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Topic: Precisely why is YOUR favourite Bond film your favourite bond?

The Living Daylights.
This movie was a total shift from the Moore films and a partial throwback to early Connery whilst retaining elements of entertaining gadget absurdity collected along the way (lasers & missiles in his Aston). Barry did in this my favourite score, so very Bondian, yet so very fresh without being musically dated. Dalton brought a delightful literary sensibility to the role, with a slight & appreciated (by me, anyway) Shakespearian edge. And he also brought a more believable humanity to Bond not witnessed since Lazenby's turn in OHMSS. The locations and photography were first rate, and not the villains nor their schemes were ridiculously OTT. The action was straightforward but impeccable, from the exciting PTS to the cargo net fight. The Bond girl was, for me, a believable and beautiful pawn in the game, and even willing and able to make a few Queen moves.
This Bond is my rock of Gibraltar. ajb007/biggrin

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Dalton & Connery rule. Brozz was cool. Craig is too.
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OHMSS

It is my favourite film because of how unique it is. It is the only film we see Bond get married, only for the happiness to be tragically cut short. The soundrack is the best in the series. Brilliant stunts and brilliant camerawork from Willy Bogner in the ski sequences. Tracy is a complex character. She is fragile, yet she is Bond's equal. Which is one
of the reasons he fell for her.

Casting an unknown to play Bond was a gamble, it paid off because George nailed the final scene. Something which
i can't imagine Sean crying in his wife's dead body. Telly Savalas is a brilliant Blofeld. He is thuggish but also charming.

10 out of 10. Sterling Bond film

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For Your Eyes Only

Well, I like the way it takes itself and the situations Bond is in seriously.

For ten years before we had superman Bond where you knew he was going to escape from every situation with a quip and a gadget. This time we didnt – how is he going to escape death when kicked off the edge of a thousand foot cliff? How is he going to escape the fishes when keelhauled behind a motoryacht?

And the story was so relevant then. 1981 saw, under Reagan and Thatcher, the Cold War start up again.Defence became big news. The spending on Polaris was a hot issue.  The amount the USSR and USA were spending on nuclear weapons was beginning to bankrupt the pair of them. The little countries of the world were just pawns for games of the superpowers. And that sort of fits this story. If Russia gets the ATAC she would gain an unfair advantage of us or bankrupt us trying to change the system. The “That’s detente comrade..” at  the climax was to show the futility of the arms race.

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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chrisisall wrote:

This movie was a total shift from the Moore films.

OBJECTION.  John Glen was cranking out this exact type of Bond film since 1980.  Not until LTK did we get one that was a "total shift"

chrisisall wrote:

And he also brought a more believable humanity to Bond not witnessed since Lazenby's turn in OHMSS.

 

OBJECTION.  Dalton sure, but Lazenby did not bring a more believable humanity to Bond. 

So tell me, why do you prefer TLD over LTK? I notice they are tied for #1 on your signature.

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1. GE 2. MR 3. TSWLM 4. GF 5. DN 6. TND 7. TMWTGG 8. OP 9. TWINE 10. AVTAK

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chrisisall wrote:

The Living Daylights.
This movie was a total shift from the Moore films and a partial throwback to early Connery whilst retaining elements of entertaining gadget absurdity collected along the way (lasers & missiles in his Aston). Barry did in this my favourite score, so very Bondian, yet so very fresh without being musically dated. Dalton brought a delightful literary sensibility to the role, with a slight & appreciated (by me, anyway) Shakespearian edge. And he also brought a more believable humanity to Bond not witnessed since Lazenby's turn in OHMSS. The locations and photography were first rate, and not the villains nor their schemes were ridiculously OTT. The action was straightforward but impeccable, from the exciting PTS to the cargo net fight. The Bond girl was, for me, a believable and beautiful pawn in the game, and even willing and able to make a few Queen moves.
This Bond is my rock of Gibraltar. ajb007/biggrin

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Mine is the same, for pretty much the same reasons ajb007/martini

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Firemass wrote:
chrisisall wrote:

This movie was a total shift from the Moore films.

OBJECTION.  John Glen was cranking out this exact type of Bond film since 1980.  Not until LTK did we get one that was a "total shift"

chrisisall wrote:

And he also brought a more believable humanity to Bond not witnessed since Lazenby's turn in OHMSS.

 

OBJECTION.  Dalton sure, but Lazenby did not bring a more believable humanity to Bond. 

So tell me, why do you prefer TLD over LTK? I notice they are tied for #1 on your signature.

I prefer TLD over LTK for the simple reason that TLD is a spy thriller, and feels more like spy thriller (hence more like a Bond film). LTK does not feel like that to me, but it is still excellent.

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OHMSS,
Loved the book, so love how they've basically filmed the book. Lazenby gives
A great performance as 007, at times very vulnerable. I know many would have
Loved Connery to do this one but I do feel Lazenby's inexperience, actually helps.
  A very strong leading lady, Diana Rigg  ajb007/heart  definitely seems the sort of woman
Bond would marry. The casting of Telly Savalas as Blofeld is one of my favourite
Bits of casting for the entire series, in my eyes he IS Blofeld.  ajb007/martini
  Brilliantly filmed, edited and directed. With some fine performances and one of the
Best film scores ever  ajb007/heart  it's just a great bloody film, period !  ajb007/cheers it even has the wonderful
classic 60s feel.  ajb007/martini

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Thunderpussy wrote:

OHMSS,
Loved the book, so love how they've basically filmed the book. Lazenby gives
A great performance as 007, at times very vulnerable. I know many would have
Loved Connery to do this one but I do feel Lazenby's inexperience, actually helps.
  A very strong leading lady, Diana Rigg  ajb007/heart  definitely seems the sort of woman
Bond would marry. The casting of Telly Savalas as Blofeld is one of my favourite
Bits of casting for the entire series, in my eyes he IS Blofeld.  ajb007/martini
  Brilliantly filmed, edited and directed. With some fine performances and one of the
Best film scores ever  ajb007/heart  it's just a great bloody film, period !  ajb007/cheers it even has the wonderful
classic 60s feel.  ajb007/martini

+1  ajb007/smile

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The Spy Who Loved Me.

Beautifully combines the classic Bond elements and has the right balance between reality, fantasy, serious and humour. Great action, great sets, great locations, and a terrific score from Marvin Hamlisch. Bond 77, Union Jack parachute, Lotus Esprit, Atlantis, Liparus supertanker, Jaws, Naomi. Not forgetting Roger, arguably (along with For Your Eyes Only) his best performance as 007.

To sum up, it defines to me what the cinematic Bond is/should be all about. Superb film, superb entertainment.

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ajb007/cheers  another Great Bond, I was mightily impress back in 77,  ajb007/martini

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”

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OHMSS

It has some breathtaking Locations, a fantastic Score and we saw a more emotional Bond  ajb007/martini

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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Thunderpussy wrote:

OHMSS,
Loved the book, so love how they've basically filmed the book. Lazenby gives
A great performance as 007, at times very vulnerable. I know many would have
Loved Connery to do this one but I do feel Lazenby's inexperience, actually helps.
  A very strong leading lady, Diana Rigg  ajb007/heart  definitely seems the sort of woman
Bond would marry. The casting of Telly Savalas as Blofeld is one of my favourite
Bits of casting for the entire series, in my eyes he IS Blofeld.  ajb007/martini
  Brilliantly filmed, edited and directed. With some fine performances and one of the
Best film scores ever  ajb007/heart  it's just a great bloody film, period !  ajb007/cheers it even has the wonderful
classic 60s feel.  ajb007/martini

Pretty much THIS.  On Her Majesty's Secret Service just reeks of total class.  And the locations and Piz Gloria hideaway are superlative.

However, I'm also torn between Dr No and From Russia With Love as (very!) close seconds for the same reasons...

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License to Kill

I probably have put in my two cents on why it's my favorite in a dozen other threads, but hey, what the heck?  ajb007/lol

LTK became my favorite after watching the Bond movies in order in a marathon with a friend some years ago, I realized I simply enjoyed this one the most and it remained my #1 since.

I think one of the reasons it's such a darn good movie is because it's so different too anything that came before it. It completely went away from the "Bond blueprint" yet still managed to be very Bondian in it's own way.
  When watching these in order you probably would have grown a little bit tired of what the Bond movies had become with Roger Moore, they were fun, but they also became very kid friendly with the tarzan yell, the slide wistle and pretty much everything in Moonraker. As Dalton said in the EON documentary: "This is terrible, I can't bring my six and seven year olds to Bond anymore! - But they were never made for six and seven year olds!" - You realise that he's absolutely right when you turn on LTK after the RM era - within the first minutes, a drug baron slaps a woman, his thugs (presumaly) rape Felix Leiter's wife and Felix gets fed to the sharks! - Holy cow - that's dark! - But I find that to be SO welcome after all those movies.
   Then Bond goes roque, he's now longer an agent working for the secret service but goes out on a personal vendetta to kill the man that hurt his long time friend. <- That sypnosis alone gets my full props, they did something different but they went all the way with it. Robert Davi as Franz Sanchez is absolutely perfectly casted and became my favorite Bond villian. He's dirty and voilent, but yet he brings in a charming, humorous and even a very likable quality to his character. He has a thing with "Loyalty" something that ultimately would become his demise, as Bond infiltrates into his organisation and ultimately uses his brains to bring down Sanchez's operation by putting his loyalty thing in question. Very smart, very fresh and lots of fun to watch! Bond uses his brains, which is always welcome, yet the typical gadgets are also here, as Desmond Llewelyn gets a lot to do in this movie as well, and probably even gets closest to Bond in the whole franchise in this one. Both Bond girls are great to look at and do great as well (Yes, Talisa Soto too..) and despite the movie being so different, it still has the moments that make it both "Fleming Bond" and "Movie Bond".  Overall, when the end credits roll I usually feel I just watched one of the very best movies in the franchise, far from being the most iconic, and probably not the best by most standards, but certainly my favorite  ajb007/martini

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I completely agree  ajb007/martini

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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AlphaOmegaSin wrote:

I completely agree  ajb007/martini

Nice! Even the part where I said that Talisa Soto did good as well?  ajb007/lol

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Dutchfinger wrote:

License to Kill

I probably have put in my two cents on why it's my favorite in a dozen other threads, but hey, what the heck?  ajb007/lol

LTK became my favorite after watching the Bond movies in order in a marathon with a friend some years ago, I realized I simply enjoyed this one the most and it remained my #1 since.

I think one of the reasons it's such a darn good movie is because it's so different too anything that came before it. It completely went away from the "Bond blueprint" yet still managed to be very Bondian in it's own way.
  When watching these in order you probably would have grown a little bit tired of what the Bond movies had become with Roger Moore, they were fun, but they also became very kid friendly with the tarzan yell, the slide wistle and pretty much everything in Moonraker. As Dalton said in the EON documentary: "This is terrible, I can't bring my six and seven year olds to Bond anymore! - But they were never made for six and seven year olds!" - You realise that he's absolutely right when you turn on LTK after the RM era - within the first minutes, a drug baron slaps a woman, his thugs (presumaly) rape Felix Leiter's wife and Felix gets fed to the sharks! - Holy cow - that's dark! - But I find that to be SO welcome after all those movies.
   Then Bond goes roque, he's now longer an agent working for the secret service but goes out on a personal vendetta to kill the man that hurt his long time friend. <- That sypnosis alone gets my full props, they did something different but they went all the way with it. Robert Davi as Franz Sanchez is absolutely perfectly casted and became my favorite Bond villian. He's dirty and voilent, but yet he brings in a charming, humorous and even a very likable quality to his character. He has a thing with "Loyalty" something that ultimately would become his demise, as Bond infiltrates into his organisation and ultimately uses his brains to bring down Sanchez's operation by putting his loyalty thing in question. Very smart, very fresh and lots of fun to watch! Bond uses his brains, which is always welcome, yet the typical gadgets are also here, as Desmond Llewelyn gets a lot to do in this movie as well, and probably even gets closest to Bond in the whole franchise in this one. Both Bond girls are great to look at and do great as well (Yes, Talisa Soto too..) and despite the movie being so different, it still has the moments that make it both "Fleming Bond" and "Movie Bond".  Overall, when the end credits roll I usually feel I just watched one of the very best movies in the franchise, far from being the most iconic, and probably not the best by most standards, but certainly my favorite  ajb007/martini

Whilst TLD is my favourite, I agree 100% with what you said here, LTK is a great Bond film. ajb007/martini

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Dutchfinger wrote:
AlphaOmegaSin wrote:

I completely agree  ajb007/martini

Nice! Even the part where I said that Talisa Soto did good as well?  ajb007/lol

Yes  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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GoldenEye

I feel this movie has everything a great Bind film needs. It has a good Bond, a good Bond girl, great villains, the DB5, an exciting PTS, a big villain lair, and unique chase sequence. It's not the film I'd always turn to, but it provides everything I want to see out of a Bond film.

1.LTK  2.AVTAK  3.OP  4.FYEO  5.TND  6.LALD  7.GE  8.GF  9.TSWLM  10.SPECTRE  11.SF  12.MR 13.YOLT  14.TLD  15.CR (06)  16.TMWTGG  17.TB  18.FRWL  19.TWINE  20.OHMSS  21.DAF  22.DAD  23.QoS  24.NSNA  25.DN  26.CR (67)

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Firemass wrote:

So tell me, why do you prefer TLD over LTK? I notice they are tied for #1 on your signature.

I prefer TLD by tiny bit, mostly because Barry did the music. If Barry had done both, I guess I'd like LTK a tiny bit more... they're both so good.

Dalton & Connery rule. Brozz was cool. Craig is too.
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Goldfinger

First of all, it stars the real James Bond! ajb007/lol

Okay, only kidding. I don't want to start trouble! But I love this film because I think Connery gives his best performance as 007. He is at times confident and witty, menancing and dangerous, somber and panicked - just an all around great turn as Bond. Add to that one of the most memorable and entertainly meglomanical villains, as well as his frightening henchman, and an outlandish scheme that is just on this side of plausible. Great gadgets, a great title song and score, a few very eye-pleasing Bond lovelies - this one has it all, kids! And I enjoy GF just as much now as I did when I first saw it. I can't ask for more than that.

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Blackleiter wrote:

Goldfinger

First of all, it stars the real James Bond! ajb007/lol

Okay, only kidding. I don't want to start trouble! But I love this film because I think Connery gives his best performance as 007. He is at times confident and witty, menancing and dangerous, somber and panicked - just an all around great turn as Bond. Add to that one of the most memorable and entertainly meglomanical villains, as well as his frightening henchman, and an outlandish scheme that is just on this side of plausible. Great gadgets, a great title song and score, a few very eye-pleasing Bond lovelies - this one has it all, kids! And I enjoy GF just as much now as I did when I first saw it. I can't ask for more than that.

Agree with all of that. I don't think the film makers had any clue what they were about to do to Bond, I think it just all fell together perfectly.

1.LTK  2.AVTAK  3.OP  4.FYEO  5.TND  6.LALD  7.GE  8.GF  9.TSWLM  10.SPECTRE  11.SF  12.MR 13.YOLT  14.TLD  15.CR (06)  16.TMWTGG  17.TB  18.FRWL  19.TWINE  20.OHMSS  21.DAF  22.DAD  23.QoS  24.NSNA  25.DN  26.CR (67)

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MilleniumForce wrote:
Blackleiter wrote:

Goldfinger

First of all, it stars the real James Bond! ajb007/lol

Okay, only kidding. I don't want to start trouble! But I love this film because I think Connery gives his best performance as 007. He is at times confident and witty, menancing and dangerous, somber and panicked - just an all around great turn as Bond. Add to that one of the most memorable and entertainly meglomanical villains, as well as his frightening henchman, and an outlandish scheme that is just on this side of plausible. Great gadgets, a great title song and score, a few very eye-pleasing Bond lovelies - this one has it all, kids! And I enjoy GF just as much now as I did when I first saw it. I can't ask for more than that.

Agree with all of that. I don't think the film makers had any clue what they were about to do to Bond, I think it just all fell together perfectly.

I think Hamilton was the random element. He couldn't stray too far from the first two at that point, but his sense of the outrageous coloured it to the degree that it became lightning in a bottle. Alchemy; who can understand it?

Dalton & Connery rule. Brozz was cool. Craig is too.
#1.TLD/LTK 2.TND 3.QOS 4.DN 5.GF/GE 6.SP 7.FRWL 8.TB/TMWTGG 9.TWINE 10.YOLT

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They were finding there Feet with DN and FRWL  ajb007/martini

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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From Russia With Love

To me, it is simply the best Bond film ever made, and made the way Bond films were meant to be made - as espionage/spy thrillers, not action movies - albeit that this film has one of the best fight scenes of the entire franchise. When you put the best Bond (Connery) and the best Bond director (Young) together, what you get is magic. Pedro Armendariz was superb as Kerim Bey, even more so considering that he was in great pain while filming, suffering from terminal cancer. I think this isn't just the best Bond film, it is one of the best films of any genre and of any era. I cannot fault the acting, the cast, or the plot, most of which was ripped directly from Fleming's excellent novel. If there is one flaw, it is that the novel was better still, particularly the ending.

Dutchfinger wrote:


  When watching these in order you probably would have grown a little bit tired of what the Bond movies had become with Roger Moore, they were fun, but they also became very kid friendly with the tarzan yell, the slide wistle and pretty much everything in Moonraker. As Dalton said in the EON documentary: "This is terrible, I can't bring my six and seven year olds to Bond anymore! - But they were never made for six and seven year olds!" - You realise that he's absolutely right when you turn on LTK after the RM era - within the first minutes, a drug baron slaps a woman, his thugs (presumaly) rape Felix Leiter's wife and Felix gets fed to the sharks! - Holy cow - that's dark! - But I find that to be SO welcome after all those movies.
   Then Bond goes roque, he's now longer an agent working for the secret service but goes out on a personal vendetta to kill the man that hurt his long time friend. <- That sypnosis alone gets my full props, they did something different but they went all the way with it. Robert Davi as Franz Sanchez is absolutely perfectly casted and became my favorite Bond villian. He's dirty and voilent, but yet he brings in a charming, humorous and even a very likable quality to his character. He has a thing with "Loyalty" something that ultimately would become his demise, as Bond infiltrates into his organisation and ultimately uses his brains to bring down Sanchez's operation by putting his loyalty thing in question. Very smart, very fresh and lots of fun to watch!

This is why I also love Licence to Kill. Bond had become dangerous again, just like he was in the novels. Licence to Kill may have been an original story, but I think the Bond in that story is very much Fleming's Bond.

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Agreed  ajb007/martini

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