An interesting recent article:
THEIR FAVOURITE BOND MOMENTS
(Sunday Times, March 8)
Sam Mendes, Director of Skyfall and Spectre:
The parachute opening in The Spy Who Loved Me is, basically, the best stunt ever done. It is everything that Bond should be. It's funny. It's insanely spectacular. And you get the Bond theme when the chute opens, bam!"
Cary Fukunaga, Director of No Time to Die:
I love the conversation between Vesper and Bond on the train in Casino Royale. It's rare, in a conversational game of chess, to see Bond checkmated.
William Boyd Novelist, author of the Bond continuation novel Solo:
From Russia with Love is the best Bond novel and the best film. The moment that stays with me is when Bond is honey-trapped by Tatiana Romanova. As they make love, they are being filmed through a two-way mirror by two Smersh operatives. It's a real shock: "The clockwork mechanism of the ciné-cameras whirred softly on and on as the breath rasped out of the open mouths of the men and the sweat of excitement trickled down their bulging faces into their cheap collars". It's a real compliment to the novel that nothing was changed in the movie version.
Joanna Lumley, Appeared in OHMSS:
The scene in On Her Majesty's Secret Service when Bond slips into a Swiss lawyer's office during the lunch break to copy some papers. The clock is ticking; it's unbelievably tense. Just as the lawyer returns, Bond exits as smoothly and daringly as he arrived. Split-second timing; Peter Hunt's direction at its very best.
Tom Shone, Sunday Times film critic:
So many to choose from. The bomb timer stopping at "007" at the end of Goldfinger. Roger Moore using alligators as stepping stones in Live and Let Die. Daniel Craig straightening his cuff after plunging through a train roof in Skyfall. It may seem perverse to pick something tragic, but I'm going with the death of Tracy (Diana Rigg) at the end of On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). "She's having a rest," insists Bond (George Lazenby), cradling the head of his dead bride. Why does so wrenching a scene work as the ending of a Bond film? Because as much as we were happy that 007 had found true love, the thought of him changing a nappy was inconceivable. Bond must lose Tracy so that we may regain Bond.
Jeremy Clarkson, Sunday Times columnist:
Bond knows everything. In Diamonds Are Forever, he's even able to put down M, who tells him sherry doesn't have a vintage. Bond explains he was referring to the wine on which the sherry was based. The best demonstration of this encyclopaedic mind comes in The Spy Who Loved Me. Posing as a marine biologist, Bond is quizzed by Karl Stromberg (Curt Jurgens) on what sort of fish they're looking at. He doesn't just know the answer. He knows it in Latin: "Pterois volitans." And now, thanks to 007, so do I, which is handy when I'm snorkelling.
Camilla Long, Sunday Times writer:
My favourite Bond is the Bond that's about to be shagged to death. There's something about his expression of terror and excitement in the most Hitchcockian of the Bond films, Diamonds Are Forever, when Bambi and Thumper confront him in Willard Whyte's Las Vegas lair. What a terrifically unsettling and creepy scene it is — the two glistening women snaking down like shining cobras in a vivarium. For the female viewer, it's also immensely satisfying to see Bond finally getting kneed in the bollocks.
Susan Hill, Novelist:
The heart-stopping scene in the novel Moonraker where Bond unmasks the villainous Sir Hugo Drax cheating at bridge is perfectly paced, impeccably constructed, dramatically charged. Even non-card players can follow the tense game enough to relish Bond's brilliance and cunning, and Drax's parting words after his huge loss of cash and face are bone-chilling: "I should spend the money quickly, Commander Bond."