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The Monte Carlo Casino is one of the most famous casinos in the world. If you are a fan of James Bond, you might recognize this casino as it was the setting for the James Bond movie Casino Royale. Besides gambling on the slot machines, tables and gaming rooms, some come to admire the architecture.
I have 9 of the 14 Bond novels of my own but I found someone selling the Box set of all them for only 20 bucks. Couldn’t pass up on it. So far I have only read Casino Royale, Moonraker and From Russia with Love. Can’t wait to eventually get to them all.
I’m genuinely trying to understand. And I mean this as a fan of cinema, a fan of action and thrillers, and a fan of Bond. I have understood that Casino Royale is amongst the best Bond films. I love Goldeneye, I love Dr No, I love Skyfall, I love Goldfinger. They’re fun, they tell a good enough story, the set pieces are thrilling, the movies are exciting. Taking into account only the films after I was able to see them in theaters by myself - Brosnan and Craig films - I understand why the bad ones are bad.Die Another Day in particular is just awful. The World Is Not Enough and Tomorrow Never Dies are not much better. And I understand why Quantum of Solace and Spectre aren’t highly lauded films. But like - I can also follow them and enjoy them. I have watched Casino Royale maybe 7 or 8 times now. Even just bought it in 4K. But I literally can’t follow the film at all. I don’t understand why anything happens, or how any of it matters. I don’t find the opening particularly thrilling and can barely tell what it means. The casino and airport sequences are certainly stuffed with a lot going on. And they’re fine. I just don’t understand the what how or why. And the female love interest. I guess I also don’t get what makes her particularly special or different from other Bond women, both good and bad. All of this is only to give context and ask for understanding as to why Casino Royale is a good movie. Because while I never get bored watching Skyfall, I almost always fall asleep in Casino Royale. And yet - it’s one of the most universally respected Bond films. What am I missing?
Not many Bond films can lay claim to "saving the franchise" but The Spy Who Loved Me certainly can. Perfectly balanced & epic in scale, it proved that Bond could survive beyond the written work of Fleming. Some claim it to be no more than a remake of You Only Live Twice but it is a far more self-assured film than that, with irresistible allure and tremendous set design.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Fortunately the masses have come around on this one; without a doubt one of the best Bond films, and the one with the biggest heart. Beautifully shot and edited, with great use of locations & great performances from Diana Rigg & Telly Savalas especially. Shame we never got George Lazenby for at least one more film.
Defined Bond for an entire generation who grew up in the '90s & launched a phenomenon (with the help of Nintendo 64). But overall a pulse-pounding action film and a terrific debut for Pierce Brosnan & director Martin Campbell.
Like From Russia With Love, a great adaptation of Fleming & perhaps the closest thing to an objectively "perfect" Bond film. Set an extremely high standard for the Daniel Craig era, which sadly none of his other films have measured up to (yet).
Still considered by some to be the most iconic film in the franchise & it certainly set the standard for the Bond movie formula. Still a tremendously entertaining film that never gets old, with remarkable set design and a great score.
From Russia With Love
If Hitchcock had ever directed Bond it would probably look something like this. Not just an excellent Bond film but a cracking spy caper altogether.
Live And Let Die
Though the race dynamic here is problematic to say the least, Live And Let Die is a gorgeous & genuinely funny follow-up to the dismal Diamonds Are Forever that proved once and for all that Bond could be redefined for the 1970s.
The one that started it all. Though it lacks one or two of the trademarks we've come to know from the film series, it is easy to see why Dr. No has stood the test of time.
For Your Eyes Only
The most "serious" of the Roger Moore films also boasts some of the best action sequences in the franchise. Nicely combines the "Risico" and "For Your Eyes Only" short stories into an adventure fit for Fleming.
Perhaps the most underrated of all the Bond movies. A wonderful action/adventure with great stunts & setpieces. Strikes a perfect balance between comedy & genuine thrills. Honorable Mention: Moonraker For whatever outrageousness you may perceive, you can't deny that Moonraker is a spectacular piece of filmmaking. Takes the Bond film franchise into a whole new territory of spectacle.
License to Kill - A somewhat controversial pick, I suppose. I just adore this film for it's fantastic villain, well written plot, violence, great Bond girl and Dalton in his prime. The final tanker chase is one of my favorite Bond action climaxes, but the film has so much more to offer. Especially in the moments between Dalton and Davi.
OHMSS - This could easily be #1. It's a flawless Bond movie to me, and yes that includes Lazenby's performance. It has my favorite Bond girl of all time (RIP Diana Rigg) and the best Blofeld interpretation in my book, along with a very unique sense of scale and cinematography. The soundtrack is always playing in my mind whenever I ski and the scene with Tracy ice skating is one of the most romantic moments in film to me.
Casino Royale - It's all very brilliant, except for a few lines of dialogue that are just too kitschy between Bond and Vesper. Aside from that, fantastic. One of the best openings+gun barrels+title sequences in all of Bond.
Goldeneye - I feel like this one is still super popular, but also has been getting a lot of shit lately. I think it's mostly superb. Yes, Brosnan isn't quite comfortable in the role yet, but he does have some stand out scenes, especially on the physical end. Great ensemble of villains and one of my favorite Bond girls that not nearly enough people talk about.
The Spy Who Loved Me - To me, this is the perfect mix of cheesiness and grit that a James Bond film needs, at least in Moore's era. It has an amazing end battle scene, the sets are breathtaking and Jaws scared the living shit out of me as a kid whenever he bites someone to death. Also, that opening will forever stay in my mind as magical.
From Russia With Love - Super straight forward and strong because of that. It's just a great cold war thriller, which introduced a lot of classic Bond elements for the first time. The fight between Bond and Grant on the train is still one of my favorite hand to hand fight scenes of all time!
Skyfall - Yes, I know it has a giant amount of plot holes and I don't really care. Seeing this as my first Bond film experience in a movie theatre was and forever will be memorable. Again, lots of love for the climax, but in general this film just oozes Bond to me and not because of the well planted references (as opposed to DAD).
The Living Daylights - Talk about oozing Bond. The scene where Saunders dies and Dalton turns into bloodlust Bond for a minute is one of my favorite things in the series. I love the naiv personality of Kara and Necros is one hell of a capable henchman.
For Your Eyes Only - Rewatched this one recently and man, is it good. So fast paced, so action packed and yet very well balanced with the story beats. Melina is undoubtedly one of the best Bond girls to me and Glenn's debut as a director was impressive as all hell.
Dr No - Where it all started. Yes, the other Bond movies in my list that rank lower might have more fun elements, but Dr No has something that beats it all out: Class. It knows exactly what it wants to be and it just is it. From the first time we see Bond, to the murder of Professor Dent, to the dinner with the titular character, it's all so classy, yet still raw. Exactly what Bond is meant to be.
Summary of AEW Angles and Storylines leading into Full Gear, with links to Video
Here is a relatively quick summary of the major angles leading into Full Gear. Links to AEW's Youtube, Twitter and Instagram with highlights and clips of what is going on. I'm including other angles that I feel might end up being relevant to Full Gear, but am not attempting to summarize everything. The Buy In: Serena Deeb (NWA Women’s Champion) vs Allisyn Kay Summary: Serena Deeb is a wrestling veteran, very skilled in the ring, who has just become the NWA champion, in addition to being an AEW wrestler. Allisyn Kay, a former NWA Champion, wants her old title belt back.
John Silver vs. Orange Cassidy Summary: Orange Cassidy is a lazy wrestler who can go toe to toe with the best, if he bothers to try. John Silver, a member of the Dark Order, is a little bundle of hyperactive aggression. Orange Cassidy took on the leader of the Dark Order, Mr. Brodie Lee for the TNT championship. While Mr. Brodie Lee won, the Dark Order, and John Silver in particular, want to punish Cassidy for even trying in the first place. This will be a pretty comedic match, by two people who are genuinely good in the ring.
TNT Title: Cody Rhodes (TNT Champion) vs. Darby Allin Summary: Cody is the son of legendary wrestler Dusty Rhodes, a charming talker and face of the company. He is the TNT Champion. Darby Allin is a reckless daredevil. They have faced off often over the past year, with Cody barely managing to win every time. Will Darby finally win over Cody?
World Tag Team Titles: FTR (AEW Tag Team Champions) vs. The Young Bucks Stipulation: If the Bucks lose, they can never challenge for the Tag Team belts again. Summary: FTR are arrogant brawlers who say they're the best tag team in the world, and they have the AEW Tag Team titles to prove it. The Young Bucks are arrogant high-fliers who say they're the best tag team in the world. They've both been arguing over who is the best for years, and now finally get to prove it. Previously, FTR messed with the Young Bucks by manipulating Hangman Adam Page, taking the Bucks out of the last title match, and the Bucks are still upset about it.
10/28 - FTR and The Young Bucks are interviewed. FTR leave when they think the Young Bucks are getting preferential treatment. The Bucks announce that if they lose this match, they’ll never challenge for the tag titles again.
Women's World Title: Hikaru Shida (c) vs. Nyla Rose Summary: Hikaru Shida is the AEW Women's champion, who had been doing an open challenge for her title. Nyla Rose is a bruiser of a beast, loving to slam women through tables. She's recently gotten Vickie Guererro as her manager. Nyla lost her world title to Shida earlier this year, and has been waiting for a rematch.
World Title Eliminator Tournament Final: Kenny Omega vs. Hangman Page Summary: Kenny Omega and Hangman Adam Page until recently were tag team champions. Hangman's bad decisions lead to their defeat at the hands of FTR. Now Kenny wants to go back to being a singles star, and Adam Page feels abandoned and hurt. Can the sad drunken cowboy beat his former partner, one of the best wrestlers on the planet? Winner of this match gets a shot at the World Championship. The saga of Kenny Omega and Hangman Adam Page is one of the best storylines in wrestling to date. The first chunk of it is summarized here, and the second chunk was summarized by me here. I am not including the Being The Elite segments here too, even though Hangman has been doing some REALLY good work there, because they are really tied up with other plots and hard to summarize briefly.
Chris Jericho vs. MJF Stipulation: If MJF wins, he can join The Inner Circle. Summary: Chris Jericho is a raging egotistical rock star, and leads the villainous Inner Circle. MJF is a spoiled egotistical rich guy, with a massive bodyguard in Wardlow. MJF wants to join the Inner Circle, but has to beat Chris Jericho to prove he has what it takes.
9/9 - MJF and Jericho meet and compliment each other, but each secretly call the other a loser.
Elite Deletion: Matt Hardy vs. Sammy Guevara Summary: Matt Hardy, a legend in the ring, has been trying to get Sammy Guevara to reach his full potential by leaving Chris Jericho's side. Sammy doesn't want an old man telling him what to do. They've been feuding for months now, with both of them getting injured along the way. It really needs to end. This will be a cinematic match, filmed at the Hardy Compound.
9/5 - Matt Hardy is legitimately injured during his match against Sammy at All Out, but finishes the match anyways, despite that being a really really dumb idea, beating Sammy Guevara. Probably AEW's worst decision to date.
11/4 - While Matt Hardy is coaching Private Party before their match, Sammy Guevara attacks him from behind.
AEW World Title "I Quit" Match: Jon Moxley (AEW Champion) vs. Eddie Kingston Summary: Jon Moxley is a tough bastard, who spent years in the WWE, and beat Chris Jericho to become the AEW World Champion earlier this year. Eddie Kingston has been an indie wrestler for years, struggling to make ends meet before recently joining AEW. Eddie thinks Moxley is a sell out. Moxley thinks Eddie has become bitter and jealous. Once friends, now they're going to practically murder each other in the ring. NOTE: The promos that both Moxley and Kingston are giving are PHENOMENAL.
I'm gonna go with reverse reveal (al a David Letterman) Brief context. Without fail almost every year for about the last 10 years I have watched every Bond movie but not always in release order, just in the order of how I feel like watching. Now that I have completed my 2020 rewatch, I saw other top tens, I decided to play too!
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
I never know how to feel some years with this movie. I do think it's incredibly important and I do think it's got a weird structure to the narrative that I think messes with the flow. While I enjoy the meta humor at the beginning, I do think it's a bit heavy-handed and unnecessary but it does sneak in as my number 10. It kind of jostles with The living daylights and Spectre for that ten spot
While I agree that the spy who loved me is a ton of fun, I still come back to Moonraker as a more enjoyable film. It doesn't take too many lulls in the action and it has a far more interesting villain than its predecessor while still maintaining Jaws as a carryover. I love the set pieces and the rationale of killing humanity is, both a scary thought, and a sort of Thanos like mission.
License to Kill
First and foremost, I am a big Timothy Dalton fanboy. I think he was a severely underrated. I think between his two outings, I prefer this movie. Very rarely would you see the main character take those sort of hits and punches and cuts and scrapes but in Dalton's time Bond was his most dark and real. And those are the qualities I think I appreciate in comparison to the more campy feel of Roger Moore.
Tomorrow Never Dies
While I think Pierce Brosnan maybe had two films that were good, I think those good films were exceptionally good. And this film still speaks to the issues of today because of how great and scary a villain like Jonathan Carver is in the now reality of fake news. This was so ahead of its time and I think my appreciation for it only grows with every passing year that I watch it.
Casino Royale (2006)
So if it wasn't already obvious that my enjoyment of Dalton has led to my very real enjoyment of Craig. Call it a reboot if you want or not I just still enjoy it. Love the opening sequence, love the opening track, love the banter with Vesper and how that plays out through the film. And then re-watching it with that knowledge almost makes these small choices in the film more interesting. I noticed more details that were really clever when I would rewatch this.
I'm just going to get this out of the way before you work your way down to the end. I do not like From Russia with Love. I think it's boring. That movie puts me to sleep every time I watch it. But Thunderball I enjoy it so much. I love that it continues the Spectre lore. I love the locations, the vibrancy of the scene. Yes, sure, you can easily make an argument that the climactic fight scenes at the end are bit meh and I'll concede that but I think I just enjoyed so much of this film that it makes up for it. I think I just enjoyed a movie where Bond was actually trying to be a detective.
Live and Let Die
This may be a random addition to some but something about Live and Let Die just sticks with me. I so badly wanted that villain to succeed because I thought it was really clever and unique at how they set up his plot. The henchman are so much more interesting than most other villains we get in this franchise. And yes I can totally agree that there are questions regarding the black-splotation that this is being inspired out of but given what existed in bond up to that point I enjoyed at least having that injection of diversity, not just in plot, but also in cast. It also moves away from the spectre stuff to talking about drug cartels and diplomatic manipulations was really different and refreshing.
I mean, what is there to say? So much of the iconography of this franchise was born out of this film. This is definitely one of the Bonds I can easily just throw on any day, at anytime, and enjoy it every time. I enjoy the plot and the villain's machinations. I love the song. The car and chase scenes are incredibly iconic and it's also one of the few films that is latent with critical acclaim and awards as well. So while many other films have come since I still stand by a Goldfinger as one of the best.
I know I've seen some chatter in this subreddit about the importance of The Spy Who Loved Me and I would say that this film holds just as much of that importance. If you go and read about the history of this film, everything was on the line. Great track for an opening sequence, iconic moments and scenes with some sharp lines, excellent villains and henchwomen. And sure while I wish Sean bean didn't have to die in every film, I thought he was so good in this. Then given the recent events of that satellite installation actually falling apart to this past year kind of adds a little extra sting to re-watching it.
I do think that maybe I'm one of the few that really thinks this film checks every box and just knocked it out of the park. Aside from what felt like a throwback to the old days when you have Adele singing that opening track, that is so haunting and moving. A film where Daniel Craig's Bond seems so much more Mutlu dimensional. And then having the last of the pieces (Mallory/Moneypenny/Q) of this new universe coming together before they flip that switch and hit you in the heart at the end of this film. Let alone how good Javier Bardem is and the sort of technical prowess with which he attacked MI6 seems so authentic for our times. And in short you may have noticed a common theme that a lot of my rankings aren't just about how I think but it is hinged a lot on the villains in these films. Bond is only as good as his adversaries and I think in this collection of 10 films these were some of his best adversaries. So whether you agree or disagree I do appreciate you following my random brain droppings and I'm excited to read other people's top 10s beyond that. I hope you all are doing well staying safe and enjoy this coming year. I hope it is nothing but good tidings for you all and come next Thanksgiving I'll be rewatching these all again!
Don't know why I haven't watched it till now, but, hell, I think it might be my fourth favorite Bond film. On Her Majesty's Secret Service - The Spy Who Loved Me - Casino Royale - Goldeneye. It's a fabulous action adventure with awesome set-pieces, fun villains and great pacing. Pierce Brosnan is perfect as James Bond. And the charming and silly sense of humor was welcome after the rather grim Timothy Dalton films. It's cool that it's directed by Martin Campbell, who went on to make Casino Royale. The films are very different in tone, but just as handsomely made. Fantastic stuff!
With the year coming to a close, & not really that many more movies to be hyped for or be on the look out for, except for maybe a few smaller budget films, as well as both Soul and Wonder Woman 1984 (if you were lucky to not have to wait till Christmas for WW84 to come out, then please reframe from spoilers), I think it's about time I get into my top 10 most Anticipated movies of 2021, now before I begin I should mention I have no idea if any of these will come out as they are originally intended, so if any plans get changed and this ends up becoming outdated....well life sucks first of all and secondly this is probably an older post. Secondly I do not know about any smaller budget indie films or independent movies coming out, so if you ask why a certain Indie film is not on my list then I probably don't know that they even exist. Finally this list is strictly my own personal opinion, so if my list isn't in an order you like, or if there is a certain film that should be in my list that isn't...well then that's probably why. Also I'd be interested to read your list. Anyways, with that out of the way, let's begin:
A tie between Dune and The Matrix 4 - Yep, out of all the films coming out in 2021, there are no two other films I am excited to see more then the Matrix 4 and Dune (which is why they are both tied as my number 1) I'll start with the Matrix 4. I absolutely loved the first film, I thought the second movie was an alright Guilty Pleasure that had it's moments to shine, & the third one...well....the less said about the third one, the better. But I have faith that the Wachowskis can learn from there mistakes and make an incredibly awesome proper finale to the series, if this is what it will be, & I believe it will be an excellent movie. With Keanu Reeves and Trinity herself apparently returning, & Hugo Weaving's Daughter (who I loved in Bill & Ted 3) being in the movie as well. On top of that from the looks of things, it may be returning to what made the first Matrix movie great. So yeah, pretty hyped. As for Dune, I'll admit I've never actually read the original book, nor have I ever watched the last attempt at trying to make Dune into a movie, but from the trailer alone, it looks pretty solid. Denis Villeneuve's direction looks absolutely breath taking, & the worlds and universe seen in the trailer looks very incredible as well. Not to mention very unique. It actually looks more like something out of Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones then it does something like Star Trek or Star Wars. Not to mention the film looks to have a stellar cast. Either way I am pretty hyped for this movie, after Blade Runner 2049, I have faith that Villeneuve will make an excellent Sci-Fi film.
Last Night In Soho - I'm not even a fan of horror movies, & yet I am still hyped for this movie. Why? Because Edger Wright is directing it. That should probably tell you how much I love Edger Wright as a director. I absolutely loved the Cornetto Trilogy (especially Hot Fuzz, which is probably one of my favorite comedies of all time) and Baby Driver, & I think this film looks incredible. Not to much it has a stellar cast, and the premise sounds very interesting and could make for an amazing psychological horror film on the same level as something like Get Out or Midsommar (yes I know I said I didn't like horror movies but...well...let's just say my GF doesn't think the same as me). On top of that it's a unique mash up, Edger Wright directing a psychological horror movie, how awesome is that.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent - Nicolas Cage producing and starring in a movie about himself re-visiting his most iconic characters, do I even need to explain any further.
MCU Spider-Man 3 - Like I said, this list is my own opinion, & in my opinion out of all the MCU movies and TV shows coming out in Phase 4, Spider-Man 3 is the second most anticipated out of all of them (I say second because...Well...you know...MARVEL's What if...?), & I think there's is a lot too look forward too, on the one hand it will continue from that awesome set up from FFH, with Spider-Man/Peter Parker now on the run after Mysterio framed him for what happened in London, & having to clear his name because of this, a concept I think would interesting exploring, especially since this means we can have villains like Kraven and Scorpion in the film, maybe Mysterio will even make a grand return, but on the other hand it also looks to be a Multiverse story featuring Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man as well as Alfred Molina's Doc Ock, Jaime Foxx's Electro, and possibly even the OG MJ and Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy...Which is were my worries start to kick in, if you asked me how hyped I was for Spidey 3 before this Spider-verse news came out, it would probably be number 2 or tied with both Matrix 4 and Dune as my number 1 somehow, but now that has changed, & don't get me wrong. Seeing Maguire and Garfield as there respective versions of the Web head is freaking awesome & it'll be cool seeing Molina return to one of his more iconic performances and Foxx being given a second chance at playing Electro after having to play discount Doctor Manhatten/One Man Blue Man Group in that Abomination from 2014, but I do hope they focus more on the On the Run stuff and less on the Multiverse stuff, or at least find a way to blend them together in a way that feels organic, because I feel it's too early to do the Multiverse stuff and I kindof wanted to see a more grounded (no pun intended) Spidey on the Run story to be honest. But even with that being said, like I said, yeah, seeing Maguire and Garfield back as there respective Spider-men will still be pretty sweet, & I think if done right this film could find a way to organically combine the Multiverse story and Spidey on the Run story extremely well. That & I am just so hyped for MCU Spider-Man after Far From Home, I wasn't the biggest fan of Homecoming, but I absolutely loved FFH, & I am hyped for whatever MCU Spidey throws my way.
Ridley Scott's The Last Duel - Not much on this one, but judging by the plot dealing with the last Duel to ever be recorded in France's history, & having a pretty decent cast and Legendary director Ridley Scott (and Directing something that ISN'T Alien related, thank god. I know it's his baby but Covenant was not the best movie ever made) I think this one is something worth having in the top five. Because, yeah, it does sound pretty interesting.
Elvis - Not much to say here, just a big Elvis buff & I really want to see this Biopic, as I always wanted to see a Biopic about the king on the big screen. Especially when Tom Hanks is involved.
A tie between The King's Man & The Suicide Squad - yep a tie, I'm sorry but that's just simply how I role. Let's start with James Gunn's the Suicide Squad, Unlike the last Suicide Squad film, this one is going to be directed by James Gunn, the same guy who directed Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 & 2, as well as 2011 Super. & from how the film looks not only does it look incredibly fun and over the top (right down to some of the costumes looking like they came straight out of the comics) but also it simply just looks incredible. I have huge faith in James Gunn, especially after the Guardians movies, & the simple fact he's willing to embrace the comic books and there obscurities. Now for The King's Man, this film just looks crazy and Insane, I am an absolute huge fan of the first Kingsman movie, the second movie was.....a movie to say the least, but this one looks like it'll be a fun ride. Especially with it being a prequel instead of an actual third movie, though I hope we get a third movie at some point.
Raya and the Last Dragon - Not much to say here, the Animation looks incredible, the story sounds intriguing, and overall I think it could make for yet another great entry from Disney. Also it's a relieve to see something original after the wave of Live action remakes we have been getting.
Godzilla vs Kong - Another personal pick, but for this one, it's just simply the final showdown we have all been waiting for, I have been a huge fan of Monsterverse so far, & I think it'll be amazing to see these two icons get the rematch they both rightfully deserve. Now hopefully Legendary and WB can work something out so not only can it actually be released, but also so it doesn't have to be delayed again.
No Time to Die - I really loved two of the Daniel Craig Bond films (Casino Royale and Skyfall) the other two not so much (Quantum of Solace and Spectre) but hopefully this will lean on the good, if not great side, especially since the film looks fantastic so far.
After >25 years of watching and re-watching Bond, my favorite movies are the ones that I can go back and re-watch with enjoyment... and so here is my list...
It will be very controversial to some, having seen the lists of many a top-Bond films on this sub. Yet here is one way to view a top Bond film list based on some random guys opinion who has been watching these films since the early 90s... Before we look at the list, I'd like to call out 3 observations:
Bond films are almost always highly regarded and then fade over the years. My theory is that the Bond Franchise attracts a lot of 'temporary Bond fans' who don't necessarily care for Bond except for whatever the latest couple of movies are, while calling every other film dated or campy, ect... By ~10/15 years old you can typically start gauging the extent of the longevity of a film and how it will end up ranking in future 'top Bond movie lists'. Heck, i remember for the first 2-3 years after Die Another Day was release people arguing that it was one of the best Bond films ever made... unfortunately those people have since disappeared and will not back up my claim lol.
My opinion is that nearly all the Bond actors start off very strong and slowly fade over the years. With some of the best Bond films being early-career films for the Bond actors, and some of the worst Bond films being from the later years. This seems to be due to sloppy writing and the need to pull in more gadgets and unbelievable plot lines to draw in a broader audience to compensate for an aging male lead.
Again in my opinion, Bond quality thrives in environments of simplicity / and ideally Cold War type settings, with Bond using nothing but his wit, charm, and blunt force to save the day. In that regard, I would love for future Bond films to take place in the era that the books were written in the early 50s. A 4/5 film series following Craig's acting tenure which takes place in the 50s and has Bond fighting against the cold war SPECTER would be incredibly engaging for any die hard Bond fan.
Anyways, here is my 4-tiered list. Please don't respond on your disagreement with it - instead share your own list or comment on the observations above. Tier One (those I really look forward to watching)
From Russia With Love
Live and Let Die
Man with The Golden Gun (controversial to list so high but so fun to watch!)
For Your Eyes Only
Tier Two (Those I don't mind watching on occasion)
Diamonds are Forever
The Spy Who Loved Me
A View to a Kill
License to Kill
Tomorrow Never Dies
Quantum of Solace
Tier Three (Those I wouldn't miss if I never watched again)
The Living Daylights
The World Is Not Enough
On her Majesty's secret service
Tier Four (Those I wish to never watch again... although I probably will)
You Only Live Twice
Moonraker (the first 30 minutes are very strong and should be spun into it's own mini movie)
Die Another Day (the first 20 minutes are very strong and should be spun into it's own mini movie)
Specter (Absolutely hated this from start to the last 5 minutes)
So, I kind of like Die Another Day. It’s ridiculous and over the top, sure. So over the top that it left them nowhere to go, hence the reboot. But, it’s also fun and action packed. But what I really like about it is that it is a love letter to the Bond series. On watching it tonight, I made notes of all the references and easter eggs I could find, and I would love to hear other people’s opinions on them, and if I missed any. I haven’t read the books in many years, so I bet I did
Bond is captured and released, in disgrace. This mirror the end of the book “You Only Live Twice” and the opening of the book “The Man With The Golden Gun,” right down to the partition between M and Bond. (In the books, the KGB brainwashed him to kill M, and M drops the partition to deflect the attack)
Sex scene filmed behind a two way mirror in the hotel - this is directly iut of the film (and book?) From Russia With Love
Trip to Cuba- inthe book The Man With The Golden Gun, where Bind is sent to take out an assassin in Cuba.
In Cuba, Bond picks up a copy of a book about birds of the West Indies and tells Jinx he is an ornithologist. Ian Fleming took the name “James Bond” from the author of a book about West Indies birds.
Halle Berry emerging from the in water in Cuba mirrors Ursula Andress in film Dr. No.
Questionable -rotating mirrors at DNA lab are reminiscent of Scaramanga’s funhouse in the film TMWTGG.
Gustav Graves mirrors the character of Drax from the book Moonraker. Both are adopted Englishmen who secretly bad guys
The fencing wager for the diamond matches the wager for the bar of gold in the gold game in the film Goldfinger
Questionable- the sword fight in a fancy club may be a reference to the museum sword fight in the movie Moonraker
We see Bonds office for only the second time ever- last seen in the film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Q’s lab: we see Rosa Kleb’s shoe (From Russia With Love), the jet pack from Thunderball, the plane Roger Moore used in one of his intros, and the alligator from Octopussy. And Q gives him his “20th watch” and says “I never joke about my work” (Goldfinger).
Gustav’s ice palace- exterior approach looks like Stromburg’s Atlantis from the Spy Who Loved Me
Miranda frost- maybe inspired by Vesper Lynd from book Casino Royale?
Project Icarus is like the satellite in film Diamonds Are Forever
Jinx on the table being threatened with lasers is like Goldfinger’s laser (“No Mr Bond, I expect you to die!”)
Bond uses the Thundeball underwater breather to sneak into Graves’s lair in Iceland
The room where Bomd confronts Graves in Iceland (with the oval glass floor) is classic Ken Adam set design
Villain has a private plane and bad guys get sucked out of the window - Goldfinger
Climax on plane, and fighring over diamonds is like the Living Daylights.
Story Arc or Standalone? What is a more preferred formula that the next Bond should follow? (And my detailed look at the continuity)
Since Bond’s inception there has been a loose continuity of sorts. From Sean Connery to Pierce Brosnan there have been recalls, direct references to prior adventures and some members of the cast that stayed on throughout numerous tenures of the main role. When Craig became Bond it was a signal that all was changing, there was going to be a new Bond. A Bond that defied expectations, that started a brand new timeline, a Bond that was going to be a reinvention of what many grew to love. When Casino Royale came to the screens it was marked as a revelation to the franchise, gone were the over the top gadgets and villians, and instead a down to earth gritty Bond, getting the mission done with a straight forward plot. However, after Casino there was news that many fans were to be expecting a direct follow up to the events of Casino, Bond fans had experienced something to this effect before with the pre-title sequence of DAF, although all that did was make little effort to establish a connection to OHMSS and all the events and emotions prior were quickly tossed away in pursuit of a more campy and distractive movie that was used to bring audiences back in the seats due to Connery’s return. Quantum was going to be a different case though, it was going to be a pure sequel , an extension of Casino, that audiences couldn’t wait to see. The film was a success despite its production problems with writers strikes, editing choices and a very fast paced narrative that didn’t give the audience time to breathe. It left a mixed taste among Bond fans and viewers that only further worsened as MGM filed for bankruptcy and the future of Bond was at risk. Enter 2012, the money troubles had been resolved and Bond was coming back with Craig in the role again, and this time in the form of Skyfall, a movie celebrating the 50th Anniversary helmed by the extremely reputable Sam Mendes and vowed to be a return to form. A movie that stood alone from the previous movies and told an emotional tale of forgiveness and family. The film was a gigantic success, both critics and viewers left relieved and excited again and the news of Craig and Mendes returning for a sequel excited many. It had been a while since a director had helmed the subsequent film in the series, the last being John Glen in 1989, so many were happy that a director could continue his vision with an actor he shared a good connection with. However, Spectre wasn’t a smooth sailing ship despite being a great success, Sam Mendes made several comments stating his displeasure working on Spectre, the working conditions and Craig took a long time to be persuaded to return. But more than that, the narrative of Spectre once again tried to connect to previous entries, but this time in a way which was deemed nonsensical, confusing and downright laughable with silly tropes. We now come to 2020, In an ideal world NTTD would have released by now, and we could include this in the discussion but unfortunately we must be continue eagerly anticipating the next instalment, a sequel of Spectre which seems to be connected outright with Madeleine Swan being a key plot point aswell as Blofeld being revealed as a key information source. So with the entries we’ve seen of Craig, the big question is has this story arc ‘so far’ paid off? Should the next Bond continue Craig’s story? Reboot once again or should Bond finally go back to a standalone set of movies that only loosely connect, a formula that has allowed so many Bonds to reign and succeed one another?
Casino Royale- Origin story that didn’t feel like one. Craig plays Bond just like the book. He’s jacked. Him and Vespers chemistry. Bond felt like a real spy/assassin. He could be hurt emotionally and physically. Locations. Action. Entire cast. His wardrobe. Most realistic torture scene in a movie imo. Poker. Bond becoming cold hearted after Vesper dies and unattached (seen in later films). That iconic ending with the 3 piece suit and the classic intro and theme for the first time.
Goldfinger- Set the formula for what would follow. Goldfinger himself. Best pre title sequence to date. Rolex 6538. Golf scene. Aston Martin. Pussy.
Goldeneye- pre title sequence. Brosnan. Bean. 007 vs 006. Omega Seamaster looking cool and being used as a gadget. Natalia. Action packed up the wazoo.
Skyfall- Delving into Bonds past. Silva. Theme song. Shows Bonds mental and physical struggles. Battle at Skyfall. Judy Dench.
FRWL- Robert Shaw. Train Fight. Entire main cast.
Dr. No- First scene with Bond. Locations. You’ve have your 6 scene. glimpses of real spy work like hair on the door.
Thunderball- Domino. The Bahamas. Connery still got it.
Over the years, I have discussed what Bond fans consider the best and worst 007 films ever made. First of all, there is almost universal agreement on the early Connery films, Live and Let Die, The Spy Who Loved Me, The Living Daylights, Goldeneye, Casino Royale and Skyfall being great and rightly so. On Her Majesty's Secret Service rightly has been considered great nowadays by most too. After that, things get weird. Licence to Kill is considered great by many but as an action film akin to Lethal Weapon or Die Hard more than as a Bond film. Fair enough but what happens next is amazing. Casino Royale 1967 is not only the worst Bond film ever made but also one of the worst films ever made. Yet, some Bond fans put it above Quantum of Solace, Diamonds are Forever, Octopussy, Tomorrow Never Dies and Moonraker, all to me great Bond films. A View To a Kill then splits people who love Zorin in it but think Roger Moore is 'too old'. Yet many also rank the odious 1967 Casino Royale above it. I do not see the hatred for some Bond films. All films I mention here (bar Casino Royale 1967) I love. I know other Bond films have their flaws (the finale and car chase in The Man With The Golden Gun are way below par, the climax in SPECTRE was well a bit of an anti-climax, etc.) but they are still great films with great moments. Casino Royale 1967 on the other hand has nothing to offer only a weird 'pop culture of the time' feel. It works neither as a Bond film or a Bond film spoof. It has a great cast but utterly wastes it. Orson Welles could have been the greatest Bond villain ever if this was made properly. I have watched CR1967 4 times to try and understand/like it but it is what it is. Another problem with it is it is not set on location much. It seems they only went on location in Scotland for the castle scenes. The rest is in a studio and full of dated and weird over the top 1960s cliches. This is the only Bond film I hate.
Playing cards make the ideal gift, particularly the many beautiful custom decks available nowadays. Almost everyone can use a deck of cards at some point, so they have an instant and universal appeal, especially if a deck has some customized artwork and is packaged in an appealing tuck box. In this list I want to focus on some of my favourite decks that have come out in the past year 2020. This year has been a challenging year for many of us in light of the coronavirus that has swept across the world. But in the middle of all this darkness, there have also been some bright spots, which include the brand new crop of custom decks that have appeared in the marketplace. The suggestions I'm making are very much a matter of personal choice, and other playing card enthusiasts might make other choices. I haven't seen each and every deck that hit the market in the past year, and there are undoubtedly plenty of other worthy decks that qualify for a list like this. I've also not included any decks that have haven't yet been produced, even if they have been crowdfunded. This list strictly covers decks that you should be able to obtain from online retailers and resellers. I've also not included so-called "hype decks" that sell out almost immediately at the publisher level (e.g. Fontaines), but only those that enter retail channels and are more widely and readily available. I've also included links to where you find them at PlayingCardDecks so that you can see images of the tuck boxes and cards for each item, and because they're the retailer I personally buy playing cards from the most. But you should be able to find these decks at most online retailers.
Several series of playing cards have become brands of their own, and achieved nearly cult status from collectors. This past year has seen some great additions to the line-ups from popular series that include big names like Jerry's Nuggets, Cherry Casino, and NOC. ● Jerry's Nugget Aqua Playing Cards - Jerry's Nuggets are a modern icon in the world of playing cards, due to the cult status of this deck, which was praised by cardists around the world. It was originally printed in the early 1970s, and was so much in demand in recent decades that copies fetched over $500 in the secondary market. A very successful reprinting of the original blue and red decks happened in 2019, and in the past year we've seen multiple reprints in different colours. Among my favourites in this series are the bright colours like orange, yellow, and green, which have all appeared in the past year. But there's also something for those who prefer a more muted look, such as steel and black. For more in this series, seeJerry's Nugget decks. ● Cherry Casino Tropicana Teal Playing Cards - The Cherry Casino decks capture a retro vibe, and are a throwback to the old fruit machines from gambling halls, with their distinctive cherry artwork. For me the real appeal of this series lies in the gorgeous card backs, which have a metallic sheen making them feel instantly different from all other decks. The face cards are all quite standard, so that makes them ideal for card games or card magic. Multiple new colours continue to appear in this series, such as Flamingo Quartz Pink, and most recently McCarran Silver. For more in this series, seeCherry Casino decks. ● NOC 3000X2 Purple Playing Cards - The acronym NOC originally stood for Nothing Only Colour, and in line with this the initial decks in this series were all very minimalist. Many people like to collect and use the NOC decks, and over time the series has evolved somewhat. The most recent releases show some new splashes of creativity, and with the NOC 3000X2 deck we travel into the future, past the year 3000. Vibrant purples and pinks inhabit the landscape of the cards, for a very modern and flashy look that is particularly well suited to cardistry. This particular deck is also available in a matching pink version. For more in this series, seeNOC decks.
There are several big brands that you can count on for quality, and this year was no exception, with big companies like Theory11, Ellusionist, and Art of Play all continuing to contribute wonderful playing cards to the market. ● James Bond 007 Playing Cards - When it comes to glamorous tuck boxes, it doesn't get much better than the luxury of playing card producer Theory11. This wonderful deck is a tribute to agent 007, James Bond. I collect most of the Theory11 decks, and this one is particularly terrific, with a supreme tuck box, and Bond-inspired paraphernalia on the court cards and on the card back. Close observers will find many Bond gadgets and more. Theory11 have put out several stylish releases in the past year, another one being the Hollywood Roosevelt deck. For more, seeTheory11 decks. ● Shadow Masters Legacy v2 Playing Cards - One of the companies at the forefront of the custom playing cards movement was Ellusionist and their Black Tiger deck continues to be a modern icon. While they've since been overshadowed by the many custom decks produced in the crowd-funding era over the past decade, they continue to produce some memorable decks from time to time that are worth picking up. The Shadow Masters Legacy v2 is a black deck in the classic Ellusionist style, and represents the kind of thing that made them great to begin with. A jet black background is the chief feature of this deck, and the red and white used for the artwork and pips stands out beautifully against the inky black. This deck compares favourably with any other deck from the modern era. For more, seeEllusionist decks. ● Yellow Wheel Playing Cards - The brand Art of Play is the home of influential cardists Dan and Dave Buck. Their Red & Blue Wheel decks are among my all-time favourite decks, with gorgeous metallic inks as part of a split-pip design. The Yellow Wheel deck is their latest entry in the Wheel series, that retains the original card backs but now in yellow. But the highlight is the card faces, with the split pips employing a stunning metallic silver that complements the cards beautifully. This is a completely custom deck that is certain to impress anyone who sees it. Art of Play produces many new decks each year, and their Henry & Sally deck is a fun novelty release also worth checking out. For more, seeArt of Play decks.
They are a very select group, but there are some notable designers in the playing card industry who have developed a real name for themselves, have generated a large following of loyal fans, and continue to produce high quality custom decks on a regular basis. ● Italia Radiosa Playing Cards - Italian designer Giovanni Meroni is the man behind Thirdway Industries, and his playing cards are in high demand from collectors around the world. His signature style is immediately recognizable in each of his decks, and this one is no exception. Along with its companion Italia Segreta, it's themed around the wonders and secrets of Italy. The unique court cards are the real highlight, showcasing Giovanni's usual creativity and style. The number cards are also fully custom. These are the kinds of decks that will hold their value well in years to come. If you want even more vibrant colours, check out Modern Idols, from the same creator. For more, seeGiovanni Meroni decks. ● Postage Paid Playing Cards - Behind the brand Kings Wild Project is Jackson Robinson, who is one of the few professional designers that actually makes a living out of designing playing cards. This deck was inspired by the idea of playing cards functioning as postcards, each with its own stamp and post paid stamp. All 50 US states are represented on different cards, and everything about this deck is fully customized. This deck was produced in only limited numbers, so it will be out of stock in most places. But if you're quick, you can still grab Jackson Robinson's General Admission deck, which applies a similar concept to tickets, with each card representing a vintage ticket stub from the early 20th century. For more, seeJackson Robinson decks. ● Kodiak Playing Cards - From popular designer Jody Eklund and his Black Ink Playing Cards Company, comes this delightful deck of playing cards that is geared to the poker player and collector. The cards have a very classic look, but offer a fresh take on the designs of the court cards and pips. Jody is highly respected for his approach to graphic design, and these cards will prove an excellent choice if you like playing card games, and want to bring something stylish and attractive to the table. For more, seeJody Eklund decks.
Most magicians can perform their magic with any deck, but typically they prefer to do card magic with a deck where novelty and customization are minimal, so as not to distract from their magic. These decks are well suited to performing magic, and contain bonus gaff cards or other secrets that enable them to produce miracles not possible with ordinary decks. ● Card College Playing Cards - These decks are a tribute to the most outstanding modern teacher of the fundamentals of card magic, Roberto Giobbi. Mr Giobbi is the author of Card College, a series of best-selling books which are the modern gold standard for learning card magic. Available in red and blue, these decks are simple and practical for the working magician, and as a bonus each contains two double backer gaff cards. If you want more luxury, check out the stunning Luxury 3 Deck Set, which has even more stylish cards, individually numbered tuck boxes with unique origami style features, packaged in an attractive acrylic box - the ideal collectible or gift for magicians. ● Remedies Royal Blue Playing Cards - The Remedies decks come from popular creators Daniel Madison and Daniel Schneider, and this is a successor to the Remedies Scarlet Red deck. Many collectors love the Black Roses brand of playing cards, and collect whatever they produce. This blue Remedies deck has a classic and minimalist look with bold blue card backs, and is very functional and practical. The inclusion of a special Angle Zero gaff makes it ideal for magicians. ● DMC Elites Red v5 Playing Cards - Of all the marked decks I own, the DMC Elites is easily my first choice whenever I want a marked deck with cards that can be easily read from a distance, due to the clever and yet almost invisible marking system it uses. This deck has previously been released in several different colours, and now incorporates Tamariz's Mnemonica stack. All you need is the deck, but there is a terrific Passport book available separately, which will give you some great ideas for routines you can pull off with this great marked deck. For more, seeMarked decks.
Card flourishing has really boomed in recent years, and especially shines when cardists use a deck that has colourful and striking patterns optimized for cardistry, that enhance the visual aesthetics of cards in motion, as these decks show. ● Neon Orange Cardistry Playing Cards - This deck represents Bicycle's attempt to meet a demand for a relatively low-cost deck geared towards card flourishing. The card backs have a geometric design, and the faces are all identical and completely non-standard, showcasing the latest evolution in playing cards optimized entirely for cardistry. Bright colours ensure that the cards look visually appealing in fans, spreads, and flourishing moves. Alongside this vibrant orange deck is its blue companion, the Neon Blue Aurora deck. ● Autumn Circle Cardistry Playing Cards - Tally Ho is a classic brand that USPCC has been producing for a long time. The circle back design of the typical Tally Ho deck has become iconic, and is especially appreciated by those who enjoy card flourishing. Each year the folks at Bicycle produce some in-house decks for special occasions, and the Autumn Circle Back deck is a lovely result. The colours capture the warmth and glow of autumn leaves and the mood of harvest time, while the pattern on the card backs is perfect for cardistry. ● ArrowDynamix Cardistry Playing Cards - Given the high volume of cardistry decks appearing all the time, it can be difficult to come up with something completely original, but this minimalist deck has accomplished exactly that. Each card features a giant vertical arrow on the card backs, and a giant horizontal arrow on the faces. With carefully choreographed sequences and moves, you can create truly unique patterns and effects that you simply can't achieve with any other cardistry deck.
Do you love animals, or do you have an animal lover in your life? There are a lot of wonderful custom decks that are tributes to our four legged friends, or depict some of our favourite creatures. ● Woof and Whiskers Dog Playing Cards - The real appeal of this deck is the cute tuck box, which has cardboard ears that fold up, to complete the look of the friendly dog on the front of the box. I would have liked to see some more customization with the number cards, but it's still a very charming deck, with delightful custom artwork on the court cards and aces. This is one of two Zoo 52 decks, so if you like the Dog deck, you'll also want to pick up the Playful Paws Cat deck, which is equally cute. ● Aviary Playing Cards - There are a lot of independent creators that produce Bicycle branded playing cards with the help of industry giant USPCC, but this big name producer also releases its own in-house decks. This is my favourite of their four newest releases that hit the market at the end of 2020, and is a very classy looking deck with artwork inspired by a traditional look, but with adjustments to give it a custom feel, and the presence of several birds carefully positioned throughout the deck. Of the four new releases from Bicycle, the Sea King deck is also proving to be very popular. ● King of Tigers Playing Cards - If you're looking for a deck with bling, this is it. The card backs have a borderless tiger skin pattern, which has been printed with some of the latest technology that makes use of foil for a truly eye-catching look. The tuck box is even more glamorous. While the court cards are clearly inspired by traditional courts, the Jokers bring back the tiger theme strongly, and the tiger skin look recurs throughout the deck.
Recent years have seen some wonderful novelty decks themed around different kinds of food. These are always a great way to whet your appetite for a card game, or to show off to family or friends, and have proved a real hit with collectors. ● Squeezers V3 Playing Cards - Good luck getting your hands on decks from this extremely popular series from Organic Playing Cards, because they sell out quickly. These fruit inspired decks have delightful tuck boxes, and this grapefruit themed deck even comes in a tuck box that looks like a juice box, and is actually scented like grapefruit. The cards themselves are quite practical, but add humorous grapefruit themed elements to the court cards, and new bold colours. OPC's 2020 releases also included the watermelon-themed Carvers deck, while their current release sees the brand go in a slightly new direction with the corn-themed Shuckers. ● Noodlers Chicken Playing Cards - If you like the concept behind the Organic Playing Cards series, you'll probably also enjoy this deck, which has a similarly styled tuck box to the Squeezers decks, but represents a packet of ramen noodles. The orange colour on the card backs and pips has also been inspired by the noodles theme. The artwork on the court cards has a quaint and cute style, with each character depicted in a light hearted style quite different from standard courts, and all holding a bowl of noodles. For a final laugh, the Jokers provide us with the necessary packet of "chicken seasoning" to add to our noodles. ● Citrus Playing Cards - Created by Flaminko, the Deliciousness series has been somewhat overshadowed by the more successful fruit inspired cards from Organic Playing Cards. But I love the Flaminko decks, because they apply customization to all elements of the cards, including the pips. This novelty deck is well suited for card flourishing, card games, and collectors, and cleverly captures all that is juicy and wonderful about citrus fruit.
Music is another evergreen theme, and there's a solid range of lovely decks for the music lover, whether your taste is classical or more contemporary rock-and-roll. ● Composers Mozart Playing Cards - This deck is part of a series that also includes other composers like Bach. These decks are true collector pieces, and make a wonderful tribute to some of the greatest composers of all time. The tuck boxes have a very classical look, and metallic ink enhances the gorgeous card backs. Meanwhile completely custom artwork on the faces emphasizes a vintage and classical feel. They are great for music lovers and collectors, but if classical music isn't your thing, then check out the Rock and Roll deck. ● Piano Player Playing Cards - If the piano is your instrument of choice, this is a deck for you. The creative tuck box is available in two styles, one with two black keys and the other with three black keys, which means you can place two decks alongside each other to create a larger keyboard. Fully custom characters inhabit the court cards, with the keyboard motif returning in the details of the artwork. Small touches like this really make this creative deck a thing of unique beauty. ● Soundboards v3 Midnight Playing Cards - Remember the old walk-man cassette players? In the 1980s these revolutionary electronic devices were among the first to make your personal music collection portable. The Soundboards deck replicates the look of a classic walk-man, and the Jokers complete the look by bringing the cassette tape look into the box. This Midnight edition has a dark look, so you might also want to consider the red deck if you prefer a more traditional colour.
Fiction & Film themed Decks
Most of us love a good story, whether it's in the pages of a novel or on our screens. Here are some great custom decks that are loving tributes to some of the best from the worlds of fiction and film. ● Jane Austen Playing Cards - Fans of the classic novel will appreciate the loving treatment that Jane Austen's famous novels have received in this delightful tribute from the Art of Play label. Each suit represents a different novel, with the court cards featuring the lead characters in the story. The design of the characters is inspired by period costumes and reflects the fashions from the time in which the stories are set. The classy tuck case ensures that everything is nicely packaged and well presented. ● Star Wars Playing Cards - Theory11 achieved a real coup by acquiring the rights to bring the Star Wars brand to playing cards. They were the perfect company to ensure that the result was a classy deck that did justice to the world of the films. This pair of Light Side and Dark Side decks begins with a top quality and highly attractive tuck case, as we've come to expect from Theory11. The court cards all feature different characters from the movies, and the design is the perfect blend of customization and playability, making this a practical deck you can bring out for your favourite card game, or to give to the Star Wars fan in your life. A similar pair of decks was produced later in the year in White and Black. ● King Arthur Playing Cards - The result of a collaboration between Riffle Shuffle and Studio Muti, this pair of red and green decks tell the story of the famous Arthurian legend. For me it's a personal and nostalgic childhood favourite, in light of the adventure and imagination it evokes. But as impressive as these decks are, they pale besides the King Arthur Gold deck, which has gold metallic ink on the faces, and gold foil on the card backs, for a truly extravagant look. Inside and out, this is a stunning tribute to a timeless classic from the world of fiction.
So I cheated. I already have a section devoted to cardistry, so I figured I'd sneak in a second category, by including some cardistry decks that all have a space theme. These decks all feature colourful visuals that work well for flourishing, but can also be enjoyed by collectors who appreciate their vibrant colours and exuberant designs. ● Solokid Constellation Playing Cards - This set of twelve decks captures the twelve different star signs. It was produced by Bocopo, a company well known for producing colourful custom decks that appeal especially to cardists and collectors. These decks are typical Bocopo offerings, with evocative colours that are unique to each different deck, to help capture a different feeling for each and every constellation. If you like vibrant colour, you'll certainly find something to enjoy here. ● Stargazer New Moon Playing Cards - Several different decks have now appeared in the Stargazer series, but the recent New Moon deck is probably my favourite. The circular moon that appears on all the card backs makes it an ideal deck for card flourishing moves like spins and twirls. The face cards have some truly vibrant colours, and capture well the feel of a night sky bursting with colour and life. ● Sirius B v3 Playing Cards - I fell in love with the style of the original Sirius B deck, so this third edition was always going to win me over. The court cards consist of a blur of colours that look like paints mixed together, and this style has also been applied to the pips. The colours are the real appeal here, and the signature design of the card backs also looks very nice in card flourishes.
I personally adore transformation cards, and consider them to be one of the most fascinating and memorable types of playing cards there is. The idea is that you take the pips and incorporate them into a larger picture that forms a unique work of art, for each and every card in the deck. ● Cotta's Almanac #1 Reproduction Playing Cards - This historic deck was first created in 1805 by J.C. Cotta, and was the very first of its kind. Themed on the "Joan of Arc" play by Schiller, the beauty and creativity of these cards will still win over collectors today. Lovingly produced in a high quality modern edition, this recreation is the first of the entire series of Cotta transformation decks that is being reproduced by PCD. ● 5th Kingdom Playing Cards - This deck is possibly my favourite original release from PCD in the past year. It is an outstanding example of the creativity and originality of a semi-transformation deck, where the pips have been cleverly incorporated into the artwork. Each suit represents a different culture, turning each individual card into a work of art that can be admired and enjoyed. ● Pack of Dogs V2 Playing Cards - This transformation deck is the work of John Littleboy, who has produced a number of such decks in his inimitable style, including Pack of Dogs, Kitten Club, Mermaid Queen, and Bag of Bones. The number cards are my favourites, and in this deck each of these represents a larger art piece with a dog. Each suit has a progressive image, so they don't feel totally unique from each other. It's more like a series of consecutive snapshots, and you can use flip animation to tell the story. Littleboy's Kitten Club V2 deck applies a similar concept to cats.
PlayingCardDecks doesn't just sell playing cards, but Will Roya also uses his wealth of experience to team up with designers and graphic artists to produce high quality custom decks under the PCD label. Here are some great custom decks that were published in-house over the course of 2020. ● Astronaut Playing Cards - This novelty deck is a delightful creation that will please anyone who has an interest in space and space travel, in light of its unique theme. The Kings are all depicted as astronauts, while the Queens and Jacks represent space travellers. The card backs have a futuristic look with neon lights, and this look carries over to the number cards, which are highly customized with unique red and blue pips. ● Beekeeper Playing Cards - There are plenty of bee themed playing cards already on the market, but the artwork style gives this one a truly unique feel. Two decks were produced, one with light card backs and the other with dark card backs. This is a great novelty deck for the collector, because there's especially some delightful creativity to be found with the bee-inspired pips, and the detailed custom artwork on the court cards. ● Testament Classic Playing Cards - This is a Biblical themed deck created by artist Ben Green. It's intended as an art deck, with the images on the cards depicting Biblical characters from well-known narratives. Representing a dual love for playing cards and a love for Bible-inspired art, this deck will especially appeal to the collector.
I'm a sucker for highly unusual decks with a high degree of novelty, and even though these are not ones I'd typically use for playing card games, they have very unique features that make them stand out from your average custom deck. ● Starry Night Puzzle Playing Cards - Fancy a deck that doubles as a jigsaw puzzle? This clever deck takes its inspiration from Vincent Van Gogh's famous painting, The Starry Night. The artwork on the card faces is all taken from the painting, and all the cards can be pieced together to make a single giant picture, thus effectively functioning as a large puzzle. Yet each card has clear indices so it's still something you can use for card games too. Definitely unique and out of the ordinary, this set of playing cards is a perfect choice for fans of classic art and paintings. ● Falcon Razors Deluxe Throwing Playing Cards - Rick Smith Jr has made multiple world records in throwing playing cards. His baseball background holds him in good stead, but anybody can learn to throw playing cards if you use the techniques Rick teaches. These throwing cards were a collaboration with legendary flourisher De'vo, and were featured in one of this year's viral videos from Dude Perfect, which featured Rick and his amazing card throwing. The cards are slightly thicker than standard Bicycle stock, to ensure extra durability and performance for card throwing. ● AQUA Invisible Plastic Playing Cards - If you're looking for something completely different, this might hit the mark. This is a ground-breaking deck that is the closest thing to being invisible. All the cards are made out of completely transparent plastic, after which a high gloss transparent printing is applied to selected areas of the cards to produce the designs and pips. So each card is effectively completely transparent, and yet you can see its unique artwork and determine its value and suit. The handling is surprisingly better than you'd expect for a completely plastic deck, and it's certainly something unique.
Other Gift Ideas
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Amazon Prime Video is one of the most popular video streaming services. It features content from various genres, including comedy, drama, sci-fi, action, and much more. However, the action genre of Amazon Prime Video is one of the most appreciated ones. This section features many of the newer and older hits, but what remains common is their quality and popularity. If you are looking to watch some movies from the action genre, then Amazon Prime Video can be the one-stop destination for you. However, you don’t have to get confused about what to watch in the vast library of Amazon Prime Video because we have got you covered. In this article, we have listed the best action movies available on Amazon Prime Video. Let’s scroll down and find the top picks for you. 📷The Man From Nowhere The Man From Nowhere is a fantastic story that has a lot of action and drama. This film’s story revolves around a former special agent who has to face the circuit of drug smuggling and organ trafficking to save a little girl who is her only friend. Won Bin (Tae-Sik Cha), Kim Sae-ron (So-Mi Jeong), Thanayong Wongtrakul (Ramrowan), and Kim Sung-oh (Jong-seok) are starring in this film. Lee Jeong-beom has directed this film, and it has received an IMDb rating of 7.8. Casino Royale If you love James Bond, you will not want to miss watching Casino Royale. The film follows James Bond set out on a mission to stop Le Chiffre, a mob banker, from winning a high-stakes poker game. Vesper Lynd, a British Treasury agent, accompanies him on his mission. Daniel Craig (James Bond), Eva Green (Vesper Lynd), Mads Mikkelsen (Le Chiffre), and Judi Dench (M) are starring in this film. Martin Campbell has directed this film, and it has received an IMDb rating of 8. The Boondock Saints The Boondock Saints is a fantastic story of two Irish Catholic brothers who decide to wipe out Boston’s crime by killing one gangster after another. However, the FBI gets after them for their venture. Norman Reedus (Murphy MacManus), Sean Patrick Flanery (Connor MacManus), and Willem Dafoe (Paul Smecker) are starring in this film. This film has received an IMDb rating of 7.8. Troy Duffy is the director of this film. Inception Inception is undoubtedly one of the most popular action movies available on Amazon Prime Video. Christopher Nolan is the director of this film. This film’s story revolves around Cobb, who is capable of stealing information from his targets’ minds by entering their dreams. He is given an offer by Saito to perform an inception on his sick competitor’s son, and in return, Saito will clear his criminal record so that he can return to his family in the US. You might be surprised to know that most of the film’s action and adventure takes place within a dream. Leonardo DiCaprio (Cobb), Elliot Page (Ariadne), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Arthur), and Tom Hardy (Eames) are starring in this film. This film has received an IMDb rating of 8.8. Bumblebee Bumblebee is one of the newest action movies on Amazon Prime Video. This film’s story revolves around Charlie Watson, who finds Bumblebee, an Autobot scout, in a junkyard in a small California beach town, in a broken and battle-scarred situation. Hailee Steinfeld (Charlie Watson), Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime), John Cena (Agent Burns), and Dylan O’Brien (Bumblebee) are starring in this film while Travis Knight has directed this film. Bumblebee has received an IMDb rating of 6.8. Action movies are always fun to watch, and undoubtedly, Amazon Prime Video has a good collection of those. In this article, we have listed the best action movies available on Amazon Prime Video, and you can watch any of these according to your needs and budget. Source-Best Action Movies You Can Watch on Amazon Prime Video
Okay, so first off, Casino Royale is one of my absolute favorite Bond films and the first one I saw in theatres. And I love the way it worked as an origin story for Bond. So this post is not to critique the direction that EON went in, but rather just a fun thought experiment. My point is, if EON wanted to adapt Casino Royale, then did they feel that it had to be a reboot? Okay, I guess if it was to be Bond's origin story, then it had to be a reboot set in the 21st century. Making a prequel would be confusing as hell given that Bond is ageless. Would it be a prequel to Connery's Bond, set in the 1950's? Or a prequel to Brosnan's Bond, set in the 1980's? And so on. But I guess that brings us to the next level of the question - why did Casino Royale have to be an origin story? The original novel really isn't an origin story for Bond. It starts off with Bond already well established as 007 and embarking on just another mission. Reference in a couple of later novels do suggest that Casino Royale may have been one of Bond's earliest missions as a 00, but it was by no means meant to be his first. So why the need to specifically adapt Casino Royale as an 'origin story'? It could have been just another Bond adventure. And if they wanted a younger Bond actor, they could simply have cast a younger actor without bothering about continuity - they'd done it before with Dalton following Moore. The only reason I can think of is that after Batman Begins, the 'reboot'/'origin story' bug hit them and they decided to do the same to refresh the Bond franchise - and the very first Bond story was the ideal way to do that. Also, maybe officially wiping out past films would allow them to distance this new darker and more human take on Bond from the likes of Brosnan surfing a CGI wave! I dunno...anyone know something concrete about why they took this step?
So before the version of The Living Daylights that we actually ended up getting, the original plan was to do a origin story for Bond, showing us how he became 007. Of course, Cubby Broccoli ended up vetoing that plan, saying that audiences weren't interested in a Bond prequel...though as we now know, his daughter ended up going back to a version of that plan with Casino Royale. I first heard about this proposed origin film on another thread I'd done a short while back, and have been fascinated by it ever since. I scoured the net looking for a detailed treatment of the film, and ended up finding one just yesterday! Be warned that this article is in French...but Google Translate can be your friend here :) Here's a detailed breakdown of the entire treatment- Part 1: https://www.commander007.net/2016/bond-15-rebooter-nest-jouer-part-1-2/ Part 2: https://www.commander007.net/2016/bond-15-rebooter-nest-jouer-part-2-2/ I'd recommend going through the entire treatment yourself as there is some interesting stuff here (even though its boring reading about the action scenes!) But here are the salient details: Basically, the film is set in 1972. It starts with Bond as a Lieutanant in the Royal Navy. He's a 20-something naval intelligence officer who screws up a job due to his maverick tendency and ends up on the verge of being drummed out of the Navy. His dying grandfather suggests that with his attitude and potential, he'd be a better fit in the Secret Service and sends him off to meet M (who in this version, apparently was a one-time lover of Bond's aunt, Charmain). So Bond meets M and joins the Secret Service. He's sent off to Singapore to team up with a guy named Burton Trevor, a 40-something veteran agent. They infiltrate the stronghold of a warlord named Kwang, posing as his bodyguards. They also meet a young woman named Betje, who's basically the main 'Bond girl' - she's a concubine of Kwang's and Bond starts an affair with her. Bond soon learns that Trevor is part of the Double O section and that their mission is to assassinate Kwang. Trevor warns Bond against getting too personally involved with Betje. Anyway, long story short, their cover is eventually blown, Bond, Betje and Trevor attempt to flee the stronghold, Trevor valiantly dies trying to save the other two, and Bond radios Trevor's CIA contact (you guessed it...Felix Leiter!) to order an attack, and then personally takes down the villains. In the aftermath, Bond heads back to London to meet M and Bill Tanner (and a younger Miss Moneypenny) and for his efforts is promoted to 00 status. He's given Trevor's old number, 007, and is given a briefing for his next mission...to go to Jamaica and investigate Dr. No! Its far from the perfect Bond film, reading the treatment, but I think it could have been an interesting story once they'd smoothed out some of the edges. It was written by Richard Maibaum, which makes it easy for me to imagine this as the 'canonical' origin story of the cinematic Bond. James is a lot more of a rookie and rougher around the edges than Craig's portrayal in CR (and I guess this is what Broccoli meant when he said that audiences didn't want a 'rookie Bond'). The idea of Bond being mentored by the previous 007 is an interesting one. Coincidentially (or perhaps not?), Anthony Horowitz' Forever and a Day, which tells the first 00 mission of the Fleming Bond, also involves James becoming 007 after the previous agent is killed (and though they don't team up on the page, we're told that Bond knew the man). Honestly, if we ever get a Bond period piece, I wouldn't mind someone dusting off this idea!
My order probably changes weekly, but most of the films on this list stay within the top 10 for me. I’m early 30s and have been watching bond films since probably around 5. My aunt introduced me to the films. The series had a resurgence with Brosnan and was pretty popular when I was a kid (and is still going strong I might add!). I still love watching the movies as an adult, I even like the ones considered awful. •Thunderball• +Connery’s best performance +Sexiest collective of Bond Girls 🔥 +Beautiful setting/time period and arguably best cinematography. •The Spy Who Loved Me• +Moore’s best performance +Jaws! +Barbara Bach 🔥 •Goldeneye• +Excellent Pacing +Best Introduction to a new bond. This film oozes style! +Xenia Onatopp 🔥 •On Her Majesty’s Secret Service• +The germ warfare plotline +Diana Rigg 🔥 best bond girl ever? +Bond gets married. •Live and Let Die• +The settings. Harlem, Louisiana, San Monique. +Baron Samedi and the voodoo aspects. +Solitare 🤤 •Goldfinger• +Auric Goldfinger, Oddjob +Interesting villain plot +Pussy Galore and her redemption. Powerful strong female character. •The World Is Not Enough• +Brosnan best performance +Electra King is smokin hot 🔥 Only time where main villain is a woman. +Last great Bond film that followed the classic formula. •Dr No• +Coolest introduction of any character of all time ever. +Honey Ryder 🔥 +Felt like more of a spy thriller than any of the others. •The Man With The Golden Gun• +Fun fantasy plot +Arguably some of the best villains of the series +Maude Adams 🔥 • Casino Royale• +I love whenever Bond plays cards and it’s a focal point of this film. +Most Emotionally deep bond film of all. +Excellent supporting cast in this film
So in April, I decided to watch every Bond film from "From Russia with Love" to "Spectre". I had already seen Dr. No for a english assignment last year and while I enjoyed the film didn't feel the need to rewatch it. So here are my thoughts: Dr. No - A great start to the Bond franchise that is introduces a lot of the classic elements, including "Bond, James Bond", Girls and cold kills. The film is quite quaint by modern standards but is still fun to watch. I will say the second half of the opening is just plain odd though, why after the James Bidn theme am I hearing bongos?. I will say that I wish we saw more of Dr. No than we do in the actual film, as, but otherwise Jospeh Wiseman gives a great performance. Overall 7.5/10 From Russia with Love - Okay this one just got better as it went along. While the pre-title sequence isn't bad we don't actually get to bond for a bit of the film and it does drag a bit. I also love that in the second movie we're already trying to play with the fact that Bond loves to sleep with women. I also find it funny that Robert Shaw looks awfully similar to Daniel Craig. Even with that though Red Grant still delievrs a codl performance that leads to one of the best fight scenes in cinema Overall 8.5/10 Goldfinger - I love this one so much. From a great villain to the DB5 to the iconic imagery and the brilliant henchman in Oddjob. This film gets nearly everything right and I have very few problems with the film as a whole. My only qualm is the barn scene where it appears that Bond may have raped Pussy galore, but that really didn't hinder my enjoyment very much as all. Where my love for the films was truly cemented for the film was for this quote "Did you expect to me to Live?" "No Mr. Bond, I expect you to die".Also my favourite character is introduced in this film: Q. The way Desmond Lleweyn plays this character is perfect and I really did not want anyone to replace him. Goldfinger is almsot flawless 9/10 Thunderball - This is where the franchise really went downhill for me. What really annoys me about this film is the first half hour is a complete waste of time that we didn't need. We could have easily started just at scene where Bond is meeting with leaders of the world and M and it still wouldn't affect your understanding of the film. Even after that, so much of the film just feels like wasted potential. The only good part of the film are probably about half the girls, Sean Connery and the one Q scene. The Underwater scenes are just boring and I didn't care. Altough this film does have on e the best title sequences. This will seem harsh to some but honestly this film gets a 4/10 Casino Royale(1967) - Yes I made sure to watch "every" James Bond film (although that wasn't really worth it in the end). What the fuck happened in this film. Honeslty this film is just random scenes together stuck together with a plotline. I remeber David Niven playing some game with Ursula Andress( If I remember correctly). I remember Bond's daughter stuck in a mze like berlin in the cold war. I remember peter sellers going up against Le Chiffre. But the films comes together like a Sandwhich made of Jello and Glue. It's awful. But it's also hilarious to think about. Honestly the story behind the film is more interesting than the actual film. Oh and how lazy is that ending, my God. 3.5/10 You Only live Twice - Alright I knew going in to this some of the films would be dated but I thought that was going to eb about the attitudes towards Women. I did not expect Sean Connery to be badly put in makeup to make him "look Asian". Also the final "Blofeld" reveal is somewhat disappointing, not necessarily bad just somewhat disappointing considering how he was bulit up in From Russia with Love and Thunderball. Although I honeslty didn't have a problem with Connery's performance that much. While it's not great, it wasn't enough to have an impact on my feelings towards the films. Overall not bad. 7/10 On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Alright this one is hard for me. I didn't enjoy the film very much but it's clearly great. Why is it great? Well it gave me Captain America: Civil War which is a film I sometimes don't enjoy but know it is a great film regardless. I was probably just in the wrong mood for this film. As for Lazenby, he's not bad but I think he might have just needed a bit more direction on what to do. Although while it's a gutpunch I love the ending. I'll just give it a 7 now, but I might come back to this one. Diamonds are Forever - This one is quite weird. From Blofeld to drag to having scenes set in Vegas to Connery weirdly looking too old depsite only being in his 40s. But it can also be a sort of fun weird as well. But then it's not great either. Also I blame this film for the stupid moon landing conspiracy theories. 6.5/10 Live and Let Die - This is a decent start to the Roger Moore Era. Moore feels like Bond but not like Connery which I think was a slight problem with Lazneby trying to be a little too much like Connery. Dr. Kananga is a good villian and Jane Seymour as Solitaire is one the best bond girls. Also Sherriff J.W Pepper is silly but helps us understand how the Roger Moore Era will feel. Overall 7.5/10 The Man with the Golden Gun - "THAT FUCKING SLIDE WHISTLE". Seriously though the slidew whistle over the car flip represents the whole film. Good Idea that were unfortunately done wrong due to horrid execution. However, this makes the film one of the best to enjoy ironically. Scaramnage and Nick Nack are probably the only things done well in the film. Just for ironic enjoyment I'm willing to give this film a 6/10 The Spy Who Loved Me - For the longest time this was my favourite Bond Film. It had my favourite Bond girl in Anya, One the best henchmen in Jaws, Moore at the top of his game, and one the best ending scenes battles in all of Bond. My only problem comes from Stromberg, who's just a bit one note. Overall 9.5/10 Moonraker - I had bad experience watching this one. I was expecting all of it to be set in Space but only the 3rd act actually is. This meant that during the first 2 acts I was just waiting for them to go to space and when they did, I wanted them back on Earth. I really didn't like the space scenes because the blasters reminded me too much of Star Wars. The film itself is probably the most over the top it's ever been and hell, looking back I realise while it was incredibly stupid it was fun seeing a double taking pigeon and the other nonsensical happenings in this film. Honeslty I'll give this a 6.5. For Your Eyes Only - What happened in this one? This isn't like Casino Royale '67 where it's incredibly confusing but it's more just boring. I really don't remember much at all. I don't remember many of the stunts or any of the bond girls really. Hell, I have no idea who the villain actually was. The only thing I remember is the brilliant opening sequence. 4/10 Octopussy - This one's similar to FYEO for me only stupider. unfortunately though unlike Moonraker where it jump the shark fairly soon to get you ready for the sillier scenes later on, the clown scene at the end I was completely unprepared for looked and just came off as incredibly dumb. Also Octopussy could've been a great villain but no, it's someone else who I didn't care about. 3/10 Never Say Never Again - The first act is weird in that it can't decide if it wants to be classic Bond or a spoof like CR '67. The second act is classic Bond(although they play videogames at some point. What?). I don't remember the 3rd act at all and I got completely lost which really ruined the film for me. 4.5/10 A View To a Kill - This is like TMTWGG for me. The only real good parts are Mayday and Christopher Walken as Zorin. We really should've had Dalton by this point. In fact I think Dalton should've started with For Your Eyes Only. Moore I don't think gives a bad performance but he was clealry too old for the role by this point. As a film it's one of the sillier ones, but at least it wasn't too boring 5/10 The Living Daylights - What a breath of fresh air. It was nice to have a bond film I enjoyed again after some many I didn't like. I love the 3rd act with the both Bond hanging on for his life with the plane and the end fight (although it could give you a seizure if you're epileptic). Timothy Dalton is James Bond. All the other actors were playing a version of James Bond. Dalton is that character personified to a T. The Living Daylights gets a 7/10 Licence to Kill - This was very different. What is easily the darkest bond film (maybe except, Casino Royale '06) is also one of the better bond films. While I enjoyed TLD dalton's bond fits better in this sort of film. I love the plot is literally Bond on a revenge mission rather than just filling out M's orders. Also Q in more than just one scene, is bliss. I Love Q, not only for Desmons Lleweyn, but also because his warmth helps to say "Yes it's dark, but it's still Bond and we can still have fun with it". However the film does almost crumble under all of the different plotlines but unlike NSNA I was still able to get back into the film despite that. Also, It annoyed me that Felix survived the film. It would've been better and more believable if both Felix and his wife had died. LTK gets a 7.5/10 Goldeneye - I don't have a lot to say about this one. Just a great Bond film in it's own right with a great villain and some of the best Bond girls. Although I wasn't big on Brosnan at first though. To me he seemed too generic and didn't really have his own spin to Bond. But he grew on my over time. Besides Goldeneye is still a great film otherwise. 9/10 Tomorrow Never Dies - Again, not a lot to say about this one. Decent Bond flick, that while not as good as Goldeneye is still worth your time and worth checking out at least once. The best part of this film is the villain by far, being a version of Rupert Murdoch(hate that slimy bugger). 7/10 The World is Not Enough - Man I don't have a lot to say about the Brosnan films. I really don't know what to think of this film. The opening scene is great but otherwise I find the film to be another average Bond flick that is a little worse than TND. 6/10 Die Another Day - This one's similar to TMWTGG and AVTAK for me where's it's incrediby stupid but you can have a laugh at it. John Cleese is decent as Q but not as good as desmond lleyweyn. Unlike otehr silly bond films some of the stupid shit can be seen as downright offensive and taking the piss such as the parasailing on waves scene and the end villain literally being Robocop. But the film is somewhat saved by incredibly silly dialogue that is easy to laugh at. Overall 5/10 Casino Royale - First Act is good. The second act is one the best scenes in cinema I have ever seen. I was just invested in that Poker Scene as I was in the Portals scene in Avengers: Endgame if nor more so in the Poker scene. The torture scene is brutal but works perfectly. However once Mr White shows up the films kind of falls apart. This because you could easily assume that Mr White was CIA(Like I did) and just though that was that. While Mathis still had to be dealt with, (whihc QoS messes with for some reason) the film could've just ended with Bond and Vesper. But no we had to have this silly third act which feels like it was only there to kill Vesper. But since the first two acts are still really good and the third act doesn't ruin the movie I'm still willing to look a the film positively. Overall 8/10 Quantum of Solace - I saw this one fairly recently and I still don't remember what happened. I think Greene was the villain and Bond was on the run from MI6 but honeslty that's about it. I will say that in the first half however, Daniel Craig somehow managed to not be Bond and instead come off as top Gear host. The ending really ruins this film however. Well more the gunbarrel itslef. YOU MAKE WAIT THE ENTRIE MOVIE FOR THE GUNBARREL ONLY FOR IT TO THE BE THE WORST GUNBARREL EVER DONE" Ugh. 4.5/10 Skyfall - What a stroke of genius this film was after QoS. One the best Villians in Bond history,Daniel Craig on top of his game, some stunts that are a bit silly but still keep the realims in check and making M the central focus was brilliant . Also while Desmond Lleweyn Will always be my favourite, Ben Whishaw is a great Q. I know this film has some silly plot holes the film is so damn good you just learn to not care about them. I could gush on and on about this film, but this has gone long enough as it has. 10/10 Best Bond film Spectre - So I'm listening to Bon Jovi's "You give Love a bad Name" and it has the lyric "You Promised me Heaven and gave me Hell". That sums up my feeling towards the films perfectly so I'll just leave at that. 3/10 TLDR Ranking 1.Skyfall
I have always been a Bond fan, but haven’t watched most of them since I was a kid. (Currently 31) I decided to watch them all in reverse order, but order within each Bond actors set of films. Meaning all Craig films in order then Brosnan and so on. I am watching one a day and just wrapped up Brosnan last night. Here are my rankings thus far. Casino Royale - 7.5 Tomorrow Never Dies - 7.4 Goldeneye - 7.3 The World is not Enough - 7.0 Skyfall - 6.4 Die Another Day - 6.3 Quantum of Solace - 6.0 Spectre - 5.9 I also joined this sub a few days ago and find it interesting how so many people on here refer to Craigs films as more grounded and realistic. I think they are just as outlandish as any other. Sometimes more so. I would say that the character is more brooding and full of self doubt in his films, but the films being grounded is a stretch too far. The Die Another Day hate seems to be a bit of an echo chamber within this sub. It’s a fine movie with a few cheesy, even by Bond standards, moments. Just comparing these two Bonds it’s a no brainer for me to pick Brosnan. Better actor, more depth to the character, he has the look, and wins pretty much across the board. In a perfect world we would have gotten Brosnan in Casino Royale. They could have consolidated the “too old for this shit” themes into a version of the character that’s really earned it. Tonight I jump into Dalton. In between Connery and Brosnan is where I have only seen them years ago when I was a kid. These next couple of Bonds should be fun.
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