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    ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE (1969)
    Watched this afternoon. Glorious as ever, from the cool intro of Laz as Bond ( Aston, sunglasses, lit cigarette, gun sight!) to the tragic finale, sublime viewing. Paid more attention to the recently deceased Michael Reeds cinematography, this is a really gorgeous looking Bond movie! Still number 1 for me!
  • “What’s Bond doing?”
    “I think he’s attempting reentry, sir.”

    Moonraker is probably the most ridiculous Bond flick. It’s big, it’s loud, it’s dumb, it’s fun, it’s pure escapism with terrific performances by Roger Moore and Michael Lonsdale.

    My biggest issue with Moonraker is right as I begin to vibe with it, there is always something ridiculous to punctuate a scene, and it stops me from completely enjoying it. Jaws is a complete joke now, whether he is flapping his hands like a bird at the beginning of the movie, or just making ridiculous faces as bad things happen to him. The cable car fight should be a thrilling piece of filmmaking, but it falls so flat IMO. The gondola sequence is probably the most nonsensical thing in any Bond.

    There is a lot that I do like in this movie. The opening with Bond fighting for the parachute is great stuff. The centrifuge and fight inside the Venini glass shop are both film highlights, and I can’t say enough about the excellent production design. The cinematography is absolutely gorgeous. Barry delivers another great soundtrack.

    The hate for the ending fight in outer space is a bit overblown, IMO. It’s well shot, edited, scored, and honestly doesn’t last as long as I remembered. Some of the kills are absolutely wild, with astronauts spinning off into space like frisbees and whatnot.

    I think Lois Chiles as Holly Goodhead is a huge step up from Anya in The Spy Who Loved Me. We actually get to see Holly in action, and it’s a nice arc watching Bond go from making those sexist comments to her about being a woman to appreciating her set of skills later on in the movie.

    Hugo Drax is a great villain and his plot to kill millions in order to repopulate the Earth in his image has to be one of the more interesting stories in the series, even if the movie doesn’t take full advantage of it. His death is another highlight - Bond could’ve simply shot him with that poisoned tipped dart and that could’ve been the end of it, but I love that Bond goes an additional step and ejects Drax from the airlock.

    Far from the worst Bond film for me. The production design, spectacle and scope of the film keep it from the bottom place. I think it’s definitely more memorable than Spectre, although maybe not as cohesive as No Time To Die. I may have to sit on this one, because I do think Moonraker has more rewatchability overall.

    Sixteen down, eleven to go…

    1. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
    2. Goldfinger
    3. GoldenEye
    4. Dr. No
    5. The Living Daylights
    6. You Only Live Twice
    7. The World Is Not Enough
    8. Live and Let Die
    9. For Your Eyes Only
    10. The Man With The Golden Gun
    11. Moonraker
    12. No Time To Die
    13. Spectre
    14. A View To A Kill
    15. Tomorrow Never Dies
    16. Diamonds Are Forever
  • SIS_HQSIS_HQ At the Vauxhall Headquarters
    edited December 2022 Posts: 3,402
    CrzChris4 wrote: »
    “What’s Bond doing?”
    “I think he’s attempting reentry, sir.”

    Moonraker is probably the most ridiculous Bond flick. It’s big, it’s loud, it’s dumb, it’s fun, it’s pure escapism with terrific performances by Roger Moore and Michael Lonsdale.

    My biggest issue with Moonraker is right as I begin to vibe with it, there is always something ridiculous to punctuate a scene, and it stops me from completely enjoying it. Jaws is a complete joke now, whether he is flapping his hands like a bird at the beginning of the movie, or just making ridiculous faces as bad things happen to him. The cable car fight should be a thrilling piece of filmmaking, but it falls so flat IMO. The gondola sequence is probably the most nonsensical thing in any Bond.

    There is a lot that I do like in this movie. The opening with Bond fighting for the parachute is great stuff. The centrifuge and fight inside the Venini glass shop are both film highlights, and I can’t say enough about the excellent production design. The cinematography is absolutely gorgeous. Barry delivers another great soundtrack.

    The hate for the ending fight in outer space is a bit overblown, IMO. It’s well shot, edited, scored, and honestly doesn’t last as long as I remembered. Some of the kills are absolutely wild, with astronauts spinning off into space like frisbees and whatnot.

    I think Lois Chiles as Holly Goodhead is a huge step up from Anya in The Spy Who Loved Me. We actually get to see Holly in action, and it’s a nice arc watching Bond go from making those sexist comments to her about being a woman to appreciating her set of skills later on in the movie.

    Hugo Drax is a great villain and his plot to kill millions in order to repopulate the Earth in his image has to be one of the more interesting stories in the series, even if the movie doesn’t take full advantage of it. His death is another highlight - Bond could’ve simply shot him with that poisoned tipped dart and that could’ve been the end of it, but I love that Bond goes an additional step and ejects Drax from the airlock.

    Far from the worst Bond film for me. The production design, spectacle and scope of the film keep it from the bottom place. I think it’s definitely more memorable than Spectre, although maybe not as cohesive as No Time To Die. I may have to sit on this one, because I do think Moonraker has more rewatchability overall.

    Sixteen down, eleven to go…

    1. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
    2. Goldfinger
    3. GoldenEye
    4. Dr. No
    5. The Living Daylights
    6. You Only Live Twice
    7. The World Is Not Enough
    8. Live and Let Die
    9. For Your Eyes Only
    10. The Man With The Golden Gun
    11. Moonraker
    12. No Time To Die
    13. Spectre
    14. A View To A Kill
    15. Tomorrow Never Dies
    16. Diamonds Are Forever

    Good review (Your #1 is definitely :x my all time favorite).

    I do find it a step up from TSWLM, the acting or performances from the casts were terrific compared to TSWLM, far more reactive and not stiff.

    Yes, agreed on Goodhead being an improvement over Anya, she's much more tough, she's independent and didn't need Bond to save her unlike Anya (whom Bond saved at the train against Jaws, then at the climax where she's tied up) and I do also find Lois chiles a better actress than Bach, Bach comes off as wooden for me, she's stiff and quite not believable in her lines, Lois Chiles comes off more as natural to her performance, not forced.

    Same for the villains also, Hugo Drax is a big step up from Stromberg in menace, threatening factor and presence, Stromberg seemed to me like a poor copy of Blofeld, his presence was also weak, and quite not active, he's uninteresting as a villain, whereas Hugo Drax was more lively, he had more menace, strong presence, and scary.

    Even to the performances, Michael Lonsdale is a big step up from Curd Jurgens (again Jurgens' acting seemed a bit stiff for me).

    I couldn't think of a great performance in TSWLM except Roger Moore himself, everyone in there seemed stiff or wooden, or had forced performances.

    The cinematography was also a step up from TSWLM too, Moonraker was more beautifully shot than TSWLM, some scenes in the TSWLM where it looked dull, compared that to MR which was very lively and colorful, beautiful shots.

    I don't know TSWLM for me is a bit overrated, but comparing it to MR alone, the latter is obviously better.
  • LeonardPineLeonardPine The Bar on the Beach
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    The World Is Not Enough

    First time i've watched this in quite a while and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Definitely my favourite Brosnan PTS. The boat chase is brilliantly put together and it's nice to see Brosnan well involved in the action, even if it looks like he ingested a few gallons of Thames water...! As Q's powerboat thunders in pursuit and David Arnold's masterful score kicks in I was loving it!

    The rest of the film ain't too bad either. No personal baggage here, just a straight up Bond adventure. Decent story and a really sultry villainess. Some of the action is sometimes a bit meh, but so many great moments overcome it. Just love Elektra's torture of Bond and the Submarine climax works well even if Bond's fight with Renard should have been better.

    Overall one of my most enjoyable viewings.

    Can see this moving up my rankings somewhat...
  • edited January 2023 Posts: 6,965
    The World Is Not Enough

    First time i've watched this in quite a while and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Definitely my favourite Brosnan PTS. The boat chase is brilliantly put together and it's nice to see Brosnan well involved in the action, even if it looks like he ingested a few gallons of Thames water...! As Q's powerboat thunders in pursuit and David Arnold's masterful score kicks in I was loving it!

    The rest of the film ain't too bad either. No personal baggage here, just a straight up Bond adventure. Decent story and a really sultry villainess. Some of the action is sometimes a bit meh, but so many great moments overcome it. Just love Elektra's torture of Bond and the Submarine climax works well even if Bond's fight with Renard should have been better.

    Overall one of my most enjoyable viewings.

    Can see this moving up my rankings somewhat...

    Good for you mate! As an intense non-fan of Brossa era, this is his most tolerable of his for me! Mainly down to the casting of Sophie Marceau, a great villain and utterly alluring! Am a fan of Robert Carlyle, but Renard was wasted potential ( agree their final scrap is awful!) And it was great to see the late Robbie Coltrane again! The Q boat is a cool Bond vehicle, but as is the problem with all of Vic Armstrong action set pieces, it goes on and on and thus becomes boring! The helicopter attack was another good idea, but not well executed ( and would have better in daylight!)
    Kleinman did another excellent job on the titles, and I was a huge fan of Garbage at the time, though I think if they were left to do the theme on their own, it would have been even better! As for Brossa, he still a lousy Bond to me, and that confrontation scene with Elektra is toe curlingly bad acting on his part!
  • LeonardPineLeonardPine The Bar on the Beach
    edited January 2023 Posts: 3,985
    Mathis1 wrote: »
    The World Is Not Enough

    First time i've watched this in quite a while and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Definitely my favourite Brosnan PTS. The boat chase is brilliantly put together and it's nice to see Brosnan well involved in the action, even if it looks like he ingested a few gallons of Thames water...! As Q's powerboat thunders in pursuit and David Arnold's masterful score kicks in I was loving it!

    The rest of the film ain't too bad either. No personal baggage here, just a straight up Bond adventure. Decent story and a really sultry villainess. Some of the action is sometimes a bit meh, but so many great moments overcome it. Just love Elektra's torture of Bond and the Submarine climax works well even if Bond's fight with Renard should have been better.

    Overall one of my most enjoyable viewings.

    Can see this moving up my rankings somewhat...

    Good for you mate! As an intense non-fan of Brossa era, this is his most tolerable of his for me! Mainly down to the casting of Sophie Marceau, a great villain and utterly alluring! Am a fan of Robert Carlyle, but Renard was wasted potential ( agree their final scrap is awful!) And it was great to see the late Robbie Coltrane again! The Q boat is a cool Bond vehicle, but as is the problem with all of Vic Armstrong action set pieces, it goes on and on and thus becomes boring! The helicopter attack was another good idea, but not well executed ( and would have better in daylight!)
    Kleinman did another excellent job on the titles, and I was a huge fan of Garbage at the time, though I think if they were left to do the theme on their own, it would have been even better! As for Brossa, he still a lousy Bond to me, and that confrontation scene with Elektra is toe curlingly bad acting on his part!

    I know you're not Brosnans biggest fan mate! I'm not either, but I find his first 3 Bond films entertaining enough and with some nice Bondian touches. But it just goes to show, when Brosnan was given more serious meaty dialogue, he couldn’t deliver. (Personally my least favourite acting scene of his was on the beach with Natalya in GE)

    But re-visiting TWINE after a long time was surprisingly enjoyable 😊
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    Mathis1 wrote: »
    The World Is Not Enough

    First time i've watched this in quite a while and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Definitely my favourite Brosnan PTS. The boat chase is brilliantly put together and it's nice to see Brosnan well involved in the action, even if it looks like he ingested a few gallons of Thames water...! As Q's powerboat thunders in pursuit and David Arnold's masterful score kicks in I was loving it!

    The rest of the film ain't too bad either. No personal baggage here, just a straight up Bond adventure. Decent story and a really sultry villainess. Some of the action is sometimes a bit meh, but so many great moments overcome it. Just love Elektra's torture of Bond and the Submarine climax works well even if Bond's fight with Renard should have been better.

    Overall one of my most enjoyable viewings.

    Can see this moving up my rankings somewhat...

    Good for you mate! As an intense non-fan of Brossa era, this is his most tolerable of his for me! Mainly down to the casting of Sophie Marceau, a great villain and utterly alluring! Am a fan of Robert Carlyle, but Renard was wasted potential ( agree their final scrap is awful!) And it was great to see the late Robbie Coltrane again! The Q boat is a cool Bond vehicle, but as is the problem with all of Vic Armstrong action set pieces, it goes on and on and thus becomes boring! The helicopter attack was another good idea, but not well executed ( and would have better in daylight!)
    Kleinman did another excellent job on the titles, and I was a huge fan of Garbage at the time, though I think if they were left to do the theme on their own, it would have been even better! As for Brossa, he still a lousy Bond to me, and that confrontation scene with Elektra is toe curlingly bad acting on his part!

    I know you're not Brosnans biggest fan mate! I'm not either, but I find his first 3 Bond films entertaining enough and with some nice Bondian touches. But it just goes to show, when Brosnan was given more serious meaty dialogue, he couldn’t deliver. (Personally my least favourite acting scene of his was on the beach with Natalya in GE)

    But re-visiting TWINE after a long time was surprisingly enjoyable 😊

    Yes, that beach scene in GE is pretty awful, with its chocolate box visuals and cringey dialogue!
  • LeonardPineLeonardPine The Bar on the Beach
    edited January 2023 Posts: 3,985
    My 9th viewing of NTTD and I still bloody love it! This film is difficult to rank, but I think it could be breaking into my top ten eventually.

    Daniel Craig is just so good in it! But then all the regulars are on top form. And even as a David Arnold fanatic, I absolutely love the score. I don't get emotional at the end (like I always do with OHMSS) I just enjoy Craig’s marvellous performance before he bows out.
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    Well, new Bank Holiday here for us in Ireland this weekend ( God bless St. Brigid! 😁)
    So, a Bond movie watch is definitely on the cards, but now the problem of which one?
    I got all of Daniel films on 4K late last year, so perhaps QOS! Or I could continue my Rog Bond film marathon 'Comments as you watch!', which would put TSWLM in the frame. Decisions, decisions!?
  • SIS_HQSIS_HQ At the Vauxhall Headquarters
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    Mathis1 wrote: »
    Well, new Bank Holiday here for us in Ireland this weekend ( God bless St. Brigid! 😁)
    So, a Bond movie watch is definitely on the cards, but now the problem of which one?
    I got all of Daniel films on 4K late last year, so perhaps QOS! Or I could continue my Rog Bond film marathon 'Comments as you watch!', which would put TSWLM in the frame. Decisions, decisions!?

    Watch the Craig films first, then after that, watch the Moore Bond films for fun after the almost dark and dour Craig ones. ;)
  • LeonardPineLeonardPine The Bar on the Beach
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    Tomorrow Never Dies

    Always a really fun watch. I think the story works well and the villain is certainly insane!

    On this viewing I really enjoyed Terri Hatcher's performance. She makes a mark with a pretty small part.

    Always loved the Captain on the British Battleship.."Whatever that thing is, sink it!"

    A bit too much action in this but it's all very well done and Brosnan looks like he's having fun. And Arnold's first Bond score is masterful.

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    Tomorrow Never Dies

    Always a really fun watch. I think the story works well and the villain is certainly insane!

    On this viewing I really enjoyed Terri Hatcher's performance. She makes a mark with a pretty small part.

    Always loved the Captain on the British Battleship.."Whatever that thing is, sink it!"

    A bit too much action in this but it's all very well done and Brosnan looks like he's having fun. And Arnold's first Bond score is masterful.

    The Captain on the British ship had me wracking my brains where I saw him before. And a recent T.V. showing of 'Braveheart' solved it. He plays a rather nasty soldier who has his eye on Wallaces true love!
  • LeonardPineLeonardPine The Bar on the Beach
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    Mathis1 wrote: »
    Tomorrow Never Dies

    Always a really fun watch. I think the story works well and the villain is certainly insane!

    On this viewing I really enjoyed Terri Hatcher's performance. She makes a mark with a pretty small part.

    Always loved the Captain on the British Battleship.."Whatever that thing is, sink it!"

    A bit too much action in this but it's all very well done and Brosnan looks like he's having fun. And Arnold's first Bond score is masterful.

    The Captain on the British ship had me wracking my brains where I saw him before. And a recent T.V. showing of 'Braveheart' solved it. He plays a rather nasty soldier who has his eye on Wallaces true love!

    Yes you're right mate. Although apparently he played an 'Admiral' on the HMS Bedford, not a captain...my bad!

    He was also in Gangs of New York. In his 80's now according to his bio!
  • LeonardPineLeonardPine The Bar on the Beach
    edited February 2023 Posts: 3,985
    The Living Daylights

    After two fun Brosnan films it was time for some real quality..😉

    And what a Bond film this is! The best PTS followed by the pure Fleming of Koskov's defection sequence. Dalton is so good in these scenes it's a Fleming fans dream! That's not to say he's not great throughout the whole thing. Also my favourite climax in the series. Incredible stuntwork and a nail-biting ticking bomb!

    A really good cold War story and the best dialogue until CR came along. Dalton is so natural in this and his chemistry with D'Abo is a joy.

    Only a few misteps. The cello chase is rather silly, the Russian prison guards scouse accent and John Barry's 'sexy music' when Bond is picked up by the two Leiter girls. (However the rest of his score is phenomenal)

    My 4th favourite Bond film and not likely to change that rating any time soon. It's a shame LTK couldn't carry on the quality of this film.
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    FYEO. Not for my eyes. I simply cannot take a film seriously that begins with laying flowers at Tracy's grave to "Mr. Bond, I'll buy you a delicatessen" before the opening titles. The silly bits in the RM series of films always take me out of the film.
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    The Living Daylights

    After two fun Brosnan films it was time for some real quality..😉

    And what a Bond film this is! The best PTS followed by the pure Fleming of Koskov's defection sequence. Dalton is so good in these scenes it's a Fleming fans dream! That's not to say he's not great throughout the whole thing. Also my favourite climax in the series. Incredible stuntwork and a nail-biting ticking bomb!

    A really good cold War story and the best dialogue until CR came along. Dalton is so natural in this and his chemistry with D'Abo is a joy.

    Only a few misteps. The cello chase is rather silly, the Russian prison guards scouse accent and John Barry's 'sexy music' when Bond is picked up by the two Leiter girls. (However the rest of his score is phenomenal)

    My 4th favourite Bond film and not likely to change that rating any time soon. It's a shame LTK couldn't carry on the quality of this film.

    Good summing up, mate! Marvellous Bond movie. Ticks all the boxes for me! Dalton is phenomenal!
    I only disagree with your last line! Think LTK was just as good, i like the fact it was so different to TLD, and Dalton was still brilliant! ( + it has my favourite villain in the series in Sanchez!) These two and OHMSS will always be my top 3!
  • Licence To Kill.

    I’ve always liked this one more than TLD. My last viewing of TLD blew me away and this viewing of LTK was no different. The villains, unique score and Dalton’s performance all make this one an instant classic for me. Sanchez may be my favorite villain of them all. Dalton has jumped up in my rankings a few spots post-NTTD, firmly in spot #2 behind Connery. Q has probably the best character development in the series when he realizes how impractical it would be for him to lug that walkie-talkie broom around with him in the field. Probably the biggest laugh in the movie.

    2022
    1. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
    2. Casino Royale ‘06
    3. Goldfinger
    4. GoldenEye
    5. Licence To Kill
    6. Dr. No
    7. Octopussy
    8. The Living Daylights
    9. Quantum of Solace
    10. Thunderball
    11. You Only Live Twice
    12. The World Is Not Enough
    13. Live and Let Die
    14. For Your Eyes Only
    15. The Man With The Golden Gun
    16. Moonraker
    17. No Time To Die
    18. Spectre
    19. A View To A Kill
    20. Tomorrow Never Dies
    21. Diamonds Are Forever
  • j_w_pepperj_w_pepper Born on the bayou. I can still hear my old hound dog barkin'.
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    Our (my wife's and my) first James Bond movie in 2023 (I apologize that it happened only in the 6th calendar week of the year) was LALD tonight. A movie that I hold unreasonably dear, because it was the first one I saw four times at a cinema (in four different places) in 1974. It came out in Germany at Christmas time 1973, but I didn't feel like going to the big city nearby to see it right away, since I can't say I already was a Bond fan then (IIRC, having seen only Goldfinger before, and belatedly). Still I think it's a lot of big fun, not pretending it is anywhere near the best Bond films. It does have one of the best themes, and it definitely has the best score NOT written by John Barry. I love it, and all of you may keep TSWLM and especially OP and AVTAK instead. LALD is simply my nostalgia piece.

    And no, I didn't pick my screen name for that reason. That came about when in a previous forum (not this one) I found that Scaramanga was already taken, and so I switched to a secondary character.
  • Last_Rat_StandingLast_Rat_Standing Long Neck Ice Cold Beer Never Broke My Heart
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    So my 8 and 7 year old boys are really starting to get into the Bond films. Obviously, there are some that I have to wait until they're older in order to introduce them. LTK, TND and the Craig films. However, they've watched several films with me and continue to ask me questions regarding the others. I believe so far since last June we've watched and they've highly enjoyed

    GF
    YOLT
    OHMSS
    LALD
    TSWLM
    MR
    OP
    GE

    What others are appropriate and indulging for kids of this age. Every time I think of maybe Skyfall, Spectre, DAF etc, I try to think of what they'll enjoy and also not subject them to aspects that may be inappropriate. DAD may be the best due to the silliness of it and isn't overly violent. I'll just fast forward at the sex scene with Bond and Jinx.
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    The World Is Not Enough (1999)
    Of the Brossa era, with a gun to my head, I would probably still pick this, as the only tolerable Bond movie he starred. He's still terrible, that confrontation scene with Elektra is still toe curlingly bad, and you can distract yourself in this film by counting how many times Brossa touches his face! The Q boat was a cool vehicle, but the boat chase is oh so dull, Danny Kleinmans titles are gorgeous (apart from the appearance of the pumping machines, he should have stuck with the oil/water/babes images!), I could watch Sophie Marceau all day long, way too good for this movie, and I have a soft spot for Robert Carlyle, underwritten role, and it was lovely to see the late great Robbie Coltrane again! It has really nothing else to recommend! Oh, as a footnote, it has one of the best titles, and could see Fleming use such a title, unlike his other Di(r)e titles!
  • LeonardPineLeonardPine The Bar on the Beach
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    Mathis1 wrote: »
    The World Is Not Enough (1999)
    Of the Brossa era, with a gun to my head, I would probably still pick this, as the only tolerable Bond movie he starred. He's still terrible, that confrontation scene with Elektra is still toe curlingly bad, and you can distract yourself in this film by counting how many times Brossa touches his face! The Q boat was a cool vehicle, but the boat chase is oh so dull, Danny Kleinmans titles are gorgeous (apart from the appearance of the pumping machines, he should have stuck with the oil/water/babes images!), I could watch Sophie Marceau all day long, way too good for this movie, and I have a soft spot for Robert Carlyle, underwritten role, and it was lovely to see the late great Robbie Coltrane again! It has really nothing else to recommend! Oh, as a footnote, it has one of the best titles, and could see Fleming use such a title, unlike his other Di(r)e titles!

    I think David Arnold's score Is pretty great as well, mate..! 😁
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    Mathis1 wrote: »
    The World Is Not Enough (1999)
    Of the Brossa era, with a gun to my head, I would probably still pick this, as the only tolerable Bond movie he starred. He's still terrible, that confrontation scene with Elektra is still toe curlingly bad, and you can distract yourself in this film by counting how many times Brossa touches his face! The Q boat was a cool vehicle, but the boat chase is oh so dull, Danny Kleinmans titles are gorgeous (apart from the appearance of the pumping machines, he should have stuck with the oil/water/babes images!), I could watch Sophie Marceau all day long, way too good for this movie, and I have a soft spot for Robert Carlyle, underwritten role, and it was lovely to see the late great Robbie Coltrane again! It has really nothing else to recommend! Oh, as a footnote, it has one of the best titles, and could see Fleming use such a title, unlike his other Di(r)e titles!

    I think David Arnold's score Is pretty great as well, mate..! 😁

    Yes, I'll give you that mate! Especially the part where Bond and Elektra are skiing!
  • LeonardPineLeonardPine The Bar on the Beach
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    Mathis1 wrote: »
    Mathis1 wrote: »
    The World Is Not Enough (1999)
    Of the Brossa era, with a gun to my head, I would probably still pick this, as the only tolerable Bond movie he starred. He's still terrible, that confrontation scene with Elektra is still toe curlingly bad, and you can distract yourself in this film by counting how many times Brossa touches his face! The Q boat was a cool vehicle, but the boat chase is oh so dull, Danny Kleinmans titles are gorgeous (apart from the appearance of the pumping machines, he should have stuck with the oil/water/babes images!), I could watch Sophie Marceau all day long, way too good for this movie, and I have a soft spot for Robert Carlyle, underwritten role, and it was lovely to see the late great Robbie Coltrane again! It has really nothing else to recommend! Oh, as a footnote, it has one of the best titles, and could see Fleming use such a title, unlike his other Di(r)e titles!

    I think David Arnold's score Is pretty great as well, mate..! 😁

    Yes, I'll give you that mate! Especially the part where Bond and Elektra are skiing!

    One of my all time favourite Arnold tracks. Really nails that Barry Bond sound!
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Per ora e per il momento che verrà
    edited March 2023 Posts: 6,827
    Glad to read that TWINE isn’t the end of the world for you, despite featuring your least favourite Bond :) @Mathis1

    My last watch was Spectre and I absolutely loved it. Funny how things go, I remember ranking it last at a certain point. But now I am absolutely crazy about the locations, the atmosphere, Léa & Monica and the fact that this is the one Craig entry since CR that really feels like it wants to be a Bond film.
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    Just finished QoS. This really is a good film. The car chase which I have disliked for a long time, no longer bothers me. I wish the writers had not killed Mathis. What a great character. Two quibbles: Oil on Fields is an unnecessary callback to GF. (Who brought the oil through the lobby?) And the underground water supply is never mentioned again.
  • edited March 2023 Posts: 2,161
    Watching NTTD again today I am seeing how much I would have been beyond content with a few changes. As I have written earlier, in many ways it was everything I wanted in the 25th Bond film; a return to a grand scale, world-saving mission, high adventure, more humor, a return to a bit more of an edge in Craig's portrayal. Yet, it remains a rather large failure in my eyes.
    Too long: So much could have been trimmed and/or removed. Either use Blofeld well (primary villain), or take him out of the picture.
    Madeline/Mathilde: I have no problem with Bond discovering that he has a kid somewhere, but I'd rather that it did not devour so much screen time, or carry such weight in the plot.
    Everything from Bond finding Dou Dou onward: This lame villain takes Bond out? It all just seems so weak and forced. Bond just plays along into his death.

    It occurs to me that I might not have minded Bond's death, even as it is here, had they (EON) not forced Craig's Bond into a separate continuity. If they had just continued without making such a point to the contrary (maybe tacitly implying that the first 20 films fit between QOS and SF, the return of Judi Dench being one of those overlooked inconsistencies) and I probably would have accepted the decision as a fitting end to a 25 film run.
  • LeonardPineLeonardPine The Bar on the Beach
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    My dog Jax enjoying Thunderball 😁
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    My dog Jax enjoying Thunderball 😁
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    Awesome! My cat joined me watching The Man with the Golden Gun the other day, we had a blast! :))
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    GoldenGun wrote: »
    My dog Jax enjoying Thunderball 😁
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    Awesome! My cat joined me watching The Man with the Golden Gun the other day, we had a blast! :))

    He only likes the underwater scenes...😁
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    The World Is Not Enough

    First time i've watched this in quite a while and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Definitely my favourite Brosnan PTS. The boat chase is brilliantly put together and it's nice to see Brosnan well involved in the action, even if it looks like he ingested a few gallons of Thames water...! As Q's powerboat thunders in pursuit and David Arnold's masterful score kicks in I was loving it!

    The rest of the film ain't too bad either. No personal baggage here, just a straight up Bond adventure. Decent story and a really sultry villainess. Some of the action is sometimes a bit meh, but so many great moments overcome it. Just love Elektra's torture of Bond and the Submarine climax works well even if Bond's fight with Renard should have been better.

    Overall one of my most enjoyable viewings.

    Can see this moving up my rankings somewhat...

    Good for you mate! As an intense non-fan of Brossa era, this is his most tolerable of his for me! Mainly down to the casting of Sophie Marceau, a great villain and utterly alluring! Am a fan of Robert Carlyle, but Renard was wasted potential ( agree their final scrap is awful!) And it was great to see the late Robbie Coltrane again! The Q boat is a cool Bond vehicle, but as is the problem with all of Vic Armstrong action set pieces, it goes on and on and thus becomes boring! The helicopter attack was another good idea, but not well executed ( and would have better in daylight!)
    Kleinman did another excellent job on the titles, and I was a huge fan of Garbage at the time, though I think if they were left to do the theme on their own, it would have been even better! As for Brossa, he still a lousy Bond to me, and that confrontation scene with Elektra is toe curlingly bad acting on his part!

    I know you're not Brosnans biggest fan mate! I'm not either, but I find his first 3 Bond films entertaining enough and with some nice Bondian touches. But it just goes to show, when Brosnan was given more serious meaty dialogue, he couldn’t deliver. (Personally my least favourite acting scene of his was on the beach with Natalya in GE)

    But re-visiting TWINE after a long time was surprisingly enjoyable 😊

    Yes, that beach scene in GE is pretty awful, with its chocolate box visuals and cringey dialogue!

    For me - as a Brozza fan - I consider his two worst scenes acting wise to be the confronting Electra scene (obviously) and the scene on the hospital ship with M in DAD. In both Brosnan seems very mannered with the arm and hand gestures.
    He's better when he's more restrained like with M in GoldenEye or the scene with Kaulfman in TND.

    Say what you like about him in GE but he doesn't do the thinking/ face touching acting like he does in TWINE

    Hello again to everyone btw.

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