Last Bond Movie You Watched

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  • It was Doctor No about a day or so ago

    this is where it all started, the opening gun barrel sequence always makes me snigger, terrible sounds :-)), like an enemy submarine, I know Connery was in it, but hadn't thought I'd put on The Hunt For Red October by mistake

    Bond gets his Walther PPK, we meet M, and the armory man arrives and Bond leaves for Jamaica etc, I always enjoy the bit with the car chase and the guy with the cyanide smokes

    Best of all lovely Ursula Andress is in it, she looks so cute in this first of the franchise

    I thought Joseph Wiseman made for an interesting character but was given far too little screen time, the end is a bit of a let down, blatantly obvious small scale models some of the time and the Connery/Andress boat scene at the end I never really liked

    end credits last all for eight seconds or abouts but all told still one of my favorite Bond escapades

    no cell phones, Invisible cars, Google, fancy gadgets etc, just Agent 007 being suave and sophisticated and getting the job done, simples.

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    On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

    Well, going in to it, I though to myself, "I'm not going to have a different view on it, so just prepare to be bored."
    Not the case. I really enjoyed it this time around!
    Despite the usual dragging during Draco's birthday through Bond's cover as Sir Hilary, everything else up to then and after that was magnificent! The action was so thrilling that sometimes I felt like I was in the movie. The action, music, locations, and the plot all worked great together. Unfortunately, the villains were rather lacking, with only Blofeld and Irma Bunt leading the pack. Grunther could have been a really cool henchman if they had given him more scenes and a better death, preferrably at the hands of Bond instead of Tracy.
    Anyway, my view on OHMSS now is scooting up towards the Top Ten. Maybe around 11 or 12, but if one of my usual ten slips, then OHMSS will be the first to get the spot.
  • PrinceKamalKhanPrinceKamalKhan Monsoon Palace, Udaipur
    edited September 2011 Posts: 3,262
    On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

    Well, going in to it, I though to myself, "I'm not going to have a different view on it, so just prepare to be bored."
    Not the case. I really enjoyed it this time around!
    Despite the usual dragging during Draco's birthday through Bond's cover as Sir Hilary, everything else up to then and after that was magnificent! The action was so thrilling that sometimes I felt like I was in the movie. The action, music, locations, and the plot all worked great together. Unfortunately, the villains were rather lacking, with only Blofeld and Irma Bunt leading the pack. Grunther could have been a really cool henchman if they had given him more scenes and a better death, preferrably at the hands of Bond instead of Tracy.
    Anyway, my view on OHMSS now is scooting up towards the Top Ten. Maybe around 11 or 12, but if one of my usual ten slips, then OHMSS will be the first to get the spot.
    I used to find OHMSS kind of slow myself. I recommend try watching it starting with the Alpine Room with "Sir Hilary" meeting the "angels of death" to the end. The last 2/3 are my favorite sections of the film and they move very fast. Also, I recommend reading the novel. The film is very close to the novel and it will help increase appreciation for what Maibaum and Hunt were aiming for. Also, post-CR my apprecation for OHMSS gained immensely since then because it was basically the CR of the 1960s OHMSS now resides in my top 5.

    Last Bond movie I watched: FRWL.
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    Had the sudden urge to watch Die Another Day. (Seriously, what the hell is wrong with me?)

    Yeah, I still didn't like it very much.

    5/10
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe "I tolerate this century, but I don't enjoy it."Moderator
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    My Bondathon continued earlier with...

    From Russia With Love

    There really isn't much I can complain about. I think using the Bond theme while Bond is checking his room for surveilance equipment was a bit much, other than that, it's all good.

    2011 Bond Film Ranking:
    1. From Russia With Love
    2. Dr. No

    Next up: Goldfinger

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    Live and Let Die (1973)

    Going into it, I had high expectations, considering the fact that LALD has been a Top 5 favorite of mine for quite some time now. After re-watching it, my opinion is only slightly different. I found it to be just a little bit more dull than previous watchings, but not horrible. Some scenes in the middle were dragging, like when Bond and Solitaire investigate the poppy fields all through the airfield chase. Those scenes didn't contribute too much to the movie in my opinion. However, that was really the only complaint.

    The positives outweighed the negatives in the end. The characters were top notch, each one adding something unique to the plot, which was simple enough to follow yet interesting and compelling. Kananga, Tee Hee, Baron Samedi, and Whisper shined as magnificent villains, and Adam was a nice addition as a more minor henchman. Rosie still annoys me, and I'm glad she didn't last too long! David Hedison played an excellent Felix Leiter, probably the best of them all, and Sherrif J.W. Pepper was still side-splitting hilarious. The music was strange and a little different, but nonetheless excellent. Action in LALD was a bit scarce, but most of what we got was very entertaining, except for the double-decker bus and airplane chases.

    All in all, still a top-ten worthy Bond movie!
  • Artemis81Artemis81 In Christmas Land
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    Had the sudden urge to watch Die Another Day. (Seriously, what the hell is wrong with me?)

    Yeah, I still didn't like it very much.

    5/10
    I just finished watching this one myself today. I have only seen it once a while back when it came out - can't really remember if I like it or not then. Read all the bad things about it. When I started watching it though I was like, "oh this isn't so bad", but the more and more I watched it...... it just wasn't good. Really cringe worthy.
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    Had the sudden urge to watch Die Another Day. (Seriously, what the hell is wrong with me?)

    Yeah, I still didn't like it very much.

    5/10
    I just finished watching this one myself today. I have only seen it once a while back when it came out - can't really remember if I like it or not then. Read all the bad things about it. When I started watching it though I was like, "oh this isn't so bad", but the more and more I watched it...... it just wasn't good. Really cringe worthy.
    Yeah, that sums up Die Another Day for me, too. I always start it up and go, 'Hmm, it is actually kind of good.'

    Then Halle Berry becomes a major character, then the invisible car, then the CGI....

    And we know the rest.
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    I watched TWINE last Friday night,and,although it does have it's obvious faults i enjoyed it.
    It stays in 12th place on my list.
  • FT then POAL and of course GB
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    Moonraker (1979)

    As has been the trend with previous re-watching, I tend to have a little different outlook on each one. However, my opinion stayed the same for the most part, say about 90%. The other 10% increased, so I guess I liked Moonraker a bit more than I used to after this recent re-watching.

    One thing that really struck home with me was the pace of the movie. There's never a dull moment, and everything's always on the go. It's a real rip-roaring adventure Bond, despite the goofy antics and over-the-top elements. From the get-go, the action never lets up, and that satisfied me greatly! Highlights include the pre-title sequence, the centrifuge trainer trap, the fight with Chang, the little tussel in the ambulence, the trap below the rocket thrusters, and the final battle aboard the space station. These moments really shined and contributed to the movie. Others that did not meet the mark were the "Bondola" and the cable car fight. I found these to be extremely cheesy, goofy, and stupid. It's a shame too, because these had the potential to be outstanding. Also, the battle in space seemed a little short to me, unlike TSWLM where we got more than enough out of that fantastic finale!

    It seemed to me that the villains in the movie were few in number. Chang was killed off way too early in my opinion, and I would have liked to have seen him as the main henchman all the way through, instead of Jaws, who was completely outlandish. The directors ruined what TSWLM had built-up to be the best henchman to walk the movie screen. Hugo Drax was a decent villain, but somehow failed to go the full mile with me. He was sort of dull, and while I know that was his written character, I just thought he was a statue the whole time. He wasn't a villain that I would fear, but rather one that would put me to sleep just by speaking to me.

    The music was absolutely outstanding, and one of Barry's best. Every scene had me humming along! I particularly liked the music played during Bond's investigation of the laboratory, "Flight into Space", and the music played during the final battle. Those stuck out the most to me.

    Roger Moore, as always, was top notch. Another fantastic performance that I have no complaints about!

    All in all, I'd rank it around #14.
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    The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

    What a movie! Jam-packed with so much action and epic-ness that you barely have time to breathe! It's on its way to the Top 5.

    Positives:
    -Roger Moore: One of his best performances, with so many amazing one-liners, facial expressions, and eyebrow-raising remarks that made me laugh.
    -The Villains: One of the key elements with any Bond movie for me, TSWLM did well with its villains. We didn't necessarily need an entire army of named henchmen to show the villainy of the Stromberg group. Jaws, Naomi, and Sandor did the job just nicely, although I wish Sandor hadn't got bumped off so soon. Ol' Karl proved to be a menacing, cunning, and frightening villain who even in old age was a match for 007 in mind.
    -Action: The pre-title sequence, Bond vs. Sandor, Bond vs. Ivan and Boris, all the mini-battles with Jaws, the Lotus car chase, and the Liparus revolt were breathtakingly amazing!

    -The music: While being very much so '70s funky in some ways, it was very pumping and get-stuck-in-your-head worthy.

    -Locations: Inside or out, this one had it all! From Egypt to Sardinia, to the pyramids on to Atlantis, everything was fantastically stunning

    Negatives:
    -Anya Amasova: One of the worst Bond girls, who puts on an air of "I-can-do-it-myself" attitude, and then ends up being rescued by Bond in the end. Yes, this is the classic Bond girl scenario, but it didn't work with her. Also, she might have just been a card-board cut-out, because she was purely for looks, definitely not personality, or acting quality!
  • Bach has to be up there as one of the top three Bond girls, ok, looks do play a part in this, as with others such as Andress and Seymour, but all three girls had a level of intelligence and were much more than just any obligatory eye candy

    Bach also rescued Bond at the end too, or saved his life, by not killing him

    Roger Moore has stated that Spy was his favorite Bond to do, at some points along the line you can see why, there certainly was a lot for the actor/s to get involved in

    haven't seen this one in a while, despite having it in collection.
  • PrinceKamalKhanPrinceKamalKhan Monsoon Palace, Udaipur
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    Moonraker (1979)

    One thing that really struck home with me was the pace of the movie. There's never a dull moment, and everything's always on the go. It's a real rip-roaring adventure Bond, despite the goofy antics and over-the-top elements. From the get-go, the action never lets up, and that satisfied me greatly! Highlights include the pre-title sequence, the centrifuge trainer trap, the fight with Chang, the little tussel in the ambulence, the trap below the rocket thrusters, and the final battle aboard the space station. These moments really shined and contributed to the movie.

    The music was absolutely outstanding, and one of Barry's best. Every scene had me humming along! I particularly liked the music played during Bond's investigation of the laboratory, "Flight into Space", and the music played during the final battle. Those stuck out the most to me.

    Roger Moore, as always, was top notch. Another fantastic performance that I have no complaints about!
    Absolutely agree with these points, 00Beast. MR is my favorite of the non-faithful to the Fleming literary source novel Bond films. By 1979, EON had the formula down pat and gave it the most lavish treatment yet. Moore's at the top of his form, the ladies, locations and production design are gorgeous, Barry provides yet another memorable Bond score, the production values are sterling and it moves at a lickety split pace. It was the first Bond film I chose to show to my 10 year old nephew this summer and he thoroughly enjoyed it.

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    @PrinceKamalKhan: Even for a huge Star Wars fan like myself, I can never really let myself put MR into the Top Ten. It's not horrible, but it's also not outstanding, so it's just a real middle-ground Bond movie.
  • PrinceKamalKhanPrinceKamalKhan Monsoon Palace, Udaipur
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    Middle ground's definitely better than being at the bottom. I'm glad to see MR gradually losing it's unfairly tagged "worst Bond film of all time" moniker among most fans.
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    Love MR.

    Watched GE with my daugthers, they kinda like Brosnan the singing 007. They absolutely love Mama Mia so they wanted to see this Bond performer.

    I quite enjoy the use of music which is very Serra and yet well placed and recognisable 007. The man delivers a new version of Bondmusic while remaining faithfull to his own style, very effective.

    And GE is still a very enjoyable tale in the 007 franchise. Brosnan did a very good job putting the series back into the general public. I never doubted that he was the better person to bring 007 back after an absence of too many years.
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    Middle ground's definitely better than being at the bottom. I'm glad to see MR gradually losing it's unfairly tagged "worst Bond film of all time" moniker among most fans.
    At least on this forum. I find there to be too much wrong with Moonarker as a whole for me to rank it anywhere above 16th - 17th. That's not to say i think it's bad, it just has a lot wrong with and it's easy to see why so many people would hate it. Between jaws falling in love and becoming a Looney Tunes character, the plot copied straight from TSWLM and spacemarines with lasers, there's too much stupidity abound to make it a "great" bond movie. And I do like it a lot but it kinda gets grouped with TMWTGG and DAF as a deeply flawed yet immensely fun movie once you get past all the dumb stuff.

    I'd almost like to call these 3 my "guilty pleasures" but that would imply that they're bad and they're not, the positives outweigh the negatives for all 3 of these.


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    Quantum of Solace

    I didn't enjoy it at this time around,it seemed to be missing the 'Bond' spark i was looking for and just didn't do much for me.

    For now,it has dropped from #8 to #12 on my list.
  • i watched a james bond marathon 2 weeks ago casiono royale was the last movie and right now that movie made me dislike craig as bond
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    Quantum of Solace

    I didn't enjoy it at this time around,it seemed to be missing the 'Bond' spark i was looking for and just didn't do much for me.

    For now,it has dropped from #8 to #12 on my list.
    I know what you mean, barry. I was gravely disappointed with QoS last time around. Truth be known, the first time I watched it, having bought it on DVD, I was really let down. Like you said, the Bond Spark wasn't there.
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    Last Two Bonds:

    QOS- Loved it, has the Bond spark for me but i like the gritter Bonds...its sits at 6th on my list.

    LnLD- Like the less humored tone of this one wish the would have kept to this level of humor and gags with RMs other films. 5th on my list.

  • It was the Spy Who Loved Me about a few hours ago actually

    haven't seen this in some time, Barbara Bach is one of my favorite all time Bond ladies, Jaws is far better here than his clowning around in Moonraker, Kurt Jurgens is not too bad as the main bad guy and there's plenty to get involved in.

    Amazing I hadn't realized before that Bryan Marshall was included who was also featured in 1979's Brit Gangster movie The Long Good Friday (Pierce Brosnan debut), never really noticed that before

    That other guy was also in it who was also in You Only Live Twice and DAF I think it was, can't remember his name but sometimes I think he's appeared in more 007 adventures than Bond himself

    Sorry to say I never really liked the Simon song track, it's just not for me, apologies.

    This is actually Moore's favorite Bond release of all what he did, and watching through all the exotic locations and sexy women it's not hard to see why

  • Let's try this again

    It was 'From Russia With Love' , my second Bond feature in successive days

    Connery certainly looks the part and this was at a time when the Scotsman still had the drive and ambition to play the role before his enthusiasm dwindled in later releases

    It seemed to me half the time the background was terribly inadequate, it's blatantly obvious they aren't where they are supposed to be with wobbly backdrops etc, the ending on the gondola in Venice with the microfilm being a chief culprit

    The Italian actress (Bianchi) is pretty enough and does not too bad a job, but bad guy Robert Shaw seems underused and apart from the train fight isin't featured enough, the Kerim Bey character (Armendariz) would sadly take his own life after this Bond feature was released but he's an interesting character if a little dour at times

    The poison tipped shoes would of been neat to have seen some more action, and I can't believe some guy would drop dead after 12 seconds of being spiked, but there you go, it seems strange that Bond would be given a Q case with fifty gold coins in it, apart from bargaining for a smoke on the train what other purpose could they serve, but in the end everything turns out alright, bad guys die and Bond and Girl survive to see another day

    Not my favorite Bond film or even my favorite Bond but to some people this film represents the very best of what the Bond franchise has to offer

    I guess I can appreciate that



  • Review of FRWL
    I've always found the movie to be fantastic from the train sequence on. Theres just something great about the dark almost Hitchcockian way the whole sequence looks and moves.

    Also the backdrops/green screen effects have never been all that great. Some of the worst are featured in Moonarker and DN.

  • QsAssistantQsAssistant All those moments lost in time... like tears in rain
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    Just finished watching "Live and Let Die" about an hour ago. Still think it's one of Moore's better Bond films.
  • A View To A Kill. I love Christopher Walken not only in this film but as an actor in general. He's a talented man.
  • Artemis81Artemis81 In Christmas Land
    edited October 2011 Posts: 543
    Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace back-to-back. I had only seen these movies once before (QoS I saw at the theaters), and my bondathon that I started in August is finally complete.

    Casino Royale: This is just as great as when I first saw it. The pacing was great, the characters were interesting and the locations were beautiful. It really looked like a sophisticated film, full of glamor. It's a very beautiful to look at. I love Daniel Craig, I think he does a fine job. I've been reading the novels simultanously while watching the films and for me, the Bond of the novels seems like a very serious, to himself, and at times, caring type of person. I can really see these qualities in Craig. The other bit I loved was the scene when Bond refuses to go under the cover name Beach, instead uses his own name which harkens to the novel "Diamonds are Forever" where Bond decides to use his own name rather than go by Peter Franks (correct me if I'm wrong about this :D). Love Vesper, Mathis, Felix, Le Chiffre, everyone was great. Although I wasn't sure if I liked that the series was being rebooted, I guess it was needed and this was a great start. I give it 5 out of 5.

    Quantum of Solace: After leaving the theater, I remember feeling like the film was incomplete, like there should have been more (sort of like the feeling I got when I watched Harry Potter part 2). I didn't like the quick editing (which I hated in Batman Begins and the Bourne series as well) and that there were way too many action sequences - on foot, car, water, air, what more could they possibly add?! Aside from that, I really enjoyed the film overall. On the other hand, when watching it again, especially watching it after Casino Royale, I didn't get that feeling of incompleteness anymore. It's like QoS needs to be watched back to back w/CR. It does feel like a Bourne film like everyone has mentioned. However, the thing that bothers me the most is that some things are not explained well. For example:

    1. Mitchell's connection with Slate, I didn't really get the explanation that the gave with the money.
    2. Why Slate wanted to kill Camille.
    3. Was that Slate in the water when Greene was talking to Camille at the docks?
    4. Why was Fields' killed? (I kinda get it, sort of)
    5. Why was Mathis taken and beaten?
    6. Why does Bond need Greene to get to the bottom of Vesper's death?

    There's probably other things that I can't think of right now, but aside from that, I still enjoyed watching this film - it was still entertaining and kept me watching the whole time. It's not as beautifully shot as CR, but I liked the use of the locations. I like the ending when Bond confronts Yusef, his conversation with M, and putting Vesper behind him. I just wished they explained some things better. 3.5 out of 5.

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    Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

    Always pleased with the 18th Bond! Very little to be upset with, if anything really. It's one of those Bond movies that is so jam-packed with action that if you blink, you'll miss half the movie. That's a good thing though! Never a dull moment with this one. Great characters, especially Carver and Stamper, and a wonderful performance by Mr. Brosnan. He really showed his Bond-ness in his second outing!

    My only complaint is Paris Carver......ugh.
  • Middle ground's definitely better than being at the bottom. I'm glad to see MR gradually losing it's unfairly tagged "worst Bond film of all time" moniker among most fans.
    MR fans should be thankful DAD came out :-))

    It's a real shame for MR that the script was so horrible with all the sight/sound gags. These things took down a lot of the good work Moore did do. I genuinely cannot fathom why some people would prefer winking pigeons, Bondolas, and general stupidity over at least 20 of the 22 official films. MR and other parts of the Moore-era films have more in common with the Helm/Flint/Powers genre than with Bond. I completely understand why most people rank MR so low, I think it is very fairly tagged as such for all the issues it has.
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