I went a little nuts yesterday. I cranked through three Bond movies. I probably should have stopped at two and, ya know, slept, but I didn’t and now we’re fully immersed in Roger Moore.
Diamonds are Forever is the worst Sean Connery movie by far. He had already given up the role once, but then came back and made a weak movie (though it’s still pretty good) and then left again. Why? I don’t know how old he was in 1971, but he seems a little older and slower in this one. He’s still the best, but there was a definite step back.
Live and Let Die sees the arrival of Roger Moore and brings a little spring back into James Bond’s step. It’s also the start of the Bond movies starting to feel like parodies of themselves. There are a lot of African American stereotypes here that are pretty uncomfortable to sit through these days, and we’re getting to the point where the stunts are less spectacular and more silly. The boat chase scene is about four hours too long and Sheriff Pepper… what the fuck, guys? It’s still a good movie but it’s not my favorite Moore appearance. I don’t know for sure if I have a favorite Moore movie. They are all kinda equal to me, and when I say equal I mean equally not as good as any of the seven movies that preceded them.
The Man with the Golden Gun is marginally better. Christopher “Count Dooku” Lee is a decent bad guy, though he doesn’t quite get as much screen time as I think he deserves. There’s another endless boat chase, and Sheriff Pepper comes back for not one but two scenes. Again… what the fuck, guys? If I never see that character again it will be too soon. I had completely forgotten that Christopher “Saruman” Lee was in this movie so it was a nice “surprise” for me. I also forgot about Maude Adams. I don’t know anything about her other than she played two Bond girls. She’s in this movie and eventually she plays Octopussy herself. I also forgot all about Hervé Villechaize. His fight seen at the end was embarrassing to watch, but otherwise he’s fine in this role. All in all it’s a decent Bond movie, but probably not that good of a movie all around. Pretty much the same as all Moore movies.
Up next is The Spy Who Loved Me, which makes me want to watch Roger Moore in Cannonball Run where he talks about starring in The Fly Who Bugged Me. Is this the one that introduces Jaws? I know he’s in Moonraker and I think he dies at the end, so this must be his first appearance. I think?
Okay, folks, nine flicks down and 16 to go. Here’s the updated list:
- Sean Connery
- Dr. No (1962) – Finished
- From Russia with Love (1963) – Finished
- Goldfinger (1964) – Finished
- Thunderball (1965) – Finished
- You Only Live Twice (1967) – Finished
- George Lazenby
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) – Finished
- Sean Connery (Again)
- Diamonds Are Forever (1971) – Finished
- Roger Moore
- Live and Let Die (1973) – Finished
- The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) – Finished
- The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
- Moonraker (1979)
- For Your Eyes Only (1981)
- Octopussy (1983)
- A View To A Kill (1985)
- Timothy Dalton
- The Living Daylights (1987)
- License to Kill (1989)
- Pierce Brosnan
- GoldenEye (1995)
- Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
- The World Is Not Enough (1999)
- Die Another Day (2002)
- Daniel Craig
- Casino Royale (2006)
- Quantum of Solace (2008)
- Skyfall (2012)
- Spectre (2015)
- No Time to Die (2021)
One thought on “The Great James Bond Movie Rewatch of 2022 Update Again, Again”
Wasn’t Jaws in Live and Let Die? I seem to remember him in a scene in a train, somehow. It’s been years since I watched it but I could swear he was in it!
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