SirHenryLeeChaChing's For Original Fans-**NO SPOILERS** Discussion For Bond 25 Preparations

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  • CommanderRossCommanderRoss The bottom of a pitch lake in Eastern Trinidad, place called La Brea
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    Well I knew most of it, but 'Warhead' and TSWLM having so much in common was new to me. I wonder what happened there. I share SirHenry's disdain for McClory, allthough he did bring quite a bit of ideas to Bond. It's a pity he was so greedy. He could've been famous for collaborting, instead of a destructive force.
  • 4EverBonded4EverBonded Dancing at midnight under the BeBop Moon
    edited May 22 Posts: 11,218
    Aha! I just discovered the perfect lead up Bondathon path for me, in prep for Bond 25.
    Thanks to reading this website's write up of the new updated edition of Some Kind Of Hero, I realized that is perfect! I will watch the films with that book as my companion piece. I do LOVE this book. It's been more than a year since I looked through it. Each film is dealt with separately, with great detail and background stories, very informative. So I'll be going in the order of that book - read that chapter first, then watch the film. That is perfect for me, and I can take my time with it. @royale65 thank you again for giving me this outstanding book as a gift a few years ago.

    The newly updated version includes Spectre. I don't feel I need to get that ... now if they had waited till it included Bond25, that one I would probably buy.

    I know some of you have this book. What do you think of my idea? It certainly will be a fresh approach for me for viewing the films and a great lead up to Bond 25. B-)
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
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    If you love the book that much, that seems the way to go.
  • 4EverBonded4EverBonded Dancing at midnight under the BeBop Moon
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    Yes, I really do. I also have some other ways to see the films and will have time to do other approaches as well.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
    edited May 23 Posts: 26,061
    I don't know if I've already suggested this order, but it was another fun way that I've approached the series:

    DN, OHMSS, LALD, TLD, GE, CR, FRWL, TMWTGG, LTK, TND, QOS, GF, TSWLM, TWINE, SF, TB, MR, DAD, SP, YOLT, FYEO, DAF, OP, NSNA, AVTAK
  • Major_BoothroydMajor_Boothroyd Republic of Isthmus
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    That's a good way to do it @Birdleson - I believe one of the Bond podcasts I listen to reviewed the films in that order.

    I haven't watched a Bond film in a couple of months...I had a look over the Bond movie meter and I've watched only seven this year. Plan to get through all of them this calendar year.
  • CommanderRossCommanderRoss The bottom of a pitch lake in Eastern Trinidad, place called La Brea
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    Anybody already did one in the novel order? I can't do any for a lack of time, would love to do one again.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
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    I have done it that way. It's interesting. Especially if you're reading the books along in tandem.
  • I have also watched the films in novel order (while reading the novels at the same time.) I think @Birdleson and I both gave reviews of the novels as well -- it may have even been in this thread a few years back.
  • CommanderRossCommanderRoss The bottom of a pitch lake in Eastern Trinidad, place called La Brea
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    cool. would love to catch up on that. Probably in a year or two things will slow down a bit.
  • 4EverBonded4EverBonded Dancing at midnight under the BeBop Moon
    edited May 29 Posts: 11,218
    Ok, so here is what I am going to do on this thread. B-)
    All the James Bond films so far ... another look as we head to Bond 25 ~

    I'm going to write up my personal look at each Bond film and post my main observations here (and I will try to be relatively brief; this will not be a full review).

    However, what makes this different - and not just my own take on the films - are the following two additions I will include with my look at every Bond film:

    1) A few salient points on the film from the excellent Bond book, Some Kind of Hero. I'll be reading the chapter about the film during the same week I watch the film. I'll include quotes from it - what I feel are interesting back stories and other info.

    2) I will also include some observations made by Sir Henry in the past about the film, and I'll include a link to the exact page on this thread to find his review in full. That makes it easy for you to access it. Those were done a few years ago but also contain tons of interesting info on the films and make for very worthwhile reading.

    We welcome all your participation as we go through each Bond film. Your thoughts, facts you can share, personal stories are great! (Your 1st experience seeing the film, etc.) Keep in mind, though, that this time, on this thread, is not a place for a full review of the film (I'll have to keep reminding us of that). Other threads have full reviews.

    We especially welcome our "Originals" - the older Bond fans, who saw their first Bond film starring Sean Connery, in a theater during its initial release. There are still a handful of us here. This thread is the home for older fans ... I like to say "vintage" or "seasoned" Bond fans. We can share so much from our experiences (and if our opinions have changed over the years, etc.)

    ALL members are welcome to comment here, even if not an "Original" or older fan. Please do chime in - just keep with the spirit and tone of this thread. No spam, no nasty snark or sniping at others' opinions; humor and personal stories are very much enjoyed; thoughtful appraisals and comments are appreciated.

    I will begin this Bondathon journey this coming weekend. I hope that this 3-tiered, layered approach will bring a lot of enjoyable reading to our members here.


    To be clear, this will not be a full review, nor just a comparison of films.

    This Bondathon look at the films from me aims to be:


    ~ a fresh look at each film, with my own main points and observations (not a review, just my take and what I found interesting)

    ~ quotes from the book Some Kind of Hero, giving background stories; interesting info

    ~ quotes from Sir Henry's past excellent write-ups of each film, including the link to the page on this thread so you can read all the trivia, background info, facts he included (as well as his review). From there you can read other members' reviews and comments as well.

    Approximately 3 Bond films a month; I am flexible, though.

    NOTE: As we get genuine, confirmed news about Bond 25 ... this thread still stays 100% SPOILER-FREE. No mentioning of anything except the title. ;) Title is fine. When news breaks we will be on other threads reading and discussing Bond 25 news - or not. Personal choice. But we won't chat about Bond 25 on here, except I think a brief discussion of the title; that's quite all right.

    So here we go ... today is Thursday morning as I type this. I'll be posting on Sunday, June 2nd and I hope you'll join us here. And yes, we will go chronologically, beginning with the fabulous debut of this remarkable film series: DR. NO B-)

  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
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    That timing word for me. I happen to be heaiodng over to @Some_Kind_Of_Hero 's house to watch DN on Sat. Night. @Revelator is suppose to be there too.
  • 4EverBonded4EverBonded Dancing at midnight under the BeBop Moon
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    Ah excellent. :) I'm looking forward to doing this series, just chucking lots of info here. Dr. No is such a splendid intro to Bond. And it's almost my personal favorite of the novels (Live and Let Die 2nd favorite).
  • CommanderRossCommanderRoss The bottom of a pitch lake in Eastern Trinidad, place called La Brea
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    Excellent, looking foreward to this!
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    I look forward to this as well. I enjoy hearing others' stories about seeing these films and how they felt at the time and would like to share mine as well. It's really like looking back at our lives, so there's that as well.
  • 4EverBonded4EverBonded Dancing at midnight under the BeBop Moon
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    Thanks, @BT3366 and @CommanderRoss. I'm looking forward to doing this, as it will give you all plenty of reading options, not just my take on the films.
  • 4EverBonded4EverBonded Dancing at midnight under the BeBop Moon
    edited June 2 Posts: 11,218
    Sorry to announce a slight delay, as I have a worrisome personal situation.
    I will get this series started soon, I think within a week. Thanks for understanding. I do want to put the right effort into it, to enjoy it fully for myself and choose the most apt info to share from the book and SirHenry. I cannot do that just now. I am personally okay, but my dog is not. He is elderly, now suddenly hit with 2nd bout of vertigo. Not as severe as months ago, but still very concerning because he may injure himself.
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    B25 is a long ways off, so we've got the time. Hope your dog gets better. One of mine was ill recently and that was tough on my family.
  • CommanderRossCommanderRoss The bottom of a pitch lake in Eastern Trinidad, place called La Brea
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    Indeed! Wishing your dog a speedy recovery! Take all the time you need.
  • Give your dog a pat on the head from me. Hope he's feeling better soon.
  • 4EverBonded4EverBonded Dancing at midnight under the BeBop Moon
    edited June 5 Posts: 11,218
    Thanks to all of you. He is a bit better, so I am hoping that every day he improves a little. He's happy; that matters a lot, of course.

    I hope to get to Dr. No within a week; thanks for your patience. Please chat away on here in the meantime - any decent Bond subject welcome. B-)
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