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keg in kc 01:30 PM 08-20-2019

Daniel Craig returns as James Bond, 007 in… NO TIME TO DIE. Out in the UK on 3 April 2020 and 8 April 2020 in the US. #Bond25 #NoTimeToDie pic.twitter.com/qxYEnMhk2s

— James Bond (@007) August 20, 2019


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Mennonite 10:49 AM 10-15-2021
Originally Posted by Raiderhader:
Personally, I think it’s his first one, Live and Let Die. Everything after seemed to just get cornier and cornier.

I really like Yaphet Kotto and Jane Seymour but the comic relief sheriff really hurt that movie, imo. And then they brought him back for The Man with the Golden Gun!






I've been doing a mini marathon of some of the better (imo) Bond flicks and I may need to revisit that one.


.......



Daniel Craig says he's been going to gay bars to avoid "the aggressive dick-swinging in hetero bars.”

“I've been going to gay bars for as long as I can remember. One of the reasons, because I don't get into fights in gay bars that often.”

(via:
https://t.co/MBQoW2OcFg) pic.twitter.com/ywk0ZqBM3w

— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) October 14, 2021

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Raiderhader 08:41 AM 10-16-2021
Originally Posted by Mennonite:
I really like Yaphet Kotto and Jane Seymour but the comic relief sheriff really hurt that movie, imo. And then they brought him back for The Man with the Golden Gun!






I've been doing a mini marathon of some of the better (imo) Bond flicks and I may need to revisit that one.
I enjoy the locations, especially New Orleans and the island, and the “voodoo vibe” that naturally fit with those places. Baron Samedi is a nice little small role character that helps sell that vibe.

I can’t disagree with you on the sheriff, and his return in MWTGG was even worse. There is plenty of silly and cheesy aspects of the film to roll your eyes over but, as I said those moments seem to just kept getting worse with each passing film (and in all fairness the first steps down that path were taken before Moore took on the role). But different strokes and all.
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Mennonite 09:26 AM 10-16-2021
I'm still in the midst of my Bond mini-marathon. I thought I had seen all of the 007 movies, but it turns out that I was wrong. I had missed one, and it turns out to be a really good one:


The Living Daylights (1987)



This is easily one of the best of the series, imo. There is the obligatory Q comic relief scene, and a silly car chase scene early on, but the cheese is really toned down in this installment. What's more it actually has a coherent and entertaining plot which is a rare thing for this franchise.


Next:

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)


The Winter Olympics version of Bond. Not very good. There are a lot of problems here. Foremost is that George Lazenby is a poor replacement for Sean Connery. Secondly, the movie looks dated even more so that the earliest films due to the Austin Powers-esque wardrobes on display. Another thing that bugs me is that some otherwise excellent action sequences are ruined by the use of fast motion; it just looks comical.

There are some good points. I like Diana Rigg and Telly Savalas manages to make Blofeld menacing. Too often, imo, Blofeld comes across as a chump. Outside of this movie, I think he works best as the mysterious, faceless, head of SPECTRE. He should never be used in a face to face confrontation with Bond, much less in a physical conflict.

And the ending also works. I have no idea how a movie that I've disliked watching for two hours can still have an effective final 15 minutes but this one pulls it off. The wedding scene with Moneypenny and the final scene on the roadside are both really good.


Next:

Dr. No
From Russia With Love
Goldfinger


Connery is the best Bond, but I find all three of these movies kind of boring. There are some iconic scenes for sure but I think all three would have been better if they were trimmed by 20 or more minutes. Goldfinger is the best of the three, but for all the fun things about it, I still find parts of it dull. For instance, do we need both the gin rummy and golf scenes? Another problem is that there are several times when you ask yourself "Why doesn't Goldfinger kill Bond now?" and there's really no other answer than "Bond is the hero and he must win in the end."

Goldfinger highlights:

Oddjob fight and bomb disarmament scenes at the end, the golden girl, "No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die", Grandma with a machine gun at the guardpost.


For Your Eyes Only (1981)

Lame completely unmemorable villains and waaaaay too much cheesy comedy. It's amazing that they kept churning out these movies.

GoldenEye (1995)





There's a lot of silly stuff, but I think this is one of the more entertaining entries in the series. Famke Janssen is sexy and fun, Sean Bean makes a worthy adversary, and there are a lot of memorable stunt/action scenes. I never realized that the Russian chick butchering "Stand By Your Man" was played by Minnie Driver.

There's one consistent thing about Bond pictures: the filmmakers are 100% committed to not giving a **** about the story making sense. This movie has one of my favorite examples. At the end Joe Don Baker has a totally random line about "tobacco plants." It's completely out of left field. If you think back to his first scene he has another random line where he asks Bond whether he likes to garden. Apparently there was some whole running gag planned about Baker's character having a green thumb and a tendency to talk about plants a lot. All of that stuff (thankfully) got cut out out but they couldn't be bothered to remove those two lines for some reason so Joe Don looks like a lunatic.


Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)


I just can't get into this one. The movie felt like a series of action scenes instead of a story. I also didn't think much of the Rupert Murdoch clone and his blond henchman as the movie's villains.

Say what you will about the quality of the movies the Brosnan era did have the hottest Bond girls. Famke Janssen, Teri Hatcher, Cecilie Thomsen, Halle Berry, Sophie Marceau, Denise Richards, Maria Grazia Cucinotta.


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Mennonite 02:43 PM Yesterday
And the marathon continues...


Never Say Never Again (1983)

Embarrassing money grab. Horrible theme song.


Skyfall (2012)

Bond vs a creepy Eurotrash hairdresser!

This one is popular but I don't care for it. Look, if a movie has a character named Plenty O'Toole I'm not going to nitpick plot holes and such, but if the new Bond movies want to be serious I'm going to hold them to a different standard.

The bad guy's plot makes zero sense. Absolutely none. Secondly, Daniel Craig's Bond wears thin pretty fast; scowling is no substitute for a personality. Thirdly, why should I care about M or anyone else in these stories? They are all two dimensional and M (in any iteration) has never been a likable or interesting character. The ending is also stupid. It's like they lifted a few pages from a home invasion movie. The 70+ year old head of MI6 isn't going to use any of her vast army of spies and billions of dollars worth of sci-fi weapons technology to stop the bad guy. Instead she's going to make her final stand with one agent who has seen better days and an 80 year old groundskeeper. Oh, and they have to borrow a gun from the old guy because they just forgot that they might need one or something. And what about the list with all the undercover agents names?

On the plus side there are some beautiful location shots, and the action scenes were well done.



The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)



This is my favorite from the Moore era but it still isn't very good. It has an intriguing premise: a sexy Russian spy is forced to work with Bond to save the world even though Bond is responsible for the death of her lover. Unfortunately, the movie doesn't really do anything with this idea. Part of the problem is Barbara Bach; she can't act at all. She doesn't even try to. She's just a lump. A sexy lump, but a lump nonetheless.



How bad of an actress do you have to be when you can look this hot and still **** up a movie?


The first 40 minutes or so are pretty strong; the opening ski/parachute scene is great, Karl Stromberg has a great intro scene where he feeds his mistress to a shark, Richard Kiel makes his debut as Jaws, and there are some nice location shots in Egypt. And then it starts to go wrong. It starts with a lot of cheesy one liners in the first Bond/Jaws clash and the tone for the rest of the movie is never as serious as it should have been considering the movie's premise.
The comedy is bad, but the lackluster direction is what really does the movie in. Scenes that should be thrilling consistently fall flat.

I would love to see this one remade.
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GayFrogs 03:03 PM Yesterday
Originally Posted by Mennonite:
At the end Joe Don Baker has a totally random line about "tobacco plants." It's completely out of left field. If you think back to his first scene he has another random line where he asks Bond whether he likes to garden. Apparently there was some whole running gag planned about Baker's character having a green thumb and a tendency to talk about plants a lot. All of that stuff (thankfully) got cut out out but they couldn't be bothered to remove those two lines for some reason so Joe Don looks like a lunatic.
:-)
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Mennonite 05:25 PM Yesterday
Next up...

Live and Let Die (1973)

The Good:



Baby-faced Jane Seymour

The Bad:



Redneck Sheriff J.W. Pepper.

God this character sucks. That black guy's expression mirrors my own every time this guy shows up.

The Ugly:



Whacky Inflatable Yaphet Kotto!



Favorite part: the funeral parade assassination.
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T-post Tom 05:54 PM Yesterday
Originally Posted by Kman34:


Ana De Armas… she is beautiful…
Too fat.
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ROYC75 06:39 PM Yesterday
Originally Posted by Kman34:


Ana De Armas… she is beautiful…
And yet somehow, a single lady since 2013? :-)
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Mennonite 02:29 PM Today
Make your move, Roy. Just kill a Russian spy or two and make a vaguely dirty quip and she's all yours.




7UP Presents: Moonraker (1979)



A bad comedy with a lot of obvious product placement. Only worth a watch if you are a big fan of Richard Kiel. The laser battle in space would be cool to see with today's CGI.




A View to a Kill (1985)



Dull stuff. It seemed cheaply made. They did a very poor job with the stunts in this one. Or at least with hiding the stunt doubles. Moore's last.

Thunderball

The undersea footage is boring as hell, but the stuff on dry land isn't much better. The writing is even sloppier here than usual. I don't think Bond was very likeable here either. I have no problem with him being a lady killer, but he comes across as a creep in this one.

On the plus side Thunderball does have the best looking girls of the Connery era. Claudine Auger, Luciana Paluzzi, and Martine Beswick are all top shelf.


Die Another Day (2002)



It's like a Roger Moore era movie but with a blockbuster budget and post millennium FX so they were able to crank the goofiness up to 100. The only reason to watch this one is for Halle Berry. The Bond producers cast some not so hot black actresses in previous movies, but she more than balances the scales. Speaking of casting: Pam Grier would have been perfect for Live and Let Die and Vanessa Williams would have been a great addition to A View to a Kill.

Oh, and John Cleese made a good Q.
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