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Cinelinx honors one of the longest running movie franchises in history by ranking all the primary Bond films from worst to best.
Our month of James Bond comes to an end. For our grand finale, we're ranking all of the Eon Productions/MGM Studios films. That's 24 films in total, starting with 1961's Dr. No and ending with the latest, 2015's Spectre. During this time, the franchise has seen a lot of sucess, but also has had its fair share of miscues and issues with legal rights. Six actors have played James Bond himself, each with a unique take on the character that has, in turn, led to different styles of films. James Bond is originally based on the character created by British novelest Ian Flemming. Although many of the films borrow their titles from Flemming's novels, they tend to borrow few aspects from their respetive novels/short stories and have unique plots. »
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40 years ago today, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” made its big screen debut. Based on a 1962 novel of the same name, the mental hospital-set movie marked Jack Nicholson’s first Oscar win, and it also became the first film in four decades to win all five of the major Academy Award categories: Best Actor (Nicholson), Best Actress (Louise Fletcher, who played Nurse Ratched), Best Director (Miloš Forman), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture. The next film to win the Big Five (and the last one to date) was “The Silence of the Lambs” (including an Oscar win for Jodie Foster — whose birthday is today!). 40 years later, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” remains hailed as one of the best cinematic achievements. On AFI’s 100 Greatest American Films of All Time list, it’s placed at No. 33. You can purchase One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest on iTunes here. »
- Emily Rome
Despite an initial onslaught of positive reviews, and the fact that it.s a money making juggernaut at the box office, the latest James Bond movie, Spectre, hasn.t been as warmly embraced as its predecessor, Skyfall. The movie teeters on a 63% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes (for comparison, Skyfall is 93%, and the audience score discrepancy is similarly wide), but it wasn.t just critics who have taken issue with Spectre, as one former James Bond, Pierce Brosnan, has added his voice to the chorus of disapproval. The star of Die Another Day, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, and The World is Not Enough recently spoke to Hitfix about the upcoming home video release of his disaster film No Escape. When the subject of the new James Bond movie came up, he did not mince words, saying: I thought it was too long. The story was kind of weak . it could »
Our month-long focus on James Bond continues with a look at the ten best Bond screen villains. Check it out!
A good Bond villain does not always make for a great Bond film, but it doesn’t hurt. It’s common knowledge that a film with good conflict will be more engaging to watch, and the conflict between the protagonist and antagonist is the driving factor of the James Bond franchise. Therefore, along with one of the most well-known and legendary protagonists of all time, the franchise is also home to some of the most well-known and legendary antagonists as well. This is a list that honors the best antagonists in the Bond franchise. They’re the ones that are the most creative, memorable, or relentless, all characteristics which help make their respected films that much better. They’re the ones that left the biggest impact on audiences and the franchise as a whole. »
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The Bond title sequences are an important tradition for the franchise. Join us as we count them down from worst to best.
The title sequence is a trademark of the Bond franchise. It sets the tone for the film while using artistry to bring important themes and ideas to audience’s periphery. It’s more than just guns and girls, it’s a calling card that gives the Bond films a sophistication and uniqueness that its competitors and impostors lack. Through the years, these sequences have become more complicated and sophisticated, but the goal is the same: wow the audience.
Below we've listed the title sequences of all of the Eon Productions/MGM Studios films from worst to best based on the following criteria:
Song Rating = How good/memorable is the song?
Creativity = Have we seen it before?
Wow-Factor = The impact on the viewer.
Execution = How well made is it »
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Chicago – James Bond is back in his latest adventure, “Spectre,” but what about his movie life before this film? Spike Walters of HollywoodChicago.com ranks the 24 official James Bond films from worst to first, an overview of 007’s movie and cultural presence from 1962 through today.
The legacy of James Bond began in 1953, with the release of the first in a series of novels detailing the spy’s escapades, written by Ian Fleming. The British agent with a “license to kill” designation (007) was featured in 12 novels and two short story collections. In 1962, the first of the 24 official films – “Dr. No” – was released, starring Sean Connery, and began a series that maintains its popularity to this day. Many fans of the series consider Connery the essential James Bond, but many other actors followed him as Bond in the official film canon – George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and the current 007, Daniel Craig. »
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Directed by Lee Tamahori
The end of Die Another Day’s first act provides a set up to what could potentially have been one of the most freshly original Bond installments, an opportunity to explore deliciously dark corners of the iconic spy’s psyche. Forward wind an hour and the last major set piece leading up to the film’s climax includes an invisible Aston Martin dodging a minigun and stinger missile shooting Jaguar in an ice castle and a CGI Bond surfing laser cannon induced tidal waves. Between time spent with faces buried in palms, the audience must have wondered exactly how it all went so wrong.
- Scott Patterson
Directed by Michael Apted
1999, USA, UK
“There’s no point in living if you can’t feel alive”, Shirley Manson’s eerie and unmistakable voice sings in the melodic title tune to the 1999 James Bond film The World Is Not Enough. If you can get past the ridiculous concept of Denise Richards playing Dr. Christmas Jones, a nuclear physicist, The World Is Not Enough is a wonderfully entertaining addition to the Bond film series.
Beginning with an epic opening chase scene on the River Thames, Twine is a rollicking film that solidified Pierce Brosnan as Bond on his third outing. The plot centers on the assassination of billionaire Sir Robert King by Renard (Robert Carlyle), a terrorist who also kidnapped King’s daughter, Elektra. With the help of Christmas Jones Bond realizes that Elektra and Renard are lovers »
Although relatively scarce, horror movies directed by women are out there. You may have to turn over a few rocks to know who they are and their material might be a little more difficult to get your hands on, but these directors deserve just as much attention and scrutiny as their male counterparts, who have long dominated the genre. The following discusses selections of female directors’ forays into the business of terror. (This post contains spoilers)
The late director Antonia Bird’s Ravenous is a bizarre amalgamation of humor and horror that explores cannibalism with warped nuance. The strangely cacophonous score builds up tension as craven outcasts face a glutinous and depraved attacker whose strength seems fortified by his consumption of human flesh. Set during America’s westward expansion, the metaphor of humanity’s insatiable appetite for power is plain to see, but its execution indulges in such »
- Lane Scarberry
Let’s face it. The songs are the best parts of the James Bond movies. Throughout 007’s five decades, the title tracks are each film’s one hope of rising above dubious casting choices, retreads of old villains, and grandiose plots for world domination that will inevitably be foiled. And like all that other stuff, we like the songs because they’re another expected element in a series that’s filled with them, a pop cultural barometer for measuring the secret agent’s standing in the zeitgeist.
Bond songs can be aged bygones of their time with poetically vague lyrics that don’t add up to much, but the best ones rise above their period trappings to comment and reflect on their respective films. With Spectre set to hit American theaters this week, let’s look back at each and every title song in Metro Golden Mayer’s canon:
24. Rita Coolidge »
- David Klein
Directed by Guy Hamilton
Released September 1964 by United Artists
Even if you had never seen this film, just as with Ursula Andress rising from the waves like a bikini-clad version of Botticelli’s Venus in Dr. No, you’d recognize the iconic image. The girl, the bed, the gold paint. The sight of gilded Shirley Eaton spread out on the sheets is so evocative that – like Ursula – it was subjected to an ironic nod in a later Bond film. If Halle Berry wore the updated bikini in Die Another Day, instead of gold Gemma Arterton did sheet-duty wearing nothing but a coat of oil for Quantum of Solace.
Gold was the symbol of wealth in 1964, but in today’s world of global warming and fuel station queues, hydrocarbons have taken its place in the cultural lexicon. And »
- Cath Murphy
Over the years The World Is Not Enough, James Bond’s 19th adventure, has proven to be a rather divisive film. Some fans love it for its somewhat grounded plot and strong female roles while others hate it for the few crazy elements and nearly goofy villains. While perhaps not the best in Pierce Brosnan’s time as Bond, it is certainly not the worst of his films or of the franchise.
After playing an unwitting part in the assassination of an oil baron, MI6 assigns Bond to protect Elektra King, the late man’s daughter, from the terrorist Renard. This leads him into a conspiracy to destroy her family’s pipeline, but Bond soon discovers things are much murkier than they appear, especially in Elektra’s case.
Brosnan does a better job this »
- Ricky Church
James Bond is finally back in Spectre and, like all Bond films, it boasts a high-profile theme tune from an artist-of-the-moment. But where does Sam Smith sit in the illustrious ranks of Shirley Bassey, Paul McCartney and Rita Coolidge (!)? We've gone back through every single 007 song to find out which ones are earworms and which need their 00 status revoked.
A quick point to note: we've discounted instrumentals so the opening credits pieces from Dr No and On Her Majesty's Secret Service are not on the list.
The first and only duet in the entire Bond theme back catalogue, on paper this sounded great but what emerged was a sludgy, lifeless and unremarkable track that went in one ear and out the other.
Compounding the horror of her on-screen cameo in this stinker of a »
Here are the songs that were considered forJames Bond themes but ultimately rejected. Some of them aren't half-bad, too...
Bond title songs are an intrinsic part of the series. But did you know that there were often unused tracks that were considered but rejected? Some of them are damn good too. This is bound to lead to comparisons and what if… discussions, and that's what we are here to encourage today.
As soon as we try to define what makes a great Bond song, we run into the problem that dogs any criticism of the series – every aspect of it is extremely divisive. Whatever element you nominate as a high point, best actor, score or film, for example, is someone else's least favourite and vice versa. The same goes for the Bond theme songs: some people like a bouncy pop song with a nice brass arrangement. For others, »
The first Spectre press screening was held yesterday, and while the early reviews for the 24th Bond film are mostly positive, not everyone is having a love affair with Sam Mendes' Skyfall follow-up. Spectre is currently sitting at 90% at Rotten Tomatoes, however I have a feeling that number is going to drop as more reviews come in, although probably not to the same level as say The World Is Not Enough... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
While Daniel Craig’s less cartoonish take on the iconic secret agent might have eschewed some of the sillier 007 touches, he’s still not above impressing the ladies with his wit. As Spectre is about to be declassified, can you remember Bond’s most provocative one-liners?
“I always enjoyed learning a new tongue”
Tomorrow Never DiesThe Living DaylightsThe Man With the Golden GunA View to a KIll
“Now put your clothes back on, and I’ll buy you an ice cream.”
For Your Eyes OnlyOn Her Majesty’s Secret ServiceTomorrow Never Dies
“How do you kill five hours in Rio if you don’t samba?”
“Let me try and enlarge your vocabulary.”
“There’s something I’d like you to get off your chest.”
Dr NoLive »
- Benjamin Lee
Out on the home entertainment formats today is the thriller Survivor, which stars Milla Jovovich (The Resident Evil franchise), Pierce Brosnan (James Bond), Dylan McDermott (Olympus Has Fallen, Automata), Angela Bassett (Olympus Has Fallen), James D’Arcy (Jupiter Ascending, Cloud Atlas), Robert Forster (Jackie Brown) and Frances De La Tour (The Harry Potter Franchise).
To celebrate the release, we thought we’d take a look at this brilliant cast’s career to date… but first, here’s the synopsis…
“Survivor” is a thriller about a State Department employee newly posted to the American embassy in London, where she is charged with stopping terrorists from getting into the U.S. And that puts her in the line of fire: targeted for death, framed for crimes she didn’t commit, discredited and on the run. Now she must find a way to clear her name and stop a large-scale terrorist attack set »
- The Hollywood News
Jessica Chastain would like to play a Bond villain, and the more we think about it, the more we want her to play a Bond villain too.
"One of my goals is to play a villain in a Bond film," Chastain told W Magazine.
"People ask me if I want to be a Bond girl, and I say, 'No, I want to be the villain'. I'm waiting for that call!"
She's previously alluded to her Bond bad guy desires back in 2013, when she told The Playlist: "Enough of the graceful characters, I want to get my hands dirty."
With the brand new 007 movie Spectre only a couple of weeks away from release, and Sam Smith’s new single Writing’s On The Wall riding high at the top of the UK charts, the British public have been out in force voting for their favourite Bond theme of all time.
perhaps unsurprisingly Adele’s Skyfall from the film of the same name topped the poll, which was conducted by Bingocams. The track, from the 2012 film of the same name, attracted a huge 366 votes out of the poll of 1700 people, nearly double that of its nearest rival, Paul McCartney and Wings’ superb Live and Let Die, which bagged 188 votes.
Shirley Bassey’s scored a double-whammy with third and fourth place with her themes from Diamonds Are Forever (160 votes) at the number three position, and Goldfinger with 147 votes in fourth. Carly Simon’s Nobody Does It Better from The Spy Who Loved Me »
- The Hollywood News
22 best and worst Bond theme songs ranked: Do you agree?
Ah, Mr Bond! We've been... inspecting you. Yes, ahead of Spectre's release on October 26, Digital Spy has attempted the impossible: ranking all 23 films of the 007 franchise. From 1962's Dr No all the way to 2012's Skyfall, we've graded which films were 00-heaven - and which were, well, something of an oddjob.
Ok, we've ignored unofficial outing Never Say Never Again and that weird original Casino Royale with Woody Allen. Plus the radio version of Moonraker, starring Blockbusters' Bob Holness. But otherwise, read on for your definitive guide through a minefield of gadgets, girls and shaken martinis, starting with the abject worst. Violently disagree? Be sure to let us know...
23. Die Another Day (2002)
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