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How does one even begin trying to cram 50 years of James Bond history into one documentary that tops out at around 98 minutes? I don't know, but director Stevan Riley takes his best shot at doing so with EVERYTHING OR NOTHING: THE UNTOLD STORY OF 007. If there's one glaring issues with the film, it's that time isn't particularly on the film's side. The doc is far too short to truly detail the rich storied history of the famed MI6 agent that spans six actors - Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig - and, as a result, we're left with some aspects of the cultural phenomena that are glossed over or aren't given their due, such as the lack of success the Dalton films had or a much deeper understanding of the Kevin McClory wrench thrown in the plans for the future of James Bond other than a surface-level explanation of the issues he brought about. However, that's always going to be a problem with a film dealing with a subject matter this massive - creating a balance between all of its aspects. For EVERYTHING OR NOTHING, the only way I could have seen that done is by adding more minutes to its running time. But short of that, you'll have to live with the choices Riley makes in compiling this solid crash course look at the history of 007. 

Using the voices of every Bond except one (Connery is nowhere to be found here, except from past clips) as well as those with a current stake in Bond - producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson - Riley gives us a pretty detailed look at the creation of Bond through the original Ian Fleming novels and the struggles the author faced in trying to bring the naturally cinematic character into the world of film. The books were very much ahead of their time when they were written, particularly when looking at Bond's proclivity for the ladies, and it wasn't until the partnership of Albert "Cubby" Broccoli and Harry Saltzman that things were able to come together under United Artists and Bond became a sensation starting with DR. NO.

There's a heavy emphasis on far too many things being the most important in the successful launch of the Bond franchise - the right director, the right production design, the right script, the right logo - but when Riley really examines what Sean Connery brought to the table during his run in the role, that's when you get a much better sense of why Bond captured audiences right from the start. That also makes it quite unfortunate to watch the deterioration of Connery's relationship with the Bond producers that not only led to his departure from the series but a brief one-off return prompted by money and a rival Bond film down the road.

One of the more fascinating aspects of EVERYTHING OR NOTHING is the undivided attention paid to George Lazenby's foray into 007 territory. Lazenby may have had the shortest term of any of the actors who've paid Bond over the years, but Riley takes a much more personal look at the rise and fall of the Australian actor leading up to and following ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE than he does for some of the other Bonds. Lazenby is given the opportunity to tell in his own words how he managed to capture the coveted role with no experience whatsoever and then how he blew the opportunity. Alongside Pierce Brosnan’s stories about almost landing the Bond role earlier in his career and then his leave from the series, these are easily the most honest moments of the film, as we’re able to witness a couple of men pull back the curtain on their regret and disappointment in their dealings with such a dream role.

EVERYTHING OR NOTHING: THE UNTOLD STORY OF 007 is like the Cliff’s Notes of Bond, giving you as much information as possible in a short amount of time. Had you more time at your disposal, you could really get into some of the finer points of Bond’s history along the way with greater detail. However, for such a condensed form, Riley’s doc does the trick in delivering what you need to know about 007, in addition to what you should know.


EVERYTHING OR NOTHING: THE UNTOLD STORY OF 007 premieres Friday, October 5, at 8:00 p.m., on Epix. 



-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

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  • Oct. 4, 2012, 8:34 a.m. CST


    by gerry derboven

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 8:35 a.m. CST

    The Living Daylights is awesome

    by Lou Stools

    And still holds up. At the time, my 17yr old brain was blown away by Dalton's approach after growing up with Moore's moobs.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 8:38 a.m. CST

    This title has been used in the 007 world before...

    by Polyphenus a video game.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 8:38 a.m. CST

    One of the greatest series of all time

    by J

    Both the novels and movies are the rare example of a series that not only sustained itself on the original product, but continues to grow and franchise with no real end in sight. The only other true example I can think of would be Star Wars. Anyone else? Just sayin'

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Which Bond is best?

    by gerry derboven

    Is probably the most boring discussion ever but it'll happen anyway on here so ...: The Best Bond is Goldfinger and it happens to have Mr Connery as the eponymous spy. The Bond that is closest to what Ian Fleming intended him to be is probably Lazenby or Dalton. The Best Bond for this day and age is definitely Daniel Craig. Moore was funny and phlegmatic and Brosnan had the bad luck to star in one of the worst 007's (Die Another Day). Space-jesus returns in Prometheus, now on DVD and Blu -Ray!

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 8:42 a.m. CST

    And there were seven big screen Bonds, not six.

    by J

    Why does everyone forget David Niven's Casino Royale? I know it was technically a 'spoof', but it's still Bond to me....

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Seven actors

    by KazamaSmokers

    Barry Nelson played Bond before all the others.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST

    In his day, Bryan Brown would have made a great Bond.

    by KazamaSmokers

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Connery was good....


    ..but he was no Niven.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Would like to see more from the film makers...

    by Andrew Coleman

    I want to know some decisions especially for the films in the 90's/2000's. Goldeneye was so fucking good... Then instead of growing on it they made the films silly each step of the way. Tomorrow Never Dies is a great action film but isn't great. The next two had moments but are over all too silly. Why I like Craig's Bond movies so far is the stories work together. Even though Skyfall won't be connected to the other two you could watch all three together. OHMSS is still one of the greatest along with From Russia with Love. God I can't wait for Skyfall.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 9:05 a.m. CST

    From Russia With Love

    by pearlanddean

    Best Bond by far, captures the Cold War essence of the books better than any others. Yeah, Die Another Day was truly awful. The nadir of the series, I guess it was like what happened after Batman and Robin. Something so dreadful it prompted a complete rethink of the character and hey presto, we got Casino Royale with Daniel Craig. Connery is still my fav Bond, I'd say OHMSS for the best soundtrack.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 9:06 a.m. CST

    polyphenus - "Everything or Nothing"


    Is what the EON in EON Productions stands for. This doc sounds like a DVD extra. I guess there's not much mention of the non-EON Bonds if EON are in the driving seat? Barry Nelson (best remembered as the Overlook's manager in Kubrick's The Shining) as Jimmy Bond in the first on-screen version of Casino Royale for the US crime series Climax! Casino Royle: David Niven as SIR James Bond - Ian Fleming based Bond on Niven and wanted him to play him, but was overruled by Cubby Broccoli. I'd love a doc on this movie and the legendary feud between Peter Sellers and Orson Welles. Never Say Never Again - Irvin Kerhsner's Thunderball remake made because original Thunderball screenwriter Kevin McClory's had retained the rights to Thunderball after a long court battle.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 9:07 a.m. CST

    There was one great scene in Die Another Day

    by KazamaSmokers

    The sabre fight. Totally out of control. (If you can pretend Madonna's not hovering there on the margins of the scene...)

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 9:10 a.m. CST

    You know what they need to do?

    by KazamaSmokers

    Forget Monaco. Forget Geneva. For just one Bond flick, stick Bond in Detroit. Or Newark. Or Stockton.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Love James Bond movies! I was a teen when Dalton took over,

    by Wcwlkr

    But I remember as a kid watching the old Connery & Moore films with my Dad and I LOVED THEM. I loved the heck out of The Living Daylights, and thought License To Kill was ok. But Brosnan was an excellent Bond. Looking forward to Skyfall, loved Casino Royale, thought Quantum was ok, but this looks fantastic.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 9:13 a.m. CST

    I probably already know everything they'll show in this doc

    by Spandau Belly

    And yeah, it sounds like a re-hash of stuff that's on the DVDs, which are quite extensive.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Brosnan was a pretty great Bond.

    by Wcwlkr

    Goldeneye was freaking amazing! I enjoy Tomorrow Never Dies. Absolutely loved The World Is Not Enough even with the awful Denise Richards, and Die Another Day started off freaking AWESOME, just didn't finish well with the invisible car and the ridiculous amount of one liners at one point I thought it was an Austin Powers movie. But it was still entertaining.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 9:17 a.m. CST

    I was 17 when Dalton took over.

    by Righteous Brother

    Which makes me 42 now - (gah!) Really like The Living Daylights, especially after Octopussy and A View To a Kill. It was great to see Bond puffing away on a cigarette too, whilst being briefed by Q. Great stunts and effects in TLD - there's some miniature shots in the film that are amazingly, completely seamless.

  • ...then Peter Sellers and Woody Allen count too.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Brosnan was a great Bond, he just had the worst movies

    by Disgruntled_Chinaman

    The World is Not Enough was also pretty bad, let's be honest.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 9:26 a.m. CST

    No they don't


    He was posing as Bond. Woody Allen (Jimmy Bond) was only *related to* Bond and was posing as someone else.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Sellers was posing as Bond I should say


  • Oct. 4, 2012, 9:27 a.m. CST



  • the next hes out and someone alot younger gets the role of a lifetime in the best Bond in decades leaving him with the embarrsement of having gone out with the Batman & Robin of the series - Halle Berry playing Pam Grier ('Yo momma!') turning into a cartoon leaping off thousand foot cliffs, panting and wheezing in the series first (and last) distasteful explicit sex scene, riding CG waves that look like pre vis for Emmerichs 2012, riding around in an invisible car given to him by John Cleese playing Basil Fawlty, swordfighting with Madonna (oh dear), fighting robocop at the end in the CG heavens.... the pain mustve been pretty intense

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Let's not forget Barry Nelson - not big screen but still Bond

    by ProfHeff

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 9:29 a.m. CST

    The late Bob (UK kid's quizmaster) Holness WAS a 007


    Blockbuster fans

  • with some other studio that managed to find a legal loop hole ..they could even get John Cleese back as Q. like a rerun of 1983...TWO bond movies in the same year. say in 2014 or 2015 we got Craigs 4th Bond and also a Brosnan 'unofficial' Bond i guess itd have to be another version of Thunderball but maybe they could change it about abit so it wasnt so Thurderballish or maybe Tarantino could just do a retro spy film as a kind of homage to all the Bonds/Avengers/Flint/UNCLE etc and have Brosnan in there obviously as a Bond style character but his name and 00 number is never mentioned and he never wears a tux. (therefore tapping into the whole James Bond/007 is a codeword/number myth)..Characters like M could remain as theres an M in real life...the villain could be anyone, not take over the world stuff. there could be real gritty realism ..even more so than Craig Bond or Bourne - almost verging on John Le Carre. Low budget with swearing, brutal violence, gore, sex, R rating, real adult stuff. ditch any music score. maybe even set it in the 60s or the 80s (Brosnan was in few 80s spy thrillers) somewhat similar to The Matador or The Tailor of Panama but more Bond like than those

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 9:37 a.m. CST

    explicit sex scene?

    by KazamaSmokers


  • Oct. 4, 2012, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Eon now owns Thunderball

    by KazamaSmokers

    No more unofficials Bond movies

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 9:47 a.m. CST

    I neither find the Bronsan movies bad nor the Craig movies great

    by Spandau Belly

    GOLDENEYE is great, one of my faves in the series. TOMORROW NEVER DIES is a good Bond. THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH and DIE ANOTHER DAY are both okay. They have some mishandled aspects, but are still entertaining. The two Craig movies have been alright. They're both entertaining. I guess I'm just not a Nolanite, so re-imagining Bond as a brooding sourpuss isn't the way to blow me away. However, SKYFALL looks way better than the first two of Craig's. For me the worst Bond and the worst Bond movies are all contained in the 1980s. I think FOR YOUR EYES only is the only good Bond film made in the 80s.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 9:55 a.m. CST

    id rate TND as Brosnans best Bond film


    -the opening sequence was the best Brosnan opening (yes even better than GEs bungey jump) - the way he just suddenly switches and goes all Bryan Mills when he realises the shits about to hit the fan -the end song Surrender - one of the best and certainly the best song of the Brosnan era -Stamper - a worthy henchman -all the John Woo style action -Awesome David Arnold score -cool Remote control BMW scene -Walther P99 intro (good to have a change from the outdated PPK - which was also in the movie) -nice references to previous Bonds (TMWTGG island, TSWLM style stealth ship and climax, water scenes, satallite scenes, Commander uniform) -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 Lois turns up - the TND hotel vodka scene = pure Fleming ) Id put TND just before GE...then TWINE and DAD last

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 10:02 a.m. CST

    I always felt Dalton got short-changed

    by nyj_et

    EVERYBODY wanted Brosnan to be Bond after Moore retired, but he couldn't get out of his NBC contract to start filming on time. NBC had him do two or three horrible "Remington Steele" tv movies after the show was cancelled out of, what seemed to me, spite. I watched both of Dalton's Bond movies back when Encore had a marathon, and they still hold up. Actually, "License to Kill" seems very similar in tone to the Craig 007 movies.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Skyfall World Premier

    by Mr_P

    at the Royal Albert Hall, London and I am going GIRUY!!! Whoop!

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 10:19 a.m. CST

    I still maintain that Quantum of Solace...

    by Lou Stools a remake of License to Kill. And they're both poor Bond flicks.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Brosnan got the shaft

    by seasider

    His Bond movies may have lacked good scripts but they were all commercially successful and helped make Bond relevant to today's generation. I totally understand that Broccoli and Wilson wanted to this reboot thing which meant they'd have go with a younger Bond but it's not like that plan would've been ruined with another Brosnan 007 outing. Brosnan deserved one more Bond movie but instead he became the only Bond who got fired instead of quitting on his terms.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Kinda like...

    by Lou Stools

    The Dark Knight Rises borrows a lot from The World is Not Enough since Nolan is such a Bond fan.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 10:27 a.m. CST


    by Daytripper69

    I don't have cable, so I am not able to watch this, unfortunately... So I wonder if the doc will discuss SPECTRE and why the rival spy organization hasn't made an appearance since "Diamonds Are Forever." SPECTRE needs to make a comeback, as it has proven to be a rich source of villains for Bond to deal with. And Blofeld was so damn cool in his own way.

  • Which went on, in its way, across four decades before a sort of final ruling was made: That said, since the Craig films have introduced the shadow organization Quantum...I suppose they could have Mr. White turn out to be Blofeld's son or something.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST

    two ball cane

    by DarthBlart

    maybe i said too much.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 10:57 a.m. CST

    SKYFALL = Craigs TWINE?(and DAD)


    anyone else thinking SF is shaping up to be Craigs TWINE...with a dash of DAD? -plot relates to M (M in trouble/jeapody over something that happening in the past) -MI6 bomb blast -unstoppable Renard type villain -bond and M in scotland -action in london locations DAD -anniversary bond it seems to be taking the elements of those 2 Bonds and (hopefully) doing something amazing with them (Inceptiony looking Bond)

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 11:06 a.m. CST

    If all the Bonds fought

    by ShyRonnie

    If all the different Bonds had a giant spy battle how would that go I wonder. Who would be the first one downed and who would eventually win? For some reason I see Moore being the first Bond defeated.

  • Connery was never tortured, he was a keen woman-smacker, which doesn't take a lot of charisma nor "toughness" for me. He was the personification of early 60s manhood: card-player, smoker, could rock a tux, "drink like a man," and perhaps held his own in a fight. Daniel Craig lives the Bond role like a man who's been wounded by life - repeatedly. He's a brutal man asked to do brutal things for a noble cause. I hated him for throwing Mathis in the trash in "Quantum of Solace." That was a visceral act. I can't remember Connery ever doing something on that level. In the book "Casino Royale," Bond is stone cold, and oblivious to feminine advances. Yeah, he falls in love with Vesper, but he barely tolerates her initially. Connery, in turn, just macks on the ladies left and right. I think in Craig's two movies, he couldn't care less.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Die Another Day *does* have the most explicit sex scene of the series

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    It's the only sex scene in any Bond movie where we actually see SEX instead of foreplay w/ a tasteful fadeout and then the morning after scene, replete with graphic pelvic thrusting. I'm still kind of shocked they got away with it on a PG-13 rating.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST

    I'm glad to see another fan of Living Daylights.

    by Randy

    Easily one of my favorite Bond films, loved Dalton and how the movie mixed fun with a somewhat more serious tone than than the Moore films. Good movie.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 11:21 a.m. CST

    nasty - i think they had to cut abit out to secure a PG13


    however i think the whole thing is now on dvd. im not entirely sure though i remember being quite shocked and embarrssed in the cinema. i dont want to see Bond fuckin for real. what next? see him take out a condom and roll it on his erect dick?

  • ...Sean Connery had a couple of moments, sure, but before Daniel Craig rolled up it was Timothy Dalton's iteration who was the overall closest to the supposed mark. If anything, the one trait that's been pretty consistent across all the Bonds is that he was a man's man--or chauvinist pig, whichever floats your gondolamobile--and THAT Connery was exceptional at.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 11:49 a.m. CST

    here is the DAD sex scene


  • Oct. 4, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST

    There were only five Bond actors

    by peter skellen

    Craig is not and never will be Bond.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST

    ...yeah, I'll ask: why is that, peter skellen?

    by Bill C.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Brosnan was the worst Bond of them all. Why?

    by Joe Jones

    He went through those movies like he knew he wasn't going to take a scratch. There was zero tension in all four. Teri Hatcher? Did I get too close, James? Too close...for...comfort?! Horrible. The only reason Goldeneye was passable is because of the over-the-top performance of Famke, and Sean Fucking Bean. Bean was brilliant - he owns that one. The World is Not Enough was horrid, too. Christmas Jones? They wasted Renard, who could have been one the series' best villain. Die Another Day is an abomination. The presence of Madonna is a skid-mark on the entire series. Horrid CGI, Halle Berry, retarded plot, surfing, embarassing script, "hardcore" action director arresting on Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood walking the streets in drag turning tricks. It had potential, but was just cartoonishly stupid from beginning to end, like Moonraker (also made barely palatable by the great villain Hugo Drax). So, here they are in no order or idiotic "ranking: The Best: From Russia With Love ThunderBall Goldfinger Dr. No Live and Let Die For Your Eyes Only On Her Majesty's Secret Service The Living Daylights Casino Royale Pretty Damn Good: You Only Live Twice The Spy Who Loved Me Octopussy The Man With The Golden Gun License to Kill Goldeneye Quantum of Solace Okay: Diamonds Are Forever Tomorrow Never Dies The World is Not Enough Shit, complete Shit: Die Another Day Moonraker A View to a Kill

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Brosnan was good. But all of his movies except goleneye.

    by eric haislar

    Where awful. Golden is one of the best bond films.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 1:03 p.m. CST


    by eric haislar

    Damn you brain you think faster then you type.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST

    I had my Bond phase really early on.

    by BlaGyver

    My first flick was Thunderball. I was 10 and Domino may or may not have brought on my sexual awakening or whatever you'd wanna call it. Between the ages of 10 and 12 I watched all of them. The first I ever owned was Golden Gun, which I still have a soft spot for (plus it introduced me to Christopher Lee). I firmly believe that every guy should see ever Bond movie, even the bad ones (in fact, it's especially important to see some of the bad ones). Even at the low points (Octopussy, DAD) I can have fun with this series. Skyfall is looking great. Can't wait.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 3:33 p.m. CST

    recently watched

    by taff

    Recently watched Goldfinger, the first Bond movie I ever saw and, for the first time saw, The World is Not Enough. Lots of difference between the two. Always like Connelly & Moore but I think Brosnan would have made for a better transition after Connelly. Agree with the assessments of the poor scripts for the Bosnan movies. He deserved better. But one thing I've noticed about Bond movies, sometimes the editing is poor. Wish the old movies could be re-edited so they don't jump so much.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Pierce Brosnan is MY Bond... THE Bond of my generation...

    by ChickenStu

    I saw the Connerys, Lazenby, Moore and Dalton films on TV or home video growing up, but Goldeneye with Mr Brosnan was the first Bond movie I actually went to the cinema to watch. I guess I would've been 17 at the time - and can just remember thinking he was cool as fuck. Saw the other three he did when they came out and to me there was a kind of magic to him as Bond. But I guess everyone feels the same about the Bond they grew up with. I do like Daniel Craig in the role, but I can't love him. It isn't his fault, but the way that the Broccoli camp dismissed Brosnan always left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth that I just can't get rid of. Still, it didn't stop me going to see "Casino Royale" or "Quantum Of Solace" and it sure as shit won't stop me checking out "Skyfall"!

  • Dude got fucked over in so many ways, including his promised but never made third film. But both his films still stand up, at least. And some people have finally come around to realising what a good Bond he actually was in recent years. At least he is looked at more favourably than Lazenby is these days, despite Lazenby being in one of the best of the early films, and despite the fact that they should have done everything possible to get Lazenby back for the next film, rather than a clearly bored and cashing it in Connery. Of course half the blame for that is Lazenby's own ego, and half the blame is the Broccoli's apparent poor treatment of him during the making of OHMSS. For me early Connery will always be the best (before he got visibly bored of the role), but I do enjoy Craig as he does kind of remind me of the early Connery era. And yes, I'm looking forward to the new film.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Daniel Craig is the William Hurt of James Bonds.

    by Gabe Athouse

    He fucking sleepwalks through the role and everyone's impressed. I don't get it. Connery murdered people and then made shitty puns at their expense and choked women with their own bikini tops while smiling at them. Daniel Craig mopes around with a pistol. Feh.

  • There's probably no need for this. The documentaries on the dvds/ blu rays give a really good look at what is going on with each film. Depending on the film, they may also take a focus at a specific aspect of the bond film universe. Some of the best DVD extras i've ever got around to watching.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Just ignore Peter Skellen

    by Keith Small

    He likes his Bond "pretty", so you can't take him seriously.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 1:14 a.m. CST

    re: 'If all the different Bonds had a giant spy battle'

    by Umney

    Shyronnie, I have to disagree you about Moore being defeated first. In fact he’d probably be the one to win -- with some utterly bullshit move. (maybe flush Craig out of the space toilet) And it will be awesome.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 3 a.m. CST

    That videogame was good

    by CuervoJones

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 4:14 a.m. CST

    Good to see the love for "The Living Daylights"

    by albert comin

    I was in my late teens when it came out, and after a solid diatry of connery and moore, in my mind the bond movie were this adventure movie whee sometiems the stakes were high but the adventure was lighthearted. Then i saw Timothy Dalton's first effort as Bond and it finally hit me the true meaning of license to kill. It finally downed on me that Bond IS A KILLER. He's a state sponsored contract killer, a professional assassin. And Dalton played Bond like he bwas always dangerous, he could kill you just by looking at you funny. His very energetic performance was a great chance of pacing. But more importantly, Dalton played the sit out of his character. Dalton was, by far at that point the best actorplaying Bond .His theater training sure came in handy, and it showed. The plot of "The living Daylights" was also smartly though out. It fits like a good to the cold war of the time, when after glasnost things were chilling out. It felt true that some extremists or oportunists from both side would try to pull a false rekindle of the cold war to disguise their nefarious business schemes. And i love the henchman in the movie, the true threath agasint Bond, and one so magnificent that he even got his own theme tune. One if not the most dagerous foe Bond ever faced, to the point i actually feared for Bond's life. One knows that Bond will always survive to the end, but in "The Living Daylights" i actually felt Bond might not. Necro's attack onthe MI6 safehouse is also one for the action movie books. And the music score is also brillant, John Barry's last job as a Bond composer. Brillant stuff. All and all, The Living Daylights is one of the best bond movie, period. It's good to know it's getting reapeciated this days. and Timothy Dalton's career as Bond was cut short. I also have a lot of love for "On Her Magesty's Secret Service".

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 4:24 a.m. CST

    re: 'If all the different Bonds had a giant spy battle'

    by snomusic

    Good to see all the Brosnan love - I wish he could have taken the role back during Remington Steele but it shows how much they wanted him since they still gave it to him after sourpuss. I also felt Lazenby would have been good in a few more. <p> Anyway - if Moore did win it'd be with a cheesy dumb move AND while making a cheesy pun. <p> I just tried to make a list in this post of the order of deaths... can't do it - they are all Bond. <p> No, wait - they all turn their guns an Daniel Craig and shoot him, turn to Sean and ask where they are all going for drinks, Sean says nothing, half grins at Moore, and Moore knowingly smiles and says, "Well gentlemen, there's an establishment in Soho that..."

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 7:24 a.m. CST

    scirocco - did you like "Licence To Kill" (read on buddy...)

    by ChickenStu

    I thought "Licence To Kill" perfectly showcased Dalton's strengths as Bond, turning him into a very fucking dangerous anti-hero. Totally blinded by revenge, this story to me kinda more resembled a "Man With No Name" Eastwood movie or "Yojimbo". It was great to see Bond re-imagined as a rogue agent - not working for the government - but for his own personal satisfaction, and basically getting rid of anyone who gets in his way. The bit where Sanchez murders Milton Krest is shocking, cause even though Krest is a bad guy - he was actually innocent of stealing Sanchez's money and was set up by Bond, who watches impassively from afar as Sanchez murders him in one of the most gruesome fashions you could thing of. "Licence To Kill" is a fucking stunning film and IMO the best Bond of the 80's. Daniel Craig's movies ain't got shit on this one and that's a fact Jack.