Last night, just before bed, I finished The Great James Bond Movie Rewatch of 2022! Success! It took about 14 years to get through (seems that way at least) but I’ve binged 25 movies covering six Bond actors and I loved every second of it.
The last time I wrote an update I was wrapping up the last few minutes of Quantum of Solace. I had only watched that movie once before. Same with the two that followed it. I had never seen the final Bond movie before so most of what follows was either new to me or almost new to me.
Skyfall isn’t as good as Casino Royale, but it’s so close we’d probably trigger a run off if it were an election. Damn, that movie is phenomenal. I remember the first time I watched it being literally on the edge of my seat for the final 30 minutes or so. It happened again. I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. It took the recent trend of targeting M to a whole new level and it paid off perfectly. What a great flick!
Spectre was a bit of a step back. I think I enjoyed it more on the second viewing than the first. I may have been a little put off by the Blofeld reveal for some reason. I’m not sure. I really enjoyed it this time. Much more than I thought I would. It wasn’t as good as Skyfall, but that’s not surprising. I was a little worried that we were bringing back too many of the gimmicks from the pre-reboot era. We have a Q again. We have a Moneypenny again. Those things came back in Skyfall but they were more involved here. They aren’t gimmicky yet, but they actually made me a smidge worried for the next movie. All in all, Spectre is just another killer action flick. That brings us up to four excellent movies in a row, and it brings us to the end.
No Time to Die opened with the scariest thing I’ve seen in a Bond movie, and if you haven’t watched them all you wouldn’t know it was scary. First off, the mold was shattered when the movie opened up and the main Bond Girl from the previous movie was still around! Never before had that happened. Well, there was one girl in Doctor No who shows up briefly in another movie, but she wasn’t an integral part of either story. Not this time. The main Bond Girl in movie #24 is the main Bond Girl in movie #25. Awesome! Not even Bond’s wife did that, though she is referenced in at least two Roger Moore movies. That brings me to the scary point. In the cold open Bond tells her that they have all the time in the world, which is what he tells his wife just before… I thought she was going to be toast before the opening credits rolled. I needn’t have worried though because this awesome movie just plot twisted my ass back to the stone age. I mean I did see a lot of the twists coming, but they all landed perfectly. Daniel Craig deserves all of the Oscars for the scene where he goes back to Bond Girl’s house and sees the big twist for the first time. The look on the guy’s face was perfect. Everything about this movie worked. I loved every second of it. It wraps up the Daniel Craig era completely and it seriously made me want to go back to Casino Royale and watch the last five movies again, preferably in one very long sitting.
So there we have it. I have completed the 25 movie rewatch and it was just as lovely as I’d hoped. Now we just have to wait and see what comes next. No Time to Die ends with the usual “James Bond Will Return” message, but it won’t be Daniel Craig. Who will it be? Will they reboot again? Will they alternate-universe us in some way? I can’t think of any way they could continue the Craig story without ruining the ending of No Time to Die. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
I thought about trying to rank the 25 movies from favorite to least favorite. I might try that later, but for now here’s the list once more, just for fun.
- Sean Connery
- Dr. No (1962) 95% – Finished
- From Russia with Love (1963) 97% – Finished
- Goldfinger (1964) 99% – Finished
- Thunderball (1965) 85% – Finished
- You Only Live Twice (1967) 74% – Finished
- George Lazenby
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) 81% – Finished
- Sean Connery (Again)
- Diamonds Are Forever (1971) 63% – Finished
- Roger Moore
- Live and Let Die (1973) 65% – Finished
- The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) 40% – Finished
- The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) 81% – Finished
- Moonraker (1979) 59% – Finished
- For Your Eyes Only (1981) 69% – Finished
- Octopussy (1983) 42% – Finished
- A View To A Kill (1985) 37% – Finished
- Timothy Dalton
- The Living Daylights (1987) 73% – Finished
- License to Kill (1989) 79% – Finished
- Pierce Brosnan
- GoldenEye (1995) 80% – Finished
- Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) 56% – Finished
- The World Is Not Enough (1999) 51% – Finished
- Die Another Day (2002) 56% – Finished
- Daniel Craig
- Casino Royale (2006) 94% – Finished
- Quantum of Solace (2008) 64% – Finished
- Skyfall (2012) 92% – Finished
- Spectre (2015) 63% – Finished
- No Time to Die (2021) 83% – Finished