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  • I'd say that OHMSS is arguably a great film in many ways, but in a Bond film the most important element (my opinion) is Bond himself. And in that regard, it really fails in my book and falls flat on its face. I just rarely, if ever, buy Lazenby as Bond. In a few moments, yes. But largely, no.

    Personal opinion, but for me I can tell he was straight up not an actor. And he doesn't play Bond right - he's far too chipper, like a boy scout who is excited to learn how to set up camp with limited resources. He's excited. That's not Bond. There's none of the world weariness that Fleming's Bond, and many of the cinematic incarnations, exude.

    That said, he does surprise me pleasantly in a few moments, and this film has some of my favorite shots in the series ("casino" reflected on that pool ranks up there in my top 5 shots of the franchise. Stunning. Pure Bond.)
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger On Her Secret Majesty s Service
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    OHMSS drags? My word, what nonsense.

    I once was a youngster myself, and felt the same way about DN and FRWL back then, so you are forgiven. You may change your mind when you grow up.

    I never saw OHMSS that way though, and I was 14 when I first saw it at a cinematic rerun.

    No, who am I kidding? You are just bonkers.

    This is insulting. Even though I agree with you that the pacing isn't OHMSS' problem. Still, man. Harsh.

    "When you grow up" is just ageist and condescending. Whether you were joking around with him or not. Hardly a mature thing to say for someone so "grown up" and enlightened such as yourself.

    I'm not trying to be an asshole, for the record. Or do a moderator's job. But it's not hard to be respectful of dissenting views.

    One must be harsh to get to those youngsters. At least I didn t hit them.

    At least not with any witnesses around.
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    Well OHMSS is no. 1 in my books! Give me Lazenby over Brossa anyday. No, he's not the greatest actor, but he had some great scenes. The resignation scene, trying to convince M to launch an attack on Blofelds lair, his first meeting with Tracy at the gambling tables, and the sequence with her after the explosive fight in her room, when he slaps her is excellent! I don't find it drags at all. it builds to a thrilling final section. Maibaums writing, John Glens action, Peter Hunts brilliant direction, John Barrys music, Michael Reeds cinematography, all add up to a perfect Bond film! Oh and a shout out for llsa Steppats Irma Bunt, when Bond discovers her in his bed, it made me jump! They really should have brought her character into Spectre!
  • OHMSS drags? My word, what nonsense.

    I once was a youngster myself, and felt the same way about DN and FRWL back then, so you are forgiven. You may change your mind when you grow up.

    I never saw OHMSS that way though, and I was 14 when I first saw it at a cinematic rerun.

    No, who am I kidding? You are just bonkers.

    DN and FRWL are my third-favourite and second-favourite films in Connery's era respectively (9 and 6 on my list), and I find both of them become more and more suspenseful as they go on. Although I did and sometimes still do find them a little boring in their first halves.

    As far as I'm concerned, OHMSS does well in its first act, very poorly in its second act and is very good in its third act. I do not hate OHMSS, it is currently 8 on my list, it's just that by the time they are ice-skating, a good percentage of first-time viewers and lots of casual fans are going to tune out. There is no thrill or excitement in learning about allergy treatment and the brainwashing of girls by telling them to 'love chickens'. It drags. There, I said it. It is simply not fun to watch and therefore it fails in sustaining interest.

    That is my opinion, and you'll note that whilst I do not agree with yours I did not and do not intend to call you 'bonkers' or to instruct you to 'grow up'. Tell me how and in what way that was in any way deserved.

    I say this at the risk of sounding arrogant because it is difficult for people to criticise FRWL and particularly OHMSS on these boards without being shot down aggressively.
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
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    Gentlemen! BEHAVE yourselves!
    :))
  • ForYourEyesOnlyForYourEyesOnly In the untained cradle of the heavens
    edited March 2016 Posts: 1,984
    OHMSS drags? My word, what nonsense.

    I once was a youngster myself, and felt the same way about DN and FRWL back then, so you are forgiven. You may change your mind when you grow up.

    I never saw OHMSS that way though, and I was 14 when I first saw it at a cinematic rerun.

    No, who am I kidding? You are just bonkers.

    I'm in my mid-thirties, and I have "grown up" since then - that's why I can now properly watch all of OHMSS without having to distract myself. And actually, while I did find DN rather slow at first, I never had that problem about FRWL. It's definitely slow, but for some reason it's captivating - OHMSS, at first, wasn't, and that could well be due to Lazenby's rather uncharismatic performance.

    Even to this day, though, half of the clinic scenes stretch the viewer's patience and the entire segment about hypnosis is frankly laughable at best. OHMSS is a very good film and it has many strengths, but pacing is not among them.

    I'm not seeing the need to be aggressive here. Everybody has differing opinions on films, and Bond is no exception. There's no need to attack other people for having different opinions. And while OHMSS is very highly respected on this board, and I can see why, there's a reason for why its box office (adjusted for inflation) performance was third-last in the entire franchise. You can't blame people from a later era with inferior attention spans for this, because that money was made back in 1969. There's obviously something that upset the appeal to casual fans.
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    He's just being old and cranky (see, I can be ageist too). And I agree with most of your points. Still think it's borderline great film, but I don't think it's nearly as great as some say.

    That said, I understand why people think that way, and I can respectfully disagree, unlike some.
  • suavejmfsuavejmf England
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    OHMSS is a top 5 Bond film and very faithful to the Book. Lazenby definitely has charisma (rather than acting talent) and Peter Hunt is one of the best Directors of the franchise.
  • 1. CR
    2. FRWL
    3. TLD
    4. SP
    5. OHMSS
    6. GF
    7. SF
    8. DN
    9. TSWLM
    10. LTK
    11. QOS
    12. FYEO
    13. TWINE
    14. GE
    15. AVTAK
    16. MR
    17. TMWTGG
    18. TND
    19. OP
    20. YOLT
    21. DAF
    22. DAD
    23. LALD
    24. TB
    25. NSNA
  • ForYourEyesOnlyForYourEyesOnly In the untained cradle of the heavens
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    Interesting to see Thunderball at the bottom.
  • Interesting to see Thunderball at the bottom.
    It's not a bad movie and it has some kind of charm, but IMO it's by far the less entertaining film of the franchise, I cant stand so many (and so long) underwater scenes.
  • royale65royale65 Caustic misanthrope reporting for duty.
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    I've just found this piece on "The Suits of James Bond". In it, the author ranks the Bond films by their tailoring. Enjoy!

    http://thesuitsofjamesbond.com/page/2/
  • MansfieldMansfield Where the hell have you been?
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    I haven't had a proper viewing of all the films in quite a while. However, I can say after having seen Spectre on disc, the once great light surrounding it is fading. Out of the Craig era, it's coming in last for me at the moment. That will probably land it somewhere between 12 and 16 for me.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger On Her Secret Majesty s Service
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    royale65 wrote: »
    I've just found this piece on "The Suits of James Bond". In it, the author ranks the Bond films by their tailoring. Enjoy!

    http://thesuitsofjamesbond.com/page/2/

    Haha! The tailor ranks LTK last. I would say TLD or one of the 70s Moore films.
  • BondJasonBond006BondJasonBond006 on fb and ajb
    edited March 2016 Posts: 9,021
    I guess my Bond ranking is known here.

    Here's a different kind of ranking: Re-watchabilty value as I see it.

    100% pure fun
    1. MR
    2. DAF
    3. SP
    4. GF
    5. GE
    6. QOS

    90% fun and great quality
    7. OHMSS
    8. TSWLM
    9. CR
    10. TND
    11. TLD

    80% fun, still not boring at all
    12. FRWL
    13. FYEO
    14. OP

    60% fun with some dull moments
    15. AVTAK
    16. LALD
    17. DN
    18. DAD
    19. LTK

    50% fun and not recommended if you are tired
    20. YOLT
    22. TB

    40% fun with a few high points
    22. TMWTGG

    30% fun and sadly rather dull and dreary
    23. TWINE
    24. SF
  • edited March 2016 Posts: 1,372
    Man, you think SF is more dull and dreary than QoS? Dull I'm not going to argue on (although I disagree), but the dreary bit I think is a little outrageous. QoS is the "dreary Bond" film.

    And YOLT + TB are two of the least fun Bond films in the franchise? Ouch.
  • BondJasonBond006BondJasonBond006 on fb and ajb
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    Man, you think SF is more dull and dreary than QoS? Dull I'm not going to argue on (although I disagree), but the dreary bit I think is a little outrageous. QoS is the "dreary Bond" film.

    And YOLT + TB are two of the least fun Bond films in the franchise? Ouch.

    QOS is the opposite of dreary, it's an action roller-coaster ride.
    As for TB and YOLT, they have rather lengthy and "dull" sequences.

    By the way, this is how I feel, maybe you can do a re-watchability ranking so we see which movies you find the most re-watchable.
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
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    The most re-watchable for fun or serious entertainment for ME: (no real order)

    QOS
    DN
    TND
    TLD
    SP
    TMWTGG
    DAF
    DAD
    GE
    OP
    LTK
    YOLT





  • MayDayDiVicenzoMayDayDiVicenzo Here and there
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    Rewatchability ranking-

    1. FOR YOUR EYES ONLY
    2. OCTOPUSSY
    3. LIVE AND LET DIE
    4. FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
    5. MOONRAKER
    6. DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
    7. THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS
    8. A VIEW TO A KILL
    9. SKYFALL
    10. LICENCE TO KILL
    11. TOMORROW NEVER DIES
    12. THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN
    13. THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
    14. GOLDENEYE
    15. GOLDFINGER
    16. YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
    17. ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE
    18. QUANTUM OF SOLACE
    19. CASINO ROYALE
    20. SPECTRE
    21. THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH
    22. DR. NO
    23. THUNDERBALL
    24. DIE ANOTHER DAY
  • jake24jake24 Sitting at your desk, kissing your lover, eating supper with your familyModerator
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    The Bond films I find myself rewatching more often than the others:

    GE
    SP
    SF
    CR
    GF
    TSWLM
    FRWL
    TWINE
    TLD
    MR
    LALD
    QoS
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    I mostly rewatch the ones at the top of my ranking.
    CR is my #1 and also the one i watch the most
    OHMSS is my #2 and the one i watch the second most.
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
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    In this year my most re-watched Bonds are SP & QOS.
  • w2bondw2bond is indeed a very rare breed
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    My least rewatchable are

    1. SP
    2. SF
    3. TB
    4. LALD
    5. TMWTGG
  • QOS is a mental strain to watch let alone rewatch...
  • royale65royale65 Caustic misanthrope reporting for duty.
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    royale65 wrote: »
    I've just found this piece on "The Suits of James Bond". In it, the author ranks the Bond films by their tailoring. Enjoy!

    http://thesuitsofjamesbond.com/page/2/

    Haha! The tailor ranks LTK last. I would say TLD or one of the 70s Moore films.

    I would've put either LALD or GG last, but the Dalton's aren't much better. I'm surprised he thought so highly of Majesty's too.
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Station B, Belgium
    edited March 2016 Posts: 3,890
  • Mendes4LyfeMendes4Lyfe JK ROFLing
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    Best Bond film ever created- Dr No

    Best Bond film over two hours ever created- On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    Worst Bond film ever created- The World Is Not Enough

    Most rewatchable Bond film ever created- Diamonds are forever

    Least rewatchable Bond film ever created- License To Kill

    Most overrated Bond film ever created- Casino Royale

    Most underrated Bond film ever created- Octopussy

    Most uneven Bond film ever created- The Man With The Golden Gun

    Most funny Bond film ever created- Diamonds Are Forever

    Least funny Bond film ever created- Moonraker
  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
    edited March 2016 Posts: 23,883
    Best Bond film ever created- Dr No
    A form of 'exceptionalism' perhaps? ;) Inside joke from another thread folks.
  • Mendes4LyfeMendes4Lyfe JK ROFLing
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    bondjames wrote: »
    Best Bond film ever created- Dr No
    A form of 'exceptionalism' perhaps? ;) Inside joke from another thread folks.

    Haha, well I have to laugh at myself sometimes. We all do.

    These of all 'in my opinion', of course! :)) :)>-
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
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    Least rewatchable Bond film ever created- License To Kill

    I was about to yell at you for that.... then I remembered my own track record with it. :))
    I have to be in just the right mood for the most violent Bond ever made. I love it, but I can't just throw it on at a whim, like I can DAF or DAD....
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