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This movie is invincible
GoldenEye is a movie that saved Bond after an unsuccessful Licence to Kill. Pierce Brosnan plays Bond this time and he's amazing in the role definitely one of my Top 3 Bonds. Martin Campbell directs this movie and it's one of the most well directed action movies ever made. This is a Bond film that is very difficult to top. This is not the traditional Bond we know and love, but somehow it manages to be just as good.
This is one of my favorite movies of all time and I'll explain why: This is the first Bond movie with a fully original story after The Spy Who Loved Me (which only had the title of the novel). The pacing is really good, it's fast and only stops when it's really needed.
The characters are all great. Sean Bean is fantastic as Alec Trevelyan. He's an insane mastermind who is definitely one of the best Bond villains of all time. Izabella Scorupco as Natalya Simonova is the third best Bond girl in my opinion after Diana Rigg's Tracy and Barbara Bach's Anya Amasova. Famke Janseen as Xenia Onatopp is one of the best henchmen and how she kills people is genius. Another memorable henchman is Alan Cumming as Boris Grishenko, a nerdy guy who thinks he's invincible. Gottfried John plays yet another villainous general - Ourumov in James Bond franchise and he's absolutely great. Joe Don Baker works much better as Jack Wade than as Brad Whitaker in The Living Daylights. He is one of the best Bond allies and so is Robbie Coltrane as Valentin Zukovsky. Samantha Bond replaces the awful Caroline Bliss as Moneypenny and she's the second best Moneypenny, with only Lois Maxwell in front. But most importantly we get Judi Dench as M, she is the best M we've ever seen, she's complex and it really feels like she's Bond's boss. Desmond Llewelyn returns as Q and we have one of the best Q branch scenes.
Action is very well done especially the tank chase. Bond never takes advantage of the new BMW car but it's redeemed by awesome gadgets such as exploding pen.
The main song by Tina Turner is great. But Eric Serra's score for the movie is overall pretty weak.
Now this movie might not please the fans of classic Bond that much, but any action movie fan will enjoy this one. This movie was definitely worth 6 years and it's a very impressive movie that won't leave your mind soon. I can't praise this film enough. I've got 10/10 for you tonight. My second favorite Bond film after The Spy Who Loved Me.
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
A very entertaining Bond movie
Tomorrow Never Dies is not an exceptional Bond film, but it's still a really fun film to watch. After Eric Serra's bland score for Goldeneye, we get David Arnold's amazing score, which is one of the best Bond scores of all time. The main theme by Sheryl Crow is awful however the theme at the end credits by K.D. Lang is absolutely amazing. This is Roger Spottiswoode's first and only Bond film. Action is great most of the time and the movie doesn't really have a boring moment. Jonathan Pryce as Elliot Carver is one of the best Bond villains ever, his only competition is Donald Pleasance as Blofeld from You Only Live Twice. Not only he is terrifyingly creepy but he also has great speeches. He has a henchman - Stamper played by Gotz Otto, who is basically a Red Grant/Hans rehash, but he's still pretty cool. Dr. Kaufman (Vincent Schiavelli) however is a very memorable henchman and he doesn't even have much screen time. He manages to be funny and creepy at the same time. The new car is remote-controlled BMW 750iL, which is one of the most memorable Bond cars and probably the best since Lotus Espirit S1 from The Spy Who Loved Me. Michelle Yeoh plays Wai Lin, also one of the bond girls, she is not your typical Bond girl for sure but her character really works here. Joe Don Baker returns as Bond's ally Jack Wade but I preferred him in Goldeneye. I don't get why people hate this movie so much, sure it's bland and it's not one of the best but it's definitely entertaining, has great cast of characters and an excellent story. This review is a story i've already written... so... 8.3/10
Never Say Never Again (1983)
Never see this movie again
I'll start tearing this movie apart - The music is garbage, just listen to the main theme and you'll understand. The action scenes and cinematography overall is garbage, which is a strange thing to say considering this movie is directed by Irvin Kershner, the same person who directed my favorite movie of all time - Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Sean Connery looks way too old to be playing Bond, even Roger Moore, who is a bit older than Connery looked better in Octopussy. I already didn't like Thunderball's story, so they made it even worse here. Barbara Carrera is one of the only redeeming qualities of the movie, she plays a wonderful henchman - Fatima Blush. The villain is Largo again and is played by Klaus Maria Brandauer, who cast him as Largo? Where's the eye patch and all that good stuff? He is as threatening as Mr. Bean. Speaking of Mr. Bean, Rowan Atkinson plays Small-Fawcett, who is funny but doesn't have much screen time. Alec McCowen, Pamela Salem and Edward Fox are all terribly cast as Q, Moneypenny and M. Max Von Sydow plays Blofeld in the movie, he's way too nice-looking to be an ultimate super-villain. Kim Basinger is also terrible as Domino, this movie makes me miss Domino from Thunderball. Bond goes to arcades in this movie and plays a video game against Largo... No seriously... I'm not even joking, that really happens in the movie. The official Bond movie released around the same time is much better, it has a better villain, girl, action, cinematography, story, everything. The movie had so much potential but instead we got a dull movie with terrible casting choices. I never want to watch this movie again, so I give it a 2/10. I'd take any official Bond movie over this garbage even the awful Quantum of Solace and Die Another Day.
Licence to Kill (1989)
License to avoid this movie
I loved the previous movie with Dalton but really dislike this one. The main character of the film is not Bond, it's some revenge-driven psychopath. Parts of the story seem to based off Live and Let Die, making this feel like a hard-edge remake of Live and Let Die. The movie is also quite boring and not that easy to watch. This is the last movie John Glen directed and it's definitely his worst, i'd rather even watch A View to a Kill than this. Carey Lowell plays a boring, uninteresting, dull Pam Bouvier, the main Bond girl of the movie. We have a new composer Michael Kamen who does a great score that is pretty underrated in my opinion, it's not John Barry but it's still good. The main theme sung by Gladys Knight is also great, it's reminiscent of Goldfinger theme. Bond also retires from MI6 to do his own mission... gee... we've never heard that before... But we did in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Robert Davi plays a pretty cool villain, Franz Sanchez and Benicio Del Toro plays a pretty cool henchman, Dario. Q appears more in this film which is the best redeeming quality of this movie. But other than that, we've got a movie where nothing interesting happens, where we have a reused story, where we have a reused plot point, takes itself so seriously that it loses it's Bond feel. This is also the least successful Bond film because nobody even cared for this atrocity. It would take 6 years to release a movie that saved the franchise. Anyway I have a license to give this movie a 3.5/10.
The Living Daylights (1987)
The living's in the way we die
The Living Daylights is excellent. It's a Bond film with perfect story, perfect action and perfect locations. The only real flaw of the movie is the villains - Brad Whitaker played by Joe Don Baker only appears for about... five minutes making him pretty forgettable and General Koskov played by Jeroen Krabbé is just way too nice for a villain. Kara played by Maryam d'Abo is much better than the Bond girl from the previous film, she actually has character and a great chemistry with Bond. Speaking of Bond, Timothy Dalton replaces Sir Roger Moore and he's great in the role. He's more serious than Sir Roger, and while I still consider him to be my favorite, Dalton is great and brings his own personality. This Bond film is the last cold war story in James Bond franchise. Best thing about the movie are its locations ranging from Austria to Afghanistan. This is John Glen's best work, a film that is still stunning to this day. This is also John Barry's final score for a Bond film and is probably his best too. The theme song sung by A-Ha can match that of A View to a Kill, it's a darker Bond song and one of the most unique. We also have great action sequences such as ice chase. Necros played by Andreas Wisniewski is a great henchman and much scarier than actual villains of the film. John Rhys-Davies as General Pushkin is great and we get many cool scenes with him, although I would have preferred to have Gogol instead of him, I still really like him. Gadgets are also one of the best if not the best. This is an incredible Bond movie that is highly underrated, it's the most underrated film in the franchise and also one of the best Bond movies to be made. It's definitely Dalton's best and the best Bond film of the 80s. It would probably have been my all-time favorite Bond film if the villains were a bit better. I love this movie and I swear my nerves are showing, but I still want to give this movie a 9.7/10.
A View to a Kill (1985)
A mystery gaping inside...
A View to a Kill is a Bond movie that I always wanted to like more, but I just can't. John Barry's score for the film is one of his best. The main theme by Duran Duran is fantastic as well. But good music doesn't save the movie. We have a 57 year old James Bond. They should have replaced an actor already, I love Roger Moore, he's my favorite, but he was getting way too old for a role such as this. Some of the scenes with Roger Moore will make you cringe. Christopher Walken plays the bad guy here, Max Zorin and you think since it's Christopher Walken, he'd be great, but no... He's just a generic, mad villain. Grace Jones plays Mayday... who is also pretty boring. Zorin and Mayday also say what is quite possibly the worst title drop in movie history. The entire movie is also ridiculously cheesy and silly. Stacey Sutton played by Tanya Roberts is the worst Bond girl of all time and I'm not even kidding. She is annoying and cringe-worthy. About quarter of the action scenes are entertaining, rest are boring. If only the rest of the movie was as great as its climax. In my view (to a kill), this movie deserves no more than 4/10.
All Time High...
Octopussy is a go-to Bond movie. It's the easiest Bond movie to watch and one of the most entertaining action movies. Roger Moore is back as Bond to deliver one of his best performances. This is also the first Bond film to have two main villains - Steven Berkoff's wonderfully over-the-top performance as General Orlov and a classic villain Kamal Khan played by Louis Jordan. It's not the easiest story to follow and you might get lost some times but story isn't what makes this movie great, the thing that makes this movie great is non-stop action. We see some incredible stunts and a great climax. Gogol (Walter Gotoll) plays a more important role in this one, he's at his best here. Maud Adams from The Man with the Golden Gun is back, now playing a different character, the main Bond girl in the film - Octopussy. Robert Brown replaces Bernard Lee as M and he's decent, but not as good as Bernard. The soundtrack from John Barry is great in this one, perfectly fitting every scene and theme song is great as well. This movie is an All Time High for me, so I give it a 8/10.
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
"For your eyes only can see me through the night"
For Your Eyes Only is the exact opposite of the previous movie - Moonraker. This Bond movie doesn't go to outer space, it stays on Earth for the entire time and manages to be both entertaining and adventurous. We've got one of the best Bond girls - Melina Havelock played by Carole Bouquet. One of the funniest Bond characters - Bibi played by Lynn Holly-Johnson. The henchman isn't one of the greatest, but he's okay. Julian Glover's Kristatos is a more realistic villain and not really a bad one, I just think that Bond has fought much more threatening foes. The music is composed by Bill Conti and it's great. Especially the main theme performed by Sheena Easton which is just amazing and perfectly captures what the movie is about. Greece is one of the best choices for a location in a Bond film. We're also introduced to one of my favorite Bond directors - John Glen who directed every Bond film of the 80s. The story is really well done and so is the action. The cliff scene at the end is suspenseful and thrilling. Roger Moore also plays Bond more seriously his time, abandoning the camp of the previous film. It might be a bit too serious at times. Underwater scenes are back and they're boring like always, but they're much better than that of Thunderball and they don't last as long. It's a great Bond film, that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. It's not perfect and it doesn't even make it into my top 10 favorite Bond films, but it's still really good and you should definitely see it if you haven't already. For your eyes only, I shall give this film a 8.7/10
Roger Moore is back again as James Bond for Moonraker, Bond's first step into the final frontier. Lewis Gilbert returns to direct a movie similar to his previous Bond movies... but now it's in SPAAACE. Jaws (Richard Kiel) is back, this time to serve a new villain - Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale), whose plan is to create a master race and eliminate every person who doesn't meet his needs. He has some great speeches, he's very rich and he's also a bit scary, a perfect Bond villain. Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles) is a bland, boring Bond girl, that has way to many similarities to Anya Amasova from The Spy Who Loved Me. The movie is also filled with ridiculous scenes such as Jaws falling in love with Dolly (Blanche Ravalec). But the worst thing here has to be the dreadful double-take Pigeon and while it only appears for like 1-2 seconds, whenever I see that thing I feel like my DVD/Blu-ray is lagging, but no it's the actual part of the film. It also has what is quite possibly the very best of John Barry's soundtracks. Ken Adam does some of the best sets we've ever seen in a Bond movie. Q's gadgets are really fun and put to a good use. Locations are great. We go from Venice to Rio and even outer space. Jaws is great in this film and we get an awesome pre-title sequence with him. While it's not as good as Star Wars or The Spy Who Loved Me, it's a good mix of both. It will definitely keep you entertained just don't pay attention to its Absurdity. Don't listen to what people say, it's actually a very good film. I give this science fiction Bond adventure a 8/10.
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
"Why'd you have to be so good"
There's some kind of magic inside this movie. It's a flawless bond film that will never exhaust you even after watching 100 times. How can anyone dislike this movie? It's to Roger Moore, what "Goldfinger" and "Goldeneye" are to Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan, his absolute best. This movie is even better than "Goldfinger" by having a villain with a bigger plan, an even more memorable henchman, an even more memorable Bond girl, much better locations and in my opinion a better Bond. From Egypt to Italy, this movie is stunning and shows why Lewis Gilbert is my all-time favorite Bond director. You can spot some similarities to my favorite Connery's film "You Only Live Twice", but it never feels like a rehash. Instead of John Bary, we have an equally great Marvin Hamlisch as the composer of the film. "Nobody Does it Better" is one of the greatest if not the greatest Bond song ever written, it's only competition is "You Only Live Twice". The song perfectly captures who Bond is. Ken Adam somehow topped his sets from "You Only Live Twice" in this one, it's almost twice as good. Stromberg's underwater base - ATLANTIS is his masterful work. He also had a bit of help from Stanley Kubrick as well. The plot is a classic cold war story, that again has some similarities to "You Only Live Twice", which doesn't bother me at all. And I haven't even talked much about the main cast yet. Roger Moore as Bond is perfect, you really feel like he's Bond. Barbara Back plays agent XXX - Anya Amasova. She is one of the greatest Bond girls of all time, even know she's not one of the best acted ones. Curd Jurgens plays a cold-hearted, menacing, dark villain - Karl Stromberg. Richard Kiel plays what is quite possibly the definitive Bond henchman, you know he's not someone to joke around with. He has big metal teeth that can even bite Sharks. Walter Gotell plays Gogol, a Russian equivalent of M who was so good, that he became a recurring character for the rest of Roger Moore Bond flicks. This movie always keeps you excited, entertained and thrilled. I give "The Spy Who Loved Me" a perfect score of 10/10 because nobody does it better, though sometimes I wish someone could.