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)

Bond evolution – Moonraker (#11)

Remember the space shuttle? Remember when space travel stated to look like plane travel and there was some kind of a hope (at least in my much younger self) that soon we could all travel in space? Well that didn’t happen for me. But space was still big business movie wise in 1979, and that’s… Continue reading Bond evolution – Moonraker (#11)

Bond evolution – The Spy who Loved Me (#10)

Husband and I often say this is the best Bond film. Best not in terms of realism or a has a gripping plot. It's the best film in terms of peak cheesiness. In a way, it's the best because it's the worst - skiing, sharks, helicopters, an underwater car, a beautiful Russian spy - it's… Continue reading Bond evolution – The Spy who Loved Me (#10)

Bond evolution – The Man with the Golden Gun (#9)

What is that horrible theme song? It's like someone took part of a Shirley Bassey song and part of Live and Let Die and stitched them together but somehow losing the best features of both. And I'm sorry Lulu, your voice is not great here. The opening credits are confusing - why are there all… Continue reading Bond evolution – The Man with the Golden Gun (#9)

Bond evolution – Live and Let Die (#8)

Now that's a tune! A song that stands proudly on its own and is one of the best things about this movie. It's starts slow and then sweeps up into a huge orchestral wave, before leaning out into reggae, then back into the orchestra again. The minor cadences are there. The sense of drama is… Continue reading Bond evolution – Live and Let Die (#8)

Bond evolution – Diamonds are Forever (#7)

After the experiment with George Lazenby, Connery has been lured back to play the role of Bond and he is on a mission to hunt down and destroy Blofeld. As you'd expect from a film with this title, the opening credits are full of bling - female forms adorned with diamonds as Shirley Bassey belts… Continue reading Bond evolution – Diamonds are Forever (#7)