Skyfall

James had recorded this on TV, and as it was a lazy Saturday afternoon I decided to blob out and watch it.

I thought it was just as good as the first time around, and it is probably one of my fave Bond films.

Date watched: December 5th
Score: 8/10
Film count 2015: 152

This makes the whole film look silly, but no matter…

Quantum of Solace

I saw this some time back but as I watched it tonight I realised I did not pay much attention to it the first time, lots of it I just don’t remember, perhaps I was doing something else at the same time.

Not as bad as it is made out to be but not nearly as good as Casino Royale. The story was a bit muddled at times, but with the writer’s strike at the time I guess they did the best they could. Still, there were some good actions sequences and Daniel Craig is still one of the best Bonds I think.

I am looking forward to Skyfall. I was hoping to get to the theatre to see it but that chanced passed, oh well. I’ll have to wait a while for the Blu-Ray to come out. Bums.

Date watched: January 13th
Score: 7.5/10
Film count 2013: 4

For Your Eyes Only

Another mediocre Roger Moore Bond film. It was better than Octopussy but not as good as The Man With The Golden Gun.

It lacked a decent villain. At the beginning, where it shows Bond in a previous mission, the villain was obviously the inspiration for Dr. Evil in Austin Powers. But this film just had a guy with an accent and he wasn’t in it all that much. Even his henchman was nothing special, all he had was octagonal glasses with which to terrorise.

The rest of it was standard, sometimes there were some good actions scenes but on the whole it just plodded along. The locations were great though, filmed mostly in Greek islands. The Margaret Thatcher parody is the best bit. There is no M in this film.

Date watched: August 12th
Score: 6/10
Film count 2012: 74

The Man with the Golden Gun

After Octopussy I felt like watching another Bond film, one that is hopefully better. I read that this one is supposed to be good so I got it out on Blu-Ray.

And it was much better than Octopussy. For a start it didn’t have nearly as much of the silly jokes or gimmicky ways of bumping the bad guys off. Roger Moore was considerably younger and a lot more suave and secret agenty. The supporting cast was a lot better too. Christopher Lee was the main bad dude and was quite good. His side-kick was Herve Villechaize, that little dude from Fantasy Island. It also had Britt Ekland, an actress I had never really seen in a film before, she was funnies.

There wasn’t a Bond car in this one, just a few ugly AMC cars (an American car company long gone) and some tuk-tuks. There was a tuk-tuk scene where a cyclist rides between two tuk-tuks, narrowly missing them. This was not supposed to happen, some dude accidentally got onto the set during filming but they added it in.

So it was much better than Octopussy but still not a great Bond film.

Date watched: August 8th
Score: 6.5/10
Film count 2012: 73

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

I had been wanting to see this one because of George Lazenby, to see if he was any good. He was alright but not nearly as good as Connery before him or Moore after. He did only one Bond film because his agent convinced him that the part was too uncool for the hip 70’s. Diana Rigg was in it too and she was great, and even Telly Savalas as the bad dude was not too shabby although his character didn’t really do many dastardly deeds.

The locations were good, mostly filmed in Switzerland so there were lots of mountain shots and a good car chase scene at a stock car race on ice, and a ski chase as well as a bobsleigh chase.

Not the best Bond movie by far, and so far of the Bond movies I have seen this is the weakest but still worth at least one watch.

Score: 6.5/10
Bond-O-meter: 5/10
Movie count 2011: 76