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    Default Which is the best Bond Film... and which is the worst?

    Inspired by a for sale thread I won't link to, the question before you dear Mactalkians is, which is the Best James Bond Film... and which is the worst?

    I'm thinking that much like Doctor Who (most people say the first Doctor they ever saw was the best), perhaps the first Bond film you ever saw was your best. For me the first Bond film I ever saw was "Live and Let Die". I just loved it. Not sure how it's seen in the eyes of Bond purists, but it's always had a special place in my heart.

    Surprisingly, the worst one I can think of is "Moonraker". Far, far to cheesy, and that "attempting re-entry" line at the end must have been met with howls of embarrassment at the cinema.

    So, over to you... name your best, and your worst.

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    I put down Moonraker as the worst as it was a patent scramble to cash in on Star Wars' success. It made very little sense. The French stuff with the stables and the mansion at the beginning was good though.

    Best? I'll nominate From Russia with Love. The franchise clicked at that point in time. One of my favorite Bond girls too. Lovely Russian doll.

    It's hard to define the best Bond film. Easier to do the best of each actor's films as each changed the role drastically.

    The worst Bond was the Australian George Lazenby. He didn't have the experience, though I didn't totally hate him. The funny thing is three of the most significant events in Bond's life happened in that film: fell in love (mm--Diana Rigg), got married, lost loved one. It's a wonder that Lazenby survived that!
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    Best has got to be Goldfinger.

    Worst i would agree was Moonraker with The World is not enough a close second last (Denise Richards as Dr. Christmas Jones: a nuclear physicist.... wait a what? oh and speaking of corny lines "i thought Christmas on came once a year?" - blurgghhh).

    Best Bond: Sean Connery
    Worst Bond: Pierce Brosnon
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    The World is Not Enough is easily the worst. The recent Casino Royale was very good. A genuine attempt to bring the movies closer to the books.

    From Russia With Love is still probably the best though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blk7 View Post
    The recent Casino Royale was very good.
    I like the original Casino Royale best (the one with David Niven and Peter Sellers). Not sure about the worst.

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    I never watched a Bond film all the way through - but... I think the worst ones had Roger Moore in them, secretly wearing a corset under his suits to make certain no one thought he was in his 60s.

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    Depending on what is allowed and disallowed:
    If literally every serious movie about James Bond is counted, then the black and white Casino Royale.
    If we ignore that one, then the Thunderball-redux of Never Say Never Again was pretty bad.
    If we allow only the "main franchise" films, then Die Another Day was pretty pathetic.

    Best ever has to be Goldeneye, in my opinion. Best action sequences, best villians, best tie in video game, decent female leads without being too girl power about it and not many "boring bits".

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotnet View Post
    I like the original Casino Royale best (the one with David Niven and Peter Sellers). Not sure about the worst.

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    Not strictly canon. It was a funny. Bond is not funny. I think the original scope of the question was from Dr. no to Quantum of Solace. Also excludes that horrible Thunderball remake, Never Say Never Again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClockWork View Post
    I never watched a Bond film all the way through - but... I think the worst ones had Roger Moore in them, secretly wearing a corset under his suits to make certain no one thought he was in his 60s.
    Actually, he was in his 50s.

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    Can't Decide: On her Majesty's Secret Service/Live and let Die

    What's really funny is that the NSW police still have envelopes which had this phrase 'On her Majesty's Secret Service' on the top right corner.... I couldn't stop laughing when I got the letter... [when my computer gear was stolen a couple of years ago they sent me some stuff and a return envelope with that in the corner...]

    Worst was Never Say Never Again... it was an attempt by Sony to steal the franchise... but Connery had lost his hair by then 8-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThexMac View Post
    On her Majesty's Secret Service

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    Not a good film. It still amazes me, as per my earlier post, how many significant events occurred in it, carried by the weakest Bond of them all. It also gives us the origin of the phrase The World is Not Enough, which is his family motto.

    One of the worst parts of the film is when he doesn't succeed in sweeping a girl off her feet at the beginning of the movie and he breaks the fourth wall to remark, "This never happened to the other guy [Connery, whom he replaced]". So self-conscious!
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    OHMSS was just clunky, but The World Is Not Enough is actively awful. It's like someone decided to write a script that was so exaggerated and so painful that it would kill the franchise. Mind you, Licence to Kill was pretty bad too.

    Best: probably GoldenEye or Goldfinger, though I have a soft spot for A View To A Kill because it was the first one I saw.

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    There are many I haven't seen but Casino Royale was the best of them, and The World Is Not Enough the worst.

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    Tim Dalton always seemed like he was over acting a bit... like pushing out the acting in a strain...

    OHMSS for me it was the chase scenes and the beach fighting of which at the time when I first saw it in my youth I thought was great and stuck in my mind!

    Daniel Craig is doing pretty good in rekindling and re-thinking the reboot of Bond. Gritty and to the point and somewhat cynical characterization. He also gets hurt but keeps fighting..
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    Quote Originally Posted by dotnet View Post
    Actually, he was in his 50s.

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    I never said he was in his 60's Cheers Steffen - I merely insinuated that he was trying to stop people from thinking that.
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    For those interested, the classic Bonds are being aired on 7 (7Two?) on Saturday nights at the moment. Have enjoyed watching some of them... sleeping through others.

    It's been too long since I watched a Bond properly (other than some of those recently aired) to comment, but I can say Connery was my favourite Bond... The Moore's I've seen were too camp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClockWork View Post
    I never said he was in his 60's Cheers Steffen - I merely insinuated that he was trying to stop people from thinking that.
    I never disagreed with you Oren, simply added some more information

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    Best is Goldfinger.

    Worst was Quantum of Solace, it just felt like I was watching a first-person-shooter video game, not a movie.

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    live and let die best and the first I watched. The worst has to be the last two movies. Theres not comic relief and goes against what the rest of the movies have been about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~Coxy View Post
    Best ever has to be Goldeneye, in my opinion. Best action sequences, best villians, best tie in video game, decent female leads without being too girl power about it and not many "boring bits".
    Here here! Especially Goldeneye on the N64
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