Over the past couple of weeks, we've had an entertaining time deciding on the vilest Bond villain and the ultimate movie Bond, so the the time has come to pose perhaps the most critical 007 question: What's the best James Bond film? Sean Connery was voted your fave Bond, so we suspect one of his outings has to be in with a …
Dr No for me...
Every series needs a start, and I particularly like this - no toys, no gimmicks, no SFX, no CGI - just Bond with his wits, and his new Walther PPK (part of the time) - and a nice line in witty ripostes ("That's a Smith and Wesson, and you've had your 6" and he then goes on to mow down a technically unarmed man...).
Re: Dr No for me...
Dr No had Special effects. The car chase and fight scenes were speeded up to make them look more dramatic.
Not hi-tech, but SFX all the same
Can I vote for
Timothy Dalton starring in Goldfinger with the music from Live and Let Die but this time played by Guns N Roses?
Sorry about this...
Bono and the boys decide to retire and move to Australia to take up surfing. Anyway, a reporter goes to interview them in their new beach pad. Unfortunately, on the day of the interview, the entire band is drowned in a freak accident, and on arrival, the reporter is greeted by a tearful manservant. The reporter asks if the band is ready to be interviewed, to which the manservant replies, "No, Mister - Bondi-expats U2 die."
Re: Sorry about this...
sorry for the downvote, I just had to put acid in my eyes so I could never read a joke that bad again and you had to pay for it sonmehow
I'm basing my vote
On the girls in it, not who played Bond.
Has to be The Man with the Golden Gun.
Where's the "They are all crap" button ?
Just to the right of the "Upvote" one, it seems
Is it just me
Or are all the Bond movies really juvenile?
Re: Is it just me
Yes it is just you.
Re: Is it just me
Well they are all straighforward tales of daring do where the hero prevails due to a combination of courage, strength of character and the assistance of an ally he has befriended (bedded?) over a wily and resourceful enemy
Part of a tradition going back to Buchan's Hannay and Sapper's Bulldog Drummond (though the latter is more of a cold killer than the former)
Re: Is it just me
There is an element of the juvenile in a Bond film, but I heard this criticism from a "woman" who openly wept at the end of Titanic.
You only live twice is my fav and a good screen play by Roald Dhal
Plus Japan, Helga Brandt and a hollowed out volcano. What's not to like?
and a cracking theme tune and incidental score to boot.
Can you wait until I have rewatched them all?
Got a few DVDs to sell now as well.
Do you expect me to walk?
Noooo mister Bond, I expect you to fly!
Live and let die
Best flairs and sideburns!
I'd have to say Goldfinger. The song to it is just catchy and just listen to the lyrics:
Well I've heard that it's gold, I've heard that it's a finger.
Now don't shoot me, I'm just the bloody singer....
Your Four Eyes Only
Just for spotting all the scenes around the 'exotic' setting of Corfu and Meteora. Although Licence to Kill has the best Bond-girls and The Spy Who Loved Me has the best car. As has been said, Daniel Craig could be great if the plots weren't so pathetic.
Alan Partridge settling down for a weekend viewing of all the bonds sort of sums it up really.
Has to be The World Is Not Enough, simply for the gorgeous Sophie Marceau as the delightfully complex Elekra King and the solid performance of Robert Carlisle as Renard.
But it was hard to choose as I have so many favourites. Tim Dalton put in a very solid performance as the 'Bond of the Books' but was let down by poor scripts, and Daniel Craig has put in an equally good stab at it too.
I was lucky enough that my dad bought a white Lotus Esprit S3 not long after The Spy Who Loved Me came out. Being dropped off at school in James Bond's car was totally awesome. So that film has a special place for me too.
From Russia with Love
Only gadgets were a tricked out briefcase and an AR-7 22LR survival rifle used as a sniper rifle. Bond and Grant mano a mano to the death in a train cabin. Oh yeah, one other trick, Rosa Klebb's switchblade tipped shoes. Minimalist Bond.
I'm inclined to vot for Octopussy because I think Maud Adams is the best "Bond girl" ever. (And 20 years before the term MILF was coined, no less.)
Though if you said it was Honor Blackmon, I wouldn't argue.
Re: Must admit
I'm inclined to vot for Octopussy because I think Maud Adams is the best "Bond girl" ever.
You know she was in Man With The Golden Gun first? (Scaramanga's missus)
Re: Must admit
And credit to Honor Blackman -
For being the only Bond-girl actress with a name as mucky as her character's.
Because it had Pussy Galore (but not too much pussy like in Octopussy)
OK, also a somewhat almost-believable plot.
And where is the IT-angle, BTW?
You've just killed James Bond
Although Diamonds isn't the best - it is my favourite - for the violent fight scene with Bond and Peter Franks - Bond smashing Franks with a fire extinguisher - and then Tiffany Case exclaiming: "My God ..You've just killed James Bond !! "
As it notes here:
On a sidenote, Joe Robinson, who portrays Franks, was getting off a bus in Cape Town, South Africa in 1998 and was attacked by eight muggers. Robinson has a 6th degree black belt in judo, and used to be a professional weightlifter. They came at him with knives and baseball bats, but the 70-year-old Robinson took out two with leg kicks, karate-chopped another in the chest and broke the arm of a fourth. The rest turned and ran. When Sean Connery heard about this, he sent Robinson a Get Well card that said, “Give this to the muggers, if you can find them. Sean.”
With the exception of Connery, the 1st movie for each actor were by far the best.
Can't figure Goldfinger
Can someone explain to me why Goldfinger is always rated so highly in these polls?
I've watched it several time and I can't see the attraction.
Bond is rubbish in it. He gets captured while doing some simple spying and spends the rest of the film impotent (well apart from the scene in the hay).
The day is saved by Pussy Galore and the US military. Even the atomic bomb is defused by someone else.
Please, why? It must be more than the DB5 and a woman painted gold.
Yes, I know not actually a Bond film. However I did really like its balance of slight parody without being a pure comedy.
I can understand Goldeneye being propped up by the N64 vote but how the hell does OHMSS get more votes than either YOLT or L&LD ?
/me is confused
Anyone voting for Die Another Day?
Didn't think so
Re: Anyone voting for Die Another Day?
To be fair I thought the first 15 mins of scorpion torture and distrust were up there with the best of them - shame it was all downhill from there on. Although Halle Berry has to get a look in as one of the best Bond girls. .
Craig is no Sean
I will give Craig his due as a workman's effort at the role, but he is and never will be numero uno JB, that will always be Sean Connery, hands down.
Polls like this tend to reflect that moronic youth assumes that whatever they have seen is better than what they have not seen. Their loss, Goldfinger and Thunderball, it's all downhill from there.
Why no Skyfall?
Skyfall should be an option here, that movie breaks the mould of the recent laissez-faire ones and really gets down to a gritty story with substance and drama, including many tips of the hat to bond fans of old.
Another Bond film I can't find on your list...
I once saw 'James Bondage and Miss Fannyready'. The cars weren't up to much, the plot was a little thin, and only one gadget was used repeatedly to great effect. Still the climax was very good.
isn't an option?
I'm not sure I'd have picked it, although its certainly in my top 10 bond films of all time, but its' not going to get much of a look in when its not an option!
How can Skyfall be an option? It opened in the UK on the same day as the poll. By the time we close the poll this week, the majority of our readers won't have seen it.
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