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Three cheers to John Glen!

Last edited by Wadsy (22nd Jan 2018 08:06)

1. FYEO 2. OHMSS 3. TLD 4. FRWL 5. LTK 6. TSWLM 7. CR 8. OP  9. GF 10. DN 11. MR 12. SP 13. LALD 14. QOS 15. TB 16. SF 17. TMWTGG 18. GE 19. YOLT 20. AVTAK 21. TND 22. TWINE 23. DAF 24. DAD

1. Dalton 2. Connery 3. Moore 4. Craig 5. Lazenby  6. Brosnan

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1. For Your Eyes Only - My favourite bond movie, has everything I like in a 007 film. It might not have a great big plot but the director wanted to bring it back to realism and make a harder edged thriller. Gorgeous locations, best bond girl in Melina, best ski sequence and action scenes, best score by Bill Conti, great allies, great villain and a true cold war story. 10/10

2. The Living Daylights - Loved by many, including me. This is the last cold war thriller of the series, and Timothy Dalton makes an awesome performance as Bond. Great plot fill of intrigue, and builds up right until Afghanistan. Great bond girl, beautiful European locations, a realistic thriller and just an overall well directed movie. Best PTS and an amazing score by John Barry - R.I.P. Like FRWL and FYEO, this one is highly outstanding cold war spy thriller. 9/10

3. Licence To Kill - I saw it again recently, because while I was a little put off by a past viewing, I couldn't resist but see it again. It really is an awesome bond movie, and while I was and still am disappointed by the lack of MI6 appearing and some of the locations, it just is and still is JAMES BOND. I can really see a human bond here with the amazing Timothy Dalton, and has great support by Carey Lowell throughout. People say Dalton was too serious, but that's just it, there is a lot of humor here such as the ninja scene or Bond's first interaction with Sanchez. While I still prefer FYEO and TLD, this movie solidifies why I love the 80's most in Bondum. 9/10

4. Octopussy - Moore's penultimate Bond film gets a lot of flack, and I hate it. Yes there are many silly moments, but that's how Moore shines. The plot here can be confusing but you understand after a few views, but it's a damn fun film that feels kind of like a Timothy Dalton film before his time. India is gorgeous and while East Berlin slows it down a bit, I can't help but love it. Great villain and henchmen, great girls, great Moore performance and still follows a relatively serious tone (unlike TMWTGG and MR - MR is still a great film though). The only reason why this film is lower than the top three is because after a perfect serious performance from Moore, this one reverts back into silliness. I like campy moments, don't get me wrong, but I just prefer Dalton's portrayal more. 8/10

5. A View To A Kill - As I have grown older, and wiser, my opinion of this one has severely gone down. It is sad because there are a lot of things I love about it, and with a younger actor like Timothy Dalton it could easily have been one of the best. My main issue with the movie is Roger Moore, and while he still looked great in the previous two films that he did, he looks 20 years older here. Earlier, I was able to enjoy this movie despite his age, but not anymore. He is no longer believable as an agent, lost most if not all of his charm and does not seem like the Roger Moore we knew and loved in any of his previous appearances. I do love the main villain who is easily one of the best, but I feel like he does not get much to do, and in all honesty, the first half of the film is quite irrelevant despite having some great moments, and the second half really goes nowhere until the third act. Tanya Roberts is OK as a bond girl but the producers just did not care about Moore's age in comparison to the four girls in this film, and man those hideous visible stunt doubles are unforgivable, and lazy. Overall, the Bond actor generally holds most of the film and other features, and because Moore is now way too old, it pretty much affects everything else in the movie. 5/10

6. Never Say Never Again - An absolute disgrace and disaster of a movie, and next to Die Another Day are the only two films that are unwatchable, or at least to me. I have not seen the two old Casino Royale films so I cannot really offer an opinion on them, but God is this film utter nonsense. Pretty much everything from the opening sequence to the last scene is terrible, along with the plot, the production, the way everything is handled. The less said about this one, the better, though if there is one scene I did like, it was the car chase through Monaco and Fiona's demise following that.

Last edited by Wadsy (11th Jan 2020 21:11)

1. FYEO 2. OHMSS 3. TLD 4. FRWL 5. LTK 6. TSWLM 7. CR 8. OP  9. GF 10. DN 11. MR 12. SP 13. LALD 14. QOS 15. TB 16. SF 17. TMWTGG 18. GE 19. YOLT 20. AVTAK 21. TND 22. TWINE 23. DAF 24. DAD

1. Dalton 2. Connery 3. Moore 4. Craig 5. Lazenby  6. Brosnan

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1. Licence To Kill - My third favorite of the series. It combines elements of Fleming with the action fare of the times and that's why I love it. Dalton and Davi are fantastic. I love the harder edge and it features the best climax of the series. One of the films that gets me nostalgic. 9/10

2. The Living Daylights - The last Cold War Bond film and to me it is a modern version of FRWL along with FYEO. Most of the good stuff is in the first 80 minutes but it's entertaining throughout. Dalton hits the ground running. 9/10

3. For Your Eyes Only - Used to hate it. Now I consider it Moore's best along with TSWLM. 9/10

4. Octopussy - Yes it can be silly at times but I don't care because it's so much fun. 9/10

5. A View To A Kill - The weakest of a very strong decade. I love San Francisco and Moore is still great despite his age. I always have a good time with it. 8/10
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1. Connery 2. Moore 3. Dalton 4. Brosnan 5. Craig 6. Lazenby

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I saw LTK again and it is definitely an amazing Bond film with a few flaws, so it sits at third in the 80's and third in my overall ranking.

Last edited by Wadsy (23rd Jan 2018 08:47)

1. FYEO 2. OHMSS 3. TLD 4. FRWL 5. LTK 6. TSWLM 7. CR 8. OP  9. GF 10. DN 11. MR 12. SP 13. LALD 14. QOS 15. TB 16. SF 17. TMWTGG 18. GE 19. YOLT 20. AVTAK 21. TND 22. TWINE 23. DAF 24. DAD

1. Dalton 2. Connery 3. Moore 4. Craig 5. Lazenby  6. Brosnan

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Update:

1. For Your Eyes Only
2. The Living Daylights
3. Licence To Kill
4. Octopussy
5. A View To A Kill
6. Never Say Never Again

I love the first three, Octopussy is great but A View To A Kill is mediocre. My opinion in the previous post has been altered to match  this one. Never Say Never Again is probably the only bond film that is literally 'unwatchable' to me.

Last edited by Wadsy (11th Jan 2020 21:08)

1. FYEO 2. OHMSS 3. TLD 4. FRWL 5. LTK 6. TSWLM 7. CR 8. OP  9. GF 10. DN 11. MR 12. SP 13. LALD 14. QOS 15. TB 16. SF 17. TMWTGG 18. GE 19. YOLT 20. AVTAK 21. TND 22. TWINE 23. DAF 24. DAD

1. Dalton 2. Connery 3. Moore 4. Craig 5. Lazenby  6. Brosnan

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7. '83 NSNA
6. '83 OP
5. '81 FYEO
4. '89 LTK
3. '85 AVTAK - In terms of eighties-nish, the most 80s bond film.
2. '87 TLD
1. '79 MR - It is close enough to the 80s in style to be considered, and a car that came out that year would be called the 1980 model, so that is my reasoning.