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(Entertainment Weekly)   Ranking the 23 James Bond films. Nothing will top the sheer awesome that was Goldeneye   ( ew.com) divider line
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2012-11-13 01:33:49 PM  
3 votes:

groppet: So I know Thunderball and Never Say Never Again have the same plot but why isnt Never Say Never on the list?

'Never Say Never Again' never happened. Do you hear me? NEVER. HAPPENED.

Seriously, I think it was because it was not done by the same company so it is pretty much ignored as a Bond movie. Interesting bit of trivia I did not know. It was directed by the guy who directed Empire Strikes Back.
2012-11-13 12:26:52 PM  
3 votes:
Holy shiat, Jane Seymour was smokin' in '73!
2012-11-13 02:38:37 PM  
2 votes:
My top 5:

2012-11-13 12:53:57 PM  
2 votes:

I_C_Weener: Okay, aside from Madonna and a white North Korean and a sun laser thing and an invisible car (Wonder Woman's I think) what was so bad about Die Another Day?

The building of ice. Parasurfing off an inceberg with a terrible cgi tidal wave.
2012-11-13 12:37:08 PM  
2 votes:
You've all noticed this, right?

Ben Whishaw's Q
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Is a dead ringer for Moss from the IT Crowd.
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Makes it even funnier if you imagine Moss saying
"Now do be careful Double-Oh-Seven, and try to return the equipment in one piece."
2012-11-13 12:33:42 PM  
2 votes:
Sorry subby, but "Thunderball" is the best Bond movie of all time. OF ALL TIME. (shrugs)
2012-11-13 12:05:52 PM  
2 votes:

FeedTheCollapse: as an aside, I always hated the title "Goldeneye." It felt like a half-ass title made up because it sounded like a James Bond title; that further annoys me because it also sounds too much like Goldfinger.

If I'm not mistaken, Goldeneye was the name of Fleming's Jamaican estate. It was a way for the writers to pay homage to the author after they ran out of actual Bond titles.
2012-11-13 11:53:28 AM  
2 votes:
Tthe Bond actor who you grew up with becomes, de facto, your definitive Bond.

2012-11-13 11:44:11 AM  
2 votes:
Quantum of Solace wasn't that bad.
2012-11-13 10:24:45 AM  
2 votes:
...did they...just list...On Her Majesty's Secret Service at #3...??

That movie was AWFUL. Unwatchable. Horribly godawful.

/ the rest of the list was solid, though
2012-11-13 09:44:13 AM  
2 votes:

Sybarite: Dalton is probably the only Bond I never have the urge to rewatch when I run across one of this films playing on TV. I find his portrayal so boring.

I never liked Timothy Dalton as Bond. I remember being very disappointed after watching the first movie with him as Bond. He just wasn't as smooth as James Bond should be.

And with respect to the list, Tomorrow Never Dies needs I higher ranking...if anything because of Michelle Yeoh. She's beautiful and an actual bad ass (only woman Jackie Chan ever ok-ed doing her own stunts). And she was farking 35 when she did that movie and looked like this:

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2012-11-15 04:28:31 PM  
1 vote:
The Man Who Laughs: I blame Moore for turning the Bond series into a mockery of itself that took 30 years to set right.

I did not know that Roger Moore produced, wrote, or directed Bond films.
2012-11-14 04:35:42 PM  
1 vote:
These rankings are hogwash of course:
- GoldenEye is def top 5.
- Die Another Day is easily the worst, QoS probs second worst.
- You Only Live Twice should be WAY higher if only for the theme song alone. YOLT (way cooler than YOLO) is the greatest blend of camp and coolness in Bond ever.
- Skyfall was quite good, especially after the QoS debacle, but I think my expectations for it were too high. I thought the humor was not quite sharp enough, but I loved all the nods to prior Bond movies.
- Romanova in From Russia With Love is the hottest Bond girl ever hands down.
2012-11-14 01:09:54 AM  
1 vote:
Dalton's best performance was in The Rocketeer.
2012-11-13 10:51:11 PM  
1 vote:
Come on, QoS was AWESOME. It was 2 hours of pure shakey-cam with no plot!
2012-11-13 10:47:17 PM  
1 vote:
I don't like trying to order *all* of the movies, mostly because the actors all differently. The only things I will say are:

1. Connery, being the originator, ALWAYS gets a pass.
2. Lazenby has some issues, but he wasn't as bad as people make it out to be. (Example: the non-reaction to getting found out by Blofeld just seems like something he wouldn't normally do.)
3. Moore, for all intents and purposes, had some really good and really horrid parts to most of his movies. The space scene of Moonraker trumps all for stupidity and pandering to what's popular at the time, though, and the AFB circus scene where James Bond dresses up as a clown will always be the absolute nadir. The flip side to that is that he went up against Lee and Walken, two of the greatest Bond villains ever, and his movies are still mostly based off of original Fleming material.
4. Dalton... again with the bipolar. The Living Daylights wasn't bad until he (a) joins the Mujahideen, and (b) kills Joe Don Baker in his war room. And License to Kill was too much of a James Bond does Miami Vice movie (plus, FFS, Wayne Newton?!).
5. Brosnan was good, probably my second favorite, but on most days I'll say that his movies went downhill until the crash landing into complete implausibility that was Die Another Day. (The "most days" part is that I go back & forth between the two middle movies, mostly dependent on how much I can stomach Paris Carver at any given time.)
6. Craig was incredible in Casino Royale, but as stated a million places in a million ways, Quantum sucked extreme donkey balls. I've yet to see Skyfall so I can't comment on that, but if it's as good as advertised, then he's into a tie with Pierce for my favorite Bond not named Sean Connery.

That's where I stand on all of that.
2012-11-13 05:26:32 PM  
1 vote:
To say say it in two words - Skyfall sucked. It was simply a long drawn out move designed to say good-by to two of the main characters with some added nostalgia. The action scenes were simply makeovers from other movies, not all necessarily Bond movies. There were also a lot of slips and loose ends. Unless they get a new Bond, and some new creative writers, it is time for Bond to end before it turns into an absolute disaster. I would rate Skyfall at a D. Yesterday I saw three movies: Skyfall; Cloud Atlas; Flight. Flight was the best of all of these.
2012-11-13 04:48:08 PM  
1 vote:

Jim_Callahan: DjangoStonereaver: Craig's signed for 2 more movies; so far he's 2 for 1, and that's a damn good batting average.

Yeah, I'm not saying he's bad at it or anything, it just took him until the third movie to really figure out who Bond is and start actually playing the character and making it his own instead of looking slightly puzzled whenever asked to do one of the silly mannerisms.

As of Skyfall, Craig's Bond is meaner than most of the others, but he's actually found the groove and I'll keep watching the movies. The bit where he shows real emotion for the first time in three movies over the car was pretty much what convinced me he finally gets it. And he can finally do the one-liners without it seeming like he's reading them off a script. Some of this is his direction, I'm sure, but it helps to have the actor on board, too.

The little adjustment of his cufflink when he jumps into the train (and before anyone whines about a SPOILER, this
is in every trailer & commercial) showed me he finally 'got' Bond. Sort of like how Brosnan popping his head up
out of the tank hatch and adjusting his tie in GOLDENEYE was his signal that he had the part well in hand.
2012-11-13 04:37:08 PM  
1 vote:

If I'm not mistaken, Goldeneye was the name of Fleming's Jamaican estate. It was a way for the writers to pay homage to the author after they ran out of actual Bond titles.

It was also the name of a WW2 operation designed by Fleming. In some ways, it's the most poignant of the movie names.

2012-11-13 04:03:02 PM  
1 vote:

Mugato: edip1976: Craig certainly returned some of the humor to the role

He did? I found the movie rather dour and humorless. Very... British. Not that that's bad, it just didn't have the levity that Bond movies usually have. Which is not a criticism, previous Bond movies could get goofy at times but I guess I just miss the fun that the Brosnan ones had.

That is to say, he did in Skyfall, there were a few dry one liners. CR and QoS, not so much. Well, except for the line about scratching his balls. That was ok by me though, considering we were re-entering Moore level silliness with Die Another Day.
2012-11-13 01:45:45 PM  
1 vote:

Debeo Summa Credo: Is it necessary or advisable for me to see QoS before watching Skyfall? Or can I just skip QoS?

Strawberry Fields forever!

Other than that one can safely ignore QoS.
2012-11-13 01:40:12 PM  
1 vote:
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Oh Goldeneye
2012-11-13 01:15:51 PM  
1 vote:
Get ready to stone me, but I'm a Dalton fan.
2012-11-13 12:06:01 PM  
1 vote:

cgraves67: I'm going to be thoroughly drubbed for this, but I like Dalton the best followed by Craig and then Connery. Moore is too much a wiseass and Brosnan is a modern Moore. Lazenby...forgettable.

You've got to remember that Timothy Dalton was stepping in after 12 years of Roger Moore. He was precisely what the franchise needed at that point. Less humorous, more hard-edged, almost all the things Daniel Craig is being praised for now, actually.

Robert Davi as Sanchez from "Licence To Kill" has to be one of the best, if not the best Bond villains ever.
2012-11-13 12:04:02 PM  
1 vote:

BronyMedic: Uh, okay. I'll say it.

SKYFALL made me need new pants as a life-long Bond movie fan. All of the mytharc callbacks, and half-answered lore teasers (Including the hint that the "people" are truely different people, despite all being the same name and designators) were awesome.

And the old Aston Marton with the ejector seat? Wonderful.

It made absolutely zero sense for this car to be in the movie. There's only one James Bond; Sean Connery's Bond doesn't exist in the Daniel Craig Bond universe. Are we to believe that this Aston Martin was just some MI6 relic? Bond won a DB5 in Casino Royale. It should have been this car in the movie (sans ejector seat and machine guns) that Bond had simply been keeping in storage.

I was actually really disappointed with Skyfall. Clunky dialogue, CGI komodo dragons, and the silly Home Alone ending kind of ruined it for me.

/Casino Royale is still my favorite
//Dr. No and Goldeneye are close seconds
2012-11-13 11:49:50 AM  
1 vote:
I like GoldenEye but mostly because I've always had a thing for Famke Janssen and she was pretty damn hot in that movie:

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2012-11-13 11:49:16 AM  
1 vote:
I'm going to be thoroughly drubbed for this, but I like Dalton the best followed by Craig and then Connery. Moore is too much a wiseass and Brosnan is a modern Moore. Lazenby...forgettable.
2012-11-13 11:48:40 AM  
1 vote:
Oh, and somehow Octopussy is the 10th best Bond film? On what planet? I'm not a Bond expert, but that seems very unlikely.
2012-11-13 11:47:30 AM  
1 vote:

Wellon Dowd: From the article:

23. Moonraker
22. Die Another Day
21. Quantum of Solace
20. The World is Not Enough
19. You Only Live Twice
18. The Living Daylights
17. Diamonds Are Forever
16. The Man With the Golden Gun
15. Tomorrow Never Dies
14. Live and Let Die
13. Dr. No
12. A View to a Kill
11. License to Kill
10. Octopussy
9. For Your Eyes Only
8. The Spy Who Loved Me
7. GoldenEye
6. Casino Royale
5. Thunderball
4. Skyfall
3. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
2. From Russia With Love
1. Goldfinger

A View to a Kill and License to Kill are rated higher than Dr. No, the only Bond movie where he did actual spy stuff? And somehow Skyfall is the 4th best Bond movie? Moonraker is somehow worse than Die Another Day? This list is random.
2012-11-13 11:08:47 AM  
1 vote:
Connery's the best movie Bond. Craig came close in Casino Royale, but in the end, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall both sucked.
2012-11-13 10:14:35 AM  
1 vote:
Timothy Dalton wasn't THAT bad, and The Living Daylights is way more rewatchable than License to Kill.

Also nice to see On Her Majesty's Secret Service getting some love - that was a well-played story.

But ranking Goldeneye, A View to a Kill and Octopussy ahead of Dr. No is a hangin' crime.
2012-11-13 09:52:29 AM  
1 vote:
Just saw Skyfall last night and loved it. I get the criticism about the lack of henchman, the lack of a plot to take over the world, no real Bond girls, but I think that is all irrelevant and done primarily by people who have never read the Bond books and don't understand that Skyfall is more true to the character Fleming came up with than any Bond in the past thirty years.
2012-11-13 09:34:18 AM  
1 vote:

DjangoStonereaver: BillCo: Sean Connery is the best bond ever. This is not arguable.

You've obviously not seen any of the Craig movies, or read any of the books.

You say that like it matters. Sean Connery is Bond.
2012-11-13 09:30:47 AM  
1 vote:
Goldeneye was badass, because it was still about Bond. He fought, he got his ass kicked, and he still succeeded. Every one after that (in the Brosnan era) was more about the technology that Bond and the bad guys carried (invisible car...WTF?!)

Casino Royale was amazing. It brought Bond back to the real world. It showed him getting tortured (the rope scene made me cringe), and still coming out of it looking badass.

QoS was Bond in name only. It was a revenge flick, not a spy flick and had a terrible plot/bad guy motivation to boot.
2012-11-13 09:18:45 AM  
1 vote:
Sean Connery is the best bond ever. This is not arguable.
2012-11-13 08:50:32 AM  
1 vote:
I'm sorry, I thought I just saw a list that included four (4) Roger Moore movies ahead of Dr. No. I must have been mistaken.
2012-11-13 08:43:11 AM  
1 vote:
Nothing will also top the sheer suckitude that is a slideshow. Fortunately, we can deslide this bad boy...
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