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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: James Bond

11.01.2015
Last time on The Good, The Bad & The Badass we took a look at the career of director Sam Raimi, whose greatest creation – Ash of THE EVIL DEAD – just made a huge 21st century comeback. This week's subject is a unique addition to our series, as he's – well - fictional...
James Bond
 

As far as fanboys go, I'm a bit of an oddball. In my teen years I was as big of a fan of franchises like STAR TREK or STAR WARS as anyone, but the James Bond films were always my true obsession. At thirty-four years old, I've – in a way – let go of most of my fan obsessions. While I still enjoy the heck out genre films and all the franchises I followed as a kid, I'm no longer as fervent about any of them – with the exception of the James Bond franchise. Despite everything, I've stayed a die-hard 007 devotee. I absolutely worship the franchise, and I'm a hardcore fan to the point that a whole wall of my apartment is covered with posters for Roger Moore Bond films. I've also had the same posters of GOLDFINGER and ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE hanging in my various homes since I was fifteen, and wherever I go, they come with me.

 

So why is it I'm so obsessed with Bond? For one thing, there's a simple reason the Bond franchise has endured while so many others have fallen by the wayside. It's Bond's malleability. The simplicity of Ian Fleming's creation has made him a “man for all seasons” in that every generation reinvents the character to suit the times. That's why so many actors have succeeded as 007, in that he can be endlessly reinterpreted, just as long as you keep the basics – guns, gadgets and girls (and a vodka martini – shaken, not stirred). P.C? Hardly. But hey, it's been fifty plus years, so something must be working.

Each actor who's played the role has been great in some way. I've always said that all the other actors played Bond, but Sean Connery was Bond, and in a way that's true. It's his interpretation that set the mold. It helped that Connery was a legit actor who brought not only a tongue-in-cheek sense of impishness to the part, but also could stop on a dime and evoke a more ruthless side of 007 many other Bond actors have struggled with. That's the criticism most bombard Roger Moore with – who was the second major interpreter of the character. The fact is, Moore and Connery had widely different styles, and for what he did, Moore was brilliant and at seven films over twelve years, he played it longer and more often than anyone else (although if you include the rogue NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN Connery made just as many).

Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan are more divisive Bonds. While Dalton's generally considered to have been ahead of his time, during his short run as Bond, fans and critics attacked him somewhat, although both of his movies (THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS & LICENCE TO KILL) have held up well over the years and are now considered minor classics of the series. The opposite is true for Pierce Brosnan, whose films were wildly popular with fans, critics and the general audience, but now are mostly considered the series' creative nadir (minus GOLDENEYE – which holds up well).

Once Brosnan's run ended, the time was right for a change, and Daniel Craig had to take his lumps with fans and the press after being announced for the part. Naturally, he wound up proving all naysayers wrong, with two of his three outings (CASINO ROYALE and SKYFALL) being considered among the very best 007 films. With SPECTRE already garnering raves, Craig truly is a rough and tough man of action for our era. He brings pathos to the part, and gives the role a unique vibe that's all his. However, I have no doubt that after Craig moves on, another actor will come along and give the role a whole-new-vibe of his own, as that's just how the character works. Actors and directors come and go, but Bond (as well as the Broccoli family) is forever. As Carly Simon sang, “Nobody Does It Better.”

His Best Work

The franchise's oddest conundrum is that the best Bond film of them all happens to feature the least memorable Bond. After Sean Connery hung up his holster (for the first time) following YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, Australian model George Lazenby was signed to play Bond. He only wound up making one movie, but it was a humdinger. ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE is the undisputed Bond masterpiece, being a dazzling mixture of action, adventure, thriller, drama – and with a notable love story to boot. Everything about this movie is superb, from Peter Hunt's amazing action direction, to the gorgeous 2:35:1 scope photography to the score by John Barry (possibly his best). For his part, Lazenby isn't perfect. He was an amateur at this point, but he looked great in a tux and moved very well in the action scenes. He could have been a lot worse, and while he doesn't have the presence of Connery or the charm of Moore, he was good enough that the film doesn't really suffer from his presence. This is the most obscure film in the series, but it's also the best.

His Most Overrated Film

People often claim Roger Moore's finest hour as James Bond was his first outing, LIVE AND LET DIE. I've never understood why people would think this. While it's reasonably entertaining and has a kick-ass theme song (Wings!), the movie itself is highly uneven, and Moore wasn't really comfortable in the part yet. For my money, he wasn't really a great Bond until he did THE SPY WHO LOVED ME. That said, LIVE AND LET DIE is still a hell of a lot better than THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN.

His Most Underrated Film
 

Speaking of Rog, I've always had a major soft spot for OCTOPUSSY. While some fans despise it because Bond (gasp) wears clown makeup at one point, I've always found it to be one of the most creative and action-packed installments of the series. Made in the wake of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, the Spielberg influence is heavy in this one, with it being a kind of “James Bond by way of Indiana Jones” style outing. I've always loved it, and it's worth noting that not only did it out-gross Sean Connery's hyped return to the part, NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN (which came out in the same year), but until GOLDENEYE in 1995, it was the series highest grosser. It's a gem. Still, Moore should have hung it up after this, as by the time he did A VIEW TO A KILL two years later he was way too old.

His Best Scene

Given the franchise's half-century history, it's all-but-impossible to chose one signature James Bond moment. That's why it's rather handy that three years ago – coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the series and the release of SKYFALL – our ace video editor, Nick Bosworth – put together this amazing, thirteen minute tribute to the greatest action hero of all time.  

 

His Ten Best Films

10. GOLDENEYE
9. LICENCE TO KILL
8. OCTOPUSSY
7. SKYFALL
6. THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS
5. THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
4. CASINO ROYALE
3. GOLDFINGER
2. FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
1. ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE

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 With SPECTRE just a few days away and primed to break box office records, James Bond 007  is as big as he's ever been. While it's unknown if Daniel Craig will strap on a Walther PPK again, whether he does or not, as the closing credits always promise, “James Bond will return.”

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8:28PM on 11/04/2015
My favorite Bond films are Goldfinger, Casino Royale, Skyfall, Thunderball, and The Spy Who Loved Me. Goldfinger has the best Bond, the best henchmen, and one of the best villains and Bond girls. It stands on its own with a great story with a unique villain goal - to make his gold worth more by destroying Fort Knox. It's simple but it plays out brilliantly.
The worst Bond films are Moonraker, Die Another Day, and Diamonds are Forever. I rather enjoyed the Timothy Dalton movies and don't
My favorite Bond films are Goldfinger, Casino Royale, Skyfall, Thunderball, and The Spy Who Loved Me. Goldfinger has the best Bond, the best henchmen, and one of the best villains and Bond girls. It stands on its own with a great story with a unique villain goal - to make his gold worth more by destroying Fort Knox. It's simple but it plays out brilliantly.
The worst Bond films are Moonraker, Die Another Day, and Diamonds are Forever. I rather enjoyed the Timothy Dalton movies and don't think The Man with the Golden Gun is as bad as most say. To each their own, I guess.
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10:07PM on 11/02/2015
I will also say this thread and all the comments makes me want to go back and watch all the Bond movies all over again, see if my opinion on any of them has changed over the years. Like I have the time tho...
I will also say this thread and all the comments makes me want to go back and watch all the Bond movies all over again, see if my opinion on any of them has changed over the years. Like I have the time tho...
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2:23PM on 11/02/2015
Top Favorite Bond Films: 1. Casino Royale 2. Skyfall 3. Goldfinger 4. On Her Majesty's Secret Service 5. From Russia With Love 6. Dr. No
UNDERRATED: Never Say Never Again (it's so good it should be allowed into the Bond collection)
Best James Bond- Daniel Craig
Least (but still like) Favorite James Bond- Roger Moore
Best Bond Girls- "M" (Judi Dench in Skyfall), Vesper Lynn (Eva Green in Casino Royale), Tracy (Diana Rigg in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Xenia Onatopp (Famke
Top Favorite Bond Films: 1. Casino Royale 2. Skyfall 3. Goldfinger 4. On Her Majesty's Secret Service 5. From Russia With Love 6. Dr. No
UNDERRATED: Never Say Never Again (it's so good it should be allowed into the Bond collection)
Best James Bond- Daniel Craig
Least (but still like) Favorite James Bond- Roger Moore
Best Bond Girls- "M" (Judi Dench in Skyfall), Vesper Lynn (Eva Green in Casino Royale), Tracy (Diana Rigg in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen in Goldeneye), Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman in Goldfinger), Elektra King (Sophie Marceau; The World Is Not Enough).
Best Bond Score- 1. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (John Barry) 2. Casino Royale (David Arnold) 3. Skyfall (Thomas Newman)
Best Bond Songs- 1. You Know My Name (Casino Royale) 2. Goldfinger 3. Live & Let Die 4. Skyfall 5. Tomorrow Never Dies
Best Bond Villains- Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem; Skyfall), Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe; Goldfinger), Donald ‘Red’ Grant (Robert Shaw; From Russia With Love), Dr Julius No (Joseph Wiseman; Dr No), Renard (Robert Carlyle; The World Is Not Enough), Ernst Stavro Blofeld (various actors in various Bond films), Alec Trevelyan (Sean Bean; GoldenEye), Dr Kaufman (Vincent Schiavelli; Tomorrow Never Dies), Mr White (Jesper Christensen; Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace).
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11:23AM on 11/02/2015

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here is the link to the video for those people who couldn't get it to load aka me.

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7:51AM on 11/02/2015
Nice top ten. It's great seeing Licence to Kill get some love, I am an unabashed fan of Dalton's two entries. I have to say I love Live and Let Die but admittedly it is uneven. Honestly, my favorite Moore entry is For Your Eyes Only. Moore is my least favorite; he is responsible for the two entries I can't stand to re-watch (Moonraker and The Man With the Golden Gun). I think it is safe to say it is a tie between Connery and Craig as to which actor is my favorite. I need to rework my ranking
Nice top ten. It's great seeing Licence to Kill get some love, I am an unabashed fan of Dalton's two entries. I have to say I love Live and Let Die but admittedly it is uneven. Honestly, my favorite Moore entry is For Your Eyes Only. Moore is my least favorite; he is responsible for the two entries I can't stand to re-watch (Moonraker and The Man With the Golden Gun). I think it is safe to say it is a tie between Connery and Craig as to which actor is my favorite. I need to rework my ranking but Connery has 4-5 entries in my top ten. I think I hold Skyfall and Casino Royale as my top two Bond films. On Her Majesty's Secret Service is definitely up there as well, I like Lazenby even though he had kinks to work out and never got a chance to work that out. I like Brosnan's portrayal of Bond but I don't think there's any debate his movies progressively got worse. Brosnan had one truly great entry in Goldeneye, Die Another Day is a guilty pleasure but it is definitely not a good entry for the series. I enjoy his other two but I can see why those are not as well liked.
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6:17AM on 11/02/2015
Glad to see Octopussy getting some love. I think it's one of the best in the series. I also think Dalton was criminally underrated as Bond and would have liked to have seen him in the role for one or two more films.

Best Bond: Sean Connery
Best film: (Tie) Goldfinger and Casino Royale
Best Girl: Vesper Lynd
Best Villain: Alec Trevelyan
Best Song: Diamonds Are Forever
Best Director: Martin Campbell
Best Pre Title Sequence: The Spy Who Loved Me
Overrated Film: Skyfall
Underrated
Glad to see Octopussy getting some love. I think it's one of the best in the series. I also think Dalton was criminally underrated as Bond and would have liked to have seen him in the role for one or two more films.

Best Bond: Sean Connery
Best film: (Tie) Goldfinger and Casino Royale
Best Girl: Vesper Lynd
Best Villain: Alec Trevelyan
Best Song: Diamonds Are Forever
Best Director: Martin Campbell
Best Pre Title Sequence: The Spy Who Loved Me
Overrated Film: Skyfall
Underrated Film: Licence to Kill
Worst Film: (Tie) The Man with the Golden Gun and The World is Not Enough
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6:49AM on 11/02/2015
Dalton was offered Goldeneye but passed on it saying that carnival has passed.
Dalton was offered Goldeneye but passed on it saying that carnival has passed.
9:07AM on 11/03/2015
I watched Licence to Kill last night, and I got to say, it's probably one of the worst Bond films I've seen - from a technical standpoint, anyway. Bad editing, rough continuity, flat acting from the actress playing Lupe, and over the top acting from the blonde actress (can't remember her name at the moment). The film was also one of the most boring Bond films I've ever seen. The pacing was all wrong and it didn't need to be the 2 and a quarter hours it was, either. It's not as bad as the later
I watched Licence to Kill last night, and I got to say, it's probably one of the worst Bond films I've seen - from a technical standpoint, anyway. Bad editing, rough continuity, flat acting from the actress playing Lupe, and over the top acting from the blonde actress (can't remember her name at the moment). The film was also one of the most boring Bond films I've ever seen. The pacing was all wrong and it didn't need to be the 2 and a quarter hours it was, either. It's not as bad as the later Brosnan films, but it's still in the bottom 5.
5:13AM on 11/02/2015
Tomorrow Never Dies was actually titled Tomorrow Never Lies, when it was released to the press it was accidentally misinterpreted as Dies, so the producers stuck with it.

Best Bonds - Timothy Dalton, Daniel Craig
Best Films - From Russia with Love, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, For Your Eyes Only, The Living Daylights, Goldeneye, Casino Royale.
Best Score - On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

Watched Spectre a second time, beautifully shot but far too long.

Tomorrow Never Dies was actually titled Tomorrow Never Lies, when it was released to the press it was accidentally misinterpreted as Dies, so the producers stuck with it.

Best Bonds - Timothy Dalton, Daniel Craig
Best Films - From Russia with Love, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, For Your Eyes Only, The Living Daylights, Goldeneye, Casino Royale.
Best Score - On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

Watched Spectre a second time, beautifully shot but far too long.

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3:39PM on 11/02/2015
You've seen Spectre twice? So jealous.
You've seen Spectre twice? So jealous.
3:44AM on 11/02/2015

From Russia With Love

Was the first Bond film I ever saw years and was hooked right away. But while Sean Connery is one of my favorites, to me I think Dalton was like the Bond Fleming wrote about. Either way, some really great movies over the years with more to follow.
Was the first Bond film I ever saw years and was hooked right away. But while Sean Connery is one of my favorites, to me I think Dalton was like the Bond Fleming wrote about. Either way, some really great movies over the years with more to follow.
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3:41AM on 11/02/2015
Best Bond: Timothy Dalton
Best Movie: From Russia With Love
Best Musical Score: Living Daylights
Best Song: View to a Kill
Most Underrated Film: Living Daylights
Most Overrated: Spy Who Loved Me
Best Villian: Alec Trevelyan
Best Henchman: Red Grant
Best Girl: Vesper


Worst Bond: Roger Moore
Worst Movie: Die Another Day or Moonraker
Worst Girl: Jinx
Most Underrated Girl: Wai-lin
Worst Villian: Gustav Graves
Worst Henchman: Zao
Worst Score - GoldenEye
Worst Song - Die Another
Best Bond: Timothy Dalton
Best Movie: From Russia With Love
Best Musical Score: Living Daylights
Best Song: View to a Kill
Most Underrated Film: Living Daylights
Most Overrated: Spy Who Loved Me
Best Villian: Alec Trevelyan
Best Henchman: Red Grant
Best Girl: Vesper


Worst Bond: Roger Moore
Worst Movie: Die Another Day or Moonraker
Worst Girl: Jinx
Most Underrated Girl: Wai-lin
Worst Villian: Gustav Graves
Worst Henchman: Zao
Worst Score - GoldenEye
Worst Song - Die Another Day
Underrated Villian: Elliot Carver
Underrated Score: Tomorrow Never Dies
Underrated Song: Living Daylights
Best Q Lab Scene: GoldenEye
Underrated Bond: George Lazenby
Overrated Bond: Pierce Brosnan
Overrated Henchman: Jaws
Best Cat: Blofeld's in From Russia With Love.
Best Video Game for N64: GoldenEye
Best Stunt: Jumping the chopper in Tomorrow Never Dies or fight on the cargo plane net in Living Daylights

Worst Stunt: Barrell Roll on warped bridge in Man With The Golden Gun ...maybe the best stunt in Bond history ruined by a slide whistle sound.
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3:42AM on 11/02/2015
Best Scene- Timothy Dalton and John Rhys Davis in the hotel room in Living Daylights. That was 110% Ian Fleming's Bond
Best Scene- Timothy Dalton and John Rhys Davis in the hotel room in Living Daylights. That was 110% Ian Fleming's Bond
4:38AM on 11/02/2015
I agree with The Man With The Golden Gun. That scene is probably the best car stunt scene ever filmed which was ruined by that whistle sound as you pointed out.
I agree with The Man With The Golden Gun. That scene is probably the best car stunt scene ever filmed which was ruined by that whistle sound as you pointed out.
7:06AM on 11/02/2015
Best cat category, brilliant :)
Best cat category, brilliant :)
2:45AM on 11/02/2015
James Bond is indeed badass. I like how each James Bond movie acts like a time machine where each one reflects the world history of the time it was made. My favorite James Bond is Pierce Brosnan. He got everything right - the charisma of Sean Connery, playfulness of Roger Moore and seriousness of Timothy Dalton. It's very hard to pick which is the best Bond movie. I'd say the best Bond movie is Goldeneye. Worst Bond movie is either The Man With The Golden Gun or Moonraker. The most underrated
James Bond is indeed badass. I like how each James Bond movie acts like a time machine where each one reflects the world history of the time it was made. My favorite James Bond is Pierce Brosnan. He got everything right - the charisma of Sean Connery, playfulness of Roger Moore and seriousness of Timothy Dalton. It's very hard to pick which is the best Bond movie. I'd say the best Bond movie is Goldeneye. Worst Bond movie is either The Man With The Golden Gun or Moonraker. The most underrated Bond movie is On Her Majesty's Secret Service. That final scene was so heartbreaking for Bond.
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12:50AM on 11/02/2015
Best Connery: Diamonds are Forever
Worst Connery: Thunderball

Best Moore: Live and Let Die
Worst Moore: A View to a Kill (Moonraker is a close second)

Best Brosnan: Goldeneye
Worst Brosnan: The World is Not Enough

I would say Goldeneye is my top choice of all Bond films ever.
Best Connery: Diamonds are Forever
Worst Connery: Thunderball

Best Moore: Live and Let Die
Worst Moore: A View to a Kill (Moonraker is a close second)

Best Brosnan: Goldeneye
Worst Brosnan: The World is Not Enough

I would say Goldeneye is my top choice of all Bond films ever.
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2:48AM on 11/02/2015
I agree, Goldeneye is probably the Best Bond film. But for Worst Connery I'd personally go with Never Say Never Again (if you count it as a part of Bond movie).
I agree, Goldeneye is probably the Best Bond film. But for Worst Connery I'd personally go with Never Say Never Again (if you count it as a part of Bond movie).
3:47PM on 11/02/2015
I think Diamonds are Forever is the worst Connery, Bond movie.
I think Diamonds are Forever is the worst Connery, Bond movie.
9:52PM on 11/02/2015
Never Say Never Again is the only Bond movie I have never seen, so in all fairness I have to give it to Thunderball for now. =)
Never Say Never Again is the only Bond movie I have never seen, so in all fairness I have to give it to Thunderball for now. =)
10:37PM on 11/01/2015
It's hard to pick one favorite, but my top 3 are From Russia with Love, Goldeneye, and Casino Royale. Least favorite is Moonraker. Underrated would be The World is Not Enough.
I'd really love to see a round-table discussion someday with all the Bond actors together. It's a shame this hasn't happened yet.
It's hard to pick one favorite, but my top 3 are From Russia with Love, Goldeneye, and Casino Royale. Least favorite is Moonraker. Underrated would be The World is Not Enough.
I'd really love to see a round-table discussion someday with all the Bond actors together. It's a shame this hasn't happened yet.
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10:41PM on 11/01/2015
Casino Royale, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Thunderball/From Russia with Love
Casino Royale, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Thunderball/From Russia with Love
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