Tell us all about your BONDATHON

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  • suavejmfsuavejmf Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England
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    Just watch FRWL again instead.
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    I am currently doing my BONDATHON, I finished work yesterday and I have the rest of the week off so I thought I would try and watch all 23 in order before the teaser trailer of SPECTRE is released. I have watched DN,FRWL and GF I'm just having a spot of lunch and then I'm off to watch TB at 1.30pm (UK time). I think if I can manage to get up to TMWTGG today then I should be able to do it.
  • NicNacNicNac Administrator, Moderator
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    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
    For Your Eyes Only
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    Put DAF back and brought FYEO forward, simply because it's my son's favourite Bond film and he was ill..no other reason.

    I'm always desperate to love FYEO more than I do. I think it has the single greatest missed opportunity of the entire series. Half way through the film the big reveal occurs when Bond realises his enemy isn't his enemy at all, but his supposed ally is in fact the bad guy. Yet the scene (on Columbo's boat) is tossed away without an ounce of dramatic realisation. A real shame. I guess the first time director John Glen simply hadn't settled in enough and seemed happier with the action scenes, of which there were many. Certainly by the time of TLD he was better at the more dramatic moments.

    FYEO as always sits somewhere in the middle of the pile and I can't see it moving anytime soon.

    Next up, definitely, Diamonds Are Forever.

  • NicNacNicNac Administrator, Moderator
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    Sharky wrote: »
    I am currently doing my BONDATHON, I finished work yesterday and I have the rest of the week off so I thought I would try and watch all 23 in order before the teaser trailer of SPECTRE is released. I have watched DN,FRWL and GF I'm just having a spot of lunch and then I'm off to watch TB at 1.30pm (UK time). I think if I can manage to get up to TMWTGG today then I should be able to do it.

    Good luck with that Sharky - always fancied doing a tight back to back Bondathon - one day, most definitely one day.

    Keep us informed
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    Starting mine soon, but I won't be watching them as fast as humanly possible, rather when I have the time.

    I suppose I officially started a few weeks ago when I saw CR again. Started TMWTGG last night, but didn't get to finish it.
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    Just finished LALD, so I've watched the first 8 today.

    After finishing the Connery/Lazenby/Connery era and watching the first of the Moore era my thoughts haven't changed really.

    Out of these 8 my favourite 3 are: FRWL,OHMSS and GF.

    Honourable mentions to: LALD (Maybe a controversial choice but it was the first one I ever saw and I have soft spot for it), DN and TB.

    and my least favourite: DAF

    Thanks for the message NicNac, I will keep you updated and good point about FYEO as well, I've never really noticed that before, I do like the film though one of my favourite of Roger's.

    Anyway I am now off to bed because I will be up in 6 hours to start my next 8 tomorrow beginning with TMWTGG, I will next update on my stop for lunch tomorrow afternoon.
  • edited March 2015 Posts: 266
    Birdleson wrote: »
    All of your favorites and Honorable Mentions are in my Top Ten, so I'm with you so far. I' throw in YOLT (probably at the 10 spot), as well, but obviously you disagree.

    I find YOLT to be around the middle of the pack for me, I don't dislike it though there are just others I rate higher.

    I am currently on day 2 of my BOND-A-THON, I have watched TMWTGG,TSWLM and MR. I am just having some lunch and then I will be watching FYEO.

    I am hoping to get up to GE today but I am feeling a bit tired so I may not make it but hopefully I will be updating after I've watched LTK which I think will be between Midnight and 1 in the morning.

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    I have just finished LTK, so that is the Moore and Dalton era finished, here are my thoughts from TMWTGG to LTK.

    My favourite 3 are: TLD,TSWLM and FYEO (It was a really tough decision between this film and LTK but on this occasion FYEO got the vote but only by a little).

    Honourable mentions to: LTK and OP

    And my least favourite: AVTAK (But MR was pretty close, and TMWTGG weren't too far away either).

    Off to bed now and then I will be up in the morning to start with GE on what will be the last day (hopefully).
  • edited March 2015 Posts: 654
    Sharky wrote: »
    I have just finished LTK, so that is the Moore and Dalton era finished, here are my thoughts from TMWTGG to LTK.

    My favourite 3 are: TLD,TSWLM and FYEO (It was a really tough decision between this film and LTK but on this occasion FYEO got the vote but only by a little).

    Honourable mentions to: LTK and OP

    And my least favourite: AVTAK (But MR was pretty close, and TMWTGG weren't too far away either).

    Off to bed now and then I will be up in the morning to start with GE on what will be the last day (hopefully).

    Great! Keep us posted!
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    Sharky wrote: »
    I have just finished LTK, so that is the Moore and Dalton era finished, here are my thoughts from TMWTGG to LTK.

    My favourite 3 are: TLD,TSWLM and FYEO (It was a really tough decision between this film and LTK but on this occasion FYEO got the vote but only by a little).

    Honourable mentions to: LTK and OP

    And my least favourite: AVTAK (But MR was pretty close, and TMWTGG weren't too far away either).

    Off to bed now and then I will be up in the morning to start with GE on what will be the last day (hopefully).

    Wow! You are really working hard, aren't you :))
  • edited March 2015 Posts: 266
    Wow! You are really working hard, aren't you :))[/quote]

    Yeah it has been harder than I thought it would be to watch 8 films a day (7 today), by the end your eyes really hurt and they go a little bloodshot. But I am enjoying it, something I've always wanted to do.

    I am on day 3 and hopefully final day of my BONDATHON, I've watched GE and TND this morning, I'm just having some lunch and then off to watch TWINE (I thought I'd better give myself time for my lunch to go down before I watch DAD, only joking).

    I will do my final post after SF tonight/early hours.

  • NicNacNicNac Administrator, Moderator
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    After a mammoth Bondathon like that the last 40 minutes of DAD may possibly finish you off Sharky. Hang on in there.
  • edited March 2015 Posts: 7,506
    Only watching the last half of DAD in its entirety is enough of an endurance test for me! Its been a few years since last time I dared doing it actually… I wish you the best of luck, Sharky!
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    Planning on finishing up TMWTGG tonight. It's been a really busy week.

    Also, did anyone else really love those "Bond vs Bond" threads that we used to have about a year ago? They were a lot of fun to fill out and sparked cool discussion as well. They seem to have disappeared.
  • DaltonCraig007DaltonCraig007 They say, "Evil prevails when good men fail to act." What they ought to say is, "Evil prevails."
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    The most I've done is 5 Bond films per day. So, congratulations to you @Sharky! You really are commited. :)
  • WalecsWalecs On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    edited March 2015 Posts: 3,157
    I have just finished the Fleming miniseries, which I enjoyed a lot. I didn't expect to see
    the execution of Operation: Mincemeat, it defintely was a nice surprise, as it was the incorporation of the James Bond theme vamp. I don't understand why they reinvented the origins on Bond's name, considering that the book of the ornithologist James Bond appeared at the very end of the last episode.

    Next week, Casino Royale '54 (which is actually the only Bond movie I have never seen, and I'm afraid I won't regret so, but still I'll be watching it).
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    Birdleson wrote: »
    The acting, writing and pace are all top notch.

    Now that seems like a grand exaggeration to me...

    But I agree that it's a very enjoyable romp. Not too long either.
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    Birdleson wrote: »
    jobo wrote: »
    Birdleson wrote: »
    The acting, writing and pace are all top notch.


    Now that seems like a grand exaggeration to me...

    But I agree that it's a very enjoyable romp. Not too long either.

    Not exaggerating, but I will concede that maybe Barry Nelson isn't top notch, but the rest of the cast is. The Charles Bennett (who wrote the great Hitchcock films of the '30s) script works splendidly for me.

    Okay, maybe 'grand exaggeration' was an exaggeration... ;)
  • edited March 2015 Posts: 266
    Skyfall-Done.

    I have finished my BONDATHON, 23 films and 50 years covered in 3 days not bad going.

    I have always wanted to try and do that, it was more difficult than I thought, it seemed like a good time to do it though as the SPECTRE teaser trailer is on the horizon and I had 4 days off , but most importantly my Girl friend is away until Sunday and she probably wouldn't of let me do it if she was around.

    Anyway my thoughts on the films from GE through to SF.

    My favourite 3 are: SF,CR and GE

    My least favourite: DAD (no surprise there)

    I haven't done a honourable mention for this block of films because for me TND,TWINE and QOS are all pretty average and near the bottom of my list.

    So here is my new rankings list using the info I have gathered over the 3 days (can I just explain that because I split the films up into blocks some of my honourable mentions from day 1 may be higher than a couple of my favourites from day 2 and day 3 for example I really like LALD and TB but not as much as FRWL,OHMSS or GF so I had to put them as honourable mentions because I was doing a top 3 for each day, but I prefer them to say FYEO which was one of my favourites and in my top 3 out of the ones I watched on day 2, I hope that makes sense).

    1) FRWL
    2) OHMSS
    3) GF
    4) SF
    5) CR
    6) TLD
    7) TSWLM
    8) LALD
    9) TB
    10) GE
    11) DN
    12) FYEO
    13) LTK
    14) OP
    15) YOLT
    16) QOS
    17) TWINE
    18) TND
    19) TMWTGG
    20) MR
    21) DAF
    22) AVTAK
    23) DAD

    Thanks for all your messages and enjoy your own BONDATHONS too, I'm off to bed to rest my eyes. Goodnight
  • edited March 2015 Posts: 7,506
    Nice to see you are alive and well, @Sharky!

    Your list looks good. Move LTK, FYEO and dr No up in your top 10, and you and I are very much on the same wavelength.
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    Birdleson wrote: »
    Nice job, I've never done it in under 8 days. Good list, too.

    I think next time I do it I will space it out (wont be for a while), and 8-10 days sounds pretty good to me.

    jobo wrote: »
    Nice to see you are alive and well, @Sharky!

    Your list looks good. Move LTK, FYEO and dr No up in your top 10, and you and I are very much on the same wavelength.

    Whenever I've done my list recently I've noticed that 1-6 are always the same (since 2012) and 15-23 are always the same too, and then there doesn't appear to be much separating the ones from 7-14 and some of them can swap around, so on another day the ones you mentioned might of moved up a couple of places.

    Its nice to know i'm on the same wavelength as other Bond fans @Birdleson and @jobo.

  • WalecsWalecs On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    edited April 2015 Posts: 3,157
    Casino Royale '54 is not bad at all - nowhere as good as Craig's CR, but still entertaining considering it's just a low budget TV movie made in the '50s. I like
    that they closely followed Fleming's novel (except for the ending, which was actually a surprise).
    Now I can't wait to start the Connery era next week.
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    Did someone here seriously watch 23 bond films in 3 DAYS? Not wanting to offend that person but that is madness.I think i would never want to watch a Bond movie again after overdosing like that!
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    Likewise.
  • WalecsWalecs On Her Majesty's Secret Service
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    Birdleson wrote: »
    DId you get the razor blade ending, or the one where that's missing?
    The razor blade ending.
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    I've recently watched all the Connery movies (up to YOLT) and i really enjoyed them, though i have watched them maybe 10 times each. One each day, every night starting from 22:00. I could clearly see that Connery was out of interest (and of shape) in YOLT. He has said that TB was his best performance, but i believe that in GF he was more excited and gave a more mature approach. I do believe that in TB he seems a little bored. Anyway, it was a great throwback for me :)
  • edited April 2015 Posts: 266
    AstonLotus wrote: »
    Did someone here seriously watch 23 bond films in 3 DAYS? Not wanting to offend that person but that is madness.I think i would never want to watch a Bond movie again after overdosing like that!

    No offence taken, each to their own. Bond-a-thon's are like Tosca, not for everyone

    ;)
  • NicNacNicNac Administrator, Moderator
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    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
    For Your Eyes Only
    Diamonds Are Forever
    _________________________________________________________

    Diamonds Are Forever. Blimey how good is Connery? Clearly enjoying the throw away lines which are very, very good, Connery just oozes charisma. Yes he looks heavier and older but its Connery! The sideways glance he gives M when his boss makes a sarcastic comment about Bond's never ending expertise is a hoot.
    Some of the film is a bit sloppy and naff looking, Vegas looks even tackier than it really is, the climax is an anti-climax, but there's so much to love here, and the stunt work in the car chase is nicely handled.

    A for effort if nothing else. It's a sort of guilty Bond pleasure for me and one of the films I have re-watched that has gone up in my estimation.

    Next up - A View To A Kill.
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    Yeah Connery is really on the top of his game in DAF and I've never understood why some people think he looks bored. He's having the time of his life.
  • NicNacNicNac Administrator, Moderator
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    I agree. This 'Connery looks bored' argument is truly ridiculous. People repeat it without really looking at the films and the evidence.

    I always ask people to show me any scene in YOLT or DAF where Connery looks bored, but so far no takers.

    I think the problem is, the films got pacier and didn't altogether suit Connery's laid back, casual style as the earlier films did. As such it's the in-thing to say he looks bored.
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