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  • Napoleon PluralNapoleon Plural LondonPosts: 9,366MI6 Agent
    I liked Léa Seydoux in this, and I find it's unusual for a French actress speaking English to sound animated, imo they can sound deathly dull. That said, didn't Caroline Bouquet get dubbed for FYEO and that being the case, couldn't they have found someone with a livelier voice?

    I know what you mean about the chemistry, it didn't stink but I'm not sure Craig has much chemistry with any actress other than Dame Judi. Oh, okay, actually Naomi Harris. Maybe the main women's roles are written too generically and cast too late in the day to allow for it.
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  • Dirty PunkerDirty Punker ...Your Eyes Only, darling."Posts: 2,586MI6 Agent
    I mentioned this in my review, the scene where he gives her the watch heavily reminded me of the Casino Royale scene where Vesper couldn't resist waking him.

    Don't know if this has been mentioned but the jump in the demolished MI6 building reminded me of the TND escape from Carver's tower.
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  • welshguy34welshguy34 Posts: 219MI6 Agent
    I have watched Casino Royale again. For me it's probably the best film in the whole franchise.
  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 3,491MI6 Agent
    The wife and I started up a full Bond rewatch. The last time that we did this was in 2012 in preparation for SKYFALL, so we're overdue.

    First up: DR. NO.

    While slow and fairly low budget, the main ingredients of the standard Bond film are there and Connery feels like he already owns the character. It doesn't have any huge or memorable set pieces to it, but what's there is competent.

    What I DO like about the film is that is has a sense of ruthlessness to it. When Bond shoots Dent in cold blood ('you've had your six'), it's very matter of fact and business like. Connery kinda loses that once he hits GF, and that's kinda too bad because it gives Bond a menace that really works.
    Current rankings:
    OHMSS>FRWL>CR>TSWLM>YOLT>MR>SF>FYEO>GE>OP>DN>
    TWINE>TND>QOS>TB>TMWTGG>GF>LALD>TLD>AVTAK>SP>DAF>LTK>DAD
    Bond rankings: Lazenby>Moore>Connery>Craig>Brosnan>Dalton
  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 3,491MI6 Agent
    Did FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE last night. For me, this is one of the peaks of the entire series. Connery has settled into the role and has all of the swagger down pat. The plot itself is very strong with a clear through-line to it and very little fluff or silliness to distract from the mission at hand. The villains are all strong (especially Robert Shaw as Grant), and all of the supporting characters are engaging and fun. Kerim Bey makes for one of the best allies that Bond ever has in the series.

    Side note: I forgot about the nudity in this from Daniela Bianchi as she enters Bond's bed. I'm rather surprised that that made it past the censors in 1963.
    Current rankings:
    OHMSS>FRWL>CR>TSWLM>YOLT>MR>SF>FYEO>GE>OP>DN>
    TWINE>TND>QOS>TB>TMWTGG>GF>LALD>TLD>AVTAK>SP>DAF>LTK>DAD
    Bond rankings: Lazenby>Moore>Connery>Craig>Brosnan>Dalton
  • superadosuperado Regent's Park West (CaliforniaPosts: 2,592MI6 Agent
    Gymkata wrote:
    Did FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE last night. For me, this is one of the peaks of the entire series. Connery has settled into the role and has all of the swagger down pat. The plot itself is very strong with a clear through-line to it and very little fluff or silliness to distract from the mission at hand. The villains are all strong (especially Robert Shaw as Grant), and all of the supporting characters are engaging and fun. Kerim Bey makes for one of the best allies that Bond ever has in the series.

    Side note: I forgot about the nudity in this from Daniela Bianchi as she enters Bond's bed. I'm rather surprised that that made it past the censors in 1963.

    Ditto on all your points. FRWL is on my next to watch list. Supposedly, Daniela Bianchi wore a body stocking for that scene. Would have been nice though if the nudity were genuine...for art's sake of course :))
    "...the purposeful slant of his striding figure looked dangerous, as if he was making quickly for something bad that was happening further down the street." -SMERSH on 007 dossier photo, Ch. 6 FRWL.....
  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 7,734MI6 Agent
    superado wrote:
    Gymkata wrote:
    Did FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE last night. For me, this is one of the peaks of the entire series. Connery has settled into the role and has all of the swagger down pat. The plot itself is very strong with a clear through-line to it and very little fluff or silliness to distract from the mission at hand. The villains are all strong (especially Robert Shaw as Grant), and all of the supporting characters are engaging and fun. Kerim Bey makes for one of the best allies that Bond ever has in the series.

    Side note: I forgot about the nudity in this from Daniela Bianchi as she enters Bond's bed. I'm rather surprised that that made it past the censors in 1963.

    Ditto on all your points. FRWL is on my next to watch list. Supposedly, Daniela Bianchi wore a body stocking for that scene. Would have been nice though if the nudity were genuine...for art's sake of course :))

    Wasn't it a body double (again, sadly)?
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  • hehadlotsofgutshehadlotsofguts Durham England Posts: 2,082MI6 Agent
    I watched FRWL recently as well. It has one of my favourite scenes in the film, with the Mi6 staff listening in on Bond and Tanya. Bond tells Tanya about an interesting experience with M in Tokyo. Seeing M leap out of his chair at that moment to turn the machine off, was funny. Bernard Lee had great comic timing.

    I'm not well read in 1963 censorship rules, so i assume the plot with Bond being blackmailed with a sex tape of him and Tanya, was pretty taboo at that time?

    The fight on the train, is one of my favourite fights in the series. A brutal fight with great choreography!

    I much prefer the faceless Blofeld, pre OHMSS. We don't see his face. We see his upper half and close ups of him stroking a cat. Anthony Dawson was masterfully dubbed by Eric Pohlmann. He was the perfect voice for Blofeld! Deep and sinister. His way interrogating agents who failed missions, was unique. Focusing on the innocent agent, catching the real culprit off guard then BANG! (Or a kick in the shin from Morzeny's poison tipped knife shoe in this case.)

    Desmond Llewellyn was great in his debut. I wonder what would've happened if Guy Hamilton hadn't wanted Q to be irritated with Bond and kept the friendly nature of Q, throughout Desmond's tenure.

    Pedro Armendariz had great chemistry with Sean and made Kerim Bey a memorable character. We won't see anything like this again until OHMSS with Draco.
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  • Napoleon PluralNapoleon Plural LondonPosts: 9,366MI6 Agent
    I was watching the gritty black and white film This Sporting Life from around the same era with Richard Harris (and another actor who co-starred with him in The Wild Geese as the drill sergeant) and as it is about a rugby hero, there are a lot of bare male bums in it as they go into the showers afterwards, so I guess it was on the same basis, not sure if that had a different rating.
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  • DutchJamesBondFanDutchJamesBondFan the NetherlandsPosts: 398MI6 Agent
    I want to start a reviewseries on 007 soon on YouTube, so I watched Dr. No this friday. It's really incredible what they could do with 1,1 million, what even at that time wasn't much. There are a lot of little flaws like audio syncing, but I quite like the film more because of that. It cleary shows the beginning of the series in that way, there wasn't much they could start with so it's rather incredible how good the movie is. I like it's slower tone, it's a move where basicly doesn't happen very much, but it makes for a nice variaty is the series.
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  • superadosuperado Regent's Park West (CaliforniaPosts: 2,592MI6 Agent
    superado wrote:
    Gymkata wrote:
    Did FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE last night. For me, this is one of the peaks of the entire series. Connery has settled into the role and has all of the swagger down pat. The plot itself is very strong with a clear through-line to it and very little fluff or silliness to distract from the mission at hand. The villains are all strong (especially Robert Shaw as Grant), and all of the supporting characters are engaging and fun. Kerim Bey makes for one of the best allies that Bond ever has in the series.

    Side note: I forgot about the nudity in this from Daniela Bianchi as she enters Bond's bed. I'm rather surprised that that made it past the censors in 1963.

    Ditto on all your points. FRWL is on my next to watch list. Supposedly, Daniela Bianchi wore a body stocking for that scene. Would have been nice though if the nudity were genuine...for art's sake of course :))

    Wasn't it a body double (again, sadly)?

    I think this was the body double they hired :)) :
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    I've had a hankering lately to revisit the behind-the-scenes of FRWL, and the use of a body double for that scene is a bit fuzzy in my memory. I do remember reading that Terence Young did not like Daniela Bianchi's legs and used a double for the scenes in which Bond sees Tatiana's legs in a periscope.
    "...the purposeful slant of his striding figure looked dangerous, as if he was making quickly for something bad that was happening further down the street." -SMERSH on 007 dossier photo, Ch. 6 FRWL.....
  • caractacus pottscaractacus potts Orbital communicator, level 10Posts: 2,605MI6 Agent
    there's also the decontamination scene in Dr No, where the filmmakers get to objectify both the lead actors bodies as they shower off all that radiation theyd been exposed to
    for a brief split second Ursula Andress steps out from behind the screen then into a towel
    when I fist got the dvd I used that as an opportunity to experiment with my pause button, only to be rewarded with a blur of pinkish pixels
    maybe I should re-examine on a bigger tv?
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 31,991Chief of Staff
    Nah...


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  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 3,491MI6 Agent
    Did GOLDFINGER last night as part of my Bond rewatch.

    I dunno. I've enjoyed this quite a bit in the past but this time around it really came up wanting, especially after DR. NO and FRWL. Both of those films had through-lines that followed logic and never insulted the audience. Here, the final assault on Fort Knox is entirely reliant on you believing
    - that Bond turned Pussy Galore to the light side of the force through sheer sexual prowess.
    - that Bond and Pussy Galore had time to switch out the gas canisters on her airplanes.
    - that Bond and Pussy Galore were able to convince thousands of people around Fort Knox to 'play dead'.
    And all of the above took place in what...less than 24 hours? That's some severe suspension of disbelief.
    Add in the silliness and weird turns of logic and the plot kinda falls apart.
    - Why does Goldfinger bring all of those mobsters to his place, tell them his plan, let the one go (who gets crushed), and then go ahead and kill everyone anyways with the gas? It makes no sense. Add in the atrocious line readings from the mobsters in this scene and it's really hard to watch.

    There's some good stuff in here with Q, and there are great moments throughout (generally character moments) with some good action sequences, but they never gel. At least, they don't for me.

    I had this film rated pretty highly but I'm going to have to reevaluate when I'm done with this re-watch. As of now, I'd put them:
    FRWL>DN>GF
    Current rankings:
    OHMSS>FRWL>CR>TSWLM>YOLT>MR>SF>FYEO>GE>OP>DN>
    TWINE>TND>QOS>TB>TMWTGG>GF>LALD>TLD>AVTAK>SP>DAF>LTK>DAD
    Bond rankings: Lazenby>Moore>Connery>Craig>Brosnan>Dalton
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,697MI6 Agent
    As with LOTR instead of all that " epic story " rubbish.
    Why not simply fly directly there on Eagles etc.
    Would have saved a lot of time.
    Or ROTLA, basically everything Indy does is pointless.
    In fact he should have let Hitler open it :))
    ( still Love Raiders and couldn't care less about logic ) -{
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  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 3,491MI6 Agent
    You and I are gonna have words if you're gonna hate on RAIDERS ;)
    And I disagree that a lot of Indy's actions are pointless. As he says, he's 'making it up as he goes', and he generally has a short period of time to make a decision on his next course of action. He's usually successful in the short term but he continually gets thwarted by the Nazis whenever he has a success, making for a 'give and take' in terms of who has the advantage at any given moment. It's that back and forth in terms of who has the Ark that makes the film fun.

    But to your point, yeah...it's fiction, and you have to be forgiving in terms of logic to a certain degree, but the leap that needs to be taken regarding Bond's penis turning Pussy Galore to the light side of the force is kinda hard to let go without a head scratch.
    Current rankings:
    OHMSS>FRWL>CR>TSWLM>YOLT>MR>SF>FYEO>GE>OP>DN>
    TWINE>TND>QOS>TB>TMWTGG>GF>LALD>TLD>AVTAK>SP>DAF>LTK>DAD
    Bond rankings: Lazenby>Moore>Connery>Craig>Brosnan>Dalton
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 31,991Chief of Staff
    This thread may be of interest: https://www.ajb007.co.uk/topic/45547/pros-and-cons-goldfinger/ (and there are others).
  • JoshuaJoshua Posts: 1,029MI6 Agent
    The last James Bond film I watched was Spectre. This was on television and it was the first time I have seen this film. I am not sure if I like this film or not. I have just bought the Spectre DVD and will now plan to watch Spectre again.
  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 3,491MI6 Agent
    Joshua wrote:
    The last James Bond film I watched was Spectre. This was on television and it was the first time I have seen this film. I am not sure if I like this film or not. I have just bought the Spectre DVD and will now plan to watch Spectre again.

    I'm looking forward to revisiting this film the most. I've only seen it all the way through once and I remember thinking that it was 'aggressively ok' with a good balance between good and bad elements/scenes. I'm curious how it'll play a second time for me.
    Current rankings:
    OHMSS>FRWL>CR>TSWLM>YOLT>MR>SF>FYEO>GE>OP>DN>
    TWINE>TND>QOS>TB>TMWTGG>GF>LALD>TLD>AVTAK>SP>DAF>LTK>DAD
    Bond rankings: Lazenby>Moore>Connery>Craig>Brosnan>Dalton
  • zaphod99zaphod99 Posts: 1,415MI6 Agent
    As with LOTR instead of all that " epic story " rubbish.
    Why not simply fly directly there on Eagles etc.
    Would have saved a lot of time.
    Or ROTLA, basically everything Indy does is pointless.
    In fact he should have let Hitler open it :))
    ( still Love Raiders and couldn't care less about logic ) -{

    I agree, logic can be overrated :007) however I do have a slight gripe that Bond is almost an incidental figure once they get to the Ranch. I know a lot of people regard GF as the quintessential Bond movie, and to be sure it has some mighty fine elements. I just wish that Bond fulfilled the 'Hero' remit by succeeding due to his own efforts, unless his contribution was in turning Pussey ( not a bad day at the office in my view)
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  • walther p99walther p99 NJPosts: 3,416MI6 Agent
    Barbel wrote:
    Nah...


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    Never seen these before!
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 31,991Chief of Staff
    Discovering the lovely Ursula was wearing a suit spoiled the fantasies of some adolescent boys... er... I'm told....
  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 3,491MI6 Agent
    Barbel wrote:
    Discovering the lovely Ursula was wearing a suit spoiled the fantasies of some adolescent boys... er... I'm told....

    Your generation had Ursula Andress in GOLDFINGER. My generation had Jamie Lee Curtis in TRADING PLACES.
    Current rankings:
    OHMSS>FRWL>CR>TSWLM>YOLT>MR>SF>FYEO>GE>OP>DN>
    TWINE>TND>QOS>TB>TMWTGG>GF>LALD>TLD>AVTAK>SP>DAF>LTK>DAD
    Bond rankings: Lazenby>Moore>Connery>Craig>Brosnan>Dalton
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 31,991Chief of Staff
    Gymkata wrote:
    Your generation had Ursula Andress in GOLDFINGER.

    We did???? It's supposed to be us old guys whose memories start to go! :)) :)) :))
  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 3,491MI6 Agent
    Ach...I've got GF on the brain today.

    And if we're keeping it all strictly Bond centric, my generation had Caroline Bouquet in FYEO. For me, she was (and still is) the most beautiful of the Bond girls.
    Current rankings:
    OHMSS>FRWL>CR>TSWLM>YOLT>MR>SF>FYEO>GE>OP>DN>
    TWINE>TND>QOS>TB>TMWTGG>GF>LALD>TLD>AVTAK>SP>DAF>LTK>DAD
    Bond rankings: Lazenby>Moore>Connery>Craig>Brosnan>Dalton
  • ChriscoopChriscoop Belize Posts: 10,443MI6 Agent
    zaphod99 wrote:
    As with LOTR instead of all that " epic story " rubbish.
    Why not simply fly directly there on Eagles etc.
    Would have saved a lot of time.
    Or ROTLA, basically everything Indy does is pointless.
    In fact he should have let Hitler open it :))
    ( still Love Raiders and couldn't care less about logic ) -{

    I agree, logic can be overrated :007) however I do have a slight gripe that Bond is almost an incidental figure once they get to the Ranch. I know a lot of people regard GF as the quintessential Bond movie, and to be sure it has some mighty fine elements. I just wish that Bond fulfilled the 'Hero' remit by succeeding due to his own efforts, unless his contribution was in turning Pussey ( not a bad day at the office in my view)
    How could Dr Jones have known the ark would kill all the bad guys when they opened it? Had Hitler have got his hands on it he could have sent some minions to open it in the middle of London like some religious dirty bomb.
    As for Goldfinger, I've always thought that Pussy changes sides when she learns the gas is lethal and doesn't just put people to sleep, she changes the cannisters and informs the good guys of Goldfingers dastardly plan. :D
    It was either that.....or the priesthood
  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 3,491MI6 Agent
    edited January 2018
    Chriscoop wrote:
    How could Dr Jones have known the ark would kill all the bad guys when they opened it?

    (puts on nerd hat)
    There was supposedly a deleted scene (maybe it wasn't filmed) where Indy did some research and learned about the dangers of looking at the open Ark. I'll see if I can find more information on it, but I think it was cut due to pacing concerns (kinda like how the Indy riding the periscope scene was cut).

    edited to add: here's a link http://www.theraider.net/films/raiders/deleted_scenes.php
    The dangers of the Ark
    A plot element involving the Ark of the Covenant was cut from the film and is only hinted at during the finale when the Ark is opened. Basically, there were 2 rules about the Ark not mentioned in the final cut of the film:

    If you touch the Ark, you die.
    If you look at the Ark when it is opened, you die.
    This is first explained in additional dialogue for the scene when Indy and Sallah visit Imam. Before translating the writings on the headpiece that give the height of the Staff of Ra, Imam warns Indy not to touch the Ark or look at it when it is opened.
    The next scene involving this Ark subplot is when Sallah and Indy remove the Ark from the Well of the Souls. When Sallah first sees it he reaches out to touch it. Indy stops him before he does and reminds him of Imam's warning. Then they insert long poles through each side of the Ark to lift it out of its crypt.
    Notice that nobody ever touches the Ark throughout the rest of the film until the finale.
    Current rankings:
    OHMSS>FRWL>CR>TSWLM>YOLT>MR>SF>FYEO>GE>OP>DN>
    TWINE>TND>QOS>TB>TMWTGG>GF>LALD>TLD>AVTAK>SP>DAF>LTK>DAD
    Bond rankings: Lazenby>Moore>Connery>Craig>Brosnan>Dalton
  • Unloved SeasonUnloved Season Denton, TexasPosts: 48MI6 Agent
    Had the day off unexpectedly and did a little mini-marathon of FRWL, TSWLM and currently on QoS.
  • RemingtonRemington CAPosts: 239MI6 Agent
    Had the day off unexpectedly and did a little mini-marathon of FRWL, TSWLM and currently on QoS.
    Excellent choices.
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  • ChriscoopChriscoop Belize Posts: 10,443MI6 Agent
    Gymkata wrote:
    Chriscoop wrote:
    How could Dr Jones have known the ark would kill all the bad guys when they opened it?

    (puts on nerd hat)
    There was supposedly a deleted scene (maybe it wasn't filmed) where Indy did some research and learned about the dangers of looking at the open Ark. I'll see if I can find more information on it, but I think it was cut due to pacing concerns (kinda like how the Indy riding the periscope scene was cut).

    edited to add: here's a link http://www.theraider.net/films/raiders/deleted_scenes.php
    The dangers of the Ark
    A plot element involving the Ark of the Covenant was cut from the film and is only hinted at during the finale when the Ark is opened. Basically, there were 2 rules about the Ark not mentioned in the final cut of the film:

    If you touch the Ark, you die.
    If you look at the Ark when it is opened, you die.
    This is first explained in additional dialogue for the scene when Indy and Sallah visit Imam. Before translating the writings on the headpiece that give the height of the Staff of Ra, Imam warns Indy not to touch the Ark or look at it when it is opened.
    The next scene involving this Ark subplot is when Sallah and Indy remove the Ark from the Well of the Souls. When Sallah first sees it he reaches out to touch it. Indy stops him before he does and reminds him of Imam's warning. Then they insert long poles through each side of the Ark to lift it out of its crypt.
    Notice that nobody ever touches the Ark throughout the rest of the film until the finale.
    Thanks for that, I was unaware of the deleted scene.
    It was either that.....or the priesthood
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