Bond 25 - "No Time to Die" (2021)

Which studio/company do you want to co-finance and distribute Bond 25?

  • Warner Bros.

    Votes: 15 38.5%
  • Sony Pictures

    Votes: 11 28.2%
  • 20th Century Fox

    Votes: 5 12.8%
  • Universal Pictures

    Votes: 1 2.6%
  • Annapurna Pictures

    Votes: 3 7.7%
  • Apple

    Votes: 2 5.1%
  • Amazon

    Votes: 2 5.1%

  • Total voters
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jcroy

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Oh, agree 100% there! "Live and Let Die" is easily my favorite Bond theme - perhaps not a shock because McCartney is my favorite artist who's done a Bond theme, but it's still a really good song.

Not sure what my 2nd fave Bond theme would be - probably "View to a Kill".
Besides SirPaul, the only other Bond theme song I still listen to is "View To A Kill" by Duran Duran.
 

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Yeah, I agree. I'm not a fan of James Bond movies and rarely watch them but I did re-watch The Living Daylights a week or so ago. I really enjoyed it. I thought Timothy Dalton was pretty good.
I love TLD. It's a top 5 Bond movie for me. That said, I did not like LTK. It felt like a generic 80s revenue thriller, and it unfortunately began the second phase of Bond movies, in which Bond is always a rogue agent and the mission is personal.
 
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I always really liked "License to Kill" and never quite understood why so many hate it...
I understand what they were going for, but I think it's way off the mark. It's the only Bond film that looks cheap. Ugly photography, terrible performances from everyone other than Dalton and Davi, a needlessly convoluted story - it feels like a second-tier Joel Silver production from the era, something that could have starred Steven Seagal.
 

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My first theatrical Bonds were A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights, and Licence to Kill. So I always remember Moore's last film and thought Timothy Dalton was a great choice to take over the role. I was really disappointed when he only got two films.
 

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Besides SirPaul, the only other Bond theme song I still listen to is "View To A Kill" by Duran Duran.
Yeah, those are easily top 2 for me.

Despite my extreme fondness for her work, I didn't much care for Madonna's theme back in 2002, but it's grown on me.

To a lesser degree, it's the same for Garbage's song, though unlike Madonna in 2002, I wasn't a Garbage fan in 1999. I didn't get into them until a couple years later, and that song just doesn't especially work for me, though I think it's okay...
 
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Colin Jacobson

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My first theatrical Bonds were A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights, and Licence to Kill. So I always remember Moore's last film and thought Timothy Dalton was a great choice to take over the role. I was really disappointed when he only got two films.
My biggest issue with Dalton is that I think he suffered from a bad case of Tried Too Hard Syndrome.

He was so dag-blasted determined to do everything he could to separate his Bond from Roger Moore's that he damaged the character's charm too much of the time.

Connery - RIP! - was the perfect blend of tough and charming. Seems like all the Bonds since can do one of those well but not both.

Moore, Brosnan: slick and charming, not so tough.

Dalton, Craig: tough but not so charming.

Connery: Baby Bear territory - just right! :D
 

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Yeah, those are easily top 2 for me.

Despite my extreme fondness for her work, I didn't much care for Madonna's theme back in 2002, but it's grown on me.

To a lesser degree, it's the same for Garbage's song, though unlike Madonna in 2002, I wasn't a Garbage fan in 1999. I didn't get into them until a couple years later, and that song just doesn't especially work for me, though I think it's okay...
I feel the same way about the theme of Casino Royale.

Back in the early 1990s, I use to listen to Soundgarden all the time.
 
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I really like Licence To Kill - when I got into Bond just before GoldenEye, LTK was the most readily available of the films at my local video stores for whatever reason, so I saw it a bunch at a young age. It was also the first of the “this time it’s personal” stories so it felt new and fresh at the time.

As for Bond songs, there are very few that I didn’t like. The Sam Smith and Madonna ones were not particularly good to my ear, and there were some other rather mediocre ones. I really like Quantum Of Solace a lot - it has a great propulsive energy and Jack White and Alicia Keys together sound great and sort of mimic the chemistry between Bond and Camille. Heck, I like that movie more than most. It’s one hell of a late night fever dream. Watch it drunk after a bad breakup at 1am and it’s the best thing ever.
 
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I definitely would agree that the experience of watching a movie with an audience is something that cannot be recreated at home.
Before the pandemic, we regularly recreated a theater audience situation in our own home (garage theater). In fact, we'd have 15-22 people per showing in our home while, the last several times (all before the pandemic) we've gone to a real theater for a weekday matinee, there were fewer than 15 people in there.

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Granted at 67 my movie going experience pre-dates the era of the shoebox multiplex, it was a very different experience for example seeing the Bond films in the 1960's in a movie palace which seated 1500 patrons with most seats filled and all those people reacting. No home theater is ever doing to equal that nor is any multiplex.
 
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Osato

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See, the home theater experience DOES replicate the actual movie going experience.
I’ll I can say is I loved seeing it in a theater. I think at home it’s so easy to be distracted or interrupted.

There’s just something about seeing 007 and other big films in the theater. For me anyway.
 

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