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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 September 19 2010, 10:00 PM   #16
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Re: Favourite Bond films....

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Only three?!?

After some internal debate, I went with some fun ones- Goldfinger, Goldeneye, and Casino Royale.
My choices as well.

Goldfinger is just the prototypical Bond movie, and an absolute joy to watch. Goldeneye and Casino Royale both revitalized and brought extra depth to the franchise, and are also a lot of fun to watch.
Agreed, for the same reasons.

Honourable mentions would include OHMSS, The Living Daylights, TSWLM and FYEO. Yes, two Moore movies. Though FYEO would have been so much better with Dalton in the lead.
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Old September 19 2010, 10:12 PM   #17
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Re: Favourite Bond films....

^ Moore made some really good ones (The Spy Who Loved Me, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy). The problem is, he also made some really bad ones (Live and Let Die, A View to a Kill, Moonraker).

Of the three I picked (From Russia With Love, For Your Eyes Only, The Living Daylights), I'd say FYEO is the best. Which means I think Roger Moore turned in the best single performance of any of the actors.
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Old September 19 2010, 10:21 PM   #18
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^I agre with you about FYEO and TSWLM and also about View and Moonraker. Totally disagree about Octopussy (I hate it) and LALD (pretty good debut).

Moore is my least favourite Bond but I don't deny that his tenure had entertaining moments and you have to acknowledge that he had the longest run. I think if he'd quit after FYEO, he'd probably be a bit more fondly remembered. For my money, that would have left him with LALD (7/10), TMWTGG (5/10), TSWLM (8.5/10), Moonraker (3/10) and FYEO (8/10). He was too old for FYEO but it would have been a good swansong.

But Octopussy (4/10) and VTAK (3/10) totally titled the balance in favour of duds, IMHO. He should have known to always leave them wanting more. Or Moore.
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Old September 19 2010, 10:48 PM   #19
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Re: Favourite Bond films....

From Russia With Love

Goldfinger

The Spy Who Loved Me
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Old September 20 2010, 01:01 AM   #20
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Re: Favourite Bond films....

My Top Three are pretty easy to choose:

Goldfinger

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (I actually rewatch this one about once a year, around Christmastime).

Casino Royale

If you asked me to choose my favorite among those three, I'd have a much tougher choice.

Funny story: As the beginning of this summer, I went to go see Goldfinger in NYC's Bryant Park. It was great to see it on a big screen with a huge group of people. At the very end of the movie, when Auric Goldfinger came out of the cockpit of the plane Bond was on, the woman next to me went, "Unlikely!" I turned to her and said, "You're choosing THIS moment to stop suspending your disbelief?" She & her boyfriend were laughing for the entire last five minutes of the movie.
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Old September 20 2010, 04:01 AM   #21
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Re: Favourite Bond films....

My three:

On Her Majesty's Secret Service
The Spy Who Loved Me
Casino Royale


Doing the star rating thing:

Dr. No — ***
From Russia with Love — ****½
Goldfinger — ****½
Thunderball — **½
You Only Live Twice — ***½
On Her Majesty's Secret Service — *****
Diamonds Are Forever — ***
Live and Let Die — **
The Man With the Golden Gun — *½
The Spy Who Loved Me — ****½
Moonraker — ***½
For Your Eyes Only — ****
Octopussy — ***
A View to a Kill — *½
The Living Daylights — ***
Licence to Kill — ***½
GoldenEye — ***½
Tomorrow Never Dies — ***½
The World Is Not Enough — ***½
Die Another Day — **
Casino Royale — *****
Quantum of Solace — **½

You might notice that I also gave 4½ stars to From Russia with Love and Goldfinger. I picked The Spy Who Loved Me over those two because of those three, it's the one I rewatch the most.
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Old September 20 2010, 04:54 AM   #22
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Goldfinger
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Casino Royale
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Old September 20 2010, 06:02 AM   #23
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Goldfinger
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Casino Royale
I like the way you think.

Rating the films overall:

Dr. No***1/2 (Good, solid film, but they haven't quite nailed the Bond formula yet. Too bad Jack Lord didn't stay on as Felix Leiter.)
From Russia With Love****1/2 (The best pure espionage Bond film. Almost Hitchcockian in places.)
Goldfinger***** (Connery at his peak starring in the quintessential Bond film. Almost more fun than should be legal.)
Thunderball**** (It's no Goldfinger, but it ain't too shabby. The underwater scenes inevitably slow the film down.)
You Only Live Twice*** (The first Bond film that almost completely throws out the book, and it's the poorer for it. Still, that hollowed-out volcano sure is cool, huh?)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service***** (A terrific film from beginning to end. Lazenby is the most underrated Bond.)
Diamonds Are Forever** (Brings in the self-parody of the Roger Moore films. Tough for me to get through.)
Live And Let Die* (Moore is decent in the role, but Bond & Blacksploitation just don't mix.)
The Man With The Golden Gun (I'm honestly not sure if I've ever watched this one all the way through).
The Spy Who Loved Me**** (Moore's best film & a solid, fun Bond outing in the classic style.)
Moonraker** (Despite some good dialogue here & there, another one I find too campy & painful to get through. Bringing back Jaws was a HUGE mistake.)
For Your Eyes Only (Another one I don't think I've seen all of. Moore's films are not as much to my taste as the others.)
Never Say Never Again*** (Connery returning to Bond SHOULD be a classic. But they didn't have the resources to make it the great film it should have been.)
Octopussy (Haven't seen it.)
A View To A Kill (Moore proves he should've left the franchise at least one film sooner.)
The Living Daylights***1/2 (Dalton gives the series a desperately-needed makeover & makes an impressive debut.)
License To Kill **1/2 (Takes the provacative idea of Bond going rogue & then degenerates into a bad Miami Vice episode. Ah, what this could've been with a few rewrites...)
Goldeneye ***1/2 (Bond gets another shot in the arm, this time from Brosnan. Solid debut, but doesn't hold up to repeat viewings as well as it should.)
Tomorrow Never Dies *** (A good but unremarkable entry.)
The World is Not Enough (Somehow missed this one in theaters. Only seen bits & pieces from it when I was working on a Bond video game at my old job. I need to check it out.)
Die Another Day ** (Terrific start to a different sort of Bond story with Bond getting captured & coming back from it, dissolves into silliness by the end.)
Casino Royale***** (Daniel Craig proves to be the best Bond since Connery. Terrific story, great action and actual character development.)
Quantum Of Solace***1/2 (Despite a few great scenes here & there, a big comedown after the previous film. The plot & the action scenes are WAY too confusing.)
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Old September 20 2010, 06:16 AM   #24
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Re: Favourite Bond films....

My top three are:

For Your Eyes Only
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
The Living Daylights

And my star ratings are:

Dr. No — ***½
From Russia with Love — ****½
Goldfinger — *****
Thunderball — **½
You Only Live Twice — **
On Her Majesty's Secret Service — *****
Diamonds Are Forever — ***
Live and Let Die — ***½
The Man With the Golden Gun — ***
The Spy Who Loved Me — ****½
Moonraker — ***½
For Your Eyes Only — *****
Octopussy — ****½
Never Say Never Again — ***
A View to a Kill — **
The Living Daylights — *****
Licence to Kill — ****
GoldenEye — **½
Tomorrow Never Dies — ***
The World Is Not Enough — *
Die Another Day — *
Casino Royale — *****
Quantum of Solace — ***½
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Old September 20 2010, 09:27 AM   #25
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Re: Favourite Bond films....

I found this quite easy, actually.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service - by far the best, IMO.
From Russia With Love
Goldfinger

The star thing is more difficult and will require thought. That ain't happening for a while.
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Old September 20 2010, 09:33 AM   #26
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From Russia with Love
Casino Royale
Tomorrow Never Dies
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Old September 20 2010, 09:44 AM   #27
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cardinal biggles wrote: View Post
My three:

On Her Majesty's Secret Service
The Spy Who Loved Me
Casino Royale
Yay, the same as mine!

Rating them alll:

Dr. No — 7/10 - A little slow, but has a great atmosphere, great cinematography, and a script that gets wittier with every viewing.

From Russia with Love — 10/10 - the final boat explosion is a bit iffy, but otherwise great, with excellent location work and a brilliant cast.

Goldfinger — 9/10 - the seminal Bond movie, finally setting the format.

Thunderball — 8/10 - the pace is a little off, but still very good.

You Only Live Twice — 7/10 - OTT, and Connery is clearly not happy, but good harmless fun

On Her Majesty's Secret Service — 10/10 - believable, great fights, wonderful atmosphere, good cast... If Connery was in it would be the best ever.

Diamonds Are Forever — 6/10 - an amusing diversion, but no more than that.

Live and Let Die — 7/10 - reasonable, and Sir Rog makes an immediate likeable impression as Simon Tem- er, I mean as Bond.

The Man With the Golden Gun — 5/10 - a fantastic performance from Christopher Lee doesn't quite save this. It's dull and lifeless.

The Spy Who Loved Me — 10/10 - it's a bit of remake of YOLT, but it gets the balance between the two extremes of Bond-movie style just right. The stuff at the pyramids, for example, is dark and gritty, and the big battle scene is amazing.

Moonraker — 8/10 - Bears no real connection to the literary Bond, and a pretty thin connection to the movie Bond, and is ludicrously OOT - *but* every penny of the budget is up there on screen and it's great cinematic escapism.

For Your Eyes Only — 10/10 - brings Bond down to earth but still as a Bond movie. Again, a great cast, and John Glen's fresh touch at the helm is refreshing. Would have been a great swan-song for Sir Rog's Bond

Octopussy — 7/10 - A bit silly, but harmless fun, with a too-old Bond.

A View to a Kill — 3/10 - Utterly boring, with an ancient Bond, no decent action sequences after the precredit, and it downright avoids fulfilling the stated promise of Bond Vs Grace Jones. Walken is good fun in it, but Glen's direction has already grown tired (there should be a two-consecutive-film limit on directors for the series) and Walken isn't enough to save it from being the worst in the series.

The Living Daylights
— 9/10 - Dalton makes a good intro, with John Glen recovering a bit as well. Good action, good score, good cast, though Dalton can't get a handle on the wit.

Licence to Kill — 7/10 - Glen is well-past his sell-by date. WTF is with that that slow mo jogging shot in the PCS, and how the fuck did that delivery of "his name was Sharkey" ever make it through. Dalton has settled into the role, and Robert Davi is great. There's great action, but... it's really just an extended episode of Miami Vice. Bond used to set trends, not slavishly follow them.

GoldenEye — 9/10 - Martin Campbell and Pierce Brosnan reinvigorate the franchise. Brilliant reinvention, with great action both in spectacle (the tank chase) and grit (Bean Vs Brosnan at the end). Only the awful score and some wobbles in the pacing let it down.

Tomorrow Never Dies — 8/10 - Great fun, plenty of action, but it's strangely low key and more linear than most Bonds, with Bond basically going straight to the villain to say "I know your game" and then waiting to get attacked. Pryce and Yeoh are great, but Teri Hatcher really lets the side down. Fabulous score.

The World Is Not Enough — 10/10 - gets the balance between actions, investigation, coolness etc just right. Easily Pierce's best.

Die Another Day — 8/10 - a fun anniversary romp with plenty of action and fanwank, albeit done surprisingly on the cheap (no Moonraker-style globehopping for Pierce this time out). Halle Berry's a bit rubbish.

Casino Royale — 10/10 - Martin Campbell does it again. The perfect mix of literary Bond, big screen action, dark wit, grittiness, and a perfect cast. Best Bond movie ever, case closed.

Quantum of Solace — 8/10 - Marc wossname brings some style, and the cast are fun, but it suffers a little from basically being the conclusion of the previous movie's story rather than a standalone, and the studio/producers' decision to have the original cut sped up and trimmed to hyperkinetic mode. But, TBH, *anything* that followed the genius of CR was bound to be a let-down by comparison.

Never Say Never Again - 7/10 - Connery, like Moore, is too old by this point, but, vitally, the movie takes that into account and makes a point of it. Irvin Kershner (who's previous movie was The Empire Strikes Back) does a good job, Brandauer is a good villain... If it had the gunbarrel opening and a more Bond-ish score it'd get a higher rating than Thunderball.
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Old September 20 2010, 01:28 PM   #28
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For Your Eyes Only — Would have been a great swan-song for Sir Rog's Bond.
Years ago and still I agree this is what should have happened.
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Old September 20 2010, 02:40 PM   #29
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Bond used to set trends, not slavishly follow them.
Hmmmm. Live and Let Die cashed in on blaxploitation movies. TMWTGG cashed in on the popularity of Bruce Lee and kung fu. TSWLM came after Jaws and featured a shark and a villain named, er, Jaws. And Moonraker was rushed into production to cash in on Star Wars (IIRC, the end of TSWLM says that Bond will return in For Your Eyes Only).

Hardly fair to blame LTK for following trends!
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Old September 20 2010, 02:51 PM   #30
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Re: Favourite Bond films....

Casino Royale
Goldeneye
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
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