From Russia With Love
Live And Let Die
Man With The Golden Gun
The Spy Who Loved Me
The Living Daylights
Would someone PLEASE explain to me why Daniel Craig is still Bond? I gave him a pass on Casino Royale. I had hoped for more from him on Solace; I am greatly disappointed. It almost reminds me of the time shortly after Licence to Kill.
Then again, everything looks nice on BlueRay.
MAIN POINT: I am not changing my mind on this poll, some two years after it was first posted.
Paging Jason Evans: Is there any hope for the third Daniel Craig Bond?
I do think the value of Bond as a whole has been diluted over the years by other film series such as the Jack Ryan stuff or the Bourne series. Not that it wouldn't have happened anyway.
Where'd all the Kleenex go?
Some of the news articles around Natascha Richardon's death mentioned that she told Liam Neeson he shouldn't do Bond (he was in the running after Timothy whatshisname.)
Umm, Neeson as Bond??? I can't see that at all.
this is hard...
i'm going to have to say:
1. goldfinger (THE very best villain in ANY bond film..and prolly should have won something for it.)
2. dr no
3. from russia with love
4. casino royale (just a few things shy of making # 2)
5. You only live twice.
6. Our man Flint.
no remington steel in the top 5
no roger moore in the top 30
Think I'm biased b/c it's the first Bond movie I saw in the theater. I also liked Pierce Brosnan as Bond but didn't like Timothy Dalton. It goes without saying that I liked Sean Connery as Bond. I haven't seen any of the new ones with Daniel Craig in the lead role. Does that make me a bad person?
daniel craig is a BAD %@%@^ MOFO who would rather kill you than charm you....I like this presentation of bond.
As to the question of why Craig is still bond, both Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace have grossed around 600 million each. In 2002, Die Another Day, the last Brosnan bond movie, made slightly over 400 million. I would say Craig's doing fairly well (from a business POV) for the franchise.
QOS was $567M, well shy of 600 and it cost nearly $100M more to make.
For me, the US boxoffice take is more interesting, Casino Royale was $6M+ more than Die Another Day and QOS was $2M or so more than CR.
While the films with Craig in them are doing well, there is no clear evidence those films wouldn't have done well with Brosnan or someone else. Each Brosnan vehicle was the leading US Bond film for its time. Each succeeding film picked up more dollars. I'm not sure that the box office take isn't as much tied into the increase in ticket prices as anything else. In 1995, Brosnan's first film, ticket here was $7 ($3.50 matinee), in 2002, Brosnan's last, ticket was $9 (matinee $5), last year for QOS, tickets were $11 (matinee $7.50).
i AM the bond demographic. despite my not being in my teens any more (physically) i have seen every bond movie on opening night at the theater since dr no.. with the exception of the last two pierce bros films..(die another day and world aint enuff) mainly because they DID have remmington in them...
and i love halle berry and denise richards.
brosnan's portrayal was becoming sterile. i enjoyed golden eye and tomorrow never dies, but, there was just something missing from the character....he wasnt JAMES BOND, he was PLAYING JB.
when they announced they had selected daniel craig for casino royale, i was thrilled....his portrayal and the writing are showing us a more realistic side of bond himself...
i like the darker side of craig, as i like the darker side of the Dark KNight..
So are you saying that you'd rather see Brosnan still on the big screen? Do you think that he, in his mid-50s, would attract the more profitable younger audience than a man more than ten years his junior? Personally, I think his best performance (and the best movie of his tenure) was Goldeneye. He could have kept doing a decent job of course but I think it's safe to say that many professionals mulled over the personnel decision and figured a new Bond would earn more money. Brosnan obviously needed to be replaced at some point and I think he had the time to make his mark over 4 films. It'll be interesting to see how the next bond film does. I thought they could've done a lot better than Quantum of Solace.
well, when it;s all said and done, there IS a story to be considered. and the GOOD bond films had excellent villains. who were you scared of in QUantum? not really anyone....
i think that movie was more of a squash between a bond film and Sahara.
the next bond movie had better have a damn good bad guy!!!
Casino Royale is definitely my favorite in the series. It's overlong, but it benefit from modern-day special effects, it has the smartest script of the bunch in my opinion, and I think Craig is in the running for best Bond. Shrug - to each their own.
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If you grew up with Sean Connery as Bond, i's hard to accept anybody else in the role.
But I would argue that there are just four great Bonds -- the first four ... Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger and Thunderball. By Diamonds are Forever, the series had started to slip.
If I had to pick fifth Bond movie -- and the best one without Connery, I'd go for Casino Royale. Ursella Andress as Vesper, and three James Bonds, inclduing David Niven and Peter Sellers. Also, the best villian in the whole Bond series -- Woody Allen as Jimmy Bond.