I have made so much progress on this idiotic Bond movie rewatch. Amazon Prime Video is dropping the whole series on Friday (I think). I have all of the Daniel Craig movies, except for the most recent one, on iTunes so I need to get through Pierce Brosnan before Amazon fails me. I can do it. Probably with time to spare. Why? Because I blew through FIVE movies since the last post. Woah!
A View to a Kill is the final Roger Moore movie, thankfully. I think he was probably 85 years old (kidding) and it shows. Christopher Walken plays a decent psycho, but he’s a little over the top. Was he trying to make up for the rest of the cast? Probably. Grace Jones… eh. Sorry. Tanya Roberts… ugh. The chase scene with the fire engine is ridiculous but fun. Over all I think it was better than I remembered it, but it’s not very good. There’s nothing overtly bad about it, there just isn’t much to work with.
The Living Daylights is one of my all time favorites. I freakin’ love that movie. Timothy Dalton brings a little menace back to the roll without taking it too far. I think this is the first Bond movie that I was aware of at the time of it’s release, and I clearly remember people trashing it because Bond only bangs one Bond girl. Aids was in full terror mode and the idea of sexual promiscuity was something society was trying to avoid. Hence only one sexual partner for ol’ 007. I didn’t have a problem with it then and I don’t have a problem with it now. The movie is just great. I enjoyed it every bit as much as I hoped I would. In a historical context, rooting for the Afghan resistance knowing that one of those fighters would grow up to be Osama Bin Laden is uncomfortable at best, but they do stick it to the commies, so I guess it’s okay.
Licensed to Kill was better than I remembered, but still not as good as Living Daylights. The bad guy was kind of annoying rather than scary. We’re sort of back into bad stereotype land with this one. Its a good movie but not on my all time greats list. Wayne Newton though? Huh? The worst part of the movie for me is knowing that it’s the end of Timothy Dalton’s reign. We hardly knew ye, oh T-Dal.
Goldeneye is another one of the greats. Pierce Brosnan, on paper, is the perfect Bond actor. It doesn’t turn out that way in the end, but with this movie on it’s own? Perfect. Everything about this movie works for me. Absolutely everything. Sean Bean is great, Famke Jenson (did I spell that right?) is way over the top but not too annoying. The computer nerd hits a little too close to home for your humble computer nerd blog post writer, but that’s okay. The chase scene with the tank would have been stupid if Roger Moore had been driving but Brosnan somehow pulls it off. This is another that goes on my short list of favorite Bond movies.
Tomorrow Never Dies… I didn’t hate it. It’s not terrible. It does feel way too spoofy. In general I just don’t like Jonathan Pryce. There’s nothing wrong with him. He’s very good at his job (go watch Brazil, or Game of Thrones, or Whose Line is it Anyway), I just don’t really care for him. I don’t know anything about the craft of acting so I can’t tell you why, I just don’t like him. Brosnan is okay here, but kind of blah over all. The Chinese agent, who is played by the former captain on Star Trek Discovery who is also in all sorts of things these days but whose name always escapes me (sorry) is really good. I think my big issue is the stealth boat. I have read quite a bit of Tom Clancy and if my memory is correct, stealth planes work not so much because of what they are made out of as their shape, or it’s a combination in some way. The boat was just huge. Radar probably should have seen something, but even that’s not my beef. Navy battleships will have sonar, and with the stealth boat floating on top of the water, the battleship’s sonar would absolutely have picked up the waves sloshing off the side of the boat. I found the invisible boat floating on top of the water too unbelievable to deal with. Had it been a submarine I would have been okay with it, but it’s not. It’s the friggin’ Titanic. Oh well.
There, I am all caught up now. Two more Brosnans and five Craigs to go. I started The World is Not Enough this morning. The last three Brosnans almost feel like new movies to me. I have probably only watched them once or twice, unlike Goldeneye which I’ve seen 100 times. Same with the four most recent Craig movies (one of which I have not seen at all). This should be interesting. Now here is the updated status bar:
- 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% – In progress
- Die Another Day (2002) 56%
- Daniel Craig
- Casino Royale (2006) 94%
- Quantum of Solace (2008) 64%
- Skyfall (2012) 92%
- Spectre (2015) 63%
- No Time to Die (2021) 83%