Thursday, November 16, 2006

My Thirteen Favorite James Bond Movies

In honor of Casino Royale's opening tomorrow, I'd thought this appropriate.

1. Goldeneye. It probably isn't chic to go with a Pierce Brosnan film first, but this movie had everything I liked about a bond movie and the bond girls were interesting. Sean Bean made a great villain.
2. Goldfinger. I love the golf game with Bond and Goldfinger. Oddjob's a great villain. And Pussy Galore? What a name.
3. Thunderball. Seems so quitesssential Bond.
4. Never Say Never Again. Not part of the Broccoli Bond franchise but more Thunderball than Thunderball. Barbara Carerra was great and I liked the older Connery in this movie.
5. On Her Majesty's Secret Service. George Lazenby was not a bad Bond. I didn't like Telly Savalas as Blofeld but the action scenes were very good. Diana Rigg seemed like the kind of woman Bond would marry.
6. License to Kill. "He didn't agree with something that ate him." I have always had a soft spot for Timothy Dalton. I thought he made a great Bond. Two trivia pieces: the guy who played Felix Leiter also played Felix in "Live and Let Die" in 1973 and the actor who plays the puppet president is the son of the actor who played Kerim Bey in "From Russia With Love."
7. From Russia With Love. Red Grant was a great bad guy. Lots of great locales and
the whole Cold War element was terrific.
8. Dr. No. Where it all began.
9. Diamonds Are Forever. Vegas, baby. I loved the two assassins, Mr. Kidd and Mr. Wint, were very creepy.
10. Tomorrow Never Dies. Michelle Yeoh was terrific and it had a remote control car.
11. Live and Let Die. One of the few Roger Moore movies I could tolerate. Jane Seymour was so pretty although her tarot card reading sucked.
12. Die Another Day. I didn't like this movie the first time I saw it, but I like it better now. The invisible car is so cool and the fencing scene is terrific.
13. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Yeah, I know, not a Bond movie. But it has Truly Scrumptious, a Bond girl name and Auric Goldfinger singing that choochee face song.
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