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I think getting news on the next film should give me enough excitement for now, though sometimes, this month for instance, has been a real slog Bond-wise in my view. Looking at the past films in a couple of months things should be in full swing.... Rant over. ;-)
I never tire of watching Bond movies and some I can just watch again and again.
I have arranged for a lot of personal items to be shipped from the UK to Melbourne when I was back home at Easter, includng by Bond DVD collection so once they arrive I will no doubt watch them again and all the special features
and i plan on watchin all 24 movies in 2012 in 24 days and at 25th day i will go to see B23 on its debut day in my country
As I stated there I watched Dr No last night as part of a Bondathon I'll be having over the next month or so (1 a night but at times 1 every other night, from DN to QOS in release order).
Watched DN many times and still rank it very highly (although I do need to do a simple ranking of the Bond movies for the relevant thread on here). Great movie, Connery is great in first outing, great Bond girl and great locations. Also, one of my favourite Felix Leiter's.
As for Dr No, one of the more menacing villains in a Bond movie, made more menacing by the fact that we don't see him until later in the movie.
Next: From Russia With Love
My last bondathon was Dec 09 until Mar 10. Im itching to do another one, although I'm fairly certain I can last until pre Bond 23. I think...
It has been a completely random choice, but the next up will be one from the 70s, probably Golden Gun.
Anything changed in my opinions? No not really....there's time though
It's a bit of a long time to consider it a Bondathon, but we've spaced it out a bit. I always try to set it up for the right mood. I'm planning to do a DN/LALD double next since it's summer time and cook up some Jamaican faire: grilled red snapper, rice and beans, Red Stripe Lager.
The most surprising changes for me were my new found appreciation for YOLT and AVTAK--two films I had writtten off for the longest time. YOLT is classic over the top Connery Bond. AVTAK actually has a good story and is down to Earth.
James Bond will return in Goldfinger ..................... in a couple of nights time.
I did manage to watch all the films over the course of 6/7 weeks. I travelled to uni by train, and always took my portable DVD player along, watching a film over the course of 2 or 3 journeys. I've never watched all of the films back to back in that sort of time frame, so it was interesting to see how they evolved film by film. I noticed nice little recurring features which I hadn't noticed before, but can't recall at this moment.
It also made me realise that my favourite director of the lot was John Glen, his films always consistently delivering (yes, even AVTAK in places, although Moore's showing of age seemed to jump dramatically from OP to AVTAK). I also replaced DC with TD as my favourite Bond. I could just visualise him as Fleming's Bond. It's a real shame he wasn't able to do more.
The villain of the piece, Largo, while being pretty menacing at times, I don't feel he has the presence of someone like Goldfinger. However, one scene that does give him a bit more menace is after he has one of his goons thrown in the pool of sharks and walks away kissing his ring. Shows utter devotion to Spectre and gives the impression he will do anything to succeed.
The Bahama's as a location is just beautiful, as are the Bond girls of the piece. Arguably the greatest line up of Bond girls in one movie? Pat Fearing (shame that window was steamed up), Domino, our runner up in the best Bond girl tournament and of course the awesome-ness of Fiona Volpe who, despite not winning the Bond girl tournament, certainly was highly popular on here (and was certainly killed off too soon).
Once again there is the interaction between Bond and Q, which I always enjoy. And I love how M sticks up for 007 a couple of times in the movie when others aren't as confident in his success?
All in all another great outing.
Next up - You Only Live Twice ....................... sometime this week!
Edit: My apologies for the double post and my apologies for not being as good with the words when typing a kind of review. Things like this have never been my strong point.
I watched TMWTGG over the weekend. Clumsy in places and half hearted at times. The climax was crying out for a mini army for Bond to dispatch, but it is what it is. Roger Moore is in top notch form though.
Next up for me is either AVTAK or LTK
Like NicNac said, keep 'em coming. We Bond fans love reading about other Bond fans opinions.
You should do, it's very interesting to watch the series grow and evolve.
I was thinking of doing them in pairs; you know OHMSS and TLD for example, or maybe GF and TSWLM...
I had a Guy Hamilton double bill yesterday of GF and LALD. Pairings are certainly worth doing.
-Connery's first four are still the Gold Standard of the series, they stand tall above all others, classic, classic, classic
-Moore is the most enjoyable to watch in the role for me, time and time again, even though some of his films were less than stellar
-OHMSS continues to go up in my rankings, solid film from top to bottom
-Dalton got robbed; it's painful to not have more films from him as Bond; he is soooo good
-Brosnan's four have become a chore to get through, I zone out when they are on, though they all look great on BD
-Craig is the man! Can't wait for Bond 23, this will be his shining moment
-YOLT and DAD were better than I remembered them being, not sure why but I liked them more this time
Having last watched Thunderball, the bar has been risen dramatically.
For me, this film captures the tone of Fleming brilliantly, including all the best bits of his larger than life writing. Interestingly, this is the one book that was based on a screenplay by McClory....
Connery simply looks amazing too, and anyone who thinks that the underwater scenes are too long or boring (that will be you QOS fans!) should just listen to the incredible score by the master John Barry.
10 out of 10. No question.
So, my ranking now looks like this...
2. Dr No
Donald Pleasance as Blofeld is nice to see and he comes out with a nice little performance, as well as being the first actor to show us the face of Blofeld, which was pretty great.
As for the Bond girls, Helga Brandt make a fine villainess and Aki a great ally, however Kissy just didn't really do anything for me. Don't get me wrong, she's a beauty but as a Bond girl, I wasn't convinced.
To be honest I can't quite put my finger on it, but I just didn't enjoy it as much as any of the previous 4 movies.
The best thing about the movie? Probably Blofeld's volcano lair. Great set for the final battle.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service - after reading through the opening post of this thread - http://www.mi6community.com/index.php?p=/discussion/71/something-of-a-must-with-me-ohmss-appreciation#Item_19 - I have a new found appreciation for this movie. I have always enjoyed it but, after reading that post, I watched it ever closer last night. I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's not perfect but we saw a whole new 007 in this movie, which is not a bad thing at all. Lazenby comes across as someone who would have made a very good Bond if he had made a few more movies after this one. It's a shame that we didn't get to see him on a revenge mission in DAF. If Connery had stayed for this I don't think we would have got anywhere near the same movie. I, personally, don't think SC could have pulled off the emotional scenes (in particular the ending). Plus the scenes with Tracy (horse riding, staring in to each others eyes in the car with Draco in between them etc), I don't think SC would have shown the same emotion as GL did. Just my opinion.
Savalas as Blofeld was all good (any one else think it strange how he held a cigarette when smoking it though?), Diana Rigg (our Best Bond Girl winner) showed why she won it (I don't think I've appreciated fully how good a Bond girl/wife she is until watching this last night) and the locations, Piz Gloria of course, is just wonderful.
Couple of things that I wasn't keen on in this movie - the nods to the first Connery era such as "This never happened to the other fella", the office scene bringing out the "keepsakes" and the janitor guy whistling Goldfinger. I just got the impression they were a bit of a smack in the face for GL as things like that just make people think of what has come before and take a little away from a good GL performance.
Overall though, this is a very good addition to the franchise and one that is gonna rank very highly on my list. I feel it's a shame we never got to see George do any more, even just DAF.
Hey ho - here we go on to Diamonds Are Forever. May wait a few nights for that though as I want to savour OHMSS a little more.
Imagine! Me wrong! Unthinkable. ;))