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Old 01-05-2013, 07:53 AM   #41 (permalink)
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I've liked Quantum more each time i've seen it (fell asleep first time which is a rarity for me) but as i keep saying to everyone that happens to be talking about Bond movies, the first 2 Craig movies were less like Bond films and more like Bourne films. Casino Royale was needed to reboot everything into a more realistic setting, Die Another Day was too ridiculous with the invisible car, ice palace, asian getting plastic surgery and becoming a rich white guy, and giant satellite with diamonds to fuck shit up so a more realistic, gritty movie was needed. However Quantum was also in that, 'realistic' Bond film setting but it didn't even have a memorable enemy to be pitted against. Its fine to have a swarmy, evil suit as a bad guy but he needs to be paired with a sidekick that Bond fights ie Tomorrow Never Dies with Stamper being the sidekick (admittedly a fairly poor sidekick but you see the point).

Quantum didn't really have that too much, and so it was good to see Skyfall get back to a more classic Bond film. It had the stunts, Q, a fantastic villain, and really was a great movie so i'm hoping they can continue on in that vain. I'll chuck the next bit in spoilers just in case someone hasn't seen Skyfall,

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I really really wished that they didn't kill off Silva so they could bring back the character in future films. I love the whole rogue former agent storyline (loved Trevelyn in Goldeneye as well) and Bardem played it really well. I really feel that he could have potentially become a villain like Blofeld, and they could've turned him into a more significant character but given that Judi Dench's eyes are going and they had to take her out of the picture it ended in a nice way to wrap up one era of M, and launch into the next one with Fiennes as M.
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:26 AM   #42 (permalink)
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I really really wished that they didn't kill off Silva so they could bring back the character in future films. I love the whole rogue former agent storyline (loved Trevelyn in Goldeneye as well) and Bardem played it really well. I really feel that he could have potentially become a villain like Blofeld, and they could've turned him into a more significant character but given that Judi Dench's eyes are going and they had to take her out of the picture it ended in a nice way to wrap up one era of M, and launch into the next one with Fiennes as M.
I really like this idea. I think they were trying to setup a secret organization (Solace, I think) in Quantum of Solace, but they cancelled that since QoS didn't so so well. So this idea would definitely be awesome.


I watched 'Everything or Nothing' a documentary on Bond (from novel to movies). It's great if you love James Bond. I recommend it.
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:45 PM   #43 (permalink)
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You guys should check out the now playing podcast. They did like an hour and a half review on each bond film i was thinking about watching everyone just to listen to the podcasts.
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:37 AM   #44 (permalink)
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Just finished up to Octopussy, probably should of waited till a View to Kill, and probably Dalton movies.

Personally I find Roger Moore better than Sean Connery as a Bond, and thats as a Scotsman. The charm, wit, and Moore's immense right hand punch just stack it in his favour. Sure, he doesn't have the suave, age and fitness of Connery, but thats to be expected. He just seems so natural in the role.

Having said that, list probably goes up like;

OHMSS
Goldfinger
You Only Live Twice
Octopussy
From Russia with Love
Moonraker
Spy Who Loved Me
Live and Let Die
Man with the Golden Gun
For Your Eyes Only
Thunderball
Dr. No
Diamonds are Forever

Prefered Never Say Never Again to Thunderball, to be frank. But, thats not a 'Eon' production so I won't include it.
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:41 AM   #45 (permalink)
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1) Goldeneye & Live and Let Die
2) MOONRAKER (fuck everyone else this shit is entertaining)
3) Goldfinger
4) Casino Royale
5) The Spy Who Loved Me
6) You Only Live Twice
7) The Man with the Golden Gun
8) The World Is Not Enough
9) License To Kill
10) Diamonds Are Forever
11) Octopussy
12) Tomorrow Never Dies
13) Dr. No
14) The Living Daylights
15) Thunderball
16) For Your Eyes Only
17) A View To a Kill
18) Die Another Day
19) From Russia With Love
20) Quantum of Solace
21) On Our Majesty's Secret Service

Yet to see Skyfall myself, but I'll get on that ASAP.

I know my list will possibly fall out of touch with the rest of the other Bond fans, but I really didn't care for From Russia With Love all that much (only saw it once) I like Connery as Bond, obviously, but that film I had a hard time getting into it as much as I do with all of the others. Quantum of Solace is one that i've seen twice over and both times I was bored out of my mind. I've been saying I want to give another go to hype myself for Skyfall, yet I haven't done so. Maybe my opinion on it will change after I re-watch it or maybe not. Moonraker being high will SHOCK everyone. Yeah, I know. I loved it though. I always said it's because it is the Bond story that fused science fiction into the plot more than any of the others have or will have. I know that's why I loved it. All the Bond flicks are fun, but that one reached a new level of fun for me. Rest are ranked pretty much by, once again, the fun I had/have watching them. Goldeneye will forever remain on top of my list although it share some company with LALD. Don't know what it is, but that story is one I dig. Watched it over so many times I couldn't tell you how many it's been. Plus, I dig me some Roger Moore. He was my personal favorite James Bond. I liked his approach to the character. Gave Bond a little bit something extra. I think that's why I prefer Octopussy over most people too.

So long story short, I can easily say that I love the majority of all these flicks. Only two that don't come off as entertaining were QoS & OHMSS which I felt both were pretty boring. I suppose that's the beauty of DVDs. You can watch them over again. I've always wanted to try and cram these into a marathon. I know that will take me over a day to do, but I should try it.

OHMSS
Goldfinger
You Only Live Twice
Octopussy
From Russia with Love
Moonraker
Spy Who Loved Me
Live and Let Die
Man with the Golden Gun
For Your Eyes Only
Thunderball
Dr. No
Diamonds are Forever
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From Russia, Dr. No, Casino Royale, Skyfall, License to Kill, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Thunderball, Quantum of Solace, Goldfinger, and then I don't really care about the rest.
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