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James Bond in Chamonix, this was the location Bonds parents died at age eleven. That was an allegory to Jack here as his parents divorced at age eleven. Napoleon also was here after visiting the hotel Casino Royale in town.

James Bond in Chamonix, this was the location Bonds parents died at age eleven. That was an allegory to Jack here as his parents divorced at age eleven. Napoleon also was here after visiting the hotel Casino Royale in town. submitted by BondKilledSorge to conspiracy_commons [link] [comments]

James Bond movies(Daniel Craig era especially) in just a bunch of product-placement wrapped around weak scenario.

Movie is about brand-new RR Defender, JaguaAstonMartin, some clothes brand, alcohol brand, political agenda. Main character will always win even though he is naked without any weapon in a cage inside a fortification building with hundreds of armed bad guys. Pointless and boring.
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Where I can watch James Bond?

Hi together,
im really confused due to the fact, that none of the James Bond movies are available on any streaming services (Amazon, Netflix, Apple TV)
Im looking for Skyfall, Spectre and Casino Royale. My location is in west europe.
Does anybody know anything further and would like to help me?
Thank you!
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The magic of the Bond franchise

The great thing about the James Bond series - the really unique thing about it - is that it's always been a labor of love. Many books have been published about the making of each of the movies, and I've read my fair share of them, and it's always clear that everyone involved in the productions takes their jobs seriously, and is committed to providing the best Bond experience for their fans. Of course, not all of them have been absolute masterpieces. Sure, you don't always get Casino Royale. Sometimes you get A View To A Kill. But even the sillier, cringier movies were taken seriously by the producers, directors, writers, actors, set designers, stuntmen, etc. They were always passionate about delivering new thrills, new tech, new locations. Diamonds Are Forever may be wack, but it doesn't seem soulless; it doesn't seem phoned in. That's not something you can say about other movie franchises, whose makers just shit out sequels with no loftier goal in mind but profit. From the very beginning, the Bond movies have been treated with respect, so that even the worst ones seem like something special.
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The World is Not Enough: An Underrated Masterpiece

The World is Not Enough is the most underrated film in the Bond series. T.W.I.N.E is truly one of the best Bond films, and even of the best action films ever made. Almost every elements of the film is perfect, it's like so hard to find flaws. This is easily a top 5 Bond film, if not higher. There are many Bond films worse than this that receive much higher praise, and this disturbs me.
-Brosnon - his best film, obviously, and his best performance. She slowly defined and evolved his portrayal over the prior 2 films, and in TWINE, shows more emotional and vulnerable side of Bond than we've never seen before. Also includes some of the best one liners ever put to film, and Sir B's of them delivery is flawless. "I never miss", also "Bond, James Bond" is said in the middle of an action sequence! Truly innovative!
Supporting cast - Dench, Desmond, Cleese, Coltrane, Seru. I mean, fuck me!
Eleckra King - the first and only time a female has been the main villian. Amazing
Rerand - brilliant villian, he cannot feel pain which is a crazy concept, only fault is he's slightly underused. Also the villians plan is original and not remotely similar to any previous plotline, but later was by copied by skyfall (gag).
-Action/Setpieces // god tier
Pre title sequence - literally the best pre title sequence of the entire franchise - this is undebatable, it's literally a fact. It's a 2 in 1, you get the spain scene with the window jump at the very start, and then the extended boat chase, filled with never ending stunts and action, in such an iconic location. WOWzers!
-Plot - simple and easy to follow, but not dumb or boring like spectre.
-Locations - simply put, the best locations ever put to screen in a Bond film. The river thames in London, eastern Europe, spain, Scotland, the fRench Alps, the skiing sequence - omg breathtaking.
-Cinematography - once again, god tier, every frame and shot looks delicious
Q's boat, avalanche bubble, underwear glasses, watch grapple hook, remote control car etc etc wow...
-Score/Theme Song
David Arnold's best score, along with Casino Royale
TWINE by garbage is the best theme song in the franchise. Shirley Basey? Adele? Duran duran? You no name my? None even come close to TWINE by garbage, a masterpiece of a song.
-Denise Richards
-The Script perhaps?? but I'm really pushing to find negatives here
As you can see, many many positives and not many negatives, leaving us with one of the all time great Bond films.
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Quantum of Solace is worse than Spectre. Fight me.

So I went on a James Bond binge this weekend and watched all four Daniel Craig films. Casino Royale and Skyfall are both masterpieces. Spectre was meh, but it gave a sort of primal old-school Bond movie feel that I couldn't stop rewatching it. Quantum of Solace was absolutely horrid. Seeing it right after CR didn't exactly help it's image to say the least.
Dominic Greene is one of the most washed out villains ever seen on feature film. He literally just looks like an ordinary dude with bug eyes. Nothing frightening about him. The accent was atrocious and seemed forced. His costume was also dull, bland and had no character to it. What kind of mafia boss wears white dress shirts? There could have been so much more to "up" his villainous effect throughout the film.
Olga Kurylenko was weird in this movie too. Too cold of a demeanor and not nearly enough lines to emphasize character traits. There was something very "absent" about the portrayal, especially compared to someone like Vesper Lynd.
Daniel Craig wasn't too bad, but was lacking in attitude compared to Casino Royale. He didn't break the flim, though.
Although admittedly Spectre had a badly written villain played by Christoph Waltz, his henchman was FANTASTIC (absolute killer fight scenes in this movie as well). The locations were also far more interesting. A Lamborghini showdown in downtown Rome? A snowy chase in Austria? A hand-to-hand combat in a train in the middle of the North African desert? THAT'S what I call an action movie. Not some sinkhole revenge story and a Russian girl trying to defeat a chubby Spanish dude in an army uniform. Greene's "death" was also complete garbage. Bond just leaves him out in the desert. WTF?
Overall, Quantum of Solace was so cold and distant that you couldn't really connect with the characters. By all means, Camille Montes was a better Bond girl than Madeline Swan, but other than that, the bad guys were more pronounced in Spectre.
Spectre felt like a traditional action movie, comparable to stuff like the Transporter or Bourne series, which actually improves its standing as a Bond film. Also better humor and comedic relief by far. Quantum of Solace just seems laughable and Greene doesn't seem as dark and brooding as Blofeld. His demeanor was completely off, it felt like he had nothing to hide. Skyfall was quite a refresher after that shitshow of a movie.
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Playing Card Manufacturer: Taiwan Playing Card Company (TWPCC)

Playing Card Manufacturer: Taiwan Playing Card Company (TWPCC)
In the world of playing cards, there are some big names and recognizable entities like United States Playing Cards and their Bicycle brand of playing cards. Other leading figures in the industry include successful publishing companies like European-based Cartamundi. There are also several smaller Taiwan-based manufacturers that have been making an impact, such as Legends Playing Cards, Expert Playing Cards, and Hanson Chien Production Company.
But even the big names had to start small, and once in a while something small makes some explosive sounds to catch our attention. Today let's take a look at Taiwan Playing Card Company (TWPCC), which is distributed by BombMagic, and first caught my eye with the colourful fireworks of their Casino Royale deck.
When I first came across the beautiful looking Casino Royale deck, I started crawling down a rabbit hole which eventually led me to Hanson Bomb, founder of BombMagic. BombMagic started in 2007 as a small studio that focused on the study of performing magic, and the slogan they came up with for their tenth anniversary in 2017 gives an indication of their original focus: "Born for Magic, Beyond the Magic." Since their inception they have slowly built up their brand, and have been focusing more on playing cards. They began releasing some playing card products, launched a website, and in 2016 released their Bomber Series Playing Cards as their own branded deck. Eventually they set up the Bomber Playing Card Company in order to focus on the design, manufacture, sale, and distribution of playing cards, which the following year became part of the new Taiwan Playing Card Company.
Today BombMagic is considered the official distributor of Taiwan Playing Card Company, and it includes a large online operation. But besides being a source for magic items in the Asian market and abroad, they also produce a range of custom playing cards, some of which they have created in-house and are featured below. Of special interest is the fact that their decks are printed in Taiwan, which is also where respected playing card manufacturers like Legends and Expert Playing Cards operate from in order to produce high quality playing cards. TWPCC has their own label and specifications, but uses the same factory, so there's good reason to expect good things from this brand. So let's take a look at some of their decks, and talk about what we can expect from this smaller playing card manufacturer.

The name Casino Royale reflects the fact that this deck is created to be a practical casino style deck that represents the height of luxury. The title brings to mind James Bond's visits to Europe's most famous gambling houses. Similarly this deck is intended to capture something of a quality that is fitting for a classy secret agent and for royalty, while being suitable for an enthusiast playing a poker game at home as well.
BombMagic has produced several different Casino Royale decks, and they are definitely the most practical of the in-house decks from TWPCC. The number cards are very functional and readable, and that makes this a deck of playing cards that can perform well for crossover purposes, including at the card table or in the hands of a traditional gamer. They work especially well for casino type games, while having a "royale" look that sets them apart from a typical deck of plain ordinary cards.
The touch of royalty is already evident from the tuck box, with its window style die-cut design that gives a glimpse of the stylish card backs. The colourful diamond backed design of the card backs adds a sense of luxury and class, and so the Casino Royale decks will add elegance and style to any card game.

The Fujin & Rajin decks are a complementary pair of decks named after two Japanese gods. These are Fujin, the god of the wind, and Raijin, the god of thunder. Blue and red being the two colours of focus for this pair of decks. UK illustrator Fionn Jordan did the artwork, drawing on his experiences in living in Japan and Taiwan, and his experience as a comic artist.
These decks have a very different visual feel from the Casino Royale decks. While it has a clearly Eastern theme and style, it has been produced by a Westerner who was born in the UK. The Japanese theme will particularly appeal to those who have an interest in Oriental culture and ideas, but the fact that it has been created by a European shows that this theme can have a universal appeal.
Most custom decks from the modern era are indebted to Western influences and artwork, so it is refreshing to see some playing cards with a unique flavour. The combination of a garish blue and red that dominates these decks also gives them a very different feel from traditional playing cards.

The Cardistry Calligraphy decks were first released at the 2017 Cardistry Con. The series consists of three decks, a red and blue pair with silver foil lettering on the tuck box, and a more luxurious limited edition gold foil deck with gold accents on the tuck box and on the card backs.
The graphic design of the striking Cardistry Calligraphy decks favours card flourishing, with a bold colour on the card backs that emphasizes colour and shape. The use of ornate calligraphic letters for the court cards is somewhat unusual, but suits the concept of the deck well, especially when used for cardistry. It means that the card faces have a more consistent look, and don't have images that could distract when the cards are in motion.
The design of the court cards and Aces does make these less functional than a typical deck, but that's also what makes it ideal for cardistry. The concept of calligraphy - with its flowing lines and curves - also works very well as a thematic concept that suits card flourishing.

The two basic decks that were part of the Hidden King series were intended to be low-cost decks inspired by the Siberian Tiger. The tuck boxes both feature the same graphic design, with a mono-coloured drawing of a Siberian tiger on the white and yellow fronts.
The goal of the Hidden King deck was to be a budget style traditional deck, with some style and life added courtesy of the artwork on the card backs, and some small elements of customization. Given how nice and clean and practical the cards look, I'd like to think that this mission was accomplished with style.
Super soft cards ensure a very pleasant and satisfying performance to go along with the crisp artwork.
What's going to be of real interest to us as card enthusiasts is the quality of the cards from these TWPCC decks, and how they handle. Card collectors and card flourishers are notoriously fussy about where their playing cards are produced, because it can make a big difference in quality.
The good news is that these playing cards are produced in the same factory that is used by Legends and Expert Playing Card Company. It is located in Taiwan, and reports about playing cards printed there are consistently positive, unlike the mixed reports about decks produced in China. The printing quality of the TWPCC decks seems to be very similar to that of LPCC/EPCC decks. It's very good, with sharp and accurate registration, and clean colours.
Like other Taiwan produced decks, the cut of all these decks is extremely clean, so the edges of the cards don't feel as rough as a standard Bicycle deck; they also faro perfectly and easily. The cards of all these decks are very durable, but don't expect fanning and spreading to remain as consistent over time as what you'd typically experience with a USPCC produced deck.

The performance does also depend on the combination of stock and finish they use, and this can vary. TWPCC uses their own terminology for paper stocks and finishes, so it doesn't compare exactly with the terminology of finishes used by other publishers. The main stock options they appear to make available at present include their Casino stock and their Luxury stock, although they have also used Artist stock for at least one project, which like the Artist stock used by HCPC, is a stiff stock matching the Diamond/Master finish used by LPCC/EPCC.
Casino stock is used for the Casino Royale decks and the pair of Japanese inspired Fujin and Raijin decks. It has a wide embossing pattern that approximates quite closely the Elite/Damask finish used by LPCC/EPCC. The cards have a slightly stiff feel that ensures a high level of durability, and it is firmer and pleasantly snappier than a typical USPCC deck. The overall handling and feel is much like the Classic or Elite finishes from Taiwanese manufacturer LPCC/EPCC.
Luxury stock is used for the Hidden King decks, and handles and feels very differently. Besides the crisp white colour used for the card stock of these decks, it is instantly evident that this is a thinner than normal card stock, which cardists will love, and which corresponds quite closely to the performance and feel of USPCC's crushed stock. I find that it's almost too soft for some card sleights, because accidental folding can result if you're overly aggressive with your moves. But the soft feel means the deck doesn't require any breaking in, and it handles superbly straight from the box. If you like decks with crushed stock from USPCC, then you'll love these cards also. They also have a more traditional air-cushion style embossing pattern that handles smoothly and evenly.
The different stocks primarily refer to the thickness of the cards and the embossing pattern used. There are also different options for the coating that is added afterwards, which impacts the performance as well. The options for this include Magic Finish, Royal Finish, or Legendary Finish, which is similar to the range that Hanson Chien Production Company (HCPC) also uses when printing cards at the same factory.

Other decks
Of course these are not the only TWPCC produced decks out there. There are plenty more, and cardists will especially want to check out some of the decks with the super soft Luxury stock, such as the Vigor Blue deck and the Flow deck. Meanwhile the Kete Moon Special Edition deck uses the Classic stock. Magicians might be interested in the Elemental Master decks (in red and green), which are marked decks, and also incorporate unique elements like astrological signs and ESP symbols. The red and blue Cosmos decks were created to commemorate Horret Wu becoming FISM World Champion of Magic in 2015, and use the Casino stock.

Where to get them? You'll find a selected range of TWPCC produced decks on PlayingCardDecks.com here.
Want to learn more? - Visit the Taiwan Playing Card Company: Official website, Instagram - Visit their distributer BombMagic: Official website, Facebook, Instagram
Author's note: I first published this article at PlayingCardDecks here.
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Ranking of James Bond films and portrayals of James Bond.

1.The Spy Who Loved Me - Beautiful locations, amazing direction, terrific Bond girl, heart warming theme song and Moore at full purr. 2.On Her Majesty's Secret Service - That barn scene with Tracy was too beautiful. 3. Goldfinger - The Classic Bond film. 4. From Russia With Love 5. GoldenEye 6. The Living Daylights 7. You Only Live Twice 8.Licence To Kill 9.Thunderball 10. Dr No. 11. Live and Let Die 12. Casino Royale 13. Skyfall 14. Tomorrow Never Dies 15. Octopussy 16. The Man With The Golden Gun 17. The World Is Not Enough 18. Spectre 19. Moonraker 20. For Your Eyes Only 21. Diamonds Are Forever 22. A View To A Kill 23. Quantum of Solace 24. Die Another Day Best James Bond portrayals:
  1. Roger Moore - absolutely loved his gentleman approach to the role, yes he was goofy and funny but I still love watching him in the role. Yes he may have gone on too long and should probably have finished after at least The Spy Who Loved Me or Moonraker, but he did bring something fresh to the table when he came in especially after Connery's dismal Diamonds Are Forever performance. RIP to a legend 😇
2/3. Sean Connery/Timothy Dalton - Before, I would have without a doubt had Connery battling it out for first place. However, I've come to appreciate Dalton a lot more and fail to see why he's so underrated and disliked too much. Dalton brought the Fleming books right into the two classic films he done and he really did look like a killer. I wish Dalton did GoldenEye and Roger Moore's last three Bond films since age did noticeably affect the last three Bond films. Tough to call between the two, maybe leaning more to Connery but still a very tough choice as both are brilliant in the role.
  1. George Lazenby - Please hear me out, at first i thought he really wasn't cut out to be Bond as I thought he was awkward in the role but as I watched OHMSS more I began to like and appreciate Lazenby far more than I did. I personally believe he would have been a fan favourite if he done more but he was poorly advised. I would have much preferred he do Diamonds Are Forever than Connery because Lazenby had just lost Tracy Bond tragically and DOF is the film after OHMSS. I do like Lazenby and personally feel he has become underrated and not thought of fondly enough.
  2. Pierce Brosnan. - (SHOCK OPINION) I can already see the resentment coming.
Had Brosnan had a great continuation from the start like Connery did then Brosnan would have for me arguably been the best Bond in the whole series. But the films just went on a huge downward spiral for me. I really did like Brosnan in GoldenEye but from there on I didn't come to appreciate Brosnan enough which is a shame because I was born in the Brosnan era. I thought he and Halle Berry were a joke in Die Another Day and I never came to love Brosnan and gain too much interest in Brosnan which I wish I could. To me he was a mix of Connery and Moore, could show the more tougher side of Connery with woman and a more light hearted and womansier version of Moore.
  1. Daniel Craig - Look, in his own right he is a great actor but when it comes to James Bond I can't really like him much. Firstly I can't come to terms with a blonde James Bond, I feel like his films have lacked a strong villain excluding Le Chiffre who I thought was fantastic in Casino Royale and maybe Raoul Silva in Skyfall. But I don't really favour Craig in the series, outside of Bond I like him for instance in Defiance. But he came at the time when Jason Bourne was really popping and many including myself are huge Jason Bourne fans.
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Review of the 60s Bond films

Hi guys. I've been marathoning the Bond films. I wanted to share my thoughts and see what you all think. Everyone has different opinions on the Bond films, so discussing it would be interesting. Feel free to comment below and tell me what you agree and disagree with.
Dr. No
A film that must be appreciated for kickstarting the franchise. Connery gives a good first performance as Bond and his interpretation is immediately codified. The characters are memorable, with Quarrel and Jack Lord’s Felix Leiter being standouts. Honey Ryder doesn’t do much in the story, though her entrance is iconic. Mostly there as eye candy. Joseph Wiseman only appears as Dr. No for a couple of minutes, but he’s truly menacing in the role and is the standard for which other villains should be set against. The plot is faithful to the original novel and is more of a mystery than an actual spy thriller. There is a nice balance between humor and seriousness, with Connery managing to be witty in one scene and cold-blooded in another. The production design is decent considering the lower budget. Ken Adam’s Crab Key sets are impressive and are a testament to his visual genius. Complaints I have with this film are its pacing, which drags a bit too long for my liking, and the score, which can get a bit over the top at times. The James Bond theme is the best track of course and the lyrical songs like “Underneath the Mango Tree” are entertaining. I’m probably a bit harsh on this film even when considering that it’s the first Bond film. The pacing hindered my enjoyment of the film, which is rough around the edges, but still does things right.
From Russia With Love
This was a huge step up in quality from Dr. No. Connery’s performance is even better, with plenty of quips to lighten the film. The film manages to faithfully adapt the novel while changing what wouldn’t work on the big screen. The pacing is much better than its predecessor. The first 50 minutes introduces the characters and provides exposition on the spy world brilliantly. No other Bond film would provide this much espionage either than The Living Daylights and possibly For Your Eyes Only. The film manages to be a thriller while also introducing more action-packed moments that would become mandatory for the franchise. Daniela Bianchi is beautiful as Tania and is more plot relevant. The villains are threatening and leave a strong impression. John Barry composes his first Bond score and the difference in quality in music is obvious. Barry’s work on the franchise shows just how much music can affect one’s perception of a film, with lesser films being elevated by Barry’s awesome scores. “James Bond with Bongos” and the recurring “007” are highlights. The theme song is nice and this film marks the beginning of integrating instrumental versions of the themes throughout the score – something that hasn’t really been done extensively since 1989 with the exception of Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace (No Good About Goodbye by Shirley Bassey was rejected despite David Arnold using it in his score). Overall, FRWL was a great film and definitely remains one of the best Bond films to this day.
The film that introduced many elements of the Bond formula. Connery is once again great in the role, but a slight step down from FRWL. Goldfinger and Oddjob are iconic villains, though they lack menace and feel more cartoonish. Pussy Galore is probably the best Bond girl in the Connery era, thanks to Honor Blackman (RIP) providing charisma and toughness to the role. Her seduction by Bond and resulting defection was ridiculous. Jill and especially Tilly Masterson are interesting characters but barely have any screentime. The plot is good, though it lacks the espionage and mystery of earlier films. Removing some of the novel’s problems helps the script, especially with the details of Operation Grand Slam. The pacing is slower and the scenes in Goldfinger’s ranch go on for far too long. The music is good though it is a bit too reliant on Shirley Bassey’s great theme song. “Alpine Drive – Auric’s Factory” and “Dawn At Fort Knox” are my favorite tracks. The film deserves credit for launching Bondmania and helping the franchise be the behemoth it is today. However, to say that it is still the best after all these years is an overstatement considering the formula would be refined in the future.
An improvement over Goldfinger and the first truly “cinematic” Bond film. Features everything people have come to expect from a Bond film. The film is more visually appealing and combines the best elements of its predecessors: the exotic location of Dr. No, the espionage and pacing of From Russia With Love, and the larger scale of Goldfinger. S.P.E.C.T.R.E was already established to be a large organization, but this film truly establishes just how much of a global threat they are. Some point to this film as being responsible for the larger emphasis on gadgets, I personally feel that its successor was the culprit. Bond is forced to rely on his wits several times throughout the film, sometimes without gadgets. John Barry’s score is even better in this film, with the use of trumpets in tracks like “The Bomb” and “Search for the Vulcan” giving an otherworldly feeling befitting of the underwater focus. Speaking of which, the underwater scenes are extremely well made and while they may go on for too long for some, I personally love them for their unique atmosphere. Everything about Thunderball feels refined over its predecessors and the fact that it’s less talked about than its predecessors and lesser follow-ups is a shame considering it’s the best in the Connery era by far.
You Only Live Twice
A mild step down from its predecessor. The plot and characters are mostly unmemorable, with Tiger Tanaka being the only standout. Aki is a far more interesting Bond girl than Kissy Suzuki and killing her off was a waste. Donald Pleasence’s Blofeld is iconic, but barely appears and drops the villain ball after meeting Bond. The other villains are forgettable. The film is probably the biggest of the Connery era and definitely the largest in scale until The Spy Who Loved Me ten years later. The volcano set is the most oft-cited example of this. The Japanese setting is interesting and offers some nice locales; I kind of wish that even more of the country was shown, though this is nitpicking. John Barry outdoes himself once again with another atmospheric score that makes use of strings to evoke a Japanese feel. I enjoyed this film more Goldfinger, but it’s hard to deny that the story and characters aren’t the best, even by Bond standards. YOLT was a sign that bigger doesn’t always mean better.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
The best of the 60s Bond films. George Lazenby is the worst Bond by default because he only made one film. He lacks Connery’s charm and charisma but makes up for it by being much more believable in his fight scenes and for being more vulnerable than Connery’s masculine Bond. It’s hard to tell if Connery appearing in the film would have improved it. Considering how excessive Bond’s womanizing got with Goldfinger onwards, seeing Connery’s Bond fall in love and ready to settle down is a bit hard to imagine. Tracy is a great Bond girl and her relationship with Bond develops throughout the film. I’d even say that I prefer it to Bond and Vesper in Casino Royale. Telly Savalas plays the best Blofeld, showing more physicality and charisma in the role than Donald Pleasence. The story is much more involved than previous films, the only predecessor that matches it on the same level is FRWL. As mentioned before, Lazenby is more believable in his fight scenes. Couple this with the unique style and editing and you get some of the most thrilling action sequences the franchise has offered. The Switzerland scenes are some of the most beautiful in the franchise. Peter Hunt’s direction deserves a mention with photography even more refined than that of Terrence Young. One shot in particular that stood out was the helicopters flying to Piz Gloria during sunrise. The one complaint I really have with the film is its 2h 22m length. It’s a good film but it does go on too long in some instances. OHMSS has the best score in the franchise. There are too many great pieces to mention here. Lastly, I personally feel that OHMSS has been just as influential on the franchise as GF and TB. Like FRWL, OHMSS was more grounded while still featuring many classic Bond elements. The film’s influence can be felt in the 80s Bond films directed by John Glen, who edited this film. His first film, For Your Eyes Only, feels like a proper follow-up to OHMSS with its pre-title sequence and grounded tone compared to prior installments. This focus on realism while still keeping elements of the formula continued for the rest of the 80s. OHMSS was a great film and it’s great to see that it finally gets the recognition it deserves.
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Making Spectre the You Only Live Twice of the Craig era and a better sequel to Quantum of Solace

It’s been said before that the structure of Craig era of James Bond has some parallels with the Connery films, especially in regard to the villains. In Casino Royale/ Dr No – the villain is a mid-ranking member of an otherwise unseen criminal organisation. In Quantum of Solace/ From Russia With Love (and also Thunderball to an extent) – Bond is more directly in conflict with the villainous organisation and it is understood that bad guy defeated at the end is still just a lackey to the real villain. Goldfinge Skyfall are independent of the larger plot with a hitherto unconnected villain (until Spectre tried to retcon Silva). Spectre’s equivalents therefore are You Only Live Twice and Diamonds are Forever in which Bond directly confronts and defeats the big bad villain at the top of the criminal organisation.
While this works in the Connery era since Spectre and Blofeld had been set up since Dr No, in Spectre (due to legal circumstances outside of the film’s control) Blofeld is quite poorly forced in as the big bad behind it all with no setup. The organisation of Quantum meanwhile is retconned from being a illuminati-like society of the world’s most powerful individuals manipulating the strings from behind the scenes to being one part of Blofeld’s masterplan to screw with this one kid his father taught to ski.
So my fix is this – rather than have Quantum being one section of Spectre instead have Blofeld take over Quantum over the course of the film turning it into Spectre.

The new plot

We have a similar opening to one we got with Bond (in this version Bond will be responding to an intelligence tip MI6 received) in Mexico city walking through the Dead of the Dead paraded and up to a hotel room with an masked woman. However, when they reach the hotel room, they find a very sickly Mr White holding a gun on them. Bond tells the Masked Woman to go wait outside and Mr White talks about how Quantum has changed, becoming more divided and filled with infighting since the events of QoS and that new more ruthless players are cannibalising Quantum’s old guard, with Mr White himself being poisoned after he challenged their rise to power. He tells Bond he will give him the names of Quantum’s leadership if MI6 promises to protect someone for him. Before Bond can ask him who a shot blasts through the wall killing White. Bond exits the room and spots the Masked Woman running away from the hotel carrying a gun. He pursues and we get the same chase through the parade and helicopter action scene we got in the original with Bond killing the Masked Woman at the end rather than Sciarra leading us into the title sequence.
Cut to MI6, which is still located in the London Undergound/ World War 2 bunker from Skyfall but its undergoing extensive renovations in order to expand it for full time use. We get the scene from the film of M reprimanding Bond about his actions in Mexico City. I would remove Bond being suspended because I’m quite tired for the rogue agent trope. M exposits that the Masked Women was a Russian SVR agent although Moscow is claiming she defected earlier that year. We can also meet Max Denby aka C, and get the exposition about the possible changes to MI6 although in this version rather than it being a merger between MI5 and MI6 it’s a new EU wide organisation which will merge Europe’s various intelligence communities together (Spectre came out a year before the UK’s Brexit referendum so it wouldn’t hurt to reference British-European tensions). The British Parliament will shortly be voting on whether MI6 will be joining this new European Security Service. We then get a classic Q branch scene which includes Bond being giving a piece of jewellery disguised as a tracker along with the explosive watch from the original film.
Bond goes to Austria to investigate Mr White’s last known residence. As he approaches, we cut to group of Russian-speaking men watching Bond’s progress, with a particular focus on one man I’m are going to call ‘Russian Felix Leiter’. Bond’s investigations reveal that Mr White has a daughter but before he can investigate further the Russians begin to enter the house intent on capturing Bond. A shootout ensues and Bond is able to escape leading to a car chase action sequence as Bond phones up Moneypenny to check the records about Mr White’s family.
After Bond evades the Russians he travels to the facility where Mr White’s daughter, Dr Madeline Swann, works in hiding as a psychiatrist. We get the same psychiatric evaluation scene we did in the actual film only we regularly cut to Mr Hinx’s slow approach into the facility to capture Dr Swann. As this is his introduction, we can take time to build up his character with him forcing his stone thumbnails through one of the facility’s staff member’s eyes similar to the actual film. Following this we get the same chase down the mountain slope we got in the actual film, only without Q , as Bond races to free Madeline from Mr Hinx. After some convincing she agrees to trust Bond and take him to Rome where she knows that Quantum’s leadership will be meeting and explains that she, as Mr White’s next of kin, is entitled to seat at the table.
The journey from Austria to Rome can include the train sequence from the original film where Bond and Madeline get to know each other and include the fight scene with Hinx.
They arrive in Rome and Bond gives Madeline the jewellery/tracker gadget as she is to be taken blindfolded to Quantum’s meeting place. Bond is able to track Madeline’s location and infiltrates the meeting. This scene plays out similar to how it did in the original film only with a round table as the individuals seated are supposed to be equals to one another. Madeline of course is seated at the table but another of the seats is conspicuously empty much to the chagrin of the other members. As in the original we get some references to the various crimes the organisation has perpetrated around the globe along with references to something called the SPECTRE initiative. Eventually the door to the meeting room opens and like in the original film the final seat is filled by a man whose face is obscured in shadows. One of the members subtlety reprimands the shadowy man’s tardiness but gets nothing but silence in return. The other members bicker about the SPECTRE initiative before holding a vote on whether or not to halt the Initiative. The vote goes against SPECTRE and man shadows begins to laugh, before saying something ominous, such as “I afraid this organisation will not tolerate insubordination”. The walls to the meeting room suddenly slide open to revel dozens of armed goons who immediately open fire on the rest of Quantum’s leadership. Bond leaps out of his hiding place to protect Madeline but is unable to prevent her from being captured. During the confusion there is a brief moment in which Bond and the man in shadows stare at each other. However, before Bond himself can be captured he throws his explosive watch at the man in the shadows blinding him and causing a distraction so he can escape.
Bond does successfully escape from the carnage and is able to hide from the pursuing goons. However just when he thinks he’s safe a passer-by sprays him with knockout gas and white van pulls up for Bond to bundled into. He awakes in a small room surrounded by Russians led by Russian Felix Leiter who explains that they’re Russian intelligence agents who’ve been tracking Quantum’s activities since the defection of their own agent (the Masked Woman in Mexico) several months prior and that they think Quantum is behind a string of recent terror attacks. Bond explains his side of the story and its revealed that the trackejewellery Madeline is wearing is still functional and is transmitting from a crater in the Sahara desert.
Bond and the Russian’s travel to the Sahara and Russian Felix Leiter explains that Bond has six hours to free Madeline before the Russians go in and kill everything that moves. Bond successfully infiltrates the facility in the crater but when he enters the room where he believes Madeline is being held it is revealed to be a trap and Bond is promptly disarmed. He is then met by the man in the shadows, now scarred from the explosion in Rome, who reveals himself as Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Blofeld tells Bond about how he has been causing terror attacks across Europe to convince the nations of Europe to join the European Security Service which is of course feeding intelligence directly to Blofeld and that the UK, the only holdout, will be the next target. When Bond asks why Blofeld is revealing this to him Blofeld will turn on multiple screens of camera’s watching the entrance to MI6, proclaiming that MI6 will be the site of the London terror attack, forcing the British government to join the European Security Service, and how he has had double agents working to ensure that during new construction work the entire headquarters was deliberately rigged to explode. He will state that he wants Bond to watch the destruction of MI6 in revenge for Bond scarring him in Rome.
Bond escapes and is able to free Madeline. Together they recover the plans for the MI6 bomb and make their way to the facility’s communications tower, setting off an alarm in process. Madeline is forced to defend the two of them as Blofeld’s goon converge on the tower while Bond contacts Q and Moneypenny to tell them about the bomb and how to disarm it. Since Bond and Madeline are occupying the communications tower they can prevent Blofeld from setting off the bomb remotely however they can’t be sure that any of Blofeld’s double agents in MI6 won’t set off the bomb early so Q and Moneypenny have to keep a low profile. Q and Moneypenny are able to disarm the bomb in nick of time just as Russian special operations soldiers begin to enter the crater.
A big, Lewis Gilbert-style shootout occurs between Blofeld’s men and the Russians with Bond and Madeline trapped between them. Inevitably the facility will start to explode and Blofeld will attempt to escape. The final action sequence will see Bond chase down Blofeld in order to prevent him from escaping. Bond can either succeed or fail depending on where we want Blofeld for the next film.
We then get our debriefing scene with M and end the film with Bond and Madeline driving away in the DB5.
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My Best James Bond films and best James Bond portrayals

  1. The Spy Who Loved Me - Beautiful locations, amazing direction, terrific Bond girl, heart warming theme song and Moore at full purr.
  2. On Her Majesty's Secret Service - That barn scene with Tracy was too beautiful.
  3. Goldfinger - The Classic Bond film.
  4. From Russia With Love
  5. GoldenEye
  6. The Living Daylights
  7. You Only Live Twice
  8. Licence To Kill
  9. Thunderball
  10. Dr No.
  11. Live and Let Die
  12. Casino Royale
  13. Skyfall
  14. Tomorrow Never Dies
  15. Octopussy
  16. The Man With The Golden Gun
  17. The World Is Not Enough
  18. Spectre
  19. Moonraker
  20. For Your Eyes Only
  21. Diamonds Are Forever
  22. A View To A Kill
  23. Quantum of Solace
  24. Die Another Day
Best James Bond portrayals:
  1. Roger Moore - absolutely loved his gentleman approach to the role, yes he was goofy and funny but I still love watching him in the role. Yes he may have gone on too long and should probably have finished after at least The Spy Who Loved Me or Moonraker, but he did bring something fresh to the table when he came in especially after Connery's dismal Diamonds Are Forever performance. RIP to a legend 😇
2/3. Sean Connery/Timothy Dalton - Before, I would have without a doubt had Connery battling it out for first place. However, I've come to appreciate Dalton a lot more and fail to see why he's so underrated and disliked too much. Dalton brought the Fleming books right into the two classic films he done and he really did look like a killer. I wish Dalton did GoldenEye and Roger Moore's last three Bond films since age did noticeably affect the last three Bond films. Tough to call between the two, maybe leaning more to Connery but still a very tough choice as both are brilliant in the role.
  1. George Lazenby - Please hear me out, at first i thought he really wasn't cut out to be Bond as I thought he was awkward in the role but as I watched OHMSS more I began to like and appreciate Lazenby far more than I did. I personally believe he would have been a fan favourite if he done more but he was poorly advised. I would have much preferred he do Diamonds Are Forever than Connery because Lazenby had just lost Tracy Bond tragically and DOF is the film after OHMSS. I do like Lazenby and personally feel he has become underrated and not thought of fondly enough.
  2. Pierce Brosnan. - I can already see the resentment coming.
Had Brosnan had a great continuation from the start like Connery did then Brosnan would have for me arguably been the best Bond in the whole series. But the films just went on a huge downward spiral for me. I really did like Brosnan in GoldenEye but from there on I didn't come to appreciate Brosnan enough which is a shame because I was born in the Brosnan era. I thought he and Halle Berry were a joke in Die Another Day and I never came to love Brosnan and gain too much interest in Brosnan which I wish I could. To me he was a mix of Connery and Moore, could show the more tougher side of Connery with woman and a more light hearted and womansier version of Moore.
  1. Daniel Craig - Look, in his own right he is a great actor but when it comes to James Bond I can't really like him much. Firstly I can't come to terms with a blonde James Bond, I feel like his films have lacked a strong villain excluding Le Chiffre who I thought was fantastic in Casino Royale and maybe Raoul Silva in Skyfall. But I don't really favour Craig in the series, outside of Bond I like him for instance in Defiance. But he came at the time when Jason Bourne was really popping and many including myself are huge Jason Bourne fans.
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Film Rankings with Explanations, Ratings, and Tiers

During quarantine, I've had the opportunity to rewatch every movie in relatively short succession. I've seen them all 2-10 times and have been a lifelong Bond fan. I enjoy every Bond film, even the "bad" ones, but I wanted to try and rank them. I used a scoring system to help me, but ultimately went with my gut (e.g. License to Kill MUST be better than The World is Not Enough). I thought a tier system of ranking was useful, because it really is splitting hairs to rank some of these. Feel free to critique my ratings, my ratings weightings, and opinions!

You could say I have too much time on my hands
Tier 7: The Worst
  1. Die Another Day: Best Sword Fight
- Why it's not irredeemable: For being the lowest ranked film on this list, it's not without its moments. Bond getting caught, tortured, then escaping from MI6 was interesting and novel. The ice hotel was neat, as well as the chase scene. I'll even defend the much maligned invisible car, as the Aston Martin Vanquish is quite a car.
- Why it's not higher: Personally, I think Halle Berry is a terrible Bond girl, alternating between damsel in distress and super woman as the plot demands it. Moreover, Graves and the plot in general is pretty cheesy and boring. Perhaps most damaging is the deadly serious tone of the movie, which doesn't even provide the fun and excitement Brosnan's films generally provide the viewer.
- Most under-appreciated part: The fencing scene is the best action scene of the entire movie. It's surprising it took Bond this long to fence, but seeing them go at it across the club was a blast.

Tier 6: Disappointing
  1. Quantum of Solace: Best Car Chase
- Why it's this high: The action is quite good, likely meriting the distinction of the best car chase in the entire series (the pre-credits sequence). Mathis is a good ally and it is sad to see him go.
- Why it's not higher: My biggest beef with Craig's Bond films is that they are too serious, so when the plot and script isn't top-notch, the movie watching experience is just kind of dull. Quantum of Solace takes a bold risk in making the first Bond sequel, but unfortunately it's just not that good. Greene seems like a rather pathetic Bond villain, and his henchman (the worst in the series?) ends up in a neck-brace after getting tripped by Camilla. Also, the shaky cam is distracting and exhausting.
- Most under-appreciated part: I actually thing the theme song is pretty good! Maybe I'm just too much of a Jack White groupie, but I think it rocks.

  1. Moonraker: Best Locales
- Why it's this high: I'm pleased to see Jaws making a return, as he is an amazing henchman. On that note, the pre-credits sequence with Bond and Jaws falling out of the plane is exhilarating. Holly Goodhead is a very good Bond girl, beautiful, smart, and competent. Roger Moore always does an excellent job playing the role with suavity and wit.
- Why it's not higher: Gosh it's cheesy. Particularly egregious is Jaws' love story. The theme song is terrible and Bond doesn't have any solid allies besides Goodhead and Jaws.
- Most under-appreciated part: They really go all out with the settings here. Obviously, space is pretty polarizing, but I think Bond clearly should go to space at SOME point during the series. In addition, Italy and Brazil were gorgeous views, while Drax's estate is magnificent.

  1. Spectre: Best Shooting
- Why it's this high: Rewatching this for the second time, I realized Lea Seydoux does a good job as the Bond girl, and it's actually quite believable she and James could work out, as she is the daughter of an assassin and can understand him (as Blofeld points out). Seeing Bond show off his marksmanship was quite satisfying, especially that one long shot during the escape from Blofeld's compound. Bonus points for Bond's DB10 and resurrecting the DB5.
- Why it's not higher: The fatal flaw of this film is making Blofeld Bond's adopted brother. How did Bond not recognize him? How is Blofeld able to keep himself secret from British intelligence yet every criminal worth his salt knows of him? The worst part is that it actually cheapens the plot of the other Craig movies. I believe the Bond franchise should stay clear from sequels from here on out. Yes, they can weave a great story if done correctly, but it's so much more difficult to make great sequels (e.g. Star Wars only made two worthy sequels in seven tries) than to do one-offs. As usual for a Craig film, Bond has little charisma (save for his surprisingly good rapport with Moneypenny) and little in the way of jokes to lighten the mood.
- Most under-appreciated part: The train fight scene with Dave Bautista is great! Gosh it was awesome to see them go at it, break through walls, and a priceless expression on Bautista's face when he knows he's done. Bautista is the first decent henchman since the 90s, so glad to see the series go back to this staple.

  1. The Man with the Golden Gun: Best Potential, Worst Execution
- Why it's this high: This Bond movie frustrates more than any other, as it has the potential to be an all-time great. Bond's debriefing starts off with promise, as it turns out the world's top assassin is gunning for Bond! For the first time in the series, Bond seems vulnerable! M makes a hilarious quip as to who would try to kill Bond ("jealous husbands ... the list is endless"). Furthermore, the legendary Christopher Lee is possible the best Bond villain, a rare peer of 007.
- Why it's not higher: Unfortunately, the movie opts to change course so that it's just Maud Adams trying to get Bond to kill Scaramanga. Goodnight is beautiful, but maybe the most inept Bond girl of all-time. They used a SLIDE WHISTLE, ruining one of the coolest Bond stunts ever (the car jump).
- Most under-appreciated part: Nick Nack is a splendid henchman, showing the role can be more than just a strongman.

  1. Diamonds Are Forever: Great Beginning and Ending, but Bad Everywhere Else
- Why it's this high: Is there another Bond with such a great contrast between the beginning/ending and everything in between? Connery shows his tough side, as he muscles his way through the pre-credits scene. Particularly good was the part where he seduces the woman, then uses her bikini top to choke her. At the end, Bond expertly uses his wine knowledge to detect something is amiss, then dispatches Kidd and Wint in style. Other cool scenes include Bond scaling the building to reach Blofeld and Bond driving the Mustang through the alley.
- Why it's not higher: This is one of the films that I find myself liking less and less over time. Vegas, and especially the space laboratory scene, just seem cheesy. Connery is officially too old at this point, and Jill St. John just isn't a very compelling Bond girl. I would've preferred to have seen more of Plenty O'Toole, but alas 'twas not meant to be. Leiter is uninspired as well. Having Bond go after Blofeld for the millionth time just seems tired at this point.
- Most under-appreciated part: Mr. Kidd and Wint are the creepiest henchmen in the Bond universe, but I'd argue they are some of the best. Their banter and creative modes of execution are quite chilling and thrilling.

  1. A View to a Kill: Best Theme
- Why it's this high: Is it a hot take to not have View in the bottom five? Let me explain. I contend Duran Duran's theme is the very best. The ending fight scene on the Golden Gate Bridge is actually one of the most iconic ending set pieces in the series. The plot is stellar on paper, as the horse racing part was a very Bondian side story, and the idea of an attack on Silicon Valley actually seems even more plausible today.
- Why it's not higher: It's self-evident that Moore is way too old for the part. Some parts are just mind-blowingly ridiculous, such as the fire truck chase scene through San Francisco and the part where Stacey is caught unaware by a blimp behind her. Speaking of Stacey, she may be beautiful, but she spends most of the movie shrieking whenever something goes wrong.
- Most under-appreciated part: The scene with Bond and Ivanova is cool (I always like it when he interacts with other spies) and quite entertaining how he fools her with the cassettes.

Tier 5: Below Average
  1. Octopussy: The Most Characteristically Roger Moore Bond Film
- Why it's this high: Maud Adams has great screen presence as Octopussy, and her Amazonian-like women are cool to watch fight. Bond's deft swipe of the egg was nicely done. On a related aside, I wish Bond films would emphasize Bond's intellect more, as it seems the 60s and 70s films would allow Bond to showcase his vast knowledge more frequently than he does today. Gobinda is a fierce henchman, while India in general is a cool location. The plot is realistic, yet grand (war-mongering Russian general tries to detonate a nuke to get NATO to turn on itself).
- Why it's not higher: This is the first Moore film where he simply was too old and shouldn't have been cast. Yes, it's too cheesy at times, most infamously during the Tarzan yell. Bond also doesn't use any cool vehicles.
- Most under-appreciated part: People tend to focus too much on Bond dressing as a clown, but the scene where Bond furiously tries to get to the bomb in time to defuse it is one of the tensest moments in the series. Moore's "Dammit there's a bomb in there!" really demonstrated the gravity of the situation (I get goosebumps during that part).

  1. Tomorrow Never Dies: Most Tasteful Humor
- Why it's this high: Brosnan really settles into the role well here. He gives the most charismatic Bond performance in 15 years or so. His quip "I'm just here at Oxford, brushing up on a little Danish" is an all-time great Bond line. Teri Hatcher is stunning as Paris Carver, delivering a memorable performance with her limited screen time. The plot is original and ages well, highlighting the potential downsides of media power, while Carver is an above average villain.
- Why it's not higher: Wai Lin is good for action, but the chemistry between her and Bond is non-existent. By the end of the movie, Pryce just seem silly (especially the scene where he mocks Wai Lin's martial arts skills). There aren't any good Bond allies, as Jack Wade doesn't impress in his return to the franchise. In general though, the movie has few things terribly wrong with it, it just doesn't excel in many ways.
- Most under-appreciated part: Dr. Kaufman is hysterical. At first, I thought "this is weird," but by the end of the scene I'm cracking up. I genuinely wish they found someway to bring him back for World, but c'est la vie.

  1. The World Is Not Enough: Less than the Sum of its Parts
- Why it's this high: According to my spreadsheet, this is a top 10 Bond film, while on my first watch on this film I thought it was bottom five. I think the truth is that it's somewhere in between. I like the settings, everything from the temporary MI-6 headquarters to Azerbaijan. Elektra is an all-time great Bond girl, with a nice plot twist and character arc. The glasses where Bond sees through women's clothing are hilarious. The sense of danger is strong, with everyone from Bond to M being in danger. The return of Zukovsky is a nice plus.
- Why it's not higher: I think two things really doom this film. First, Renard is totally wasted a henchman. The idea of him not feeling pain is a cool one, but he just seems boring and extraneous. I don't even think Carlyle acted poorly, he was just misused. Secondly, the ending (after Bond killing Elektra which is quite good) is rather terrible. The whole scene in the sub just isn't entertaining or engaging.
- Most under-appreciated part: I'm going to defend Denise Richards as Christmas Jones. Although no Ursula Andress, Richards is absolutely gorgeous and did not actively make Bond's mission more difficult, which is more than some Bond girls can say *cough Britt Ekland. In particular, I found her introductory scene to be quite memorable and convincing. Also, the Christmas quip at the end is quite cheeky.

Tier 4: Solid
  1. The Living Daylights:
- Why it's this high: Dalton brings a breath of fresh air to the franchise here. His more serious take makes for interesting movies that seem more unique than most. I'm happy to see this subreddit appreciate Dalton more than the casual fun does, but I wouldn't go as far as the Dalton fanboys and say he's the best Bond or anything like that. I do wish he got the role sooner and did more films. Moving on to Daylights, it's got a good intro for Dalton and good plot in general. Surprisingly, Bond's fidelity doesn't bother me one bit, as it actually makes sense that Kara falls in love with James by the end, given all they've gone through.
- Why it's not higher: The biggest reason is that the villain is just terrible. Whitaker seems silly and pathetic, a terrible contrast to Dalton's serious nature. I think Whitaker might be the worst in the series, and a Bond movie can't be great without a good villain. Also, Dalton doesn't have much charm and is abysmal at one-liners, which, in my opinion, IS a facet of the perfect James Bond.
- Most under-appreciated part: The Aston Martin Vantage is a beautiful car, and the chase scene across the ice is great! It's both exciting and funny! Not sure why people don't talk about this chase scene and this car more; it's arguably the highlight of the movie for me.

  1. Thunderball: The Most Beautiful
- Why it's this high: Thunderball used to be top five for me and here is why. The underwater scenes, the setting, the score, and the Bond girls are beautiful even to this day. Domino is excellent, while Volpe is a tour de force, oozing sexuality and danger. I think the underwater parts are interesting and novel, creating a staple of sorts for the franchise. The DB 5 is always welcome, and the jetpack use was quite cool for the time (and to some extent now).
- Why it's not higher: Some would say it's boring, while I would more generously admit the plot is slow. Furthermore, the theme song is all-time bad (apparently they could have used Johnny Cash!!!), and there is no great henchman for Bond to dispatch.
- Most under-appreciated part: Two plot ideas I liked a lot: Bond being injured and needing rehab, plus the part where all the 00s meet up and then are sent to the corners of the globe.

  1. Never Say Never Again: Guilty Pleasure
- Why it's this high: Rewatching Never for the third time, I was struck by how fun this movie is. It's exciting, funny, and fast-paced. Basically, it's a more exciting version of Thunderball, with better pacing and better humor. I think Irvin Kershner did a great job managing this star studded cast. Carrera is a firecracker as Blush, Sydow is a convincing Blofeld, and Basinger is a classic Bond girl. Connery clearly has a blast returning to the role, doing a great job despite his advanced age. If anything, this one might not be ranked high enough.
- Why it's not higher: The music is terrible. Normally I don't notice these things, but one can't help but notice how dreadful this one is. The theme is awful as well. I'd argue this is the worst music of any Bond film.
- Most under-appreciated part: The humor! This is one of the funniest Bonds, as I found myself laughing out loud at various parts (e.g. Mr Bean!).

  1. The Spy Who Loved Me: Best Intro
- Why it's this high: There's a lot to love about this one, so I get why this ranks highly for many. It is simply the best introduction, starting with Bond romancing a woman, followed by a skii chase, then jumping off the cliff and pulling the Union Jack parachute! The Lotus is a top 3 Bond car. Jaws is a superb henchman. Triple X was an excellent Bond girl, deadly, charming, and beautiful. Of course, Moore is charming and the locations are exotic (Egypt was a cool locale). If I had to pick one Moore movie for a newcomer to watch, it would be this one.
- Why it's not higher: The theme song is bad, and Stromberg is a below average villain. I also think the last 45 minutes or so of the movie kind of drags.
- Most under-appreciated part: The whole dynamic between Bond and Triple X is great. Whenever Bond movies show Bond squaring off against other spies (see View to a Kill, Goldeneye) it's just a pleasure to watch.

  1. Live and Let Die: Most Suave
- Why it's this high: Roger Moore superbly carves out his own take on Bond in an excellent addition to the franchise. The boat chase is my favorite in the series, and Live and Let Die is my second favorite theme. Jane Seymour is a good Bond girl, while Tee Hee and Kananga are a solid villain/henchman duo. Unpopular opinion: I find J.W. Pepper to be hilarious.
- Why it's not higher: The introduction isn't very good, as Bond isn't even included! The second climax with the voodoo isn't great. Bond blowing up Kananga has aged terribly.
- Most under-appreciated part: When Bond is visited in his apartment by M and Moneypenny, Bond rushes to hide his girl from his coworkers. Finally, when they leave and he unzips the dress with his magnetic watch is one of the best uses of a Bond gadget in the series, showcasing why Moore might be the most charming Bond of them all.

  1. You Only Live Twice: Best Blofeld
- Why it's this high: Just your classic, fun Sean Connery Bond movie. It was a great decision to send Bond to Japan for his first Asian visit, giving the movie a fresh feel. The ending set piece battle is potentially the best of this staple of 60s/70s Bonds. Tiger Tanaka is one of Bond's cooler allies. Pleasance killed it as Blofeld; when I think of Blofeld, I think of his take. In what could have been cheesy, he is actually somewhat frightening.
- Why it's not higher: The whole "we need to make you look Japanese" part seems both unrealistic (who is he really fooling?) plus surprisingly impotent coming from Tiger Tanaka who seems to be a competent and connected man otherwise. Honestly though, this movie doesn't have a major weakness.
- Most under-appreciated part: The fight scene with the guard in the executive's office is probably the best hand-to-hand fight in the series up until that point.

Tier 3: Excellent
  1. Dr. No: The Most Spy-Like
- Why it's this high: Nearly 60 years later, this film is still a blast to watch, due in no small part to its focus on the little things of being a spy. I adore the scenes where Bond does the little things spies (presumably) do, such as putting a hair across the door, or showing Bond playing solitaire while waiting to spring his trap on Prof. Dent. I also enjoy the suspense of Bond sleuthing around the island, while he and the viewer are completely unaware of whom the villain is until quite late in the film. It's easy to take for granted now, but this film established so many series traditions that were ingenious. My personal favorite is Bond's introduction at the card table: "Bond .... James Bond."
- Why it's not higher: The film just doesn't have the payoff it deserves. Maybe it's just a result of the time and budget, but from the point Bond escapes on, it's just mediocre. Particularly egregious is the "fight" between Dr. No and Bond where No meets his demise.
- Most under-appreciated part: Ursula Andress was a surprisingly well developed Bond girl, with a shockingly violent backstory (she was raped!). Obviously, she is beautiful and the beach scene is iconic, but I was pleasantly surprised to conclude she is more than just eye candy.

  1. License to Kill: The Grittiest
- Why it's this high: On my first watch, this was my least favorite Bond film, as I thought it was too dark and violent to befit 007. By my third time watching, I've decided it's actually one of the best. Fortunately, I don't have to go on my "Ackshually, Dalton did a good job" rant with this subreddit. I liked the wedding intro and the concept of a revenge arc for Leiter (although come on he should've been killed by a freaking shark). Also, Lamora and (especially) Bouvier are great Bond girls. Bouvier is both competent and beautiful, and it's great to see Bond choose her at the end.
- Why it's not higher: The theme song is atrocious, Dalton is so angry (dare I say charmless?) the whole time it's almost puzzling why Bouvier and Lamora fall for him, and Bond doesn't use any cool vehicles.
- Most under-appreciated part: Sanchez is actually a sneaky good Bond villain.

  1. For Your Eyes Only: The Most Underrated
- Why it's this high: I think Moore is a bit underrated as Bond. Yes, he was too old towards the end and yes, his movies were at times too campy, but he himself played the role admirably. He was the most charming and witty of all the Bonds, so by the time he got his first relatively serious plot to work with, he hit it out of the park. Anyhow, the climactic mountaintop assault is one of my favorite Bond action climaxes. Columbo is one of the best Bond allies, and the plot twist where he turns out to be good and Kristatos bad was well-done.
- Why it's not higher: The intro is just silly. Bibi's romantic infatuation with Bond is just ...er... uncomfortable?
- Most under-appreciated part: The theme song is a banger. What a chorus!

Tier 2: Exceptional
  1. Skyfall: The Sharpest Film (From Plot to Aesthetics)
- Why it's this high: One of the best plots of the entire series. The idea of an older Bond who had lost a step, along with making M the focus point of the movie, works very well. Seeing Bond's childhood home is also pretty cool. Bardem's take on Silva is delightful and a lot of fun to watch. Even the cinematography is a series peak, while Adele's them is excellent.
- Why it's not higher: One thing most Craig Bond films suffer from is the lack of a Bond-worthy henchman. Skyfall is no exception. More importantly, Bond girls are mostly irrelevant to the film. Yes, Severine is both beautiful and interesting, but she's scarcely twenty minutes of the film.
- Most under-appreciated part: Setting the new supporting characters up nicely. The Moneypenny backstory was well-done. Casting Ralph Fiennes as the new M is a great choice in of itself, but he also got a nice chuck of background story to help us going forward.

  1. Casino Royale: The First Bond Film I'd Show a Series Newcomer
- Why it's this high: Craig's take on Bond feels like a breath of fresh air. In particular, his hand-to-hand combat scenes are so much better (and more believable) than any other Bond. The parkour chase scene is one of the best chase scenes in the series. Le Chifre is an excellent villain, but, more importantly, Vesper is an all-time great Bond girl. The conversation between Vesper and Bond on the train is probably the most interesting of any film. Bonus points for Jeffrey Wright as Leiter and the Aston Martin DBS.
- Why it's not higher: There are hardly any humorous parts or much charm displayed by Bond in general. More importantly, the movie should have just ended when Bond wakes up in rehab. The rest of the movie feels confused and superfluous.
- Most under-appreciated part: The decision to change from chemin de fer to poker makes for much better (and understandable!) cinema. The poker scenes are the best of Bond's many gambling scenes throughout the series.

  1. Goldeneye: The Most Fun
- Why it's this high: Wow, rewatching Goldeneye I was struck by how entertaining the whole thing is. The opening jump is breath taking, the scene where Bond drives his evaluator around is hilarious, and Xenia Onatopp is a livewire. Sean Bean is a formidable villain as 006, and a great foil to James. Bond and Judi Dench's first scene together is amazing. Goldeneye feels like the first modern Bond, yet so true to the predecessors. Wade and especially Zukovsky are excellent allies.
- Why it's not higher: Simonova is a forgettable Bond girl. She's not annoying, unattractive, or acted poorly, but is just below average in most regards (looks, back story, chemistry with Bond, plot).
- Most under-appreciated part: the action is just so much better than any Bond before it

  1. From Russia with Love: The Best Henchman (Red Grant)
- Why it's this high: Interesting settings, beautiful women, and an engaging story make this a classic. I'm not the first to point out that the scenes with Grant and Bond aboard the train are some of the best in the entire series. Grant is one of the few villains who feels like a match for 007. Furthermore, the addition of Desmond Llewyn as Q was crucial and Kerim Bey is one of the better Bond allies.
- Why it's not higher: The helicopter scene should've just been omitted, especially when combined with the subsequent boat chase. It's just awkward to watch.
- Most under-appreciated part: The gypsy scenes are quite exotic and entertaining.

  1. On Her Majesty's Secret Service: The Most Heartfelt
- Why it's this high: James and Tracy's love story is charming, and when she dies at the end, this is the one and only time in the entire series where the viewer feels genuinely sad. Diana Rigg did an excellent job convincing the audience Bond could finally fall in love with one girl. The skiing scenes were beautifully filmed, and the score was exemplary. Personally, I quite liked Lazenby's take; however, some of his lines and jokes fall flat. To his credit, he looks and acts like Bond more than any other actor.
- Why it's not higher: Honestly, it does drag at times in the first half, plus there is no theme song!
- Most under-appreciated part: Bond's Aston Martin DBS is a beautiful car, combining 60's sports-car beauty with Aston Martin's elegance.

Tier 1: The Best
  1. Goldfinger: The quintessential Bond
- Why it's this high: From the opening ("Positively shocking") to the seduction of Pussy Galore at the end, this film has it all. Goldfinger is an all time great villain, while Odd Job is an exceptional henchman. Connery delivers a master performance, and drives THE classic Bond Car, ejector seat included. The reason I put it #1 is not necessarily because it is the best film (although it is great), it checks all the boxes of what a perfect Bond film should do.
- Why it's not higher: I cannot think of any notable imperfections.
- Most under-appreciated part: The golf scene between Bond and Goldfinger is a delight to watch, demonstrating Bond's wits for the first and only time on the golf course.
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I freaking love Spectre (James Bond)

God where do I begin. Seeing as this is a casual conversation I will go to the begging. For context I’m 15 so I wasn’t there for the classics on release.
As far as I can remember I have always loved James Bond, although I was no different to many other kids. The cars, explosions, bad guys and music where always so cool to me, not to mention 007 himself. Goldfinger was always my favourite mainly because of the laser scene where goldfinger strapped James to a chair as a laser started to slowly rise to his crotch. It was a thrill to see how he would make it out of that one and it’s always stuck with me.
Now I’m certainly no super fan but i would say I know the series more than most people but it doesn’t mean I’m perfect and I’m sure to get things wrong. None the less when I first watched Skyfall it was so crazy to me. The comedy, plot twists, action and atmosphere, the movie had it all. It also made me really appreciate Daniel Craig who I think is easily one of the best bonds out there. I must have watched it when I was about 8 in 2013 and I fell in love with the film and our family got it on dvd to watch whenever.
This got me to watch casino royale and quantum of solace which are both great movies in my opinion. Everyone is entitled to one and it turns out mine is different to most people. Anyway when my family heard spectre was coming out it was just a waiting game to book tickets to the cinema to watch it. I was 10 and being 10 I didn’t understand a lot of the film but still loved it so much. Now we are done with the backstory we can get to what made me write this out.
About 2 hours ago ITV was playing spectre and as it was late and I was the only one downstairs I rewinded it to the begging. As soon as I seen the first scene it all came back to me, yet it had been about 3~ years since I had rewatched it so I forgot the small things. But now it seemed so much better. I would bore you guys to death if you wanted me to talk about what I loved about it the most so Ill condense it into a couple of things. My top 5 favourite scenes in order. What the movie did strongly. What I liked about the story.
I think the most obvious thing to talk about is the score. The music that was written for this film is beautiful and it fits it so goddamn well. Writing on the wall was a perfect choice to start but just every scene felt like the score was carrying a lot of the mood. Another thing I want to touch on is the acting and it is incredible. I think Daniel Craig plays Bond perfectly and all the other cast really sold their roles especially Christoph Waltz, oh boy does he play the perfect villain. His performance is incredible and I hope he won some awards for that. The shots are really incredible as well. The whole film is shot in such a way that just works super super well. The locations are perfect, the way light and darkness / colour theory is played into it also really stands out. The practical effects are amazing and the cgi is very good as well. Now I’ll move over the top 5 scenes.
I’m gonna do this in chronological order so it makes sense but they all work so well.
  1. The Mr Hinx intro scene. After James killed one of spectres elite assassins they need someone to fill in. One of the members steps up claiming to fill the role perfectly. Just as everyone thinks it is over a big tall guy walks in from behind, picks up the member and gouges his eyes out with his thumbs, pushing his body to the side and sitting in his chair. This scene is done perfectly. It gives a sense of power dynamic and fear, as all it takes is a man with no remorse to suck the life out of someone as dangerous as himself. Putting himself in the chair makes it so he has replaced the old member in the blink of an eye. It is a powerful scene and can be pretty gruesome
  2. Mr white death scene. Bond is going to Mr White, an old enemy of his, to extort information of him. When bond finds him he finds out that mr white was poisoned with thallium and is slowly dying. He let down spectre so they betrayed me white. He knows bond hasn’t come here to kill him, it was for information. The mood is cold and quiet. It is set in an old wood cabin in Austria. James gives Mr white his gun to prove he isn’t here to kill him so mr white tells him his daughter knows how to get to Franz so in turn tells bond how to get to his daughter. He then says ,”you are like a small kite, slowly heading towards a hurricane” before shooting himself in the head with bonds gun. I think it’s pretty self explanatory why this scene is good. It completely changes the time from an action comedy into a serious thriller. It is very intense and is quite shocking. Bond enables his death and has to live with that the rest of his life. And it was only the two of them in the house, leaving bond alone.
  3. Mr Hinx train fight. Bond and Madeleine (Mr whites daughter) are heading to meet Franz to kill him, they are getting there by train. They are drinking cocktails when Mr Hinx shows up and smashes bond threw the table. Then they have an intense fight where all they have is the things around them. What makes this scene good is the lack of music. All you can hear are the actual noises in the train. It makes every punch more real and personal, showing what it is like in bonds perspective. The music kicks in when it all seems lost for bond and an intense score is added before they best mr Hinx. I think choosing not to have music was an extremely smart move and made that fight scene great.
  4. Franz Oberhauser drill scene. I can’t really add in a description of what happens in this one so I’ll leave a link, Trust me and give it a watch. Franz Oberhauser Scene. What makes this my second favourite bit in the film is how unnerving and how uncomfortable I was . I hate this scene for all the reasons they want you too. The white room enables no emotion, the restraints make you feel trapped. The sound of a whirring drill and bond trying to resist crying out in pain. It was hard to watch. As I have said I really think Christoph waltz really sold this scene as a cynical sadist who enjoyed watching others suffer. I was holding my neck the entire time even though I knew bond would be safe. I loved this scene and it really changes the film from an 8 to a 9.
  5. Franz Oberhauser glass wall. Bond has been kidnapped and led to the MI6 building that had previously been blown up in skyfall. Walking down the directed path from red arrows he finds himself opposite of Franz, all that separates them is a thick bulletproof glass wall. It is here we find out that Franz is James’ step brother and he killed their father out of spite. The shot moves in the middle of the glass, Franz and James perfectly opposite. But there is a crucial detail. You can see Franz’ reflection in the glass onto James but not vica versa. It symbolises how Franz and James are truly no different and how all Franz is doing is talking to his own reflection. I think it is a beautiful scene. It has an incredible metaphor and adds so much weight to the situation. It makes you wonder if 007 is really the good guy
If you couldn’t tell I VERY much enjoyed rewatching it. I now understand that it is a lot more than James saving the day. I’m not gonna blab on so all I’m going to say is... spectre is incredibly shot, directed, acted, scored and all around great. Highly recommend to anyone and I would love to read some of your responses. And remember you have a voice too, don’t be afraid to call me out or point out why I’m wrong. This is a casual convo about a movie I like a lot.
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Casino Royale (2006) is a thematically faithful adaptation of Flemings influential novel, a masterpiece and the greatest James Bond movie ever made. Here is a comparison I made between the movie/novel & my thoughts on both of them.

Over the last week I read Ian Flemings first James Bond novel Casino Royale for the first time and later re watched the movie. Here are some thoughts on both, including a comparison of similarities, differences and the over all enjoyment I get out of both of these pieces.
Technical aspects:
Casino Royale (novel, 1953), written by Ian Fleming [27 short chapters, around 250 pages, depending on edition]
Casino Royale (movie, 2006), directed by Martin Campbell [144 minute runtime]
Before diving into further comparisons, there are two obvious, but also significant differences between the movie and the novel. The first being the time it is set in, both are contemporary to their release date. Meaning the novel is set in the Cold War whereas the movie is set in the 21 century. Because of the resulting differences in international relations historically speaking, you could transfer it (but you don't have to) to the second difference. Flemings novel is a political espionage thriller, whereas Campbells movie re-boot is basically an action movie.
The over all plot of the movie is very similar, nearly identical to its source material.
James Bond, a fresh 00, is set in a high stakes Poker game against Le Chiffre, a desperate (& near bankrupt) banker working for terrorist organizations. Bonds allies are Mathis, Felix Leiter & Vesper Lynd. Bond wins the money, Vesper & him get captured, following the torture, Le Chiffre being interrupted/killed by a member of a mysterious organization. After Bond & Vesper seek a happy life, the latter is confronted with her "real" identity/past & kills herself, leaving Bond emotionally broken & eventually cold.
As said in my first paragraph, Flemings novel isn't an "action" novel. There is an early assassination/botched bomb attempt in the early chapters (similar to the airport sequence) but it's nowhere near as action heavy as the movie, which follows parkour chases, knife fights & bus/plane explosions, stairway fights & the closing crumbling house set piece.
Narratively Bond meets his allies way earlier, in the movie Vesper & Mathis are introduced around an hour in, whereas in the novel already in the first few chapters, Felix Leiter is introduced very late in the movie and only after Bond is struggling in the Poker game. The whole Dimitrious, Ellipse stuff isn't in the novel.
Main characters:
- James Bond:
Bonds portrayal is very close to the novel. He's described as a very tough man, perfectly shown by Craigs physical appearance, his hard & masculine face & the early corporal fight scenes & chases. His attitude fits the source material. Bond is smart & charming, but he can switch of in any moment to being a ruthless killer.
- Vesper Lynd:
A big part of Vespers character in the novel is her beauty. There are long passages describing everything about her body & face. She certainly is beautiful in the movie, played by the gorgeous Eva Green. Yet in the movie she comes across as much more independent & aware. She's smart in the novel, but much more worthy in a psychological duel with Bond in the movie. In both the movie & novel she is a double agent, who got blackmailed & had to take this identity in order to save her boyfriend, but then fell in love with James.
- Le Chiffre:
Le Chiffre, in both movie & novel is a scary fucking dude. There still is something a bit charming about Mikkelsen presence though. He's described as considerably ugly in the novel, and basically as the epitome of evil. In the movie he comes across as more "human", desperation etc (make no mistake he's a vicious bastard, but he's not the devil).
- M:
The obvious difference is the gender swap in M. In the novel, Bond respects & in some way even fears M. The Bond/M relationship of Flemings books never really translated onto the bigger screen (it's tough to find someone intimidating against the charisma of Connery to be fair) so the change is an interesting touch. While he certainly respects Judi Denchs M, there is more slick and clever dialogue coming out of the conversations.
The Poker Game:
The Poker game in the novel, as basically all of it, is set in France, whereas the movie jumps around Madagascar, the Bahamas, Venice & Montenegro, the latter being the setting of the poker game.
Also, in the novel they play Baccarat, which was very popular at that time, in the movie they play Texas Hold 'Em, which (surprise) was popular in that time. The game itself is similar structured, back and forth until Le Chiffre wins a big one and Bond is in huge desperation but comes back in the last round winning all of it (with the help of Felix Leiters money).
In both movie & novel, Le Chiffre tries to prevent/"attack" Bond during the last hand. In the movie he gets poisoned, which nearly causes him to pass out. In the novel, he is directly physically threatened by a bodyguard of the Le Chiffre with a gun under the table/chair.
Remarkable similarities:
- Practically the entire torture scene is directly taken out of the source material. Bond gets stripped naked and tied up to a chair, then punched to the balls multiple times until the near pass out. Only difference is that in the movie Le Chiffre uses a rope, in the novel it is a carpet beater.
- Some dialogue & lines are extracted out of Flemings novel. Such as the VespeMartini order.
>Three measures of Gordons, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?
Or the iconic line.
>The bitch is dead.
Other differences:
- The whole Mathis alleged double cross plot point only appears in the movie.
- Vespers double cross, signaled by her seeing the man with the eye patch is left to a good bye letter in the novel that Bond reads after she'd poisoned herself. In the movie, she gives the man with the eye patch the money briefcase and after the shoot out in Venice, she traps herself in the elevator and drowns in the crumbling house.
- In the books, the mysterious organization is SMERSH, a russian anti spy organization. In CR it is still unnamed, though in the later Craig films revealed to be SPECTRE.
- The book ends very depressing as her betrayal letter is the last thing. The movie ends on a higher note with Bond capturing Mr White & ending the movie in his iconic introduction lines.
I have certainly missed a ton of differences of both, but I feel like I have done enough to highlight most of them. Here are some of my personal thoughts:
The novel:
I had a ton of fun reading it for the first time. It's certainly colder & much more serious than a lot of James Bond movies but I liked that it felt more grounded and had espionage instead of thrills. There is a lot of political subtext added by Ian Fleming that reflects on the cold war and on spy agents themselves. It also features some great insight on the Poker game as Bonds mind is on full display with mathematical & stochastically relevant information throughout every hand. I think it ends on a very depressing and sad note, setting the tone for the character to come.
The movie:
I have always considered Casino Royale to be one of my favorite movies of all time. I think it's head and shoulders above every other James Bond film and every time I watch it I discover new things I love about it. The way the movie starts, with the cold blooded double-O earning in a noir fashion, then goes over to the gorgeous credit sequence with so much ingenuity sprinkled across it, is amazing. I'm also amazed by the action the movie has. The Parkour chase has some terrific stunt work & innovation. Or the airplane sequence is packed with enormous tension and suspense. Or the closing Venice shoot out is packed with bad ass moments by Bond. A lot of my love for the movie also comes from the cast. It does contain my a.) favorite Felix Leiter (played by Jeffrey Wright), b.) favorite Bond girl (Vesper Lynd by Eva Green), c.) the best M (played by Judi Dench) and one of my favorite Bond villains (played by Mads Mikkelsen, who is as terrific as ever). Martin Campbell has rock solid directing, focussing on the great stuff of the source material and just like in GoldenEye knowing how to introduce a new Bond & a new way of Bond into the franchise. Daniel Craig is relentlessly amazing. He has the charms, he definitely has the looks, he is believable in the kills, he has a soul, he has a heart, he has emotion. Only Connery is better. The movie also looks gorgeous. Not only its vast settings of exotic locations, beautiful women, high class restaurants, cafes or hotels, pieces of clothing and so on, but also its sharp image and cinematography, by Phil Meheux is astounding. Despite being literally written by three people it also contains some ingenious dialogue. Especially the Bond/Vesper interactions flow so crisply and soft. It's a joy to watch every second of it and I could be talking about it for hours.

All in all, Casino Royale is a great novel and in my opinion, an even greater movie which is a faithful adaptation but also adds many layers and new things to it, knowing that it already is part of a 20+ movie series and therefore adding nostalgia, references or treating its timeless main characters legacy with honor and self reflection.
What do you think about Casino Royale, both the novel & the movie?
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An unpopular counter-opinion on Spectre

In view of the newest installation of James Bond coming to the big screen in two months, I wanted to start a discussion about it‘s latest installation: Spectre. Many comments seem to place Spectre in the lower ranks. I wanted to list some of the points that made the movie a well-rounded and worthy step in the development of Daniel Craigs portrayal of James Bond.
Spectre was in my opinion a well-written and directed movie with a unique setting and beautifully shot scenes.
It had a good and explosive start, showed a Bond that fell in love again and also showed a new Blofeld,which we didn‘t have for quite some time. It was interesting to see all the Craig movies being connected by a bigger organisation and an ultimate mastermind behind it. Overall, it exhibited a well thought through script
It had beautiful, long and uncut shots at times, the right amount of action and some comedic relief moments (Sono topolino/I am Mickey Mouse to the bouncer in Rome). The filming locations were impressive and well chosen, like the Maroccan desert, Rome or Altaussee in Austria. It had a top of the line cast for side characters, which might throw someone off, like Monica Bellucci for the Sciarra widow. Sadly she wasn‘t having enough screen time, especially for the amount of money she probably demanded.
There were some things that the consent didn‘t like and I personally have to agree to the following two points:
The reveil of Franz Oberhauser as Ernst Stavro Blofeld was lacking in drama. It was almost predictable. Also, Franz having a personal bone to pick with Bond was a turn to the worse. To think he built an international criminal empire, just to toy with Bond and finally even having a final show-down and loosing seems to be a rather poor choice of action and could be considered as a sign of weak character.
To some, the connection between the movies of Craig‘s Bond was unfulfilling or they just didn‘t like it for some other reason. Personally I figured it made sense that the previous villains had help. There were hints at a larger organisation in Casino Royale and Bond even got on the track of Spectre. The villains of Quantum of Solace were a bit weird and I never figured that movie out really. In Skyfall on the other hand it seemed obvious, that Silva could never have built his syndicate just by himself. He had and needed large scale funding, preferably from an even bigger criminal organisation.
In conclusion I would rank this film as upper mid-tier. It’s a well-rounded movie about a James Bond in the 21st century, trying to deal with demons from his past and seeking closure. There can be both positive and negative points be made, but overall I feel like the positive ones overweigh.
I would be interested if my opinion overlaps with yours or if I am absolutely off. Maybe list something I am idolising or my list is missing.
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A full list of Mandela Effects that have affected me personally.

I have intentionally left out geography locations and flip flops. I posted this list about 8months ago but its dissapeared from my reddit app but still on if i go on the web page for some reason so this list is mainly for me to keep a record and share my experiences so far , enjoy :-)
1.) N.A.S.A. - North American Space Agency > National Aeronautics And Space Administration
2.) Dr Doolittle > Dr Dolittle
3.) Vasoline > Vaseline
4) SEAN William Scott > Seann William Scott
5.) Hellman's > Hellmann's
6.) Gravy GRANUALS > Granules
7.) Rizzla > Rizla
8.) Creation Of Adam - God's Hand Reaching Down > God's Hand Level With Adam's.
9.) Mona Lisa Not Smiling > Smiling
10.) Ford Logo - F has straight crosspoint > curl on crosspoint.
11.) 1 Moon Landing > 6 Moon Landing's
12.) Karma Sutra > Kama Sutra
13.) Macdonalds > McDonald's
14.) Lion's Can Roar > Lion's Can't Roar
15.) Lion's King Of The Jungle > Tiger's K.O.T.J.
16.) The Diary Of Anne Frank > Diary Of A Young Girl
17.) Statue Of Liberty - Ellis Island > Liberty Island
18.) Marshmellow > Marshmallow
19.) Mary Poppins - Spoonful Of Sugar HELPS The Medicine Go Down > MAKES The Medicine Go Down
20.) Capricorn Sign - A Goat > A Goat Fish
21.) Ford KIA > KI^
22.) Phillips TV > Philips
23.) Little Tykes > Little Tikes
24.) nintendo > Nintendo
25.) Donna Summers > Donna Summer
26.) Doc Martins > Doc Martens
27.) Fabreeze > Febreze
28.) Large HALDRON Collider > Hadron
29.) TOBASCO sauce > Tabasco
30.) HILARY Clinton > Hillary
31.) Chilli > Chili
33.) iPhone > IPhone
34.) Hello Clarice > Good Morning Clarice
35.) E.T. - Opening Credits WHITE > Purple
36.) Goodfellas - Opening Credits WHITE > Red
37.) Wheatabix > Weetabix
38.) Rice CRISPIES > Rice Krispies
39.) Great Pyramid - 4 Sides > 8 Sides
40.) Great Pyramid - Centre > On The Right
41.) Stomach Where The Belly Button Is > Bottom Of Rib Cage
42.) Heart On Left > Left Centre
43.) Committed > Commited
44.) Dilemna > Dilemma
45.) Pajamas > Pyjamas
46.) Griffindor > Gryffindor
47.) T2 - JUDGEMENT Day > Judgment day
48.) I'll Huff And I'll Puff And I'll Blow Your House DOWN > Blow Your House In
49.) MIRROR ,Mirror On The Wall > Magic Mirror
50.) Who's The Fairest Of Them All > One Of All
51.) ' You Want The Truth, You Can't Handle The Truth ' > ' You Can't Handle The Truth '
52.) Sherbert > Sherbet
53.) Buisness > Business
54.) Brussel Sprouts > Brussels Sprouts
55.) Anatomy - Small 1 Piece Liver > Large 2 Lobe Liver
56.) Bill Haley And The Comets > His Comets
57.) Tony The Tiger - Black Nose > Blue Nose
58.) Burma > Myanmar
59.) Film - Jupiter Rising > Jupiter Ascending
60.) Mr Moneybags > Rich Uncle Pennybags
61.) Monopoly - Monacle > No Monacle
62.) Chumbawumba > Chumbawamba
63.) Cruella Deville > Cruella De Vil
64.) ' Take my Strong Hand ' > ' Little Hand '
65.) ' I See White People ' > ' I See Dead People '
66.) Keenan & Kel > Kenan & Kel
67.) ' The Names Bond, James Bond ' > My names Bond, James Bond
68.) Seperate > Separate
69.) Lay-Z-Boy > La-Z-Boy
70.) Jim Carey > Jim Carrey
71.) Cadbury's > Cadbury
72.) Malteasers > Maltesers
73.) First Bond Film - Casino Royale > Dr No
74.) Easter Island Statues - No Hats > Hats
75.) Cindy Doll > Sindy Doll
76.) Laughing Cow - Gold Nose Ring and Gold Earrings > Cheese Wheel Earrings
77.) Carribean > Caribbean
78.) Thinker Statue - Hand On Head > On Chin
79.) Tweedledee & Tweedledum - Propellars On Hats > Tweedledum & Tweedledee - Flags On Hats
80.) Roy Schneider > Roy Scheider
81.) Julius Ceasar > Caesar
82.) Morpheus - ' What If I Told You ' > Not Said
83.) Shaggy's Adam's Apple > No Adam's Apple
84.) Phrase - ' For all Intensive Purposes ' > ' For All Intents And Purposes '
86.) Beckon Call > Beck and Call
87.) Tender Hooks > Tenter Hooks
88.) Madeline McCann > Madeleine McCann
89.) Tumeric > Turmeric
90.) Iburofen > Ibuprofen
91.) Bud Lite > Bud Light
92.) Green Mile mouse - Mr Bojangles > Mr Jingles
93.) Spiderman > Spider-Man
94.) Amelia Earhardt > Amelia Earhart
95.) My True Love GAVE To Me > Sent to me
96.) Quote : ' That's Not A Knife, THIS Is A Knife > That's A Knife
97.) Phrase- Chomp At The Bit > Champ At The Bit
98.) Phrase - All The Range > All The Rage
99.) Whacky Races ' Catch The Pigeon ' > ' Stop The Pigeon '
100.) Kit-Kat > Kit Kat
101.) Warewolf > Werewolf
102.) Wilderbeast > Wildbeest
103.) D.E.A. - Drug Enforcement Agency > Drug Enforcement Administration
104.) Jackson 5 - 5 Members > 7 Members
105.) Term - Card Shark > Card Sharp
106.) Song Lyrics : ' What Is Love, BABY Don't Hurt Me > Lady Don't Hurt Me
107.) Song Lyrics : ' I'm A Barbie Girl, In A Barbie World > The Barbie World
108.) Oliver : ' Please Sir, CAN I HAVE some more > I want some more
109.) Nikolai Tesla > Nikola Tesla
110.) Erwin Schröedinger > Schrödinger
111.) Hanna Barberra > Hanna-Barbera
112.) Frankenstein - ' HE'S Alive ' > It's Alive
113.) Glenfell Tower > Grenfell Tower
114.) Donald Duck - Neck Kerchief > Red Bow Tie
115.) Ficus Plant > Ficus Tree
116.) Margerine > Margarine
117.) Barbeque > Barbecue
118.) Daylight Savings Time > Daylight Saving Time
119.) Sweets - Tootie Frooties > Tootie Fruities
120.) TV Show - Barbaar The Elephant > Babar The Elephant
121.) Cat Food - Whiskers > Whiskas
122.) Klu Klux Klan > Ku Klux Klan
123.) Baron Trump > Barron Trump
124.) Inspector Gadget - Mustache > No Mustache
125.) Henry VIII - Holding Turkey Leg > Not Holding Turkey Leg
126.) Guinness Book Of Records > Guinness World Records
127.) Plane Engines under wing > Engines In Front Of Wing
128.) Dracula - ' I Want To Suck Your Blood ' > Never Said
129.) Scooby Doo - ' We Would Of Gotten Away With It Too, If It Weren't For Those Meddling Kids ' > Never Said
130.) Toys R Us > Toys (Reverse R) Us
131.) Song Lyric : ' RIDING In A One Horse Open Sleigh ' > Gliding In A One Horse ....
132.) Song Lyrics : ' 3 Little Birds, Sat On My Window ' > ' ... Birds , Pitched By My Doorstep '
133.) Song Title - Country Roads > (Take Me Home) Country Roads
134.) ' MERRY Christmas To All And To All A Good Night ' > Happy Christmas To All....
135.) The Grinch Who Stole Christmas > How The Grinch Stole Christmas
136.) Forrest Gump - ' I MAY Not Be A Smart Man, But I Know What Love Is ' > I'm Not A Smart Man..
137.) Meatloaf > Meat Loaf
138.) Barbara Streisand > Barbra Streisand
139.) Tinkerbell > Tinker Bell
140.) Grease Lightning > Greased Lightnin'
141.) WE'RE Gonna Need A Bigger Boat > You're
142.) Selsum Blue > Selsun Blue
143.) Song Lyrics : ' You've Been STRUCK By A Smooth Criminal ' > ' ... Hit By A Smooth Criminal '
144.) Robert Deniro > Robert De Niro
145.) Mother Theresa > Mother Teresa
146.) Cadbury's CREAM Egg > Creme Egg
147.) Absolute Vodka > Absolut Vodka
148.) Song Lyrics : ' How Deep Is Your Love, I Really NEED TO KNOW ' > ' ... Mean To Learn '
149.) Innoculate > Inoculate
150.) Harry Houdini Died Whilst Performing A Magic Trick > Appendicitus In Hospital
151.) Gobstoppers > Gobstopper
152.) Zapruder Film Originally In Black And White > Doesn't Exist
153.) J.F.K. - 4 Seater - 6 Seater
154.) An Interview With A Vampire > ..The Vampire
155.) Michaelangelo > Michelangelo
156.) Cheez Itz > Cheez It
157.) King Tut's Mask - 1 Snake > 2 Snakes
158.) King Tut - 12yr Old When He Died > 19yrs
159.) Jimmy Saville > Savile
160.) Bruce Lee Shot Dead On Set > Died In Hospital With Cerebral Edema
161.) WW1 : 1914 - 1919 > 1914 - 1919
162.) CD+R > Never Existed
163.) Barrack Obama > Barack Obama
164.) Macintosh > McIntosh
165.) Seasame Street > Sesame Street
166.) Big Bird All Yellow > Orange Legs, White Fringe
167.) Jungle Book - ' I Couldn't Be Fonder Of My New Home ' > ' I Couldn't Be Found Of My Home '
168.) Alex The Kidd > Alex Kidd In Miracle World
169.) Acknowledgement > Acknowledgment
170.) Dan Ackroyd > Dan Aykroyd
171.) Courtney Cox > Courteney Cox
172.) Film Title : They Live ! > They Live
173.) Alfa Romero > Alfa Romeo
174.) Tumeric > Turmeric
175.) Doughnuts > Donuts
176.) Toby Maguire > Tobey Maguire
177.) Moby Dick > Moby-Dick
178.) Brylcream > Brylcreem
179.) Heart The Size Of 1 Fist > 2 Fists
180.) Movie Title : Fists Of Fury > Fist Of Fury
181.) Willy Wonka's Hat - Purple > Brown
182.) Willy Wonka Quote : ' You Do know What Happened To The BOY Who Got Everything He Ever Wanted, Don't You? ' > ' Don’t forget what happened to the MAN who suddenly got everything he wanted. '
183.) Life IS Like A Box Of Chocolates > Life WAS Like A Box Of Chocolates
184.) Advisor > Adviser
185.) Cheverolet > Chevrolet
186.) Worcester Sauce > Worcestershire Sauce
187.) Objects In The Mirror MAYBE Closer Than They Appear > .... Are Closer Than They Appear
188.) Betty Eggleton > Eagleton
189.) Airdree > Airdrea
190.) Bubbalicious > Bubblicious
191.) Song Lyrics : ' Don't BREAK My Heart, My Achy Breaky Heart ' > Don't tell My Heart .......
192.) Film Title : Stockade > Cadence
193.) Allah akbar > Allahu Akbar
194.) Latoya Jackson > La Toya Jackson
195.) How To Kill A Mockingbird > To Kill A Mockingbird
196.) Possum > Opossum
197.) Song Lyrics : ' Sweet Dreams Are Made Of THESE ' > ' Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This
198.) Flintstones : ' Wilma, I'm Home ' > Never Said
199.) Star Trek : ' Beam me up, Scotty ' > Never Said
200.) Country - Columbia > Colombia
201.) Movie Title : The Sandlot Kids > The Sandlot
202.) Lionel Ritchie > Lionel Richie
203.) Bette Middler > Bette Midler
204.) Betty Boo > Betty Boop
205.) Song Lyrics : ' The Best Things In Life ARE Free ' > The Best Things In Life They're Free
206.) Song Lyrics : ' Never Meant To Make Your Daughter Cry, I Apologise A THOUSAND Times ' > ' ...... I Apologise A Trillion Times '
207.) Song Lyrics : ' I see A Bad Moon A Rising ' > ' I See The Bad Moon Rising '
208.) Sarah Michelle Geller > Gellar
209.) Pharoah > Pharaoh
210.) Song Lyrics : ' It's A Hard Knock Life ' > ' It's The Hard Knock Life '
211.) Withdrawl > Withdrawal
212.) Toys : Playschool > Playskool
213.) U.S.S.R. - United Soviet Socialist Republic > Union Of Soviet Socialist Republics
214.) Charlie Bit My Finger > Charlie Bit Me
215.) Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes - Set 8 Years After Original Film > Set 10 Years After
216.) Bolognaise > Bolognese
217.) Oxy Clean > Oxi Clean
218.) Sally Fields > Sally Field
219.) Song Lyrics : ' What Would You DO If I Sang Out Of Tune ' > ' What Would You Think ....... '
220.) Lasagna > Lasagne
221.) Pidgeon > Pigeon
222.) Expresso > Never Existed
223.) War OF The Planet Of The Apes > War FOR The Planet Of The Apes
224.) Battleships Board Game > Battleship
225.) Earwigs Couldn't Fly > Earwigs CAN Fly
226.) Julius Caesar First Emperor Of Rome > Augustus
227.) Ryannair > Ryanair
228.) Boys Stop Growing At Age 21 > Age 16-18
229.) Red Hot Chilli Peppers > Chili Peppers
230.) Cellotape > Sellotape
231.) Transformers : Dark Side Of The Moon > Dark Of The Moon
232.) Song Lyrics : ' Ain't THAT A Kick In The Head ' > ' Ain't LOVE A Kick In The Head
233.) Phrase : ' Just Desserts ' > ' Just Deserts '
234.) Daddy Long Legs > Cellar Spiders
235.) StraightJacket > StraitJacket
236.) Wookie > Wookiee
237.) Movie Title : Up! > Up
238.) Karate kid Headband - Red Rising Sun > White Lotus Flower
239.) Miss Piggy - Mole On Cheek > No Mole
240.) Statue Of Liberty - Bare Ankles > Shackles On Ankles
241.) ' Luke, I Am Your Father ' > ' No, I Am Your Father '
242.) We Are The Champions.. Of The World > No ' Of The World ' At The End
243.) Ghandi > Gandhi
244.) 'Me Tarzan, You Jane' > Never Said
245.) Blue Ribbon > Blue Riband
246.) Doctor Who > Dr Who
247.) ' If You Build It , THEY Will Come ' > ' ... HE Will Come '
248.) 52 U.S. States > 50 States
249.) VW Logo No Gap > Gap
250.) Wiley Coyote > Wile E Coyote
251.) Jack The Ripper Killed 11 > Killed 5
252.) Marseilles, France > Marseille
253.) Raisin Bran - Sun Had Shades > No Glasses
254.) Song Title : Gangster's Paradise > Gangsta's Paradise
255.) Song Title : Hit Me Baby One More Time > Baby One More Time
256.) Can You Smell What The Rock Is Cooking > If You Smell What The Rock Is Cooking
257.) Flintstones : Bam Bam Rubble > Bamm-Bamm Rubble
258.) St John's Ambulance > St John Ambulance
259.) Song Lyrics : 'Footloose, Footloose Kick Off YOUR Sunday Shoes > ' ...THE Sunday Shoes '
260.) Mad Max - Beyond THE Thunderdome > Beyond Thunderdome
261.) Wall Murial > Wall Mural
262.) Heinz Meanz Beanz > Beanz Meanz Heinz
263.) Three Amigos > ¡Three Amigos!
264.) Aladdin - Arabian > Aladdin - Chinese
265.) Beavis And Butthead > Beavis And Butt-Head
266.) Shell Logo : The Word 'SHELL' At The Top With A Shell Image Underneath > No Word At Top
267.) A-Team - Mad Dog Murdock > Howling Mad Murdock
268.) Vick's Vapour Rub > Vick's VapoRub
269.) Cup O' Noodles > Cup Noodles
270.) Charlie And The Chocolate Factory > Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory (1971 film)
271.) Cheryl Crow - Sheryl Crow
272.) Pavillion > Pavilion
273.) Videgame : Grand Tourismo > Gran Turismo
274.) Aladdin - Return Of Jafaar > Jafar
275.) Matrix : ' Mr Anderson , We've Been Expecting You ' > Never Said
276.) Soccer Player : Lucas Modric > Luka Modrić
277.) Soccer Player : Roberto Firminio > Roberto Firmino
278.) Soccer Player : Saido Mane > Sadio Mané
279.) Song Lyrics : ' Where The Eagles FLY, On A Mountain High ' > ' Where The Eagles CRY.....
280.) Snow White And The Seven Dwarves > Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
281.) Little Mermaid - Sebastian Yellow Eyes > Back To White
282.) Roger Rabbit - White Eyes > Blue Eyes
283.) Mr Deeds - ' Want Me To Wipe The Leaves On Your Ficus PLANT, Preston ' > ' ...... Ficus TREE '
284.) ' Wee Willie Winkie RUNNING Through The Town ' > ' ... RUNS Through The Town
285.) Song Lyrics : ' When I Grow Up, I Wanna See The World, Drive Nice Cars, I Wanna Have Boobies ' > ' .... I Wanna Have Groupies '
286.) Film Title : Rocky And Bullwinkle > The Adventures Of Rocky And Bullwinkle
287.) Supermissive Black Hole > Supermassive
288.) Broach > Brooch
289.) Song Title : Promiscious Girl > Promiscuous
290) Film Title : Face Off > Face/Off
291.) Susannah Reid > Susanna
292.) R2D2 - No Wires On Feet > Wires On Feet
293.) C3po - All Gold > Silver Leg, Wires On Stomach, Black Palms, Antenna
294.) Song Lyrics : ' You Scumbag, You Maggot, You Cheap Lousy Faggot, Happy Christmas Your Arse, AND THANK God It's Our Last ' > ' .... I PRAY God It's Our Last
295.) Speech - ' I HAD A Dream ' > ' I HAVE A Dream '
296.) Gettysburg Address : ' Fourscore And Seven Years Ago Our FORFATHERS Brought Forth On This Continent... ' > ' ..... Our FATHERS ..... '
297.) Sex In The City > Sex And The City
298.) Arethra Franklin > Aretha Franklin
299.) Haley's Comet > Halley's Comet
300.) Sonic's Arms Blue > Bare
301.) Paddington Yellow Coat > Blue Coat
302.) U.K. Passport 2 Lions > Lion & A Unicorn
303.) Homer Simpson - 3 Strands Of Hair > 2 Strands Of Hair
304.) Spelling - Villiage > Village
305.) Ronald McDonald's Hair - Fuzzy > Straight
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My thoughts on the Bonds. Just fast and quick.

Connery. A good Bond honestly till Diamonds are Forever, DAF is a weak Bond movie one that seems to drag imho it's by far his worst Eon Bond.
I actually like Thunderball more then Goldfinger i know it's a unpopular opinion but it interests me more.
Never say never again was good all things considered and sorta wish we could have seen more non Eon bonds.
OHMSS Bond. He was decent but I wish at times he would have stayed on just to see what the future held if we overlook egos and money and all that bs, He could have saved us from DAF.
Moore. I actually enjoy his movies. The Man with The Golden Gun is underrated and under appreciated and is my favorite of the Moores actually. Sure was there some goofiness and silliness yes but I've seen worse. I wish they did more with Live and Let Die with the whole Voodoo and new Orleans aspect. New Orleans is a creepy city. Maybe had a chase threw one of their cemeteries at night.
Dalton. I thought I wouldnt like him as a Bond but imho he is the best most interesting bond and he fits the kinda movies I like more action.
License To Kill is one of my favorites in general and his best work. Shame the 3rd and more got all messed up cause he would have been better to me then what we got later.
Brosnan. Goldeneye is his best movie and the rest are lackluster to me. I literally fall asleep through them. Plus why the goofiness and cheese level. You can say Moore is cheesy and goofy Brosnan wasnt much better at a time when he could have brought back more spy action he gave us more Lasers and goofy cheesy Gadgets.
Craig. Probably my 2nd favorite Bond. Casino Royale and Skyfall are very good. But Quantum of Solace and Spectre are weak. Spectre was yawn except for the train scene with Batista.
Plus the new M and Q just dont do anything for me and if Q is around then how come little cool weapons. I guess in this age it's hard to make something actually good anymore tbh.
I plan to go see the latest on in theaters.
My favorite thing about all the bonds is Locations, women and the fun of it all. Some of the most beautiful scenery ever in a movie in my opinions.
I just hope they figure out who the next Bond is and for me its gotta be James. I know they said it will be James Bond but I dont trust moviemakers today.
It's a boring post but just my opinions
Craig Dalton Connery Moore Ohmss Brosnan
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The Daniel Craig “James Bond” films do not deserve the hate they are getting (and Craig is good as Bond)

I always thought pretty much everyone liked the newest Bond series, and I’ve always found them to be enjoyable and well made. But recently they seem to be getting a lot of hate.
Obviously all 4 movies have a lot of the same plot devices. That’s kinda just how this series is. With Bond, there’s just certain things you have to include, like the Bond girl, fighting an assassin, chase scenes, exotic locations. These are just the main traits of this series of movies. What makes them interesting is seeing how the filmmakers are going to handle this for each new movie, how they are going to keep it fresh. And I think they’ve done a great job of that for the most part.
Now to be clear, I don’t think “Quantum” and “Spectre” are incredible movies, but they are very solid and enjoyable. However, “Casino Royale” And “Skyfall” are really great movies. They have excellent cinematography, overall good writing, good acting, and genuinely convey the feeling of Bond in a way that keeps it fresh.
I also think Craig does a great job as Bond for the most part. Can he be a little cold at times? Sure, but that’s just his take on the character. I can see if you don’t prefer his take, but he really owns the character in my opinion. Being a Millennial, Daniel Craig is James Bond to me and a lot of people my age.
If you don’t like the movies, that’s fine. I myself enjoy them. But I really don’t think they are bad movies from a critical perspective.
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'Spectre' is Underrated...

First off, I know, this is probably (maybe) the millionth time you guys have seen this (but not from me). And let me just say that I don't think it's a 9/10 or anything. When I say "underrated", I mean that it's better than its 60/100 reputation. I'd give it a 75/100, myself. Here's why:
  1. Lea Seydoux's Madeline Swann is the most effective Bond girl turn since Eva Green's Vesper Lynd - by far - and a great performance in its own right (okay, say what you want about Judi Dench's M, but come on). Any good Bond girl needs to be more than a mere damsel in distress or beauty queen. But in terms of series tradition, they DO need to be in distress - and being beautiful is also part of the job description. Seydoux brought a genuine feeling of emotional scarring to her character that made me believe her, and to sympathize with her, but also learn not to underestimate her. And she had great chemistry with Daniel Craig such that her carryover to Bond 25 has been a warmly greeted one. Did their romance happen a little too easily? Sure. But when your name is James Bond...how hard do you really have to work for it? Doesn't change the fact that Seydoux turned in a great performance in the series.
  2. Craig finally got his 'memorable henchman' in Dave Bautista's Mr. Hinx, and their fight scene on the train echoed the rougher fight arrangement of From Russia With Love. Skyfall's Patrice may have been in a good role, but he was ultimately limited in how much of an impression he made and how many 'Bond villain henchman' boxes he checked. Bautista was a massive, cunning, interestingly gimmicked (metal thumbnails and twin-barrel sidearm) relic from a bygone Bond era that I think is one of the requirements in terms of really making Daniel Craig's tenure feel like it stands beside Sean Connery's and Roger Moore's (let me just go ahead and slight Lazenby, Dalton, and Brosnan here) in terms of cinematic spectacle.
  3. Playing off of the above point, Spectre is such a retro Bond film that it feels like a 'greatest hits' with its villainous archetypes, set pieces, bad guy lairs, fight scenes, etc., it was a welcome trip down memory lane. Skyfall set up the possibility for a more 'Bond'y Daniel Craig Bond film, and Spectre paid it off. For better or worse (for better, in my eyes).
  4. Production design. From the opening in Mexico City, to Hoyte van Hoytema's classy cinematography (it rivaled Deakins' work in Skyfall, IMO), to Rome, to the set pieces, to the costuming, it's a gorgeous film to look at. They spared no expense. Every hair was in place, every 'i' dotted, every 't' crossed, and combination of practical effects and stuntwork, on-location filming, and gorgeous cinematography made for some truly gripping moments.
But, again, I don't think it's a perfect film, above reproach, or Daniel Craig's best Bond film. Elements of it are my favorite in the series, but it's a bit of an uneven experience:
  1. Christoph Waltz's Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Unlike the majority, I actually do like Waltz's performance in this role. He was born to play a Bond villain, and maybe that's part of the issue with how he was received (because he didn't really live up to astronomical expectations), but I liked his work. And the previous 3 films really established 'personal' villains. The stories took them to personal places. So I understand the instinct here to do that...but what was the point of Blofeld and Bond sharing an origin and all that "cuckoo" stuff? I mean, I don't hate it, it didn't ruin it for me, but it's pointless. Blofeld didn't establish SPECTRE just to toy with James Bond. That's not my problem with it. The motivations for the previous films' plots are intact, and it's revealed that the financier behind all of them (and we knew that they all had financiers - or in the case of Silva highly suspected) was Blofeld and his SPECTRE organization, which he established for his own ideological reasons and personal gain. The personal history between him and Blofeld, that's why he killed his father, why the personal disdain between him and Bond. But that personal disdain amounts to nothing. The emotional angle of it is flat. It's almost irrelevant to the film, itself, where the plot is about the international 'Nine Eyes' surveillance/spy network and how this terrorist organization will benefit from it. It's solely about providing opportunity for exposition regarding Bond's characterization and for the vocal barbs between himself and Blofeld. And that's just not really enough...
  2. Bond defeats Blofeld by shooting down his helicopter...with a sidearm. Okay, sure, if you place your rounds directly on the rotary mechanism, you'll plausibly break something. But who in the world can hit a helicopter at distance, speeding away, with a short-range weapon? I need more than that, guys. That's a stretch.
  3. The number of twists and turns made it feel a bit long. The plot felt like it was over when Bond blew up Blofeld's base (also too easy). But then we have another half hour of film after that or so, give or take...
So those are my thoughts. I think Spectre is a pretty good movie, and an even better Bond film. I'd rank it:
  1. Casino Royale - 90/100
  2. Skyfall - 88/100
  3. Spectre - 75/100
  4. Quantum of Solace - 65/100
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5 years later, I finally finished the novels... here are my thoughts

5 years to the week after I started, I finished all of Fleming's Bond novels (for the record, it didn't take me 5 years to actually read them, I just didn't read them all at once). I had fun reading them, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend them to someone who wasn't an actual Bond fan... other than a handful of them, they're not amazing books in and of themselves. However they're definitely enjoyable if you're into the movies because they help expand the lore. It's also really cool to see what the movies drew from the books, what they didn't, and how the movies even began influencing the novels. Here are some of my thoughts.
*Minor spoilers ahead

The highs:
Live and Let Die - Maybe my favorite. I can't remember the last time I read a book and felt genuine fear of the villain the way I did in LALD. It's also a very personal revenge story, similar to Licence to Kill. It was interesting to see how parts of this book made it into 4 different Bond movies. I also think this one was really well-told and well-paced as a spy thriller. It does have a lot of 60s era racism, so be prepared for that if you read it.
From Russia With Love - Famously JFK's favorite book. It's pretty true to the movie, but I think that the book develops the shady criminal organization a little bit better. Bond doesn't even show up until halfway through, as the entire first part is a setup to the slow burn that ultimately results a spectacular finish. It also provides an interesting window into Soviet espionage operations based on Fleming's own knowledge. As far as spy novels go, this is truly one of the best slow burn espionage Cold War thrillers.
Moonraker - Unexpectedly one of the best. Other than the title and name of the villain, it (fortunately) has nothing in common with the movie. Hugo Drax, instead of being the space nazi that we know from the movie, is an aerospace government contractor with shady WWII origins. A lot of fun to read, but fair warning: there is a LOT of bridge. But the details don't matter... there is enough context to the bridge scenes that you can still understand what's happening without knowing how the game works.
Thunderball - Another one where the movie adaptation was very faithful, but the book was just that much better. There is more detail in the explanation of SPECTRE's organization and leadership structure. The book hits all the same beats as the movie, but with more of Fleming's trademark flair.
If you're a casual fan and aren't planning to read all of the novels, any or all of these four would be ones I'd recommend. I left out Casino Royale because, while it's an excellent book, the movie is a very faithful adaptation so if you have seen the movie, there will be no surprises while reading the book.

The lows:
Dr. No - While Fleming is known for the fantastical elements of his stories, Dr. No begins to border on the absurd. The climax where Bond has to escape an obstacle course and then fight a giant squid is a little much even by Fleming's standards.
The Spy Who Loved Me - Not really a spy story, very low stakes, not much room for character development, and overall doesn't quite vibe with the rest of the series.
007 in New York - The hell did I just read?

A few more random thoughts:
-There are things the movies definitely improved on. One thing some of them do well is leave out some of the more unreal and absurd elements from the books. The movies also vastly improve on the locations. The novels almost entirely take place in Western Europe, the US, and the Caribbean. Another thing is the women. While there are some movie Bond girls who are just dumb and cute damsel-in-distress types, there are just as many who are strong and cool and have their own agenda. The books only contain the former.
-The villains always have great backstories in the books that were frequently thrown away for the movies. Most of them have their origins in WWII, the USSR, or the Cuban revolution. One example is that Le Chiffre in the books was a Holocaust survivor, which makes his origin way more interesting (obviously, you'd have to update this so it makes sense with the times but the movies frequently don't focus on the villain's backstory).
-The books also show the actual tedium of being a spy. Fleming brings up the fact that the job is mostly paperwork with one or two major jobs a year. Of course, Bond doing paperwork wouldn't make for an exciting movie, but it still would be cool if they would at least touch on that.
-Felix is much more interesting in the books, mainly because *spoiler for a book that's over 50 years old* he gets attacked by a shark in book #2 and spends the rest of the novels as a private eye with a peg leg and a hook hand.
-Maybe an unpopular opinion, but I was never able to buy James and Tracy's relationship in the movie OHMSS. The book presents it much better and it doesn't seem nearly as forced, namely because you have more of Bond's inner monologue rationalizing it.
-Ian Fleming LOVES food, clothing, and flowers. These things are described in unnecessarily vivid detail throughout the novels.
-Fleming seems to have cast his own actor to play James Bond. In two separate instances in the first couple of books, people tell Bond he looks like Hoagy Carmichael, an actor who I had to Google to see what he looked like. I think this was his way of telling the audience which actor should be playing Bond when you picture him in your head.
-Usually we talk about how the movies were influenced by the books, but it was cool to see ways that the books were actually influenced by the movies. For example, after Connery started playing the character, Fleming gave Bond a Scottish origin. (EDIT: See comments for correction). Also, Fleming later adapts Bond's catchphrase from the movies when in Octopussy, he tells someone his name is "Bond, James Bond." (It may have occurred earlier, this is just the first instance I noticed).

I'd like to hear your thoughts, if you agree or disagree with anything, or have any thoughts or trivia to add. I usually don't write this much on the internet but this was the best place to share my thoughts so thank you for coming to my TED talk.

tl;dr: The novels are fun. Better in some ways than their respective movies, much improved upon in others. LALD, FRWL, MR, and TB are the ones most worth reading IMO.
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So I just watched all these Bond films for the first time and ranked them

I've seen the Brosnan/Craig era films but I never saw the originals. Currently watching in order, and here's my rankings. Tell me if it lines up with the general consensus. I'm not including the ones I've seen previously that I mentioned. I'm going to rank them when I rewatch them (Goldeneye, Casino Royale, etc.)
Casino Royale - This movie is too damn perfect. I remember watching it once when it came out and I haven't really seen it in full since then, but this time I got to really appreciate how amazing it is. What made OHMSS so great, this movie did better with the Bond/Vesper dynamic. Bond was as human as he could ever be in this movie, ranging from his flaws to his emotions to his mission. Not a single gadget was used in this movie, yet it didn't need any. Bond was as Bond as he could ever be. The homages to previous films weren't forced either like others (*cough*Die Another Day*cough*). I particularly loved the new take on the barrel sequence being Bond's first kill as a 00 agent, going right into the theme song (which is also one of my favorites). There's nothing too crazy in this film, just a good ol' fashion spy film with some good action sprinkled in between. This was the perfect balance of everything that makes Bond, cementing the fact that this is the best Bond film period. And I have to add this in here - "now the whole world is going to know you died scratching my balls" is quite possibly one of the greatest lines in the history of everything, let alone it being my favorite line in this series. Classic James Bond right there, as with everything in this movie. Being that I'm pretty positive at this point nothing is going to top this, I'm going over the scale here. 11/10
GoldenEye - I saw this movie growing up, so I tried to be as objective as possible so that it didn't take away from the following film with my own nostalgia. But as much as I tried to make the case that this wasn't the best Bond film so far, I couldn't. This movie is phenomenal. It is not only one of the best Bond films, but honestly one of the best action films period. Brosnan arguably had the best debut performance out of all the Bond actors before him. You could actually see the emotional turmoil he had for Alec's "death" and the eventual realization of his betrayal. Sean Bean is the epitome of a Bond villain, portraying 006 with perfection. Xenia is arguably the best Bond henchman ever, let alone being a henchwoman. Boris probably the best comedic relief of the series as well, and let's not underrate Gottfried John's performance as General Orumov. An absolute superb showing from everyone involved, in a plot that exemplifies Bond's strengths and weaknesses and highlights the theme M alludes to of Bond being a relic of the Cold War. Natalya wasn't a bad sidekick either, being able to hold her own throughout. The fact that they had to run with a plot completely void of Fleming's influence turned out to be a miracle that it ended up actually saving the franchise. Forgive me if any nostalgia may have gotten in the way of reviewing this, but I can't argue against it being the best so far considering it contained so many "bests-of" of the series itself (006,Xenia,the surrounding cast). Might have to go back and play the videogame when everything is said and done. 10/10
OHMSS - Without a doubt the best film up to this point so far. Great plot and chemistry between the actors. Best Blofeld imo, and so far the best Bond girl. You actually get to see Bond's emotions for the first time, and probably the most down to earth version of him. Loved the setting as well. Lazenby is criminally underrated and wish he stuck around. There's a lot of this movie that I can't really put into words how great it is. Just watch it yourself and you'll see why. 10/10
The Living Daylights - Holy crap, this was an amazing film. Dalton arguably nailed the first impression better than the ones before him. Maryam d'Abo put up an amazing performance as well. This was a film where the girl finally can hold her own and do some ballsy stuff, and actually saves Bond's life a few times. The film was action packed, but it also had some great espionage scenes throughout making this a true Bond film. Nothing crazy, just a few gadgets that are used sparingly and in ways that pay off. To be quite honest, it came really close to dethroning OHMSS. The one thing OHMSS has that sets it over the edge is seeing Bond's human element at his most vulnerable. The chemistry between Lazenby and Rigg was a bit better as well, but nothing to overshine Dalton/d'Abo's performance. Another one of those underrated classics that don't get enough mention, along with the following film after this on the list. Just a superb film through in and out. 10/10
For Your Eyes Only - I've never seen anyone put this movie on a pedestal before or even give it the amount of praise some of the other films received. But wow, this was a hidden gem and just an awesome standalone film, even if you forget it's James Bond. Another movie with great chemistry, albeit I wish Melina's actress could act better. But at least she made for a very competent and awesome Bond girl. It's awesome to see a girl in these films that can handle their own and not have to rely on Bond for everything. Julian Glover is an awesome villain too. Roger Moore was at his peak here imo. I love this movie. 10/10
Goldfinger - I see why people love this film. You got the entertaining villains. Bond's gadgetry really shines here, and it doesn't become overwhelmingly ridiculous like in later films. There's some great dialogue too, so even in the scenes with zero action you still are entertained. Connery was at his peak here and never quite matched it again. Honestly nothing left to say that hasn't already been said about this film. I wasn't entertained by it as my top two though, but probably the closest one. 10/10
The Spy Who Loved Me - There's a noticeable dropoff imo in how much I was entertained by the top three and this film. Still, it's a great film and it has the campy charm of the Roger Moore era while still maintaining a realistic approach. I wish Anya shined more in this film. The first half it had me believing she would be Bond's match but in the 2nd half she clearly played 2nd fiddle to everything and I was disappointed by that. The action scenes were awesome, although the ending was quite anticlimactic. Honestly a lot of this movie has lost potential, but it makes up for it with everything else. Also Jaws. 9/10
Octopussy - Wow. This blew away my expectations, all things considered since this movie was panned heavily by critics and what I thought was the general consensus among Bond fans. This is actually a great film. There was a lot of cliche moments and some cheesy quips by Bond and company, but that aside the movie kept me entertained all the way through. Another one of those realistic plots, this time returning to some nice Cold War action. I mean, aside from the ridiculous Octopussy cult but it's a Bond film so you kinda sort of have to expect that. It also threw me off a few times. From the beginning I thought General Orlov was going to be the big bad, but turns out he was just sort of a pawn for Khan's money making scheme. I appreciate that sort of twist, along with the good amount of memorable henchman in this film. Maud Adams was much better this go around than in TMWTGG as well. And as hilariously ridiculous Bond in a clown suit was, I've sort of grown to appreciate that sort of charm from the Moore era. As long the movies don't focus on these types of antics the entire time (see: Moonraker), it's good for a laugh in-between all the seriousness of the movie. Also Q gets some field time, which is awesome. 9/10
Thunderball - Less campy than Goldfinger and back down to earth like the earlier films, which isn't a bad thing because I actually prefer those types of Bond films. But it sort of drags on. There's some decent action here as well, like the underwater fight scene and Bond infiltrating Largo's villa. But aside from that, way too much water and way too much running around doing seemingly nothing. If they polished the movie a bit more and cut down on some scenes, noticeably the beginning at the rehab and the parade scene...this could have been a fantastic film, because the entire cast is awesome. Loved Largo as a villain and Leiter's portrayal as Bond's sidekick. Domino was one of my favorite Bond girls while watching this (RIP Claudine Auger). Fiona was a pretty awesome femme fatale. Overall still a great movie, just could have been executed a lot better. 9/10
Quantum of Solace - I liked this film a lot. I knew going in it wasn't going to be as good as Casino Royale, and that was okay. A lot of people thought this movie was disappointing, but I couldn't disagree more. It was a satisfying conclusion to the Vesper saga left on a cliffhanger of the previous film. The parallels between Camille and Bond seeking revenge for the deaths of a loved one played out quite well in this movie, allowing Bond to see a reflection of himself in her and eventually giving him the strength to not kill Vesper's boyfriend who turns out to be a member of Quantum abusing women in foreign intelligence to get information. That and also the countless times he needed to be reminded to not kill everybody he sees by M, it all coming together as a growing process for him to become more calculated in his actions instead of shoot first act later. That being said, this movie suffered a deal from the writer's strike. I sincerely believe with more time and dedication into finishing this movie proper, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace would have been an amazing 1-2 punch that could probably have gone hand-in-hand on most people's best lists. The movie seems very rushed at times, and at other times the pace is fine. It's a weird up-and-down roller coaster of driving the plot that kind of takes away from an otherwise good film. However knowing that they did the best they could work with given the writer's strike, I'm willing to give some of that a pass, because as I stated before the plot and themes themselves were fantastic. Overall still on the top level of Bond films, just disappointing we didn't get what we should have gotten. 8.5/10
Licence to Kill - This was a fun film. James Bond going rogue to avenge Felix Leiter? Count me in. Absolutely loved the fact Q got a lot of field work in this film. There were a lot of notable henchmen as well, including a young Benicio del Toro who I didn't even recognise until about midway through the movie. Robert Davi stole the show though, what an underrated villain for the series. There's a lot of good action scenes balanced with some classic espionage throughout as well. All of that being said, it doesn't set itself apart really from the aforementioned films. Dalton was a step down from his previous film, almost acting as if he was already through with the series. A shame, considering how great he portrayed Bond in TLD. The cheesy love triangle between Pam and Lupe was sort of annoying too. And the Scanners bit with Krest's head exploding was honestly so ridiculous that it made me forget I was even watching a Bond film for a few. That's the issue with this movie was that it was more like Die Hard than it was James Bond, which isn't necessarily a bad thing from an entertainment standpoint but in comparison it just comes off as a B-level action movie. This movie could have been executed a lot better, considering the talent and the original plot to work with. 8/10
Live and Let Die - Okay, I'm sort of a sucker for the Blaxpoitation genre and honestly as ridiculous as it was to pair Bond with the height of that era, in a vacuum this movie is actually pretty entertaining. Yaphet Kotto was awesome in this film as the main villain, but so were his henchmen. There's some awesome action scenes in this movie too, and most of the movie is still in the realm of believability so that's a plus too. But that's where this stops. Dear god this movie probably didn't age well in terms of tact. Rosie Carver was the first black Bond girl and she was...yeah she was pretty awful and dumb. The occultism stuff was cringy, especially considering that it doesn't even line up with the region. A lot of the dialogue coming from black characters were clearly written by old white guys that never actually heard a black person speak. Then there's the sheriff...hoo boy. The racial aspect aside, Solitaire's character could have been written a lot better. She shows signs of independence towards the middle of the film but then completely relies upon Bond for everything. Also rigging the deck was probably the 2nd worst thing Bond has ever done, and that's only because he borderline rapes Pussy Galore in Goldfinger. So yeah, forgive me for pandering but a lot of this movie's shining moments is weighed down by its antiquated garbage. Also never bring magic back into this franchise ever again please. All in all, it's still a great movie and I was highly entertained throughout. 8/10
The World is Not Enough - This movie started out strong. Strong enough potentially to be a top Bond film. You had an interesting setup with Elektra possibly being Stockholm syndrome'd by Renard, with Sophie Marceau doing a superb job at portraying a deceitful lover of Bond. Then you had M having a personal involvement in the whole case, showing the consequences of being the "queen of numbers". There's a lot of underlying themes here that callback on previous films, which I like. But then Christmas Jones happens. What the hell was Eon thinking? Denise Richards hands down has to be the worst actress to ever be a part of this franchise, and her "acting" really shows. None of what she says is believable at all and it's hard for me to believe she's a nuclear physicist. And she's not really useful at all if you think about it, because we know from past films Bond can diffuse a nuclear bomb quite well (TSWLM, Octopussy). So clearly she was just thrown in as a deus ex machina for Bond to have another lover while having an excuse for having a sidekick for the mission. Makes me think they wrote her in last minute because dumb test audiences didn't like that the only Bond girl was a villain, which I'm pulling out of my ass which is as equally comparable to how they wrote the 2nd half of the film. Yeah, Zukovsky just so happens to have a nephew as a submarine captain in the one city they need to blow up. Bullion just so happens to work for Elektra and be his chauffeur, as if hiring him wouldn't throw up any red flags in the first place. Let's hand a clock that clearly fell off the floor because of M back to her and that clock can easily be manipulated into a GPS signal with a locator device. There's probably other instances of lazy writing and lucky coincidences that plagues the 2nd half of this movie, but like its script I'm too lazy to recall them. And then we get the infamous "I thought Christmas only comes once a year" line to end the movie, which might actually be enough on its own to drop the score of this movie. Overall if it wasn't for the first half this movie would be a lot lower. It would be maybe a 5 if not for that, but overall it's a 7.5/10
Moonraker - This movie gets a lot of hate. And I understand why, because it is so ridiculous and is just a complete 180 from the beginning Connery days of the franchise. Trust me, I get that. But I'm willing to toss that aside in interest of actually seeing if I would be entertained by this movie and honestly, I was. It is so over the top fun and I appreciate that in terms of separating you from reality. If the film's goal was to be entertaining that maintains a level of insanity that doesn't get in the way of the experience, it pretty much nailed it. I'm not going to rank this movie any higher because it's still a Bond film, and it wouldn't be right to start reviewing this movie as if it was a separate entity entirely. So that's where the faults come in. This isn't James Bond. I don't understand how it got to this point when you look back at what Bond was supposed to be. The campiness is out of control, and while as I mentioned before I can appreciate that as a standalone film, it also just makes me feel like I'm watching Austin Powers. Goodnight is a cool character in premise, but her actress was so terrible I couldn't really get behind her. Drax was sort of cool I guess. The sacrificial lamb trope with Corinne was getting predictable at this point, though. In conclusion, it's an entertaining movie but they should have just focused on making an entirely different film separate from Bond. At least then it wouldn't have any expectations in the way, for better or worse. 7.5/10
A View to a Kill - This is one of those movies of the franchise they have all the right pieces for a great film, and it ends up so poorly executed. Did we really need to spend practically half the movie on a horse ranch? Why is 57 year old Roger Moore banging every girl he sees? What the hell was the point of May Day going to bed with him? And did we need an extra 10 minutes dedicated to a KGB agent attempting to steal a tape from Bond by seducing him only to fail and have it never get mentioned again? And as stupid James Bond going to space was, and seeing him in a clown suit...somehow him dangling off a firetruck and a blimp was more painfully cheesy and absurd to me. Perhaps it was just the fact it was just added in for meaningless action scenes and to pad the movie time, I don't know. And Midge is such a terrible actress and I really wish she wouldn't scream Bond's name so much. So why is this movie higher than the others? Max Zorin. He is hands down my favorite villain so far and I really wish he had more screen time and psychopathic moments. His backstory is cool too. Had I been in charge of the film I would have kept him alive for a future film, like make him a new Blofeld or something. Oh well, this movie is better than yellowface. 7/10
You Only Live Twice - This is when things are sort of getting bad. The first half? I actually loved it. Aki was pretty badass. I loved the action throughout the film so far and it had some great spy scenes as well. And then Aki dies and the film turns into Bond in yellowface blowing up volcanos with ninjas and some random Japanese girl in a bikini who serves zero purpose. I have nothing really left to say at this point, aside from thanking Donald Pleasance for giving us Dr. Evil. 7/10
Dr. No - I appreciate this film a lot. It sets the foundation for Bond and is a superb introduction into his character. Dr. No is an excellent villain and Honey Ryder represents the embodiment of what everyone is accustomed to expect of a classic Bond girl. From a historical perspective, this film means a lot to the franchise in so many ways and I can respect that. That being said, the movie is boring. When the film starts to pick up at Dr. No's island, it still seems like things just take forever. And while it finally pays off with the awesome back and forth between Bond and No at the dining room table, it just turns anticlimactic once Bond escapes his jail cell and eliminates No. The way he goes out is great, it's just I wish there was more interaction between the two. Also did they really need to kill Quarrel? 6.5/10
The Man with the Golden Gun - How did they mess this up so badly? The concept of the world's greatest assassin dueling against the world's greatest spy in a cat and mouse tale is such a superb idea. But instead we got Bond following Christopher Lee around for an hour and a half doing practically nothing aside from getting his mistress killed and fixing the mistakes Goodnight kept making. Also Goodnight sucks, I want to make this clear right now. She's not even in the realm of she's so bad she's funny. Like I'm convinced a producer thought having a dim-witted blonde at Bond's side was a great idea so they wrote her to be as dumb and offensive as possible. And kudos to them, because they pulled it off. Too bad it took away a lot of good from this movie. Like Christopher Lee's performance, arguably the best Bond villain so far in terms of acting. And Nick Nack, who made for a memorable henchman. But yeah, that's about it. Also the sheriff is back. Dear lord they botched this movie so bad. 4/10
From Russia with Love - Come at me with your pitchforks. I've seen this movie get placed as one of the best, if not the best Bond films of all-time. I've seen even a video game get made after it, which is crazy because it was so many years later. People always seem to answer the question of who Bond is to them and they say Connery in FRWL. And I can sort of understand that if you're there from the beginning or are really invested into the franchise, you can probably go back to this film and pick out the bits and pieces that make Bond so great and how Connery nailed it. I'm not arguing against the fact that this movie was important, because it was. But I'm going to be brutally honest - this movie is bad. I've said before I prefer the realistic down to earth take on Bond, but this one was a little too much for me. While the scene between Connery and Shaw on the train is probably one of my all-time favorite scenes of the franchise, most of the movie's dialogue is just drawn out banter between Bond and whomever about stuff that ultimately doesn't even matter. The pacing is so slow and it hardly ever seems as if Bond is accomplishing something. Tatiana goes from an interesting Russian spy to a completely dependent lover in less than two scenes. It's hard to even tell if she's putting up an act or if she really just failed her mission from the get-go and fell for Bond. I guess you could say that would mean she's putting up the deception well, but it's executed pretty poorly if that truly is the case. The gypsy camp part was a useless scene to pad out the movie and throw in some obligatory action to keep the viewer entertained. Red Grant could have been the Russian James Bond but really just stood around for most of the movie doing nothing until he actually meets Bond and then gets killed, so there's more poor execution on that end. The movie finally picks up at the end with the helicoptecar chase and the speedboat chase, but by then it's too little too late. I'm sorry guys, but this movie sucks. 4/10
Die Another Day - This movie is bad. And it's not even atrociously bad like the following films on this list. It's just such a forgettable movie, directed as if it was supposed to be a Fast and Furious film. No really, this movie may as well be part of that franchise. From the ridiculous slow motion and quick fast forward effects you'd see in every action movie of the mid-2000s, to the insanity of some magic gene splicing that can turn a North Korean colonel into an English playboy that can destroy the world with a solar beam while James Superbond drives around in an invisible car surfing on waves and avalanches in his spare time. You'd think with all this ridiculousness it could have some a value as a "so bad it's good" type of movie, but it really has none of that going for it. Because to be fair, the acting isn't too terrible. People gave Halle Berry shit for this movie but honestly she did fine considering what she had to work with. It's the most cookie cutter action film you could pick out from that era, with the littlest regard for it being a Bond movie. So with that in mind, it just comes out to be incredibly mediocre with zero replay value whatsoever. The only reason it's not as bad as the next two films is because the first 30 minutes of the film is pretty promising, along with there actually being a cohesive plot this time. 3/10
Diamonds Are Forever - This movie actually upsets me. One because it originally was supposed to be a revenge film for Lazenby's Bond to avenge Tracy's death. Two because Lazenby decided to leave and Irma Bunt's actress died, so rather than recasting her they decided to just throw Tracy's death into OHMSS as opposed to the intro to this movie and then recast Blofeld for the hell of it. And lastly because Connery puts a stain on his legacy as Bond by completely phoning it in with his performance here. That pain aside, there's no redeeming qualities about this movie at all. Tiffany Case is a Bond girl that barely passes an IQ test, so at least she's better than Goodnight. The movie was poorly edited and cut some many times you can barely follow the plot at times, then again who cares. Blofeld has clones now? So we're supposed to believe the real one was the one who got smacked around by Bond in a crane at the end of the movie? Which by the way, was so ridiculous I ended up laughing not for its intended effect but because of having it settle in how bad this movie was. Mr. Kidd Wint are just...ugh. Is there anything good about this movie? Yeah, Kanye West sampled the theme song and made one of his best songs. That's about it. Screw this film. 1/10
Tomorrow Never Dies - It was really hard for me to pick between DaF and this film as the absolute worst Bond film, but I had to settle for this one. Who wrote this movie, a 13 year old? The dialogue is absolutely terrible. All the forced cheesy innuendo aside, nothing in this script is believable regarding any sort of dialogue between any of the actors involved. The worst of it all was between Brosnan and Hatcher, which I'm willing to absolve their lack of chemistry with the fact that I am convinced a robot must have written the lines in their scenes together. Then there's the ridiculous plot. Yeah, it is scarily realistic now that the media can control so much of the public, but I'm talking about Pryce's plan. It is absolutely absurd to think his "reign" over foreign powers would last anything longer than a week tops. Unless we're living in a world where the entire global intelligence of every country has the IQ of the person who wrote this script, you know what forget it. This review was as physically exhausting as trying to get to the end of this movie was. I'll make this quick - Carver is the worst villain ever, Stamper is the worst henchman ever, and Wai Lin might one of the best Bond girls ever but not even she can save this from being the worst Bond film ever. Wai Lin was awesome enough to save this from being an absolute zero, though. 0.5/10
I'm onto Octopussy next, which I'm well aware of the hate it got. I also know Moore is close to a 60 year old clown in this movie at some point. I'm hoping it at least exceeds the very low bar the movie's reception has set for me.
Maybe I'll watch Never Say Never Again instead to save myself some possible misery.
E1: View to a Kill is next. I'm aware of this being another mediocre Bond film but I'm kind of excited to see Christopher Walken and May Day. It can't be that bad, could it?
E2: That was disappointing, as expected. Onto Dalton.
E3: Blown away by this one. I hear LTK is a noticeable decline from Daylights but hopefully it isn't too bad. Dalton was amazing so I'm looking forward to his 2nd and last entry.
E4: Killed three movies in a row with this one. Amazing, good, and awful. Onto TWINE.
E5: TWINE's done, onto Brosnan's last film and from what I remember, one of the worst Bond films ever.
E6: Almost done, just have Skyfall and Spectre left. The top is pretty much cemented as is the bottom. We'll see where these last two land.
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