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JB's reviews of James Bond movies 
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TunaFanForever wrote:
The only Bond movies I really liked were the Roger Moore ones when I was a kid. Wasn't born during the Connery ones, didn't see either of the Dalton ones(The Living Daylights and License to Kill), the Pierce Brosnan ones were OK-but they felt empty-they were decent popcorn flicks but never captured the Bond aroma, and have yet to see any of the Daniel Craig ones.

Also-the problem with the Brosnan ones were that they kept changing directors, which killed any continuity and identity it could have formed for this franchise.


Casino Royale, Martin Campbell. Meh director, brilliant movie.

Quantum of Solace, Marc Forster. Brilliant director, meh movie.

:cry:.


Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:03 pm
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Rob wrote:
As long as they don't have Marc Forster director it again and get someone better suited for action movies it should turn out better.


What were they thinking?


Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:05 pm
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Hi everyone,

Every few years I have a James Bond Season and watch the entire series in order of release (excluding the original Casino Royale and Never Say Never Again). I have a close friend in the UK who is a James Bond trivia expert and we argue endlessly about the best and worst films. The number one problem we have is my preference for Sean Connery and his for.... Roger Moore!

It's already been stated that preference is driven by the Bond himself. I'm 50 and my first ever full movie experience was being taken to see Goldfinger with Dr.No as the support. Double bills were the rage back in the day!

Here is what I've concluded:

The best Bond was Sean Connery and the worst was Roger Moore. Daniel Craig is up there but needs a couple more films. I thought Timothy Dalton got the character pretty right.

The best director - A tie between Martin Campbell and Terence Young

Best villain - Goldfinger

Best scene - The ending of OHMSS - no spoilers!

Th movies - In four groups from great to oh dear

Goldfinger,
From Russia With Love
Goldeneye

Dr.No
OHMSS
Casino Royale
Spy Who Loved Me
Thunderball
Living Daylights
License To Kill

You Only Live Twice
Tomorrow Never Dies
For Your Eyes Only
Die Another Day
Quantum Of Solace
Man With The Golden Gun
Diamonds Are Forever

Moonraker
World Is Not Enough
View To A Kill
Live and Let Die
Octopussy


It's strange how tastes change and films date. I loved Live and Let Die and TMWTGG when they came out. With each viewing they slide downwards. At the same time the two Dalton's and The Spy Who Loved Me get better.

Rob


Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:35 pm
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For me, Connery was always James Bond in the raw, Roger Moore - whilst undoubtedly entertaining- always seemed to me to be the sort of Adam West of the series (if you catch my meaning); Lazenby starred in on of the best entries of the series, and considering he had no previous acting experience was not bad in the role, but certaintly stiff. Dalton took the role far too seriously, and it backfired big time, opting to make Bond too human, the role was always meant to blur the line between satire and comic book territory, however, I give the man props for trying - this approach would be perfected by Daniel Craig. Brosnan blended Connery's sly cunning with Moore's farcical quality's creating the Bond for the post-Cold War generation, however, after Goldeneye he really seemed to get too comfortable in the role for his own good - culminating in the lazy (gimme my paycheck) performance in Die Another Day. Finally, Daniel Craig (the most distinguished actor of the lot) perfectly captured the Bond of the novels - rigid and introspective - without loosing sight of the cinematic Bond (something Mr. Dalton failed too actualize); the first Connery predecessor to really recapture Connery's charismatic swagger.


Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:29 am
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monolithcometh wrote:
For me, Connery was always James Bond in the raw, Roger Moore - whilst undoubtedly entertaining- always seemed to me to be the sort of Adam West of the series (if you catch my meaning); Lazenby starred in on of the best entries of the series, and considering he had no previous acting experience was not bad in the role, but certaintly stiff. Dalton took the role far too seriously, and it backfired big time, opting to make Bond too human, the role was always meant to blur the line between satire and comic book territory, however, I give the man props for trying - this approach would be perfected by Daniel Craig. Brosnan blended Connery's sly cunning with Moore's farcical quality's creating the Bond for the post-Cold War generation, however, after Goldeneye he really seemed to get too comfortable in the role for his own good - culminating in the lazy (gimme my paycheck) performance in Die Another Day. Finally, Daniel Craig (the most distinguished actor of the lot) perfectly captured the Bond of the novels - rigid and introspective - without loosing sight of the cinematic Bond (something Mr. Dalton failed too actualize); the first Connery predecessor to really recapture Connery's charismatic swagger.



Hi there


I really like this summary. Spot on!

but...

The fans of the Oscar winning Sean Connery might disagree with your view that DC is a better actor
The Hill and The Man Who Would Be King spring to mind

Rob


Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:38 am
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Robert Holloway wrote:
Hi there


I really like this summary. Spot on!

but...

The fans of the Oscar winning Sean Connery might disagree with your view that DC is a better actor
The Hill and The Man Who Would Be King spring to mind

Rob


Hello. And thank you sir!

To clarify, I don't necessarily think DC is a better actor than SC - both are fine actors- what I meant in the earlier post was that I feel DC is a more versatile actor, in the sense that he has more range. Which may or may not have aided in his interpretation of the role. Whilst I'm the first to admit that Connery is capable of creating finely tuned, subtle performances (such as evident in the films you mentioned above), he has not exploited his gifts enough, at least in my opinion. He settled for more mainstream fare, but according to interviews in the past, this was always a preference of his.

TOP 3 BOND FILMS:
1) From Russia With Love
2) Goldfinger
3) Casino Royale

WORST 3 BOND FILMS:
1) Die Another Day
2) Moonraker
3) A View To A Kill

Monolith


Tue Feb 17, 2009 6:50 am
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But DC went through a wall! I don't think any of the Bond actors ran though a wall


Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:11 am
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I feel that Quantum of Solace was a better Bond film. Am I in the minority? Yes, but I think it was much more engaging, and for me it was just a better cinematic experience. There was something about Craig's attitude in Casino Royale that didn't have me feeling like I was watching a 007 movie.


Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:13 am
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I think the Bond actors tend to get unfairly maligned, when the blame for the worst movies in the series belongs to the producers - Cubby Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. I think they're the ones responsible for always steering Bond towards the cheesy, campy self-parodies of the Moore era. Watch From Russia with Love through The Man with the Golden Gun, and you'll see the gradual progression from serious to goofy. In fact, it was already there in Diamonds are Forever - if Connery had done a few more after it, we'd all think more kindly of Moore.

(Then again, I agree that Moore is the worst, although I'd phrase it as 'my least favourite'. The problem with him is that he was never comfortable doing action scenes. There was this scene in For Your Eyes Only where he could barely run up a flight of stairs.)

Also, I think the Brosnan era doesn't get enough credit for trying to freshen up the Bond formula even as they stayed within it. I think this is Barbara Broccoli's influence, and it seems she's finally come out of Cubby's and Wilson's shadow with the Craig films. Every one of the Brosnan entries attempts an innovative premise that's never been done in a Bond movie before - but it's only on Goldeneye that the premise is fully explored. In every other one, it's squandered in favour of a bland and shallow plot, and in Die Another Day a return to Moore-era cheese.

In fact, watch On Her Majesty's Secret Service, For Your Eyes Only and License to Kill again, and note how all three seem like serious, gritty spy stories struggling to break out from the goofy and comedic aspects of the Bond formula. There's always been an active effort to make Bond silly, and that effort was led by Cubby Broccoli and Michael Wilson. Wilson is still running the franchise - and Craig himself has been quoted as saying it's time for Bond to be fun again. So there's still the possibility that Craig will don a clown suit, or windsurf on a tidal wave, or do a car stunt with a slide-whistle sound effect...

Don't fail us, Barbara! :D


Tue Feb 17, 2009 2:02 pm
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etifupleez wrote:
I feel that Quantum of Solace was a better Bond film. Am I in the minority? Yes, but I think it was much more engaging, and for me it was just a better cinematic experience. There was something about Craig's attitude in Casino Royale that didn't have me feeling like I was watching a 007 movie.


<*Spoiler Alert for Quantum of Solace*>

[Reveal] Spoiler:
For me, it was refreshing to see a Bond film where he *didn't* end up sleeping with the "good" Bond girl. That is, it was refreshing once I got over the surprise. I know that people have certain expectations of those films, but I was glad to see Barbara and Co trying to get further away from the formula.

While we're on the subject of Bond films, I might as well put up my best and worst lists:

TOP 5 BONDS:
1) Connery
2) Craig
3) Brosnan
4) Dalton
5) Moore

TOP 5 BOND FLICKS:
1) Thunderball
2) Casino Royale
3) Dr No
4) Goldeneye
5) Quantum of Solace

WORST 5 BOND FLICKS:
1) Live and Let Die
2) A View to a Kill
3) License to Kill
4) The Living Daylights
5) Tomorrow Never Dies


Tue Feb 17, 2009 4:47 pm
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