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View Poll Results: Your top three Bond films.
Dr. No 6 7.59%
From Russia With Love 26 32.91%
Goldfinger 32 40.51%
Thunderball 7 8.86%
You Only Live Twice 6 7.59%
On Her Majesty's Secret Service 17 21.52%
Diamonds Are Forever 1 1.27%
Live And Let Die 3 3.80%
The Man With The Golden Gun 1 1.27%
The Spy Who Loved Me 18 22.78%
Moonraker 3 3.80%
For Your Eyes Only 7 8.86%
Never Say Never Again 0 0%
Octopussy 1 1.27%
A View To A Kill 1 1.27%
The Living Daylights 16 20.25%
License To Kill 4 5.06%
Goldeneye 31 39.24%
Tomorrow Never Dies 6 7.59%
The World Is Not Enough 5 6.33%
Die Another Day 2 2.53%
Casino Royale 38 48.10%
Quantum Of Solace 2 2.53%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 79. You may not vote on this poll

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Old October 6 2010, 09:25 PM   #91
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I'm watching bits and bobs of On Her Majesty's Secret Service now and I actually am enjoying old George's divisive performance. The good thing about him is he actually played James Bond, he didn't just ape Connery. If he had, he might have been more accepted at the time.

The world's greatest actor he may not have been, but he looked the part, handled the action sequences credibly and gave Bond a convincing vulnerability that never really re-surfaced until the Brosnan era. In fact, in many ways, he reminds me of Daniel Craig.
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Old October 6 2010, 11:02 PM   #92
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The only real flaw is the overdub of Inspector Wexford when he's being Sir Hilary.

I still thing his final few minutes are some of the best in the entire series.
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Old October 7 2010, 12:29 AM   #93
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Re: Favourite Bond films....

While I grew up with a lot of the Bonds, I like Craig's Bond better... though QOS was really dumb.
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Old October 7 2010, 03:37 PM   #94
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Re: Favourite Bond films....

It's interesting that the voting is broadly consistent and people seem to prefer the lower key Bond films that had more emotional content to the empty flash bang of some of the franchise. Goldfinger was pretty shallow but it had so many iconic Bond sequences I can see why it ranks highly.

I watched OHMSS again last night and I would certainly place it in my top 5, even if I placed From Russia with Love, Goldeneye, and Casino Royale ahead of it. It needed a touch more pacing in places and Lazenby needed to relax a lot more - it was only in his final scene that I started to think he was obviously capable of emoting when given the chance. Even so, he looked good in a kilt!

The real revelation was Tracy. I'd forgotten that she was so complex and cool, especially for a sixties heroine, and even manage to get a few licks in here and there. As a modern character you could even see her suriving through a couple of sequels before biting the dust. It's a shame the films view the heroines as such disposable commodities.

The ski chase scenes were brilliantly handled too, and the music really came into its own - the soundtrack of this movie is pretty much synonimous with Bond now.
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Old October 7 2010, 03:58 PM   #95
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Re: Favourite Bond films....

My top three are Goldfinger, From Russia with Love, and Casino Royale (although Dr. No comes very close to taking that third spot).

My complete rankings:

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

As for Lazenby, he's good in the action scenes and surprisingly effective in some of the quiet tender moments with Diana Rigg, but awful with the witty banter part of the role. And anytime your lead actor has to be dubbed by someone else for a lengthy sequence it's not a good sign. The film has so many strong elements that it's a shame it didn't have Connery in the lead. It would likely be one of the top three if it had, and might have even taken the #1 spot.
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Old October 7 2010, 04:05 PM   #96
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It's interesting that the voting is broadly consistent and people seem to prefer the lower key Bond films that had more emotional content to the empty flash bang of some of the franchise. Goldfinger was pretty shallow but it had so many iconic Bond sequences I can see why it ranks highly.

I watched OHMSS again last night and I would certainly place it in my top 5, even if I placed From Russia with Love, Goldeneye, and Casino Royale ahead of it. It needed a touch more pacing in places and Lazenby needed to relax a lot more - it was only in his final scene that I started to think he was obviously capable of emoting when given the chance. Even so, he looked good in a kilt!

The real revelation was Tracy. I'd forgotten that she was so complex and cool, especially for a sixties heroine, and even manage to get a few licks in here and there. As a modern character you could even see her suriving through a couple of sequels before biting the dust. It's a shame the films view the heroines as such disposable commodities.

The ski chase scenes were brilliantly handled too, and the music really came into its own - the soundtrack of this movie is pretty much synonimous with Bond now.
Some of John Barry's finest work, the title track is, in many ways, cooler than the Bond theme itself. As for Diana Rigg...best Bond girl, EVER!
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Old October 7 2010, 07:45 PM   #97
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Re: Favourite Bond films....

The thing about Lazenby is, he never got the chance to grow into the role and become more at ease in it. Connery was excellent from day one, but he really hits his stride in Goldfinger, his third outing. Moore's best performance is in TSWLM, also his third.

For a former model, Lazenby acquits himself pretty well in his first movie, especially allowing for his being dubbed for much of it. But imagine if he'd gotten to return to the part. Particularly if he'd been cast in a Diamonds Are Forever which was more in keeping with OHMSS instead of the campy outing we did get (probably as a result of negative response to OHMSS, admittedly).

People have speculated that 007's grim hunt for Blofeld at the start of that movie is that he's out to avenge Tracy but that's undermined by a different actor as Bond, different actor as Blofeld and very different portrayals of each character. Now, had it been Lazenby hunting down Savalas ... Oh, the potential.

Lazenby was born in 1939 (as oppose to Moore's 1927 and Connery's 1930) and could quite easily and convincingly have played Bond well into the 1980s (eg Brosnan was 42 in Goldeneye and 49 in DAD, Dalton 43 in TLD). Just such a waste, really.
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Old October 11 2010, 11:34 PM   #98
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Re: Favourite Bond films....

OK, I rewatched On Her Majesty's Secret Service again yesterday. I'm still not crazy about the movie overall. (It bores me the way most of Connery's movies do.) However, on 2nd glance, I liked Lazenby's performance a lot better.

Probably the worst part of the film is the long sequence at Blofeld's headquarters on that mountain in Switzerland. That part just drags. And considering the movie already has the transcendant Diana Rigg, all of those other women are completely unneccessary.
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Old October 12 2010, 03:54 AM   #99
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. . . considering the movie already has the transcendant Diana Rigg, all of those other women are completely unneccessary.
I beg to differ. You can never have too many beautiful women!

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Old October 12 2010, 02:50 PM   #101
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Lol it also showed that Bond is willing to take one (or two) for the team in the extremely calculated way he seduces the two women despite being in love with Tracy.
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Old October 13 2010, 12:33 AM   #103
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. . . considering the movie already has the transcendant Diana Rigg, all of those other women are completely unneccessary.
I beg to differ. You can never have too many beautiful women!

Frequently, I would agree. However, it's about quality, not quantity. One Diana Rigg still beats out the sum total of those 9.

Besides, what's the point of multiple women if you're still limited to only one at a time?

BTW, for those who say that James Bond is a chauvanist relic, I'd say he's pretty damn liberal compared to Tracy's father.
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