Before posting my review of Dr. No, I wanted to do a blog tag. I did a quick search and didn’t see a Bond blog tag out there, so I decided to create my own. If you’re a Bond fan, feel free to do my tag. If so, please tag me, so I can view your answers.
Favorite Bond Movie
My favorite Bond movie is License to Kill. License to Kill was released in 1989 and it was the last movie to feature Timothy Dalton. This movie is a revenge styled 80’s drug movie and I’m here for it. A powerful drug lord goes after Felix Leiter (Bond’s CIA friend) and Bond goes rogue. License to Kill is a perfect Bond movie and no one can tell me anything different.
Worst Bond Movie
Die Another Day is not great. The plot is so odd. It’s the only movie where a Korean guy becomes a British guy? If Die Another Day was made today, it wouldn’t fly.
Timothy Dalton will forever be my “Bond”. My top #3 are: Timothy Dalton, Daniel Craig and Pierce Brosnan.
Bond Movie You Love That Everyone Hates
The World Is Not Enough gets a lot of flak, although it’s one of my favorite films. I like Elektra’s character arc and how she is manipulative to everyone she meets. I constantly think about whether her character was influenced negatively by the titular villain Renard, or was she always a psychopath plotting revenge on her father. This is one of my favorite Pierce films to re-watch.
Bond Movie You Hate That Everyone Loves
I wouldn’t use the word hate, but I think Goldfinger has been over-hyped as being a classic “Bond”. Goldfinger features the infamous woman painted in gold and Oddjob with his dangerous hat. I prefer From Russia With Love as a good Sean Connery Bond film.
Favorite Travel Destination from the Bond Movies
One of the most classic Bond film locations was Phang Nga Bay in Thailand. This location was first used in The Man With the Golden Gun. This is where Bond and Scaramanga (played by Christopher Lee) face off to the death. Tomorrow Never Dies features a scene where Pierce Brosnan’s Bond is attacking Elliot Carver’s (played by Jonathan Pryce) boat.
I’m blown away by Thailand as a country and would love to visit.
Favorite Movie per Bond Actor Era
Sean Connery – From Russia With Love
George Lazenby – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Roger Moore – Spy Who Loved Me
Timothy Dalton – License to Kill
Pierce Brosnan – Goldeneye
Daniel Craig – Skyfall
Which Actor Should Replace Daniel Craig?
I’m rooting for Richard Madden. If you haven’t watched Bodyguard on Netflix, this will give you serious Bond vibes from Richard Madden.
Who Should Have Been Bond, but Never Was
Henry Cavill would have been a great Bond. He fits the Bond look and I think he’s able to pull off Bond’s charismatic and seductive persona.
Alec Trevelyan (played by Sean Bean) has to be one of the best villains. Alec is Bond’s equal in many ways. Sean Bean and Pierce Brosnan have amazing chemistry together. Sadly, Sean Bean doesn’t live to the end of this film.
Jaws terrified me as a kid. He bites into people’s flesh and it seems like his body is made of steel. As a bonus, Jaws is featured in two Bond movies: Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker.
Favorite Bond car
The Aston Martin is the best Bond car. The runner up would be the Lotus Esprit featured in The Spy Who Loved Me.
Favorite Bond Themed Memory
The first official Bond movie I remember seeing in theaters was Skyfall. Skyfall was released in 2012 when I was a freshman in college. I went to see Skyfall three times in theaters. Daniel Craig’s first Bond film, Casino Royale, was released in 2006 when I was in 6th grade, so I was still too young to see in theaters. Skyfall was the first Bond film I saw as an adult. It’s a favorite memory of mine.
The Bond blog series will kick off next week with my review of Dr. No. After the movie review, I will post a science based post about the science behind that particular Bond movie. Finally, I will finish with a third post highlighting the Bond women in the film. This will touch on the actresses, their backgrounds and where women’s rights were at the time the Bond film was released. I’m excited to begin!