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In short if you want to watch Burt Reynolds best films than this one
must be included. If you don't like Burt you may still like this. If
you love Burt this may become one of your favorite movies of all time!
Being from Atlanta it does hit home but it's also nice to see a
cop/action/drama that takes place somewhere other than NY City,
Chicago, Miami, or LA. The film is funny at points with & good plot &
good performances from a great supporting cast (every character is real
& the bad guys are not so one sided they are really well thought out)A
nice offbeat romance in the 2nd half & it has some good old fashion
shootouts & fistfights (no CGI thank God REAL ACTION!)
If Clint Eastwood did his best impression of a Burt Reynolds movie with "Every Which Way But Loose" & "Any Which Way You Can" then Burt responded with his best Clint type flick with this, & it comes off great!
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As I rank all of the 007 films from my least favorite to #1 favorite,
this one comes in at #18. I was very excited to see this film. And it
is a rather good one. The opening pretitle sequence is probably
Brosnans best. The title song by Garbage is also the best Brosnan
receives in my opinion. Brosnan has seemed to settle into the character
rather well by now. Being a Dalton fan I was upset that Brosnan was
taking over, but by this time I was used to him, and he does a nice
job. There is a very nice twist when Elekra King played by Sophie
Marceau is revealed to be a bad guy, which I didn't see coming. And
Robert Carlyle is great as the villain Renard. He has a bullet lodged
in his head which is slowly killing him, yet makes him feel no pain.
Excellent idea! So why do I not rank this film a little higher? After I
had just seen it for the first time I would have. But after viewing it
several times since it first came out, some of the problems with it
became more apparent. A good friend of mine said it best, "it's like
they were trying to throw in every signature element and action scene
of the Bond films, and it just doesn't come off as all that original."
Carlyle is great but way under used. They could have taken his
character so much further. And Denise Richards as Dr. Christmas Jones
was ridiculous. In other roles I have seen her in she has faired OK,
but her performance in this was awful. One person can't ruin a movie,
but she truly puts a damper on everything. And then the big finale is
sort of a let down. I like, and frankly expect, the biggest and best
action to be saved for last. But the end climax just didn't have a lot
of the spark that the opening did.
So The World is Not Enough is a good film, as all 007 movies are good to me. But not as good as it could have been. Look for my #17 selection Diamond Are Forever.
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11-3-05 Review #2.
I love all the Bond films. Continuing my review of all 20, from least favorite to #1 favorite. The Man with the Golden Gun ranks #19.
By no means a bad film. The rating may say 4 stars, but I am only comparing this with other Bond films. This 007 feature is in a way one of the most unique of the bunch. First off, how can you have a better villain than the great Christopher Lee. And he is very good in this film. Not just a card board baddie. You feel for him some and understand him a little. Maud Adams is great as well. And Britt Eklund as Mary Goodnight is very attractive too, if a bit whinny. The score really helps in this one more than in some others, and is used well. And although bringing back the Sheriff from Live and Let Die is a little coincidental and corny, it's still pretty funny. There's an awesome car jump that is just unbelievable. There is a nice scene in which 007 fights (is chased by) a school of karate students. And the picture is a bit more focused than Moores first 007 film Live and Let Die, which took a while to build up steam.
But on the down side, the film has many slow points and some of the cheesy moments from the Roger Moore era start to come through. I really like Moore, but sometimes he gets a bit to hammy. The story was original and different but they could have pushed the envelope a bit. It all turns out pretty predictable. There is very little of a climax. The last gun duel between hero and villain was sort of a let down, although it was cool how 007 tricks the title villain. And the last action scene is 007 fighting tattoo from Fantasy Island? Cute, but I expected more action in the last half.
So I give The Man with the Golden Gun a 4.5 compared to the other Bond films. Stay tuned for my next review of "The World is Not Enough".
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After reading hundreds of reviews, for hundreds of films here on the IMDb which have helped me decide if I would like to see certain films. Or that just let me know how other people feel about movies I enjoy (or dislike) I have decided to write my own series of reviews, in hope that my unique outlook will help others. Being a huge 007 fan since 4 or 5 years old, having seen them all many, many times, and having a wealth of useless 007 knowledge outside of venues such as this, I have decided to review all of the Bond films in order of my least favorite to my #1 favorite.
Let me start by saying that there is no bad Bond film to me. That is one of the things that divide the Bond films from so many other series of films and their pointless sequels that continue to get worse and worse. I begin with Moonraker, a good film that I like, but my least favorite of the 007 films. Like any movie there will be people who think it's the greatest/worst film ever. But I hope to bring an honest aspect to my review. I don't like to just trash films, yet I don't overly praise much either. My view is that every film no matter how bad, has a least one good thing about it. Even if it's just a funny line, cool camera angle or a hot chick. There is that satisfaction of at least being able to say "I've seen it for myself".
I've seen Moonraker many times, and without a doubt it does contain one of the most exciting opening procured scenes of them all. A mid-air free fall battle for who gets the parachute. No CGI back in those days, the stunt men had to make dozens of jumps if not more to film the scene. The villain with the steel teeth "Jaws" returns. There is a great fight in the 1st half where more glass is broken in any fist fight I can remember at the moment. And the special effects are great, if dated, they still look really good. The kind of effects that in a way look more real than a lot of recent stuff. But there are some draw backs. Being that Roger Moore was about 50 during the previous film "The Spy Who Loved Me", his age was starting to show during this one. Remember Connery is a few years younger than Moore in real life, and had done six 007 films before Moores first. So yes I like Moore but he stayed to long. This is only a minor however. The real issue is the silliness factor. The story is pretty out there, and then throw in a bit to much slapstick and it begins to strain credibility. The Bond girl "Dr. Goodhead" is beautiful, but kind of bland. The villain Drax is good, but nothing exceptional. But all of this type stuff is forgivable as in many of the other 007 movies. The real problem is that it was made because Star Wars was a hit, so.....lets postpone For Your Eyes Only and send Bond to space! Granted the film made a lot of money, it broke the formula a bit too much in a bad way. There were to many slow spots through the middle of the movie. A cable car sequence has a cool start with a ridiculous finish. And even the big space laser battle finale seems slow. Jaws becomes a good guy at the very end, along with his pigtailed girlfriend now? I was looking forward to a big final showdown between Bond and Jaws to see how Jaws would finally die and that moment never comes. It defiantly stands apart from the others as does Brosnans Die Another Day, his fourth outing as well. It is worth seeing if your a Bond/Moore/sci-fi fan. But if your introducing a friend to 007 flicks, don't start with this one.
Every Bond film is good. And on a 1-10 scale of just the 007 films I give it a 4. Lookout for my next Bond review.........The Man with the Golden Gun.