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"The Man From UNCLE" basically took everything that was good and a bit different from the TV show and removed it, leaving (IMO) basically a less than mediocre retro "Spy Thriller / Comedy" that wasn't particularly funny or thrilling or even worked as satire. The current generation of the French "OSS: Agent 117" films are far superior in the context of what they are, satires / send-ups of Bond and the Euro Bond rip-offs of the 60's. "UNCLE" was basically a straight forward high production value Hollywood "A" version of those Bond rip-offs but lacking the cheesy, low budget, theater of the absurd, poorly dubbed charm of those European films.

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Will be seeing SP soon, so I look forward to sharing my thoughts about that on the approppriate threads.

So far it seems opinions are pretty split on it.

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New 2020 ranking (for now DAF and FYEO keep their previous placements)
1. TLD  2. TND  3. GF  4. TSWLM 5. TWINE 6. OHMSS 7. LtK 8. TMWTGG 9. L&LD 10. YOLT 11. DAD 12. QoS 13. DN 14. GE 15. SF 16. OP 17. MR 18. AVTAK 19. TB 20. FRWL 21. CR 22. FYEO 23. DAF (SP to be included later)
Bond actors to be re-ranked later

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I saw it for the 2nd time and thought it was even better.  IMAX next!!

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I don't see how SP was as some say, OTT and Austin Powers?! Finally they let in some humor and some older Bond elements and it's bad again for some people...

"You see Mr.Bond, you can't kill my dreams...but my dreams can kill you.Time to face destiny" - "Time to face gravity"

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HtH, how does SP rank for you when put against the other Craig 007 films?

"Hostile takeovers.  Shall we?"
New 2020 ranking (for now DAF and FYEO keep their previous placements)
1. TLD  2. TND  3. GF  4. TSWLM 5. TWINE 6. OHMSS 7. LtK 8. TMWTGG 9. L&LD 10. YOLT 11. DAD 12. QoS 13. DN 14. GE 15. SF 16. OP 17. MR 18. AVTAK 19. TB 20. FRWL 21. CR 22. FYEO 23. DAF (SP to be included later)
Bond actors to be re-ranked later

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I haven't quite made up my mind (will wait for the 2nd viewing) but it's at least number 2. It's contender is CR.

"You see Mr.Bond, you can't kill my dreams...but my dreams can kill you.Time to face destiny" - "Time to face gravity"

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That's my opinion  too,  not quite up there with CR, but a great adventure. ajb007/smile

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HatThrowingHenchman wrote:

I don't see how SP was as some say, OTT and Austin Powers?! Finally they let in some humor and some older Bond elements and it's bad again for some people...

The humour is more wry and sardonic (perfectly on message for Bond) we are not talking belly laughs or double taking Pidgeons. I thought some of the dialogue to be very sharp and right on the money. I like my Bond on the underdone side and had no trouble with it at all.

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Agent Purple wrote:

HtH, how does SP rank for you when put against the other Craig 007 films?

It comes 2nd for me.

Of that of which we cannot speak we must pass over in silence- Ludwig Wittgenstein.

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I have good news and bad news. First the bad news: My daughter's College Field Hockey team lost their playoff game and her season is now over ajb007/crap

Now the good news: My Saturday is now free and I can go see SPECTRE (if my daughter saw this post I'd be dodging a hockey stick ajb007/lol ).

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Going to see it tonight. If it is Craig's second best after Casino Royale, as some have suggested, this will be the perfect outcome for me. Because I want SPECTRE to be as good as possible, but subconsciously I think I will rationalize CR to stay no. 1 no matter what.  ajb007/lol

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Spectre ranks 3rd for me, after SF and CR.

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zaphod99 wrote:
sniperUK wrote:

Usually by now I would have been to see a Bond movie three or four times, with SPECTRE its "can't be arsed" 6 or 7 score at most from me ,I actually enjoyed UNCLE more,just did nothing for me and those I have talked to who have seen it,including my wife, feel the same. Too many plot holes ,un-needed nods to the past and too much Austin Powers. And before the usual starts I have seen every Bond movie in the cinema starting with Thunderball when I was five and this one really was the most dissapointing for me.


Have you seen Moonraker? Or TMWTGG?  ajb007/wink

Yes ,many times,and not being a great fan of the RM movies I prefer these two over SPECTRE.

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Tonight's the night for me! Finally! I'm so pumped up to see it!!!!  ajb007/biggrin  ajb007/biggrin  ajb007/biggrin  I'll be subtly representing AJB on my jacket, thanks to Higgins! Based on what I actually HAVE read, it sounds like the exact Bond movie I've been waiting for since Casino Royale. Wooohoo!!

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Yes...considerably...

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T minus seven hours...and counting...

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2nd viewing today- liked it even more!

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Same here, my second viewing today, and came out of the Cinema exhilerated.  I love it, simply love it.

But hey ho Live and let live I say we all have different opinions about all the Bond films.

SPECTRE in my opinion is great, not as good as CR but superior to Skyfall.

Craigs Bond films for me are:

1. CR
2. SP
3. SF
4. QOS

FRWl, CR, OHMSS, TSWLM, GF, SF, TLD,  LTK, TND,  FYEO, OP,TWINE, GE, LALD, TB, SPECTRE, DN, YOLT, TMWTGG, QOS, MR, DAF, DAD, AVTAK.

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I think it's best to dismiss most of the critics opinions. They seem to dismiss the film for rather silly notions, like the film having more humor, or having callbacks to previous films. At least we have solid continuity now, which we never had in the previous Bond films.

I think that Roger Moore's comments on Facebook are enough to make me know it will be good:

"Yes I saw it last Wednesday at the Everyman in Gerrards Cross, near my office, and think it's the best Bond ever. Huge fun, great action and very enjoyable! "

Can't wait!! Only two more hours to go !!!!    ajb007/martini  ajb007/biggrin  ajb007/bond  ajb007/biggrin  ajb007/martini

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T minus 2 hours, 45 minutes...and counting...

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"Screw 'em." - Daniel Craig, The Best James Bond EverTM

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The Debonair Bond wrote:

I think it's best to dismiss most of the critics opinions. They seem to dismiss the film for rather silly notions, like the film having more humor, or having callbacks to previous films. At least we have solid continuity now, which we never had in the previous Bond films.

I think that Roger Moore's comments on Facebook are enough to make me know it will be good:

"Yes I saw it last Wednesday at the Everyman in Gerrards Cross, near my office, and think it's the best Bond ever. Huge fun, great action and very enjoyable! "

Can't wait!! Only two more hours to go !!!!    ajb007/martini  ajb007/biggrin  ajb007/bond  ajb007/biggrin  ajb007/martini

I wonder what Moore's thoughts really are. He has the class to only say the best thing he possibly can. Unless he's talking about Bond being someone who isn't "English English".  ajb007/wink  Maybe that's the reason why he likes Daniel Craig so much, since he's the only Bond other than himself who is English by nationality and English by ancestry.

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Barbel wrote:

2nd viewing today- liked it even more!

Second viewing for me on Saturday - I'm taking my son who can't wait (but has had to) to see it  ajb007/biggrin

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Second viewing is even better than first ajb007/smile

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Agreed, I too enjoyed my second go.  ajb007/biggrin

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HatThrowingHenchman wrote:

I don't see how SP was as some say, OTT and Austin Powers?! Finally they let in some humor and some older Bond elements and it's bad again for some people...

Humour is good... but Craig can't do comedy, can he? I mean, he's no Roger Moore...

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Jag wrote:
HatThrowingHenchman wrote:

I don't see how SP was as some say, OTT and Austin Powers?! Finally they let in some humor and some older Bond elements and it's bad again for some people...

Humour is good... but Craig can't do comedy, can he? I mean, he's no Roger Moore...

Thank God for that  ajb007/takecover

T minus 58 minutes...and counting...

"Blood & Ashes"...AVAILABLE on Amazon.co.uk: Get 'Jaded': Blood & Ashes: The Debut Oscar Jade Thriller
"I am not an entrant in the Shakespeare Stakes." - Ian Fleming
"Screw 'em." - Daniel Craig, The Best James Bond EverTM