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The James Bond Chronicles: Best of the 007 Franchise
Breitbart ^ | by Lawrence Meyers

Posted on 12/03/2012 5:29:23 AM PST by Perdogg

So here we are at last, three years after I began reviewing the James Bond series, and it’s time to announce my choices for the best elements of the entire series. You have to hand it to the Broccoli family and all involved. Bond has endured over 24 films across 50 years, six actors, the bankruptcy of its home studio, battles over rights, changes in technology and culture, and the very nature of the action film.

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KEYWORDS: bondjamesbond
Thanks to GSP.fan
1 posted on 12/03/2012 5:29:30 AM PST by Perdogg
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To: GSP.FAN; Guenevere; SJSAMPLE; Larry Lucido; fieldmarshaldj; Clemenza; Impy; archivist007; ...

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2 posted on 12/03/2012 5:30:39 AM PST by Perdogg (Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA4) for President 2016)
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To: Perdogg

The Sean Connery Bond made an anglophile of every American male teenager.


3 posted on 12/03/2012 5:37:17 AM PST by Daveinyork (."Trusting government with power and money is like trusting teenaged boys with whiskey and car keys,)
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To: Perdogg
I've long felt that "Die Another Day" is under rated.

Brosnan made a decent Bond, and Judy Dench was the best "M" ever - the uncertainty of her trustfulness in the movie is interesting. The scenes in Iceland are the most spectacular in any Bond film, and please - an invisible car? How cool is that?

4 posted on 12/03/2012 5:43:35 AM PST by RetroSexual
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Best Bond - George Lazenby closest to Fleming Novel character

Worst Bond - Daniel Craig - terribly miscasted. Does not appears to have the on screen comfort to make love to a woman or the ability to explain the Manichaean concept of Bond like Connery, Moore, or Lazenby.

Best Bond Girl - It is really hard to compare women across 50 years, I still think at her age at the time, Eunice Gayson was probably one of the most beautiful in a Bond film.

Best Bond Movie - On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Worst Bond Movie - Die Another Day (QoS and Skyfall not really Bond movies).

Best Score - John Barry’s OHMSS
Worst Score - Dave Arnold’s Die Another Day


5 posted on 12/03/2012 5:52:29 AM PST by Perdogg (Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA4) for President 2016)
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To: RetroSexual

Sean Connery was the only “Bond”...All the others were imitators....

Sean Connery was the perfect visual image of the Bond book readers BEFORE the movies.....He was exactly what I saw in my mind’s image of Bond reading as a youngster.


6 posted on 12/03/2012 6:00:47 AM PST by Boonie
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To: RetroSexual

Sean Connery was the only “Bond”...All the others were imitators....

Sean Connery was the perfect visual image of the Bond book readers BEFORE the movies.....He was exactly what I saw in my mind’s image of Bond reading as a youngster.


7 posted on 12/03/2012 6:00:58 AM PST by Boonie
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To: Boonie

Oops...sorry for the double...


8 posted on 12/03/2012 6:02:09 AM PST by Boonie
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To: RetroSexual

Not as cool as an invisible airplane with Linda Carter in it scantily clad!


9 posted on 12/03/2012 6:14:10 AM PST by Madhattan
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To: Perdogg

I agree with the author that Carole Bouquet was (and is) a stunningly beautiful woman. As for the most sex appeal though, I’m not seeing Honor Blackman at the top of the list. That goes to Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder (I think that was her character name). Yowza!


10 posted on 12/03/2012 6:15:51 AM PST by DemforBush (100% Ex-Democrat.)
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To: Perdogg
Why didn't he mention 1967 Casino Royale with David Niven, Peter Sellers, Woody Allen, Ursala Andress, etc...?
11 posted on 12/03/2012 6:17:49 AM PST by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: Perdogg

Mehhh. Daniel Craig is one of favorite Bonds. Roger Moore is the worst for me.


12 posted on 12/03/2012 6:26:33 AM PST by bjcoop
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To: Boonie
IMO

Connery #1

Craig #2

everybody else

Moore dead last, except for the parody Bonds.

Roger Moore has been good in a lot of roles. He was great as the Saint which was a much more light-hearted, David Niven kind of character. He just never had the grit to play a "licensed killer".

13 posted on 12/03/2012 6:27:22 AM PST by Notary Sojac (Only liberals believe that people can be made virtuous via legislative enactment.)
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To: Perdogg

#1 connery #2 roger moore. They both had a sense of class and humour. The rest of the bond actors were shallow or forgettable. Craig has completely ruined the series. The last several movies are crap. The latest one has a good score which is desperately needed to compensate for a horribly written but well done movie. Best bond movie IMO was goldfinger.


14 posted on 12/03/2012 6:49:41 AM PST by plain talk
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To: plain talk

Thunderball.


15 posted on 12/03/2012 6:51:26 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: Perdogg
Best Bond - George Lazenby closest to Fleming Novel character

Oh PUHLEEEEZ! Are you kidding me? There is a reason that Lazenby only did one bond film and even Timothy Dalton did two: Lazenby was awful. A cardboard cutout of Daniel Craig can emote better than Lazenby.

Having read a few of the Fleming novels and short stories, I would say that Dalton was much closer to the Fleming character than Lazenby, while Daniel Craig flat nails it.

Connery set the standard for Bond actors; none of the other Bond actors met that standard until Craig surpassed it.

16 posted on 12/03/2012 6:52:31 AM PST by VRWCmember
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To: Perdogg

I thought I was the only OHMSS fan. The movie doesn’t appear dated even now. Great musical themes.

Diana Rigg had a lot to do with it, too.


17 posted on 12/03/2012 6:57:31 AM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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Pierce Brosnan looked like what you would expect of a James Bond.

Live and Let Die was transitional. It took us from Connery to Moore. And it was Moore’s best effort.

Barbara Carerra was good as a Bond girl as was Maude Adams.

Favorite film? Diamonds are Forever.


18 posted on 12/03/2012 7:08:58 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (George W. Bush is the Emmanuel Goldstein of the modern era.)
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To: Perdogg

Best novel and best movie: From Russia with Love.

By the way, if you haven’t read the original novels and you are a fan, you should. Nothing like the movies, for the most part, but very good reads. The movies are basically parodies. Sean Connery was the only Bond. Daniel Craig is a far second.


19 posted on 12/03/2012 7:15:11 AM PST by LaRueLaDue
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Yes that one is outstanding. Diamonds are forever definitely gets some points for charaters like Mr Wint and Mr Kidd. :-).


20 posted on 12/03/2012 7:22:39 AM PST by plain talk
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To: LaRueLaDue

Not only have I read the novels, but also I have a modest collection of them.


21 posted on 12/03/2012 7:34:16 AM PST by Perdogg (Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA4) for President 2016)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
"The Spy Who Loved Me," "For Your Eyes Only" and "The Living Daylights" are my favorites.

In TLD, I love the scenes of the Soviet chase of 007's Aston Martin through the Alps.

The mountain climbing scene toward the end of FYEO was awesome, and Topol is one of my favorite actors (he was 007's Greek friend in that movie).

Jaws is, and always will be, my favorite 007 villain.

Richard Kiel mailed me an autographed photo when I returned home from Afghanistan.

22 posted on 12/03/2012 7:35:03 AM PST by Prole (Please pray for the families of Chris and Channon. May God always watch over them)
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One thing about Bond fans is that their opinion on Bond movies is more diverse than any other franchise.
Nevertheless here are the best 3 Bonds EVER!
OHMSS
Casino Royale (Craig)
Well OK there were only two!


23 posted on 12/03/2012 7:52:17 AM PST by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: Perdogg

Worst Bond..Roger Moore
Worst movie..Octopussy and a View to a kill,second...
Best Bond girl..The girl in QOS.Olya Kurylenko,she actually got to fight and shoot instead of just saying James,James,James.
Everything else i agree with..


24 posted on 12/03/2012 8:41:24 AM PST by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: VRWCmember; Perdogg; elcid1970

***Best Bond - George Lazenby closest to Fleming Novel character

Oh PUHLEEEEZ! Are you kidding me?***

I saw it at the theater. It was AWFUL! It was so-bad that when it was shown on TV the first time, they broke it into two parts, shown over two weeks, and started it in the middle where Bond escapes the castle on skis, then to the auto race in which a car flips and skids, the driver looks at the upright car with Bond in it, then after that comes a voiceover...”Now how did I get into something like this..”? Then the movie reverted to the main titles.


25 posted on 12/03/2012 9:43:40 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The parasites now outnumber the producers.)
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To: Perdogg

I like to think of James Bond as a transitional character.

A good agent, name unknown, is assigned the name and number, JAMES BOND 007.

After he is wore out and retires, a new agent is reassigned the same name and number.

Think of what kind of movie could be made in which the latest James Bond must talk with one or more of the earlier James Bonds.


26 posted on 12/03/2012 9:48:42 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The parasites now outnumber the producers.)
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To: Boonie

***Sean Connery was the perfect visual image of the Bond***

But, but he got killed in TARZAN’S GREATEST ADVENTURE and failed as a singer when the shown up by little Irish leprechauns (Darby O’Gill and the little People).;-D


27 posted on 12/03/2012 9:54:24 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The parasites now outnumber the producers.)
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To: Perdogg

I also have a collection. I have them all on audio CDs (copied from the library, legally) except Thunderball and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (I have both these on Kindle). I am missing Man with the Golden Gun and the short story collection Octopussy, Living Daylights, Property of a Lady, and 007 in New York. I plan on finishing my collection in the coming year.

All are good reads/listens, and if you grew up in the Cold War, they are very entertaining. I suspect that younger generations would not enjoy these stories much in the their original format...

The audio CDs are great to listen to on the road. The stories are engaging enough to keep you interested, but are not so intense or complicated that you have to concentrate on them while listening to enjoy the stories.


28 posted on 12/03/2012 10:02:30 AM PST by LaRueLaDue
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar; Boonie
***Sean Connery was the perfect visual image of the Bond***
29 posted on 12/03/2012 10:02:40 AM PST by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: Perdogg

Just saw the extended Heineken commercial featuring Daniel and Bérénice yesterday (at Landmark E Street Cinema while waiting for “Hitchcock” to start) and I must say that I saw more action from Bond in those 2 minutes than I did in all of “Skyfall”.......


30 posted on 12/03/2012 11:36:42 AM PST by SilvieWaldorfMD (A Realistically Really Real Housewife)
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To: Perdogg
For me the best is Daniel Craig and Casino Royale, because the character and plot is so much closer to the spirit of the books. None of the cheesy 60s elements infected that film. The problem with the film version of bond has always been it was a creature of its time, the 60s and 70s, that people of my age find so drab and cheesy.
31 posted on 12/03/2012 3:20:55 PM PST by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: Perdogg; GSP.FAN; GOPsterinMA; fieldmarshaldj

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpTUAOYrSII

Teh Awesomest scene evar!

I like Dalton and Young Connery the best.


32 posted on 12/04/2012 11:54:57 AM PST by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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