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I'm your typical geeky, crazy guy!
Favorite "classy" movies:
2-The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
3-Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
4-Guess Who's Coming to DInner
8-The Sound of Music
Favorite "guilty pleasure" movies:
1-Race with the Devil
3-The Naked Gun
5-Twilight Zone: The Movie
6-House on Haunted Hill (1958)
7-The Poseidon Adventure (not really a guilty pleasure, but close!)
8-National Lampoon's Vacation
9-The Boys from Brazil
10-Tales from the Crypt (1972)
-comedy (especially romantic comedies)
-sci-fi and horror
-any '70s movie
Favorite Directors still working:
-Robert De Niro
Dr. No (1962)
Not the Best Bond Movie, but it's Up There!
It's funny how, with all the glitz and glamor that every Bond movie up to Casino Royale has heaped upon us, that we forget what gritty background Bond movies have.
As I mentioned in the title, this is not my favorite Bond movie (that honor would have to go to Goldfinger), but this one is easily third (second is On Her Majesty's Secret Service in my mind)! However, this is the best Bond book, and it makes a great movie!
What strikes me about this movie is how easily it could have been an episode of something like "Mission: Impossible". It's not nearly as fantasized as some other James Bond movies; in fact, I think the closest this movie comes to the fantastic realm is with Dr. No's hands, about which I will not say more for fear of releasing plot details. In fact, I think that that is one of the things I enjoy most about it, the fact that Bond, in this movie, could almost be any one of us.
I was also struck by the fact that this film was almost shot like a documentary in some scenes, really quick and dirty. It looks more like something that one might expect from "The French Connection" or, coming even closer, "Hawaii Five-O" than one might expect to see in a Bond film.
Well, I could go on forever about all the magnificent aspects of this film, such as the performances, direction, etc., but it suffices me to say that this is one of the best Bond movies and comes very highly recommended from me!