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Was very mediocre at best - but better than the overrated steaming pile of crap that was Skyfall.

The opening scenes were the best of the film and sadly, it goes down from there. And yes, Craig's suits are even tighter and more ill-fitting than ever.
 

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I liked it.
Kind of a touch of steampunk - in that a lot of the simpler older rejigged gadgetry and cars was back - and useful.
Plot was "random"as the young folks say.
Suits were not as tight.
Stingy shirt collars on Bond gone. I liked the long straight point collars. And the pin/bar/tab. I think it will influence shirts quickly. And about time.

Nice enough selections on Bond of G4/G9 Harringtons, C&J Double Monk Chukkas.

The young-ish Q dressed a bit better this time around in an IVY meets Harry Potter look.

A bit of the old Bond /Moore tongue in cheek, a lot of nice in jokes and references to previous Bond and also cinematic classics scenes etc.

I especially like that the villain was pointedly dressed with NO SOCKS!! and white ankles and shirt untucked under jacket. Full points from me.

Nice and long. I like a long film.
 

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I enjoyed the movie. I did like the shirt and tie combos. The fits could be better but I would still wear the suit colors.
 

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watched the screener last night. anyone else think this was the most boring Bond in a long time? the bond girl was a real snoozer.
 

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I didn't like her. She didn't have enough curves to keep me interested in her poor acting. It's sad when you get showed up by a 50 year old women who only has three scenes. I liked the movie. It wasn't as good as CR. Still better then Brosen
 

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watched the screener last night. anyone else think this was the most boring Bond in a long time? the bond girl was a real snoozer.
It was OK. Kind of tedious. A lot of poor characters & acting. Wish they had featured Bautista a bit more. He'd make a great new Odd Job if they resurrect Goldfinger.

Walz's Blofeld bites
 

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completely agreed. he would have been fantastic for that.


also agree. although, no one will ever top Telly Savalas's Blofeld. The greatest Bond crime is he never got a chance to work with Connery.
Savalas did a good butch Blofeld.
 

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Blofeld was named after the cricket commentator Henry Blofeld IIRC, who was known to Fleming during his school days. As it happens, "Blowers" is even more ebullient than Waltz's ESB in Spectre...
 

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Finally got around to watching this. First watch was pretty disappointing, but on advice I am giving it another watch today and it's definitely more satisfying the second time. It's pretty much a YOLT era Connery type Bond, so you just have to be ok with that. I am more a Casino Royal fan, but it's fun enough.
 

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Finally got around to watching this. First watch was pretty disappointing, but on advice I am giving it another watch today and it's definitely more satisfying the second time. It's pretty much a YOLT era Connery type Bond, so you just have to be ok with that. I am more a Casino Royal fan, but it's fun enough.
I watched it on the pictures with Mrs F., I was disappointed and couldn't get into it. I bought the Blu-ray yesterday (Its release date here) and watched it last night and thought it very good. Its quite a clever movie, handsomely shot with lots sly references and poking fun at itself.

Its clearly a Part I, It would not surprise me to see Mr Hinx return as a Jaws like indestructible character kicking the shit out of everyone in a 3-piece!

I thought the French Bond girl lovely and very elegant, especially in the train scene. Bond's women need to be elegant to offset the brutality.
 

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I watched it on the pictures with Mrs F., I was disappointed and couldn't get into it. I bought the Blu-ray yesterday (Its release date here) and watched it last night and thought it very good. Its quite a clever movie, handsomely shot with lots sly references and poking fun at itself.

Its clearly a Part I, It would not surprise me to see Mr Hinx return as a Jaws like indestructible character kicking the shit out of everyone in a 3-piece!

I thought the French Bond girl lovely and very elegant, especially in the train scene. Bond's women need to be elegant to offset the brutality.
Yep, I quite agree. Hoyte van Hoytema did a phenomenal job shooting it I thought, the scene in Monica Belucci's place was oozing gorgeousness.
 

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Yep, I quite agree. Hoyte van Hoytema did a phenomenal job shooting it I thought, the scene in Monica Belucci's place was oozing gorgeousness.
You know, I missed that scene first time around as I had to take a leak. But yes its beautifully shot complete with a bit of Vivaldi in the background.
 

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FX's 'Archer' reviews every James Bond film

. Dr. No



“In the first film of the series, James Bond, played by Sean Connery’s eyebrows, goes to Jamaica and stops the evil Dr. No from disrupting the Project Mercury space launch.”

LIKE: “There’s a character named Puss Feller!”
DISLIKE: “Sean Connery has the arms of a 15-year-old boy. Seriously, it looks like he’s never even tried shower sex.”

2. From Russia with Love




“Bond must foil SPECTRE (Some Pretty Evil Cat-loving Terrorists who Ransom Everything)’s plan to steal a Lektor decoding device from the Soviets and sell it back to them.”
LIKE: “Bond gets attacked by a woman with poisonous toe-spikes, which are pretty much exactly ! what they sound like. Bond kills her (and the audience) with the line, ‘… she had her kicks.’ “
DISLIKE: “Donald ‘Red’ Grant’s (Robert Shaw) distractingly small nipples.”

3. Goldfinger




“Bond must stop bullion dealer Auric Goldfinger, played by Gert Fröbe (talented violinist/Nazi), from breaking into the gold reserve at Fort Knox.”
LIKE: “Goldfinger’s personal pilot: Pussy Galore! One time I got a lap dance from a stripper named Lada Moning, but Pussy wins. Pussy always wins.”
DISLIKE: “The only thing worse than playing golf is watching people play golf.”

4. Thunderball




“Bond is sent to recover two highjacked warheads in the Bahamas where he gets into an underwater battle that’s nine minutes too long.”
LIKE: “The classic line where a woman in a bathtub asks Bond, ‘… would you mind giving me something to put on?’ and he hands her a pair of heels. I tried that with Lana once and she stabbed me in the hand with a corkscrew.”
DISLIKE: “Bond gets thrown into a pool of sharks and doesn’t fight a single one. Way to give the people what they want, Connery.”

5. You Only Live Twice




“After the highjacking of an American spacecraft, Sean Connery, a 6-foot-2-inch Scotsman, is sent to Japan where he fools everybody by disguising himself as a Japanese fisherman.”
LIKE: “Written by Roald Dahl? Who knew!”
DISLIKE: “Bond tires to transform into a Japanese fisherman but he ends up looking like Spock. This is why I only do mustaches.”

6. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service



“Bond goes to the Swiss Alps to track the head of SPECTRE, Blofeld, who has established a clinical allergy-research institute for female patients where the only cure is George Lazenby’s penis.”
LIKE: “ ‘Intense bobsled chase’ doesn’t seem like three words that should be next to each other but it totally works.”
DISLIKE: “George Lazenby’s ears. Did nobody have safety pins on set?”

7. Diamonds Are Forever





“Bond is tasked with investigating a major diamond smuggling ring. He is given a case of diamonds and moves through the chain that leads him to the Whyte House in Vegas, shot on location with real alive prostitutes.”
LIKE: “An elephant pulls a slot machine.
DISLIKE: “The scene where Bond escapes on a stolen 10 miles-per-hour moon buggy is even less enthralling than it sounds.”

8. Live and Let Die





“Bond investigates the operations of a ruthless gangster/heroin trafficker whose alter ego is the dictator of a Caribbean island, a place created from the depths of Ian Fleming’s racist imagination.”
LIKE: “The speedboat chase scene in the Bayou Des Allemands, ‘The Catfish Capital of the Universe’ (their words).” DISLIKE: “Two words: crocodile farm.”

9. The Man With the Golden Gun





“Bond is sent to retrieve a device that can harness solar power from Francisco Scaramanga, an assassin with a third nipple who — did I mention has a third nipple? Just wanted to nipple check.”
LIKE: “AMC Hornet X 360-degree mid-air twisting corkscrew jump across a broken bridge in Thailand. One of my favorite stunts of the whole series.”
DISLIKE: The third nipple, obviously.

10.The Spy Who Loved Me





“Bond investigates the disappearance of British and Soviet ballistic-missile submarines and is led to Karl Stromberg, a man who wants to destroy the world and live under the sea like a grumpy old mermaid.”
LIKE: “JAWS! Played by the 7’2” Richard Kiel, this henchman bit a goddamn shark.”
DISLIKE: “Bond’s submarine car would have been much more impressive if it wasn’t a Lotus Esprit.”

11. Moonraker





“Bond must stop Hugo Drax, business tycoon and Kim Jong-un dress alike, from destroying all human life and starting a new civilization on his undetectable space station.”
LIKE: “Aww Jaws falls in love. Oh, and he also BITES THROUGH A CABLE CAR WIRE.”
DISLIKE: “Part of me wanted to see an anaconda eat Roger Moore whole.”

12. For Your Eyes Only





“Bond is sent to recover an Automatic Targeting Attack Communicator (ATAC), a mission that requires him to fight off hockey players, a biathlete and a horny teenaged figure skater.”
LIKE: “One of the better assassination attempts of the series. Bond gets tied to the back of a boat and dragged through coral which, honestly, sounds like the absolute worst.”
DISLIKE: “Luckily, Bond resisted the young figure skater’s attempt to go for the gold. I’ve been there before. Those slutty ninjas are hard to fight off.”

13. Octopussy



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“Bond must stop Orlov, a renegade Soviet general with eight vaginas, from expanding Soviet borders by blowing up a U.S. airbase with a nuclear warhead.”
LIKE: “Bond tells a tiger to ‘sit’ — and it does!”
DISLIKE: “Octopussy was given that nickname by her father. Ew.”

14. A View to a Kill


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“Bond must foil industrialist Max Zorin’s plan to destroy Silicon Valley, which would therefore eliminate his competition against other nerdy millionaires.”

LIKE: Zorin, played by Christopher Walken, was the product of a Nazi scientist which is disturbing. Just look at Krieger. He’ll eat from fast food bags he finds on subway seats.
DISLIKE: “Why is Zorin’s lover dressed like a Disney villainess?”

15. The Living Daylights



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“Played by Timothy Dalton’s adorable chin dimple, James Bond investigates a scheme by a KGB officer and an arms dealer to embezzle KGB funds and use them to purchase diamonds and drugs.”
LIKE: “Did you know Timothy Dalton dated Whoopi Goldberg?
DISLIKE: “The Atlas Mountains were beautiful, but think about all of its native inhabitants that have gone extinct: the Barbary Lion, the Barbary Leopard and the Atlas Bear. It’s just kind of sad, that’s all.”

16. License to Kill





“Bond becomes a rogue agent once he seeks to kill Sanchez, a drug lord who maimed his friend, CIA agent Felix Leiter, with a shark. He also raped and murdered Felix’s wife (not with a shark).”
LIKE: “Do you want to see some guy’s head explode in a diving chamber? Well, you’re in luck.”
DISLIKE: “What is Wayne Newton doing in this movie? Get him out of here, danke schön.”

17. Goldeneye



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“Bond must stop a presumed dead MI6 agent from stealing money from the Bank of England via wire transfers before erasing their bank records. So non-confrontational. So British.”
LIKE: “Bond steals a tank and plows through St. Petersburg. Then again, who hasn’t?”
DISLIKE: “Good news for you synthesizer music lovers out there: it’s in pretty much every scene.”

18. Tomorrow Never Dies



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“Bond and Chinese agent Wai Lin follow media mogul Elliot Carver, who had used a stolen GPS encoder to incite a war between China and Britain for ratings because, who wouldn’t watch that?”
LIKE: “Bond has to escape on a motorcycle through the streets of Saigon while handcuffed to a beautiful woman? Excuse me while I cross my legs to hide my erection.”
DISLIKE: “Pierce Brosnan dresses like a Holiday Inn hotel manager.”

19. The World is Not Enough



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“Bond must prevent a KGB-agent-turned-terrorist and an oil heiress from blowing up a submarine to increase the value of a pipeline. He is assisted by a nuclear physicist, Christmas Jones, who was named that so Pierce Brosnan could say at the end of the film, ‘I thought Christmas only comes once a year.’”
LIKE: “Sunglasses that enable X-ray vision for finding concealed weapons but mostly lace lingerie.”
DISLIKE: “Robbie Coltrane falls into a pit of caviar and acts upset? I’d take a book in there with me.”

20. Die Another Day



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“Bond must stop Colonel Tan-Sun Moon from reuniting North and South Korea by force. Moon’s plan includes transforming into a white British billionaire but hey, I guess the Moon’s the limit. Which reminds me, if you like cheesy one-liners, this movie is chock-full of them.”
LIKE: “Halle Berry’s haircut. And just Halle Berry in general.”
DISLIKE: “Madonna’s unnecessary cameo as a fencing instructor. I can only imagine her conversation with the producers went something like this. Madonna: ‘Can I be the Bond girl?’ [Seven seconds of silence]. Producers: ‘We’ll find ya something!’”

21. Casino Royale

“Bond must defeat a weapons dealer by playing the world’s longest game of poker.”
LIKE: “I drank six Tom Collins and took an hour long nap. And I really needed that.”
DISLIKE: “As a secret agent, you learn to get in and out quickly, and that’s something this director clearly did not do while directing these scenes. Sorry. Gin makes me grouchy.”

22. Quantum of Solace
“Bond uncovers a plot between an environmentalist, Dominic Greene, and an exiled Bolivian General that would give Greene a monopoly to run the water supply to Bolivia. Just imagine how terrible that would be for nobody at all except Bolivia.”
LIKE: “The shortest running time of all Bond movies.”
DISLIKE: “Dominic Green as a villain. Then again, nothing is scarier than an economic predator. Except for an apex predator. Or just a Predator. Or a Predator II.”

23. Skyfall

“After being presumed dead, Bond goes in hiding where he gets drunk off of scorpion shots and is presumed wasted. He returns to duty to stop Raoul Silva, a vengeful former MI6 agent who plans to ruin M’s reputation before murdering her.”
LIKE: “Bond gets a Walter PPK 9mm with micro dermal sensor to grip so only he can fire it? (wipes drool with sleeve).”
DISLIKE: “Javier Bardem’s haunting analogy about rats eating each other kept me up last night. I ended up grilling a cheese and watchingAntiques Roadshow.”

24. Spectre

“Bond walks to the ends of the earth to … eh … I’ll be honest, I walked into the wrong theater and just sat through The Peanuts Movie.”
LIKE: “I was the only person in the theater.”
DISLIKE: “Charlie Brown plays it safe too much.”
 

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If you liked Monica Bellucci when she was young and hot don't bother to watch the film. She'll be ruined for you forever.
HD video is no longer her friend.
JB's suits are so tight I was impressed with the quality of the seams. I expected to see them popp every time he took a breath. Or maybe they did and he just put on a new suit, who knows?
JB makes shooting bad guys look too easy. The perfect role model for every kid that's into guns.
Seriously, it was quite impressive how he managed to kill the guys that were near the helicopter. But I guess he was just lucky that the guns previous owner looked after it so well.
 

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If you liked Monica Bellucci when she was young and hot don't bother to watch the film. She'll be ruined for you forever.
HD video is no longer her friend.
JB's suits are so tight I was impressed with the quality of the seams. I expected to see them popp every time he took a breath. Or maybe they did and he just put on a new suit, who knows?
JB makes shooting bad guys look too easy. The perfect role model for every kid that's into guns.
Seriously, it was quite impressive how he managed to kill the guys that were near the helicopter. But I guess he was just lucky that the guns previous owner looked after it so well.
You are high man. Bellucci is still phenomenal.
 

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I thought the whole point of James Bond was to be classic.
They got rid of that when they got Tom Ford to make his suits.
Since his agency is now openly trying to recruit members of ethnic, religious and gender minorities I'm sure they will show up in the next film.
Unless they go full circle and have Russian baddies again.
I watched a remastered HD version of Goldfinger last week. Boy, those films were so lame and all actors were pretty old and it shows in HD. What also shows is the rather crude make of the suits.
 

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Most of those old Bonds don't really hold up. I do however, like Live & Let Die. Has a Blaxploitation angle, and of course Jane Seymour as Solitaire.
 

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They got rid of that when they got Tom Ford to make his suits.
Since his agency is now openly trying to recruit members of ethnic, religious and gender minorities I'm sure they will show up in the next film.
Unless they go full circle and have Russian baddies again.
I watched a remastered HD version of Goldfinger last week. Boy, those films were so lame and all actors were pretty old and it shows in HD. What also shows is the rather crude make of the suits.
The first Bond film I watched was Octopussy at the cinema as my father hated the Bond fanchise so would always switch over when a Bond film came on. At the time, I thought the collars were rather old fashioned as was the wardrobe of Roger Moore. It seemed dated to me then, but the action was top notch. The suits from the sixties and seventies are very much of their time.

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Most of those old Bonds don't really hold up. I do however, like Live & Let Die. Has a Blaxploitation angle, and of course Jane Seymour as Solitaire.
All the Roger Moore films hold-up extremely well, my kids love them. The Connery ones are pretty dated.

The problem they've got now is the culture of our time means the elements that excited us about Bond cannot be easily repeated. Plus you've got the problem of filming in exotic locations and the fact that everyone can get to these places now.

I think with Boyle you'll get none of the humour, just more of the gritty council estate and film noir Bond we have with Craig.
 

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Late to thread. Love, love, love the books. Dalton was the closest to the book Bond, but he got stuck with bad movies. Craig is also pretty close and had an excellent (Casino Royale) and very good (Skyfall) movie. Spectre shat on its Blofeld. Connery is classic and my favorite Bond. The book Bond is far more interesting than any movie Bond.
 
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