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|Feb 2nd, 2004, 01:51 PM||#1|
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Top 5 007 Movie Reviews
How about we review our 5 favourite Bond movies? I'll start:-
1 A View To A Kill
I believe AVTAK is the most underrated bond movie of all time. The PTS is fantastic, and I personally don't feel that Moore's age shows at all. The plot is a good one, sure it may be similar to Goldfinger, but still it is entertaining and easy to follow. Some of the greatest ever action sequences are in this film:- The car chase in France, The Eiffel Tower Stunt, All the scenes at the horse farm, city hall fire, the fire engine chase, the mine flood, bond hanging from the airship, and the final showdown on the remarkable Golden Gate Bridge. All of this is underrated. Some great locations are in this film, like the eiffel tower, zorin's estate, city hall, zorin's mine, and the golden gate bridge. Bond Girls - Ok, Stacey wasn't the best, but IMO, she is still underrated. Her screaming is what gives her some character. Also, she is hot. Mayday isn't too attractive to look at, but her character rules! Max Zorin is my favourite villain. He is played by the fantastic Christopher Walken, and he was a pure psycho. He even laughs before he dies! Being the result of a Nazi experiment makes him very unique. 10/10
2 Live And Let Die
The first Bond movie I ever saw was the one that got me into the series, and LALD it was. An excellent start for Roger Moore. The PTS, despite not having bond in it at all, is still great IMO, and unforgettable. The plot is an easy to understand one, which makes perfect sense, while also being interesting. LALD has great action:- Speed boat chase, mrs bells' "flying lesson", crocodile farm escape, double decker bus escape. The locations are great and exotic. San Monique was entertaining. Solitaire was an excellent bond girl. She was hot, and also had a very interesting and unique character. The villains were not at all bad. Kananga was great, and his henchmen were even better. Especially Baron Samedi, "The man who cannot die"! 10/10
3 Die Another Day
007's latest outing greatly celebrates Fleming's work. Brosnan's performance was simply brilliant. DAD is fully action-packed, and the plot is intriguing. Halle Berry is an ok bond girl, and Gustav Graves is an excellent villain. The whole idea of him changing his identity was breath taking. The Ice Palace was a breath taking location. Ok, the CGI wasn't perfect, but IMO it doesn't ruin a great movie like this! 10/10
4 The Spy Who Loved Me
Roger Moore yet again does an excellent job in this 1977 classic. The plot is very good, and some great action sequences in this movie. Truly amazing PTS. xxx is a wonderful bond girl (a much better xxx than Van Diesel or whatever his name is!) Karl Stromberg wasn't the best of villains, but he still had his good points, and was still a threat to humanity. Atlantis was a wonderful set and the climax is unforgettable. 9.5/10
An excellent start for Pierce Brosnan. The plot is IMO quite different compared to other bond films, which makes it stand out well. GE has by far the best PTS, without a doubt. Bond's free fall into the plane is stunning, as is the moment when he pulls the plane out of it's internal dive! The villains are great. Trevelyen is a true classic. Ourumov is underrated. He was the one that made bond think Trevelyan was dead when he wasn't. Xenia is HOT HOT HOT!!!! Boris wasn't the most threatening of villains, but was good for entertainment value.The special effects are stunning. Who'd think that the space devices were all models and not CGI?! Simply amazing if you ask me! Natayla is a very hot bond girl. Some of the best action sequences in this film, one being the tank chace through St. Petersburg. Classic! Great locations too. Cuba was nice and exotic, and the chemical weapon facility was entertaining. 9.5/10
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|Feb 2nd, 2004, 03:25 PM||#2|
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These are my top 5 favorite movies.
5. Licence to Kill
This movie really showed us what set Timothy Dalton apart from the other Bonds. Why do I consider this one of my favorites? Well, we see Bond's emotional side. Not just out to shoot up the bad guys and get the girl, but to avenge the near-death of his best friend Felix Leiter. This film may capture the only time Bond sheds tears (please correct me if i'm wrong). Another thing that I really liked was that Q had a bigger role. Instead of seeing Q in just the lab scene, he attempts to follow Bond around on his mission.
I didn't think there was anything special in the girl department, but we did see a new type of villain. We don't see a mentally-crazed entreprenuer looking for global domination, we see a Central-American druglord who escaped from prison. This was definitely something to brought a special "edge" to the movie.
4. Tomorrow Never Dies
Alot of people don't seem to like this movie, but I do. We see a different type of villain, again, in Eliot Carver, worldwide media mogul, who is out to spark a war between Britain and China just for media coverage. One of the best parts of this movie is nearly completely unrelated to the plot of the movie, which is the opening sequences. I think the Terrorist Arms Bazaar scene is one of the best in the series. Not to mention, one of my all-time favorite Bond songs sang by Cheryl Crow. We see two completely different Bond girls. First is Paris Carver, the wife of Eliot, who previously had a relationship with Bond, who doesn't last far into the movie, and Wai Lin, a Chinese spy out to help Bond stop Carver. Although the second half of the movie is kind of slow, the first half makes up for it. The chase in the parking garage is one of the best chases in Bond history.
3. The Spy Who Loved Me
I think this was Roger Moore's best. Right off the bat, you know this is going to be a great movie when Bond jumps off the cliff and opens up a parachute with Union Jack on it. It's too bad that if any American tried that it would look very cheesy... Barbara Bach plays one of the best Bond girls as, by far, the best spy XXX in movie history. The theme for the movie is, in my opinion, the best Bond theme made, in "Nobody Does It Better" by Carly Simon. And then there's Jaws, loved by Bond fans everywhere. Able to bite through almost anything with his metal teeth, not to mention he towers about a foot over everyone else. After an amazing battle in the submarine in the newly built Pinewood Studios, Bond delivers a quote that put the exclamation point on the movie while making love with XXX in a getaway boat... "Keeping the British End Up."
This was the best Bond movie ever made. Every part essential to a good Bond movie was incorporated in. First is the theme song. The Goldfinger track became known hand-in-hand with the franchise. The villain is the best in the series. Auric Goldfinger, possibly the best villain in all of movie history, portrays a truly powerful antagonist that seems to care more for money instead of killing Bond. Again, another "possibly best in the series" came with the Bond girl, Pussy Galore. She was definitely a more sophisticated, feminist than we normally see. And who forget Oddjob, the henchman that kills with his derby? He and Jaws are right up there for best villains in a Bond movie. True classic.
GoldenEye was the first Bond movie I ever saw. After six years without a Bond movie, much less an actor to portray Bond, he returns with avengance. The movie starts off with a record-breaking bungee jump off of a dam, down to the Arkangel Facility. We don't see Brosnan's face until he rudely interrupts an officer in the bathroom. Theme? One of the best. Tina Turner delivers a classic Bond tune. But, other than that, there is a lack of Bond music throughout the movie. The villain is former MI6 agent Alec Trevelyan, who was presumed dead at the Arkangel facility. Now he runs a Russian crime syndicate out for revenge on Britain for their actions during World War II. And finally, we have the Bond girl, Natalya Simonova. The only survivor of the GoldenEye attack on Severnya, she is Bond's partner in the attempt to stop Trevelyan from worldwide financial meltdown.
Woo, my arms are sore...
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|Feb 6th, 2004, 05:29 PM||#3|
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I'm too stupid to write great reviews like those, those two reviews deserve positive rep points!
Anyways, I'll just do this:-
1 FYEO - Brilliant
2 TSWLM - Brilliant
3 AVTAK - Brilliant
4 LALD - Brilliant
5 OP - Brilliant
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|Feb 6th, 2004, 06:42 PM||#4|
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|May 9th, 2004, 07:16 PM||#7|
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Hmm, to list my top 5 is easy, but to tell you why i like them might be a little harder. But what the heck ill just give you the reasons short and sweet.
TMWTGG- My all time favorite Bond movie. I like this movie because Christopher Lee's performance was excellent, and I think that Scaramanga is the greatest villain ever to appear in a Bond movie.
GoldenEye- Pierce Brosnan's first and maybe his greatest appearence as Bond, James Bond.
AVTAK- One of Roger's best and more serious films from my opinion. I also liked Walken's performance, Zorin is another great villain.
GoldFinger- One of my favorites, this movie is a classic and is the home for one of the greatest henchmen ever...Oddjob.
YOLT- An awsome movie featuring an awsome and one of the most memorable villains of all Bond history. I also loved the volcanoe lair .
Well thats it.
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Scaramanga : I only need one.
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|May 25th, 2004, 09:50 PM||#8|
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OHMSS- Greatest Bond film in the series. It showed us that Bond is human just an ordinary man with etxraordinary responsibilities. When Tracy died, Bond for once in his life failed. And as we see in the beginnig credits if DAF Bond sets out on a mission not assigned to him by M, but set out on his own to avenge Tracy. It also had a wonderful soundtrack great airiel camera shots. It had wonderful actors from my favorite Bond to Diana Rigg and Telly Savalas. all around great pre- credit sequence and the best entrance of a new Bond actor to date. It also had some of the best fight scenes in the series.
TSWLM- Second best in the series. The first movie the Albert R (Cubby) Brocolli was on his own as producer. Moore was established in the role and gave probably one of his best proformances. Moore himself thinks this is his best film in the series and Connery once said that it was his favotite. Thats two thumbs up from two former Bonds.
Goldfinger- Third best Bond. Undoubtedly the best of the Connery films, it had a spectacular pre- credit sequence and great story plot. It had a larger than life villian and the birth of the true Bond henchman (Oddjob). Great fight sequences and it had the Aston Martin DB5, what else is there to say.
LTK- Fourth greatest Bond film. Showed us what a tremendous actor Timothy Dalton is and how he seperated himself from the other Bond actors in his performance. Biggest part Q (Desmond Llewelyn) ever had and showed us how strong the relationship between Bond and Q really is for niether are working for MI6 in the film.
This film also had, in my opinion, the most gorgeous Bond girl ever Pam Bouvier (Carey Lowell). Also has one of the greatest villians played by Robert Davi.
TWINE- Fifth greatest Bond. Brosnans best film to date with a great story line that keeps you guessing a good part of film. The music reminds me in parts of AVTAK and Brosnan establishes himself as his own Bond. Great fight sequences and action stunts. Along with the greatest ski sequence since OHMSS. First time that a woman was the head villian. Super special effects and a great cast including Sophie Marceau, Robert Carlyle, Denise Richards, Robbie Coltrane, and John Cleese who was introduced as Q's replacement.
"You are right, Mr. Bond. That is just what I am, a maniac. All the greatest men are maniacs. They are possessed by mania which drives them foward towards their goal. the great scientists, the philosophers, the religious leaders ---all maniacs."
Dr. No letting Bond know that he doesn't care about 007's opinion of him or his evil plans. Ian Fleming's 1958 novel Doctor No .
|Jun 30th, 2004, 10:26 AM||#9|
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I have pretty much all the Bond movies reviewed on my movie review website, www.myoldaddiction.com Visit and let me know whatcha think.
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|Jul 7th, 2004, 10:39 PM||#10|
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These may not be my top five favorites, just the first five that I thought would be good to review....
Goldfinger Probably the most famous Connery movie. Some people think it is overrated, some think it isn't, I am one of the ones who think that it is definately overrated, but with good reason. Great film.
On Her Majesty's Secret ServiceFor a one time Bond actor, Lazenby did fairly well. I don't think I would consider him to be the greatest Bond ever, but that may be unfair to judge him because I only saw him play Bond once, and with only one director. The film itself is very well done, and doesn't feel nearly as long as it is.
Live and Let DieMoores worste performance as Bond, probably because it was his first. This movie doesn't really feel like a Bond movie to me, and it seems weak in a lot of places. I can't stand the opening song
Living DaylightsPerhaps the better of the two Dalton movies, it seems to shallow out every now and then. The leading lady does drop a few surprises, but mainly remains very forgetable. The story works, and a lot of events stick out in your mind after you watch it.
Goldeneye Probably the single funniest Bond movie of them all, mainly because Brosnan has more witt in this movie, than he does in any other bond movie. It returns to the days of Connery with the dialogue, and the henchmen are very easily the best simply because they don't need quirky names and appearences to keep them in your mind. The movie is Poorly done at times, but the preformances make up for it.
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|Jul 12th, 2004, 08:58 AM||#11|
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Well, it changes a bit but as of now....
The Bond film for a generation of fans. It has the best overall combinations of all the series essiental's, whilist masterfully blending an intrigue - laden story. The suspense and mystery of the film bring back a classy feel to the Bond series. Brosnan gives the best debut of any actor, and the tenseness of the film layes the ground work for the emotional, passionate, and harded spy we will see. This has the series best cast, along with the best PTS, and perfects many other hallmarks of the James Bond cannon.
2. The World is Not Enough
An instant classic, A powerful, and passionate adventure that really shows us the man under the tux in 007. Sophie Marceau gives Brosnan, who perfects his performance here, a run for his money. The action, and story are well balanced. It goes back to a more Fleming style of story telling, and it really is a standout in the modern action movie genre.
3. Die Another Day
An epic Bond film that masterfully celebrates the work of Ian Fleming, and the historic legacy of the past Bond films. Brosnan delivers his second best performance in one of the most introspective roles for 007. The cast is the series best, and the plot is alive and topical in the world. By taking all of what has ever been James Bond and pushing toward the 21st century,the most entertaing Bond film was produced.
4. [.From Russia With Love
This was the greatest English thriller ever written and the film version is nothing less than perfect. Sean Connery put simply IS James Bond, and whenever he is on screen the film shows off what a great draw he is. The cast numbers among the best in the series. Top marks to Robert Shaw who perfectly brings to life one of the most menacing figures in any movie, ever. The novel doesnt shrink in terms of plot throughness, and neither does the film, in which even small characters stand out. The film sets many standards for the series, whilst being one of the few Bond films that almost everyone will regard as a classic.
The first epic action film, ever, and its still ranks among the very best. Sir Sean makes it look easy through his unfaltering stride, and a performance that is the ideal man. The Story and casting are the big pluses for the movie. The underwater sequences I thought were more balanced the last time I viewed it and are amazing for 2003, nevermind that they were made in 1965. You cant go wrong with all this and a great PTS along with John Barry's best score.
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Like Will, mine are also prone to change slightly, but often not in a huge way. At the mo, they are rated as follows:
5. From Russia With Love- A marvellous spy thriller that many, with reason, still admire, herald as their number one, and current Bond filmmakers look to for inspiration. It has a fast pace, sharp script, and a credible cast of characters including Kerim Bey, a light-hearted and likeable character, Rosa Klebb, villainously played with superb lesbian undertones and is rather scary when she tells off Tanya (if I were in that situation, I'd certainly do as I'm told!), as well as the enigmatic Blofeld and the great introduction with the fighter fish. A clever plot, marvellous action sequences, a nice level of good humour and the scenes with Grant and Bond, IMO, are some of the best in the series with a combination of a quality script, acting and choreography of the fight. Connery, IMO, is the best Bond ever and, whilst he is not as ease as, much in this film as he would be in his next two, he's still very impressive and slick. And as the easy-listening theme provided by Matt Munro emerges over the end credits, wth picturesque views of Venice, you realise what an enjoyable 2 hours you have spent watching a quality film!
4. Goldeneye- A splendid welcome back for the Bond series after the six year gap that has an enjoyable blend of old and new- from the conventional Bond scenes early on in the Aston Martin and in the casino with the customary tuxedo, to modified staples of the series for the modern age whether it be Xenia Onatopp, one of the most memorable henchwoman who is arguably a modern equivalent of Jaws and Oddjob, or the juicy gadgets which maintain the fun of Bond but also aren't so ridiculous that modern audiences reject them. Also very fast paced and with great set-pieces, including the tank chase, the climax on the Dish, and the whole of the PTS. Glad to see return of the series regulars, especially Desmond Llewelyn as Q, but Judi Dench was also a marvellous choice for M and, IMO, greater than her predecessor, Robert Brown, in playing the character. Brosnan proves in his first film alone both that he is ready to take over as Bond, and the whole film proves Bond can outlive the Cold War.
3. Live And Let Die- A very enjoyable Bond film, as they should be, that also shares a fast pace due to a combination of factors. It has a basic but clever plotline that can be appreciated and understood by anyone in their teens upward, and has an incredibly witty script. Moore's Bond proves to be effective and takes Bond completely outside the confines of the world of SPECTRE giving it a fresh air, and are replaced by apt contemporary villains, each of which are very strong in their own right, whether it be the almost literally two-faced Kananga who has a hilarious, explosive exit; Tee Hee with his "butter hook" and thoroughly enjoyable seen with Bond at the form (my favourite point in that scene is when he describes the two ways to disable a crocodile); Baron Samedi who even in appearance alone is awe-inspiring; and the aptly named Whisper who is also a memorable henchman, perhaps due also to his similarity in looks to Barry White. Jane Seymour is a unique Bond girl, with an interesting relationship with Bond and, needless to say, is stunning. Action sequences, whether they be the somewhat brief, but enjoyable, fights throughout the film, or some of the best chases of the Moore films, and possibly the series. A spectacular film!
2. The Spy Who Loved Me- A very close second that used to be my number one. Mostly due to Moore really hitting the nail on the head with constructing his own Bond, with great wit that appeals to my sense of humour (as my signature suggests). Another spectacular PTS, good script, and manages to cope with such an epic story, scale and action well and doesn't seem to overwhelm itself (which I felt was the case, to a degree, with Moonraker, Die Another Day and You Only Live Twice). Though perhaps not the strongest villain of the series, Stromberg is still very sinister and is one of those villains that has a powerful presence who can achieve more sitting down and making demands than others can getting invovled in the action. His obscure characteristics, including his infatuation with fish, his webbed hands and his acquired taste for fish food enhance his character. And what an awe-inspiring lair he has, one of the greatest in the series that I would love to live in, and the scene when Stromberg is introduced- showing his calm dispensing of the traitor with his ranks, the classical music bursting through as atlantis rises from the ocean, and the excellent henchmen Sandor and, to a far greater degree, Jaws are then briefed. The epic scale is masterfully portrayed on film, using locations such as Egypt and Sardinia to show their cultural significance and beauty. In fact, I would say that this film is the most visually appealing film, whilst Nobody Does It Better is one of the greatest Bond themes and Marvin Hamlisch's choice of music is breath-taking!
1. Goldfinger- Wow, number one film, just above The Spy Who Loved Me. This is a fast-paced film that I feel can be enjoyed by anyone, or any age, whether you are watching it in the 1960's, 70's right up the 21st century. Goldfinger is perhaps the greatest villain ever, and Oddjob probably the best henchman and a legendary bowler hat. Despite the relatively modest budget (compared to future Bond that is), this also manages to squeeze some amazing sets and scenery, but there are two main reasons that boost this to number one. Firstly, it is the classiest Bond film going in looks and style and the highest quality film I have ever seen, it sets the tone for much of the rest of the series and inspired many future films like From russia With Love has done, and the cast is dazzling in quality, Gert Frobe and Sean Connery at the forefront, with Connery leading the way. In this film he is incredibly suave, confident and maintains such a stylish comedy element. This comedy is enhanced by my second reason for number one- the script. It is of tremendous quality, very sharp, all appropriate, and very witty, and meets the challenge that many modern films (post year 2000) fail at- it creates memorable lines that will be quoted forever and forever due to their quality, yet don't sound out of place, cliched. They resonate well in the film, and don't sound like the writer is trying to flex his scriptual muscles to the cinema-going audience. A cracker, and one of the best films of all time!
I think Bond himself is the key ingredient of the films: the combination of the larger-than-life and his stereotypically British response. When faced with larger-than-life gadgets, villains and situations, he must take all of this in his stride, keep calm and carry on, and, no matter how difficult the situation is, he must not only pull through but ultimately come out on top
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