Bond evolution – Spectre (#24)

I love a long tracking shot, and this film opens with a long tracking shot through the streets of Mexico City, crowded for the Day of the Dead celebrations, up the stairs into a hotel, into a lift, into a hotel room, and out along the hotel rooftop where Bond is getting ready to assassinate… Continue reading Bond evolution – Spectre (#24)

Bond evolution – Skyfall (#23)

The film starts with an all action opening sequence as Bond chases an enemy agent through Istanbul - down narrow streets, across the rooftops, and on top of a train. And it ends with Bond toppling from a bridge and the quiet words, "Agent down." The opening credits show a series of graveyard scenes, a… Continue reading Bond evolution – Skyfall (#23)

Bond evolution – Casino Royale 2006 (#21)

We are approaching the end of the Bond film viewing with the arrival of Daniel Craig. And from the very beginning of this film we are made aware that this is a very different Bond to what we saw previously. The opening scenes are shot in black and white and show the back story of… Continue reading Bond evolution – Casino Royale 2006 (#21)

#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 – Die Another Day (#20)

After watching this film the first time in the cinema, I thought it would be a cold day in hell before I watched it again. It was so bad. I remember having an argument with the friends I saw it with on the way home. "That was a great film," they said. "Are you kidding… Continue reading Bond evolution – Die Another Day (#20)

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)