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2012-11-11 12:24:43 AM
is this a play on the Natural Gas industry commercial?
 
2012-11-11 12:29:54 AM
Link

I think this one should have made it into a movie.
 
2012-11-11 02:07:48 AM
Live and Let Die.
 
2012-11-11 07:35:25 AM

SilentStrider: Live and Let Die.


Live and Let Die
 
2012-11-11 07:38:37 AM
I love You Only Live Twice, but the top six there are all great. View To A Kill blows...
 
2012-11-11 07:44:26 AM
How is Live and Let Die only17?!?!?!
 
2012-11-11 07:59:28 AM
Goldfinger.
 
2012-11-11 08:04:27 AM
What Spanky McStupid said.
 
2012-11-11 08:05:46 AM
The original Dr No (James Bond Theme) beats its with no problem.
Live and Let Die is also a good one.
You know my name.
The World is Not Enough.
 
2012-11-11 08:09:46 AM
Sad to see the dislike in the article for "The Living Daylights" by A-ha. That was always my favourite Bond song.
 
2012-11-11 08:18:42 AM
Thunderball was Tom farking Jones. WTF else do you want?
 
2012-11-11 08:20:37 AM

Stantz: SilentStrider: Live and Let Die.

Live and Let Die


Live and Let Die
 
2012-11-11 08:27:13 AM
I hadn't read TFA. Glad to see Thunderball #1.
 
2012-11-11 08:34:59 AM
True dat.
 
2012-11-11 08:35:13 AM
Was ready to flame the article but I actually agree with its assumption that the 'classic years' were much better than the later years with the exception of Garbage's "The World Is Not Enough," and even that song not as strong as the older classics. Hard to pick a favorite, but I think "You Only Live Twice" is mine.
 
2012-11-11 08:38:27 AM
Casino Royale Was the best, sorry haters.
 
zez
2012-11-11 08:39:19 AM

Shostie: Link

I think this one should have made it into a movie.


Dammit! I came to this thread thinking that with only 15 posts nobody will have mentioned the Propellerheads yet.
 
2012-11-11 08:40:29 AM

Is this a Skyfall thread? Can we talk about it?


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I liked it, but didn't love it. Maybe my expectations were too high. I didn't it had the thematic or emotional core which would have made it really great. It felt, to me, like a watered down version of The Dark Knight, honestly. It sort of had the same beats.

Opening action scene hinting at the bad guy
Bad guy interested in terroristic anarchy makes his entrance with a startling walk-in.
Bad guy is bat shiat crazy but easily the most compelling thing in the movie due to brilliant acting.
Bad guy gets captured intentionally just for the purpose of breaking out.
Hero loses all hope before getting it back.
Bad guy kills person extremely close to our hero.
The idea of order and loyalty versus chaos drives everything.
 
zez
2012-11-11 08:40:35 AM
I like Goldfinger, Thunderball and Nobody does it better
 
2012-11-11 08:49:08 AM
Couldn't disagree more about "You Know My Name". Great song, great Bond song, paired with one of the best title sequences of all time. I even agree with the guy about the overrated "Live And Let Die", but he missed the mark on this one somehow.

/Going to see "Skyfall" today
//Can't wait to hear Adele's theme song - what a perfect choice for vocals
 
2012-11-11 08:55:30 AM
Has anyone said 'Live and Let Die' yet?

Because motherfarking 'Live and Let Die'!!
 
2012-11-11 09:00:44 AM
I love The World is Not Enough, and Goldfinger.

But, yeah, what everybody else said.
 
2012-11-11 09:00:49 AM
I didn't dig Skyfall that much (the song). It was okay but it really didn't blow me away when I heard it. 'You Know My Name' blew me away when I first saw Casino Royale. It was different from the old ones in the best possible way and was a suitable announcement of how different the movie was going to be.
 
2012-11-11 09:01:03 AM
Something tells me Muse wanted the job.
Link
 
2012-11-11 09:04:01 AM
That POS 'Another Way To Die' from QOS gets a B? Are you farking kidding me?
 
2012-11-11 09:05:33 AM

Waxing_Chewbacca: Stantz: SilentStrider: Live and Let Die.

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die


Live and Let Die
 
2012-11-11 09:16:55 AM
Not a bad list, although I hate Thunderball. It's a really clunky song, sung by Tom Jones (whose voice I hate).

The Living Daylights director wanted The Pretenders, but A-ha were chosen because it would chart better. And then John Barry and A-Ha fought over the song. Not good. That said, I love The Living Daylights and anyone who disagrees can come at me.

And I'd forgotten about how bad Octopussy's song was. It's totally wishy-washy.

License to Kill sounds like "License to Kilt" and I can't get past that.

And I hate Tina Turner's voice.

That said, if The Living Daylights got an F, I don't know how Die Another Day got a D. It's a really terrible song. Thankfully as the film is such a total stinker I never have to hear it.

And if Adele doesn't win an Oscar, I'll have to assume that someone bribed the Academy members.
 
2012-11-11 09:25:17 AM

Spanky McStupid: Goldfinger.


Yup.
 
2012-11-11 09:26:07 AM

Summer Glau's Love Slave: Waxing_Chewbacca: Stantz: SilentStrider: Live and Let Die.

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die


The GnR version though.
 
2012-11-11 09:26:19 AM
How about "The Man with the Golden Gun"? No, not that Lulu crap, but the Alice Cooper version?
 
2012-11-11 09:34:34 AM
 
2012-11-11 09:36:15 AM

Summer Glau's Love Slave: Waxing_Chewbacca: Stantz: SilentStrider: Live and Let Die.

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die


Live and Let Die
 
2012-11-11 09:42:49 AM
I THINK I'LL DIE ANOTHER DAY
 
2012-11-11 09:46:27 AM
I actually liked The Living Daylights quite a bit, apparently I was wrong. But the one I like the most is You Know My Name.
 
2012-11-11 09:50:21 AM
Casino royales is my favorite
 
2012-11-11 10:18:12 AM
Really liked 'For Your Eyes Only'....Although that may have something to do with the mad crush I had on Sheena Easton in the 80s....
 
2012-11-11 10:26:23 AM
THUNDERBAAAAAAAAAAA (passes out)
 
2012-11-11 10:36:32 AM
I think he's completely backwards on Thunderball and You Know My Name. The former has the most irritating and jarring horn section short of a stadium filled with vuvuzelas, while the latter fit the new Bond musically and lyrically to an absolute t.
 
2012-11-11 10:38:24 AM

AaronSynn: Really liked 'For Your Eyes Only'....Although that may have something to do with the mad crush I had on Sheena Easton in the 80s....


Yeah, that's also my favorite, but it was also my first Bond film that I ever saw.
 
2012-11-11 10:40:12 AM
Simply put, nobody touches the classics, the themes you like are crap, the ones nobody remember are the best ones
 
2012-11-11 10:42:39 AM

DamnYankees: Is this a Skyfall thread? Can we talk about it?

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I liked it, but didn't love it. Maybe my expectations were too high. I didn't it had the thematic or emotional core which would have made it really great. It felt, to me, like a watered down version of The Dark Knight, honestly. It sort of had the same beats.

Opening action scene hinting at the bad guy
Bad guy interested in terroristic anarchy makes his entrance with a startling walk-in.
Bad guy is bat shiat crazy but easily the most compelling thing in the movie due to brilliant acting.
Bad guy gets captured intentionally just for the purpose of breaking out.
Hero loses all hope before getting it back.
Bad guy kills person extremely close to our hero.
The idea of order and loyalty versus chaos drives everything.


I don't get why people like this movie. It is a bad movie and it's one of the least accurate depictions of computers in the world. The moment that Q started talking about "security by obfuscation" as difficult to crack (which 007 then cracks in 10 seconds), this movie lost all credibility with me and turned into a 2 hour WTF is this shiat.
 
2012-11-11 10:51:23 AM
I like "A View to a Kill" non-ironically. I also like "Die Another Day."

/I'm fired, aren't I?
 
2012-11-11 10:55:51 AM

RexTalionis: I don't get why people like this movie. It is a bad movie and it's one of the least accurate depictions of computers in the world. The moment that Q started talking about "security by obfuscation" as difficult to crack (which 007 then cracks in 10 seconds), this movie lost all credibility with me and turned into a 2 hour WTF is this


art.penny-arcade.com
 
2012-11-11 11:02:52 AM
For your eyes only....bestest title and theme song for a bond movie
 
2012-11-11 11:04:42 AM
What is with this review of "You Know My Name"? I know I rate the song far too highly, but I randomly heard the song on a digital station and instantly pictured James Bond and listened another dozen times before discovering the use in Casino Royale. Was a fantastic, memorable, Bond song.
 
2012-11-11 11:09:21 AM
Not sure why they cheated with OHMSS by selecting "All the Time in the World." It's a beautiful song (and incredibly poignant as it was Satch's final recording), but the real opening theme is a killer. Pure spy movie, cool as hell, maybe my favorite Bond tune. The Propellerheads version is pretty boss too.
 
2012-11-11 11:16:58 AM
I'm dumbfounded as to how "The World Is Not Enough" isn't higher than #9.
 
2012-11-11 11:26:58 AM

Ebenator: Thunderball was Tom farking Jones. WTF else do you want?


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He always runs while others walk;
He acts while other men just talk.
He looks at this world and wants it all
So he strikes like Thunderball


The most virile lyrics ever uttered, by the manliest man to ever stalk the stage. Biatches could get pregnant by sitting too close to the opening credits.
 
2012-11-11 11:32:25 AM
...I'd swap Thunderball with Goldfinger, but other than that, the list is pretty much spot on. However, Hilarity_N_Sues is right, they kind of cheated with OHMSS. Keep in mind though that there are three Bond movies where the theme they planned to use wasn't the one that made it on screen:

1. Dionne Warwick's Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was supposed to have been the theme for Thunderball until at almost the last minute Cubby Broccoli decided he wanted a song with the film's title in there as well. Barry and Don Black went into overdrive and turned out Thunderball in almost record time...but that left Barry with having to at least partially rewrite a good chunk of the soundtrack to reflect the new theme. That's why the original soundtrack is missing a good chunk of the music from the actual movie. Here's what it was supposed to sound/look like:

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2. The planned theme for You Only Live Twice wasn't one of Barry's more inspired works, but with Julie Rodgers singing it, it wasn't half bad. However, Frank Sinatra happened to mention to Broccoli that his daughter Nancy would just love to sing a Bond theme....and Julie's effort went down the memory hole. In fairness, there was actually a fair amount of music for YOLT that got noticeably changed before the film was released, and the final theme is without a doubt one of Barry's loveliest works. But had it not changed, it would have been:

Link

3. Finally, a band called Straw did what should have been the theme for The World Is Not Enough, but it was ultimately rejected for being 'too dark', But as much as I like Garbage's final effort...this would have been quite possibly the best Bond theme EVAH:

Link 


/Why yes, I AM a Bond geek, why do you ask?
 
2012-11-11 11:42:46 AM
The living daylights should be at the top of this list with A View to A Kill in 2nd place with Die Another Day at the bottom (Madonna's voice annoys me in that song).

THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS

THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS

THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS

THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS
 
2012-11-11 11:47:05 AM

Second Try: Summer Glau's Love Slave: Waxing_Chewbacca: Stantz: SilentStrider: Live and Let Die.

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die


Chicken pot pie

Bawk bawk bawk, bawk bawk bawk, BAWK BAWK

That being said, I've always thought that Goldeneye was darn good. Yessir, darn good.
 
2012-11-11 11:47:23 AM
 
2012-11-11 11:52:51 AM
Goldfinger.
Then every other Shirley Bassey song ever, even the non-Bond ones.
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Then McCartney.
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Then the rest, in any order.

/I didn't mind "You know my name", but it might have gotten a boost from the cool visuals.
 
2012-11-11 11:54:34 AM

DamnYankees: Is this a Skyfall thread? Can we talk about it?

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I liked it, but didn't love it. Maybe my expectations were too high. I didn't it had the thematic or emotional core which would have made it really great. It felt, to me, like a watered down version of The Dark Knight, honestly. It sort of had the same beats.


Hero loses all hope before getting it back.
When did Bond lose all hope?
Bad guy kills person extremely close to our hero.
It was not clear that he killed M. She was shot during the big battle but how do we know it was he who shot her?

 
2012-11-11 11:56:24 AM
dunno about the best of all time, but "all time high" was the worst bond song
 
2012-11-11 11:59:15 AM
Nice list... I'd forgotten how powerful Jones' vocal was in Thunderball... It just kicks you in the head and says "pay attention!!!"

Always liked You Only Live Twice, but the version in the clip isn't the one that I remember -- the version on the "The Best of Bond" CD is a lot better.
 
2012-11-11 12:06:13 PM
This list fails with one major omission:
Link(pops)
 
2012-11-11 12:08:21 PM

RexTalionis: DamnYankees: Is this a Skyfall thread? Can we talk about it?


I'll try and avoid spoilers, but a lot of the plot made sense - the computer stuff was really badly handled (and wouldn't have taken much to get right), but the rest of it was, IMO, so good that I'll forgive it.
 
2012-11-11 12:17:16 PM
After re-reading TFA I've concluded that the writer is a farking idiot.
 
2012-11-11 12:20:13 PM
Also, I don't get the hate here for Skyfall's theme. I understand that people are tired of Adele and all, but when you take the song on it's own merits I think combines the best of Bond tunes past and present.
 
2012-11-11 12:23:54 PM
*scrolls down to License To Kill and sees a B-*

WTF? Apparently the writer of this article doesn't know that they basically sampled the horns from Goldfinger and made it sound like a great song all on it's own, not to mention Gladys Knight sounds like sex in that song.

This writer would do well at Rolling Stone magazine.
 
2012-11-11 12:33:07 PM
1. Live and Let Die
2. Goldfinger
3. A View To A Kill
4. You Know My Name
5. Skyfall

I would want to add Alice Cooper's "Golden Gun" and Johnny Cash's "Thunderball" themes as well but they aren't official.
 
2012-11-11 12:40:31 PM
*sigh*

*slams nekkid Subby in a wicker chair, proceeds to bruise Subby's balls repeatedly with makeshift bolero*

Repeat after me: "Live and Let Die" is the best, and "Goldfinger" is the most iconic.
 
2012-11-11 12:46:03 PM

rbaron71: Sad to see the dislike in the article for "The Living Daylights" by A-ha. That was always my favourite Bond song.


It's hated on by the same guy who gave Duran's theme an A-. But of course - back in the day, a-ha were seen as a threat to DD. DD, along with their friends & fangirls, made sure the three "Scandinavian cupcakes" were miserable in return.

Digging up an old presumed-dead feud - nice work, hipster dick.
 
2012-11-11 12:48:34 PM
Has anyone mentioned Live and Let Die yet? Especially when it's performed live? Come on, it's magic.
 
2012-11-11 12:48:40 PM

rbaron71: Sad to see the dislike in the article for "The Living Daylights" by A-ha. That was always my favourite Bond song.


I don't know why that song gets so much hate. Certainly a lot better than that travesty by Alicia Keys and Jack White.
 
2012-11-11 12:49:44 PM

Second Try: Summer Glau's Love Slave: Waxing_Chewbacca: Stantz: SilentStrider: Live and Let Die.

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die


What does it matter to ya?
 
2012-11-11 12:50:03 PM
My top 10.

1. Goldfinger
2. Thunderball
3. You Know My Name
4. A View To A Kill
5. The World Is Not Enough
 
2012-11-11 12:50:46 PM

hundreddollarman: My top 10 5.

1. Goldfinger
2. Thunderball
3. You Know My Name
4. A View To A Kill
5. The World Is Not Enough


FTFY. (facepalm)
 
2012-11-11 12:51:53 PM

WrongTrousers: Second Try: Summer Glau's Love Slave: Waxing_Chewbacca: Stantz: SilentStrider: Live and Let Die.

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

What does it matter to ya?


If ya gotta job to do, ya gotta do it well.
 
2012-11-11 12:54:24 PM
Still waiting to hear Ann wilson rock a Bond theme ...
 
2012-11-11 01:12:36 PM

machinesquad: How is Live and Let Die only17?!?!?!


Because it's a good song, but a horrible Bond song. What about it feels like James bond?
 
2012-11-11 01:15:03 PM

Sensual Tyrannosaurus: I didn't dig Skyfall that much (the song). It was okay but it really didn't blow me away when I heard it. 'You Know My Name' blew me away when I first saw Casino Royale. It was different from the old ones in the best possible way and was a suitable announcement of how different the movie was going to be.


Same here, using the article writer's criteria, it was a good song as well.

It went heavier on the urgency and played up the casualness of Bond through an almost nihilism in the lyrics. Or I should say, an emotional detachment... which works WELL with Bond. It's not the best for sure, but it is up there.
 
2012-11-11 01:17:26 PM

ObeliskToucher: Nice list... I'd forgotten how powerful Jones' vocal was in Thunderball... It just kicks you in the head and says "pay attention!!!"

Always liked You Only Live Twice, but the version in the clip isn't the one that I remember -- the version on the "The Best of Bond" CD is a lot better.


I'd actually ignored Thunderball for a long while because I thought 'Tom Jones, really?' listening to it with the perspective of trying to listen for the emotions/qualities that such a song wants to put forward, yeah it was surprisingly good.

Tom Jones' vocals in that were the singer's equivalent of scene chewing.
 
2012-11-11 01:19:34 PM

bill4935: ...
/I didn't mind "You know my name", but it might have gotten a boost from the cool visuals.


It might be a bit of that. I'd rank that visual sequence as probably the best in the series. I liked what Goldeneye was going for, but the animation/cgi cut/paste hasn't aged very well.

(I'm a sucker for the old soviet propaganda styles though)
 
2012-11-11 01:20:04 PM
The reflexive answer is that A View to a Kill is the only red-headed stepchild of Bond songs.
 
2012-11-11 01:22:57 PM

Vangor: What is with this review of "You Know My Name"? I know I rate the song far too highly, but I randomly heard the song on a digital station and instantly pictured James Bond and listened another dozen times before discovering the use in Casino Royale. Was a fantastic, memorable, Bond song.


And that's the thing a lot of people screw up in these rankings. If you took someone who never heard the song (or knew the title) before, and asked them what they thought of it, if the response isn't "It reminds me of James Bond", then it needs to be ranked lower.
 
2012-11-11 01:29:11 PM
Pleased to see Shirley Bassey getting the credit she deserves.
 
2012-11-11 01:29:46 PM

SilentStrider: Live and Let Die.


This
 
2012-11-11 01:30:24 PM
Will the skyfoe when it crumbows?
 
2012-11-11 01:33:48 PM
farkeruk:

At first I read:
And I hate Tina Turner's voice.
and I:
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But then I read:
That said, if The Living Daylights got an F, I don't know how Die Another Day got a D. It's a really terrible song.
and I was all:


well, I was all 'couldn't find an appropriate meme image'. Now I'm sad. But yeah, you are right.
 
2012-11-11 01:38:47 PM

DamnYankees: Is this a Skyfall thread? Can we talk about it?


+++++++++ SPOILERS++++++++++

I have to say I loved the movie (my husband took me to see it for my birthday.... very awesome hubby, indeed). I thought it really tied the other two with Craig movies together nicely. Feels like it came full circle. Very much like that they brought back Moneypenny. And I Javier Bardem plays a decent bad guy. I actually liked his character, for a villain and all.

And omg.... the car. Collective gasp from the whole theater when it was shown. I know it made this girl slightly damp in the pants when seeing it. It really helped do a nice throwback and homage to the previous films. Well one movie in particular. I teared up when it was destroyed.

+++++++++ END SPOILERS++++++++++

And yes, the Madonna bond song was the worst in my opinion.

/loves 007 movies.
 
das
2012-11-11 01:44:59 PM

Second Try: Summer Glau's Love Slave: Waxing_Chewbacca: Stantz: SilentStrider: Live and Let Die.

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die


Live and Let Die.
 
2012-11-11 01:50:47 PM

RexTalionis: The moment that Q started talking about "security by obfuscation"


Maybe he meant, "Security by Obscurity"?
 
2012-11-11 01:56:18 PM

das: Second Try: Summer Glau's Love Slave: Waxing_Chewbacca: Stantz: SilentStrider: Live and Let Die.

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die.


...sucked.

As a song it's just fine but as a bookend to a Bond film it just doesn't work. Like Voodoo it only works because people want it to. In reality it doesn't.
 
2012-11-11 01:57:14 PM
the first bond movie i saw was from russia with love so...i'm going to at least mention it as one that needs some love. plus...tatiana was smokin...

Link
 
2012-11-11 01:57:23 PM

yves0010: The original Dr No (James Bond Theme) beats its with no problem.


"Underneath the Mango Tree"? Really?
 
2012-11-11 02:10:44 PM
Second Try: Summer Glau's Love Slave: Waxing_Chewbacca: Stantz: SilentStrider: Live and Let Die.

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die.


Live and Let Die
 
2012-11-11 02:23:03 PM
List failed misrably whenit put "Die Anither Day" ahead of "Living Daylights". Living Daylights was kinda crap, but that Madonna sing was beyond shiat.

Also, Live and Let Die
 
2012-11-11 02:29:25 PM
Come on, we all know that there is only one true James Bond, and that man is Alan Partridge.
Best Bond song/intro: Goldfinger or The Spy Who Loved Me?

/stop getting Bond wrong!
 
2012-11-11 02:38:44 PM
View to a Kill was made when Duran Duran was phoning it in.

Rio would have been a perfect Bond song. Opening shot of incredible hot girl on an emptly beach...

Live and Let Die described Bond perfectly, he was a little more happy go lucky, then Teresa dies, and he internalizes the pain, becomes harder, and realizes that you got to live and let die.

All Time High should be stricken from the movies.
 
2012-11-11 02:42:58 PM
I loved Skyfall, but I have doubts it'll be a re-watchable as Casino Royale.

Casino Royale felt like a reboot of Connery.
Skyfall felt like a reboot of the best of Roger Moore - camper villain, more gags, more seaside postcard sauciness over outright sexiness, massive lizards..
 
2012-11-11 02:59:35 PM

biyaaatci: I like "A View to a Kill" non-ironically. I also like "Die Another Day."

/I'm fired, aren't I?


A View To A Kill is pretty poor. Die Another Day is an insult to A View To A Kill.
 
2012-11-11 03:15:04 PM
What the hell, they completely ignored On Her Majesty's Secret Service main theme? For shame.
 
2012-11-11 03:20:53 PM

John Buck 41: WrongTrousers: Second Try: Summer Glau's Love Slave: Waxing_Chewbacca: Stantz: SilentStrider: Live and Let Die.

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

What does it matter to ya?

If ya gotta job to do, ya gotta do it well.


You gotta give the other fella HELLLLLL!!!
 
2012-11-11 03:25:36 PM
"Tomorrow Never Dies" deserves better than a 'C' IMHO.

Totally agree with "Live And Let Die"!

Pretty much agree with subby, "A View To A Kill" was a near perfect fit.
 
2012-11-11 03:37:15 PM

Son of Thunder: John Buck 41: WrongTrousers: Second Try: Summer Glau's Love Slave: Waxing_Chewbacca: Stantz: SilentStrider: Live and Let Die.

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

What does it matter to ya?

If ya gotta job to do, ya gotta do it well.

You gotta give the other fella HELLLLLL!!!


Ta Da Da, Ta da Da Da Da.
 
2012-11-11 03:46:41 PM
Scissor Sisters, people.

This would've been great, too. They even did the video in the same style as a Bond opening sequence.

t3.gstatic.com
 
2012-11-11 03:53:40 PM

gwowen: I loved Skyfall, but I have doubts it'll be a re-watchable as Casino Royale.

Casino Royale felt like a reboot of Connery.
Skyfall felt like a reboot of the best of Roger Moore - camper villain, more gags, more seaside postcard sauciness over outright sexiness, massive lizards..


I think you're misremembering Connery. There was quite a lot of punning and seaside postcard sauciness in the Connery films.

Casino Royale was harder than any of the previous Bond films except for License to Kill. Dalton played Bond as more of a cold-hearted hard man than Connery did, because he went back to the books.

Skyfall has maybe 2 or 3 moments of humour. All of them subtle, none of them silly. If anything, it's still harder than what was in Connery movies. And lightyears from the Roger Moore era.
 
2012-11-11 04:04:02 PM
The Spy Who Loved Me

Boose gump city there.
 
2012-11-11 04:09:57 PM
agreed subby, agreed.
 
2012-11-11 04:19:09 PM

Gaylord Q. Tinkledink: Ebenator: Thunderball was Tom farking Jones. WTF else do you want?

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He always runs while others walk;
He acts while other men just talk.
He looks at this world and wants it all
So he strikes like Thunderball

The most virile lyrics ever uttered, by the manliest man to ever stalk the stage. Biatches could get pregnant by sitting too close to the opening credits.


Did you know that Jones actually wrong that song several years earlier, and that it's actually about him? Apparently Cubby Broccoli just happened to hear it and thought it would be a good fit for Bond. The only change is the removal of the 's' from the end of Thunderball, which was apparently Jones' nickname at the time.
 
2012-11-11 05:06:53 PM

Gaylord Q. Tinkledink: Ebenator: Thunderball was Tom farking Jones. WTF else do you want?

The most virile lyrics ever uttered, by the manliest man to ever stalk the stage. Biatches could get pregnant by sitting too close to the opening credits.


Got married in Vegas by a Tom Jones impersonator. Had morning sickness for a couple of weeks just from that.
 
2012-11-11 05:31:20 PM

NotARocketScientist: Second Try: Summer Glau's Love Slave: Waxing_Chewbacca: Stantz: SilentStrider:

Live and Let Die.

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

 
2012-11-11 06:24:39 PM

StrikitRich: Was ready to flame the article but I actually agree with its assumption that the 'classic years' were much better than the later years with the exception of Garbage's "The World Is Not Enough," and even that song not as strong as the older classics. Hard to pick a favorite, but I think "You Only Live Twice" is mine.


With you on that. Pretty good list. Though I would have rated Garbage a bit higher. But then I love Garbage.

And before I read that you could have held a gun to my head and I wouldn't have been able to tell you what the theme song from "Octopussy" was.
 
2012-11-11 07:27:22 PM

DamnYankees: Is this a Skyfall thread? Can we talk about it?

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I liked it, but didn't love it. Maybe my expectations were too high. I didn't it had the thematic or emotional core which would have made it really great. It felt, to me, like a watered down version of The Dark Knight, honestly. It sort of had the same beats.

Opening action scene hinting at the bad guy
Bad guy interested in terroristic anarchy makes his entrance with a startling walk-in.
Bad guy is bat shiat crazy but easily the most compelling thing in the movie due to brilliant acting.
Bad guy gets captured intentionally just for the purpose of breaking out.
Hero loses all hope before getting it back.
Bad guy kills person extremely close to our hero.
The idea of order and loyalty versus chaos drives everything.


I agree with all your points except the last - the villain was driven to make money at some point but it was all a premise of revenge, not chaos.

There were blatant rip-offs of Goldeneye and Mission Impossible in the script, but my main problem was that the movie didn't provide any secondary motivation. At least in Goldeneye, there was an intriguing plot beyond just the revenge.

I liked that they gave nod to Bond's backstory for once.

But the movie was overrated by the critics - it had great style, good performances, weak dialogue, great photography, but the plot was too 1 dimensional for my tastes. It had some grit in the vein of Nolan, but just too much for my tastes in a Bond movie.
 
2012-11-11 08:23:50 PM

coeyagi: The idea of order and loyalty versus chaos drives everything.


**** SPOILERS ****

There's a freudian reading of Skyfall...

Both men are orphans, and as a result see M as their mother. In both cases, their mother did bad things to them. Not because she didn't love them, but because she had to. Early on, Silva says "mommy was very bad" which sounds like a villain line, but you realise later that's exactly how he sees her.

One is the good son (Bond), the other is the bad son (Silva). Bond reacts to her sins by forgiving her. Silva reacts by hating and wanting to see her destroyed.

But at the end, she is still Silva's mother, and at the end, his love for her overcomes his rage. He seeks peace with his mother.But Bond, the good son, will not let him destroy her.
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2012-11-11 08:50:44 PM

yves0010: You know my name.
The World is Not Enough.


These. Two of my favorites since View to A Kill (which i also like). Most everything between that and Live & Let Die sucks hard (especially All Time High and Moonraker). And everything in the Connery era was classic.
 
2012-11-11 08:53:14 PM

farkeruk: coeyagi: The idea of order and loyalty versus chaos drives everything.

**** SPOILERS ****

There's a freudian reading of Skyfall...

Both men are orphans, and as a result see M as their mother. In both cases, their mother did bad things to them. Not because she didn't love them, but because she had to. Early on, Silva says "mommy was very bad" which sounds like a villain line, but you realise later that's exactly how he sees her.

One is the good son (Bond), the other is the bad son (Silva). Bond reacts to her sins by forgiving her. Silva reacts by hating and wanting to see her destroyed.

But at the end, she is still Silva's mother, and at the end, his love for her overcomes his rage. He seeks peace with his mother.But Bond, the good son, will not let him destroy her.
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Yeah, I can agree with that. Somehow the grittiness though that Mendes tried to bring in the story elements you mentioned didn't have the same resonance as Casino Royale, with the torture scene, the Vesper shower scene, the post-torture romance and seeming betrayal afterwards. Of course, that movie did have the advantage of being an origin story.

I enjoyed it but wouldn't shower it with the same praise as the critics, but I can't imagine anyone saying it was as bad or equal to Quantum of Solace. I'll agree with the moderates - for Daniel Craig's Bond, it's a not close but not far second.
 
2012-11-11 08:55:28 PM

FriarReb98: yves0010: You know my name.
The World is Not Enough.

These. Two of my favorites since View to A Kill (which i also like). Most everything between that and Live & Let Die sucks hard (especially All Time High and Moonraker). And everything in the Connery era was classic.


I agree, but I must be the only one who liked The Living Daylights theme. Probably because I was one of the few who enjoyed the Dalton movies, which (gadgets notwithstanding) were more realistic than almost all the other Bond movies (though both having narcotics trafficking as a major plot device was unfortunate).
 
2012-11-11 09:04:13 PM

coeyagi: FriarReb98: yves0010: You know my name.
The World is Not Enough.

These. Two of my favorites since View to A Kill (which i also like). Most everything between that and Live & Let Die sucks hard (especially All Time High and Moonraker). And everything in the Connery era was classic.

I agree, but I must be the only one who liked The Living Daylights theme. Probably because I was one of the few who enjoyed the Dalton movies, which (gadgets notwithstanding) were more realistic than almost all the other Bond movies (though both having narcotics trafficking as a major plot device was unfortunate).


I'll give you it. If you like View to a Kill, it's hard not to like Living Daylights because it's almost the same song.
 
2012-11-11 10:43:13 PM

Gaylord Q. Tinkledink: Ebenator: Thunderball was Tom farking Jones. WTF else do you want?

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He always runs while others walk;
He acts while other men just talk.
He looks at this world and wants it all
So he strikes like Thunderball

The most virile lyrics ever uttered, by the manliest man to ever stalk the stage. Biatches could get pregnant by sitting too close to the opening credits.


Thank you for that post.

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2012-11-11 11:25:59 PM
Just got home from seeing the movie. I really enjoyed it. Hated they killed off M...I have such a girl-crush on Judi Dench, so I am content to just imagine she faked her own death (taking a page out of Bond's book) and is now on an island, drinking scorpion shots.

As for the music, most all the songs are about Bond, at least one is about the villain, Madonna's was about nothing in particular. After having seen Skyfall and listened to the theme song again, I am 100% that this song was about M.
 
2012-11-12 12:07:05 AM

The Iron duke: NotARocketScientist: Second Try: Summer Glau's Love Slave: Waxing_Chewbacca: Stantz: SilentStrider:

Live and Let Die.

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die


Live and Let Die
 
2012-11-12 12:08:45 AM
Okay, first of all "Thunderball" is not about BOND. The song is about LARGO -- just as Goldfinger is about Goldfinger. You think it's Bond who "Looks at this world and wants it all"? Who's "days of asking are all gone"? "the winner who takes all... So he strikes like Thunderball"? Does that describe the guy who's trying to STOP the nuclear explosion blackmail scheme?

And "Live and Let Die" is a McCartney song but a HORRIBLE Bond theme. Nothing about it remotely has a Bond vibe.

On the other hand I don't know what he's talking about with "You Know My Name" -- even without the best Bond title sequence ever done it's PURE Bond.

"but you yourself are nothing so divine... just next in line"
"The odds will betray you and they will replace you"

That's the pure essence of Bond right out of Fleming -- it says forget the slapstick and wisecracks this is about disposable men and ugly brutal violence in the service of the nation.
 
2012-11-12 01:12:46 AM
I've always liked "Nobody Does it Better" from the Spy Who Loved Me. But then I'm a Carly SImon fan so there you go.
 
2012-11-12 01:43:01 AM

Spanky McStupid: Goldfinger.

 
2012-11-12 03:48:06 AM

Richard Roma: What the hell, they completely ignored On Her Majesty's Secret Service main theme? For shame.


This. It set an epic tone without words. If anything, the Louis Armstrong song took more away from it and didn't seem to fit well with the rest of the movie.

List fails without Die Another Day at the bottom, with Another Way to Die close on its heels.
 
2012-11-12 07:56:47 AM

pd2001: Richard Roma: What the hell, they completely ignored On Her Majesty's Secret Service main theme? For shame.

This. It set an epic tone without words. If anything, the Louis Armstrong song took more away from it and didn't seem to fit well with the rest of the movie.

List fails without Die Another Day at the bottom, with Another Way to Die close on its heels.


I'd go backwards on that myself. Another Way to Die isn't even remotely close in my book. License to Kill is probably third on the worst list for me, with All Time High close behind. God that song is tacky.
 
2012-11-12 11:38:03 AM
I can't get over how bad that synth drum sound is in View To A Kill. The snare on that patch sounds like they're beating a bed mattress wrapped in saranwrap with a boat oar.
 
2012-11-12 01:03:40 PM

OhioKnight: Okay, first of all "Thunderball" is not about BOND. The song is about LARGO -- just as Goldfinger is about Goldfinger. You think it's Bond who "Looks at this world and wants it all"? Who's "days of asking are all gone"? "the winner who takes all... So he strikes like Thunderball"? Does that describe the guy who's trying to STOP the nuclear explosion blackmail scheme?

And "Live and Let Die" is a McCartney song but a HORRIBLE Bond theme. Nothing about it remotely has a Bond vibe.

On the other hand I don't know what he's talking about with "You Know My Name" -- even without the best Bond title sequence ever done it's PURE Bond.

"but you yourself are nothing so divine... just next in line"
"The odds will betray you and they will replace you"

That's the pure essence of Bond right out of Fleming -- it says forget the slapstick and wisecracks this is about disposable men and ugly brutal violence in the service of the nation.


Agreed regarding You Know My Name. Not sure if it's at the very top, but damn close. Good rhythm (starts slow as it should and builds quickly), pop and rock fused, actually appropriate for the narrative as it was a reboot.

I like the new Adele theme but it seems too familiar and the song, along with the movie, weren't subtle enough when using the usual Bond chord.
 
2012-11-12 04:39:05 PM
Herb Alpert biatches. That is the best Bond song.
 
2012-11-12 06:03:00 PM
Trivia fact: the makers of Spy Hunter tried to get the James Bond theme but had to settle with Peter Gunn. Probably for the best, since that throbbing baseline is ingrained in the skull of every child of the 80s.
 
2012-11-12 06:05:37 PM
Listening to You Only Live Twice made me realize that Robbie Williams ripped it off for Millenium.
 
2012-11-12 06:37:23 PM

Fano: Trivia fact: the makers of Spy Hunter tried to get the James Bond theme but had to settle with Peter Gunn. Probably for the best, since that throbbing baseline is ingrained in the skull of every child of the 80s.


The Peter Gunn Theme is ingrained in my skull because not only Spy Hunter, but the Art of Noise. The bass line is almost perfect. You can't avoid how definitive it is. It's near perfect.
 
2012-11-12 07:11:19 PM

NeoCortex42: How about "The Man with the Golden Gun"? No, not that Lulu crap, but the Alice Cooper version?


I like the Lulu version. But if we're talking about 'off brand' Bond songs, mention we must Johnny Cash's 'Thunderball' and Blondie's 'For Your Eyes Only.'
 
2012-11-12 07:52:16 PM
Another vote for You Know My Name as being one of the best.
 
2012-11-12 07:52:43 PM
I read the article for the second time, and I'm going to have to agree somewhat on Live and Let Die. It's a great song, and I grew up with it and some Wings stuff. But, is it a great Bond song?

Eh... not so sure.
 
2012-11-12 09:35:52 PM

Tom_Slick: Casino Royale Was the best, sorry haters.


The only good thing about that terrible movie was Woody Allen saying "so long, suckers" to the firing squad and jumping the wall into another firing squad.
 
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