Since Netflix has recently added all the James Bond films from Sean Connery's very first Dr. No to Timothy Dalton's last License to Kill, I've taken it upon myself to watch them all (something I've always wanted to do). Here's a list of what I feel are the best to worst Bond movies, they are subject to change since I'm still in the process of watching them all.
The James Bond franchise is a tough one to tackle when it comes to applying ratings to each movie. There are many that I feel could be better than others on any given day as they all have their own unique styles. I will say that every single one is worth watching except for the bottom three on my list.
From Russia with Love
James Bond willingly falls into an assassination ploy involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by SPECTRE. (115 mins.)
“ In my opinion this is the greatest James Bond movie of them all. It is the quintessential film of all spy thrillers with an engaging story that perfectly portrays the realism of the 1960's spy world while introducing some of the caricatural villains that become more and more overblown in later movies. This is Sean Connery at his finest, Robert Shaw is an equally enticing villain. From Russia improved upon the styles of the first film Dr. No and further introduced many classic "Bondisms", such as the introduction of Desmond Llewelyn as Q, SPECTRE with Blofeld and his infamous cat. Further more the movie is packed with great suspense, the fight scene on the train between Bond and Red is one of the best fights in film history. I also really liked the character of Kerim as a great sidekick. From Russia with Love beautifully romanticizes the Cold War spy world and for these reasons it is my number 1 pick. ” - Rowley9050
Investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve. (110 mins.)
“ This is the movie that made the James Bond franchise a Box Office Smash! Goldfinger is the best when it comes to gadgets and comic book style villains. It introduced my favorite Bond villain Oddjob as well as a powerful performance by Gert Frobe as Goldfinger. It also introduced the infamous Q laboratory in all its explosive glory, the famous laser scene, and the classic Aston Martin DB5. In addition this movie contained much more humor than the previous two. My only gripe with Goldfinger is how ridiculous Goldfinger's death was, and while this film is triumphant in its own right it did lead the way to cartoony and over-the-top villains and storylines that would ruin later films. ” - Rowley9050
A resourceful British government agent seeks answers in a case involving the disappearance of a colleague and the disruption of the American space program. (110 mins.)
“ "Bond. James Bond." This is the movie that started it all and still remains one of the greatest. Sure it may seem a little outdated today, but imagining that I'm seeing it in 1962 wow the story is compelling, and is the blueprint to every James Bond movie after it. Ursula Andress is the greatest of all the Bond women hands down!
Only gripe about this one: Wow I feel sorry for Quarrel! ” - Rowley9050
Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. Whilst MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. (143 mins.)
Armed with a licence to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007 and must defeat a weapons dealer in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, but things are not what they seem. (144 mins.)
“ What a breath of fresh air! After a few weak Brosnan movies that ended with the awful, awful Die Another Day, everyone was nervous about whether it was the end of James as they hired this new blonde Bond. Daniel Craig proved us all wrong, James was just getting started and this movie along with Daniel Craig's acting was fantastic! The fighting and the action is among the best I've seen in any movie and stayed true to the heart of the Bond franchise. With a great twist in the end, and a brutal torture scene. This film was both realistic and fun, and a great addition to a decade that very much needed a great Bond movie. ” - Rowley9050
The Spy Who Loved Me
James Bond investigates the hijacking of British and Russian submarines carrying nuclear warheads with the help of a KGB agent whose lover he killed. (125 mins.)
“ For me this is Roger Moore's best Bond movie. After Goldfinger, this is the greatest "gadget and supervillain" movie. I think this movie is the best considering how big budget it is, with incredible sets like Atlantis and the submarine lair. Barabara Bach, one of the best Bond women, stars as Agent Triple XXX, a rival Soviet agent that falls for Bond in the end. Also Richard Kiel as Jaws is a real treat and my favorite villain after Oddjob, so over the top the guy bites a shark, but the balance of comedy is a great blend in this film and makes it fun while not getting too ridiculous. This movie is action packed from the start with one of the best opening sequences as Bond skis off a cliff and parachutes down a mountain. It also has one of the best car chase sequences with the Lotus Esprit diving off a dock and transfoming into an aquatic car. The Egyptian film locations are also very exotic and add to the thrills of this classic Bond film. ” - Rowley9050
James Bond heads to The Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by SPECTRE agent Emilio Largo in an international extortion scheme. (130 mins.)
“ Another classic Sean Connery film. What I liked most about it was the thrilling underwater knife fights, the giant ocean battle at the end with torpedo guns, and the jetpack in the intro were all incredible (the movie won the academy award for best visual effects in 1965). Terence Young came back to direct this film and provided a great balance of realism while further elaborating on the Blofeld plot. Not to mention the women in this movie were gorgeous! Only lame scene was the berserk exercise machine in the beginning. ” - Rowley9050
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
James Bond woos a mob boss's daughter and goes undercover to uncover the true reason for Blofeld's allergy research in the Swiss Alps that involves beautiful women from around the world. (142 mins.)
“ This movie is very different from all the rest, it surprised me having heard nothing but negative things about it before viewing. George Lazenby is fantastic (Especially being only 28 and his first major role)and this movie is very well done with incredible cinematography of the Alps. This film got away from the ridiculous comic book/superhero attitude of You Only Live Twice and was a more story less gadgetry kind of movie. This is the first time you see Bond skiing away from baddies with guns, he's actually vunerable in this movie especially at the ice rink scene, and the climatic fight on the bobsleds is really cool. This is also a more violent film, the henchmen falling in the snow blower is very grizzly for that time. Diana Rigg plays Tracy who is arguably the best Bond girl in any of the films and certainly the most human. This movie is unique in that it's kind of a romance film, James finally falls in love and even gets married in the end. This is also the only Bond movie that ends tragically setting up what could have been an incredible follow-up. I admit the plot itself as far as Blofeld and his penthouse of beatiful women is concerned is ridiculous, but it's still fun and very enjoyable. Telly Salvalas (Kojak) is a great Blofeld. The songs in this film are also some of the best with a really cool opening credit montage, also All the Time In the World with Louis Armstrong is priceless. One of my favorite moments in this movie is when Bond threatens to resign and is cleaning his desk out, reminisces on old items from previous movies and the mango tree song is heard being sung. ” - Rowley9050
For Your Eyes Only
Agent 007 is assigned to hunt for a lost British encryption device and prevent it from falling into enemy hands. (127 mins.)
“ This is another great little Roger Moore movie that is often overlooked. Made after the ridiculous Moonraker it took out a lot of the stupid puns and dull humor as well as the overblown dependency on gadgets and over-the-top villains. Yes, the opening is very cheesy as far as Blofeld's cameo and death falling down a smoke stack, but on the other hand it's brilliant...this director John Glenn is paying tribute to On Her Majesty's Secret Service with Bond mourning his dead wife. I tend to view this film as the true "Diamonds Are Forever", a tribute to what the follow-up to On Her Majesty's Secret Service should have been. What is interesting is additionally the rest of the film portrays Bond as a matured man who has learned vengeance doesn't heal the wound and so is warning Melina who seeks revenge for the death of her parents. This movie also has a great ski chase (Again perhaps tribute to OHMSS), a thrilling scene where Bond and Melina are dragged by a boat, and an adreneline inducing climb up the side of a mountain. Columbo played by Topol (Fiddler On the Roof) is a great sidekick. The ending isn't the best or most memorable, but this is a solid film and one of Roger Moore's best as far as acting goes. ” - Rowley9050
James Bond teams up with the lone survivor of a destroyed Russian research center to stop the hijacking of a nuclear space weapon by a fellow agent formerly believed to be dead. (130 mins.)
“ Easily Pierce Brosnan's best film. Goldeneye was a huge success when it debuted in 1995. It was the first James Bond film I ever saw as I was 9 when it came out. Pierce was a much better Bond than Dalton and arguably more suave than Moore. This movie had a number of villains including the traitor 006 played by Sean Bean. It also introduced a new M played by Judi Dench who had been a friend of the original M Bernard Lee. This was a thrilling and action packed film with an outstanding opening sequence with Pierce bungee jumping off a damn, as well as a cool fight atop a satellite tower. I abosultely loved this movie as a kid. Having said that it has been quite some time since I've seen this film, so I don't know if I will still feel the same way about it now. A part of me thinks that it is not so much the movie but in fact the incredible videogame released for Nintendo 64 that I love so much. In fact I never saw the movie until after I played the game. ” - Rowley9050
The Living Daylights
James Bond is living on the edge to stop an evil arms dealer from starting another world war. Bond crosses all seven continents in order to stop the evil Whitaker and General Koskov. (130 mins.)
“ This film surprised me as I had read so many negative things about Timothy Dalton. I'll say it now, don't believe any of them, Timothy Dalton did an excellent job playing the role of 007 in this movie. The Living Daylights reminded me a lot of For Your Eyes Only as far as film style, storyline, and pacing. It's a back to serious adventure mode style of film, and provided a compelling storyline. While Maryam d'Abo as the leading lady could be flat at times, overall she played her part to par as Bond's love interest. John Rhys-Davies is always a joy for me to see on screen (He played famous roles Sallah in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Gimli in Lord of the Rings) and did well as Russian General Pushkin.
There are two stand-out scenes in The Living Daylights that also rank among the best in the series. The first includes a very well executed car chase with the Aston Martin that has Bond speeding through a snowy landscape with the Russians close behind. Packed full with gadgetry galore the car emits a laser beam that saws impending vehicles in half, shoots rockets, and grows a flashy pair of snow skis. This scene also reveals a new way to use a viola case, oh the possibilities! The second scene is the way cool fight on a cargo net hanging out the end of an airplane over the Afghan desert. Incredible film techniques and amazed at how much better it looks than say then did with modern day CGI.
The only real criticism I have with this film is the weak villians, totally forgetable and not all that threatening.
Overall this James Bond entry does not disappoint. It plays out exactly how you want a Bond film to full of action, gadgetry, beautfiul women, and exotic locales, not to mention a decent storyline. Also there is a scene with Afghan "freedom fighters" complaining about airport security that is unfortunately a lot funnier today than back then in 1987. ” - Rowley9050
Never Say Never Again
A SPECTRE agent has stolen two American nuclear warheads, and James Bond must find their targets before they are detonated. (134 mins.)
“ This is probably one of the most debated 007 movies to date as it is not an official EON film. That means it does not contain the iconic intro with the circle and the gunman firing causing the screen to ooze red as well as other trademarks. I don't know if they can or cannot say "shaken not stirred", but throughout the film Connery just says a vodka martini...with a brilliantly played Max Largo rolling his eyes while smirking, "Yes of course." So let me continue - Yes Sean Connery is back! And I mean that I really do, he is older but he is James Bond in this film and looks glad to be there (Unlike Diamonds and Live Twice). This movie really surprised me, it's a good James Bond movie and I like it better than Octopussy that came out the same year (They're hard to rate though, both are very different). This movie is technically a re-make of Thunderball as far as overall villainous plot is concerned, but it is very different to Thunderball as well. The beginning act at the spa is better than Thunderball (I understand why he needs to recover here). There is a huge fight scene at the spa (One of my favorite fights in the franchise) with the infamous Pat Roach (Pat is most famous for being the "tough guy" in Indiana Jones films. In Raiders he was the bald Nazi in the famous plane fight scene where he's chopped by the propellar, and Temple of Doom he's the tough henchman who is ground in the rock crusher.). This film also has the best Felix played by Bernie Casey, the beautiful and revealing Kim Basinger and a comical appearance by Rowan Atkinson (AKA Mr. Bean). This is a back to basics Bond movie, less gadgetry more realistic action. It's also very fast-paced, clever, and some cute humor. Overall this was a very good and entertaining Bond film that could have been perhaps one of the best had it contained the classic Q and Moneypenny and a better theme song (This movie has the worst theme song I've ever heard.). There's also a cool 80's twist in the casino where Bond plays a sweet looking arcade game against Largo. The movie also has a tribute to Thunderball with Bond and Felix appearing briefly on jetpacks as well as some of the underwater vehicles and knife fights. ” - Rowley9050
Licence to Kill
James Bond goes rogue and sets off to unleash vengeance on a drug lord who tortured his best friend, a C.I.A. agent, and left him for dead and murdered his bride after he helped capture him. (133 mins.)
A fake Fabergé egg and a fellow agent's death lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces. (131 mins.)
“ The "official" James Bond movie of 1983. Let me start out by saying I really enjoyed watching this movie. It was a fun adventure film and Roger Moore's best acting of all his James Bond films is in this one (The scene where he tells off General Orlov in the train is his best to date). That being said the plot was very confused...I said that right. This movie didn't know whether it should be James Bond or Indiana Jones. Raiders of the Lost Ark had just come out two years prior to this and I felt like the whole time the director was trying to appeal to this. (To give them credit though a lot of it made me think of Temple of Doom, especially the goat head at the dinner table scene, which hadn't come out yet.) The opening sequence in Cuba was a great action short, but I think the rest of the movie got lost in the jungle (and the circus). I did love the exotic India settings, Bond hadn't been there yet in 13 films. This movie also had great characters, Vijay was a great sidekick and I felt very bad for him when he took the saw to the face, the villains are also very well played. I was kind of sketchy on Gobinda's character (the burly bearded Indian henchman) as he reminded me of a direct copy of Oddjob minus the hat, especially when he crushes the dice to dust in his hand. I also loved seeing Q swarmed by girls while getting out of the hot air balloon at the end. This was a very fun adventure film that was more serious than Moore's 70's Bond films but more humor than For Your Eyes Only.
I guess what hurts the film for me is the last scene where James Bond somehow manages to hang onto a soaring airplane in midflight while it nose dives and does 360 spins. That was ridiculous I'll let the train roof fights slide, but really. He's human the whole film until this. Also the clown suit was rather ridiculous but it fits the story so I'll let that slide, gorilla suit not so much. I won't even go into the alligator submarine thing, and the Tarzan yell. ” - Rowley9050
Live and Let Die
007 is sent to stop a diabolically brilliant heroin magnate armed with a complex organization and a reliable psychic tarot card reader. (121 mins.)
“ Overall this is a pretty tacky movie and very outdated at that, but I really enjoy this movie. It could be labeled a blaxploitation movie and certainly aimed to bring out that genre after the success of Shaft in 1971. This is Roger Moore's first movie and offers a nice change of pace after the terrible Diamonds Are Forever which featured a very tired and detached Sean Connery. The highlight of Live and Let Die is the incredible cast of villains: Geoffrey Holder as the voodoo king Baron Samedi (My personal favorite after Oddjob and Jaws), Julius Harris as Tee Hee Johnson who has a mechanical claw hand, Earl Jolly Brown as the mysterious but likable Whisper, and of course Yaphet Kotto as the gang's leader Mr. Big (Who later went on to star in Alien). This comic book cast of villains was a riot and made the movie a lot of fun to watch. Jane Seymour is stunningly beautiful as Solitaire.
This movie was full of action and humor, and moved at a very fast pace. The voodoo theme is really cool and unique. Guy Hamilton did a good job playing to extremes and highlighting the humor while directing this film. Some of the highlights for me were the funeral procession in New Orleans that would pick up an unsuspecting guest and suddenly the music would change to a celebratory parade. I also really enjoyed the outro scene with Baren Samedi laughing like a maniac on the train. There's a fun double decker bus chase, a pit full of alligators and crocodiles, and an extreme boat chase along the Lousiana bayou. The theme song by Paul McCartney is one of the best.
Like I said the movie worked well playing to extremes, but some parts did take it a little too far for humor's sake; such as the clumsy Southern Sheriff J.W. Pepper or Bond escaping by running across alligators' backs. The ending was a bit disappointing too as I thought there would be a bigger fight with Baron Samedi, but Bond handles him very readily. Also the scene with the inflatable pill device was really corny. The ending seems to happen too abruptly.
Overall this is a very enjoyable film if you take it light heartedly. ” - Rowley9050
Quantum of Solace
James Bond descends into mystery as he tries to stop a mysterious organization from eliminating a country's most valuable resource. All the while, he still tries to seek revenge over the death of his love. (106 mins.)
“ I saw this once in the theater three years ago so I really don't remember a whole lot from this film other than I enjoyed it but less than Casino. I remember the tribute to Goldfinger with the naked woman covered in oil, and Felix played a bigger role in the movie which I enjoyed. The villain was weak in this movie, but it did a good job continuing where Casino Royale left off, with James seeking revenge for the death of Vesper. This was overall a very entertaining and action-packed film. Craig still delivers and is an excellent James Bond. I would not rank Quantum as one of the best films in the Bond franchise but it certainly isn't one of the worst. ” - Rowley9050
The Man with the Golden Gun
James Bond is led to believe that he is targeted by the world's most expensive assassin while he attempts to recover sensitive solar cell technology that is being sold to the highest bidder. (125 mins.)
“ This was a very different and quirky James Bond film, and while it has it's obvious flaws it is still a very entertaining movie to watch. Christopher Lee does a wonderful job playing the villain Scarmanga as does Herve Villechaize as the mischievous Nick Nack. I liked the overall idea of this movie as a duel between titans, two hitmen duking it out on an exotic island, but the writing took an even more extreme path toward humor than Live and Let Die. This movie does have a great car chase, but even that is tainted with Sheriff Pepper tagging along again. There was also a really cool stunt spin over a river during the car chase that was ruined by a slide-whistle noise. Overall this movie starts off very well but gets worse the further it goes. The fun house maze at Scarmanga's hideout is interesting but strange, and I still don't understand how Scarmanga fell for the old pretend you're a statue trick. Of course Bond fell for that earlier in the film when two sumo wrestlers suddenly came to life. Also Scarmanga's third nipple attribute was just weird and laughable. It's not a bad movie by any means but the flaws and humor weigh it down. ” - Rowley9050
You Only Live Twice
Agent 007 and the Japanese secret service ninja force must find and stop the true culprit of a series of spacejackings before nuclear war is provoked. (117 mins.)
“ Ahh the film that finally revealed "Ernst Stavro Blofeld", played with great theatrical style by Donald Pleasence (Pre-Halloween). This large production film directed by Lewis Gilbert, who would later direct the big budget pictures The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, starts with Bond's own funeral at sea...or is it? This movie started off very compelling, but lost itself along the way. The movie does a wonderful job engaging the viewer into Japanese culture and landscapes. What I liked about the first hour of the movie was the mystery, it starts off as a great thriller with people being assassinated as Bond follows the trail. It starts to lose itself as Aki is constantly arriving just in time to save Bond, and then Bond later "becomes Japanese" and is married. This movie moves very slowly at times, especially during the space sequences. The exploding cigarette is also very corny.
I can't help but feel that Sean Connery is very detached in this film, he doesn't play his role out like in the earlier films as if he's tired of being James Bond. The ending is very sudden as well. Many scenes are overblown and way too predictable. Bond becomes almost a superhero in this movie especially during the epic but unengaging helicopter sequence. I also didn't understand the point of the female villain as her only purpose in the film was to build up for that airplane crash which was poorly edited and bland. Also the pirahnna pond was way over the top, and I couldn't stop thinking of Austin Powers throughout the 2nd hour of this movie.
The highlights for me are definately Blofeld's lair under the valcano and the epic battle at the end, as well as Donald Pleasence's portrayal of Blofeld. This is the beginning of the end for Sean Connery and EON films. ” - Rowley9050
The World Is Not Enough
James Bond uncovers a nuclear plot when he protects an oil heiress from her former kidnapper, an international terrorist who can't feel pain. (128 mins.)
“ It's been a while since I've seen this movie. Pierce Brosnan is great in this film, but the story is mixed, and Denise Richards character as Christmas Jones is pathetic and provides lots of terrible puns (AKA "Christmas came early"). There are some great scenes in this film however, the opening sequence with Bond injuring his arm, the attack on M16 headquarters, the bomb in the pipeline scenario was very thrilling, and the best to me was the helicopters with the buzzsaws dangling down. This film is clearly a mixed baggage. Renard may not have seemed original by any means but he was a decent villain played by Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting), Robbie Coltrane also returned as Valentin providing a great character sidekick with Bond.
This film will always be remembered as the last to star Desmond Llewelyn as Q. ” - Rowley9050
Tomorrow Never Dies
James Bond heads to stop a media mogul's plan to induce war between China and the UK in order to obtain exclusive global media coverage. (119 mins.)
“ I will say it right now, I haven't seen this movie in probably 13 years so I don't have a solid review for it. The only thing I clearly remember is a very cool car chase sequence in a parking garage highlighting all kinds of explosive gadgets. I also remember something about a submarine full of villains shooting down upon overboard passengers. I will try to rent this movie again soon so I an provide a better review. ” - Rowley9050
A View to a Kill
An investigation of a horse-racing scam leads 007 to a mad industrialist who plans to create a worldwide microchip monopoly by destroying California's Silicon Valley. (131 mins.)
“ The best thing about this film is the theme song, overall this is a very bland and quirky James Bond movie. The opening ski chase had Moore snowboarding down a mountain to Beach Boys music...I knew I was in for a long ride and wow did this film drag. Surprisingly the first hour is not that bad at Max Zorin's horse chateau. There are some good scenes that include a fast pursuit up the Eiffel Tower, and Bond's sidekick Sir Godfrey Tibbett provided some much needed comic relief. Although there was a really lame scene in which Bond is driving around in a French car that is cut in half.
San Francisco is really where the movie takes a turn for the worst. The only really exciting scenes include Bond being trapped in an underwater pipeline trying to prevent himself being chopped into a fan, and the scene where he is trapped in a burning elevator (Amazingly he survives climbing through fire and smoke). Otherwise much of the movie feels a lot longer than it should, most of the characters including Tanya Roberts as Stacey Sutton are bland and boring. Christopher Walken as Max Zorin and Grace Jones as May Day come off very flat as the villains (Walken especially while May Day portrays the typical henchman: silent with burly strenth). Not to mention the plotline as a whole is one of the most ridiculous, trying to blow up the San Andreas faultline to trigger a massive earthquake and destroy Silicon Valley!
The police chase through the streets of San Francisco though is definately the ridiculous high point. Bond steals a firetruck when police question him over a gun they found...wait wasn't there a massive fire going on in that building? Don't they need that firetruck James?? The rest is a lame and campy pursuit reminiscient of the Las Vegas cop chase in Diamonds. Bond somehow even ends up on the ladder of the firetruck as it swings dramatically around the streets, none of this fits in with the rest of the movie.
Overall this is a pretty bland movie and felt a lot longer than it really was, with not a lot of substance or scenes that stand out among the other films. ” - Rowley9050
James Bond investigates the mid-air theft of a space shuttle and discovers a plot to commit global genocide. (126 mins.)
“ I think the biggest problem with this film is that it is just too much. The storyline is congested, the action is over-the-top, and this film tries to be more of a comedy but falls flat on its face. The villain Drax played by Michael Lonsdale is one of the flattest villains of all the James bond movies, he is boring and forgetable. For some reason, never explained, he has an odd henchman named Chang dressed in oriental attire that is killed off fairly early (It's as if they didn't know whether to make him the tough henchman or not but killed him off to give Jaws more screentime.).
The first half of the film is completely forgetable except for Bond (apparently superhuman) somehow surviving, and staying awake for that matter, 15G's on the human centifuge machine. The opening scene too is an interesting but over-the-top skydiving fight sequence, in which Jaws somehow survives by falling onto a circus tent (Which becomes an ongoing pun throughout the movie, seeing Jaws survive things nobody in reality would.)
In the film Bond travels to Italy where there is a very stupid gondala pursuit in which the gondala inflates and rides on land. There is also a campy scene that features the jingle to Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind. Bond also meets CIA agent Dr. Holly "Goodhead" (Really Lewis Gilbert??? Relying on Jr. High humor...and I thought Christmas Jones was bad.) who is basically the CIA version of Barabara Bach's character in Spy Who Loved Me.
Next Bond travels to Rio where there is a close encounter with Jaws dressed as a freaky looking clown, but luckily a crowd of people come and push Jaws away with them (Apparently Jaws can rip a car apart but is no match for a crowd of Mardi Gras partyers.) There is a decent boat chase later where Bond hanglides over a waterfall. The movie really loses itself (to the point of no return) at the space station and the subplot where Jaws falls in love and actually becomes Bond's ally. Awful, awful writing. The space fight itself was very outdated as far as special effects goes, and the movie felt like it was trying to capitalize off the success of Star Wars and Close Encounters which both came out in 1977, and instead created a poorly written movie that came off looking more like a parody of James Bond than an actual film. ” - Rowley9050
Diamonds Are Forever
A diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an evil plot involving a rich business tycoon. (120 mins.)
“ Diamonds Are Forever is tied as the single worst James Bond movie I have ever seen. After the incredible On Her Majesty's Secret Service which brought a realistic approach to the spy franchise, as well as ending on a strong emotional note that greatly set-up the next flick, this film had the potential to be one of the best. Instead they turned their backs to this promising new direction and took the old formula to the extreme, even bribing Connery to come back. The result was a lame and cartoony movie that pretended the last film never happened, and was incredibly hard to watch.
First off, Sean Connery looks and acts like he does not want to be in this movie. He looks as if he has aged tremendously and is tired of doing the role of Bond. Blofeld is absolutely ridiculous! He's played by another new actor Charles Gray who does a decent job considering the hand he was dealt. For some reason Blofeld has hair in this one, has created body doubles, and even dresses like a woman in one scene. There are also two villains (rumored to be gay lovers) named Mr. Kidd and Mr. Wint, they came off just awkward and dry...which is too bad because I felt they could have had a bigger role in this.
The entire movie takes place in Las Vegas, a location that doesn't really feel like a Bond movie at all; it's portrayed as a very dry, brown, rocky desolate place. There is a really stupid chase sequence in which Bond steals a moon buggy and sets off through the desert only to be chased by clumsy cars that lose control constantly and wreck. Another lame chase sequence occurs on the Vegas strip by clunky police officers. There is also a scene where bond is about to be cremated alive, but at the last minute the cremator pulls him out to ask questions...like the writers wrote themselves into a corner and didn't know what to do next.
Even the ending battle on the oil rig is absolutely horrendous; Bond merely operates the crane controls and dangles Blofeld aimlesly about as explosions occur around them. In fact Bond never fires his gun once throughout this entire movie! Not Once! The end result is a movie that is neither too comicy to be fun nor realistic to be thrilling.
I would say the only highlights of this film are Jill St. John in a bikini and the very last sequence where Mr. Kidd and Mr. Wint meet their demise. The rest is utterly disappointing. ” - Rowley9050
Die Another Day
James Bond is sent to investigate the connection between a North Korean terrorist and a diamond mogul who is funding the development of an international space weapon. (133 mins.)
“ This movie started out promising with a dark torture sequence set in North Korea but only went down from there...deep down. It's been awhile since I've seen this movie. I only saw it the one time in theaters and have no desire to see it again. The first half if I remember right was very similar to Dr. No, Bond on a Caribbean Island solving a mystery. Halle Berry was alright if I remember. The terrible scars that stand out for me is the end of the film has an invisible car chase and Bond surfing on a glacier that was poorly done with CGI; it looked like a cartoon. Also the villain was very lame, they tried to outdo Goldfinger with the multiple laser bit, and the end scene on the airplane with the giant laser beam was absolutely ridiculous! This ties with Diamonds Are Forever as the worst James Bond movie ever made. ” - Rowley9050