Last Bond Movie You Watched

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    Another reminder for everyone to participate in the Bond Movie Meter 2016 thread with all your bond viewings.
  • DaltonCraig007DaltonCraig007 They say, "Evil prevails when good men fail to act." What they ought to say is, "Evil prevails."
    edited June 2016 Posts: 15,690
    FYEO and OP

    Another 2 of my favorite outings - utterly fantastic Sir Rog as a world weary 007, great soundtracks, specatular action, very lovely Bond girls, superb locations, interesting down to earth plots. Sir Roger is a an absolute legend - I can't get enough of his films.
  • DaltonCraig007DaltonCraig007 They say, "Evil prevails when good men fail to act." What they ought to say is, "Evil prevails."
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    TLD and LTK

    Timothy. F*cking. Dalton. What a badass he is, I can't say it enough. From the moment he shows his face in the TLD PTS, I know I am in for something very special. He just lights up the screen with his pure badassery and intensity. He may not be a star like Connery or Moore, but jesus christ is he entertaining to watch. Great soundtracks, plots and action scenes. I love Sanchez and Kara, and Brown's M really has great chemistry with Dalton. The tanker chase in LTK is a stuff of legends, just pure epicness.
  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
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    I agree on that tanker chase @DaltonCraig007. I used to find it dull and uninspired when I first saw it many years back, and now I think I was a fool to feel that way. It's one of my favourite finales to any Bond film actually.
  • DaltonCraig007DaltonCraig007 They say, "Evil prevails when good men fail to act." What they ought to say is, "Evil prevails."
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    @bondjames after watching 4 John Glen films today, I noticed how he has long action scenes without any music - the docks attack scene in FYEO, the first half of the bomb chase in OP, the first half of the Afghanistan base attack in TLD and the first half of the tanker chase in LTK, and I believe a large portion of the underground mine climax in AVTAK doesn't have music either.
  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
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    Interesting point @DaltonCraig007. I hadn't noticed that before. I have to say, it's always fun to watch a Glen film. Apart from the animal scare and falling man scream which I both love, I just enjoy the pacing of the action in his efforts, even though his films can look a bit drab comparatively at times.
  • DaltonCraig007DaltonCraig007 They say, "Evil prevails when good men fail to act." What they ought to say is, "Evil prevails."
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    @bondjames Young, Glen and Campbell. I love them to bits. Gilbert closely behind.
  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
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    Totally with you on that @DaltonCraig007. I do like Hamilton's work on TMWTGG/LALD as well (I realize I may be in the minority). No noticeable green screen and great stuntwork in the action sequences, and such lively/quirky characters in all his films too, including in DAF/GF.
  • DaltonCraig007DaltonCraig007 They say, "Evil prevails when good men fail to act." What they ought to say is, "Evil prevails."
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    @bondjames I am going to do a Hamilton marathon this weekend. I'll get back to you on his films in this thread.
  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
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    Great! Enjoy @DaltonCraig007. I did that a few weeks back in tribute to him and had a blast.
  • DaltonCraig007DaltonCraig007 They say, "Evil prevails when good men fail to act." What they ought to say is, "Evil prevails."
    edited June 2016 Posts: 15,690
    GF and DAF

    My first Connery films in almost 2 months. I've missed him dearly, as he blew my socks off straight away with the GF PTS. He is an unstoppable machine - nothing gets under his skin as he throws quips nonchalantly, beds all the women and destroys the villains that get in his way. His performance in DAF is just 200% entertaining - the man is having the time of his life, and his one liners delivery is pitch perfect. Great soundtracks, colourful bunch of characters, fantastic humorous action sequences, Hamilton brings a very quirky style to the franchise, and the pace is always brisk (even when Bond is held captive in GF). You never know what's going to happen next in his films, as it goes from serious to OTT from scene to scene. Connery is a friggen man, no one is as manly as he is. What an A level Star.
  • Major_BoothroydMajor_Boothroyd Republic of Isthmus
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    QoS. Hadn't seen it in a long time and I really liked it more without the weight of expectation I had from CR. Craig looks the best in this film. It is artfully shot (although a little too shaky cam at times). The opening is killer. Craig really does have a lot of great pre-title sequences. It is a little slight on script - it could have taken a little of Spectre's flab to balance it out. QoS is a lot like its star - lean, brutal and not messing around.
  • ClarkDevlinClarkDevlin Martinis, Girls and Guns
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    QoS. Hadn't seen it in a long time and I really liked it more without the weight of expectation I had from CR. Craig looks the best in this film. It is artfully shot (although a little too shaky cam at times). The opening is killer. Craig really does have a lot of great pre-title sequences. It is a little slight on script - it could have taken a little of Spectre's flab to balance it out. QoS is a lot like its star - lean, brutal and not messing around.
    Great review! =D>
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    Diamonds are forever: Connery is having a blast but the film feels off. Let's start with the issues

    1. Connery doesn't look good at all especially in some of the fights an issue that will show up again with never say never again
    2. The kid in the circus is an issue I find him annoying
    3. Plenty o toole feels like she was a left over from the brady brunch takes Vegas. While she was hot I found her annoying
    4. Charles grey as Blofeld is just weird to me I don't know if it's because I loved him as Henderson or because anyone replacing Savallas would be deemed inferior


    Positives
    1. Wint and Kidd make the film for me. Charming hilarious and interesting
    2. Connery is having a blast even though he looks kind of old for some reason
    3. Vegas is an interesting location for the film even though it's not extremely well used


    Over all the film is ok for me not great not bad seeing Spectre tomorrow with my step father I told him to pick any bond film and he wants to see Spectre so here we go Connery's last film to Craig potential last bond film.... Though of course I will still see Spectre after Skyfall as I go through these things in order....
  • ClarkDevlinClarkDevlin Martinis, Girls and Guns
    edited June 2016 Posts: 15,423
    Connery certainly looks old... and self-abusedly fat, a big issue he had in YOLT, as well.
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
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    Connery certainly looks old... and self-abusedly fat, a big issue he had in YOLT, as well.
    Wow Clark, you must be skinny as a rail to say that!
    :))
  • ClarkDevlinClarkDevlin Martinis, Girls and Guns
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    chrisisall wrote: »
    Connery certainly looks old... and self-abusedly fat, a big issue he had in YOLT, as well.
    Wow Clark, you must be skinny as a rail to say that!
    :))
    Elementary, my dear Watson! Elementary! :))
  • talos7talos7 New Orleans
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    I agree that Sean did not look his best in Diamonds are Forever but I've never felt the same about You Only Live Twice. He might be a touch heavier but not enough to matter.
  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
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    I too thought Connery looked decent in YOLT, especially the earlier part of the film. Only after he donned the ridiculous disguise did I find him slightly off putting. He almost seemed to be slouching more in some scenes, to blend into with the shorter locals.
  • SzonanaSzonana Mexico
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    bondjames wrote: »
    I too thought Connery looked decent in YOLT, especially the earlier part of the film. Only after he donned the ridiculous disguise did I find him slightly off putting. He almost seemed to be slouching more in some scenes, to blend into with the shorter locals.

    Sean looked great in the boat scene with Helga Brandt. Like you said the only moment he looked bad is when he had the Japanese disguise but other than he still looks as good as he did iin all his previous films.
  • edited June 2016 Posts: 9,767
    It dawned on me I didn't post my list of 2016 viewings after seeing Diamonds are forever. well since I have seen Spectre I figure I will as it here (even though I will still rewatch it in order after skyfall my step dad wanted to see Spectre for his bday and I will never turn down seeing any bond film)

    My View on Spectre has changed slightly the jokes are still out of place but underneath all of the silly jokes beats the heart of a Craig bond film. If it is his final film then honestly I can say the Craig era did end on a somewhat high note (esp I ally compared to Diamonds are forever) Craig looks good and the film has a lot of emotional weight and is slightly gritty. (Well compared to diamonds are forever and even die another day it is extremely gritty.) again the score is an issue and it could stand to lose 10 minutes of fun time and 20 unesscary jokes but it's not a bad film as I initially thought.

    My rankings so far

    1. From Russia with love
    2. On her Majesties Secret Service
    3. Spectre
    4. Dr. No
    5. Thunderball
    6. Goldfinger
    7. You only live twice
    8. Diamonds are forever
    9. Casino Royale 1954
    10. Casino Royale 1967

    Of course while Spectre is in my top ten right now it will slowly move out of my top ten when I rewatch films like Casino Royale (2006) Quantum of solace For Your Eyes only the world is not enough Goldenye etc....

    Anyways in two weeks Live and Let Die.... :)
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    I thought that was only if you saw all 24...
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    Agreed. No one else could have done LALD, or MR either the way it turned out. Voodoo and outer space are both so outrageous only Moore could pull it off.
  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
    edited June 2016 Posts: 23,883
    I agree. Moore is superb in LALD, and strangely, in MR as well. Played it perfectly for the tone of the film.
  • SzonanaSzonana Mexico
    edited June 2016 Posts: 1,130
    Agreed. No one else could have done LALD, or MR either the way it turned out. Voodoo and outer space are both so outrageous only Moore could pull it off.


    Well ive always said about Moore that he was someone that only him could fit into his films.
    As much as i loved the others they are more interchangeable but The Moore flicks only him fits in those.

  • DaltonCraig007DaltonCraig007 They say, "Evil prevails when good men fail to act." What they ought to say is, "Evil prevails."
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    Thanks to a suggestion from @Creasy47...

    GE and QOS.

    Fantastic. Starting with 2 hours of badass Brosnan at his peak in a spectacular film, with one of my favorite PTS and a tank chase, and ending with non-stop action with a legendary Craig, great locations and an awesome soundtrack from Arnold.
  • Last_Rat_StandingLast_Rat_Standing Long Neck Ice Cold Beer Never Broke My Heart
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    The first half of YOLT, until my DVD started skipping during the meeting with Osato. I've mentioned last week about the age difference of Connery between TB-DAF. Its actually pretty noticeable in YOLT that he doesn't look as suave as he did in TB. Realistically YOLT began shooting in 1966 and only a year or so had passed and it looked like 5.

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  • jake24jake24 Sitting at your desk, kissing your lover, eating supper with your familyModerator
    edited June 2016 Posts: 10,588
    GE and CR, the Martin Campbell marathon.

    Both at #3 and #1 respectively, there is never a time where these films cease to be entertaining. Superb direction, action sequences, character work, drama, and score (yes, Serra's music has seriously grown on me).

    A delicious combination of films to watch back to back.
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Per ora e per il momento che verrà
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    Wrote this review a while ago, thought I'd share it with my fellow Bond fans:

    THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS

    Reviewed 20 mrt, 2016

    Potyomkin’s review published on Letterboxd :

    In a perfect world "The Living Daylights" would be regarded as one of THE essential Bond films and Timothy Dalton would be singled out as THE closest interpreter of the literary character. Alas, the world is not perfect.

    When classically trained Timothy Dalton took over the James Bond role from good old wisecracking Roger Moore he read every single Ian Fleming Bond novel. Dalton wanted to be as close to the literary character as possible, and he did just that.

    Case in point: 007's increasing impatience with a bureaucratic ally during a mission behind the Iron Curtain and, later on, his reappraisal of that same bureaucrat when he does him an off-the-book favour. Nevertheless, Dalton's Bond does not lose his appreciation for the finer things in life: when he's asked to deliver a food basket to a Soviet defector's safe house he chooses to buy a different bottle of champagne because the brand listed was 'questionable'. Ian Fleming's Bond was undoubtedly broody and never seemed to enjoy his job, but he was also a bon vivant.

    "The Living Daylights" benefits greatly from its able protagonist, but it isn't the only aspect that works here. Maryam D'Abo's Czechoslovakian cellist is not your typical Bond girl. She's never sexually objectified, neither is she the clichéd 'Bond has met his match' type of female. Her character is written as an extremely likeable person. In fact, you can understand why Bond falls for her. It helps of course that Bond is rather monogamous throughout the film this time, which makes for one of the more believable romances in the series. The chemistry between Dalton and D'Abo is undoubtedly one of the best.

    The film features a trio of villains who are not always fondly remembered by fans. Undeservedly so, Jeroen Krabbé's Koskov is as scheming as he is charismatic ("Duty has no sweethearts") and Andreas Wisniewski's Necros, accompanied by a catchy Pretenders song, is nothing short of memorable. I could also imagine Bond writer Ian Fleming come up with brutish Brad Whitaker (Joe Don Baker), possessing his own villain pantheon.

    James Bond doesn't always have a lot of allies to his disposition. Here he has no less than three unforgettable friends: Thomas Wheatley is your typical bureaucrat or the anti-Bond if you will, the always reliable John Rhys-Davies shines as a Soviet general in full perestroika mode and in an interesting turn of events the adventure moves to Afghanistan where Bond teams up with Art Malik's Mujahideen warrior. This Bond film is obviously grounded in the reality of its time, which gives it an interesting edge.

    "The Living Daylights" is one of those few Bond films that manage to mix the Cold War espionage as Ian Fleming wrote it with the more escapist fun for which the film franchise became so popular. Here we get both spy intrigue and spectacular stunts. Highlights include a sniper scene that has been taken right off the pages of the Fleming short story of the same name and Dalton interrogating Rhys-Davies rather brutally in his Tangier hotel room. As for the imaginative stunt work we are treated to an Aston Martin chase on ice and a brilliant finale where Bond battles a heavy hanging out of the back of a cargo plain.

    As usual the film is visually impressive, director of photography Alec Mills gives Bratislava a typical colourless look to emphasize the communist atmosphere of Czechoslovakia, while the Afghanistan part features one particularly handsome shot desert sunrise. No Bond film however would be perfect without a masterpiece by house composer John Barry. This is Barry's last music score for the series and it's one of his best. Using both classical arrangements and synthesizers, Barry gives "Daylights" a very distinctive sound. It's all rounded up by Norwegian 80's pop group a-ha who deliver an unforgettable title song and The Pretenders with two equally satisfying additional songs.

    "The Living Daylights" never goes over the top or loses the essence of the character. While we all love our extravagant Bond moments from the more outlandish episodes, 007 really shines when he seems to be in real danger, but without losing that typical elegance, a combination achieved in few films but certainly to great success here in Timothy Dalton's first effort in the role.
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    Good review, GoldenGun. I just got done watching TLD tonight, the first time in years I'd seen it. In my Bond movie ranking, it sits at #15, and so far I don't think that'll change. I thought Dalton was a really good Bond, and the movie was pretty solid, but I'm one of those who thinks, as you suggest, that it lacks a strong villain, not to mention a threat to the free world--these last two reasons are factors in why I rank Moonraker a few notches higher than TLD.

    Next up for me--SPECTRE! I've seen it only once, in the theater, so this will be fun.
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