Sunday, 4 November 2012
Which is the best Bond film ever?
Here is how I currently rate the Bond films from least to best. It is of course a personal view and some of the placings will be a bit quirky to me (and I may even have got some of the details mixed up). Have a read and tell me what you think!
23 For your eyes only
It feels more like a TV movie than a top Bond film.
22 Quantum of Solace
It is trying to be Bourne not Bond. And it's all action and therefore lacks characterisation and story somewhat. Good car chases though! (if a little like something out of Grand Turismo)
It is a good fun Bond but not a great. In fact I am never entirely sure if Moore's slightly camp, played a bit for laughs Bond altogether counts as James Bond to be honest.
20 View to a kill
Same as Moonraker - I just find View to a kill a little more memorable.
It starts well and has great exotic Indian locations, mood and atmosphere. The story line and characters are good but it ends up being another that feels like a TV movie - filmed on a railway line near Peterborough masquerading as East Germany.
18 Man with the Golden Gun
Decent enough Bond and good villain's assistant, but it's a Moore - so at the weaker end.
17 The world is not enough
Brosnan was a decent Bond. He has that cruel quality. But I think he suffers from not having as good scripts as some of the others - though the films are all well made and enjoyable.
16 Die another day
15 Tomorrow never dies
As above again
14 Licence to kill (they should have called it Licence Revoked)
13 Dr No
This is a great spy thriller and begins to bring in some of the elements of classic Bond but altogether it is rather dated and doesn't stand the test of time for me. Since the genre was just getting started it is a bit shallower in some of the Bond elements compared with later films.
Brosnan's best Bond
11 From Russia with Love
Again a bit dated otherwise it would be higher. A great thriller and Lotte Lenya (Rosa Kleb) is one of the great villains.
10 The Living Daylights
Dalton's best one. A really enjoyable film and great story. I enjoyed it a lot and have seen it a couple of times. The chase on the Cello through the snow, the fight hanging out the back of a Hercules and the Mujaheddin when they were enemies of the Russians and before anyone had ever heard of Al Quaeda are all memorable moments in a memorable film.
9 Casino Royale
Daniel Craig's first outing. Craig is the best Bond since Connery. He has that sense of isolation, of matter of fact ruthlessness, of being resourceful and hard as nails - and yet flawed and vulnerable, with a sense of a suppressed character lying dormant behind those piercing blue eyes. It is also a strong story with a good piece of personal history to James Bond.
8 The spy who loved me
A good one from Moore. Good locations, a good female character, Jaws and the underwater Lotus (though the Lotus is not my favourite Bond car)
7 Live and let die
A personal favourite and one of the best theme tunes. Solitaire is one of the best female characters in the series and the voodoo storyline has real menace. I think I'm also right in saying the funny southern American cop appears for the first time in this one!
6 Diamonds are forever
Not everyone's favourite but one of mine! Its a great story with some great character parts. I think it also has my favourite Bond girls.
We are now getting to quintessential Bond films here. The awesome taking of the Vulcan bomber, the man in the mask, the Health club scenes, and the menace of an evil organisation trying to hold the world to ransom. Is this the one with the brilliant, surprise elimination of the failed Spectre executive in their leather and chrome lair? I think a couple of others are stronger only because I think they have slightly better endings.
3 On her majesty's secret service
Lazenby in his sole outing - but this is still quintessential Bond. The drive by shooting of Tracey, the genuine sadness of the scene and the Louis Armstrong sound track make this oh so memorable. And I haven't even mentioned the mountain top villain's lair, the sky chase and a particularly fiendish plot to take over the world. This is classic Bond and a great spy thriller.
2 You only live twice
Others will probably place this lower but I love this film. Ninjas, a futuristic spy chief's base, a great entrance by Bond - and it has a villain's lair inside a mountain with a mono rail and a piranha invested pool - what more do you want!! Deserves a high billing alone for Donald Pleasance uttering the lines "good bye - meester Bond!"
The quintessential Bond.
If you don't believe me go and watch it again!
Well that's what I think.
What do you think?