It’s undeniable that James Bond films are awesome, despite their gender stereotypes. Because we can’t help but be fascinated by the female girl power, and the high-tech adventures in exotic lands. And of course, the catchy soundtrack adds to the mystique!
So here’s one of my feel-good Bond tunes, ‘Goldgfinger’ by Shirley Bassey. Perfect for a dance party in the living room, or for karaoke in front of the mirror. xo -Iddi doll
James Bond - My favourite Sean Connery films in order
To me, Sean Connery plays a great Bond in the majority of his films for the franchise. His cheeky smile, charm and white make you fall in love with a man who you know is going to break your heart. His fight sequences are great and he really brought Bond to life.
He was lucky enough to start so many Bond legacies that have echoed through all of the 22 films over the past 50 years.
Even though his Bond was more of a womanizer, he will always be one of my favourite Bonds.
Each of his Bond films built on the other and they weren’t afraid to try things out. You could tell that the directors got more confident with the character over time.
So, here are my favourite Sean Connery films in order:
1 - Goldfinger - With Pussy Galore and my favourite villian we are lead on one great Bond Adventure. I gave it 9/10 - Read my review here: http://bit.ly/17Daqtg
2 - You Only Live Twice - A great end to Sean Connery’s Bond and a great Bond film where East meets West. Will “Little Nelly” and ninjas, what could go wrong? I gave this film 8/10 - check out my review here: http://bit.ly/ZRBV0h
3 - Doctor No - The film that started a 22 film franchise that has lasted over 50 years. if you really want to find out the origins of the modern Bond. This is one to watch. I gave it 8/10. Check out my review here: http://bit.ly/16ucJNF
4 - Thunderball - Even with the epic voice of Mr Tom Jones singing the theme song, I found it hard to get on with this Bond. Even though he had a jetpack and fought off the villain in an underwater fight scene. This was not one of my favorites, I gave it 5/10. Check out my thoughts on it here: http://bit.ly/ZJdG30
5 - From Russia with Love - From great start with Dr. No, you can tell this is the Bond where they tried something different. It was more of a serious spy thriller than a Bond for me. I gave it 4/10. Check out my thoughts here: http://bit.ly/10NUnni
6 - Diamonds are Forever - It’s great to see Sean back after the brief stint from Geroge Lazenby. For me, it might an echo of Goldfinger, but it lacked so much for me. I gave it 3/10: Read my review here: http://bit.ly/19ixLRV
What do you think? What would your order be? Let me know in the comments below.
I recently took the plunge into one of the most important and iconic franchises in film history: James Bond. I was a huge fan of the Craig films, but my experience with 007 pretty much ended there. I had seen the first couple Sean Connery movies and I was familiar with the influence of the series, but I wanted to see everything (even the two un-official Bond productions) before Spectre. I had no idea that within the span of about a month, my appreciation for the Craig movies would turn into complete adoration for the entire franchise. Whether it’s the exotic locations, over the top villains, beautiful women, crazy gadgets, or complete suaveness of (every) Bond himself, I was totally entranced by the 50+ years of Bond. Now with that said, here are my thoughts on every movie in the franchise.
Dr. No: The first film in what would become one of cinema’s most important franchises is surprisingly low-key. Instead of a focus on action, the movie is mostly a small-scale mystery into the investigation of the Bond villain that would set the template for almost all of the villains to come. With Dr. No, we have our introduction to the terrorist organization, Spectre, which would plague Bond in many of his movies. We got a glimpse into the fantastic locations Bond would become known for, and we got our first and possibly very best Bond girl: Honey Ryder. One of my favorite elements of the series, Bond’s flirtation with Moneypenny (played by Lois Maxwell for 14 movies) also got its start. And of course, Sean Connery is arguably the reason Bond had such a lasting impact in our culture. From the very first, “Bond, James Bond”, I was totally hooked.
From Russia with Love: Everything from Dr. No was expanded upon and made larger in scope. We also got our very first true gadgets from Q branch, one of the staple segments in almost every film, and our introduction of Desmond Llewelyn who would play Q in 17 Bond outings. The voice of Blofeld, arguably Bond’s most deadly enemy and the leader of Spectre is heard for the first time. We get our first pre-title and post-climax sequences. The former is an often self-contained action scene that happens before the title card and the latter is something that typically wraps up the plot by dealing with any remaining villains. We also get to hear our very first theme song, something that immediately hooks you into every movie. The action in this movie is filmed with a lot more intensity and clarity that most of the early Bond films, it’s just a shame that so much of that action is contained within a train car.
Goldfinger: Connery’s strongest outing was his third time around the block. We get introduced to one of the last major iconic aspects of the series in the Aston Martin, by far Bond’s most well known car. Goldfinger is one of franchise’s best villains, being more of an intellectual enemy who nearly succeeds in his very ridiculous plan of radiating all of the gold in Fort Knox. This type of crazy plan would exist in much of the films to follow. This is also the first time that we see a Bond that is vulnerable in many ways. Connery doesn’t feel like he’s always in charge of every scene and that allows for a lot of dynamic character moments. Plus, we hear the first order of a martini “shaken not stirred.” And you can’t top a Bond girl with the name of Pussy Galore.
Thunderball: This is the first Bond that truly feels overlong (even though almost every single one of them could be about 15-20 minutes shorter). Despite having some innovative underwater action sequences, this is a very poorly paced adventure. The underwater action is very pretty to look at and it is a landmark in action filmmaking, but it’s nearly impossible to tell what’s going on and who is who. It’s also wayyyyy too slow to be exciting.
Casino Royale (1967 Non-Eon production): Due to some bizarre rights issues, there are two un-official Bonds that exist outside the canon, but for the sake of being a completionist, I watched them as well. Casino Royale is unlike any other Bond. It’s actually a spoof of the spy genre with David Niven portraying James in a goofier manner than anyone else. There are occasional moments of greatness like a running joke about naming every agent James Bond to confuse their enemies, the amazing production design, and a wonderfully silly finale. But the overload of writers and directors working on the film made it too messy, wasting talents like Peter Sellers and Woody Allen, and the film dips into the Bond motifs it is actively trying to mock.
You Only Live Twice: AFTER 5 FILMS OF BUILDUP WE FINALLY GET TO SEE BLOFELD AND…it’s fine. Blofeld doesn’t quite live up to his hype, but don’t let the source of Austin Power’s spoofing of him fool you, he’s not nearly as bad as history has made him out to be. His volcano lair is the campiest element of the series so far, but it’s honestly a marvel of production design. There’s a very odd plotline that involves Bond entering a ninja dojo so he can get prosthetics to look Japanese so Blofeld won’t recognize him. Did that make any sense at all? It certainly didn’t while watching it.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service: I imagine at the time of release Eon productions was endlessly nervous over not knowing if a Bond without Connery could succeed. And succeed it did! It’s a shame this is George Lazenby’s only outing as the character because he brings genuine emotion to every scene. This is a gorgeous looking movie with terrifically filmed action scenes (the inspiration for Inception is obvious) and one hell of a bitterly cold ending. Until Craig came along, this film has the only sad ending and it’s heartbreaking. Seeing Bond actually fall in love, get married and ready to give up his lifestyle, only to have his chance at happiness taken away by Blofeld is just devastating. “We have all the time in the world.”
Diamonds Are Forever: Connery comes back for one more (official) Bond and it’s a shame that it’s by far the worst (again, official one) yet. It attempts to blend a very generic diamond caper plot with beyond campy elements and it fails on nearly every level. Part of the Bond series’ charm is that continuity only counts when the filmmakers want it to, but you would think after Blofeld KILLED YOUR WIFE you would actually seem angry at him. The villains are all terrible (Bambi and Thumper. Enough said) and possess no menace at all. The only saving grace is an amazingly crafted chase scene that stands as one of the franchise’s best.
Live and Let Die: Roger Moore’s first Bond is an interesting dip into blaxpoitation filmmaking that works about half the time. The mix of genres give us some new locations to explore, unique visuals, and the first African-American Bond girl! Even though I wish Lazenby stayed on first a few more films, Moore is an excellent change of pace. Connery brought physicality, Lazenby brought emotion, and Moore brought a ton of cheeky, wonderful humor, but they all bring the charm (I honestly love every single actor who played Bond, minus David Niven). A great speedboat chase scene makes up for a very messy plot (even if weirdly the action keeps cutting to a dumb cop character who shows up a couple more times). It’s also cool to see Blond bleed for the first time. And that McCartney theme song?! Perfection.
The Man with the Golden Gun: Another mixed entry in the series with some great moments, but a very messy final product. Christopher Lee is a terrific villain who represents a physical and moral counterpart to Bond, and their interplay is very interesting. Many Bond villains have some sort of physical deformity, but Lee’s is just bizarre: why did he need three nipples? Many of the supporting characters are poorly drawn out, including a stupid henchman (sorry, a dwarf can’t challenge Bond) and the same dumb cop character from the previous film. The Bond girl is endlessly beautiful though.
The Spy Who Loved Me: Almost every Bond film has perfect production design, and the film’s major sets are just incredible. Next to Oddjob in Goldfinger, Jaws might be the best villain sidekick, and is one of only three villains to appear in more than one movie. There are some great fun gadgets including a submarine car, and a great, very capable Bond girl.
Moonraker: Bond’s attempt to replicate Star Wars’ success tends to be one of the least liked of the franchise, but it’s actually one of my favorites. The film is endlessly silly, but incredibly fun and I think the movie was very aware of the tone it was going for. The character arc of Jaws falling in love and becoming a good guy is incredibly stupid, but he’s responsible for a great sequence on a cable car, so it’s mostly forgiven. The movie is full of great effects and spectacular action scenes, plus, seeing James Bond in space shooting lasers is the definition of awesome.
For Your Eyes Only: The first Bond film to acknowledge the death of James’ wife is also a pretty powerful mediation on the nature of revenge. The pre-title sequence is all about Bond finally killing Blofeld, and even though the actual directing of the scene is underwhelming, the subtext behind the scene works very well with the movie’s themes as a whole. Bond films rarely tackle the implications of murder, but this movie does it with grace and sincerity. The finale is very exciting and it all comes together as Moore’s best Bond.
Octopussy: Everything about this film is terribly mixed. From the terrible title, to the completely unbelievable villain, to Bond giving a Tarzan scream and spending the climax in a clown suit, so much of this is annoyingly tongue-in-cheek. Despite the film lacking any clear tone, there is urgency in the action and Bond seemed to feel genuine fear that he was going to fail to stop the nukes from going off. Mostly though, this is bland and unforgettable.
Never Say Never Again (1983 Non-Eon Production): Again, due to strange issues with rights, Sean Connery was able to return for a remake of Thunderball. The film’s concept of an aging Bond coming out of retirement is a terrific idea, one that should make for unique action and clever comedy, but the concept is pretty much wasted when Bond is just as physically capable as he was in his youth. Max Von Sydow as Blofeld is genius casting but he ends up being wasted with only a few minutes of screen time and a generic villain taking up most of the plot. The underwater action is faster this time around, but still without any clarity. Just seeing Connery one more time was worth all of the fluff.
A View to a Kill: If ever a Bond shouldn’t have been made it was this one. Roger Moore is just as fun to watch as ever, but he’s far too old to be believable, and it makes for a very creepy seduction. Christopher Walken is a truly terrifying villain with very psychotic behavior, but his plan is too confused and the plot too messy to make the film captivating. Sadly, this is Lois Maxwell’s final film.
The Living Daylights: Timothy Dalton enters the Bond canon as a very dark, very grounded take on the character. He was basically doing Craig before Craig was a thing. The action takes us to the Middle East and actually has a great deal of respect for the Afghan characters. There are some truly amazing stunts here with one of the best action scenes of the entire franchise.
Licence to Kill: Not since On Her Majesty’s Secret Service has a Bond film been so emotionally complex and full of darkness. Seeing Felix, such a staple character of the series so terribly wounded was hard to watch, but it added a lot of urgency to the story and Dalton carried the emotional weight of his character amazingly well. The callback to his wife dying was perfectly placed and added to the turmoil of Dalton’s performance. When Bond goes rogue to kill the men who hurt Felix you truly feel how desperate this man is and how fed up he is with the lifestyle. I really really loved this one.
GoldenEye: Even though I wish Dalton had stayed around a little longer, Pierce Brosnan brought a new level of charm to his first, and best Bond film. A lot of Brosnan’s humor works amazingly well, adding to the total thrill ride this movie is. Even though the twist with Sean Bean’s character is very obvious, it works well and 006 serves as a great counterpart to 007. The themes of guilt work very well and make for a perfectly put together film. Plus, we get the best M yet in Judi Dench! If only Brosnan’s other movies were as good.
Tomorrow Never Dies: Despite a great opening and exciting chase sequences, this is a very bland, movie. Brosnan gets a lot of hate for his Bond films, but he remains excellent in all of them, even when the movie around him just totally falls apart. In a completely overacted part, this movie has one of my least favorite villains in the series with one of the dumbest plans. He’s going to get exclusive news rights in China so he can make money…I think?
The World Is Not Enough: Easily my least favorite installment in the entire franchise. Besides a great opening, Robbie Coltrane’s great performance, M having a greatly increased role, and some truly sad moments with Q (Llewelyn’s last Bond film before he passed away), and another great Brosnan performance, everything here is terrible. The Bond girl is amazingly beautiful but completely terrible, the action is poorly filmed with zero energy, and pretty poor villains.
Die Another Day: This is the film that usually sits atop “Worst of the Series” lists, and even though it’s certainly not good, it’s not the complete train wreck it’s made out to be. What praise right? The movie is mostly very fun, with a collection of crazy gadgets (I actually like the invisible car, although the whole face changing technology is just ridiculously stupid) and one of the best, most capable Bond girls in Halle Berry. Even though the action is well filmed, the special effects were poor and the constant use of slo-mo was distracting. It’s a shame Brosnan got stuck with such a series of poor movies, but I’m glad Bond evolved into something more series with Daniel Craig.
Casino Royale: Daniel Craig’s first Bond film is also my absolute favorite. The black and white, noir feeling opening sets the tone for the rest of the movie: gritty, personal and with kinetic action that hits hard. The Batman Begins of Bond films, this film takes an iconic character at delves deeper than any Bond film had before it. Along with a terrific villain in Mads Mikkelsen, maybe the very best Bond girl (with the most devastating conclusion) in Eva Green as Vesper, and some of the best direction of the entire franchise, this is an absolute masterpiece from start to finish. And thank goodness they had a disregard for continuity and kept Judi Dench as M.
Quantum of Solace: Following up Casino Royale’s success is what I believe makes this such an unfairly disliked entry in the series. No, this is nowhere near as great as Casino Royale, but it still a very well filmed, exciting movie. The movie is paced very oddly, probably due to the writer’s strike. The entire first act is non-stop action and the middle drags. If it could have been paced better, this could have been a great film. Even with a weird pacing, the film contains a powerful story about letting go of the past and accepting your mistakes as something you can learn from. Olga Kurylenko is one of my favorite Bond girls and I found her story to be just as moving and interesting as Bond’s.
Skyfall: Director Sam Mendes’ entry into the series feels like a love letter everything Bond. The movie is a perfect mix of classic elements with modern twists. Q is introduced as a young hacker, the Aston Martin gets its time to shine, and Moneypenny is made a stronger, more dynamic character. Not only is this the most gorgeously shot of all the films (when you hire Roger Deakins, you get the best), but it’s probably the most emotionally complex. Delving into Bond’s childhood runs the risk of ruining his almost mythic qualities, but it only strengthens his character and gives a reason for his constant, almost suicidal behavior. Javier Bardem is up there with the best villains and giving him a personal grudge against MI6 was a great story point. Everything with M is heartbreaking and after spending so much time with the franchise, I honestly shed a tear.
Spectre: Star Wars: The Force Awakens actually has some very strong competition as my most anticipated film for the rest of the year. With Sam Mendes still in the director’s chair, Christoph Waltz as the villain, and a title that suggests we’re getting another new twist on a classic Bond element, I couldn’t be more excited. I have two major theories about the film: Waltz is related to Bond somehow, maybe a brother of some sort. He’s obviously the major antagonist, but by the end, I think we’ll see Andrew Scott’s character is really the one in charge of Spectre (probably Sherlock influencing my thoughts too much).
I’ve been so used to watching Bond nearly every day that I honestly feel like a part of my heart is missing now that it’s over. Even though so many of the films are messy, as a whole, this franchise is pretty spectacular. It’s able to constantly evolve with time and reinvent what it means to be James Bond. He’s gone from pure charm to someone who carries a great deal of pain over a lost childhood, and I hope I get to see him continue to evolve throughout my life.
Now for an official ranking: 1. Casino Royale (2006) 2. Skyfall 3. Licence to Kill 4. GoldenEye 5. Goldfinger 6. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service 7. Moonraker 8. From Russia with Love 9. The Living Daylights 10. Dr. No 11. For Your Eyes Only 12. Quantum of Solace 13. You Only Live Twice 14. The Spy Who Loved Me 15. Thunderball 16. The Man with the Golden Gun 17. Never Say Never Again 18. Live and Let Die 19. Die Another Day 20. A View to a Kill 21. Tomorrow Never Dies 22. Octopussy 23. Diamonds Are Forever 24. Casino Royale (1967) 25. The World Is Not Enough
Chapeau Melon et bottes de cuir c’était John Steed, mais aussi Emma Peel, Tara King ou encore Cathy Gale et Purdey, des femmes sexy et intrépides, au caractère déterminé et indépendant.
Moins connue du public français car les première saisons de Chapeau melon et bottes de cuir n’ont pas tout de suite été diffusées sur les chaînes de l’ORTF, c’est avec Cathy Gale que John Steed a débuté ses aventures (si l'on oublie les tout premiers épisodes où il n'est qu'un second rôle au côté du héros joué par un homme). Campée par Honor Blackman, dont les courbes généreuses ont laisse un bon souvenir aux fans de James Bond dans Goldfinger, c’est elle qui donne le ton des personnages féminins de la série: sexy, intelligente, sportive, autonome, elle est l’égal du personnage interprété par Patrick MacNee, l’acteur qui vient de disparaître. Une révolution dans la société très machiste des années 60. Cathy Gale est la première à porter les combinaisons de cuir et les bottes devenues quelque part le symbole de la série.
Mais c’est surtout Emma Peel qui lui a succédée lors de la quatrième saison qui a permis à Chapeau melon et bottes de cuir de devenir culte et d’entrer dans le Panthéon des séries qui tiennent une place à part dans le cœur des téléspectateurs. Diana Rigg, que l’on peut voit actuellement dans Game of thrones, a repris et sublimé le look de sa prédécesseuse. Féminine jusqu’au bout des ongles, elle aussi porte magnifiquement le cuir, mais aussi autres tenues avant-gardistes pour les années 60. Au point que ses combinaisons ont pris le surnom d’ «Emmapeelers». Sa complicité et le petit jeu de séduction qu’il pouvait y avoir entre Emma Peel et John Steed ont longtemps fait fantasmer les fans, mais sans que rien ne se passe entre eux. Lorsque son personnage quitte la série, c’est pour se marier. Petit clin d’œil des scénaristes: son fiancé, que l’on aperçoit de loin dans le dernier épisode, porte costume et chapeau melon lui aussi et sa silhouette n’est pas sans rappeler (…) Lire la suite sur gala.fr
With an extravagant villain, Nazi gold, a Bond girl called “Pussy” who runs a flying circus and Q returns with his amazing spy car, Bond is really back!
If you cannot tell already, I really liked this Bond film. The storyline was really interesting and very different to the first two films. James knows who the enemy is, but gets close to him to find out more without the need to hunt him down and kill him.
Pussy Galore, was a perfect Bond girl for me. She was passionate, determined and strong minded. She was a perfect match for James Bond. In the original book by Ian Fleming, Pussy Galore was a lesbian. Honor Blackman was a perfect choice for this character, especially after her stint in The Avengers. Apparently producers were so determined for her to be in the film that they even wrote in her Judo ability. Honor was also the oldest women to play a Bond girls, as she was 37 at the time of filming.
Goldfinger was also a great villain. He knew what he wanted and knew how to get it. His base was even more amazing, with lasers and moving walls. He had extravagant plans to steal the gold reserve at Fort Knox. It’s the type of grand plan that makes a bond film very interesting. I also loved his assistant Odd Job.
One of my favourite scenes is when James is strapped to a table and about to be killed by a laser. The classic exchange between James Bond and Goldfinger was brilliant.
James Bond - “Do you expect me to talk?”
Goldfinger - “No Mr. Bond, I expect you to die”
As mentioned before, this is the film when the real spy gadgets come into play. The great banter between James Bond and Q is what you know and love about them. The car is also amazing. A beautiful Aston Martin DB5. Originally this was going to be an E-Type Jaguar, but they decided not to take part in the film. To be honest, I think they made a better choice with this iconic car.
I loved this film, it is my favourite Bond film so far! I will definitely be watching this one Bank Holiday weekend. I give it 9/10
But what do you think? Is this your favourite one too? Please put your comments below Steve Whiting
James Bond review - On Her Majesty’s Secret...what
First off, let me say, poor George Lazenby.
It’s very hard to take over the very iconic role of James Bond following the brilliant acting of Sean Connery. George lacked a lot of the charm and the sparkle that Sean brought to the role. His love scenes seemed very flat and he looked a bit dead behind the eyes. His fight scenes were quite impressive, and this was one of things that got him the role.
For me, this film was trying so hard to be the new Bond, to move it on from where previous films had left the character. Showing Bond fall in love and then to see his new wife die before his eyes was a hard thing to watch and very different to how we have seen Bond before.
I might be quite biased as I have just watched Diana Rigg in The Avengers as the amazing Mrs Emma Peel, in Doctor Who as the evil Victorian villain and Game of Thrones as the forthright grandmother. I would say that she was a brilliant Bond girl. She was action packed, intelligent and beautiful. She gives Honor Blackman in Goldfinger a run for her money, in my honest opinion.
Another big difference in this film is the portrayal of Blofeld. In You Only Live Twice, he comes across as the crazy, evil villain. In this film, he seems a lot more sophisticated and clever. His new lair in the Alpes is very special, but not as spectacular as his previous places.
To be honest, I wasn’t really impressed by this Bond and am not surprised that George didn’t come back for a second. He actually quit the role just before this film premiered. The overall film feels very slow to me and not one that I will be revisiting again soon. The story is ok, and the honey trap scenes in Blofeld’s Alipine HQ are fun. The action sequences are very well done, and the ski chase is impressive, but not enough to save the film.
I’m going to give it 5/10. What did you think? Is this actually your favourite Bond? Let me know if the comments below.