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James Bond Movies: your most and least favourites

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Re: James Bond Movies: your most and least favourites
« Reply #15 on: October 19, 2010, 01:57:41 PM »
Strange. I read that somewhere. Maybe it was the one who made the movie who said that. sorry for the mistake. i read that long time ago.
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« Reply #16 on: October 19, 2010, 02:21:38 PM »
I was reading up on it, and I think it's a lot of JB (novel) fans that like Dalton's portrayal, as Dalton essentially acted the role as it was written.

So, the quote is right, just not the person who it's attributed to.

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Re: James Bond Movies: your most and least favourites
« Reply #17 on: November 21, 2010, 03:22:18 AM »
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Watched "Live and Let Die" a couple of weeks ago.

Overall, it was funky.  From the first few scenes, I was hooked.  Probably because (and something I realized at the same time) I grew up on Roger Moore and consider him, rightly or wrongly, "the" James Bond.  The other thing that hooked me was the tarot card reading.  That was a wonderful addition to the move.  Totally creepy.  Much more so than the voodoo occult "ceremonies".

Anyhow, I did end up watching the movie over 3 nights (I probably shouldn't start watching these things after midnight... usually after 1 AM).  So, despite all the things going for it, it was, well, the same as the majority of the preceding Bond films.

Nevertheless, the bad guy was interesting, and, most importantly, had a good motivation and objective.  He also had good henchmen (is everyone working for him in NYC and New Orleans?!  There was also good use of Bond gadgets (TM), and some humour when they didn't work as expected!

Good fun, and a shame that it hasn't had as much replaying on the TV as the other Bond films.  But, I guess, that's a good thing, because the majority of the movie was "new" to me.
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Re: James Bond Movies: your most and least favourites
« Reply #18 on: November 21, 2010, 03:35:56 AM »
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Last week I watched "The Man with the Golden Gun".

For a long time, I considered it my favourite Bond movie.  I still consider it one of the better ones.  Why did I like it originally?  The exotic locations, especially the cliff-sided island hideout of Scaramanga.  Places you want to retire to just don't get better than that, now do they?

Anyhow, for the first time since, hmmm, "Goldfinger", I watched the entire movie in one sitting.  That speaks volumes.

The plot is quite good, too.  I was especially surprised by the actual investigative work Bond did, and especially the assistance received by Q branch back at MI6 (much, much better than the usual goofy seen of getting gadgets and joke inducing mayhem).  I don't think we've seen Bond do that much actual investigation since "From Russia with Love"!

Anyhow, probably the single most fascinating thing about the movie is, it still holds up.  Sure, the clothes might be a little dated, but everything else is relevant.  The technology is still something scientists are seeking out, and the motivations for seeking the technology are still the same.  The producers did research, and it shows.

The motivations of Scaramanga and Bond are also timeless.  I'd say Scaramanga is one of the better Bond (film) villains.  Perhaps from the "honour among thieves"?  Bond is also surprisingly ruthless in this movie, too.  I'm not talking about how he defeats opponents, but when he locks the girl he was about to bed in the wardrobe, so that he can bed another girl!

And what review of the movie would be complete without mentioning Nick Nack?  He steals the show.  From the opening scene of him hiring assassins to get at Scaramanga's money, and Scaramanga actually enjoying it, to diving on the bed with a pen knife clenched in his teeth.  I'm sure it was done seriously (albeit with tongue in cheek), but that whole last sequence is a laugh inducing riot.

All in all, a very good Bond film, IMHO.
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Re: James Bond Movies: your most and least favourites
« Reply #19 on: November 29, 2010, 05:49:18 AM »
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This past weekend was "The Spy Who Loved Me"

Wow.  It's much better than I remember.  There's a definite, palpable change from all the Bonds that have gone before, and it is reminiscent of the Bonds that come in the 90's.  It's got semi-excellent exotic locales (I'd like to give more points, but after Egypt, all the on-location stuff pales.)  Bond is on top of his game (or the actor and script writer(s) got in synch with each other).  There's a henchmen who is more memorable then the bad guy.  Heck, he steals the show!  The music is '70's kitschy.  On the side of "cool" much more so than the "eye rolling" side.  Probably the best thing about the movie is the chase sequence that just keeps starting up again.  (You know, motorcycle -> car -> helicopter -> divers -> mini-sub!!!

Probably the only complaint I have about the movie is that the bad guy waiting for the two scientists to fly away in a helicopter before blowing them up - then telling his secretary to "stop the money transfer".  Jeez.  If he was so worried about money, why blow up an expensive helicopter?!  And a henchmen pilot, too?!  And what was the point of showing how he deals with the secretary in front of the scientists just to blow them up later?

Other than that, the writing recovered, or the scenery chewing became interesting enough to overlook any other spots of bad writing.

Of course, there was one other eye-rolling scene for me: the monorail/train inside the tanker.  It was a bit much.  Definite shades of the over-the-top of the earlier Bond films.  However, the movie redeemed itself when the system was used to transport the nuclear missiles.
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Re: James Bond Movies: your most and least favourites
« Reply #20 on: January 18, 2011, 12:35:21 AM »
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Got through "Moonraker" over the past two nights - viewing was broken into two pretty much only because watching movies until 4 in the morning isn't good.  Yes, it held my attention and kept me awake for the majority of the running time.  Perhaps only the final climactic battle in the space station lost my attention.  Mostly because it's been done so much in other movies and TV shows.

Probably the only points that took me out of the movie were: a shuttle loaded with fuel being transported on a 747 at the very beginning, and the apparent lack of response by the Cold War powers at the launch of so many space shuttles in such a short period of time.  Otherwise, the movie is so fast paced, and has such goofy fun, that it kept my attention strongly enough that the plot holes, goofy attempts at humour and so on weren't really noticed.

Oh, there was one other scene that partially jolted me out of the movie: after flying off of the boat that plunges down the waterfall in South America, Bond lands, spots a girl in white, and follows here.  There's a cut with Bond with the waterfall in the background, and then the girl walking past a pyramid in Mexico!  At that point, I was struck by both how historically inaccurate the film is, and also the extent of the globe-trotting the producers did for the movie.

I should also add that despite the cheesy laser sound effects, the battle between astronauts in space was quite well done.  Probably the most realistically portrayed, as well (no real chance to dodge, near instant death when hit, and spinning out of control as the space suit depressurizes.)

The movie ain't the best, has it's fair share of cheese, but is an entertaining ride as long as it holds your attention - which is the majority of the movie.
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Re: James Bond Movies: your most and least favourites
« Reply #21 on: January 28, 2011, 01:21:24 PM »
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Watched "For Your Eyes Only" over the past 3 nights.  Why 3?  Mostly because I start watching these things from between 01:00 to 02:00, and I've been hit with a cold this past week.

Anyhow, I'm going to mark this one as the worst film in the series.  Not because it isn't very well made - it is, the downhill skiing chase and underwater battles are really, really well done.  Simply because the film is utterly forgettable.  I say this because I vaguely remember my brother being a big fan of this film (especially the skiing parts), and watched it many, many times.  However, until I started watching it, I couldn't remember a thing about it.  Of course, once I started watching, I remembered the outcome of every scene, but rarely could I vaguely remember what came next.

Compare this to the other JB films, were even the bad ones, I still remember scenes, sequences, villains, allies, babes and plots.

So, there's nothing really wrong with the film.  Well, OK, there's a couple of major flaws.  The first is that at no point did I ever really feel like I cared about the outcome of a scene/sequence/the entire movie.  This is compounded  and/or caused by the lack of emoting by the main actress.  Sorry, but her impression of burning desire to get revenge for her parents as she kneels in their blood after just watching them killed is... well, even the dude who played Anakin in Revenge of the Sith had better acting in key scenes such as when he finds out he's going to be a father (that's saying something).  The last problem would be the villain and his henchmen.  Sure, it's interesting to keep the main villain hidden, but they didn't really introduce his henchmen very well.  So, all of that combined simply made me not care.

What I did like about the movie are James Bond using his mind more than gadgets, the one seen where the ruthless Bond emerges (kicking the car off the cliff), and the submarine battle (admittedly I was thinking "so that's where James Cameron got his idea for the sub battle in "the Abyss" from, and not really paying too much attention to the scene other than it's technical merits).

Hmmm... funny, "Moonraker" was over the top, yet fun in a silly, campy way.  "For Your Eyes Only" was a return to 'serious Bond', but it didn't work.  A decade and a half later, "Die Another Die" is way over the top, and rotten.  Yet "Casino Royale", the return to 'serious Bond' is pure awesomeness teh sex.  Funny.
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Re: James Bond Movies: your most and least favourites
« Reply #22 on: February 02, 2011, 12:16:24 PM »
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Never Say Never Again

It's probably become my new number 1 James Bond film.  Not because of an original main plot (it is a remake after all), but because it's got originality with the traditional elements, plus a couple of unexpected plot twists.  Probably the most interesting revised traditional elements are an older Bond thinking about retiring, M not wanting to use Bond and locking him away in a rather traumatic healthcare center, and a budget strapped Q whose gadgets don't always work as expected - adding unexpected tension in a key scene.

The movie is much more realistic than the made to be realistic For Your Eyes Only.

The main flaw in NSNA is that it doesn't clearly explain why Largo was taking the bomb underground.  Well, if it did say it, I missed it.  Anyhow...

What I liked best about the film are the fully developed characters.  A villain (Largo) who isn't over the top, but is excellently subtle, coupled with a villainess who is over the top.  And a smooth talking Bond who doesn't look like he's embarrassed by the material (as Roger Moore occasionally appears to be).

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Re: James Bond Movies: your most and least favourites
« Reply #23 on: February 02, 2011, 06:35:03 PM »
BTW John Barry who created the famous James Bond theme died yesterday.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3381620/James-Bond-theme-composer-dies.html

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Re: James Bond Movies: your most and least favourites
« Reply #24 on: February 13, 2011, 01:13:03 AM »
Shame about John Barry.  He made good music.

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« Reply #25 on: February 13, 2011, 01:27:07 AM »
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Octopussy

Almost 30 years on, doesn't that title still sound dirty?

Anyhow, mixed feelings about the movie.  The earlier passages move along at a good clip and are interesting, the middle passage is a mess - somewhat without focus, and the end has an action sequence on a train which is way above the notch set by preceding Bond movies.  In the end, I think the movie tries to be too many things, and suffers for it.

Humour - applied haphazardly.  Some of it works, a lot of it doesn't (maybe most of it worked the first time, but after repeated viewings... it doesn't hold up as well as say the more subtle humour in Moonraker (Moonraker - subtle?!?))

Action - some of the best, original stuff for the series in general.  The stuff with the jet, train and airplane are quite dynamic, and even almost 30 years later, they are riveting stuff that I can't recall having been replicated as well since.

Villains - excellent stuff.  Kamal Khan is a worthy adversary, who keeps his cool and his hands clean.  Gobinda is a memorable, smart henchman.  General Orlov is also good, but his big scene chewing sequence with the Soviet bigwigs is probably the low point of the movie.  Sure, it's set in the Cold War, just like all the preceding Bond movies, but there's something just stinky with the producers motives for inserting that scene (ie more than just to establish Orlov's motives).

In conclusion, though it's not one of the better Bonds, it's not the worst either (even if it's memorable for some of the wrong reasons, it's still memorable (looks at For Your Eyes Only)).  It's a mixed bag, and hit and miss.  However, it's redeeming quality is that there is actually a lot of spy work in the movie; and that's what we go and see this superspy for, eh?

PS Desmond Llewelyn has some of the best lines in the movie.  Just watching his few scenes is a treat.
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« Reply #26 on: February 23, 2011, 12:29:55 AM »
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A View to a Kill

I was looking forward to watching this one, and it was much more interesting than I thought it would be.  It has a story that keeps trucking along, with enough stuff of interest on screen that any one scene doesn't lose the viewers interest in it.  Sure, it may be a bit kooky at times (explosion induced earthquake?!), but it gets plenty of points for originality.  Not to mention a large set-piece in the final act that makes sense (the mine interior).

Probably the only weak point was Q's reconnaissance robot - it smacks of all the elegance of marketing for a post-movie toy purchase.  At least the eavesdropping-bug-detector-in-electric-razor was a cool gadget.  Which reminds me, I like how this movie had JB relying more on his whits than on gadgets.

Anyhow, if you need a reason to see the movie, two words: Christopher Walken.

This movie is also endowed with a memorable henchwoman, too: May Day.  Grace Jones portrayal is downright creepy at times, and then there's the big twist in the character's ending.  On top of that, both Bond and Zorin get memorable, well developed allies (Sir Godfrey, Chuck Lee, Scarpine and Dr. Mortner) - all of which were unique.  Heck, the movie gets high points for spending the time to develop unique supporting characters (both good and bad), and making them memoriable enough so that by the closing curtain, we never forgot who they are and who they're allied with.

In the end, the movie may be a rehash of Goldfinger, but it was done so well with so much originality, that I didn't even realize that it was a rehash until I read that in an IMDB review!  A very classy ending to Roger Moore in the JB role.
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Re: James Bond Movies: your most and least favourites
« Reply #27 on: March 08, 2011, 12:40:50 PM »
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The Living Daylights

Saw this about a week ago, and have been mulling over the best way to review it.  It's hard as it is the first James Bond that I saw.  So, on the one hand, there's a lot of nostalgia with seeing this movie (who I was with, how old I was, things like that).  And as my first Bond, I think I can fairly accurately say that I know this film by heart.  Thus, it's hard to review it impartially.

Compared to the preceding Bonds, it's a world apart.  It's quite series - probably too serious, given the villain of the movie.  On the other hand, there's a great building toward the climax (even if the climax is a bit of a let down).  Probably the best part is the cold war, Berlin Wall, spy and counterspy stuff.  Probably the worst is the main villain and his henchman.  His henchman isn't entirely disagreeable until the final act, mind you.

All in all, this film gets high marks for the action sequences, and some pretty breathtaking locales.  It gets low marks for the lack of a "bad" bad guy.  Humour to relieve the tension, even though not missed during viewing, probably would've helped in the long run.

Oh, the bad guy's assassin henchmen is probably the most memorable in the roll.  Also, he's only got villain's henchman's henchman status.
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Re: James Bond Movies: your most and least favourites
« Reply #28 on: March 08, 2011, 12:50:14 PM »
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Licence To Kill

For some reason or another, I didn't go into watching this film with a good opinion of it.  I wonder why?  As it blew away my expectations, and was actually quite enjoyable.  There's the right balance of humour, drama, tension and a truly "bad" villain, with a bad-ass Benicio Del Toro, too!  I think this movie did quite well with having the humour coming from a bunch of different angles, and not just from one-liners by Bond (I know Bond made a few, but most of the humour I remember comes from situation gags and Desmond Llewelyn and Carey Lowell's reactions.)

Hmmm, maybe my initial bad opinion of the movie is that the villains do some pretty nasty stuff that, at the time, I felt didn't match the spirit of Bond.  Now, having seen all the Bond films up to this one consequentially, I can say that though the nasty stuff isn't new, the new thing is that they actually show it with all the blood and gore.  Not saying this is a bad thing, as it vilifies the bad guys (and it's the villain that generally makes or breaks these kinds of movies), just that Bond has traditionally been more about suggestion.

Nevertheless, heartily recommended.  I'd like to say that it's the better of the two Timothy Dalton Bond movies, but I think one of the reasons why I wanted to watch this one so quickly after the Living Daylights, is the strengths of the Living Daylights.  Hmmm... both are fully recommended.
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Re: James Bond Movies: your most and least favourites
« Reply #29 on: March 22, 2011, 11:48:04 AM »
"No Mister Bond, I expect you to die...."  Gotta love Goldfinger.  =)

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