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  • Dr. No

    2 4.88%
  • From Russia With Love

    7 17.07%
  • Goldfinger

    7 17.07%
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    1 2.44%
  • Diamonds are Forever

    0 0%
  • Live and Let Die

    2 4.88%
  • The Spy Who Loved Me

    0 0%
  • For Your Eyes Only

    3 7.32%
  • Never Say Never Again

    0 0%
  • Octopussy

    0 0%
  • License to Kill

    0 0%
  • Golden Eye

    1 2.44%
  • Casino Royale

    4 9.76%
  • Skyfall

    10 24.39%
  • other

    4 9.76%
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    Default Greatest Bond Film

    What is it, huh? My personal favourite has to be Skyfall, which I feel showed him at his most vulnerable. I tried to include the most popular ones. There are a few borderline cases I had to I throw in which may not have been the best choices.
    Last edited by Phil loves classical; Sep-03-2020 at 00:17.
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    Hmm.

    At the moment I can't decide between a group of the really great ones:

    Casino Royale 2006
    Skyfall
    On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    Licence To Kill
    Quantum of Solace

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    Haven't voted yet cuz I want to see who votes for what (which I can't seem to do once I've voted). But Goldfinger was considered THE definitive Bond film for the longest time, but is getting whacked by Skyfall.
    Last edited by Phil loves classical; Sep-03-2020 at 18:04.
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    10 years ago, I watched all of the Bond movies in chronological order. Frankly, I cant even remember most of them. I have just memories of certain scenes, such as ski chases in some Swiss mountains, or some villain feeding his captives to a shark, but I dont know which movies it was. I saw Skyfall a couple of years ago and cannot remember anything about it, not even the main villain.

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    One is not enough!

    Casino Royale
    Skyfall
    Goldfinger (if only for the title song?)
    From Russia With Love
    License to Kill
    The Living Daylights

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    Skyfall or Golden Eye - the eye candy factor shifted the vote to Golden Eye.

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    There's a lot of awful ones, isn't there? Some have dated really badly, and some are even worse than that, mainly the Roger Moore ones, which aren't Bond films at all. Or, to be clear, they have zilch in common with Ian Fleming's Bond, and everything to do with Broccolli's Bond, which is a wholly different creature. Roger Ebert correctly identified the infernal, eternal Broccolli Bond flick formula:
    The Broccoli-Saltzman formula found its lasting form in the making of "Goldfinger." The outline was emerging in the first two films, and here it is complete. First, the title sequence, establishing Bond as a sex hound while linking him with a stunt sequence or a spectacular death. Then the summons by M, head of British Secret Service, and the briefing on a villain obsessed by global domination. The flirtation with Moneypenny. The demonstration by Q of new gimmicks invented especially for his next case. Then the introduction of the villain, his murderous and bizarre sidekick, and his female assistant/accomplice/mistress. Bond's discovery of the nature of the villain's evil scheme. Bond's capture and the certainty of death. Bond's seduction of the villain's woman. And so on, leading always to a final scene in which Bond is about to enjoy his victory reward: the sensuous fruits of his latest conquest.
    They don't stray too far from this, with generous dollops of the theme tune, and familiar musical motifs dotted around to remind us that we are to be excited here, and we are to be amused here, etc.

    Daniel Craig has had 3 triumphs and an oomph (Quantum of Solace, which is actually a very good and interesting Fleming short novel, a tale which has nothing to do with the film for which its title was lazily borrowed) - but Craig isn't Fleming's Bond either. Sean Connery is the closest we have to that. However, Craig's films have restored an edge to the films.

    So my 5 are:

    From Russia With Love
    Goldfinger
    Skyfall
    Casino Royale
    Golden Eye

    The Brain - is wider than the Sky

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    I used to enjoy the action sequences (no CGI then) of the earlier Connery Bond films. Then the genre grew effete, IMO. The Saltzman/"Cubby" Broccoli formula (those names, Salt and Broccoli!!!) was easily the very best. 007 was suave, seductive and chauvenistic. I'm looking at my watch until the Woke Taliban, er, wake up to this and attempt to cancel the lot. (They really would have looked nice on those well-tailored uniforms from decades ago!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christabel View Post
    I used to enjoy the action sequences (no CGI then) of the earlier Connery Bond films. Then the genre grew effete, IMO. The Saltzman/"Cubby" Broccoli formula (those names, Salt and Broccoli!!!) was easily the very best. 007 was suave, seductive and chauvenistic. I'm looking at my watch until the Woke Taliban, er, wake up to this and attempt to cancel the lot. (They really would have looked nice on those well-tailored uniforms from decades ago!)
    I think because of the money they bring in, it will never be cancelled. Maybe transformed. Didn't they plan to have Jane Bond years ago?

    Or how about a bi-sexual James Bond, would that work?
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    Years (and years) ago I read most of the Ian Fleming James Bond books, and some of the John Gardner books that were written afterward Fleming's death.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pianozach View Post
    Years (and years) ago I read most of the Ian Fleming James Bond books, and some of the John Gardner books that were written afterward Fleming's death.
    I think the only Ian Fleming book I read was called Espionage, in Portuguese, while I was still a teenager, in São Paulo, Brasil. He gets killed in the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil loves classical View Post
    I think because of the money they bring in, it will never be cancelled. Maybe transformed. Didn't they plan to have Jane Bond years ago?

    Or how about a bi-sexual James Bond, would that work?
    This is how they'll kill Bond - not SPECTRE, not SMERSH, not DR NO, the dreaded infant poison of WOKE will destroy him...
    The Brain - is wider than the Sky

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    Quote Originally Posted by pianozach View Post
    Years (and years) ago I read most of the Ian Fleming James Bond books, and some of the John Gardner books that were written afterward Fleming's death.
    I've never read any of John Gardner's Bond books, but I enjoyed his Moriarty novels. The Ian Fleming Bond books surprised me, don't know why i was expecting them to be lousy, but they were a great read! A poster here, Shatterhand, encouraged me to continue after I was disappointed with Casino Royale, and I'm glad I did...
    The Brain - is wider than the Sky

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kieran View Post
    The Ian Fleming Bond books surprised me, don't know why i was expecting them to be lousy, but they were a great read!
    I had the same experience last year. I read Casino Royale, and I was surprised how I got sucked in. I wanted to follow up, but none of the local libraries carry the Bond books.

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    1. Goldfinger.
    2. Spy Who Loved Me. (Because, well, Barbara Bach.)
    3. Casino Royale.
    Hang on to your hat.
    Hang on to your hope.
    And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day.

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