Tell us all about your BONDATHON

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  • Posts: 7,506
    Well I think the Dalton VS Necros fight on the plane definitely deserves a mention among the series' best fights.

    Most definitely!!
  • Posts: 11,189
    That wasn't really a "fight" though. That sequence was memorable due to the incredible stunt work.
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy My Secret Lair
    Posts: 13,384
    Yes, all praise to the stuntmen. It is a fantastic sequence. =D>
  • As I stated in the "Last Bond Movie Watched" thread, I'm watching the films in a different order in order to create some sort of continuity between the films leading up to SPECTRE, obviously disregarding the time periods and actors in certain roles...

    I started with Casino Royale, namely because of the origin story. I then moved on to Quantum Of Solace. It's the second half of the Vesper/Bond arc and finishes the transformation of Bond from a blunt instrument into the more suave and sophisticated Bond played by Sean Connery.

    After Quantum Of Solace, I had to debate what movie to put next. Skyfall's ending would have flowed into the opening of Dr. No really well but the themes in Skyfall just don't really gel with the idea that Bond has just been promoted two missions prior.

    By this time in the story, Bond is a seasoned agent in Dr. No. It's understandable how Bond and Felix don't realize who each other are...Bond has transformed from a English 5'10" blonde into a 6'2" dark haired man with a Scottish accent and Felix grew hair and stopped tanning. Jokes aside, watching them this way, you begin to start piecing little bits of dialogue to events that were previously unrelated. Honey asks Bond, "Do you have a woman of your own?" It's visible that Bond doesn't really know how to answer that question. On this Bondathon, I'm chalking that reaction up to Vesper. Bond learning his most valuable lesson in Casino Royale (trust nobody) flows nicely into the Ms. Taro sequence in Dr. No where he has the upper-hand the entire time.

    For obvious reasons, From Russia With Love comes next. It's a semi-sequel to Dr. No and one of the main reasons for SPECTRE's plan involving Bond is due to him killing Dr. No at the ending of the previous film. I won't lie, I love From Russia With Love. It's the best Bond film period.

    Goldfinger was next. Bond mentions Jamaica to Felix which ties it into the events of Dr. No. It also appears that the Aston Martin Bond won in the Bahamas has been retrofitted with the driver's seat on the left by Q Branch when they were modifying the car with the gadgets. In previous Bondathons, Goldfinger was always in my top 10. This time, I would put it in my top 5 easily. Everything works.

    So where do I go from here?

    I'm going to throw my first curveball into the mix now and say Live And Let Die for a variety of reasons. Guy Hamilton is back as director and the tones between both films stay pretty consistent. Roger plays Bond in a similar vein as Connery in the previous film. However, the biggest reason I stuck it here was because of Rosie Carver.

    I've always felt that after OHMSS, the idea of sticking her into this film as "Mrs. Bond" and Roger not even batting a eye of sadness towards the subject to be horrendous. Especially since in later films (TSWLM, FYEO, LTK, GE, TWINE), Bond was shown to still be saddened by the events.


    So here's the order I've watched so far:

    Casino Royale
    Quantum Of Solace
    Dr. No
    From Russia With Love
    Goldfinger
    Live And Let Die

    ...next up? SPECTRE has been pretty dormant since their botched Lektor deal. It's about time that they return in Thunderball.
  • edited February 2015 Posts: 7,506
    @CrzChris4

    I will be intrigued to hear more about your continuation story as it continues. Both here and in the other thread. It is definitely a fresh take on the Bondathon format!

    And maybe I will copy that order in my own Bondtathons later on... if you don't mind? No copyright issues? ;) :P
  • Posts: 2,341
    I have yet to sit down and have a Bondathon. If and when I do, I think I will go thru the Eighties films. Starting with FYEO and ending with LTK
  • sunsanvilsunsanvil Somewhere in Canada....somewhere.
    Posts: 260
    Greetings all. New member here....

    I do what I affectionately call a Bond Film Festival every one to two years. Always start at the beginning with Dr. No and go through in release order at a rate of one per week, and usually follow each screening with the excellent Patrick Macnee narrated documentary (which as most of you know only go up to Octopussy).
  • sunsanvilsunsanvil Somewhere in Canada....somewhere.
    edited February 2015 Posts: 260
    I believe you are correct sir! Clearly I'm overdue for another marathon. :) I might have been thinking how, conspicuously, he does NOT narrate the one for A View to a Kill.
  • Doesn't Maud Adams do a couple?
  • Birdleson wrote: »
    Yes she did, Bond and Scaramanga.
  • Birdleson wrote: »
    Yes she did, Bond and Scaramanga.

    I tip my cap.

  • MooseWithFleasMooseWithFleas Philadelphia
    Posts: 3,353
    Birdleson wrote: »
    The BluRay set carries them through LICENCE TO KILL, I believe. I could be remembering wrong.

    I absolutely adore the Inside series with Patrick Macnee. It's a shame it stops at LTK. I'm not sure when these were created, but I had assumed they were for the Ultimate Edition DVD releases, which means they would have been recorded in the early 2000's. I was anticipating these extras for the Brosnan era and was greatly disappointed when they were not included.

    My most recent bondathon involved watching all the commentaries. So delightful and peaceful, especially Moore's commentaries. It's a shame no other Bond did commentary tracks.

  • Yeah the documentaries were awesome. I wish they all would have been over an hour long personally. As a huge Bond fan the more the merrier, especially with Macnee narrating.

    Even though I've seen most of them I still watch a few I've seen after watching the films sometimes. Some are really interesting (like all of the business with the tower jump in A VIEW TO A KILL as well as the blimp/mine finale.
  • sunsanvilsunsanvil Somewhere in Canada....somewhere.
    Posts: 260
    I wish they all would have been over an hour long personally. As a huge Bond fan the more the merrier, especially with Macnee narrating.

    Fortunatly Goldfinger and Thunderball sort of get extended versions by having both "Inside..." and "....Phenomenon" docs which dovetail well.

  • I watched Thunderball in my "chronological" Bondathon last night.

    Thunderball includes one of my favorite scenes of the franchise, The Kiss Kiss Club. I love everything from when Connery ties his flesh-wound up until Connery's "You mind if my friend sits this one out? She's just dead." The whole scene is just brilliant.

    I find the biggest issue with the film is the pacing. We hear Largo talking about their plan and then we spend the next twenty-five minutes watching it slowly unfold. The plane, the hijacking of the nukes, etc. I read somewhere that Terrence Young walked away from the film during the editing phase and Peter Hunt practically salvaged the film.

    This one inches ahead of Quantum of Solace in my ranking.

    From Russia With Love
    Goldfinger
    Casino Royale '06
    Dr. No
    Thunderball
    Quantum Of Solace
    Live And Let Die
  • WalecsWalecs On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    Posts: 3,157
    At last I started my Bondathon.

    Today I watched the first episode of Fleming: The Man who would be Bond; really nice a tv series for a Bond fan and someone who's fond of WW2 operations (loved the mention of Operation: Mincemeat). There were so many little touches which made the viewing a pleasure (hints of the Bond theme, the Vesper martini, admiral Godfrey's office which inspired M's and so on).
  • Posts: 1,394
    Birdleson wrote: »
    The BluRay set carries them through LICENCE TO KILL, I believe. I could be remembering wrong.

    I absolutely adore the Inside series with Patrick Macnee. It's a shame it stops at LTK. I'm not sure when these were created, but I had assumed they were for the Ultimate Edition DVD releases, which means they would have been recorded in the early 2000's. I was anticipating these extras for the Brosnan era and was greatly disappointed when they were not included.

    My most recent bondathon involved watching all the commentaries. So delightful and peaceful, especially Moore's commentaries. It's a shame no other Bond did commentary tracks.

    Pierce Brosnan did a commentary for DAD and its absolutley brilliant.The guy has a terrific sense of humour! Highly recommended.

  • Posts: 11,189
    In fairness I think he recorded that commentary before the film was even released in the cinemas. How did you expect him to talk? Yes it's kind of cringy to look back on it now but you're going to try and promote a new film that intends to "celebrate" 40 years.
  • MooseWithFleasMooseWithFleas Philadelphia
    Posts: 3,353
    AstonLotus wrote: »
    Pierce Brosnan did a commentary for DAD and its absolutley brilliant.The guy has a terrific sense of humour! Highly recommended.

    Wow, how have I missed this! I think I listened to the second commentary on DAD before. I will give it a go next time. Thanks @AstonLotus !
  • Posts: 1,394
    Whats wrong with Pierces commentary? Its terrific and is well worth a listen even if you dont like the film.Brosnan ( and Rosamund Pike ) make for great company on that track.Especially liked Pierces story about his son asking about the cars during the PTS and Berrys entrance in the movie ( '' Freeze frame.Rewind.Freeze frame. '' ) :))
  • NicNacNicNac Administrator, Moderator
    Posts: 7,572
    Bondathon

    The World Is Not Enough
    The Spy Who Loved Me
    Dr No
    Octopussy
    You Only Live Twice
    Casino Royale
    Moonraker
    The Living Daylights
    Die Another Day
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    It suddenly dawned on me that all the usual things that provoke people about DAD more that anything else - Jinx, Robocop, crap CGI, Madonna, Madonna's theme song, - somehow doesn't bother me that much.

    The thing that really does for me is the last 40 minutes of the film - an endless, screeching, cacophony of noise, a mindless, uncreative and quite frankly tedious climax to what had been occasionally a diverting and entertaining film.
    What Bond is famous for is real stunts. Non of that here. By the end I was thoroughly depressed.

    Next up From Russia With Love.
  • royale65royale65 Caustic misanthrope reporting for duty.
    Posts: 4,422
    Too true @NicNac. Up until the Antonov climax I always found DAD to be a mildly diverting and fun way to spend a couple of hours. Then one has the Robocop suit, the hammy acting etc.... A most disconcerting way to end Brosnan's tenure.
  • OnlyManWhoCanOnlyManWhoCan Greater London
    edited March 2015 Posts: 202
    I've been thinking about watching all the EON Bond movies back to back, with short breaks, sometime this year. I checked out online how long this would take and it seems like it would take just over 2 days. I know it sounds insane but I am always up for a challenge.

    Has anyone here actually tried it?
  • MooseWithFleasMooseWithFleas Philadelphia
    Posts: 3,353
    James Clark did one during the end of 2013. Recorded a short update video after each film. It was fun to watch through.
  • Posts: 1,394
    Just before Casino Royale was released in 2006, there was a bunch of guys who worked for Empire magazine who watched the first 20 films in the franchise over the course of a weekend......with no breaks......while wearing tuxedos.

    And yes they did look like the living dead by the end of it.
  • OnlyManWhoCanOnlyManWhoCan Greater London
    Posts: 202
    The longer I leave it, the more Bond films/longer it will take! I just kinda view it as a right of passage.

    And I honestly wouldn't mind being the subject of a news story entitled: 'Man Dies Attempting James Bondathon'
  • suavejmfsuavejmf Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England
    Posts: 5,131
    Your clearly more a lover of the cinematic 007 than the select films that are more inline with the novels? I like the Fleming novels as much as the films so I love LTK etc.
  • pachazopachazo Make Your Choice
    Posts: 7,314
    Just completed my latest Bondathon. I feel so empty now! Just kidding. I would like to refrain from viewing them again until Spectre gets closer but we'll see what happens. I really did find enjoyment in all of them. In parts at least. I think it also helped to watch them in a jumbled order this time around. It lends a new perspective to the series. Anyway, here's how it all sorted out.

    1) On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    2) Casino Royale
    3) From Russia With Love
    4) Skyfall
    5) The Spy Who Loved Me
    6) GoldenEye
    7) Live And Let Die
    8) Dr. No
    9) For Your Eyes Only
    10) Goldfinger
    11) Quantum of Solace
    12) Octopussy
    13) Moonraker
    14) Thunderball
    15) The Living Daylights
    16) The World Is Not Enough
    17) A View To A Kill
    18) Diamonds Are Forever
    19) You Only Live Twice
    20) Tomorrow Never Dies
    21) The Man With The Golden Gun
    22) Licence To Kill
    23) Die Another Day

    - I fell in love with OHMSS again. Not that it was ever far from my top spot.
    - I was actually hoping that SF would drop a little but darn it all if I didn't enjoy the hell out of watching it again.
    - GF came dangerously close to falling out of my top ten for the first time ever but it managed to make it by the skin of it's teeth. It does keep dropping though and I wonder how far it might fall next time.
    - Sadly, not every actor is in my top ten this time around. Both Dalton films dropped but I can still appreciate his short time in the role. That was not always the case before I joined this forum. So again, thank you fellow members for helping me with that. LTK still remains a low point in the series for me though.
    - It's always amazing to me how much better GE is compared to the rest of Brosnan's films. IMHO, anyway.
    - Like I said, I can enjoy every film to some degree. Although the second half of DAD really tries my patience.
  • NicNacNicNac Administrator, Moderator
    edited March 2015 Posts: 7,572
    Bondathon (in viewing order)

    The World Is Not Enough
    The Spy Who Loved Me
    Dr No
    Octopussy
    You Only Live Twice
    Casino Royale
    Moonraker
    The Living Daylights
    Die Another Day
    From Russia With Love
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    Strange following the mad, noisy DAD with FRWL. Maybe the Bond film I have seen the most over the years, and still a delight to watch. Occasional clumsy use of body doubles, but hardly hampers the experience.
    Thoughtful, respectful film making before the series began to get overwhelmed with clichés.

    Next up Diamonds Are Forever
  • Posts: 11,189
    My blu ray box set features a series of films rather than the whole collection. Two of these films are FRWL and DAD. In the past when I've watched FRWL I've thought about following it up with DAD just to compare and contrast. But I haven't dared. Probably a futile exercise.
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