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the first twenty James Bond films (1962-2002)


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All four Pierce Brosnan films from start to finish:

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"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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All seven Roger Moore films from start to finish:

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"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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From Steven Soderbergh's Reading/Viewing list 2009, an interesting write up of his favorite Bond film - On Her Majesty's Secret Service

 

For me there’s no question that cinematically ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE is the best Bond film and the only one worth watching repeatedly for reasons other than pure entertainment (certainly it’s the only Bond film I look at and think: I’m stealing that shit).

 

 

Makes me want to go back and compare OHMSS with Haywire, and see if he lifted anything.

 

 

What seems obvious to me, though, is no one was helping him during the shoot or the edit (they won’t even let him finish a fucking sentence onscreen). It feels like everyone was so focused on what he wasn’t (Sean Connery) that they didn’t take the time to figure out what he was (a cool-looking dude with genuine presence and great physicality). For instance, they should have known that a lot of the one-liners that would have worked with Connery don’t work with Lazenby.

 

 

The last part I think may have been my biggest problem with Skyfall.  There was a definite move towards the reliance on one-liners that just wasn't suited to Daniel Craig's Bond.

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"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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Both Timothy Dalton films from start to finish:

 

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"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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In case you're interested in hearing me ramble about James Bond and Sean Connery's return to the character in the THUNDERBALL remake, NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN, I joined with my friends on the Cinema Chase podcast for their latest episode:

 

http://cinemachase.net/episode-007-never-say-never-again/

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Eep. The last few posts are all about people dying.

Well, add to the list one more: Chris Cornell, who sang the theme song to Casino Royale (2006), passed away a few days ago. That makes him the first vocalist of an opening-credits James Bond theme song to pass away. (Yes, amazingly, none of the other opening-credits vocalists going back to 1964's Goldfinger have passed away yet -- though Matt Monro, whose vocals were heard over the *end* credits to 1963's From Russia with Love, and Louis Armstrong, who sang the love theme in 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service, passed away a long time ago.)

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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I've been watching all the Bond films in order just cuz social isolation and I need something in the background during long stretches of grading. 

I see you've already called out the misogyny in Diamonds are Forever *and* the gratuitously queer villain. Okay, not much to add here. I don't remember the Moore films being even worse, but I'll keep my eyes open as i watch those. I'm not really a fan of the Connery films. Goldfinger is okay and You Only Live Twice is watchable, but these have not aged well in my opinion. 

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