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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! Allow this to serve as an apology for using the famous last lines of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in the headline for THE TIME MACHINE picture. They’re both iconic lines, haunting for very different reasons, in their own films, but a fair amount of you were disappointed to find a pic of George Pal and Rod Taylor instead of George Lazenby’s 007. So, I did some digging and came up with a couple pics, the best of which I’ve included below. I’m no Bond scholar, but I’ve seen all of the movies. As a teenager I kind of shunned this film for being “the boring one,” but as I matured a bit I came to deeply appreciate the tone and the real world consequences of this particular story. It really is a gut-punch of a movie and a pretty ballsy move to take such a serious and dramatic turn coming off of the Connery Bonds, which were just like big giant balls of escapist fun. Smart, edgy and wonderfully involving, of course, but escapist for sure. Lazenby isn’t my favorite Bond, but he was in one of the best Bond films. And he got to marry Diana Rigg and face off against Telly Freakin’ Savalas! Top that Timothy Dalton! Here’s the pic! Enjoy (and click for a slightly bigger version)!

Not as bloody as the last BTSPotD, but hopefully a little Bond nugget for those hungry for 007. If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic continues our Bond weekend with the bests of the Jimmy Bs! See ya’ then! -Quint quint@aintitcool.com Follow Me On Twitter



Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Jaws
- Die Hard
- Aliens
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Vertigo
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Labyrinth
- RoboCop
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Marathon Man
- Young Frankenstein
- Viva Las Vegas
- The Empire Strikes Back (Han driving a snow cat)
- Rio Bravo
- Giant
- Back to the Future
- The Time Machine
- War of the Worlds (1953)
- Alien (Chestburster)


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  • Aug. 28, 2010, 9:38 a.m. CST

    who loves you baby

    by slickerynodes

    that's all

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Telly Savalas

    by Grace_Panda

    Telly Savalas, Yul Brynner and Donald Pleasence should start a super group!

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST

    OHMSS

    by TheCrouton

    It's a pity Connery didn't make this one. If he had, then this might have been the best Bond movie of them all. Without him, it's still a damn good one though.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Oh, right. The hypnosis scene.

    by Ronald Raygun

    That headline confused the hell outta me.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Lazenby wasn't bad

    by lochkray

    But I still prefered everybody else, even Dalton. And, though I know in my head its the wrong choice, Moore sits quite a bit higher on my list of favorite Bonds, over Lazenby too. I know that his movies were the cheesiest, and some of the weakest (though not the worst - I'm looking at you Diamonds Are Forever), but his were the first Bonds I watched on TV, so Roger Moore will always have a soft spot in my heart. Ranking them, best to weakest (for me): Connery, Moore, Brosnan, Craig, Dalton, Lazenby. If I based it purely on the left side of my brain, I'd probably switch Moore lower, but I can't do it.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Bond gets married and his wife gets shot in the head

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    I don't care how this movie is suddenly become cool to like, especially since Nolan cites it as his inspiration for the snow scenes in Inception....this movie sucks ass.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    OHMSS

    by Madmacks

    Is in my honest opinion the best Bond film and the John Barry score has never been surpassed. I often wonder if only Lazenby had stayed on we would have had some fantastic Bond films in the seventies instead of the Roger Moore fluff. Lazenby was no where near as bad as he has been made out to be all these years.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Bart: "We can choose James Bond as the voice of our house!"

    by Billyeveryteen

    Marge: "You mean George Lazenby??"

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Once you get past...

    by BSGDAN

    ...hearing Lazenby's rather dull reading of the "My name's Bond-James Bond" line, you quickly begin to appreciate the work he did in the role. The producers were right to go back to Connery for "Diamonds are Forever", but Lazenby certainly deserves more respect than he receives.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST

    My dear Lochkray

    by Madmacks

    Diamonds Are Forever worse than Octopussy....you honestly think so?

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Lazenby had the power-move uppercut

    by UltraTron

    and the playboy magazine assesory. Craig is fucking perfect and you could composite him over moore and do special editions of all the moore films starring Craig and I'd be ok with that.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Madmacks

    by lochkray

    It's a fight between the two, but Octopussy had the mini-airplane opener, the twin knife throwers, the "Property of a Lady" auction scene, and got Q out of the lab. Diamonds are Forever was....just embarrassing for Connery to go out on. It all looked cheap, cheesy, and (other than the Shirley Bassey song) was without any redeaming qualities that I can recall.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Keep fucking that chicken!!

    by ColonelFatheart

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Best Bond movie

    by Jared_Syn_City

    It really is. And.... Connery couldn't have pulled this movie off. His Bond had become too self-aware and invincible. Bond in this film was scared and unsure, especially when running from Spectre in the snow. The producers showed some serious balls with this series before caving in and giving us the horrible Diamonds Are Forever as a follow-up.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Connery didn't go out on Diamonds

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    He went out on Never Say Never Again...the geriatric Bond film. Sad, really, because it was Irwin Kershner's follow up film to Empire Strikes Back...it was the beginning of Kershner's fall.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Well Diamonds was his "official" last Bond film

    by Jared_Syn_City

    Never Say Never Again is Thunderball. Just without the suspense.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 10:20 a.m. CST

    OHMSS

    by Omar B

    Always been my favorite of the series. Closest adaptation of the book, the most significant Bond story other than CR and YOLT (both adapted with varying degrees of accuracy)and with a Bond who could actually fight. George was a Kyokushin Karate black belt (from my organization) and taught in the military in Australia.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Would love to see Connery come back

    by John_McClanes_Vest

    for a final bow in something Bond related. Fuck Judi Dench, give Connery the M role next time. LXG can't be the man's last movie.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 10:26 a.m. CST

    I think Lazenby suited OHMSS's story

    by Tacom

    Connery was great but I can not picture him being as tender or vulnerable as Bond needed to be in the barn scene with Tracy.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST

    John_McClanes_Vest

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    I thought Connery's "final Bond-related bow" (not his final film, though) was Michael Bay's The Rock? Didn't they tailor-make that role for Connery, alluding to his ex-British secret service agent who was arrested by the Americans and disavowed by the British Govt.? I remember reading an interview at the time where Connery said that they intentionally made his character seem like he could have been Bond.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Connery's last Bond Film was....

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    ....Finding Forrester. A retired spy hiding out in the hood, pretending to be an author as his new identity. <p> "You're the man now, dawg!"

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 10:39 a.m. CST

    John_McClanes_Vest

    by JonKrause

    Connery's actually coming out of retirement to star in Scotland's first animated film: Sir Billi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04l1dC7Nz9M I wish I were joking.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Lazenby getting the cold shoulder from Hunt

    by davidwebb

    just as well he's got that cape.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Love this film

    by cool_britannia79

    We Have All The Time In The World was my wedding dance song, 3 weeks later we seperated. Like Bond, without the machine guns.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST

    yer mama...

    by Planty_McPlant_Plants_His_Plant_At_AICN

    I know you are baiting a reaction. I am happy to oblige. Monnraker the greatest Bond film? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAAAAAAAAA...

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Bond Stories

    by TheCrouton

    As I understand it (and so admit I may be wrong), didn't the producers shift the stories around when filming them, so they are not in the correct order in relation to the books? If so, where would OHMSS fit in, in the series if filmed in order?

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Saw Dalton at Costco...

    by MoseSchrute

    The one in Burbank a few weeks back.... That's right, James Bond shops at Costco.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Still one of the best bonds

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    If it had starrd connery it would be considered THE best bond, but because of Lazenby's one time performance The film is relegated to the top 5 or so. It's a shame Lazenby chose not to come back, I think he could have easily carried the series through the 70's, maybe we would have been spared the roger moore years. Hell imagine if Dalton had taken the OHMSS role when he was offered it, Dalton could have been bond all through the 70's and 80's and we would have been spared the roger moore years

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST

    If yer mama really wanted a reaction...

    by DiscoGodfather

    The World is Not Enough would be on that list.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    YER MAMA...

    by SAILOR_RIPLEY

    The best bond films or the worst? The only one that belongs in that list is Goldfinger. A View to a Kill is quite possibly the worst Bond film ever.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    to clarify my Moore hate

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    Moore's bond never had his own identity, His movies just piggty backed on whatever was "in" at the time. With the execption of TSWLM and FYEO all of Moore's films just aped whatever movie was number one at the time. Although I suppose Craigs latest also did this by mimicing the Bourne films, But hopefully Craig is given 2 or 3 more chances to make the role his own

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST

    A View to a kill is just a remake of Goldfinger

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    the plots and scenes are almost identical, It's like they just took the goldfinger script and switched gold to computer chips

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Worst Bond Films

    by tomandshell

    1. Diamonds Are Forever 2. Die Another Day 3. View to A Kill 4. Moonraker I can't bring myself to add Golden Gun, because it has Christopher Lee, a topless Herve Villechaize, Britt Ekland getting thrown into a trunk, Roger Moore slapping Maud Adams, the best car stunt jump in the series, Sheriff J.W. Pepper being even less politically correct than in Live and Let Die, a fake nipple from Q Branch, a flying '74 Matador, a cool gun made out of a pen and lighter, and (of course) Bond tossing one girl into the hotel room closet to hide all night while he makes out with the next one.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Never Say Never Again Is not a Bond movie

    by lochkray

    Period.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    RedBull_Werewolf

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought Dalton wasn't offered the part until Live and Let Die? When Connery was gone for good. Was he really offered it as early as OHMSS?

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Re: Die Another Day being one of worst.

    by lochkray

    It was actually 50% a fantastic Bond movie. Then 35% complete and utter CGI infested crap. It came back to the centre a bit at the end with the fights on the crashing giant airplane - So I can't say it was one of the worst. Not completely unlike Moonraker's problems. Octopussy is worse than Die Another Day, View to a Kill, and Moonraker (IMHO)

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    I used to hate this film.

    by alan_poon

    Sadly I grew up on the Moore Bonds and The Spy Who Loved Me was my favourite for years. (Was on telly in Britain today). Have to say that this is my favourite Bond film now and Lazenby ISN'T Connery. If he tried to be this film wouldn't be half as good.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    While I'm thinking about it....

    by lochkray

    World is Not Enough doesn't get bashed nearly enough for its weaknesses.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    From Russia with Love.

    by SAILOR_RIPLEY

    is the best Bond film. Almost forgot about Die another Day, that is probably the worst.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Funny how Brosnan is mostly overlooked

    by John_McClanes_Vest

    these days. He nailed Goldeneye, unfortuantely his other outings - although not his fault - were pretty mediocre. Thank-god he didn't touch Casino.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Denise Richards - Christmas Jones.

    by John_McClanes_Vest

    I cringed just now.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Doctor...Christmas Jones

    by John_McClanes_Vest

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Tomorrow Never Dies had its moments.

    by lochkray

    I kinda liked it. Different kind of villian. Fun motorcycle chase. A romantic interest that I believed could be a spy more than I believed Denise Richards could heat a pot of soup (much less be a nuclear physicist), fun opener with the nuke on the plane.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    One of my favourite bits from OHMSS.

    by Royston Lodge

    When Bond is about to fuck his third chick of the night, and mutters under his breath how it's going to take a miracle to get his willy up.<p> Only time (until Casino Royale, of course) when Bond doesn't have a super-human cock.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST

    View to a Kill's single redeeming moment

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    the Duran Duran title song. Up there with Bassey, McCartney, and Carly Simon.<p>I still think Simon leBon would make a fantastic Bond villain....

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 1 p.m. CST

    SAILOR_RIPLEY

    by Sailor Rip

    Dude. Seriously? <p> Well at least we both love Wild at Heart.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Quote from Lazenby:

    by Sailor Rip

    "I only did it for the bread and the birds." OHMSS is a great film but Lazenby clearly wasn't into it.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Re: Funny how Brosnan is mostly overlooked

    by Acquanetta

    Ironically, you could say the same about Dalton and now Craig. All three actors nailed their Bond debuts- and were hailed as the "best since Connery"- yet were subsequently let down by their sequel(s). I realize Licence To Kill has its share of admirers (I happen to be one of them), but that hasn't done anything to help elevate public opinion of Dalton. In the case of Brosnan and Craig, there's a strong argument to be made that perhaps the current Bond producers should just stick to rebooting every few years and forget trying to make any sequels.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CST

    I never saw this one.

    by Yelsaeb

    I was kinda put off by Lazenby. But from what you've said, Quint, about this movie, I might track it down soon.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Wedding Song

    by th3480

    My wife & I had our first dance to Louis Armstrong's "We Have All The Time in the World." Thankfully no one gunned her down after the reception!!!

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Bonds will come and go.....

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    ...but it will always come down to Connery vs. Moore. Connery was of course the better Bond, but Moore had some very entertaining films that captured the feel of those decades. Bond is dead now. We don't live in a Bond age anymore. Bond is the sixties and seventies, the Cold War, and free love. That's why Austin Powers was so entertaining; it rekindled what Bond was truly about, and lampooned it at the same time.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Jehovas Witness

    by lochkray

    Your theory is as crazy as the religion you get your moniker from. Bond isn't dead. Bond didn't need the Cold War - Hell, Dr.No, Goldfinger, Thunderball, Man w/ Golden Gun, and lots of other great chapters had NOTHING to do with the cold war. Bond always lives on. As I always say, bad Bond is like bad sex or bad pizza - It's still pretty good.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    You're wrong, cockring

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    Bond is dead. That's why every new bond after Moore gets forgotten. I'm not saying Bond had to involve the Cold War directly, but that time period had a different vibe than this one. A romantic vibe for spies. Today's age doesn't have that. It's time for other genre's to take up the Bond mantle and re-invent it, but every Bond film post the 1980's is a floating turd in a toilet, and will continue to be so.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Cold War Bond

    by Acquanetta

    Bond is very much a Cold War character at his core, although that doesn't mean you can't continue to put him into entertaining films. However, I do think the films lost something once they began forcing Bond to be politically correct. This is a huge advantage that Connery and Moore will always have over their successors, and one area in which they will always be closer to Ian Fleming's Bond. Among other things, Dalton was nearly forced to be chaste, while Brosnan and Craig found themselves in some kind of awkward, maternal relationship with M.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    View to a Kill Chock Full of Great Moments

    by Autodidact

    When Bond's underwater, breathing air out of the sunken car's tire. <p>When Bond's car is broken in half during the Paris car chase and he keeps driving it. <p>When Grace Jones drops her clothing, or generally when Grace Jones does anything. <p>Christopher Walken is in it playing a character who is basically Christopher Walken's distilled essence. <p>Walken's character is a total psychopath and has a cool origin (he's a remnant of nazi genetic tinkering). He also has essentially the same plan as Lex Luthor from the Superman movies. <p>The theme song is awesome and every hack writer captions a photo "a view to a kill" at least once before they learn better.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST

    View To a Kill is unwatchable because

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    both Bond and Moneypenney were waaaaay past their sell-by dates. Seriously, it's more geriatric Bond than the bastardchild Never Say Never Again.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Best and worst...

    by Planty_McPlant_Plants_His_Plant_At_AICN

    Five best: 5.Casino Royale 4.Spy Who Loved Me 3.Dr No 2.OHMSS 1.Goldfinger<P>Five worst: 5.Quantum Of Solace 4.Moonraker 3.Octopussy 2.The World Is Not Enough 1.Die Another Day.<P>It does pain me to say Brosnan has made the two worst Bond films, because he's a good actor(much better than Moore) but was let down by unimaginably awful scripts (thanks a lot Wade and Purvis, you cunts). Moore also made two of the worst but if you accept them as pure cheese they are not as bad as Brosnan's last two.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST

    @ AKA_Gern_Blanston, I've always heard Dalton was offered OHMSS

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    I've heard various reason why he turned it down, the most popular being that he felt that at 22 he was too young and wasn't ready to do the character justice yet, the other reason i've read is that he wanted to stick with theatre and couldn't fit in OHMSS into his schedule

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST

    If only Lazenby could have kept doing the role

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Now, I grew up in the Moore era (born 1974), so he's kind of "my" 007, yet his films remain the hardest to re-watch of the series, aside from TSWLM (lavish, well-paced and with cool villains and smokin' Bond Girls) and FYEO (terse, gritty, the most "Fleming-esque" of the Moore films). The only non-Moore films I find as consistently lame are DAF (paunchy, disinterested Connery making an ignoble swan song in a cheapjack, campy production) and DAD (the xXx-era Bond, already HORRIBLY dated only eight years later). Moore was already 45 when he FIRST played the role, and he didn't get any fresher as the years progressed. The funny thing is, Moore was 57 in AVTAK and looked about 70, whereas Timothy Dalton was 62 in Hot Fuzz and still looks like a well-preserved 45. I'm sick and tired of Lazenby and Dalton getting shat upon in every article written about the Bond films just because they only did three mkvies between the two of them. If Craig gets screwed out of a third and fourth film due to the MGM bankruptcy shit, I fucking GUARANTEE you that a decade from now, people will badmouth the Craig films as much as they do the Dalton films now.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Bond Flicks

    by Tai_Pan

    THE BEST: OHMSS <p> GREAT:From Russia w/ Love; Goldfinger; Goldeneye; The Spy Who Loved Me, The Living Daylights, Casino Royale; License to Kill. <p> GOOD: Dr. No; Thunderball; Live and Let Die; Octopussy; For Your Eyes Only; Die Another Day. <p> MEH: Diamonds are Forever;You Only Live Twice;Tomorrow Never Dies; Quantum of Solace. <p> AWFUL: The Man With the Golden Gun; Moonraker; Never Say Never Again. <p> THE ANTICHRIST: A View to a Kill.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Best Bond

    by Tai_Pan

    I love all of them. Each actor has his own thing going for him: Connery has the best sex apppeal, Lazenby had swagger, Moore had wink-of-the-eye humor, Dalton was a cold-blooded killer, Brosnan was smooth, and Craig is a gritty badass.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Wait a minute...

    by jackofhearts29

    I thought this was gonna be a Muppet Movie pic of Gonzo!

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Bond films rankings

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Best: From Russia with Love<p>Great: OHMSS; The Living Daylights; Goldfinger; Casino Royale<p>Good: Thunderball; Dr. No; Quantum of Solace; The Spy Who Loved Me; For Your Eyes Only<p>Okay: Goldeneye; You Only Live Twice; Octopussy; Live and Let Die; Moonraker; License to Kill; The World is Not Enough<p>Crap: Diamonds are Forever; Never Say Never Again; Tomorow Never Dies; Die Another Day; A View to a Kill<p>The Worst: The Man with the Golden Gun

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    HA!!!!!

    by npharris

    wasn't he killed by a dolly in twilight zone?

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Bond is certainly alive idiots

    by andrew coleman

    Sorry but most people I know love Casino Royale! Bond is a Cold War era character. He is perfect for right now though. With companies owning their own militaries and having their own spies. It's not just a cold war between two countries it's global now. If Bond ever gets sold off they could really do something with Quantum being a new aged Spectre. So sorry the concept of Bond being dead is simply stupid I think Craig's Bond has changed all of that.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 3:29 p.m. CST

    If Connery had been in OHMSS it would have been the

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    greatest film in the series. And before anyone says that Connery's persona wasn't right for it, its worth remembering that even his entries were vastly different in tone from each other: From Russia with Love and Dr. No are serious and gritty spy thrillers compared to the camp farce of Diamonds Are Forever and even parts of You Only Live Twice. It would have been great to have seen the previously invulnerable Connery fall in love and have his heart broken; it would have added real pathos to the series.<P>The other thing the producers fucked up is filming the books out of order, or at least not revising the films to fit this re-shuffled order. The Thunderball, OHMSS and You Only Live Twice novels are a trilogy, with Bond pursuing Spectre and finally getting revenge on Blofeld for the killing of his wife. Yet in OHMSS the film, Bond and Blofeld don't even recognise each other from the previous movie (not helped by recasting Blofeld with Telly Savalas) and in Diamonds, after the opening 5 minutes, Bond completely loses his vendetta against Blofeld. Diamonds should have been configured to have been what QoS was to Casino Royale, a revenge movie, with Bond and Blofeld having a definitve showdown at the climax. Blofeld is Bond's uber-nemesis and they've really fucked up the presentation of that character on film. It should have been Donald Pleasance in three consecutive movies. Hopefully they can bring him back in the Craig movies and have a continuing storyline, which is one of the plus points about the new films; it's more interesting when there is an escalating though-line rather than separate stand-alone adventures.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Ohh Nasty...

    by Billyeveryteen

    QoS is pure weapons grade bolognaium.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Re: If Connery had been in OHMSS it would have been the

    by Acquanetta

    The only problem with a continuing storyline is that the approach doesn't lend itself to a long-running franchise. Part of Bond's appeal is that the viewer can enter at any point. You don't need to watch all the Connery or Moore films to enjoy a Dalton or Brosnan. If audiences had needed to sit through the previous films just to understand each new entry, the series would've ended long ago. (Indeed, one of the chief complaints of Quantum of Solace was that it required a review of Casino Royale beforehand. It's an approach that works great for fanboys- but not for casual moviegoers.)

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST

    i cant believe Goldeneye is 15 fuckin years old already!!!

    by CARTMANEZ

    remember going to see it as though it were literally yesterday - yet now Brosnan is considered the 'old bond' and has been out of 007 for nearly a decade - and even Casino Royale (whick literally felt like it was out last week) is getting old now - jesus where the FUCK does time go man??!! i mean what the fuck is time - did someone put my life on fast foward when i wernt looking? slow down dawg!fuck this shit man, i gonna be an old man soon!<p> i have to quote from a rather great (and getting better with each passing year) but critically trashed movie that was out just the year b4 Goldeneye :- <p> 'Time is the fire in which we burn...'

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Never Say Never Again is just a remake of Thunderball...

    by GreatWhiteNoise

    ...but it did have Kim Basinger in it. Wasn't all bad.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Pierce Brosnan is my generations Bond

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    I loved him at thew time, but going back and watching a brosnan film, I've grown to hate the 90's bond. Not enough to ruin the films for me, But enough to get under my skin and cause Brosnan to drop down my list of Bond rankings. I suppose its the metro sexual era and Pierce's Bond was representative of that, but still Brosnan's bond just doesn't hold up like Connery's does

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Brosnan Bonds Just Terrible After Goldeneye

    by Autodidact

    Goldeneye is a pretty damn sweet post cold-war Bond movie. Although, it still used Russians. <p>I'm annoyed to have entered theatre-going age between the Dalton and Brosnan eras, making Goldeneye the only good Bond movie I've seen on screen. They got steadily worse and worse until Die Another Day became a fucking sad joke. I guess Casino Royale was an improvement but I think they fucked it up again with Quantum of Solace. By the end of that movie I was bored out of my mind...

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST

    OHMSS is OK but slightly annoys me

    by MediaGold

    The fight scenes are speed up a tad so they're kinda Keystone Cops-ish and WhyTF is Lazenby's voice dubbed throughout half the frigging flick? Yeah, he's in disguise but the dubbed voice was unneccesary and completely annoying. I guess the producers didn't have enough faith in Lazenby's "acting"? Maybe someone more knowlegdable about Bond can enlighten me on why they used that retarded voice over.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 4:54 p.m. CST

    the 007 Brosnan was kind of a 007 'greastest hits compilation'

    by CARTMANEZ

    Brosnan was pretty much a combination of Connery and Moore - and so were the movies he did. I read recently he got abit mad when he saw Casino Royale and thought 'thats how i wanted to do it all'<p>

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Diamonds are Forever is awful...

    by jasper Stillwell

    ...but it had a moon buggy, a satellite that fired lasers, Lana Wood's top shelf and a really cool John Barry score...to an impressionable 7 year old in 1971 this was about as good as it could get.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 4:58 p.m. CST

    I Know What You're Saying Cartmanez

    by Autodidact

    I've always been really into movies and so that's sort of how I track my life looking back. I often have thoughts like "Kids born the summer T2 came out are now way older than I was when i was obsessed with that movie." Thoughts like that make me feel old as fuck. Think about it... kids who were BORN the summer we saw T2 are now sophomores. <p>Goldeneye came out when I was 19 and I remember it feeling so new and fresh. Remember that first trailer when the remixed Bond theme came on? And the Tina Turner song was such a classic entry in the Bond themes.... speaking of which there has not been a good Bond theme song since then either.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Tai_Pan

    by Sailor Rip

    Nice to see if not some Die Another Day love, than at least some like. It has a great opening and is overall a good Bond movie. <p> BEST: In no order <p> Goldfinger <p> Dr. No <p> The Living Daylights <p> The Spy Who Loved Me <p> Goldeneye <p> Casino Royale

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 5 p.m. CST

    Funny that Goldeneye and Casino Royale have the same director

    by Autodidact

    And the guy who directed Once Were Warriors directed Die Another Day. Obviously the studio either railroaded him or he got carried away with all his new toys.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 5 p.m. CST

    Autodidact

    by Sailor Rip

    "You Know My Name" is one of the best bond songs ever.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Is that the Soundgarden guy one?

    by Autodidact

    I guess it's okay... but nah I don't really think it's up to snuff as a Bond theme. They need to feel like some next-level shit. I did like the bold simplicity of the playing card motifs with silhouettes running under the music though.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 5:05 p.m. CST

    I'm a bit confused <p>Die Another Day

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    The plot dealt with a Korean dictator's son who had a caucasiaplasty in order to take over the world. So, was Die Another Day saying that deep down, all Koreans want to be white? If that be the case, hear me now, Koreans: WE SUCK! Why would you want to be white when half our teenage boys are already trying to be black? We're trying to get out ourselves, why join? Plus, as a white person you have to deal with the shame of such embarassments as trailer parks, family trips to the Wal-Mart, Carrot Top and Garth Brooks. Living with thoughts like that suck shit! And that's not to mention the fact that we produce more deranged serial killers per capita than any three other races combined. We lift our trucks a good 7-10 feet off the ground, refuse to believe Jesus wasn't white, and gave birth to Sarah Palin and Glenn fucking Beck. Seriously, BEING WHITE SUCKS. <p>My advice to you, oh people of the Asian persuasion, is to not take stock in the messages of Die Another Day. Stay Korean! At least then, even if you're dumb as dirt, people will think you're smart. No one looks at a beerhat-wearing, spandex-sportin, Fox News-watching honkey and thinks "smart".

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 5:09 p.m. CST

    looks like steve martin and harrison ford

    by babality

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Autodidact - seeing T2 that summer was awesome

    by CARTMANEZ

    and there was still Trek VI to come that xmas...happy dayz<p> id have never imagined in a million years a Star Trek movie would ever outgross a Terminator movie

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 5:15 p.m. CST

    or be considered 'cooler'

    by CARTMANEZ

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 5:19 p.m. CST

    I know why some Koreans want to be white...

    by Planty_McPlant_Plants_His_Plant_At_AICN

    Their countrymen eat dogs and live octopusses. Have you seen a video of them eating live baby octopusses? They wrap the legs around chopsticks and gulp it down, tentacles writhing around their mouths. I've never seen anything so disgusting in my life (apart from Japanese chicks shitting out live baby eels...). Hell, white people suck in many many ways, but those Asian folks are seriously twisted.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Autodidact

    by Sailor Rip

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nfc9GLxlhEw <p> That's the one. Great Bond song and a great song in general.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Planty - why the FUCK would anyone do that?

    by CARTMANEZ

    eating a LIVE baby octopus? what possible pleasure can one get from that!? like 'hmm im hungry what shall i have Pizza? nah..burger? nah..steak? nah...live baby octopus? RIGHT ON BRING IT MOTHERFUCKER!!' its stuff like that (if its true) that makes me LOL when anyone tries to tell me people are 'all the same'<p> yeah right...

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 5:30 p.m. CST

    so anyway OHMSS/Inception

    by CARTMANEZ

    Nolan auditioning to direct the next Bond movie in 2014 or playful homage?

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 5:32 p.m. CST

    The guy that dirtected Die Another Day is also a tranny hooker

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    hahahaha

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 5:36 p.m. CST

    "DAD the xXx-era Bond"

    by CARTMANEZ

    and what about the godawful Sega Mega Drive quality FX of the windsurf scene

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    RedBull - i guess the director was too busy....

    by CARTMANEZ

    dressing up and chatting to cops when it comes to overseeing the SFX (check out the terrible FX in xXx 2 as well )

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Cartmanez, there are some fucked up people out there

    by Planty_McPlant_Plants_His_Plant_At_AICN

    When I saw the octupus thing, after I had gotten over my initial horror and revulsion, you just think WHY? And a lot these twisted things originate from Asia. They also cut a live snakes throat, pour the blood into a glass and drink it with the snake still writhing around in front of them. I mean, why the fuck would anyone do that?

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Just Watched the Goldeneye and Casino Royale Openings

    by Autodidact

    Goldeneye was even better than I remembered, the song and the video underneath. <p>"You Know My Name" is a good song but just doesn't feel all that Bond to me. Was it written for the movie? Seems like it could have been a Chris Cornell single that happened to fit (I know in all likelihood it was written for the movie). <p>And the video portion of Casino Royale's title sequence seems a bit low-budget to me now. It looks like a college video project next to the sets and miniature montage underneath Goldeneye. <p>So I stand by my assertion that Goldeneye is the most recent classic Bond song. <p>Also, I looked at the Tomorrow Never Dies credits, and my god that song is terrible. I think it's Gwen Stefani.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    The worst Bond

    by dukeroberts

    Was A View To a Kill. The Roger Moore years, all around, were pretty cheesy. I loved Moonraker as a kid and now some of the scenes are embarrassing to watch. A View To a Kill takes the cake as the worst though. OHMSS is pretty damn cool, despite Lazenby's not-so-great attempt at playing Bond. He wasn't up to the challenge of filling such large shoes as Sean Connery's. My favorite is Dr. No.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Tomorrow Never Dies was...

    by dukeroberts

    Sheryl Crow.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 5:59 p.m. CST

    The windsurfing scene

    by dukeroberts

    Was atrociously bad. The bungee scene from Goldeneye was pretty bad too. Damn good movie though. "I always knew you were a cunning linguist, James."

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Autodidact

    by Sailor Rip

    From what I understand the Casino Royale score was already written and Chris Cornell and David Arnold(the composer) worked the score into the melody of the song. <p> Which, imo, makes the song even more impressive as Cornell had to work with what was already there.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    The bungee scene from Goldeneye was REAL.

    by Royston Lodge

    That was a world-record-breaking bungee jump!<p> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GoldenEye

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 6:18 p.m. CST

    How could anyone think the bungee scene from

    by Sailor Rip

    Goldeneye was fake? Was it Brosnan? But it was indeed a real jump. What makes it look fake?

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 6:18 p.m. CST

    The World is Not Enough...

    by Baryonyx

    ...has got that great boat chase on the Thames. I'm not a big Brosnan fan, but TWINE (hey, it spells a word) wasn't too bad.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST

    "No." After "Was it Brosnan."

    by Sailor Rip

    Watching QoS now on TV. Now THAT is a shit song.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Baryonyx

    by Sailor Rip

    And it was nice to see Bond back on Ski's. The opening of TWINE is great it's just too bad they had a great villain and didn't use him properly. He couldn't feel pain. When was this ever used in the film?

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Sailor Rip

    by Baryonyx

    I think that Renard (who couldn't feel pain) was a fine henchman. We have to remember that the main villain of TWINE was actually Elektra King, who manages to trick everyone, including Bond, into thinking she's a victim for much of the running time. I think that this revelation of who actually is the main villain helps make this one of the better Brosnan Bonds.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 6:57 p.m. CST

    It's been a while but I thought Renard was duping

    by Sailor Rip

    Elektra, not the othe way around. Like I said, it's been a while, you're probably right.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Elektra

    by knightrider

    Cute.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Hard to call OHMSS the best

    by Adelai Niska

    Too much cheese. Like the 'emptying his desk' scene, or "this never happened to the other fellow." And what the hell was Bond doing in the opening scene? Perving a beach at night through a sniper scope? He obviously was NOT there for Tracy, since he doesn't find out who she is until later. It was just a coincidence that he saw her trying to kill herself (?) and then a gang of previously-unseen thugs also tries to kill her (?) and that she was the daughter of the one man who could find Blofeld. Just strange and confusing for no reason. After the credits though, it gets much better. <p> Best: From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Casino Royale. <p> Worst: Die Another Day, Moonraker, Diamonds are forever.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 7:35 p.m. CST

    John Cleese added nothing -

    by John_McClanes_Vest

    this is my thought

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST

    CARTMANEZ

    by AmbroseChaseWillRise

    Soran: Star Trek: Generations!

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 7:46 p.m. CST

    OHMSS is a weird one

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    It has some great stuff in it and also some ridiculous stuff which makes it fall short of the very best. Lazenby drags it down, especially the silly dubbed nonsense where he's trying to impersonate a Scottish laird (and why would they ever think Blofeld would fall for that?), but he's good in the physical scenes, in fact probably the best Bond in this regard along with Daniel Craig. He looked like he could actually fight, since he was a real life black belt. But overall, the good still outweighs the bad, and is enough for it to make the top five.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 8:02 p.m. CST

    TWINE: The bad outweighs the good.

    by Royston Lodge

    TWINE does have a few good things going for it.<p> - The pre-titles action on the Thames and at the Swiss bank are awesome.<p> - The skiing sequence is damned good.<p> - Sophie Marceau is hot hot hot.<p> But those three things do not make up for:<p> - Denise Richards.<p> - Awful fucking dialogue throughout the movie.<p> - The retarded helicopter buzzsaws.<p> - The fact that Renard MAKES ZERO SENSE as a villain. I'm sorry folks, but the inability to feel pain does not make someone a superhero. In the real world, we call it LEPROSY!! When Renard picks up the scalding hot rock, he should have BURNED HIS HAND TO SHIT. Just because he can't feel pain shouldn't mean that SEVERE TRAUMA DOESN'T DAMAGE HIS BODY.<p> WHAT ... THE ... FUCK ... WERE ... THEY ... THINKING?!?!

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 8:02 p.m. CST

    My 2 cents on best/worst

    by Superponte

    Best: 1)From Russia With love 2)You Only Live Twice 3) OHMSS 4) Goldfinger 5) tie between Casino Royale (craig not peter sellers) and For your eyes only (waaay underrated) Worst: 1)DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER! (Bambi? Thumper? The 2 gay guys and the mafia? 2) Octopussy, 3) Die Another Day, 4)MoonRAPER 5)License to Kill (was an excelltn FDA Drug war movie- bad Bond film.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 8:04 p.m. CST

    The other good thing about TWINE.

    by Royston Lodge

    Is the way that Elektra turns out to be the real villain, and Renard is merely her unwitting stooge. Great bit of turnaround, that was.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 8:06 p.m. CST

    As far as Bond goes

    by AmbroseChaseWillRise

    it is obvious that we love bond in his many incarnations, and we have wasted many hours viewing these films several times. I was born in 73' so Moore was my first Bond, but eventhough I have favorites it is hard to really hate any of them. Although, I was not a fan of QoS, DAD, or TLDL. My most watched were GF, TB, FYEO, and AVTAK.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Nice one Quint! Lazenby is the bee's knees.

    by Stuntcock Mike

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  • Aug. 28, 2010, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Die Another Day's F/X

    by Acquanetta

    Lee Tamahori is the one who urged the Bond producers to incorporate more cgi into Die Another Day, and they happily obliged in an effort to try and keep the series looking trendy. (Remember, at the time, Vin Diesel's xXx was getting a lot of press about being "the new Bond" franchise.) Apparently, the producers didn't bother watching Tamahori's previous film, Along Came A Spider. If they had, they would've seen how bad Tamahori was at using cgi. The film's opening scene features a car wreck that is shockingly bad- even worse than Bond's windsurfing!

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Jehovahs_Witnes

    by spaceherpe

    Really? OHMSS has been considered one of the better Bond films for years. Its extremely well made and one of the most adult Bond films to date. Its one of the few Bond films that can truly stand alone as just a really decent movie. Oh, and Never Say Never Again was just a dumbed down remake of Thunderball done by an entirely different studio.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 9:35 p.m. CST

    My favorite Bond

    by Manatee

    OHMSS just edges out From Russia with Love. It really is a terrific little movie. It's tightly plotted, well paced, has a great score, the best Bond girl, the best Blofeld, a strong visual style, and some terrific dramatic touches. It may not be the best 'Bond movie,' but it's the best Bond film. If that makes any sense.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Re: CARTMANEZ

    by Acquanetta

    Yes, people blame Brosnan for his scripts, when ironically, he pushed for a more grounded approach all along. But when each film kept outgrossing the last, the producers were far too timid to make any changes. What I find remarkable is that people always complain about the actor, yet no one seems to notice that the people who actually wrote TWINE and DAD still have a job churning out the scripts for Bond. (I'm sure fans would've noticed if Warner had opted to keep Akiva Goldsman for Batman Begins.)

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 9:43 p.m. CST

    FUN FACTS about <p>Diamonds Are Forever

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Most of you probably already know this, but I think it's intersting: <p>1. The Gay Hitmen Duo - I forget their names (Mr Kid and Mr something?), but did you know that the actor who plays the skinny one (not the one that looks like a cross between David Crosby and a Walrus) is the real life father of actor extraordinaire Crispin Glover. <p>2. When the hit men meet Bond at the airport and take him to the funeral home, and the hit man in the backseat says "I got a brotha", that actor is a ridiculously young (and skinny) Sid Haig (Captain Spaulding from Rob Zombie's 1000 Corpses and Devils Rejects films). <p>3. Jill St. John, who played Tiffany Case, was at the time the mistress of Henry Kissinger. St. John was originally up for the role of Plenty O'Toole in the film, but earned the Case part. Interesting side note, the role of O'Toole went to Lana Wood, sister of Natalie Wood, who died on a suspicious boat ride with View To A Kill baddie Christopher Walken and Wood's then-husband Robert "Number Two" Wagner, who now happens to be married to none other than Jill St. John. (Miss St. John, if I may offer some advice, don't EVER get on a boat with your husband!) <p>4. Jimmy Dean, who played Howard Hughes stand-in Willard Whyte, sure was proud of his sausage. He'd talk about it on TV any chance he got. Fuckin perv.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 9:44 p.m. CST

    "There has not been a good Bond sone since then"

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    k.d. lang's "Surrender" from TND was fucking AWESOME, and it's SHAMEFUL that it got stuck in the end credits in lieu of that clumsy Sheryl Crow song they used in the opening titles. Awesome melody, lyrics and performance. I also like Casino Royale's "You Know My Name" and the title track from TWINE a lot.<BR><BR>Other than those, though, all of the other Brosnan/Craig-era songs blow ass.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Acquanetta

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    I don't know how those fucktards keep getting the Bond scripting jobs. They have sucked up, mucked up, and fucked up the Bond franchise for years, destroying the legacy of Brosnan's Bond, and he really was a good fit in the role, relegated to rubbish for plots (seriously, a newly-whitened, former Korean hellbent on world domination, a fucking awful William Randolph Hearst imitator in a superboat destroying the world for ratings? I'd call that shit gay but it would be an insult to gay people everywhere). Hopefully, when Leo the Lion's dust settles, we'll be lucky enough that whatever studio gets Bond bans Purvis and Wade from the franchise for the rest of their hack lives.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 9:54 p.m. CST

    The "cunning linguist" pun was from TND, not Goldeneye

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    God, I miss Moneypenny. I realize that the Craig films are trying to distance themselves from the "camp" 007, but there's no reason why Craig can't have a bit of a flirt with a geeky/hot Moneypenny. Imagine a Sandra Bullock-type with glasses. Mmmmm...<BR><BR>Speaking of which, Dalton had the hottest Moneypenny (Caroline Bliss). Lois Maxwell was attractive through the 60's movies, but she got VERY matronly towards the end of her tenure (the last of the Moore films), and Samantha Bond didn't do much for me in the Brosnan films (especially that UNFORGIVABLY STUPID "virtual reality" gag in DAD where she gets ravished by a hologram version of Bond).

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 10:20 p.m. CST

    What, no love for Thunderball here?

    by tritium

    Damn, I love that movie. I especially love John Barry's score in this movie. My favorite scene's with his music is the chase scene in the parade, where Fiona and her henchmen are searching for Bond. Great music there. Then it seques imediately into the dance scene in which Fiona is shot, backed with the great jazzy version of "Mr Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang." <p> And who can forget the awesome final underwater battle scene. Again, all the action complemented by Barry's inimitable score!

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Thunderball is a good one...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...but the underwater scenes DO get a bit draggy, and you can sense Connery beginning to get somewhat disillusioned with the role. His performance isn't NEARLY as lazy as YOLT or DAF, but you can sense him getting a bit tired of the whole thing.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Nasty In The Pasty

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    are you sure? I could have sworn it was Alec Trevelyan that delivered the cunning linguist line. It has been ayear or two since I've seen those two, though.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 2:26 a.m. CST

    Must be a cold day in Hawaii.

    by RPLocke

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 3:18 a.m. CST

    Slow down on the A View to a Kill hate...

    by WavingFlagsInSpace

    Whoah there, people. Before we all say something we're going to regret!<p>Let us not forget that it contains the greatest Bond repartee:<p>James Bond: Well my dear, I take it you spend quite a lot of time in the saddle.<p>Jenny Flex: Yes, I love an early morning ride.<p>James Bond: Well, I'm an early riser myself.<p>BOOM! He baits, he hooks and he reels her in!<p>No man, and I mean NO MAN could wear a safari suit like Roger Moore. Furthermore, could he raise his eyebrow any higher when delivering his raffish wit? The man had the best delivery - in For Your Eyes Only he actually makes his co-star giggle out of character when they are bouncing down the hill in the car and he says, "I love a drive in the country. Don't you...?"<p>What's not to love, people? All hail Roger Moore!<p>Oh, wait. James Bond is a serious secret agent and should be taken seiously. Because underground lairs, submarine cars and women named Pussy Galore are meant to be taken seriously. My apologies, I forgot that it was all about James Bourne. I mean Jason Bond. Whatever.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 3:28 a.m. CST

    And another thing...

    by WavingFlagsInSpace

    ...I know that Casino Royale is held up as 'marker' in the rehabilitation of James Bond but what is with the lack of shagging?<p>When he drives that guy's wife home in his newly appropriated Aston Martin, has her down on the carpet and then lures the information out of her on the promise of some 'bonding' he then ordrs her room service...and leaves.<p>WTF?<p>He leaves? Roger Moore would have found the time to slip her the old eyebrow and a length before somehow appearing in Miami (or wherever) in time to thwart the goon.<p>And unless I'm mistaken there was only one scene of horizontal questioning in QoS.<p>Poor old 'Roger' Moore must have been shocked by how boring the spy business has suddenly become. From Cold Phwoar to Cold War in a few movies...

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 4:17 a.m. CST

    Useless trivia part 1.....

    by sam jacksons wig

    Connery gave his entire fee of a then record breaking £1.2m for Diamonds to the Scottish fund for childrens education. Silly git....<br><br> Never Say Never Again was Connerys "fuck you" to Brocolli (not the veg), who he hated with a passion and wanted to prove that he could have a successful Bond movie without him..... erm, didn't really work.<br><br> Signs were made on the set of Live and let die that said "Bring back Sean..." poor Roger....

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 4:30 a.m. CST

    "Top that Timothy Dalton!"

    by WatchtheWatchers

    Dalton popped a wheelie in a semi truck and slid through customs on a cello. Beat THAT. As to OCTOPUSSY being worse than DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, the fact that OCTO contains the all-time greatest Bond line negates that: Bond: I need to see the general, it's urgent! Guard: Do you have a circus pass? Bond: DAMMIT, MAN! I SAID IT'S URGENT! Gets me everytime.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 4:40 a.m. CST

    KilliK, I'm with you...

    by WavingFlagsInSpace

    ...I mean, you start every movie knowing how it's going to end. Sure, he may carelessly lose one or two women along the way, ranging from one-nighters through to wives, but it's like shooting fish in a barrel if you're James Bond.<p>Part of the pleasure in Bond films is recognising the conventions - on that level it is very similar to slasher horror. We all sit in the audience with our mental checklist and garner a deep satisfaction from ticking off all the necessary constitute parts:<p>i. gadgets<p>ii. guns<p>iii. girls<p>iv. the Caribbean<p>v. great stunts accompanied by comedy music<p>vi. a safari suit<p>vii. dubious one-liners<p>viii. a stereotypical redneck American lawman and a stereotypical European who needs to check what he's been drinking every time Bond flies/drives/jets passed on a gadget provided by a boffin.<p>It's not rocket science, Cubby!

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 4:49 a.m. CST

    All-time greatest Bond line?

    by WavingFlagsInSpace

    It isn't even delivered by James Bond:<p>Sir Frederick Gray, Minister of Defence: My God, what's Bond doing?<p>Q: I think he's attempting re-entry, sir.<p>BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 5:34 a.m. CST

    A five-billion-dollar franchise...

    by WavingFlagsInSpace

    ...according to the-numbers.com<p>From Brosnan onwards the numbers have been huge, notwithstanding the role inflation plays in all these shenanigans. There appears to have been a Bond film every two years, pretty much, from 1964 through until 1989. Then there's a six-year break.<p>Then it's six more Bond films in 13 years, which rack up the dollars worldwide.<p>Maybe the answer is to take another break, which looks like being the case with all the wranglings at MGM. This of course means that we can expect a huge Bond relaunch in 2014, or sometime thereafter and guess what?<p>Roger Moore will still only be 91. If they put enough starch in his tuxedo and enough viagra in his vodka martinis we can all enjoy a return to the good old days of light-hearted political incorrectness ("That should keep you in curry for a few weeks"), titillating sexism (Plenty O'Toole, Dr Goodhead, etc) and pneumatic eyebrows.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Looks like Craig will be the next Dalton

    by lochkray

    A "what-could-have-been" Bond.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 6:32 a.m. CST

    I like Tomorrow Never Dies. Sorry.

    by Royston Lodge

    If people are willing to come out of the closet and actually defend A View To A Kill (a turd of a movie if there ever was one), then I'm going to stick my neck out and defend the honour of Tomorrow Never Dies.<p> - Michelle Yeoh is uber-awesome, and transcends the "bond-girl" moniker.<p> - One of the last Terry Hatcher performances before she became a boot-leathered old hag.<p> - My entry in the "best line of all time" contest. (I could shoot you from Stuttgart and still achieve the proper effect.)<p> - I LIKED the premise of the villain. Jonathan Pryce's media mogul villain was the first Bond villain in along time to be both original and quasi-plausible. Unlike most other Bond villains, one can imagine a psychotic mogul actually trying to pull something like that off. At least, I can imagine it.<p> - I thought the stealth ship was really cool, because it was based on real-life tech. Contrast that with the invisible car or laser-beam satellites. Yeesh.<p> - The pre-credits action sequence was nice and down-to-earth (except for the part where he continues to fly the jet after losing the canopy, which was silly).<p> - The on-screen reunion of Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer!!! AWESOME SAUCE!!!<p> - An awesome appearance by Joe Don Baker.<p> - The car chase in the parking garage is awesome. Love the shot of Bond giggling in the back seat while piloting the car via his cell phone.<p> Tomorrow Never Dies is my favourite of the Brosnan films. My apologies to the Goldeneye fans out there, but there are way too many head-slap moments in Goldeneye for me.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 6:52 a.m. CST

    AKA_Gern_Blanston, the "cunning linguist" line IS from TND

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    007 is screwing some chick in Denmark, then gets a call from Moneypenny to set up a meeting with M, and Bond, between kisses, explains that he's "Brushing up on a little Danish", to which Moneypenny quips "You always were a cunning linguist, James."

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 6:56 a.m. CST

    And I like TND

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    The Moore-style silliness begins to ramp up compared to Goldeneye, but there are many pleasures to be found in that film (most eloquently outlined by Royston Lodge and KilliK above). TWINE was the first sharp decline of the Brosnan era.<BR><BR>And Teri Hatcher is a "boot-leathered old hag"? She's STILL fucking hot for her age. I'll take a few wrinkles over the shiny, "apple baking in the sun" botox look of Nicole Kidman and Rene Zelwegger.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 6:57 a.m. CST

    ROGER MOORE - even his name is filthy

    by CARTMANEZ

    I think Roger Moores Bond was the most sex crazed - literally every movie he rogered at least 4 women (the absolute FINEST too - only the best for Rog) compare that with Dalton or Craig who only had about one per film LOL<p>

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 7:06 a.m. CST

    The problem with Moore's "sex crazed" Bond...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...was that he was SO. FUCKING. OLD. I could buy Connery shagging hot chicks left and right, but he got out of the series by the time he was 41 (not counting NSNA), whereas Moore was 45 when he FIRST started playing the role. Seeing a 53-year-old Moore smooching a 20-ish Lynn Holly Johnson in FYEO was distinctly uncomfortable (which was the point, I guess, but still). And Moore was actually older than the MOTHER of that Bond Girl (name escapes me) in AVTAK, which is just sad.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Royston - always thought TND was Brosnans best too

    by CARTMANEZ

    -the opening sequence was the best Brosnan opening (even better than GEs bungey jump) - the way he just suddenly switches into full on Bond mode and takes everyone out when he realises the shits about to hit the fan - Awesome<p> -the end song Surrender - one of the best and certainly the best song of the Brosnan era<p> -Stamper - a worthy henchman -all the John Woo style action -Awesome David Arnold score -Remote control BMW -Walther P99 intro (good to have a change from the outdated PPK) -nice references to previous Bonds (TMWTGG island, TSWLM style stealth ship and climax) -Brosnan looked his best in TND and is at his most bad ass out of his 4 films (killing Kaufman, taking out everyone in the intro, taking out about 5 guys in the sound booth, neat vodka in the hotel room before banging Lois) Id put TND just before GE...then TWINE and DAD last (DAD is possibly the worst Bond ever) however i think AVTAK is pretty awesome too and great for a laugh - so disagree with u there

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Nasty -

    by CARTMANEZ

    i dont think they ever intended Roger to do any more Bonds after FYEO and certainly not after Octopussy...in fact i think they were trying to get shot of him after MR but the dude was too damn nice and too damn good at being Bond - plus there was NO ONE around who was better (Nobody does it better)...

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 7:45 a.m. CST

    MEL GIBSON as Bond???

    by CARTMANEZ

    I read in an EMPIRE inteview with Gibson around the time of BRAVEHEART that they offered him Bond at one point - he said they offered it to him in about 85 (so maybe for TLD in 87?) and said he very nearly did it as he 'needed the dough'...i guess hed have done it instead of Lethal Weapon 1 and stolen it from Dalton (their paths would cross once again about 20 odd years later)<p> also he was supposedly up for Bond for GE in 95 along with the likes of Hugh Grant and Liam Neeson but i doubt thaqt was a serious thing as he was too big a star then<p> HOWEVER all that contradicts what the late Tom Mankiewicz stated:<p> "Mel Gibson's dream of landing the coveted James Bond role was shattered when a producer deemed him too short to play the secret agent. The actor was tipped to become Bond at the height of his career - but producer Albert R. 'Cubby' Broccoli wanted a taller star, according to scriptwriter Tom Mankiewicz, who penned The Man With The Golden Gun and Live And Let Die. Mankiewicz explains, "At one point Mel Gibson wanted to play Bond. And Cubby was against it. Cubby first of all had a thing about tall people. Bond had to be tall. And so Mel Gibson was too short. But he was a big star. "Somebody at (film studio) United Artists said to me, 'Call him and tell him Mel Gibson would be great.' And Cubby said, 'I don't want to make a Mel Gibson movie, I want to make a James Bond movie.'" The snub didn't keep Gibson from wooing one of Bond's girls - his current partner Oksana Grigorieva has an 11-year-old son with former 007 star Timothy Dalton"<p> http://www.india-server.com/news/mel-gibson-denied-bond-role-because-he-15797.html<p> Bond Height chart<p> http://www.klast.net/bond/height.html

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 7:51 a.m. CST

    although i guess ....

    by CARTMANEZ

    that Mankiewicz thing is referring to Mel wanting to do GE?? (maybe he wanted to do it in the early 90s after it looked LW was finished after LW 3 - got told no and made Braveheart instead as BH and GE were both out the same year?)<p>

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 8:10 a.m. CST

    never say

    by scrapegoat

    thunderball was actually written as a screenplay with a co writer some mash up happened and cubby fearing the co writers would do their own version sued and settled with the other guys allowing them to retain certain rights and when their rights kicked in mcclory did never say never with connery as a screw you to cubby with the title referencing connery's saying he would never do bond again connery did hate cubby to the point of not even going to his funeral

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Each era has its good and bad

    by The McPoyle Clan

    but I still can't fathom how anyone could defend VTAK, which disregarding everything else. like a crinkly Moore, just looks awful on screen.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    if it wasnt for Cubby Connery wouldnt have been a famous movie s

    by CARTMANEZ

    ok maybe he screwed him out of a few $ here and there on some of the Bonds but its a pretty poor show that Connery didnt bury the hatchet and attend the guys funeral - he owed him his career! <p>

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    5 best in no order

    by scrapegoat

    goldfinger dr no casino royale thunderball from russia with love

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 8:20 a.m. CST

    cartmanez

    by scrapegoat

    i agree, but then again connery has been quoting as saying his kid wont get any of his money

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 8:22 a.m. CST

    George Lazenby, The Brandon Routh of Bonds

    by CARTMANEZ

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 8:29 a.m. CST

    A View To A Kill: It's not just the elderly Bond...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...that's the problem with that movie.<p> - It has the cheapest "dancing girls" opening credits sequence of any of them. Seriously, they didn't put any effort at all into shooting that thing.<p> - The "flood Silicon Valley" plot was just ludicrous.<p> - The "give horses steroids in the middle of the race" premise is just retarded.<p> - The fire-truck chase looks really silly.<p> - The girl was NOT up to Bond's standards. Bond defiles classy uptight broads. He does not go slumming inside bleach-blonde-bimbos.<p> I will grant AVTAK with the appearance of snowboarding in a feature film (the stunt boarder at the beginning is none other than Tom Sims himself). That movie is probably the reason I gave up skiing and took up snowboarding.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Oh yes. The neat vodka in the hotel room.

    by Royston Lodge

    He looks positively EVIL in that shot. Sitting in his chair with a gun iin one hand and a shot glass filled with chilled vodka in the other, staring at the door with a murderous glare.<p> And then when he pounces on Hatcher, it was so viscious it was almost uncomfortable.<p> I swear, I'm not gay!!!!

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Royston - i offer a defence of AVTAK

    by CARTMANEZ

    -Zorin was a cool psychotic villain - all those great little quirks that betray his psychotic nature e.g. when he learns he has a worthy adversary when he finds out Bonds indenity, the little smile when he realises he can kill Bond on the Golden Gate Bridge - 'this'll hurt him more than it'll hurt me' *little wave*, his crazed laugh as hes mowing down his workers 'give me some more clips,' and when hes about to fall - "oof!eesh!"..."Max! MAAX!"...."PH-AHAHAHA!...HAAAHAHAHAHA...WHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAA!!," crazed axe man at the end<p> -the end fight on the Golden Gate Bridge<P> -Stacey is one of the hottest Bond girls stunning<p> - bond using the air out the tire - classic moore bond that

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 9:16 a.m. CST

    the TND hotel chilled vodka scene = pure Fleming

    by CARTMANEZ

    Fleming wouldve loved that scene...best scene in the Brosnan films

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Donald Henry, MF'ing Pleasence!

    by TheJudger

    Fuck that loli sucker. Donald is Blofeld.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 10:23 a.m. CST

    LAZENBY.....

    by DANGER_DIABOLIK_

    ....(thru' his arrogance that he didn't need to make more Bonds), probably did himself a favour, by avoiding Diamonds are Forever....albeit, the thought of him filming Live and Let Die is quite surreal (which he would have made also)...best Bonds are Dr No, Goldfinger, From Russia with Love, OHMSS, and Casino Royale (Craig version)....period.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 10:26 a.m. CST

    WORST BOND THEME TUNES ?

    by DANGER_DIABOLIK_

    Gotta be All Time High (Octopussy), The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day, and Quantum of Solace...when are they actually gonna make another great tune ?????

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST

    By the title, thought the pic was going to be Gonzo

    by tangcameo

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Goddamn, now I want a shot of chilled vodka.

    by Royston Lodge

    Luckily, I happen to have a bottle of Stoli in my freezer...

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Josh Brolin's real dad?

    by gotilk

    holy crap.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 11:50 a.m. CST

    My memory must be failing me

    by dukeroberts

    I remember the bungee jump from Goldeneye looking pretty cheesy in the close-ups and the slow mo. It's worth another look (of course). And I mixed up the "cunning linguist" line in my Bond movies. My age must be advancing more quickly than it should. Meanwhile......though I think AVTAK is the worst Bond movie, License to Kill is my least favorite.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Royston Lodge

    by Sailor Rip

    I love me some Tomorrow Never Dies. <p> And yes, the shot of Bond in the back seat laughing as he remote pilots the car is awesome.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST

    drinks & solitare

    by scrapegoat

    i always liked the scene in dr no where bond is sitting in the girls bungalow bedroom waiting for the assasin kicked back playing solitare over a drink pure fleming "you've had your six"

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    grace panda

    by scrapegoat

    if yul brenner had done a bond movie he,savalas & pleasence 's group could have been called the blofelds

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    GoldenEye

    by Deathpool

    I have to admit that 90% of my love for this movie comes from the game. I know the plot back and forth, scene by scene, because of that damn game.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Shame on you...

    by WavingFlagsInSpace

    ...for not giving A View to a Kill the love it deserves. You'll all wish you were hitting "Sheena's" ass (with Grace jones as your spotter) when you're the same age as Moore was when he made this.<p>How can anyone slight a film with Walken as the baddy, a Charlie's Angel as the crumpet, Grace Jones as a stunt fuck and a finale on the Golden Gate Bridge?<p>Goddamn all you hipsters with your post-ironic irony.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST

    I am watching AVTAK right now

    by dukeroberts

    Although Tanya Roberts was one smokin' hot POA, she was not great as a Bond girl. I'd call her the second worst Bond girl ever. Grace Jones is by far the grossest sex partner Bond ever had. Ick! When she flips him and gets on top, it looked like Bond was with a dude.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Patrick MacNee

    by dukeroberts

    Bond paired with Steed is kind of cool though.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST

    my Best to Worst 007s (for each actor)

    by CARTMANEZ

    fuck it everyone else is doing it so heres mine<p> Connery: FRWL, Dr No, YOLT, GF, DAF, TB, NSNA<p> Moore - AVTAK (yeah u read that right bitches!), OctoPUSSY, TSWLM, MR, LALD, TMWTGG, FYEO<p> Dalton - LTK, TLD<p> Brosnan - TND, GE, TWINE, DAD<P> Craig - CR, QOS

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 2:06 p.m. CST

    AVTAK positives

    by CARTMANEZ

    -Walken as PSYCHO NAZI Max Zorin!<p> -Duran Duran song<p> -Steed pairing up with Bond<p> -Awesome JBarry score<p> -Tanya Roberts - hot hot hot<p> -Grace Jones nutcase henchwoman<p> -Dolph Lungren as a KGB agent<p> -Golden Gate Bridge fight<p> -Bond drives half a car<p> -Bond using a cartire to breathe -Dr Elsa Schnider as Jenny Flex<p> -great lines like "You slept well?" "A little restless but I got off eventually.".... "I love an early morning ride." "Well, I'm an early riser myself."..."So, anyone else want to drop out?" "Ha ha, you amuse me, Mr. Bond." "It's not mutual."..."Go Get him" <p> negatives<p> um....

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 2:20 p.m. CST

    AVTAK negatives

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    - Horrible snowboard opening, ruined by playing the Beach Boys over it (see also tin whistle over corkscrew jump in Golden Gun)<p>-Self same sequence being comprised of outtakes from the opening of TSWLM - cheap<p>-Grace Jones's cock<p>-Christopher Walken, a potentially good bad guy, wasted in a shitty movie (see also Christopher Lee in Golden Gun).<p>-The fact that Roger Moore and Lois Maxwell look like they are 100 years old.<p> -Tanya Roberts is a terrible Bond girl, a complete bimbo.<p>-The cop responding to Bond's assertion that he is James Bond with 'and I'm Mickey Mouse' (or was that Indy 3?) Anyway, as if a civilian in the James Bond universe would know who Bond, a supposedly 'secret agent' actually is! Is he supposed to be an intesrnational celebrity??<p>-Grace Jone's scrotum.<p>A truly horrible movie indeed.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST

    AVTAK

    by dukeroberts

    Yep, I just saw Dolph Lundgren as the KGB agent. I was all like "Hey! Dolph Lundgren!". He was all like "...". He didn't say anything.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 2:28 p.m. CST

    One of the top best Bond movie ever made

    by AsimovLives

    And Lazemby was a real good Bond. Gay love for Connery might prevent people from seeing that, but Lazemby was quite good for the role, more then just a pretty face filling in vacated shoes. And i really love the movie. ON HER MAGESTY'S SECRET SERVICE is not just a good Bond movie, it's a good movie period. The real deal.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 2:28 p.m. CST

    I like Roger, though

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    He's good for a laugh. A lot of funny lines. And as someone mentioned above he was the most sex crazed of them all. Who would have thought a wrinkly septagenarian(or someone who resembled one) would prove so irresistable to women?

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Turd - couldnt care less about all that

    by CARTMANEZ

    the goods outweighs the bad IMO<p> and WALKEN WAS A GREAT BAD GUY!

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Allison Doody

    by dukeroberts

    Yes, Dr Elsa Schneider. She is sexy in AVTAK, as she was when she played my favorite Indy girl. She wasn't all "tough" like Karen Allen or, as I like to say, "manly". And, she wasn't all whiny like Kate Capshaw. Kate Capshaw is prime tail though, which is more than I can say for Karen Allen. She's not even attractive.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Great line from AVTAK

    by dukeroberts

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Great line (continued)

    by dukeroberts

    "The bubbles tickle my...Tchaikovsky!"

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Walken was OK

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    He deserved a better Bond film to be in. He had a cool Joker-esque moment when he giggles before plunging to his death, though. But the Moore films had better bad guys - Kananga, Jaws, Scaramanga, Drax and his cucumber sandwiches, even Steven Berkoff practically spontaneously combusting in his OTT peformance as a Russian general.<p>Anyway, the Man with the Golden Gun is even worse as far as Bond films go. Especially with that annoying as hell sheriff character.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 2:44 p.m. CST

    50% of the Bonds had themselves some Doody

    by CARTMANEZ

    Connery in TLC, Moore in AVTAK (but i dont think Bond slept with her) and Brosnan in Taffin (1988) (man Bros mustve been pissed about losing Bond Selleck style in the 80s! bet he couldnt believe his luck when he got it again in 1994 over the likes of Neeson and maybe Gibson)

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    I was born in 1971 so i guess Moore should be my Bond..

    by AsimovLives

    ... ansd yet i reject all the Moore's bullshit Bond movies, with the exception of THE SPY WHO LOVED ME and FOR YOUR EYES ONLY. But even those, fine that they ar,e can't compare to the bond movies that for me feel like real Bond movies as they should had always been, and those are FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, ON HER MAGESTY'S SECRET SERVICE, THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS, GOLDENEYE and CASINO ROYALE. And unlike many, i'm not all that enamorated of Connery as Bond. Sure, he was the first and he became iconic playing the role, but he was not that much of an actor, and even for bond acting really well does help a lot. I even prefer Geroge Lazemby's take on the character, and by far the best actors who played the role were Timothy Dalton and Daniel Craig. Those two, actors with theatrical training, went to play Bond with the same seriousness as if they were playing Shakespeare. And it helped. I now have little pacience fot the silly shennigans of the Connery and Moore era.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST

    No love for Moore?

    by RPLocke

    Moore was great in Live and Let Die, Spy Who Loved Me, and Octopussy. Three of the best. People forget the Bond sillyness started in Goldfinger.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 5:05 p.m. CST

    cartmanz...

    by ben sheppard

    it's funny you say that. have you noticed in for your eyes only and octopussy there are scenes in each which time stops making sense? (like the nexus and shit.) seriously. eyes only the scene in the booth with Q (Identigraph??) putting together the computer identikit of the baddie- it never cuts (in that there's no time lapse) once yet we're totally told time massively passes? ..and what about octopussy when bond escapes from the palace with the acid pen? never cuts, makes no sense at all. AT ALL. god, it's almost kubrickian.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST

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    by SON_OF_THE_CHOPPAH

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Moore is less

    by Shalako

    Moore was a terrible Bond. Narrow shoulders, knock-knees, bell-bottom slacks, and safari jackets. He wasn't dangerous or tough. You never believed he was capable of winning a fight. And he hung on too long. In Octopussy he was scrambling around, barely able to get to his feet. The fool.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Moore couldnt win in a fight?

    by RPLocke

    Did you miss the scene in For Your Eyes Only where he kicks the car off the cliff. Dalton wouldn't do that.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Shalako - a 82 year old Moore could kick your fucking arse

    by CARTMANEZ

    hed give you one of those karate chops like at the start of Octopussy that would kill you...

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Live And Let Die

    by Baryonyx

    Great theme tune. Love the speedboat chase. I think this movie is very re-watchable.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

    True Story about AVTAK

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    When I was in high school in 1991 a friend of mine brought over a porno (Night Trips - I highly recommend it). This was back before the Web and porn was damn hard to come by (no pun intended). Anyway, I hooked up the old-ass, all-steel, 300 pound VCR to our newer model and copied the porno onto our old HBO-recorded copy of AVTAK. I chose that tape because I figured that no one in the house would ever play that tape and I could thereby hide the porno in plain sight. A couple years later I went looking for it only to find that my dad had taken it when he and my mom split up and he moved out. Apparently he knew the secret all along. It's the only explanation for someone taking AVTAK like that. The porno used to start right after the opening credits so to this day I get a throbbing, purple-veined hardon if/when I see that opening. True story.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 7:28 p.m. CST

    I "won" tickets for AVTAK...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Having already been burned by OP, I was unenthusiastic. Hating Duran-Duran at the time didn't help.<p>I left with a t-shirt, and zero dignity.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 8:15 p.m. CST

    wait.. Karen Allen not attractive?

    by gotilk

    she still IS attractive. Bit tomboy-ish, but not in a beanpole way.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 8:17 p.m. CST

    International IPlayer on the way! Yes!

    by gotilk

    http://tinyurl.com/32ztkew Interesting. And what's with the free game controversy? How is giving a free game out something "they had no business doing"? Am I missing something?

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 8:25 p.m. CST

    wrong TB

    by gotilk

    lol

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 8:28 p.m. CST

    OHMSS-Best Bond fight scenes EVER.....

    by darthliquidator

    Peter Hunt fully perfected the rapid-fire cutting he used when editing the previous Connery Bonds. Take another look at that fight on the beach....Lazenby's hotel room tussle with the behemoth black guy....the Lazenby/Savalas bobsled smackdown. Hunt knew how to crank up the cutting and still make the action coherent and visible for a viewer (unlike today's ADD idiots like Greengrass, Bay and that clueless shmuck who directed "Quantum Of Solace"

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 8:29 p.m. CST

    OHMSS

    by Screwbini

    ...was a terrific Bond film, and I thought Lazenby was decent, although he obviously was not in Connery's league. And I vehemently disagree with those who say Connery couldn't have pulled off Bond's vulnerable moments in OHMSS. For example, check out "The Anderson Tapes", a movie Connery made around the time he made his comeback as Bond in Diamonds Are Forever (admittedly Connery's worst Bond movie). He showed a lot of emotion in the role of a recently-released ex-con who teams up with a team of crooks (including a young Chrisopher Walken!) to rip-off the wealthy residents of a luxury apartment building in New York. Connery's scenes with Dyan Cannon convinces me that he could have been good in the scenes with Tracy had he played Bond in OHMSS. And by the way, those of you who contend that AVTAK was anything other than a boring piece-of-crap featuring a way over-the hill Roger Moore as Bond, an awful Bond girl in the form of Tanya Roberts, and some of the most uninspiring action sequences in Bond film history (fire engine chase through San Francisco anyone?), I respectfully suggest that you immediately stop commenting on Bond movies, because you clearly have no idea what you are talking about!!!!

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Karen Allen

    by dukeroberts

    I have never found her attractive. She came to popularity in the 70's when directors were going for more real looking, less glamorous women. Or, if you prefer, "Plain Janes". Margot Kidder is another example. Jill Clayburgh is another.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Is DIamonds the one where

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    Bond drives the lunar rover thing through the desert? God DAMN that was fucking gay.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Moore kicking the car over the cliff in FYEO

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    That was a genuinely cool, ruthless moment for once not ruined by some idiotic bit of mugging or a silly pun. I only wish a younger, more physically-capable actor had been given that scene. If only Moore had retired after Moonraker (the last Bond movie where he looked even halfways decent) and Dalton had started playing the role in FYEO.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Moore - understood how to play Bond

    by RPLocke

    Make it your own. Don't copy from the books, or copy Sean. Craig understood it. Brosnan almost did.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 11:30 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    The thing with Renard is that - on top of not feeling pain - he was going to die, anyway. This is why he volunteered to command (naively, out of love for Electra - remember that she turned the whole Stockholm syndrome on its ear and began to use him, instead) the sub that was going to explode. <p> TWINE is much better than people give it credit for. Easily one of the better Bonds.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 11:57 p.m. CST

    I was a child of the 80's

    by DonLogan

    and therefore Roger Moore was MY James Bond. Of course i watched Sean Connery Bond on TV but a cinematic event was a new Roger Moore Bond film being released (Octopussy being one). I didn't see he was too old then, i accepted he WAS Bond and just enjoyed it for what it was.<br><br>I thought Brosnan was a good Bond but the films he was in were the worst of the whole series bar Goldeneye. <br><br>Anyway, my top Bonds are : Connery, Moore, Craig, Lazenby, Dalton, Brosnan...(based on 'Bondability' and quality of movie).

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 2 a.m. CST

    RPLocke

    by AsimovLives

    Let's start with Roger Moore himself. One of the first thing he said to the director when they start shooting his first Bond movie was that he couldn't run. The director though he was joking, part of that posture for the cameras bullshit some british people have, but in fact, Moore had a back problem and he couldn't run. Watch any Bond movie of his and count how many times you really see Moore run in the movies where it's not an obvious stunt double. Zero times. Physically, he was the most inept actor ever to play Bond. He did looked good in the suits, though.<br><br>Yes, it wqas GOLDFINGER which started the most silly aspects of the Bond franchise, an aspect of the saga that's constantly and conviently overlooked by the prationers of the Church of Connery. But in too many of the Connery movies they reach a silly level worthy of Moore's tenure. The problem with Moore's Bond movies is that they were constantly and endlessly silly from start to finish, with two possible exceptions of THE SPY WHO LOVED ME and specially FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, which took themselves a bit more seriously.<br><br>And for those who think that a Bond movie cna only be silly, just look at ON HER MAGESTY'S SECRET SERVICE, THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS and CASINO ROYALE and look at what a more down to earth approach can turn a Bond movie into something more then just a freak circus.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 2:11 a.m. CST

    The Bond actors as i see them:

    by AsimovLives

    Sean Connery: overrated to the point of dogmatic religion. He has the meric and the iconic status of being the first, but that doesn't mean he has to be the best of them all. That's just dogma bullshit talk that people follow blindly just because it's the "right thing" to say, like some cocktail party bullshit talk.<br><br>George Lazemby: Underrated. Pretty good Bond, in a more down to earth manner.<br><br>Roger Moore: Vastly overrated while there still is a fan of his alive on Earth. Even Moore himself doesn't think much of himself as Bond. Word from the chair.<br><br>Timothy Dalton: Vastly and criminally underrated. Possibly the best actor to have played the part, with an intensity and seriousness and dedication to the task that not even Connery at his best can't match the lowest in Dalton. He might not be the best Bond, but he was the best as playing him.<br><br>Pierce Brosnan: Is now getting underrated for reasons unknown to reason. Whichis just stupid, because he was a good fit for the character and preatty good as Bond. And as an actor, he was getting better as the movies were getting worst. Brosnan Bond movies were not getting worst because of him, that's for sure.<br><br>Daniel Craig: No, i don't follow trends, which is why i don't belong to the dogmatic pack of the followers of the Church Of Connery. No, i don't follow the new trendy crap that's new on the block, which is why i don't make the mistake of confusing Jar Jar Abram's latest movie for something other then the piece of shit it is. But for what i have seen, Daniel Craig might just be the best Bond ever put onscreen, a perfect combination of actor and the character AS ORIGINALLY INTENDED by the very author of the books. It helps that Craig is a one hell of an actor, almost or as good as Timothy Dalton. Which helps.<br><br>The ranking: Daniel Craig/Timothy Dalton; George Lazemby; Sean Connery; Roger Moore.<br><br>There it is, deal with it.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 2:24 a.m. CST

    AsimovLives

    by WavingFlagsInSpace

    I don't think many men could have run in trousers with that kind of bell bottom on them. Add in the sharpness of the crease in the leg and Moore's trousers were an accident waiting to happen.<p>I think that what a lot of people have lost sight of is that James Bond is, like most popular British exports (and I write this as a man who has inhabited the British Isles for his entire life), ever-so-slightly camp, even when he is being more serious.<p>Camp is not always silly - it's more about irony and exaggeration, but it definitely reached a peak in the 70s and 80s, when Moore was rogering his way through a pantheon of fit women. And Grace Jones.<p>One aspect of Bond that is cental to his popularity is that he often reflects the sensibilites of the period in which he is being portrayed. I love the delicious symbolism of Brosnan portraying 'Tony Blair' in Polanski's "Ghost", seeing as Brosnan was the New Labour Bond through and through. Dalton perfectly captured the bleak times at the gradual collapse of the Tory-dominated 80s, before recession kicked in. Moore epitomises the indulgent, slightly daft and excessive rise of the Thatcher years. And that's where I stop because I am a child of the 70s so it would be unwise of me to offer comment on times of which I know only what I've read in papers.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 2:36 a.m. CST

    There is no Bond.

    by WavingFlagsInSpace

    Of course we all have our favourites; we all have our opinions about how he should be played and who should play him; there are those that cite Fleming's novels, which more often than not bear no resemblance to the filsm which use their titles. But there is no Bond.<p>Using Fleming's character from the books & stories is pointless because that would leave Bond in a vacuum, a characer who can neve develop beyond the mind of the writer and the iterations developed by each and every reader.<p>Connery was the first screen Bond, so is often used as a benchmark, but this is as pointless as suggesting that there is one definitive portrayal of Hamlet - one man's Pryce is another man's Whishaw (two exceptional perfomances, I might hasten to add).<p>All the subsequent actors bring their own sensibilities to the role, each redefining the character for a new generation of viewers, many of whom have never, I imagine, even read a Bond novel.<p>As far as Daniel Craig being one hell of an actor, are you sure? He has an amazingly limited emotional range - bad for an actor, but good for James Bond, I suppose.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 4:01 a.m. CST

    WavingFlagsInSpace

    by AsimovLives

    You think Craig is a limited range actor? Obviously you have only seen him in only recent movies. The man is a shakespearean theater trained actor. Like Timothy Dalton, he's very good at subtlery in acting, something that seems to go unnoticed by many. As actors goes, Dalton and Craig were the best, and Brosnan was also very good as he went along as well, AS ACTORS. As figurines for a character to go along and play stylish, well, i guess Connery and Moore were better apted. Those are in trth the extremely limited ranged actors of the bond pantheon. Even Lazemby, a newcommer and a newbie to the acting job, showed more aptitude for the more dramatic elements of Bond then Connery and Moore. And Moore couldn't run because of a medical condition he has, not because of the suits. Of cours,e it helped made Moore play Bond without too much of a sweat, because the running and fighting was left to the stunts, while all he need to do was to recite the lines without noticeble mistakes, parade the suits, raise the eyebrow and kiss the ladies.<br><br>Best Bond actors: Timothy Dalton, Daniel Craig, George Lazemby, Sean Connery and Roger Moore. Many might bitch to kingdom come that Sean Conner is the most iconic, but i really don't care about that, i care about acting quality, and as such, that's how it goes. Frankly, Sean Connery has been much, much better since his days as James Bond, and even then he tends to be overrated. I like the dude, he could sometimes remember to really act when he bothered to, but i don't rate him a screen god like many geeks do. A charismatic but very limited actor who could do only one accent, regardless of what nationality he was playing.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 4:04 a.m. CST

    KilliK

    by AsimovLives

    It's the other way around, Craig is just too good an actor to play the traditional Connery/Moore type of Bond. But since the new Bond movies have decided not to do that anyway, Craig is thus a spectacular great Bond. Deal with it. You might remember that there's more to Craig's career then him playing Bond. The man is inthe business of making movies, TV shows and theater for 20 years now. The man has range and can play lots of different types of characters, from badass to cowardly weaklings to romatic leads, the whole works.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 5:59 a.m. CST

    AsimovLives

    by WavingFlagsInSpace

    You don't do irony, do you. Note the lack of a question mark.<p>"And Moore couldn't run because of a medical condition he has, not because of the suits." Really? I honestly thought it was due to the pleats in his pants.<p>I completely get why people dislike Roger Moore, as he is, on so many levels, the antithesis of Daniel Craig's current iteration of the spy. If you feel that Daniel Craig is THE James Bond then I absolutely understand why Moore must be anathema to you.<p>As far as Daniel Craig's acting goes, I suppose my bias comes from seeing him play emotionally stymied men in 'Layer Cake', 'Sylvia', 'Perdition' & 'Enduring Love' and his two Bond performances. Kudos to the casting people because Daniel Craig does exactly what he says on the tin.<p>You don't strike me as a fool, AsimovLives, so I'm sure you don't simply accept that because someone has a stage background this will make them a fine movie actor. The skill sets are very different.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Completely off the subject.....

    by sam jacksons wig

    ...but today is the 213th anniversary of Mary Shelleys birth. You would think that a site who loves movies would have prepared a retrospective on the Frankenstein phenomena in cinema, and the effects the book has had on the horror genre..... or it that WAAAAAAYYY too much to ask?

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 9:04 a.m. CST

    WHY would they cast a 007 who literally CANNOT RUN?!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I always thought it was just because Moore was SO. FUCKING. OLD., but reading that he actually had a medical condition that prevented him from running baffles me. You're re-casting the lead in a multi-million dollar ACTION franchise, and you hire a guy who's physically incapable of simply RUNNING?! No wonder all of the post-Moore Bonds have had scenes with 007 running like crazy (Casino Royale in particular)...they're making up for 12 years' worth of gimpy shuffling!

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 9:10 a.m. CST

    sam jacksons wig re: Frankenstein

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    You may have answered that one for yourself. This site is about "movies" not "cinema."

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Klytus_I.m_Bored

    by sam jacksons wig

    You are more than likely correct there. Such a fucking shame. What with Harry Knowles drooling over Famous Monsters, you would have thought it may have had a small honourable mention. Instead we get seventy five fucking talkbacks on The Last Exorcism, and more Bay coverage than is humanly healthy or recommended. <br><br> Maybe the Enemy can prove his credentials by having a stab as it were...... or maybe not.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Dalton was criminally underrated.....

    by sam jacksons wig

    ... he brought a maturity and depth to the role not seen since early Connery Bond, and actually looked like someone who could hurt you. <br><br> License to Kill was (for Bond) fucking brutal. Not only did it showcase Bond as a complete vengeful bastard full of hate and rage, it was ahead of its time and too heavy after suffering the cartoonish era of Moore. Such a fucking shame, as Dalton should have been allowed to have another crack in the tux.<br><br> But, as always, the mighty dollar speaks, and creativity takes a back seat.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST

    FYEO is the only Moore movie I can watch...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...without throwing up a little in my own mouth.<p> He is, indeed, pretty ruthless in FYEO. Lots of cold-blooded killing going on in that flick. Fun times.<p> (Actually, I also liked The Man With The Golden Gun, because it was a pretty interesting detective story. But there isn't enough cold-blooded ruthlessness in it.)

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 11:06 a.m. CST

    The Living Daylights is definitely in the top five.

    by Royston Lodge

    It's probably my second-favourite Bond movie. It's got the exotic locations, the hot girl, the cool car, the Russians, John Rhys Davies, and a pretty damned menacing version of Bond.<p> I could watch it on repeat and never get bored.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST

    I love the scene in The Living Daylights...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...when Bond gives M the receipt from Harrod's. It proved you could have a steely, cold-blooded Bond and still show he has a sense of humour.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Couldn't disagree more with AsimovLies re: Connery

    by Screwbini

    I respect the dude's opinion because it seems well thought out and not the usual snarky rantings so often posted on this site. But I think it's just plain wrong to dismiss those of us who consider Connery the best Bond as merely worshipers at the temple of Sean. And the admiration for Connery's portrayal of James Bond goes way beyond the mere fact that he was the first (if you don't take into account Barry Nelson's stint as "Jimmy Bond" in the live television adaptation of Casino Royale, which for me dosen't count). Connery perfectly combined the suave, the menancing, and the sexually appealing aspects of Bond's personality that made 007 such an iconic character. Although I would agree that most of Connery's Bond films didn't allow for an especially broad range of emotions to stretch Sean Connery as an actor, those few moments he had to show vulnerability, fear, surprise, rage or disappointment were carried off quite well in my opinion. While the other actors who played Bond have been good in varying degrees, none of them had the complete package possessed by Connery. Lazenby was great at the physical stuff, and I suppose he had a certain sex appeal to the women, but his lack of acting experience was evident in several scenes in OHMSS. Still, I think he did a better job than many give him credit for. Roger Moore, my least favorite Bond, was best at tossing off the sometimes witty quips. But he was just terrible in the action scenes (maybe because of the bad back), and he hardly ever appeared to be the least bit dangerous. I agree that Timothy Dalton was a superb actor who brought gravity, depth and sensitivity to the role of Bond, and he was decent in the action scenes as well. I would say his main weakness was his almost total lack of humor. Perhaps that's just because the character was written that way for him, but his few attempts at being witty were almost painful to watch. As for Brosnan, I think he came closest to combining all of the elements the way Connery did. Too bad he was saddled with some of the lamer Bond scripts. I really enjoyed him in Goldeneye, and I believe his perfomance in The World is Not Enough was his best as Bond. Although TWINE could have been a better movie if the villain had been better and the script was tighter, Brosnan was certainly not the blame for the film's shortcomings. And finally there's Daniel Craig. Again, I agree that he is a tremendous actor, and I really like his take on Bond. One could say that my criticism of Dalton for being humorless could apply to Craig as well, but somehow it doesn't seem to matter as much in Craig's rebooted version of Bond. Too bad Quantum of Solace was such a bust compared to Casino Royale, but again, not the actor's fault. If we don't get another Bond flick with Daniel Craig as 007, that would really be unfortunate, but I hope the producers don't screw up when they have to re-cast the role again.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Love me Some Roger Moore

    by HermesTrismestigus

    Grew up with him and I find him hilarious..had he not been Bond at the time the series would not be here today..his films were way successful and he was the coldest killer..unfortunately due to his amiable nature people forget. OHMSS is my favorite Bond film though..back to Moore.LALD kills guy by kick, jumps over crocklegators and bayous and blows dude up from the inside. MWGG fakes having 3 nipples, slaps the shit outta naud adams and threatens to breal her arm..then fucks her, while other babe is in closet,SWLM shoots dude while fkipping and skiing backwards,shoots stromberg in the dick and then shoots him another 5 times in the chest,MOONRAKER takes out a space station with tons of nazi sympathizers on board, visits Atlantis and gets a pigeon to do a doubletake that is fucking awesome..love that movie. FYEO, ruthlessly kicks guy off cliff. OCTopooshy fights dude with a saw yo yo..and shoves guys face in aquarium and octopuss sucks on guys face killing him..genius. VTAK..great theme song. Sean was great til Diamonds and NSNA is mindbendingly boring and endless. Pierce took himself too seriously taking deep breaths every time hes about to utter anything..the scripts sucked for him except for Goldeneye but even that had bloat..Dalton was way too fucking serious..with his Shakespearean acting in movies that are preposterous which of course made them enjoyable for his rampant overacting on Charleton Heston levels...KOSKOV & WHITAKER... Daniel Craig is a perfect balance ruhless but with a mischievous twinkle in his eye but QOS may have sunk him. QOS had a great story concept but it was as bad as DAD AVTAK and NSNA.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Dalton and Craig are undeniably the greatest thespians

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    to have played the part. Lazenby was a male model, not any kind of actor at all, and Roger Moore was barely an actor at that. Not without charm, but very limited in his skills.<P>Connery and Brosnan, too, are of a piece: they are both great movie stars, much like someone like Harrison Ford, but really only solid as far as acting talent goes. They depend on charisma, good looks, and presence.<p> Dalton and Craig are in a different league: they are classically trained actors, have done great work in theater, take the parts very seriously, and both have an enormous amount of range to play all kinds of different characters.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Moore Gets A bad Rap

    by HermesTrismestigus

    Other thing Roger Moore's flicks were pretty much action, comedy, travelogues..those were the scripts he was given so he played it light or serious depending on the preposterousness of the story..which is why I remember lots of applauding during Moore movies cuz he was in on the joke. In Octopussy when he slides down the staircase machine gunning those guys and sees that thing thats about to crush his balls and guns it down..every one in the theatre laughed uproariously and then applauded..Moore could get away with the outlandish scenarios because of his attitude to the material. Now when Timothy Dalton did that run on the cello case in the snow..a very Moore type moment..he plays it like its possible..everyone in the audience booed and groaned..and they did it again in license to kill when he did the tanker on its side chase...had it been Roger Moore it would have gotten applause mainly because of the tone set. Roger Moores flicks were of their time..which was a little camp...pretty much in everything. I think Roger Moore was great because it allowed the fanbase of bond to expand and allows the movies to constantly reboot and reinvent themselves...Daniel Craig if he continues will eventually be in a Bond that will have a double take pigeon and have action comedy bits and will be the highest grossing of his run and everyone will bitch and Bond will be reset to serious again and start over to the path to camp..

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 2 p.m. CST

    Nasty In The Pasty

    by AsimovLives

    Well, Roger Moore was a big star back then when he was hired to play Bond. In terms of commerce ssavvy, Moore was one of the best choices for the campy -do-not-take-this serious approach for Bond they were after following the style set by DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. Moore was a big star thanks to his TV shows THE SAINT and THE PERSUADERS, which were, in hindsight, training grounds for his future Bond job. So, back then, Moore as Bond was a no-brainer.<br><br>And as for the aparent silly notion of an actor with a medical condition that impossibilitated him to run in an action movie series, well, you forget that back then it was not that demanding to have physically fit actors to play leads in that type of movies, since you could always use stunt doubles. And people bakc then were naive enough to many times not really notice the use of an obvious stuntman, when today we can detect such shennigans a mile away, we are much more cinena literate now, there's no compare.<br><br>For the Bond producers to reject Roger Moore as Bond because of his medical conduition would be stupid. It all would be solved with clever camera blocking and clever editing, getting Moore was far more important then anything else. He was already famous and a well liked screen presence before Bond, and he became huge with Bond. In a mattter of commerce savvy, Moore as Bond was a master-stroke. But he was the wrong man for the part. But nobody was questioning that back then.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Screwbini

    by AsimovLives

    Thanks for the kind words, friend, much appreciated. And i see you also did a lot of thinking on the matter as well, and you put your ideas very well and intelligently. Good fun read your post too.<br><br>Of course you know i'm going to disagree with you about Connery. I do think that the matter of placing Connery as the best Bond is a thing of dogma, it is indeed the worshipping at the Temple Of Sean. It's a matra repeated for so long people take it as the truth. Used to be the same about George Lazemby but in reverse and the movie he stared as well. For the longest time, both Lazemby and OHMSS were the bad Bond and the bad movie. It took nearly 35 to 40 years for people to realise that the prevailing notion was just plain wrong and misguided. Conner as the best bond is just again that same thing, something repeated to the point of blind acceptance, it's a matter of dogma now. And woe he so sayeth otherwise, he blasphemed!<br><br>Watchjing Connery in his Bond movie,s and the man strikes always, always for what he really was back then: a lad forced into a tuxedo and having to drink old ladies drinks intead of a fine pint of strong scotish ale. Conner never shook off that image of a farmer or a lubberjack pretending to be suave and play at posh spy. Yeah, the suits he wear were great, but he doesn't fit in. All this story of his supposed elegance is marketing, not visible reality. Roger Moor,e for all his faults, he does indeed look the part of the posh spy, he had it in him in spades, if nothing else.<br><br>I think that George Lazemby is far more the Bond that peoplem see in Connery then Connery himself. but people were loving Connery in the role, and where not accepting anything else, until the also very loved TV star Roger Moore filled the spy shoes. Poor Lazemby was jsut too soon in a movie that they put emphasis on drama, romance and realistic adventure over over-the-top vilalin secret bases and impossible gadgets.<br><br>And there's no sense of vulnerability in Connery's Bond movies. The only time it happensis in Dr. No after he takes a beating, and for the only time in Connery's Bond movies, it looks like it actually hurted him. After tha,t it's Connery as impossible he-man who can take anything and anybody. Lazemby in OHMSS is actually a far more frail and limited Bond, he's not an impossible action hero, but he portaits a realistic portait of a guy who's very good at the spy job but has his own limitations which almost gets the best of him, where it not for the help of some friends. That's a Bond i can relate to. Not Connery's.<br><br>It's not Connery that plays the whole gammut of Bond as an action man, man of the ladies, spy, ultra-patriot man of action and state sponsored assassin. Timothy Dalton wins the prize in that regard. Timothy Dalton was the first ever Bond actor where you actually believe that for Bond the job came firs,t and the suave parading in casinos and beding women were side parts of the job he didn't evne took too seriously, the job always come first. Connery, and specuially Moor,e for them the playboy stuff was their stuff and the job of spy an afterthough. In Dalton's Bond, there was only the job and nothing else. And it's wrong to say he was humourless, because there's plenty of humour on Dalton's Bond movies, specially THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS. But it's a darker kind of humour, not the quips for quips sake that characterized Connery and more even Moore. And Dalton did this thing with the character: for the first time ever, i believed that Bond could put a cap on you just for looking at you sideways. He was a killer through and through. He was truly dangerous. He was even the scariest man in his Bond movies, more evne then the villains. I loved that! With Dalton, i could never tell when Bond would just kill some idiot just because he was on his way. Timothy Dalton was a great Bond. And he was also a very elegant man was well, so, more then Connery ever could, he did portaite the two true aspects of Bond, suave playboy and killer admirably.<br><br>It's now fashionable to piss on Pierce Borsnan, but i also see that he did a better job of combining the diferent traditional aspects of Bond admirably, better then Connery ever could. Brosnan lays Bond as a killer with a great node to Dalton's style while being an action boy like Connery while having the dressing style of Moore. And he is by far the best looking actor to ever have played the part. So, in many ways, Brosnan is in fact the perfect Bond actor for the traditional version of Bond, as in, the Bond of the big secret bases and evil villains plots to rule the world. He had all the qualities of Connery and Moore without any of the flaws. He was dead perfect for the role, too bad the movies got progressivery dumber and worst after the great start that was GOLDENEYE.<br><br>As you cna guess by my post,s i rather prefer the Bond that's not the clow of the super-spy fantasy stories, but more the down to earth variation, which were very well portaited and presented by the actors George Lazemby, Timothy Dalton and Daniel Craig. If you ask me to name my favorite Bond movies, they are the first mvoies that those guys did in their carrers as Bond. Or in the case of poor George Lazemby, his only one. ON HER MAGESTY'S SECRET SERVICE, THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS and CASINO ROYALE (2005), those are THE TRUE REAL BOND MOVIES, as far i'm concerned.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST

    HermesTrismestigus

    by AsimovLives

    Roger Moore and his attitude and his Bond movies, getting progressively sillier and dumb was what made the producers of the series feel the need to reboot it as they did of sorts with THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS, and start treatingthe thing a bit more seriously. Because Moore and Co turned the franchise into freak circus show. And i don't know what kind of audience you saw THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS, because in the theater i saw the movie, the people were really enjoying the hell out of all the action stuff. Andthe airplane fight in the end is one of those very rare moment sin aBond movie where you actually feel he is in real danger and the possibility he could die, a very rare thing in a Bond movie. And a moment where Bond mannages to overcome not because of some clever gadget, but because he cuts his shoelaces, he acts like a smart guy who improvises on the spot and great truly creative with what he has at hand.<br><br>Moore was not great, he was a franchise killer. I don't blame him too directly, ebcause he didn't had a say on everything,l but he did had a say on the way the series were getting progressively more silly comedy oriented, with the only odd movie out being FOR YOUR EYES ONLY. I give a lot of leeway to THE SPY WHO LOVED ME because it's the best writen Bond movie story of the Big Megalomaniac Villain variety, and the girls in display in that movie are to be seen to be believed!

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    AsimovLives

    by RPLocke

    Too bad you have such a narrow view of Bond. You're missing out on all the fun (better) movies.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    by AsimovLives

    I think that with the very limited acting experience that George Lazemby had, he acquited himsefl quite well. It's true, he was a model who got launched into the role, but he di alright. In many moment,s he did it very well indeed. And he had far more dramatic stuff to play then the more veteran Sean Connery ever had in his entire run as Bond. Lazemby had a pretty good start for somebody with pratically no exprience at all. If he lacked experience, he compensated with dedication and a seriousness to the role that Connery or Moore ever had.<br><br>You couldn't be more right about Daniel Craig and Timothy Dalton.<br><br>As for Pierce Brosnan, i think he used to be pretty one-note and he used to cost more on charisma and natural screen presence. THe only exception to this in his early years as an actor was in THE FOURTH PROTOCOL, where he played a strangly sympathetic but very deadly villain. but it was with Bond that Brosnan finally came to his own as an actor, and he's getting better and better with age. He's now a one hell of an actor. Harrison Ford is getting worst with age, Brosnan is getting better. Brosnan is like fine port wine, gets better with age. What people say about Sean Connery (and which uis just another one of those dogmatic nonsense stuff) is true for Brosnan for real.<br><br>With the exception of FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, Roger Moore never seem to bother to act in his Bond movies, only parade his screen charisma and sense of goofy humour. However, he could actually act, when he bothered. You can see that in the movie THE NAKED FACE, where he does a really good acting job, believe it or not.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 3:03 p.m. CST

    RPLocke

    by AsimovLives

    No, i'm not missing out anything. Every Bond movie i really like makes up for 10/20 other goofy Bond movies. I hav eno number quotas to fill. Which is why i'm imprevious to such bullshit as the Mickey Bay and Jar Jar Abrams's bullshit dumb ass crappy movies. You know what i mean?

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST

    back to thunderball

    by scrapegoat

    thunderball was actually suppose to be the first bond movie but because of the legalities and such they went to dr no

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 4:45 p.m. CST

    oh well

    by scrapegoat

    dont think thunderball would have been right at that time,it would have been quite different,especially with only a million dollar budget

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST

    AsimovLives

    by Screwbini

    I enjoyed your posts quite a bit. Although I still think you are selling Connery way short, I agree with much that you have to say about Lazenby, Dalton, Craig, and especially Brosnan. Notwithstanding the initial critical reaction to OHMSS, I am no Johnny-Come-lately in considering it to be one of the best of the Bond films. I saw it in its initial release in 1969, and it was the first Bond movie I actually purchased for my collection. I even have an autographed photo of Lazenby (I have Connery's, too.) And I absolutely agree that Brosnan was a criminally underrated Bond. Too bad he had to end his run with Die Another Day (the first half of which I found to be excellent). It is obvious that we are miles apart when it comes to Connery as Bond, but I hope you will at least give me credit for not just blindly following the coventional wisdom or popular choice. My preference for Connery's Bond is genuine, but I can understand and appreciate another point of view. Nevertheless, we share very similar views about the rest of the Bond bunch! Nice to see some good analysis from a true Bond fan.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST

    I get it now..but I still love Roger Moore

    by HermesTrismestigus

    Connery's the Best, made 5 films 62-67 and bailed... George Lazenby 69 was underated and bailed, Connery comes back for that million dollar paycheck gives it to his scottish charity and bails, Roger Moore 73-85 was a clown and death to the franchise while he was Bond for 12 years and leaves with the only Number one Bond song. Connery collects a paycheck and ruins Kershners career. Timothy Dalton..the master thespian from Lion in Winter,Sextette, Brenda Starr, Flash Gordon (One of my Faves) and Beautician and the Beast has a more serious take in Bond as is heralded as the best Bond since Connery by critics just like every other Bond.. and he's Bond for two years 87-89....then Brosnan Cleans up by lightening the load..and Craig brings fresh air except he ruins it with QOS & the Bog of eternal stench. All I'm saying is Roger Moore did a lot for the franchise kept it going when it was thought dead regardless of the fanboy loathing of his lighter take. And I love his films cuz they are a completely different take, just like the Adam West Batman was a great take as was the Burton and Nolan versions..love them all. I love all the Bond films warts and all..well except for QOS which is close to a franchise killer & NSNA..had it been part of the real franchise it would have killed it dead by death.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Screwbini

    by scrapegoat

    lucky bastard,how'd you come across their autograph?

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Most awful Bond movie of them all.

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    That is all.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Scapegoat

    by Screwbini

    I got Lazenby's autograph at a convention in LA. He was a real nice dude - too bad his career never took off after OHMSS. As you can imagine, Connery's autograph was harder to come by. He signed it on a photo of his Goldfinger incarnation. I got it in the mid-eighties when I was living in Chicago. Connery was there filming The Untouchables. I have a former colleague roommate who was an associate producer on the movie, and he managed to get Connery's autograph for me on the photo that I brought to the set. Unfortunately I never got a chance to meet Sean Connery up close and personal, although I did get to watch from a distance he and Kevin Costner filmed a scene on LaSalle Street. What a rush!

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST

    screwbini

    by scrapegoat

    pretty cool,i collect autographs myself tho almost all of mine are sports & country music related

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Screwbini

    by AsimovLives

    Actualy, i'm not a Bond fan. Not per se, excluding such movies as OHMSS, GOLDENEYE and CASINO ROYALE (2005), and my weak spot for THE LIVING DAYLIGHS, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY and THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (and yeah, even i have to admit that FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE and GOLDFINDER are loads of fun to watch). Not a Bond fan, but i sure know how to appreciate a proper good Bond movie.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST

    HermesTrismestigus

    by AsimovLives

    Connery was actually payed 3 million dollars to play Bond in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. It was the highest pay for a movie star ever in the history of cinema up to that point, far surpassing the million dollars payed to Elizabeth Taylor for CLEOPATRA which was the record breaker up until then. And 3 million dollars in 1970's dollars was a hell of a lot of cash! And no, Connery didn't gave it away to charity, he kept it, that money is the basis and where most of his immense personal fortune derives from.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST

    QOS is not the worst bond movie by far

    by AsimovLives

    Claiming QOS is the worst Bond movie ever made while defending some of Moore's crap is just nonsense.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Asisucksass again?!

    by ohsostupidlongassfuckingscreennames

    Jesus dude, do you have life outside of AICN talkback?

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Connery and Diamonds

    by HermesTrismestigus

    Frustrated with the state of their franchise, producers Albert "Cubby" Broccoli and Harry Saltzman decided that the way to go was to shake things up dramatically in the casting department while also returning to the elements that had created their favorite early Bond film, Goldfinger. Many actors, British and American, were considered to play the new 007, including Roger Moore, Michael Gambon, Burt Reynolds, and even Adam West. At the end of the process, American actor John Gavin was chosen and even signed. But then, at the last minute, United Artists head David Picker made one last try to bring back Connery but the actor was still resistant. Picker's offer, however, was too good to refuse: $1.25 million, then an exorbitant sum, plus money for Connery to develop two non-Bond films to produce and/or star in. (Only one ever came to fruition: The Offence [1972].) Connery took the offer and donated his entire salary to the Scottish International Educational Trust, a charity he had co-founded. As for John Gavin, he amicably withdrew from his contract, doubtless placated by the fact that he still got paid. excerpt from tcm website http://www.tcm.com/thismonth/article.jsp?cid=235282 the amount of money keeps changing so who knows what he got paid but it was 1 million in the press at the time but that may just be PR..there was an interview on you tube where he talked about how the money went to his charity..i saw that a few years ago but can't seem to find any interviews with him anymore that are pre 80's. QOS is not the worst but its pretty close its there with DAD AVTAK LTK & DAF/not counting NSNA cuz that would be the worst if it was part of the series and that damn 60's Casino Royale unfunny endless comedy. Now keep in mind I love all the Bond flicks but QOS is there cuz I won't see it again or purchase it and I own everything else 5 times over from beta to vhs, dvd to bluray and it ruined Vespers character and made her into an easily fooled dumb bitch. So I refuse to count it as the conclusion of the excellent Casino Royale. I think its a franchise killer like LTK in that it went dark like all the fanboys love but instead eneded up cold and uninvolving. Best movie experience ever as a side note they had a james bond film fest in L.A. about 10 years ago with pristine prints of everything. So i saw all the Bond flicks I never got to see in the theater.. my first theatrical Bond was Moonraker which was amazing to a kid..but I had already seen Live & Let Die and MWTGG on the ABC movie of the week Parental Discretion is advised...good times..

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Quantum of Solace was disappointing.....

    by Screwbini

    ...but not the worst Bond by far. It was better than just about every Roger Moore Bond film (although I'll cut some slack for For Your Eyes Only and, to a lesser degree, The Spy Who Loved Me). Also, sadly and as much as I enjoyed the Connery Bonds, Diamonds Are Forever falls short of QOS. I know that Licence to Kill has its detractors, but I don't think it belongs on the "Worsts Lists". But A View To A Kill is without a doubt the worst Bond film ever (not counting the 60's version of Casino Royale, which is on my list of top 5 worst FILMS ever!)

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 11:09 p.m. CST

    It's Lazenby, George Lazenby

    by dukeroberts

    Not Lazemby.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 12:34 a.m. CST

    Best Bond movie poster

    by dukeroberts

    For Your Eyes Only. Hands down.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST

    connery's pay

    by scrapegoat

    as i recall in a newspaper article at the time daimonds are forever came out cobbery was paid 1.2 million plus a percentage of boxoffice it was the only way he would do it the lines wrapped around the block in chicago

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 2:52 p.m. CST

    The "For Your Eyes Only" poster was certianly the naughtiest

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    but sadly it had nothing to do with the movie itself.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    They need to dump Judi Dench as M.

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    It alone would immeasurably improve the current incarnation of Bond.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 7:35 p.m. CST

    QOS=great trailer I'd watch it again but not the movie

    by cgih8r

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Anyone who says QOS was the worst didn't see DAD

    by cgih8r

  • Sept. 4, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Best Bond = Timothy Dalton

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Best Bond film = The Living Daylights. <p> 'Nuff said.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 1:03 p.m. CST

    60's Casino Royale

    by David_Denmans_Beard

    The worst? Oh come on. Not taken seriously and as the satirical piece it is intended, it's downright hilarious. Has some awesome lines as well. "Who is Le' Chiffre?" "Nobody knows. Not even Le' Chiffre."

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