#LateReview – The Fourth Protocol (1987)

Having just watched the four James Bond films featuring Pierce Brosnan, it was actually quite refreshing to watch this and see what he's like in a good spy film. Based on a novel by former spy Frederick Forsyth, The Fourth Protocol is set in peak Cold War time, with a classic USSR vs UK/USA plot… Continue reading #LateReview – The Fourth Protocol (1987)

Bond evolution – The World is Not Enough (#19)

I always thought this was one of my favourite Bond films. It had a good plot, good characters and was directed by a 'serious' director in Michael Apted. However on my recent re-watching I found the gloss had come off it somewhat. The opening credits show a series of dancing women in pools of oil,… Continue reading Bond evolution – The World is Not Enough (#19)

Bond evolution – Tomorrow Never Dies (#18)

Another film that was better than I remembered. In fact there was only one scene that annoyed the hell out of me and I'll get to that later. The film opens well, with an all action, all exploding scene taking place at a terrorist arms bazaar on the Russian border. How things have changed -… Continue reading Bond evolution – Tomorrow Never Dies (#18)

Bond evolution – License to Kill (#16)

This film is pretty much full-on action from beginning to end. It's also quite a dark film for Bond, with 007 going rogue. What could cause this? The film begins with Bond on his way to the wedding of longtime CIA colleague, Felix. The journey to the church is interrupted when Felix takes a side… Continue reading Bond evolution – License to Kill (#16)

Bond Evolution- The Living Daylights (#15)

It's 1987 and we welcome Timothy Dalton to the role of Bond. I don't think Timothy Dalton gets fair credit for his Bond films. I think they were both quite good (yes, he did only two). But when I mentioned this to my sister, she was aghast. "But he was so sexist!" Really? REALLY? I… Continue reading Bond Evolution- The Living Daylights (#15)

Bond evolution – A View to a Kill (#14)

Hooray! We've reached the last of the Roger Moore Bonds! Although on recent viewing, none of them were as terrible as I remembered them, although certain aspects of some of the films have been terrible, for sure. The precredit sequence sees Bond in Russia to recover something from the dead body of a fellow agent,… Continue reading Bond evolution – A View to a Kill (#14)

Bond evolution – Never Say Never Again (#13.A)

Here's something I didn't know - Sean Connery is younger than Roger Moore. When Sean Connery 'retired' as Bond in 1971, he was 41. When Roger Moore started filming as Bond, he was 45. He will be 57 when he films his next and final Bond film, A View to a Kill. This film, Never… Continue reading Bond evolution – Never Say Never Again (#13.A)

Bond evolution – For your eyes only (#12)

The film starts with Bond visiting his wife's grave, before he's abducted in a helicopter that is remote controlled by Blofeld. Watch out for the glimpses of post-industrial London as the helicopter swoops around the abandoned Beckton gas works. We swing into the opening credits and - oh, this is new. Here is Sheena Easton,… Continue reading Bond evolution – For your eyes only (#12)