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The Bond Marathon

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mike, seagull
Now, as most people will tell you I'm a big fan of James Bond films.  For my birthday I got the 42 disc edition on DVD, and have just started my BRD collection of them (oh yes, I have a Blu Ray player to go with my nice shiny 42" Toshiba TV now).

Over the past few months Chris and myself have been doing Bond movie doubles to try and watch the complete series....originally we were aiming to do it in time for the release of Quantum of Solace but that went for a Burton's about the time I started getting very busy at work and needed weekends for some rest.

Anyway, tonight will be the last night of the Bond Marathon with two films I've actually seen recently (Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace) so I thought I'd post my updated all-time rankings for Bond movies.

1. GoldenEye
2. Casino Royale
3. From Russia With Love
4. Goldfinger
5. You Only Live Twice
6. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
7. The Living Daylights
8. Thunderball
9. The World Is Not Enough
10. Tomorrow Never Dies
11. For Your Eyes Only
12. The Spy Who Loved Me
13. Dr. No
14. Live And Let Die
15. A View To A Kill
16. Licence To Kill
17. The Man With The Golden Gun
18. Quantum of Solace
19. Octopussy
20. Moonraker
21. Die Another Day
22. Diamonds Are Forever

Now you may note the positioning of certain films......I certainly did....I remembered Diamonds are forever as being quite good....unfortunately apart from Plenty O'Toole it most certainly was not.  Die Another Day was just an unmitigated catastrophe as a film, diabolical in every way possible, and featuring only two good scenes that could do nothing to save it from the rampant madness elsewhere.

But what of Quantum of Solace?  Why is it so low?  18th out of 22?  Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad film.  I quite enjoyed its style, and its pace...what I didn't enjoy was the fact that it's not a Bond film.  I mean, seriously, it just has nothing my head can latch on to as being Bond...if you'd called it "Bourne Identity 5: Bourne regenerates and becomes British" it would actually have made more sense to my brain.  It has a villainous villain, yes, but one who does things subtly without the cackling evil of even LeChiffre.  It has chases and action sequences but they never really feel comfortable.  Whole swathes of plot are incomprehensible without Casino Royale to back them up. AND WHERE'S MY  Q SCENE, DAMMIT.  I know this is meant to be a more modern Bond without gadgets to back him up as much but part of the fun of a Bond movie is seeing that Q scene where all the fun bits and bobs come in.  Daniel Craig is fantastic as Bond, I think he's done a lot to regenerate the series, the Bond girls were.....well Gemma Arterton had very little screen time (BOOOOO) and Olga Kurylenko just meandered around trying to look mexican for an hour.  Dame Judi managed to pull off M once more....but for a very long time in this film....becoming almost a primary character at some points...  Oh yes, and what the hell was up with the CIA?  That was just WEIRD.....seriously.  I know it was meant to be political comment but it was all a bit hamfisted for my liking, nowhere near the satire of "Unlike the Americans we prefer not to get our news from CNN" from Goldeneye.

The film doesn't make me as wholesale angry as Die Another Day, like I said, I quite enjoyed it....but it's no Bond film, it's more of a side project some cooked up in their free time.
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