Top Ten Bond Movies — I

A little more than five decades ago, at the dawn of the commercial-jet age, James Bond strode into film history, with the help of ‘Ian Fleming’ and showed us how entertaining, dangerous and philandering the life of a spy would be. For every man the James Bond is the guy he wants to be, who has enthralled audiences, thanks to his debonair demeanor, fighting skills and penchant for snarky one-liners. Many people have their own views on who the best James Bond actor is and what the best Bond movies are. And, this debate goes on than what’s the best bond movie is. Below are the best of ten Bond flicks. Some of my movie choices may make people sneer, but this is just my opinion which is not based on the old or modern age movies.


10. You Only Live Twice (1967)


In Sean Connery’s fifth outing as Bond, his character gets murdered in the opening credits. As you can predict, Bond later jumps into action, when he gets the job to locate the missing Soviet rocket before full-scale war breaks out between the two big nuclear powers. Connery’s Bond is “You only Twice” is where the franchise became out-and-out ridiculous (in terms of story). The best thing about this film is the villain’s volcano hideout, and it is also a pleasure to watch it completely destroyed. “You Only Live Twice” is nowhere near the previous Connery Bond films, but you can still try for its escapist entertainment.


9. The World is not Enough (1999)


Michael Apted’s movie got just about everything you could want from a Bond movie: from gorgeous women to sadistic villains. It keeps you reasonably amused, titillated, and also brain-dead for a little over two hours. With Pierce Brosnan bringing in the right amount of charm and smarm, the story this time concerns Oil Baron Robert King, who gets blown to pieces inside MI6 headquarters. Bond is sent to protect his daughter Elektra, and uncover the identity of enemy responsible. The story seems to get lost in the shuffle of action pieces, but has little bit character depth than other bond flicks.


8. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)


Gilbert’s “The Spy Who Loved Me” pulled Roger Moore from the shadow of his predecessor and established him as a veritable Bond. From the adrenaline-inducing pre-credits ski chase to the super-tanker gun battles, the action set pieces look thunderous. The chief enemy for Bond, here, is a megalomaniac by the name of Stromberg (Curt Jurgens), and as usual he’s out to destroy the world. This Bond film shows the best combination of buffoonery and seriousness, without descending into the clowning that would be a part of most of the Moore’s Bond adventures.


7. Golden Eye (1995)


Before Daniel Craig’s Bond re-invention, this Martin Campbell’s movie was the first bold attempt to recreate the character itself, one that was previously tied to the post-cold war era. However, as for as the story and formula is concerned, “Golden Eye” reiterates the same thing, where some ruthless villains get away with a state-of-the-art weapon of mass destruction (a satellite which wipes out entire cities with an electromagnetic pulse) and hold the world to ransom). In this, Bond’s attitudes towards women have been slightly modified and the stunts, especially the motorbike chase gives the movie great flair.


6. Thunderball (1965)


Sean Connery’s fourth Bond film marks the point at which the franchise introduced spectacular hardware. The plot involves the number-two world-crime syndicate SPECTRE, which pinches a couple of atom bombs and hold NATO to ransom. This leads 007 to the Bahamas, then to suspicious but beautiful European women. Aside from the watery adventure, the movie may be most remembered for its continued refinement of the dangerous game of the Bond letting the villain know that he is on to him. The particular refinement leads to some delicious, barely veiled verbal jousting.

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