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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
 

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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.
 

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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!
 

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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)
 

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What are the chances for multi-region releases on these Bonds? Probably between slim and none given that they are from Fox/MGM.
 

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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.
 

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.....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 ***** Galore...
 

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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.
 

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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).
 

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There's plenty of that around

Is she stille workin' the double-naught agent retirement home at this point...?
 

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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)

Not really. For me Golden eye was one of the worst. I do love Live and let Die, well mostly because of the actress
 

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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.

I meant from the standpoint of content, obviously BD PQ and AQ quality is unknown.


There has been enough back and forth in this thread about some of these movies, who likes what, which Bond actor is preferred, and which movies aren't very good versus others. Buying these movies from the standpoint of these now available on BD shouldn't be enough in itself if one has no idea about the content of the movie. Guess that can be said for any movie though.
 

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I wil be buying none of the above. I have seen them all in HD on cable within the year and there is just not enough replay value to bother.
 

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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)
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You got it.

Ummmm, that would be a big NO. Did you forget "The Man With The Golden Gun?????
 

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Ummmm, that would be a big NO. Did you forget "The Man With The Golden Gun?????

Yeah, Scaramanga the assassin with three nipples was a little off the wall, lol.


At least his gun was cool, it was made up from a lighter, a pen, a cufflink and a cigarette case.
 

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Amazon's sales rankings for these Blu-rays tracks pretty closely with this poll except for Die Another Day. Sales rank at Amazon:


From Russia With Love #2339

Dr. No #2565

Thunderball #2940

Die Another Day #3396

For Your Eyes Only #6334

Live And Let Die #7207


The order of Dr. No and Thunderball and Amazon are different, but both are pretty close to each other as they are in this poll.
 

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Well, like most of you here I was debating on which single titles to purchase - and while I was looking around at my favorite store I noticed the box sets. I could only afford one so I decided on Volume 2. So much for selecting some individually! Just could not resist, and besides, it is still cheaper this way. I will definitely watch them this weekend on the old pj ( Epson 1080UB Pro ) viewed on a 128" 2:35 screen. If they pass this test then we have some winners on our hands. ( I hope so ).














There is a clear plastic slip cover that is open at the top - the case slides out and the black card board "book" is pulled from it and there the three discs sit, pretty as you please. Also, instead of the usual plastic hub holding the disc Sony/MGM decided on a foam piece. Works ok but I wonder if it will hold up under use.It's so special. Say- this is a poll of sorts so if someone thinks my post should be somewhere else please do so. I guess I was just too excited having my grubby hands on a early copy.
 
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