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    Quick Daily Review #206: Die Another Day (2002)

    August 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

    Die Another Day (2002) I almost wish I could review this one in two parts, as it really is two different movies. For the first half of its running time, Die Another Day is one of the best James Bond movies I’ve ever seen. For the second half of the movie, it is one of the worst, as it absolutely falls off a cliff. We start off with an excellent opening action scene with Bond taking on an entire North Korean army and almost getting away, followed by a creative use of the title sequence as [...]
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    The World Is Not Enough (1999) Pierce Brosnan’s third entry in the Bond franchise, “The World is Not Enough” has almost all of the makings of a really good Bond movie such as great locations, explosion laden action, beautiful women, and a decent actor in the role of Bond, but this is yet another later 90s misfire in my opinion. It’s just missing something. The movie begins with a bang at least. Before the title sequence we get a really good couple of scenes with Bond escaping capture [...]
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    Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) Peter Travers, in his review of “Tomorrow Never Dies” wrote “If Connery was Sexy Bond and George Lazenby was One-Shot Bond and Roger Moore was Geezer Bond and Timothy Dalton was Bored Bond, then Brosnan should be Posh Bond.” This kind of sums up my feelings on Brosnan as well, who was probably the most glittery of all the men to sport the 007 moniker. This movie is almost entirely paint by the numbers Bond, in a way that makes it more forgettable than most. [...]
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    Quick Daily Review #203: Goldeneye (1995)

    August 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

    Goldeneye (1995) Goldeneye was the first James Bond movie I ever saw a child, and it is still one of my favorites. Pierce Brosnan was a perfectly capable Bond, in the cinematic sense. He looked like a million bucks, and as Roger Ebert noted in his review of the film, he looked perfectly at home in a casino, something the straight laced Roger Moore could not quite pull off as much, or the brooding Timothy Dalton, (although I loved him for other reasons). Not since Connery himself had there been [...]
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    Quick Daily Review #202: License To Kill (1989)

    August 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

    License To Kill (1989) This was the second and sadly final James Bond movie to star Timothy Dalton and is, in my opinion, one of the more underrated entries of the series. Robert Davi plays a great understated, but very menacing Bond villain, although unlike the cartoonish caricatures of past Bond movies (not that I’m knocking them all mind you) he is a villain rooted in reality, as he is basically just a very wealthy drug dealer with a small army behind him, including a very young Benicio [...]
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    The Living Daylights (1987) I know this may be an unpopular opinion, but, aside from Sean Connery, Timothy Dalton is my 2nd favorite Bond. Also, he comes the closest to capturing the literary character penned in the Ian Fleming novels written before the Connery movies changed the entire dynamic forever. This movie was Dalton’s first of two appearances in the role, and this was, in my opinion the more fun of the two movies. Take for instance a scene in which Bond must escape down a mountain on [...]
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    It is the end of an era here for these reviews, as tonight we wave goodbye to Sir Roger Moore. There are those who certainly will not miss him, since during his reign, the series as a whole got very silly and convoluted, not that it wasn’t already to a degree before mind you, but during the Roger Moore era we were subject to such shenanigans as James Bond in outer space, James Bond in a gorilla/clown get up. Add to that, in this movie, Moore was 57 years old, and looked every bit of the [...]
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    Never Say Never Again (1983) This movie is not an official EON production, nor is it in any way affiliated with the Bond film franchise and EON productions. The movie in question is 1983’s ‘Never Say Never Again’ which saw the return of the one and only Sean Connery.. Going into this movie I was very much relieved to be getting back to ‘the master’ after enduring six straight movies of Roger Moore, which, even though I don’t dislike Roger, sometime’s a little bit of his campiness [...]
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    Quick Daily Review #198: Octopussy (1983)

    August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

    Octopussy (1983) Hello everyone and welcome to the thirteenth installment in my series of reviews chronicling the James Bond film series. This time out the movie we will be taking a look at is none other than 1983’s suggestively titled ‘Octopussy’. This movie marked the sixth appearance in the James Bond role for Roger Moore, officially tying him at that point with Sean Connery for most outings in the role. I’d be lying if I said this movie was anywhere near my favorite of the bunch. In [...]
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    For Your Eyes Only (1981) For Your Eyes Only is not the kind of James Bond movie you expect to find Roger Moore starring in, especially right on the heels of the previous two Bond films, ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ and ‘Moonraker’ which pushed the meter of camp and ridiculousness to never before seen heights, even for this series. This movie on the other hand pretty much dials down a lot of that wackiness and what we’re left with is a sleek, smooth, and very basic spy film with some very [...]
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    Quick Daily Review #196: Moonraker (1979)

    August 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

    Moonraker (1979) Say what you will though about the wackiness of the idea of James Bond in space, the numbers here produced cannot be argued with, as this movie in 1979, became the first Bond picture to gross over two-hundred million dollars at the international box office, and would reign supreme as the highest earning Bond film until the Pierce Brosnan era made an even bigger splash with ‘GoldenEye’ in 1995. This was the era when big level B-movies really began to take over, a trend [...]
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    The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ has got all the usual cheeky and over the top ingredients you’d expect from a Bond film of this era, but dialed up to eleven so to speak, and most importantly, anchored down by a solid love interest and one of the better villains since old Ernst Stavro Blofeld himself. This film also boasts one of the more memorable opening sequence songs of all time as Carly Simon sets just the right tone for this picture with her lovely little ballad [...]
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     The Man With The Golden Gun (1974) This movie is notable in that it is the final entry in a trilogy of films directed by Guy Hamilton, starting with Connery’s last official EON produced Bond movie,’ Diamonds are Forever’ and continuing on to Moore’s first official Bond movie with ‘Live and Let Die’. You can pretty much sum up all three of these Bond films in just a couple of sentences. They were all fairly entertaining in that classic tongue in cheek kind of way that you come to [...]
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    Quick Daily Review #192: Live and Let Die (1973) If the producers had gotten their way this would not have been Roger Moore’s first turn at bat, as after the success of ‘Diamonds are Forever’ they all unanimously got on their knees and groveled before Sean Connery to return. As I’m sure you will recall, the last time Connery stepped aside for a replacement Bond was for George Lazenby in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, which, while still a classic film, was also a box office [...]
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    Diamonds Are Forever (1971) For some brief back-story concerning this, Sean Connery was reportedly finished with Bond for good when he left the role after 1967’s ‘You Only Live Twice’ but after the abysmal box office performance of 1969’s ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ and its star George Lazenby declining to return to the role again, it was decided by the producers and the studio that the only option was simply to offer Connery more money than he could reasonably resist. The [...]
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    On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) This movie divides both die hard and casual fans of this series alike in their opinion of it. Poor George Lazenby was a ‘meme’ before there was such a thing, as whenever someone takes over a role from another well established actor it has become a fashionable passing joke to say so and so is the ‘George Lazenby’ of their particular franchise. That is kind of a shame I think, because, personally, I feel this movie deserves a solid spot in at [...]

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