The James Bond Collection (1962-2012)

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Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Explosive. Exciting. 007.

James Bond is the man. I don’t care who you are, but no one calls James Bond lame. Yes, there are some doozies when taking some of the films in the franchise into consideration, but for the most part, they are entertaining all on their own. All six actors to play James Bond have brought their own to the part, and it’s important to notice each one. My personal favorite is clearly Daniel Craig. In parts due to modern expectations, in other parts…just because the movie is phenomenal in all regards.

Reviews:

  1. Dr. No
  2. From Russia with Love
  3. Goldfinger
  4. Thunderball
  5. You Only Live Twice
  6. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  7. Diamonds Are Forever
  8. Live and Let Die
  9. The Man with the Golden Gun
  10. The Spy Who Loved Me
  11. Moonraker
  12. For Your Eyes Only
  13. Octopussy
  14. Never Say Never Again
  15. A View to a Kill
  16. The Living Daylights
  17. Licence to Kill
  18. Goldeneye
  19. Tomorrow Never Dies
  20. The World is Not Enough
  21. Die Another Day
  22. Casino Royale
  23. Quantum of Solace
  24. Skyfall

Normally I explain the life of the main character here in chronological order, but for the most part, these films don’t entirely work like that. What you need to know, most of all is who James Bond is – which is a spy for the British government, MI6. He has a licence to kill and is an egotistic feministic bastard most of the time. Though, as time passes, you realize his potential to be a decent human being, eventually into someone you can’t wait to see again.

Sean Connery Era:

Sean Connery’s James Bond was the first of the series. His films took place primarily in the ‘60s and as you could expect from this time, the films were pretty campy. Still, Connery carried the role strongly. He was as serious as he could be, and many refer to Connery as being the best Bond ever. However, I think a lot of those opinions are biased just because he was the first to introduce the world to James Bond.

George Lazenby Era:

George Lazenby was the second James Bond, and was only in the series for one go, but I remember distinctly thinking he was a good add. The film he was in was On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, which had a lot of romance mixed in with the Bond. He was the Bond that got married by the end of the film, commonly referred to by latter Bond films.

Roger Moore Era:

Ah yes, my least favorite and currently longest-running James Bond. Roger Moore clearly looked the part, but he couldn’t pull off James Bond if he was James Bond. He was just too tacky and didn’t take anything seriously. Every chance he got he made sexual innuendos and puns, which wouldn’t have been so bad if the films he was in at least took things seriously, which they didn’t either. When Roger Moore dawned a clown costume…I sighed and wished he would just leave already.

Timothy Dalton Era:

Timothy Dalton followed Moore, and was only in two films, and what magnificent films they were. Dalton is my second favorite Bond, and it’s not hard to understand why. He was and still is the Bond that has been the closest to Daniel Craig’s style. He was dark, edgy, changed the way we thought of Bond girls, and just took everything really seriously. It made the film that much more exciting when watching him. I was honesty sad that he wasn’t in more.

Pierce Brosnan Era:

Pierce Brosnan was next, and the first Bond I personally ever saw. He was the James Bond that I grew up with, so it was difficult not to just praise him for that. The truth was that he wasn’t that much better. Pierce made even more puns than Roger Moore, ending up in one scene having a punning battle between three people…make it stop! However, the film style had changed, making it more apt to view for a modern audience…ie, it looked nice.

Daniel Craig Era:

Finally. Daniel Craig is our current James Bond, and he has taken the role to a whole new level. This James Bond is more human, more emotional, still tactful, and has enough action sequences to die for. He is the smartest Bond to grace the silver screen, and forces us to beg more from him. Initially, he didn’t look the part, blonde hair and blue eyes doesn’t help much, but you forget about everything you know about the classic James Bond and you quickly welcome Craig’s interpretation.

 

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6 thoughts on “The James Bond Collection (1962-2012)

  1. I’m with Vinnieh here, it’s been interesting to read the reviews for sure, especially since I’ve seen a tiny fraction of the films. I love Daniel Craig too, though, as Bond and otherwise too. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Thanks for your input! I think more people than not have only seen a fraction of the films unless they were a big fan from the beginning. The series, for the most part, is one of those – once you’re a fan, you’re a fan types, but isn’t great enough to have us deeply wanting to watch its origins.

      • Yep, this might be a thing. I have a friend whose dad has the complete collection of Bond films, so I might take on that journey one of these… years, I guess. Are you excited to see the coming Bond films, too?

      • Well, Skyfall was like the “Dark Knight” of Bond films, meaning I have a growing suspicion that later films can’t meet the raised bar, but Daniel Craig’s version clearly brings something amazing to the table, so overall, I’d say that’s a definitely

  2. Hats off for going through all of the Bond movies in such a short period of time. For years, I’ve been telling myself I’m going to do the same and just haven’t gotten around to it. Craig is also my favorite Bond.

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