Saturday, November 15, 2008


With Quantum of Solace now in theatres (squee for Daniel Craig!!!), I thought I'd do a little preview of the 10 Best Bond Films:

10) Thunderball (1965): With the awesome and supremely sexy Sean Connery, this Bond movie was an Oscar winner for Best Special Effects.

9) Live and Let Die (1973): Introducing Roger Moore as Bond, this Bond movie was nominated for another Oscar, and had the most awesome theme song there ever was.

8) Moonraker (1979): Designed to chime with the second coming of the Space Age, this Bond film reaped close to the highest box-office dollars of any entry in the series.

7) Octupussy (1983): And this one's on the list just so we can say "Octopussy".

6) For Your Eyes Only (1981): A return to a harder-edged Bond, with Roger Moore giving probably his best performance in the role.

5) From Russia with Love (1963): Considered one of the best films in the series by Sean Connery himself, it was also named the ninth-greatest British film of all time by Total Film magazine.

4) Goldfinger (1964): Another Oscar winner, this Bond film was also the first to use a pop star to sing the theme song during the titles (Shirley Bassey), and the first Bond blockbuster, it made cinematic history by recouping its production costs in record-setting time.

3) GoldenEye (1995): The first to star Pierce Brosnan and we all love that. But unlike previous Bond films, it is unrelated to the works of novelist Ian Fleming.

2) On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969): Even with George Lazenby as Bond, this is one of the best, with some scenes on par with a Hitchcock thriller. The Bond girl is a real character instead of just an extra, there is a compelling love story, and the ending packs an emotional punch not often seen in Bond films.

1) Casino Royal (2006): The twenty-first in the Bond series, this was the third adaptation of the Casino Royale novel, which was previously produced as a 1954 television episode and a 1967 satirical film. But it was the first Bond film to star Daniel Craig. Meant as a reboot of the Bond franchise, it established a new timeline and narrative framework not meant to precede any previous film, which not only freeed the Bond franchise from more than forty years of continuity, but allowed the movie to show a less experienced and more vulnerable Bond.

Ah, but now there is Quantum of Solace, and I have a feeling I'll have a new number 1 for my list.

What's your favourite Bond?


Shelley Munro said...

I haven't watched the last Bond movie yet, although we have the DVD. My hubby is a Bond fan. I'd have to agree about For Your Eyes Only. It had a great theme song, too.

J.K. Coi said...

Shelley, I grew up with the Bond movies, and they have a special place in my heart because I get all nostalgic every time I watch one. But even so, I love love love Daniel Craig as James Bond the best.