Your top 5 most rewatchable Bond movies?

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  • Posts: 631
    mattjoes wrote: »
    There is a certain mystique to my not knowing how many times I've seen them.

    Yes this.

    Incidentally I am astonished at some of the numbers people are claiming. I don’t have enough hours in the week to watch movies that often. I don’t think I’ve ever watched a single Bond film more than a couple of dozen times? Perhaps not even a dozen.

    On average I probably watch a film a week, perhaps even less than that. So, just watching the Eon films alone would take me nearly six months.

    Given the fact that there are a thousand other films I enjoy watching too, this means that literally years can go by before I rewatch a Bond film.



  • Junglist_1985Junglist_1985 Los Angeles
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    Benny wrote: »
    Nice to see OP making onto so many lists.
    Incidentally it’s the Bond film I’ve seen the most. Conservative estimates would be 250-300 views.

    Agreed! While not my favorite Bond (it’s mid tier for me), it’s supremely rewatchable because there’s just so much in it. It’s like the confetti cupcake or everything bagel of Bond films: it might not always be perfect, but there’s something for everyone.
  • Max_The_ParrotMax_The_Parrot ATAC to St Cyril’s
    Posts: 2,388
    MR, TSWLM, GE, LALD, AVTAK (Roger that!)
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    By the way, I quite agree about CR '67. Great fun, great 60s everything, and Joanna Pettet. I wish she had appeared in an EON Bond ! Come on - other folks "borrowed" EON Bond actors - for Operation Kid Brother, for CR '67. Why not borrow one back ? The EON folks had the same actor who portrayed a Bond ally in YOLT, just 2 films later and Connery's VERY NEXT ONE, and after having someone ELSE portray Blofeld, went with the very same actor - the super-smooth Charles Gray - play Blofeld in DAF so, come ON, they could have retained Ms. Pettet ! Given her marvelous performance in the light-hearted romp CR '67, she'd have been GREAT in DAF and in any R Moore film. OK, not to portray a lady with Greek roots as in FYEO, but for the spirit of most any R Moore Bond film.

  • mattjoesmattjoes Mitchell
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    I also like Joanna Pettet's performance in The Night of The Generals. That's a really cool film.
  • Posts: 1,281
    mattjoes wrote: »
    I also like Joanna Pettet's performance in The Night of The Generals. That's a really cool film.

    Now I really want to see it ! It's been a long time since I saw anything about it, but I do recall a little. IMDb shows that - like CR '67 and YOLT- it was released in 1967. And who else was in it with her ? Good ol' YOLT's Blofeld, Donald Pleasance and YOLT's Henderson/DAF's Blofeld Charles Gray ! As if some casting director showed up one day and said, "All right ! You, and you, and you - if you're quite done here, follow me !"
  • mattjoesmattjoes Mitchell
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    Since62 wrote: »
    As if some casting director showed up one day and said, "All right ! You, and you, and you - if you're quite done here, follow me !"

    Haha, pretty much.
  • Posts: 11,256
    I’m going to just guess through my lifetime which ones I’ve probably seen most:

    CR for sure is there. It’s forever been my #1 and to me it’s insanely rewatchable.

    GF is definitely there. I know I’ve seen this one a lot as a kid. Though it fell out of my Top 5 over time, I don’t really love it less, just gained greater appreciation for others.

    I’d probably say DN is among them. This one and GF were my favorite Connery films for a while. The less action-packed entries tended to not hold my interest quite as much as a kid, like FRWL, but for whatever reason DN broke through.

    My favorite Moore film, TSWLM, likely makes the list. Been a beloved entry for me since the beginning and I always found it super easy to go back to over and over as a comfort film (I have vivid memories watching it as a young one when I had a serious stomach illness for a week).

    Lastly… I’m going to guess OHMSS. There was a phase I was particularly obsessed with this film while I was in high school when it skyrocketed in my rankings and I know it got some extra watches.

    LTK and GE definitely have to be the other closest if not on here. Some other runner uppers would be LALD, TMWTGG, QOS, and SF. I’ve seen all of them many times, but from the best I can remember these ones got the most overall airtime. So far.
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
    edited July 25 Posts: 17,283
    My most re-watchable top to bottom:
    The Living Daylights
    Tomorrow Never Dies
    Goldfinger
    Diamond Are Forever
    Quantum Of Solace
  • SeanCraigSeanCraig Germany
    Posts: 727
    GF, TB, CR, QoS, DN
  • Posts: 49
    "From Russia With Love" - The first Bond movie I ever saw. I've watched this more than any Bond film. I can watch it over and over again. It's just fantastic and draws you in.

    "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" - When I was younger I never watched this. He was the "crap" Bond. The guy who only did one film. When I was younger there was no internet. And he was that bad they didn't want him to come back (Not true of course, but how would young Universal Exports know this?). But as I got older I've become obsessed with this movie (and the novel). And George wasn't half bad himself was he? It also has the wonderful Diana Rigg. Telly Savalas as my favourite Blofeld, and the best Barry score ever. Class from beginning to end.

    "The Living Daylights" - Timothy Dalton was my Bond. And what an introduction. After years of Roger and the films almost becomming satire. We now have Dalton. Angry, aggressive, passionate. He was the Bond of my era. And The Living Daylights is a wonderful film. I can watch this film endlessly and never get bored.

    "Octopussy" - While I'm not the biggest fan of the "Roger years" - I do appreciate Roger and the fact he finally found his footing and found his way to portray Bond. While this isn't my favourite Bond movie. Or even my favourite of Rog's (that would be "For Your Eyes Only") this film is just so much fun. As others have said. Endless action, non stop fun. And high stakes. I do love watching this.

    "Licence To Kill" - This was the first movie that was released after I became a fan. And I was so desperate to see this. I was too young to see it at the cinema. And you had to wait an age back then to see it released on video. I rented this movie endlessly. I watched it I can guess for at least 10 weekends in a row. I love Dalton as Bond. And he's fantastic in this film. I love Talisa Soto. Young Universal Exports was rather smitten. I was also smitten with Cary Lowell when they go to Isthmus and she cuts her hair. Robert Davi is so ruthless as Sanchez. One of my favourite villains. And I love Robert Llewellyn is this movie. More Q is never a bad thing. And the end sequence and the oil tanker. Great stuff. Another film I keep going back to.

    Honourable mention:

    "Live And Let Die" - When I was younger I watched this all the time. A different guy as Bond. Wow! Rog plays it aggressive. I loved the locations and Jane Seymour. I was also a huge Beatles fan (still am) and yes, I know it's Paul McCartney and Wings ("The band The Beatles could have been" 🤣🤣) so I love the title track. I was also a huge Guns N' Roses fan at this time and they had a successful cover version of the song out. I do love Martin's score. The New Orleans scenes. I think Tee-hee and Baron Samedi are great henchmen. At this time I was also a big fan of "Homicide: Life On The Street" (still am. And I adore David Simon's work) and you could find it on Channel 4 at 10pm all over the shot. And it starred the sublime Yaphet Kotto as Lieutenant Giardello ("G") and I love him as Kananga/Mr. Big. So this was watched a lot back then. But I watch it much less now. Although I am still fond of it.
  • Posts: 5,060
    "From Russia With Love" - The first Bond movie I ever saw. I've watched this more than any Bond film. I can watch it over and over again. It's just fantastic and draws you in.

    "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" - When I was younger I never watched this. He was the "crap" Bond. The guy who only did one film. When I was younger there was no internet. And he was that bad they didn't want him to come back (Not true of course, but how would young Universal Exports know this?). But as I got older I've become obsessed with this movie (and the novel). And George wasn't half bad himself was he? It also has the wonderful Diana Rigg. Telly Savalas as my favourite Blofeld, and the best Barry score ever. Class from beginning to end.

    "The Living Daylights" - Timothy Dalton was my Bond. And what an introduction. After years of Roger and the films almost becomming satire. We now have Dalton. Angry, aggressive, passionate. He was the Bond of my era. And The Living Daylights is a wonderful film. I can watch this film endlessly and never get bored.

    "Octopussy" - While I'm not the biggest fan of the "Roger years" - I do appreciate Roger and the fact he finally found his footing and found his way to portray Bond. While this isn't my favourite Bond movie. Or even my favourite of Rog's (that would be "For Your Eyes Only") this film is just so much fun. As others have said. Endless action, non stop fun. And high stakes. I do love watching this.

    "Licence To Kill" - This was the first movie that was released after I became a fan. And I was so desperate to see this. I was too young to see it at the cinema. And you had to wait an age back then to see it released on video. I rented this movie endlessly. I watched it I can guess for at least 10 weekends in a row. I love Dalton as Bond. And he's fantastic in this film. I love Talisa Soto. Young Universal Exports was rather smitten. I was also smitten with Cary Lowell when they go to Isthmus and she cuts her hair. Robert Davi is so ruthless as Sanchez. One of my favourite villains. And I love Robert Llewellyn is this movie. More Q is never a bad thing. And the end sequence and the oil tanker. Great stuff. Another film I keep going back to.

    Honourable mention:

    "Live And Let Die" - When I was younger I watched this all the time. A different guy as Bond. Wow! Rog plays it aggressive. I loved the locations and Jane Seymour. I was also a huge Beatles fan (still am) and yes, I know it's Paul McCartney and Wings ("The band The Beatles could have been" 🤣🤣) so I love the title track. I was also a huge Guns N' Roses fan at this time and they had a successful cover version of the song out. I do love Martin's score. The New Orleans scenes. I think Tee-hee and Baron Samedi are great henchmen. At this time I was also a big fan of "Homicide: Life On The Street" (still am. And I adore David Simon's work) and you could find it on Channel 4 at 10pm all over the shot. And it starred the sublime Yaphet Kotto as Lieutenant Giardello ("G") and I love him as Kananga/Mr. Big. So this was watched a lot back then. But I watch it much less now. Although I am still fond of it.

    You have great taste @Universal_Exports83, 3 of those movies are my top 3...OHMSS,TLD and LTK, and FRWL is my favourite Connery and OP my favourite of Rog. Welcome to the forums!
  • Posts: 419
    GF, OP, GE, QOS.

    I’m gonna also throw a curveball and say Dr. No - the whole movie is brisk and has a great pace, and every scene is memorable IMO.
  • slide_99slide_99 USA
    edited July 25 Posts: 462
    You Only Live Twice- some people regard Goldfinger as the flagship Bond movie but for me it's YOLT due to how visually-iconic it is and how influential its plot was for the rest of the series
    The Man With the Golden Gun- the best of the 70s caper Bonds
    Quantum of Solace- rewatchable due to its pace, which BTW is not too fast but more in line with how the 60s Bonds were structured, with very little fat
    Licence to Kill- works as both a Bond movie and an 80s action adventure
    The World Is Not Enough- feels like the last traditional Bond movie before they started experimenting with DAD and CR
  • Posts: 49
    Mathis1 wrote: »
    "From Russia With Love" - The first Bond movie I ever saw. I've watched this more than any Bond film. I can watch it over and over again. It's just fantastic and draws you in.

    "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" - When I was younger I never watched this. He was the "crap" Bond. The guy who only did one film. When I was younger there was no internet. And he was that bad they didn't want him to come back (Not true of course, but how would young Universal Exports know this?). But as I got older I've become obsessed with this movie (and the novel). And George wasn't half bad himself was he? It also has the wonderful Diana Rigg. Telly Savalas as my favourite Blofeld, and the best Barry score ever. Class from beginning to end.

    "The Living Daylights" - Timothy Dalton was my Bond. And what an introduction. After years of Roger and the films almost becomming satire. We now have Dalton. Angry, aggressive, passionate. He was the Bond of my era. And The Living Daylights is a wonderful film. I can watch this film endlessly and never get bored.

    "Octopussy" - While I'm not the biggest fan of the "Roger years" - I do appreciate Roger and the fact he finally found his footing and found his way to portray Bond. While this isn't my favourite Bond movie. Or even my favourite of Rog's (that would be "For Your Eyes Only") this film is just so much fun. As others have said. Endless action, non stop fun. And high stakes. I do love watching this.

    "Licence To Kill" - This was the first movie that was released after I became a fan. And I was so desperate to see this. I was too young to see it at the cinema. And you had to wait an age back then to see it released on video. I rented this movie endlessly. I watched it I can guess for at least 10 weekends in a row. I love Dalton as Bond. And he's fantastic in this film. I love Talisa Soto. Young Universal Exports was rather smitten. I was also smitten with Cary Lowell when they go to Isthmus and she cuts her hair. Robert Davi is so ruthless as Sanchez. One of my favourite villains. And I love Robert Llewellyn is this movie. More Q is never a bad thing. And the end sequence and the oil tanker. Great stuff. Another film I keep going back to.

    Honourable mention:

    "Live And Let Die" - When I was younger I watched this all the time. A different guy as Bond. Wow! Rog plays it aggressive. I loved the locations and Jane Seymour. I was also a huge Beatles fan (still am) and yes, I know it's Paul McCartney and Wings ("The band The Beatles could have been" 🤣🤣) so I love the title track. I was also a huge Guns N' Roses fan at this time and they had a successful cover version of the song out. I do love Martin's score. The New Orleans scenes. I think Tee-hee and Baron Samedi are great henchmen. At this time I was also a big fan of "Homicide: Life On The Street" (still am. And I adore David Simon's work) and you could find it on Channel 4 at 10pm all over the shot. And it starred the sublime Yaphet Kotto as Lieutenant Giardello ("G") and I love him as Kananga/Mr. Big. So this was watched a lot back then. But I watch it much less now. Although I am still fond of it.

    You have great taste @Universal_Exports83, 3 of those movies are my top 3...OHMSS,TLD and LTK, and FRWL is my favourite Connery and OP my favourite of Rog. Welcome to the forums!

    Thank you @Mathis1 I'm very happy to be here.

    4 of the 5 I have mentioned are in my Top 5.

    1. FRWL
    2. OHMSS
    3. TLD
    5. LTK
    Number 4 for me is TB but I have to be in the right frame of mind to watch Thunderball. I have to have myself prepared and I don't like to be disturbed. It's big, it's bold, it's epic. It's underwater. There is Fiona. SPECTRE, Blofeld. This movie requires investment. Furthermore, it's not EON. But I love Sean and so I watch Never Say Never Again. Which is TB. Just not as good. But you are watching TB again.

    OP is just an outrageous romp from beginning to end. I can put it on anytime and have fun with it. And for me it only improves with time.
  • Posts: 49
    CrzChris4 wrote: »
    GF, OP, GE, QOS.

    I’m gonna also throw a curveball and say Dr. No - the whole movie is brisk and has a great pace, and every scene is memorable IMO.

    I agree @CrzChris4 about Dr. No. I love this film and it's a great watch. It's real breezy and I think it flies by. I don't know if anyone else agrees with me. But watching DN is falling in love with Bond all over again. We're introduced to the character. We're with him all the way as he is using his detective skills on the mission. We're introduced to M, Moneypenny and other great characters, Honey, Quarrel, Felix, Miss Taro and the sinister Dr. No. Bond has to use his wits and his ingenuity. It's like seeing the character for the first time again and at once being as one with him.

    All the other films we know who he is. Even Casino Royale which is an origin of sorts. Well it may very well be but it's the 21st movie. We know it's Bond. There will only ever be one Dr. No though.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    DN - my favorite from Connery, one of my favorites of the series. I love the almost exclusively single locale (and a beautiful one too) used throughout, the fantastical mystery of the plot, the brisk pacing. It's perfect and I'm always surprised when I'm already at the finale and the film's nearly over.

    YOLT - Exotic and with epic scale, it's usually considered one of the weakest from the era but I love it. The bigger complaints don't really bother me in the slightest and the film gets better and better as it progresses. Toss in a really beautiful and consistent focus on Japan, jam-packed with amazing allies, henchmen and baddies alike, and I have a blast with it every time.

    AVTAK - Another one that I just love so much, regardless of its objective issues. I dig the camp, the cheese, the ridiculousness, yet it offers a ton of darkness too. Tons of great performances and a lot of fun all around.

    GE - My all time favorite Bond and the one that got my love of film and the series kickstarted.

    QoS - This would easily be my unshakable favorite if not for the nostalgia and connection I have with GE. It's pretty much perfect to me as an action thriller and one of the more beautiful looking installments.

  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
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    Creasy47 wrote: »

    QoS - This would easily be my unshakable favorite if not for the nostalgia and connection I have with GE. It's pretty much perfect to me as an action thriller and one of the more beautiful looking installments.
    My nostalgia connection is with GF (remember I'm a little older than you), but yeah, QOS being the absolute best of the Craig era (There, I said it) gives it a severe run for its money.

  • Posts: 11,256
    Just a random I had appropriate for here, I feel like all of John Glen’s entries are particularly rewatchable.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
    Posts: 37,385
    chrisisall wrote: »
    Creasy47 wrote: »

    QoS - This would easily be my unshakable favorite if not for the nostalgia and connection I have with GE. It's pretty much perfect to me as an action thriller and one of the more beautiful looking installments.
    My nostalgia connection is with GF (remember I'm a little older than you), but yeah, QOS being the absolute best of the Craig era (There, I said it) gives it a severe run for its money.

    That's a good one to have some nostalgia for. I wish I could've been around during its release.
  • Posts: 5,060
    FoxRox wrote: »
    Just a random I had appropriate for here, I feel like all of John Glen’s entries are particularly rewatchable.

    I concur!
  • DragonpolDragonpol Writer @ http://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
    Posts: 15,792
    Mathis1 wrote: »
    FoxRox wrote: »
    Just a random I had appropriate for here, I feel like all of John Glen’s entries are particularly rewatchable.

    I concur!

    Me too. Some of my favourite films in the series. John Glen was a real and underrated talent.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson Moderator
    edited July 28 Posts: 1,518
    I'm in one of my most frustrating phases as a Bond fan; I am jonesing for a Bond film, but I have watched them all (including NTTD already) too many times to receive any real fulfillment. I would give anything for an unearthed lost Bond film to emerge. If this was the old days we'd be 3/4 way to the next installment already.
  • Posts: 14,253
    Birdleson wrote: »
    I'm in one of my most frustrating phases as a Bond fan; I am jonesing for a Bond film, but I have watched them all (including NTTD already) too many times to receive any real fulfillment. I would give anything for an unearthed lost Bond film to emerge. If this was the old days we'd be 3/4 way to the next installment already.

    Today it feels like we're more like 1/10 to the next installment.
  • goldenswissroyalegoldenswissroyale Switzerland
    Posts: 3,681
    Birdleson wrote: »
    I'm in one of my most frustrating phases as a Bond fan; I am jonesing for a Bond film, but I have watched them all (including NTTD already) too many times to receive any real fulfillment. I would give anything for an unearthed lost Bond film to emerge. If this was the old days we'd be 3/4 way to the next installment already.

    "To receive a real fulfillment" I usually only watch one Bond film every month. This way, I'm really looking forward to the movie and enjoy it a lot because I haven't seen it for more than year or even two years.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson Moderator
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    I’m afraid that ship has sailed for me. I do wish I had planned better. But I’m very self indulgent.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
    Posts: 37,385
    I've tried to do one Bondathon a year now. It makes the long gaps between them pretty rough when I'm really itching to watch one but I don't want to get burnt out on them for good (despite the hundreds and hundreds of viewings I've had of most of them already).
  • Posts: 11,256
    I usually tell myself I'm going to take a break, and then it never happens haha. I think I've had a yearly Bondathon for a while now too, or at least close to it. But I do badly want to avoid burnout, and as much fun as I've been having with my latest run, I do think I'm getting a little close to that point, so hopefully I'll be good with a long break. If not that, at least just an occasional one-off thing rather than all these full blown marathons.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
    edited July 29 Posts: 37,385
    I try to wait until the late fall or early winter to start one up. Always feels more festive and relaxing during that time of year. It's hard for me to watch a random one out of order these days because I know I'll just want to pair it with something else, the rest of the era or more after it's over.

    I could see me doing two a year eventually - one year is too long of a wait when I can burn through all of the films, official and unofficial, in less than a month.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson Moderator
    edited July 31 Posts: 1,518
    Birdleson wrote: »
    DN, GF, TMWTGG, FYEO, QOS
    These seem to be the ones that I throw on when I have time to kill. For the most part they are the shorter entries.

    Thinking this over again, GF is my favorite, but in reality I tend to watch LALD more often than any. So I'm changing my answer:

    DN, LALD, TMWTGG, FYEO, QOS I'm fairly confident that those are the ones that I am most likely to throw in when I need a quick Bond fix. Those five seem to always bring me instant enjoyment. Only three are in my Top Ten.
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