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What was the Best Bond Movie Ever?
At the bottom of my post is a list of all the bond movies. In the 1954 Casino Royale, James Bond was an American, played by Barry Nelson. I had the opportunity to watch this version and it had an American TV style to it, more like a suave FBI agent. There have been so many Bonds, villains, and movies, does one stand out? I think so. My opinion is that if you could only watch ONE of them, I would recommend From Russia With Love. It has Sean Connery, young virile and rough, some of the best plot and characters, and the elements that fans love. First, we have an outstanding cast with Daniela Bianchi, the lovely Russian told to lie and say she was a traitor in love with Bond. Robert Shaw and Lotta Lenya are awesome as the villains. Desmond Llewelyn was still Q, even back then. Pedro Armendaiz is great as Karim Bey.
Instead of hard to believe gadgets, Bond’s briefcase has hidden gold coins and small throwing knife. His hand-to-hand combat is more focused upon. He is harder hearted, kissing a girl, then slapping her for information, warning he will hurt her if she does not speak. The intrigue takes you across into the soviet bloc, through Turkey, and on trains. Various intelligence operatives are employed from various countries. In all the story, plot, acting and style of this movie make it my all-time favorite. The raw masculine energy and machismo of Sean Connery is only approached by Daniel Craig. However, if you watch old and new, the new is still more worried about cinematography, special effects and chases, and less with solid dialogue, plotting and changes in pace. In 1963, the year I was born, and the year From Russia with Love was released, a body count of even one or two in a film was still remarked upon as violent. Now you watch Expendables and Commando, or Zombie films and thousands die on camera and you lose the personal connection to the events.
What are your choices for best Bond film of all time, or am I just clearly correct that you agree with me?
The “official” James Bond films have been produced by Eon Productions and producer Cubby Broccoli (1909-1996), later succeeded by producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. Films not produced by them are considered “unofficial”.
Official James Bond films
- Dr. No (1962-Sean Connery)
- From Russia With Love (1963-Sean Connery)
- Goldfinger (1964-Sean Connery)
- Thunderball (1965-Sean Connery)
- You Only Live Twice (1967-Sean Connery)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969-George Lazenby)
- Diamonds Are Forever (1971-Sean Connery)
- Live and Let Die (1973-Roger Moore)
- The Man with the Golden Gun (1974-Roger Moore)
- The Spy Who Loved Me (1977-Roger Moore)
- Moonraker (1979-Roger Moore)
- For Your Eyes Only (1981-Roger Moore)
- Octopussy (1983-Roger Moore)
- A View to a Kill (1985-Roger Moore)
- The Living Daylights (1987-Timothy Dalton)
- Licence to Kill (1989-Timothy Dalton)
- GoldenEye (1995-Pierce Brosnan)
- Tomorrow Never Dies (1997-Pierce Brosnan)
- The World is Not Enough (1999-Pierce Brosnan)
- Die Another Day (2002-Pierce Brosnan)
- Casino Royale (2006-Daniel Craig)
- Quantum of Solace (2008-Daniel Craig)
- Skyfall (2012-Daniel Craig)
- “Bond 24” (2014?)
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