Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Oxford, Nova Scotia
I've restarted my Bond movie marathon, since they will be removed from CraveTV at the end of the month.
My observations so far:
Most of the Connery movies were great. Diamonds are Forever was pretty bad. You Only Live Twice and From Russia with Love aren't quite as good as the rest. Goldfinger is probably my #1.
The Moore movies aren't as terrible as I remember. The only good one is Live and Let Die, but the rest are at least mostly watchable. People complain about Moonraker, but I thought The Spy Who Loved Me was worse. The chemistry/rivalry between Bond and the female spy worked better in Moonraker. Barbara Bach was Denise Richards bad, but with more screen time. A View to a Kill and Octopussy are the weakest in the franchise (except for the trainwreck Casino Royale from the 60s - but one that isn't official).
Never Say Never Again was a weaker remake of Thunderball. It was creepy watching an old Sean Connery flirting with a very young Kim Basinger. Somehow worse than Moore and his much younger romantic interests.
Timothy Dalton was seriously under-rated, especially in The Living Daylights. That was a really good movie. He acted much more like the novel version of Bond, which made a wonderful break from the worn out Moore version. I'd rank it in the top 5 so far. I didn't like License to Kill as much.
I've just started Goldeneye. I'll try to post later with my thoughts on the Brosnan and Craig movies.