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You Only Live Twice (1967)

Thunderball was terrible, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned about movies is that you can never underestimate a franchise’s ability to get even worse. Enter right stage You Only Live Twice, a movie cobbled out of Bondesque elements. The problem is that none of these elements complement each other or even fit into something cohesive. And it’s not as if this film couldn’t have worked, it has plenty of potential, but poor execution. Continue reading You Only Live Twice (1967)

Thunderball (1965)

Terrence Young takes back the director’s seat to make Thunderball. Personally, I would have called it Trainwreck, because that makes way more sense than Thuderball. So far James Bond (Sean Connery) has gone to an exotic island, Istanbul and Glen Beck’s horse ranch. This time, Bond must go to new depths for country and queen. He must venture where few humans have tread: the bottom of the ocean. Continue reading Thunderball (1965)

Goldfinger (1964)

At this point, Bond has won over a lot of people on his charm, but I’m still not convinced. His adventures are fun, but I’m still not sure if I like James Bond (Sean Connery) himself. Therefore, watching Goldfinger was a strange experience, as if someone in 1964 broke the space-time continuum and was reading my thoughts. While it’s certainly not my idea of a perfect Bond film, it seems to recognize a lot of my problems with the series and finds interesting ways to rework them. Continue reading Goldfinger (1964)

From Russia with Love (1963)

From the looks of things, Bond movies are like Bond girls, there’s a fast turnover. Little more than a year has passed and already Bond is on another mission. Then again, when you’ve got an entire backlog of Ian Flemming novels to pool from, I suppose the only heavy work you have to do on these films is to shoot the darn thing. That being said, as quick a turnover this film is, From Russia with Love is far from a rehash of Dr. No. There’s enough new, different and interesting here for the film’s not to simply be quick cash-in as many films end up being with such a fast turnover. Continue reading From Russia with Love (1963)

Dr. No (1962)

Guns, fast cars, hot women and the free life of a spy. I get the impression that the life of a suave British spy is some kind of escapist fantasy for men. I don’t get it. But, then again, my escapist fantasy is living in a post-apocalyptic world where I rule a supermarket with an army of robots, so who am I to judge? Dr. No sets the foundation for the Bond series, providing a template for the series and establishing one of film’s most iconic characters. Continue reading Dr. No (1962)