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  • Dr. No

    4 4.08%
  • From Russia With Love

    14 14.29%
  • Goldfinger

    38 38.78%
  • Thunderball

    2 2.04%
  • Live And Let Die

    7 7.14%
  • Man With The Golden Gun

    0 0%
  • The Spy Who Loved Me

    5 5.10%
  • The Living Daylights

    1 1.02%
  • Goldeneye

    8 8.16%
  • Casino Royale

    19 19.39%
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Thread: Best Bond Film

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    Best Bond Film

    So, I was watching Casino Royale on DVD last night with my son (we saw it in theaters too) and he remarked that it was his new favorite movie. So, I said, "well, you should see some of the other Bond movies then!"

    That got me to thinking-- what is the best Bond movie ever. So, I put up this poll. Sadly, I am only allowed to post 10 options so I had to eliminate a few pretty good films. Still, I feel good about these 10 being the most likely to be on anyone's list of the best ever.

    Enjoy and be sure to back uo your vote with an explanation:

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    As an aside, did I leave out some film that should be elligible for the top ten?

    -Jason "as I looked at a list, I was surprised how few of them were even under consideration for me-- there were about 3 or 4 and then not many others in the same category as the top" Evans

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    A couple notable omissions

    Goldfinger and From Russia with Love obviously are the quintessential Bond movies. However, I'm also fond of the following two that were omitted from your list:

    On His Majesty's Secret Service: Probably the Bond movie that was most faithful to the source material. Yes, Lazenby was pretty wooden as Bond, but I thought the movie had a nice balance of action and romance. Diana Rigg was excellent as Bond's short-term wife. Also, how can you go wrong with a movie featuring Telly Savalas?

    Tomorrow Never Dies: Brosnan seemed alot more comfortable as Bond in this movie than in Goldeneye. Plus, its fun to have a villain that's a cross between Bill Gates and Rupert Murdoch

    It would be interesting to have a poll on the worst Bond film. I bet there would be alot more diversity. My choice would be 'Diamonds are Forever': cheesy sets, bad jokes, and the pain of watching an overweight Sean Connery half-heartedly trying to recreate the Bond character he made famous.

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    It's hard for me to leave off any Connery Bond, so the first thing I asked when I saw your list was, "Where is Diamonds Are Forever?" Even if it were on the list I wouldn't have voted for it, though. From Russia With Love is the pinnacle of Bondom.
    --BluBones

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    First, I appreciate the good Bonds for their own qualities, rather than being one of these Connery-only chauvinists.

    I'm probably the world's biggest Moore fan, but Man with the Golden Gun needs to be on a worst list, not a best list. The superior Moore films are, as Jason listed, Spy who Loved Me and Live and Let Die. Octo***** is quality Cold War, and For Your Eyes Only isn't bad. Moonraker has problems, mainly a wooden villain. I never need to see A View to a Kill again, and I'm surprised they made it.

    I voted for Live and Let Die because it's my favorite, not because you can really truly argue it's the best. It's so deliciously stupid. It's got one of the best chase scenes in the whole Bond oeuvre, the boat chase on the Bayou, and probably the single most beautiful Bond girl, a young Jane Seymour. They haven't yet figured out that they want to make Moore the 1970s king of cheese yet, but the whole thing is silly enough the be appreciated meta-. I like Moore even better than Connery because I perceive Bond to be satire, not unironic action. Moore's funnier. If you're taking Bond seriously*, you've got a healthier suspension of disbelief than I can muster.

    Die Another Day, the last Brosnan film, is the best of his four.

    I want to like From Russia with Love best of the Connery films, but I had to concede to Goldfinger, even though the mad super-villain is not my favorite Bond formula.

    * - I haven't seen the new film, but it's in my queue. I hear it's a real film, not merely a Bond movie.
    Last edited by throatybeard; 03-17-2007 at 01:07 AM.

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    My top 5:

    1. Goldfinger
    2. Live and Let Die - I'm with Throaty on the great boat chase scene and I liked the ending with the sharks. Plus, when Bond uses the meat to send the Aligators into the bad guy cabin, well that's just cold
    3. Casino Royale - Great action nad a very believable Bond. Went on a bit too long, but enjoyable. Loved that Bond torture scene too-- nasty!
    4. From Russia With Love - The movie that made all of us fall in love with Bond.
    5. Goldeneye - The sight of Brosnan on top of that tank was just too awesome. The ending was pretty wretched, but I liked everything that took us to that point.

    --Jason "I agree, the list of bad or disappointing Bond movies might be more interesting" Evans

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    Live and Let Die

    I agree the boat chase scene in LALD was fantastic. Also, its hard to go wrong with any movie featuring Jane Seymour

    However, LALD is lower on my list for two reasons. First, in the character Sherrif J.W. Pepper, it prominently features easily the most-annoying and unnecessary character to appear in the Bond series (Denise Richards as a nuclear scientist is a close second). Second, the death of the villain Kananga by inflation (where he basically blows up like a balloon, floats in the air, and pops) was friggin ridiculous. Couldn't they think of a more-realistic (by Bond standards) way to kill him off?

    A Bond-related trivia question: What actor, who appeared in a relatively minor role in a Bond film, later went on to win an Oscar for Best-Supporting Actor?

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    Throatybeard

    Did you actually censor yourself on the name of a Bond movie? What would you do with Austin Powers, Gold****** and The Spy Who ******* Me.

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    No, the board software did that.

    You know what else is awesome about Goldeneye, Jason, is it probably has the finest opening stunt of all the films, where Brosnan drives a motorcycle off a cliff onto a plane.

    They've spent more and more money for better and better effect in the opening stunt in the last two decades. (I'm not sure that some of the Connery films can even be considered to have one). Other great opening stunts can be found in Die Another Day (the hovercraft chase off a waterfall) and Octo***** (Moore turns his ultralight to 90 degrees through a door).

    A movie is not about what it's about; it's about how it's about it.
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    Some questions cannot be answered
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    We need a love like Johnny, Johnny and June
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    Quote Originally Posted by throatybeard View Post
    No, the board software did that.

    You know what else is awesome about Goldeneye, Jason, is it probably has the finest opening stunt of all the films, where Brosnan drives a motorcycle off a cliff onto a plane.

    They've spent more and more money for better and better effect in the opening stunt in the last two decades. (I'm not sure that some of the Connery films can even be considered to have one). Other great opening stunts can be found in Die Another Day (the hovercraft chase off a waterfall) and Octo***** (Moore turns his ultralight to 90 degrees through a door).
    And the opening stunt (which is actually an opening chase) in Casino Royale tops everything EVER!! If you have not seen it, you are really missing something.

    Here it is- from YouTube: http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ovojHaug7U

    -Jason "the idiot with his finger in his ear deserved to die!" Evans

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    What about Moonraker?

    Don't know what they were thinking when they made that one.

    My all time favorite is Goldfinger.

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    Casino Royale is in my que, havn't seen it yet.

    1. Tomorrow Never Dies - I love Micheele Yeoh in this movie, and I liked Bond's vulnerability when his hand seems to shake the slightest bit when he takes a shot of vodka realizing that Paris was going to be killed. Plus I hate the MSM so it fits.

    2. From Russia With Love - great plot, often copied.

    3. The Spy Who Loved Me - the best theme song, and one of the funniest. Great ski chase to open the film.

    4. Die Another Day - Halle Berry!

    5. GoldenEye
    6. Live and Let Die
    7. Goldfinger
    The Gordog

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    Goldfinger - the title track never leaves my head
    Die Another Day - visually one of the most appealing: the parachute stunt (by the villain, Bond's parachute stunt is about the only bad thing here), the ice driving, the swordfight, Halle Berry, the helicopter, the quips
    From Russia With Love
    Casino Royale - the freerunning was cool, but I rather liked Bond's phone call with M at the end

    I think the best Bonds were left on the table thanks to Remington Steele.

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    Casino Royale was absolutely fantastic. I'm going to stop by and pick up a copy on the way home from work.

    I'm a lover of pretty much all the Bond films, although I'd have to put out License to Kill as probably the worst, with View to a Kill and whichever one had Denise Richards as the scientist (telling I can't even remember the name) down there too.

    No one has mentioned "You Only Live Twice" and "For Your Eyes Only", which I think are pretty strong contenders for top 5 or top 10. Similarly, I'm a "Thunderball" fan, the underwater fight scene is pretty wild! At the time, the computer warfare game was considered ultra high-tech as well...

    I'd probably move "Living Daylights" off the list (Just can't see a Timothy Dalton movie, who was easily the worst Bond, on the list). I'd also scratch "Man with the Golden Gun", and replace with the two I mentioned above. While I'm not a "Goldeneye" fan, it deserves a place on the list if only for a reason that it spawned the greatest console game ever...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reisen View Post
    Casino Royale was absolutely fantastic. I'm going to stop by and pick up a copy on the way home from work.

    I'm a lover of pretty much all the Bond films, although I'd have to put out License to Kill as probably the worst, with View to a Kill and whichever one had Denise Richards as the scientist (telling I can't even remember the name) down there too.

    No one has mentioned "You Only Live Twice" and "For Your Eyes Only", which I think are pretty strong contenders for top 5 or top 10. Similarly, I'm a "Thunderball" fan, the underwater fight scene is pretty wild! At the time, the computer warfare game was considered ultra high-tech as well...

    I'd probably move "Living Daylights" off the list (Just can't see a Timothy Dalton movie, who was easily the worst Bond, on the list). I'd also scratch "Man with the Golden Gun", and replace with the two I mentioned above. While I'm not a "Goldeneye" fan, it deserves a place on the list if only for a reason that it spawned the greatest console game ever...

    Picking up my copy of Casino on my way too...

    When I was younger, I really liked "For your eyes only" mainly because of the wide range of locations...definitely one of the more "adventurous" Bond films...Now, I like Thunderball, Dr. No, etc. better..which seem edgier and so much different than the Brosnan (and some Moore) flicks.. Casino is a great return to that..

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    I also thought of adding Thunderball, but thought the thread was trending more toward the cheesy Bond.

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    My 5:

    1. Goldfinger. Everyone's favorite, to be sure, but with good reason -- arguably the only film that actually improves on the original Fleming novel (which got ridiculous in certain places).

    2. From Russia With Love. Probably the finest ensemble acting of the Bond series; just about everyone, from Shaw to Lenya, is terrific on the screen.

    3. For Your Eyes Only. I'm surprised this hasn't gotten more consideration. My personal favorite Moore vehicle, this was a very slimmed-down and intense Bond, and compared to the other movies around it (Never Say Never Again, Moonraker) it's aged remarkably well.

    4. The Spy Who Loved Me. One of the few Bond movies that feels genuinely epic in scope, with Moore's best acting moment ("The answer to the question is yes. I did kill him.") and the introduction of Jaws, what's not to like?

    5. The World is Not Enough. Yes, it has the atrocious Christmas Jones, or else it would be ranked higher. But it's still Brosnan's best, and stocked with great characters and excellent writing. A somewhat flagging climax also lowers this, unfortunately.


    Personally, I think a *bottom* five Bond is in order, and might be more entertaining -- you can start that poll if you like, Jason, but here's my choices:

    Bottom 5, from bad to worse:

    5. The Man with the Golden Gun. Some great dialogue between Lee and Moore save this from occupying a worse position, but I have to say that the slide-whistle stunt is a genuine nadir of the Bond films.

    4. Die Another Day. I think about halfway through the film, the writers threw up their hands and confessed on the screen that they had no idea what they were doing.

    3. Diamonds are Forever. Sean Connery, balder, fatter, and in a flamingo pink shirt! Just what we all wanted to see! Oh, no wait, we didn't.

    2. A View to a Kill. Gives the lie to the proposition that Christopher Walken makes everything better.

    1. License to Kill. This pains me, because I think that Timothy Dalton's a fine actor, and I think Living Daylights is a fine Bond film. But this film is wrong in so many ways that I can't begin to list them.

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    There is only one Bond

    And, I've only seen Sean Connery as Bond, so I am obviously biased. But, I voted for From Russia with Love. I also really like Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice.

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    Has to be Dr. No...

    A bunch of us guys saw it in Durham...(first run)...the night before graduation in 1963...the karma was fantastic that night....

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    I know....that was a long time ago...and then again it wasn't...time flies....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jfrosh View Post
    What about Moonraker?

    Don't know what they were thinking when they made that one.

    The movie, which isn't the best, or the opening stunt, which is great, and deliciously absurd? Although it probably irritates Physics teachers.

    A movie is not about what it's about; it's about how it's about it.
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    Who’s gonna bury who
    We need a love like Johnny, Johnny and June
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