore fires up his tricked out Q-branch gondola? Yes - but moments later I'm caught up in that well executed motor boat chase though the canals of Venice...so on and so forth.

    Bottom line: If I don't at least share your love of Moonraker, I sure as hell get where you're coming from about it - and appreciate your enthusiasm for it.
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  24. Phil147

    Phil147 Forum Resident

    York UK
    Moonraker is the first Bond film I can clearly remember seeing at the cinema on its first release. I do remember seeing The Spy Who Loved Me at the cinema but I'm not sure this was on its first release.
    At the time I really enjoyed Moonraker, the opening sequence was great and I didn't mind the Bond in Space theme. Going to see the new Bond film was a bit of a family event back then, it would tend to be when we were on a family holiday and would be me, my mum, two uncles and aunts all going together. A Bond film then was seen almost as light entertainment, a film for all the family to enjoy and Roger Moore fit the part perfectly.
    I couldn't tell you the last time I watched Moonraker, I'm sure it probably hasn't aged well but as I said above back then when we were all in the cinema together it was great fun.
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  25. bostonscoots

    bostonscoots Forum Resident

    Boston, MA
    A good time never really goes out of style, Phil. Roger Moore's wardrobe and easy manner (ahem) with women ages badly, but the movie still looks spectacular and might even nudge you back to that place where the joy of seeing it with everyone in your family was a huge part of the experience. My first Bond movie in the theaters was The Spy Who Loved Me - and I can't ever separate that experience from the actual film.
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