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Casino Royale

I saw this a few years back for the first time and decided to watch it again to see how well it has stood up after seeing most of the older Bond movies.

And I was quite impressed. Daniel Craig was as good as I remember and the rest of the film was much more polished, mature and action like than any Bond film before it, but pretty much minus the camp Bond humour. That though did not matter too much, this seemed more like a proper action/thriller/spy film that can hold it’s own against the Jason Bourne and Tom Cruise flicks that could have easily wiped out Bond if he did not get up with the times.

Hopefully Daniel Craig does a few more Bond films.

Date watched: September 23rd
Score: 8.5/10
Film count 2012: 94

The World Is Not Enough

I felt like watching another Bond film so I chose a Pierce Brosnan one this time.

And I have to say now that Pierce has become my third fave Bond, bumping Timothy Dalton back although he is a close fourth. Pierce was a bit more suave and seems to suit the role better. And the rest of the film was quite an improvement over previous films as far as acting, production, and action goes, much more professional and not too much absurdity. Having a top-notch cast helped a lot, there was Robert Carlyle as the bad dude, the first appearance of John Cleese, Robbie Coltrane and Denise Richards as a nuclear physicist (!).

All in all I enjoyed it, one of the better Bond films for a while.

Date watched: September 13th
Score: 8/10
Film count 2012: 90

Licence to Kill

This is the first Timothy Dalton Bond film I have seen in my revisits to the Bond films.

But it was pretty bad on the whole, crappy acting by almost all involved, unconvincing deaths by people getting shot or blown-up or impaled, one even let out an ‘Arrrrghh!’ when shot. Bond films are always a bit over-done but this one went a bit far.

Timothy Dalton though was not bad, I would rate him as the third best Bond actor behind The Connery and Daniel Craig, followed closely by Roger. He was all business and not campy at all, as well as quite suave yet he-man-ish, and his double chin adds a bit too.

No Bond cars in this one, always a disappoint. The end though was pretty impressive considering it seemed to use no special effects, the expolsions if they were indeed real were the biggest I have ever seen. The truck stunts too were well done and were not special effected.

The story was quite good, lots of twists and turns, for a Bond film at least, and didn’t get boring at all really. Just a pity about the crappy acting, some terrible dialogue, and lame executions of some of the stunts and people dying horribly.

Date watched: September 7th
Score: 6/10
Film count 2012: 88

The Spy Who Loved Me

One of the better Roger Moore Bond films this one. It moved along at a good pace, had one of the most famous Bond cars, the underwater Lotus, and there were some really impressive huge sets. The special effects too were not bad considering this came out in 1977.

A lot of it was set in Egypt, around the pyramids so that was good to see, and the rest of the film was on or under the sea. What topped this all off was Jaws, he was fun to watch. He never said a word but his actions and facial expressions were very entertaining.

Pretty good really.

Date watched: August 31st
Score: 8/10
Film count 2012: 84

Here is a making-of which might be a good watch:

Goldfinger

I thought I had seen this but none of it looked familiar, so maybe not.

Not as good as some of the other Connery Bond films but not too bad. The highlight is definitely the car, the most famous Bond car probably, the Aston Martin DB5 with bullet shield, ejctor seat, forward machine guns, smoke screen, oil slick thingmo, spikey barbs to destroy other car’s tyres, and the nifty radar screen. Certainly the most tricked out Bond car, and all of the devices were used in one film. Nice!

That and Pussy Galore make this a Bond movie to remember…oh, and Oddjob. So for memorable characters and the Bond car it is pretty good but the rest was a bit silly at times.

Date watched: June 9th
Score: 7/10
Film count 2012: 58

While the theme song is one of the most well known I think it kind of sucks. The lyrics are plain silly and I don’t think Shirley Bassey was all that good a singer.

From Russia With Love

Not a bad Bond film this one, probably my second fave after Thunderball.

There was quite a decent story to follow which was good as there was not a lot of action in this compared to the others. No Bond car at all and the only gadget was a nifty suitcase. Sean Connery was superbness and the leading female role was good too. The lead villain was a cool-ass dude. For most of the film he didn’t talk, then later on he started talking with a jolly good British accent, even saying ‘Old boy’ a lot to James.

One to watch again some days.

Score: 9.5/10
Film count 2012: 39

Casino Royale

Very, very unfunny spoof of the Bond movies that was so bad I stopped it half way through. I didn’t laugh once and was just wondering if anyone making this movie at the time knew it was going to be crap. Peter Sellers was in it but there was nothing he could do to save it. David Niven, Woody Allen and Ursula Andress were also it, bit of a blotch on their records.

Avoid.

Date watched: February 4th
Score: 0/10
Film count 2012: 21 (20 and a half actually)

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