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Old September 26 2010, 12:41 AM   #68
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Re: Favourite Bond films....

Top 3:
The Spy Who Loved Me
The Living Daylights
The World Is Not Enough

Honorable mentions:
Live & Let Die
Goldeneye
Tomorrow Never Dies
Casino Royale
the 1st half of Die Another Day

Blasphemy alert: I don't like the Sean Connery movies. I think he's a great Bond but the movies overall are all boring. I like bits of From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, & Diamonds Are Forever but that's it.

I just finally filled in the remaining gap in my viewing by seeing On Her Majesty's Secret Service. I don't much care for George Lazenby. He had never acted in anything before and it shows. Furthermore, he does nothing to make the role his own. He's just doing a bad Connery impression. I agree with those who think that this one would have been better with Connery in it. Even at his bored, paycheck-collecting worst, Connery still has an "I'm fucking James Bond" conviction that Lazenby lacks. On the plus side, Diana Rigg is pure class!

It's not until the Roger Moore films that I really started getting into the movies much. But still, his track record is pretty lousy.

Live & Let Die is great. I don't know why so many people slag off on it. It's got some great chase sequences. Jane Seymour is super sexy (and still is to this day!). Plus, it has Yaphet Kotto, who is one of my all-time favorite actors. Whether he's in this or Alien or Homicide: Life on the Street, he always blows everyone else on screen with him out of the water. He's hypnotic! (Trivia: Kotto was one of the runner-ups to play Captain Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation.)

The Man with the Golden Gun is crap. It's so boring! Not even Christopher Lee can save this one.

The Spy Who Loved Me is my favorite of the Moore films. It's got great pacing, an epic scope, and a great pre-credits sequence.

Moonraker isn't great but it's not the worst film in the series. I'd gladly take it over You Only Live Twice, The Man with the Golden Gun, License to Kill, or Quantum of Solace.

For some reason, I've never been able to get into For Your Eyes Only. I know it's one of the best regarded of Moore's era but it just doesn't work for me. Even the pre-credits sequence leaves me cold. I like someone else's suggestion that this one would have been better with Timothy Dalton.

Octopussy has some good moments but an awful lot of silly ones too. Between Roger Moore & Maud Adams, I feel like I'm watching As Time Goes By instead of a James Bond movie.

Christopher walken almost saves A View to a Kill. I also like Patrick MacNee & the Duran Duran theme song. However, the opening titles to go with that theme song are godawful. Moreover, Tanya Roberts is the worst Bond girl ever (and it takes a helluva lot to be worse than Denise Richards, Halle Berry, & Britt Ekland). And San Fancisco isn't a very exotic setting for a Bond movie, IMO.

The Living Daylights is probably my all-time favorite Bond picture. Everything works here, from the tone to Timothy Dalton's performance to Maryam d'Abo as the Bond girl to Joe Don Baker as the bad guy.

And then it all came crashing down in License to Kill. Whereas everything works in The Living Daylights, almost nothing works here. Not even my favorite Bond, Timothy Dalton, can salvage this.

Goldeneye is a great rejuvenation. Pierce Brosnan is a bit stiff and there's plotholes galore but the movie gets the tone right, particularly for the first post-Cold War Bond film. Sean Bean is a kickass bad guy. Alan Cumming is great fun. "Yes! I am invincible!" Famke Janssen is dangerously sexy. Not to mention the tank chase! This was the first Bond film I ever saw and it does a great job of setting the tone. It's not perfect but it does what Bond does best extremely well.

Tomorrow Never Dies isn't quite as strong as Goldeneye but it has a lot of things going for it. Jonathan Pryce & Michelle Yeoh are brilliant. Brosnan is a lot looser & more comfortable this time around. The scene with him driving the car by remote is Bond at his playful best.

"The World Is Not Enough."
"Foolish sentiment."
"Family motto."
This is one of my all-time favorites and probably the most underrated of all the films. On an action/plot level, I'd put it about on par with Tomorrow Never Dies. What puts this one over the top for me is Sophe Marceau, the sexiest Bond girl ever! Not even Denise Richards non-acting can ruin this one.

Die Another Day starts out great, with Bond getting captured by the North Koreans, tortured to Madonna music, released to a suspicious MI-6, escaping to a bugged Chinese hotel, and having a kickass swordfight. But once it gets to the ice palace, it gets too silly & too overloaded with preposterous (even for a Bond film) gadgets. Shame.
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