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Old September 28 2010, 12:50 AM   #73
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Re: Favourite Bond films....

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The Man with the Golden Gun is crap. It's so boring! Not even Christopher Lee can save this one.
Hell, not even Britt Ekland running around in a bikini for half the picture could save that one.
. . . Tanya Roberts is the worst Bond girl ever (and it takes a helluva lot to be worse than Denise Richards, Halle Berry, & Britt Ekland).
No, the worst Bond girl ever was former model Lois Chiles as “Holly Goodhead” in Moonraker. She was pretty the way a department-store mannequin is pretty. She had the personality of Velveeta and delivered her lines like she was recording instructions for an automated answering system.
You make a good case, but I have to go with Roberts, too. Chiles was just wooden. Tanya Roberts was actively annoying . . . not unlike Kate Capshaw in TEMPLE OF DOOM.
That's exactly what I was getting at. In many ways, I was thinking of Kate Capshaw when I was writing my review of Tanya Roberts. The difference is that Capshaw kinda grows on me. At least she's supposed to be intentionally annoying in a comic sense. The James Bond movies just don't have room for that kind of comic relief, and I don't really get the sense that any of the annoying bits of Roberts' character were intentional.

Although, I also have to admit that I don't remember Moonraker very well.

Greg Cox wrote: View Post
Denise Richards is so absurdly miscast as a brilliant scientist that it's actually kind of entertaining if you just regard it as a brilliant joke. It makes me laugh just thinking about it.
It's not that she was miscast. It's that she displays absolutely zero personality or any kind of acting ability. Which is strange, because she's usually pretty good. Maybe she's trying too hard not to be sexy?

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

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

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.

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.

"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.
It's nice to see another Bond fan almost agree with me. The Living Daylights is my most favorite Bond movie too and The World is Not Enough is the best of the Brosnan films. And while I love The Spy Who Loved Me, My personal favorite of the Roger Moore films is Moonraker. But, how can you NOT like The Man With the Golden Gun? Okay, it's hardly a classic, but it was an enjoyable movie, and it successfully washed away the bad taste that Live and Let Die left in my mouth. That's what I liked about the Roger Moore movies, He got the utter crap out of the way first, then, made five excellent movies, then his last, which was merely good.
I don't find anything enjoyable about The Man with the Golden Gun. Its pacing is on par with the most sleep-inducing Connery outings, like Thunderball.

And like I said before, I don't know why everyone else has such bad feelings towards Live & Let Die. Maybe it's because I don't really view it as a blaxploitation movie. There's nothing particularly un-Bond-y about it. It's just a James Bond movie where most of the villains happen to be black, and played by exceptional black actors at that.

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I also agree that Quantum of Solace was garbage. I haven't really warmed up to Daniel Craig, even though I did like Casino Royale. I hope that if they start up the series again, they recast Bond.
I don't think recasting would necessarily be required. I think Craig could continue well enough so long as they were able to lighten the tone of the rest of the movie. (I'm crossing my fingers for Christopher Eccleston as Q!)
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