Live and Let Die Review

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die sees Roger Moore debut as 007, and arrives right in the middle of the early 70s “blaxpoitation” era, as such it sees Bond deal with Harlem drug lords, voodoo cultists and a New Orleans funky brass band that kills people… Okay, maybe that last one wasn’t a common trope, but still! Harlem, Caribbean islands and New Orleans, that’s three stereotypical locations for the price of one! Let’s take a look and see if this actually works as a film or not in general, let alone in 2018…

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Diamonds Are Forever Review

Diamonds are Forever

Diamonds Are Forever is one of my least favourite Bond films, it has to be said. It has a lot of the silly humour that would later define the Roger Moore era of the franchise, but given it has (an admittedly older, tubbier and un-arsed) Sean Connery it just doesn’t seem to work. It also has a really unsatisfactory ending and two of the most annoying “henchmen” ever… So yeah, this isn’t going to be a pretty review!

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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Review

OHMSS

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, otherwise known as “the George Lazenby one”, is an odd film. I’ve properly watched this three times now, once on VHS, once on DVD and now once on Blu-ray, and I think I’ve had a different opinion each time. I thought it was boring, thought it was a good spy story with a great ending, and now I’m somewhere in between the two, though leaning towards boring. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look!

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You Only Live Twice Review

You Only Live Twice

You Only Live Twice is an odd one… It has great stuff like the first (and eternally parodied) Blofeld in person, the volcano lair (also parodied into oblivion) and a great set of climax scenes, but it also has the awkward 60s idea of Japan, with ninjas, “in Japan men come first, women come second, Mr. Bond-san”, and James Bond “becoming a Japanese” by being painted slightly yellow, given slightly slanty eyes and a bowl haircut… A mixed bag, but at least it’s a fun mixed bag!

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Goldfinger Review

Goldfinger

Ah yes, the most quoted Bond film by far, and generally the film most, if not all, the following films base themselves on. When a film is THIS much of a classic it’s hard to review because you feel like everyone knows what you’re talking about already (I had the same problem when I reviewed the original Star Wars trilogy…) but here we go. I will state that I don’t think it’s flawless by any means, but it’s certainly a great ride. Let’s take a closer look!

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From Russia With Love Review

From Russia With Love

The second James Bond film, From Russia With Love, is a fun story, full of a few really good moments. It also sees the debut of several classic Bond staples like Q and even Blofeld (not that he’s ever seen or named…) While not one of my all time favourites, I think I end up liking it a bit more each time I watch it… Let’s take a closer look at it!

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Dr. No Review

Dr No

My run through of the entire (official) Bond film franchise begins! Now, don’t expect these on any kind of regular schedule, it’s more of a “when I have the time and feel like it” situation, so several might be posted in one week, or there might be several weeks without a single one. The goal is to finish before the next Bond film is released, which is roughly the end of next year, so we should be safe! ANYWAY, Dr. No then! It’s always quite amazing how much of what we know as Bond staples were in from the very first movie, and of course, Connery is great from the off, but the film does have some flaws. Let’s take a close look…

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