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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection - Film by Film Guide, 20 Nov. 2002
This review is from: The James Bond Collection [DVD] (DVD)
Dr. No: The orignal set the standard for the rest. Terrance Young directs a splendid cast in one of the closest Bond films to the books, Sean Connery's portrayal is legendary, this film is a Gem.
From Russia with Love: By far the greatest Bond film ever, the plot is superb, the gadget briefcase is superb, the villians send shivers down your spine, the girl is beautiful and the fight scene on the Orient Express has never been topped.
Goldfinger: Classic Bond, another fine performance from Connery.
Thunderball: Another great film, the underwater fight sequences are over done however, but it has everything in the formular, gadgets, girls, fab locations and plenty of action.
You Only Live Twice: Not great, set largely in Japan with a weak plot. Great soundtrack however, some poor acting in places but only by the minor roles. By no means bad, but does not meet the standards of it's predessors.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service: An excellent film. A moving finale, the best ever ski-ing and snow boarding chases, killer soundtrack and a convincing performance by Lazenby, often slated as poor, his Bond is more than adequate.
Diamonds are Forever: Fairly good, an enjoyable outing with a welcome return from Connery, however does not quite get up there with the classics.
Live and Let Die: A superb debut from Moore, who takes Bond away slightly from Ian Fleming's model and re-invents him in his own humerous style. Fast moving, exciting and lotsa fun.
The Man with the Golden Gun: Excellent film, fine performance from Christopher Lee and Moore, fast pace and very funny at times, Moore's best.
The Spy who loved me: A weak effort, the plot is terrible the villians Stromberg and Jaws make a joke of the classic books. Some inspired moments but never really takes off.
Moonraker: The worst of the pack, another dreadful villian with a crazy plot, the film is slow and the bizzare "Star Wars" style betrayes a great book.
For Your Eyes Only: Back to the Fleming style of a good spy thriller. Has all the elements for a classic Bond. The best pre-credit sequence with the remote controlled helecopter.
Octopussy: Enjoyable and original, great film with some inspired sequences and a stunning climax with Bond hanging on top of a plane 1000s of feet high.
A View to a Kill: Some wonderful scenes, the opening ski sequence, the fire engine chase, the Paris sequence and the stunning climax on the Golden Gate bridge. Yet it does not flow brillantly and is fairly slow at times. Chrsitopher Walken is a super baddie however.
The Living Daylights: The second best Bond film. The most original plot, great fight scenes, the Hercules plane at the end in particular. Dalton is the best Bond since Connery, he portrays the most realist and faithful to the books, he builds on Bond's vunerabilty, he does lack some of Connery's qualities but vice verser with Connery. However he is a super Bond!
Licence to Kill: Very Ian Fleming, based on a key part from Fleming's Live and Let Die novel, we see a shocking vengeful side of Bond who quits the secret service and goes off a personal vendetta. Dangerously violent compared to the rest and a step away from all the previous films. However, very good, a deserved bigger part for Q too, who has become a large piece of Bond History.
Goldeneye: Back after 6 years and fresh as ever. The plot is copy of Diamonds are Forever, Sean Bean is great, it has all the Bond elements even if it is a tad predicatable. A great performance from Brosan but he is not as settled as we see in his latest films.
Tomorrow Never Dies: Pure action, a great remote controlled BMW scene, opening sequence and motor bike chase. Pryce's villian is devillishly evil and he plays him menacingly. David Arnold brings the film's score a few steps into the technological future to match the film. However the plot is poor and very reminscent of "You Only Live Twice".
The World is Not Enough: One of the best, topped only by FRWL and TLD. Brosan has established himself as one of the best James Bond's ever. He is a very good reflection on the orignal character in the books and he has blended that with the modern times too. the plot is excellent. Sophie Marceau is wonderful in the film, the best performance of a Bond girl yet and the film has all the elements that Fleming intended in his books.
It brings Bond right up to date, all the films are presented on wide screen the way they should be viewed, the documentaries are fascinating, the deleted scenes are great, espeically the Magic Carpet ride in TLD and the prison in AVTAK. You get your money's worth, also had many music videos (any Bond fan will know the music is a crucial element to the film) detailed making of documentaries with interviews with the cast and crew, and a look at how the fascinating stunts were performed. These DVDS will make one a Bond expert. You get to see rare footage, such as Sam Neil screen testing for the role (wow!) You can't miss this it is a must. All the films are great, Moonraker and TSWLM are very weak but none are terrible, so enjoy this piece of history and celebrate the 40th Anniversary style. Also if you havn't read any of the books, "Casino Royale" is highly recommended! Thanks for reading!
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