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L Jones wrote:

1.  "FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE" - Despite a flawed last half hour, this is the best of the Connery films for me.

2.  "THUNDERBALL" - Silly humor and underwater sequences aside, this movie has a first-rate plot and one of the best villains in Fiona Volpe.

3.  "YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE" - Japanese locations, a kick-ass battle scene in the finale and excellent support from Japanese cast members made this movie bearable for me.

4.  "DR. NO" - Well . . . I can tolerate it more than "GOLDFINGER", despite the crappy dialogue and schizophrenic genre.

5.  "GOLDFINGER" - Plot holes galore, a near rape scene and a childish Bond.  No wonder I dislike this film so much.

6.  "DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER" - Very funny movie, but it's still pure and utter crap.  Worst of the series.


1. What do you consider flawed about the last half hour of FRWL?

2. I agree. Thunderball had a lot of potential. Maybe that's why I like NSNA so much.

3. Sounds like most Connery 007 films are unbearable for you?

4. What is schizophrenic about Dr. No's genre ? Which dialog do you find crappy?

5. Agree with the plot holes galore and rape scene. What do you find childish about Bond?

6. Haha...poor DAF.     ajb007/crap

"Please don't try to follow me"

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1.    From Russia With Love. Great, great movie.
2.    You Only Live Twice. I know, I know, but I just really like this movie. Love the Japanese setting and when I was younger I was really interested in space travel. So yes, I know I rank this higher than most.
3.    Dr. No. A great start to the series that really set the tone for things to come. Terrence Young did a great job of translating the feel of the books to the big screen.
4.    Goldfinger. Never really took to this movie. It is a fun watch and I know it set the tone for what came after. A highlight to be  sure, just not a favorite of mine.
5.    Thunderball. Too slow for my taste. However, it has some fantastic moments.
6.    Diamonds Are Forever. Not my favorite in terms of style.
7.    Never Say Never Again. As you can see I don’t really like Thunderball and this remake is even worse. The changes made in the plot don’t really work and this movie has by far the worst one-liners of any Bond films.

1. Ohmss   2. Frwl   3. Op   4. Tswlm   5. Tld   6. Ge  7. Yolt 8. Lald   9. Cr   10. Ltk   11. Dn   12. Gf   13. Qos   14. Mr   15. Tmwtgg   16. Fyeo   17. Twine   18. Sf   19. Tb   20 Tnd   21. Spectre   22 Daf   23. Avtak   24. Dad

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Firemass wrote:

3. Sounds like most Connery 007 films are unbearable for you?

I think you've nailed it. Apparently L Jones is just not a fan of Sir Sean.

"Felix Leiter, a brother from Langley."

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1. Goldfinger - The Car, classic villain/henchman duo, Connery as a suave style icon, Shirley     Eaton (I rate her higher than Honor Blackman) and a positively shocking PTS.

2. From Russia with Love - Brilliant spy movie with a first class PTS, three fantastic villains/    henchman, the best ally by far, beautiful locations, some nice suits and the Orient Express     including THE Fight. Not much of a fan of Daniela Bianchi though.

3. Thunderball - Again a great PTS, a well crafted story, Connery at his most relaxed,     beautiful locations and an array of beautiful women. Luciana Paluzzi has always been one    of my favs. Ironically I found the leading lady the least attactive of the bunch. But still a     beautiful woman which I prefer to most of RM leading ladies. 

4. Dr No - brilliant first glimpse of Bond, James Bond, again beautiful locations, good story,      the killing of Prof Dent and of course the white bikini including its contents.

5. You only live twice - Some great locations again, very good japanese supporting cast and   interior design (love Osatos office) and a nice final  battle. Has some length in the middle     third, the first outing of Blofeld is mediocre and Sir Sean is fast loosing interest in the role.

6. Never say never again - Sir Sean's return, a brilliant henchwoman, Kim Basinger is pure     eye candy, my favorite Felix and the scenes at the health clinic. The rest is more or less   forgettable. Edward Fox as M is really annoying. I prefer him as the jackal.

7. Diamonds are forever - Again Sir Sean's return, Wint/Kidd and the elevator fight. The rest  is a disaster, headed by Charles Gray and Jill St. John (and I really like red heads).

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Firemass wrote:
L Jones wrote:

1.  "FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE" - Despite a flawed last half hour, this is the best of the Connery films for me.

2.  "THUNDERBALL" - Silly humor and underwater sequences aside, this movie has a first-rate plot and one of the best villains in Fiona Volpe.

3.  "YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE" - Japanese locations, a kick-ass battle scene in the finale and excellent support from Japanese cast members made this movie bearable for me.

4.  "DR. NO" - Well . . . I can tolerate it more than "GOLDFINGER", despite the crappy dialogue and schizophrenic genre.

5.  "GOLDFINGER" - Plot holes galore, a near rape scene and a childish Bond.  No wonder I dislike this film so much.

6.  "DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER" - Very funny movie, but it's still pure and utter crap.  Worst of the series.


1. What do you consider flawed about the last half hour of FRWL?

2. I agree. Thunderball had a lot of potential. Maybe that's why I like NSNA so much.

3. Sounds like most Connery 007 films are unbearable for you?

4. What is schizophrenic about Dr. No's genre ? Which dialog do you find crappy?

5. Agree with the plot holes galore and rape scene. What do you find childish about Bond?

6. Haha...poor DAF.     ajb007/crap

Never Say Never Again?

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I agree. Thunderball had a lot of potential. Maybe that's why I like NSNA so much.


I feel that THUNDERBALL fulfilled its potential, despite some of the silly humor.   And I think that NSNA was a crappy remake.

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I'm young (23) and I've only been a Bond fan for about a year, so my opinions (especially on classics like these) are liable to change.  But here's what I got now.

1 - Dr. No
A minimalist classic that shows us that less is often more.

2 - From Russia with Love
With a well developed story and setting in its own right, it stands apart from the Bond formula.

3 - Goldfinger
Invented the Bond formula, with the humor, the megalomaniac villain, the henchman, etc.

4 - You Only Live Twice
Great sense of setting, a lot of imagination, Blofeld and his lair.  Love it.

5 - Thunderball
Overall good, but sometimes feels bloated and boring, especially compared to its predecessors.

6 - Diamonds Are Forever
So, Blofeld is a drag queen and Connery's Bond doesn't care that he murdered his wife.

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Absolutely_Cart wrote:

I'm young (23) and I've only been a Bond fan for about a year, .

Wait till you meet the hardcore fans who started reading the books aged 9. Like me.

1. For Your Eyes Only      2. The Living Daylights    3 From Russia with Love  4. Casino Royale  5. OHMSS  6. Skyfall

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1. Goldfinger
2. Diamonds Are Forever
3. You Only Love Twice
4. From Russia With Love
5. Thunderball
6. Dr No

I'm not a fan of Connery.

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Dr No
From Russia with Love
Goldfinger
Thunderball
You Only Live Twice
Diamonds are Forever

Yep, pretty much like that...

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FRWL
TB
GF
DN
YOLT
DAF
NSNA

Connery has made the best bond movies

Top 10 Bond Films
1. Thunderball 2. FRWL 3. Casino Royale 4. TLD 5. OHMSS 6. SkyFall 7. GF 8. TSWLM 9. GE 10. FYEO

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1 ) From Russia With Love
2 ) Goldfinger
3 ) Dr No
4 ) Thunderball
5 ) You Only Live Twice
6 ) Diamonds Are Forever

1.On Her Majesties Secret Service 2.The Living Daylights 3.license To Kill 4.The Spy Who Loved Me 5.Goldfinger

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DevilMayCare007 wrote:

Connery has made the best bond movies

True that! ajb007/cheers

"Felix Leiter, a brother from Langley."

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TB
DN
Gf
FRWL
DAF
YOLT
NSNA

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Blackleiter wrote:
DevilMayCare007 wrote:

Connery has made the best bond movies

True that! ajb007/cheers

I think collectively yes.

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I think I've seen Goldfinger far too many times to rank Connery's films fairly. I'm just so tired of Goldfinger that I might even rank DAF higher than it! So here's my ranking sans Goldfinger:

FRWL
YOLT
TB
DN
DAF

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1. From Russia With Love
2. Goldfinger
3. Thunderball
4. Dr. No
5. Diamonds Are Forever
6. You Only Live Twice
7. Never Say Never Again

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moreso connery was in the best films.  not that he made them.

i think if brosnan did these 7 films (assuming he were old enough), they'd be just as good if not better.

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Brosnan was far too young during the 60's  ajb007/lol

1.On Her Majesties Secret Service 2.The Living Daylights 3.license To Kill 4.The Spy Who Loved Me 5.Goldfinger

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like i said, assume 40 year old brosnan took a time machine in the 50's.

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Absolutely_Cart wrote:

moreso connery was in the best films.  not that he made them.

i think if brosnan did these 7 films (assuming he were old enough), they'd be just as good if not better.

How about if Moore did Connery's 6 Bond films?

NSNA isn't really a Bond film, but Brosnan would have been old enough for that, as long as they cut out the parts about Bond's age.

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Absolutely_Cart wrote:

moreso connery was in the best films.  not that he made them.

i think if brosnan did these 7 films (assuming he were old enough), they'd be just as good if not better.

I disagree (shocking, right?). While it is true that Connery's seven films are some of the better written and better directed entries in the series, his presence and performance have a lot to do with how well the finished products turned out. I actually think OHMSS is better written than some of Connery's films, and it's very good even with Lazenby as the star. But I believe it would be even better if Connery was in it.

"Felix Leiter, a brother from Langley."

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Blackleiter wrote:

1. Goldfinger - All of the elements of a great Bond film come together here. Connery gives an assured, confident performance, a sinister, meglomaniacal villain, a terrific fight with a very menacing and formidable henchman, clever gadgets, attractive Bond girls, classic one-liners.....it's all there.

2. From Russia With Love - To me, this is Fleming's Bond terrifically translated to the screen. A great tale of espionage, and one of best henchmen (Grant) and the best ally (Kerim Bey) in the series.

3. Dr. No - A nice way to introduce the character to the screen. Classic Bond Girl (Honey Ryder) and a standout scene that has withstood the test of time (Bond killing Dent).

4. You Only Live Twice - My most-watched Bond film. For pure enjoyment, this one tops my list. Unusual, exotic location, great action scenes, an absolutely beautiful title song and soundtrack, fantastic sets. Just an all around fun movie.

5. Thunderball - Solid entertainment, this one has a nice PTS, one of the sexiest of all Bond Girls (Lucianna Paluzzo), and another outstanding performance by Connery. The movie is dragged down a bit by the slow-moving underwater scenes, but still an overall top line Bond film.

6. Diamonds Are Forever - Hooray for the return of Connery! He gives an amusing performance, but the film is a decidedly mixed bag. Good humor, a nice, brutal fight in the elevator, a stunning Bond Girl (Plenty O'Toole), a good title song featuring Dame Shirley Bassey. On the con side, Charles Gray's awful Blofeld, a weak leading lady (Jill St. John), and some lackluster action scenes (the dune-buggy chase and the battle on the oil rig).

7. Never Say Never Again - Great to see Connery as Bond again. Bernie Casey is my favorite Felix Leiter (obviously!), and I loved Barbara Carrera as Fatima Blush. The lack of Bond music really hurt, though.

ajb007/cheers

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Blackleiter wrote:
Absolutely_Cart wrote:

moreso connery was in the best films.  not that he made them.

i think if brosnan did these 7 films (assuming he were old enough), they'd be just as good if not better.

I disagree (shocking, right?). While it is true that Connery's seven films are some of the better written and better directed entries in the series, his presence and performance have a lot to do with how well the finished products turned out. I actually think OHMSS is better written than some of Connery's films, and it's very good even with Lazenby as the star. But I believe it would be even better if Connery was in it.

Superb opinion.  Of course, I agree entirely.  Bravo.   ajb007/cheers

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Blackleiter wrote:
Absolutely_Cart wrote:

moreso connery was in the best films.  not that he made them.

i think if brosnan did these 7 films (assuming he were old enough), they'd be just as good if not better.

I disagree (shocking, right?). While it is true that Connery's seven films are some of the better written and better directed entries in the series, his presence and performance have a lot to do with how well the finished products turned out. I actually think OHMSS is better written than some of Connery's films, and it's very good even with Lazenby as the star. But I believe it would be even better if Connery was in it.

I totally agree with this BL.

Brosnan was certainly no Connery.

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