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post #121 of 236
I've always been a big Bond fan, and I'd say about half of the movies are good. But after CASINO ROYALE, I've had to re-assess them quite a bit. That movie is so ridiculously better than all of the others that it makes a lot of them almost insignificant. I don't really have much interest in seeing even decent ones, like DR. NO ever again. So as of right now, I'll pick up FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE and DIE ANOTHER DAY.
post #122 of 236
I would have to say Die Another Day was Pierce Brosnan's Moonraker in terms of scope and reception and not one of the better Bond's. Dr. No is far superior as would be most Bond's. Brosnan's weakest film by far.
post #123 of 236
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Is "From Russia With Love" the best Bond movie of all time?
post #124 of 236
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Originally Posted by mumbles3k View Post

I've always been a big Bond fan, and I'd say about half of the movies are good. But after CASINO ROYALE, I've had to re-assess them quite a bit. That movie is so ridiculously better than all of the others that it makes a lot of them almost insignificant.

Wow... those are my exact thoughts!!

I grew up on the Moore Bonds then went backwards and then forward and while there are some Bond films I absolutely like, they fall far short of what CASINO ROYALE is. I remember when I saw it in the theater and I was saying to myself, this is the first Bond film I think I EVER got caught up in the plot.

I am anxious to see the direction of QUANTUM OF SOLACE.
post #125 of 236
Connery
Craig
Moore
Brosnan
Dalton
Lazenby
... Mike Myers YEAH BABY, YEAH!
post #126 of 236
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Originally Posted by PRO-630HD View Post

I would have to say Die Another Day was Pierce Brosnan's Moonraker in terms of scope and reception and not one of the better Bond's.


Wow... another person with my exact thoughts!!

I remember seeing MOONRAKER at 19 and I thought it was the greatest, now I can't even watch it cause it's so lame!! FOR YOUR EYES ONLY had to be done as almost an apology!

I get sad with DIE ANOTHER DAY cause it started off like it would be the best Bond in ages with him getting captured. Afterwards it went downhill and probably is worse than MOONRAKER. I felt for Pierce cause I think he could have had one more good film in him, but DAD was so pathetic, it really trapped Pierce having nowhere to go with his portrayal of the character.

**sidenote**

I thought that Pierce and Judi Dench had a great chemistry. There was this unspoken love/hate/respect thing between them that I loved. We'll see if that develops between Dench and Craig.
post #127 of 236
Dalton
Connery
Craig
Lazenby
Brosnan
Moore
post #128 of 236
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Originally Posted by davcole View Post

Wow... another person with my exact thoughts!!

I remember seeing MOONRAKER at 19 and I thought it was the greatest, now I can't even watch it cause it's so lame!! FOR YOUR EYES ONLY had to be done as almost an apology!

I get sad with DIE ANOTHER DAY cause it started off like it would be the best Bond in ages with him getting captured. Afterwards it went downhill and probably is worse than MOONRAKER. I felt for Pierce cause I think he could have had one more good film in him, but DAD was so pathetic, it really trapped Pierce having nowhere to go with his portrayal of the character.

**sidenote**

I thought that Pierce and Judi Dench had a great chemistry. There was this unspoken love/hate/respect thing between them that I loved. We'll see if that develops between Dench and Craig.

For Your Eyes Only was actually meant to come before Moonraker. In the credits for The Spy Who Loved Me (definitely in my top 3 by the way) it says James Bond will return in For Your Eyes Only, but they decided to move forward with the Moonraker film first to capitalize on the popularity of space films (thanks to Star Wars). That might explain why it's so campy, but I love to watch it just because it's so bad.
post #129 of 236
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Originally Posted by MelloFellow13 View Post

For Your Eyes Only was actually meant to come before Moonraker. In the credits for The Spy Who Loved Me (definitely in my top 3 by the way) it says James Bond will return in For Your Eyes Only, but they decided to move forward with the Moonraker film first to capitalize on the popularity of space films (thanks to Star Wars). That might explain why it's so campy, but I love to watch it just because it's so bad.

Thanks and you are correct, FYEO is the title teased at the end of SPY WHO LOVED ME.

You know as bad as MOONRAKER is, I admit there are some redeeming aspects:

It was a great John Barry score. Actually the score and the theme were some of Barry's best work.

Beautiful location scenery in California, Brazil, France and Venice.

Corrine Dufour and the Brazilian actress. You can debate Lois Chiles.



I won't buy it, but I definitely want to rent it when it comes out on BD.
post #130 of 236
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Originally Posted by ricwhite View Post

Is "From Russia With Love" the best Bond movie of all time?

I don't think there is a best Bond film really.There are several I like a lot that have potential to be viewed over and over , From Russia With Love is one of those for me.

Art
post #131 of 236
I can usually find something to like in any Bond film...with the possible exception of A View to a Kill, but it's been a very long time since I've sat through that one. Though there are of course the moments where you have to take the stoopid (deliberate misspelling) with the good...

Having said that: I'm tempted to buy all of this first wave of Bond films, perhaps most importantly Thunderball and From Russia With Love, but I'm admittedly skittish about doing it with all the Ultimate Edition (ha!) DVD boxsets sitting on a shelf about ten feet away. And while I understand DAD being in this first wave (if for absolutely nothing else than Miranda Frost and Halle Berry in 1080p...), I really would have preferred GoldenEye or The World Is Not Enough in its place.

(A tangential thought: minus George Lazenby of course, is it just me or has every Bond actor's second film been decidedly more action-packed than their first? Connery had FRWL, Moore had The Man With The Golden Gun (possibly debatable?), Dalton had Licence to Kill, Brosnan had Tomorrow Never Dies, and now Daniel Craig is getting Quantum of Solace...)
post #132 of 236
Moonraker had a fabulous opening sequence and a great title song and actually started quite well but what ruined it for me was the scenes just after the cable car and turning Jaws into a soft lovestruck teenager instead of the tough as nails assassin he was supposed to be.

I have just heard the new theme song for Quantum Of Solace.....It's growing on me but still nothing special although it's a million times better than Cornell's effort for the last film which nearly put me to sleep.

You know just like Moonraker i felt Thunderball started out promisingly but loses its way and seems to spend far too long underwater. It's my least favorite Connery Bond film although i love the opening scenes and the song is good.
post #133 of 236
I sure hope folks not familiar with some of these Bond films aren't blind buying them and I'll leave it at that!
post #134 of 236
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Originally Posted by robertc88 View Post

I sure hope folks not familiar with some of these Bond films aren't blind buying them and I'll leave it at that!

I don't see how you can make such a vague statement and then refuse to explain it.

Are you talking about PQ, content, who plays JB, etc?

All six shipped today for delivery tomorrow. I'll even keep the ones with Moore, even though he is by far, the very worst of the those who played Bond.
post #135 of 236
Where did u order from and can anyone get them by the next day?
post #136 of 236
Erm, you're missing a selection from that list.

I'm not buying any of those....

Seggers
post #137 of 236
I'm most excited about For Your Eyes Only, it is my all time favorite Bond moive. I grew up on Roger Moore as Bond so I'm biased
post #138 of 236
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Where did u order from and can anyone get them by the next day?

I think people are ordering from hidefdvd.com or buy.com or bestbuy.com. But none offer tham at lower prices than Amazon. If you want it by tomorrow (next day shipping ranges anywhere from $16-$20), be prepared to pay thru the roof.

As for me, I'll wait till amazon ships it by the 22nd, by then we will have a good number of reviews, if the quality is not great, you can return them at amazon if you haven't opened the package at 100% of your cost.
post #139 of 236
Does Amazon U.S. ship to the UK ?
post #140 of 236
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Is "From Russia With Love" the best Bond movie of all time?

Wow. I would have thought that question would have expanded this thread by 100 pages. Since you asked I have the real answer for you. No is is not. But it will probably rate in every ones top 10 if not top 5. The real answer is .....

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But after CASINO ROYALE, I've had to re-assess them quite a bit. That movie is so ridiculously better than all of the others that it makes a lot of them almost insignificant.

I'm almost with you one that. But Bond has no business playing poker. Making Bond into just another Joe that way was wrong. (Dollar value aside of course)


All right I'll bite after all.
... Golden Eye.
post #141 of 236
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Originally Posted by davcole View Post

You know as bad as MOONRAKER is, I admit there are some redeeming aspects:

It was a great John Barry score. Actually the score and the theme were some of Barry's best work.

Beautiful location scenery in California, Brazil, France and Venice.

Corrine Dufour and the Brazilian actress. You can debate Lois Chiles.


You forgot to mention Jaws
post #142 of 236
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Is "From Russia With Love" the best Bond movie of all time?

I know some other folks have already addressed this, but I would say that FRWL is widely regarded as one of the better films. I don't think there's much room for argument - personal opinions aside - that Goldfinger is widely regarded as the best of the Bond movies. That seems to top most people's Best Bond list.

Goldfinger, the third film, really instituted the "Bond formula." It had the larger-than-life villain, the unforgettable henchman, the bad girl who fell to 007's charms and became good, the gadgets, the Aston-Martin DB-5, etc. Although Thunderball would surpass Goldfinger, Goldfinger had a larger budget and bigger box office than the first two films.
post #143 of 236
When I was in high school, my first Bond film was "From Russia with Love", new in the theater. It blew everyone away. "Goldfinger" was great, but the subsequent films became more gimmicky, and thus, less realistic. "From Russia with Love" stands as the most realistic of them all. And as I remember its (and Connery's) initial effect on me and others, it is still my favorite.

As a funny (well, to me) aside: I saw it again recently and noticed a very '60s-type film phenomenon. Bond quickly gets on a boat in the middle of nowhere and all of sudden, he's got a captains hat on. It wasn't in his suitcase. It just was instantly on his head! Perfect!
post #144 of 236
Thread Starter 
So, it appears the "Gold" movies tend to be the best (Goldfinger, Golden Eye) while the "Die" movies tend to be the worst (Did Another Day, Live and Let Die)
post #145 of 236
What are the chances for multi-region releases on these Bonds? Probably between slim and none given that they are from Fox/MGM.
post #146 of 236
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Originally Posted by ricwhite View Post

Is "From Russia With Love" the best Bond movie of all time?

I think it is. It's got the best Bond(Connery), one of the nastiest villains(Rosa Klebb), the best henchman(Red Grant), one of the best sidekicks(Karim Bay), the introduction of Blofeld(from the neck down at least), the introduction of Desmond Llewelyn as Q, John Barry's first full score in the series, the best fight(the train sequence), and one of the most beautiful Bond girls(Tatiana Romanova).

And for me personally, I appreciated extra touches like the continuity with the previous film(Dr. No is mentioned and Sylvia Trench returns), the fact that Bond actually acts like a spy, and that you feel that Bond actually seems to be in danger of dying during moments of the movie.
post #147 of 236
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Originally Posted by MatthewT View Post

.....that Goldfinger is widely regarded as the best of the Bond movies. That seems to top most people's Best Bond list......Goldfinger, the third film, really instituted the "Bond formula." It had the larger-than-life villain, the unforgettable henchman, the bad girl who fell to 007's charms and became good....

Let's just cut to the chase, Goldfinger had Pussy Galore...
post #148 of 236
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Originally Posted by ricwhite View Post

So, it appears the "Gold" movies tend to be the best (Goldfinger, Golden Eye) while the "Die" movies tend to be the worst (Did Another Day, Live and Let Die)

You got it.
post #149 of 236
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Originally Posted by Adam_ME View Post

I think it is. It's got the best Bond(Connery), one of the nastiest villains(Rosa Klebb), the best henchman(Red Grant), one of the best sidekicks(Karim Bay), the introduction of Blofeld(from the neck down at least), the introduction of Desmond Llewelyn as Q, John Barry's first full score in the series, the best fight(the train sequence), and one of the most beautiful Bond girls(Tatiana Romanova).

And for me personally, I appreciated extra touches like the continuity with the previous film(Dr. No is mentioned and Sylvia Trench returns), the fact that Bond actually acts like a spy, and that you feel that Bond actually seems to be in danger of dying during moments of the movie.


While THUNDERBALL is my favorite Connery film, I will agree that FRWL is the best. In truth, it was the last film that showed Bond as a flesh-and-blood man instead of the superhero type character that started with GOLDFINGER and stated pretty consistent till CASINO ROYALE (with few exceptions).
post #150 of 236
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Originally Posted by Rachael Bellomy View Post

Let's just cut to the chase, Goldfinger had Pussy Galore...

There's plenty of that around
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