Top 5 James Bond Films

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Rob N, Nov 14, 2001.

  1. Rob N

    Rob N Agent

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2001
    Messages:
    36
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ok... So I've been a casual fan of the Bond films for years but it wasn't until recently that I became interested in having them on DVD. Yes, I know they are out of print and hard to find but there are enough places around me that sell DVD's that I can usually "hunt and peck" and find most titles. I have no interest in having all 19 films but a small collection of 6-7 would be great. So, I'm wondering what you all would consider the top 5 Bond films.
     
  2. Rain

    Rain Producer

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2001
    Messages:
    5,015
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    1. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    2. Goldfinger
    3. From Russia With Love
    4. The Spy Who Loved Me
    5. Diamonds Are Forever
    ------------------
    [​IMG]
    "Imagine all the people, living life in peace..." - Imagine by John Lennon
     
  3. Dave L

    Dave L Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2000
    Messages:
    101
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Rain's list is pretty good, I might re-order it and make one addition:
    1. From Russia with Love
    2. Goldfinger
    3. The Spy Who Loved Me
    4. Dr. No
    5. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    However, you can't go far wrong having all the Connery Bonds. "You Only Live Twice" is the only weak one in my book. The Moore Bonds are a mixed bag, while the later ones seem indistinguishable, at least to me.
     
  4. Tom-G

    Tom-G Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2000
    Messages:
    1,638
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Real Name:
    Tom G
    I love all of the Bond films. Yes, even the ones with Timothy Dalton.
    1. Goldfinger
    2. From Russia With Love
    3. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    4. The Spy Who Loved Me
    5. The World is Not Enough[/list=a]
      OHMSS is without a doubt the best written Bond, but "Goldfinger" is the quintessential Bond and it is the one that I absolutely love the most!
      I agree with Dave. The Connery films are all good, but "You Only Live Twice" was the weakest. Roger Moore was a pretty good fill-in and I enjoyed his tongue-in-cheek approach but he didn't have the same presence as Connery.
      Doing only one film, George Lazenby never had the chance to gain momentum so we can't accurately judge him as Bond.
      Timothy Dalton was a very good choice for the serious direction the Bond films took.
      Pierce Brosnan has finally eased into the role as evidenced in his last film. He's no Sean Connery, but I like him better than the other "replacement" Bonds.
      ------------------
      [​IMG]
      [Edited last by Tom_G on November 14, 2001 at 04:08 PM]
     
  5. Jim_K

    Jim_K Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2000
    Messages:
    10,090
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    0
    1. From Russia With Love
    2. Goldfinger
    3. Thunderball
    4. Dr No
    5. Goldeneye
     
  6. Ron-P

    Ron-P Producer

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2000
    Messages:
    6,284
    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Real Name:
    Ron
  7. TheoGB

    TheoGB Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2001
    Messages:
    1,744
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Hmm. This came up one time before on another forum and here is what I said:
    1. The Living Daylights - I've enjoyed the books and this was closest to the book version I've yet seen Bond be.
    2. Goldfinger - Still made when Bond could be vulnerable to attack and therefore has an edge.
    3. Live and Let Die - fantastic song by Macca combined with Yaphet Kotto and the incredible ressurecting man. Oh and 'Trespassers will be eaten'.
    4. You Only Live Twice - great blowfeld (Don Pleasance). I like the soundtrack and the Roald Dahl script too.
    5. Octopussy - an honourable mention because I do always enjoy it. It isn't really that good but it has some great exoctic location stuff and set pieces.
    I haven't picked any Brosnan ones. I actually think he is the best Bond we've had and the use of Robbie Coltrane and others was masterful, but I felt let down that no attempt was made to make the franchise better. The old ones were cheesy because they didn't know any better but I felt like this was just indulgence... [​IMG]
    ------------------
    My band is @ http://www.mokita.net
    My Novelty Coasters
     
  8. Neil Joseph

    Neil Joseph Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 1998
    Messages:
    8,332
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Real Name:
    Neil Joseph
    In no order...
    - Dr No
    - Goldfinger
    - You Only Live Twice
    - For Your Eyes Only
    - From Russia With Love
    I only like the earlier bond films.
    ------------------
    http://webhome.idirect.com/~orange1
    ------------------
    My Favourite DVD's
     
  9. Kevin Potts

    Kevin Potts Second Unit

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2001
    Messages:
    328
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    1. For Your Eyes Only
    2. Goldfinger
    3. Living Daylights
    4. You Only Live Twice
    5. Goldeneye
    ------------------
    [​IMG]"See the world on the wings of rock and roll"
     
  10. Steve Christou

    Steve Christou Long Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2000
    Messages:
    15,766
    Likes Received:
    398
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Manchester, England
    Real Name:
    Steve Christou
    Here is my top 5 today, I thought I'd include 4 different Bonds to balance things out a bit, I always thought OHMSS was way overrated by Bond fans, but John Barry's score was one of his very best.
    1)You Only Live Twice (Scarred bald villain in his volcano lair, beautiful Japanese settings, gorgeous girls, ninjas, rockets, helicopter battles, incredible John Barry score, and Sean Connery sleepwalking his way thru it all, fantastic stuff!!)
    2)The Spy Who Loved Me
    3)Goldfinger
    4)The Living Daylights
    5)Tomorrow Never Dies
    ps. All 19 official Bond films are well worth having in every DVD collection, my least favorite is the unofficial Bond 'Never Say Never Again'.
    Bond: "Do you expect me to talk?"
    Goldfinger: "No Mr.Bond I expect you to die!"
     
  11. Martin G

    Martin G Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2001
    Messages:
    336
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    You Only Live Twice
    Goldfinger
    Goldeneye
    Thunderball
    Diamonds are Forever
     
  12. Peter M Fitzgerald

    Peter M Fitzgerald Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 1999
    Messages:
    1,883
    Likes Received:
    513
    Trophy Points:
    1,610
    Real Name:
    Peter Fitzgerald
    Three of my five co-occupy the top spot:
    1 - FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
    GOLDFINGER
    ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE
    4 - DR. NO
    5 - THUNDERBALL
    [Edited last by Peter M Fitzgerald on November 14, 2001 at 09:01 PM]
     
  13. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2001
    Messages:
    13,063
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Goldfinger
    From Russia With Love
    Dr. No
    Live & Let Die
    You Only Live Twice
    ------------------
    13-time NBA world champion Lakers: 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1972, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001
     
  14. Rob N

    Rob N Agent

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2001
    Messages:
    36
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Thanks for the lists. For me I'm thinking as follows:
    1. Goldeneye
    2. Goldfinger
    3. From Russia with Love
    4. For Your Eyes Only
    5. The Spy Who Loved Me
    Honorable mention to: Thunderball.
    By the way, what would you consider the "worst" of the 19 films?
     
  15. Peter Apruzzese

    Peter Apruzzese Producer

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 1999
    Messages:
    3,518
    Likes Received:
    1,106
    Trophy Points:
    4,110
    Real Name:
    Peter Apruzzese
    (Chiming in late [​IMG]
    Top 5:
    From Russia With Love
    On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    Thunderball
    Octopussy
    Dr. No
    Worst of the official series:
    Licence to kill
    Diamonds are Forever
    The Spy Who Loved Me
     
  16. Danny Knapp

    Danny Knapp Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2001
    Messages:
    99
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ok, here's my list!
    1. Goldfinger
    2. The Living Daylights
    3. Tomorrow Never Dies
    4. A View To A Kill
    5. The Man with the Golden Gun
    ------------------
    I dislike Tom Green!
     
  17. John Besse

    John Besse Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2000
    Messages:
    569
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Trinity, FL
    Real Name:
    John
    1. Thunderball
    2. The Living Day Lights
    3. You Only Live Twice
    4. Live and Let Die
    5. Tomorrow Never Dies / Never Say Never again (toss up)
    ------------------
    My DVD Collection
    My Laserdisc Collection
     
  18. Tom-G

    Tom-G Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2000
    Messages:
    1,638
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Real Name:
    Tom G
    "Worst" is a little harsh a word. I love all of the Bond films, but some are weaker than the others. [​IMG]
    Like Steve Christou, my least favorite Bond is "Never Say Never Again." That film is one of the unofficial Bond films, though.
    Out of the official ones, I'll list the weakest by the three who have portrayed our favorite spy the most.
    Connery - You Only Live Twice
    Moore - Live and Let Die
    Brosnan - Tomorrow Never Dies
    Again, that's not to say that they are bad. I can watch any of the Bond films at any time. They are probably my second favorite series of movies right behind Star Wars.
    ------------------
    [​IMG]
     
  19. Rob N

    Rob N Agent

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2001
    Messages:
    36
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Tom - Your right, "worst" is a bit harsh as to many Bond fans even a poor Bond film is still pretty good. I probably should have asked what was the "weakest" of the 19 offical Bond films. For me I believe the weakest are:

    1. License to Kill

    2. The Man with the Golden Gun

    3. Diamonds are Forever
     
  20. Larry Sutliff

    Larry Sutliff Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2000
    Messages:
    2,861
    Likes Received:
    10
    Trophy Points:
    0
    My top 5 Bonds:

    1.ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE

    2. GOLDFINGER

    3. FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

    4. YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE(very underrated IMHO)

    5. THUNDERBALL

    I love all the Bond films(like bad sex and cheap beer even when they're bad they're still pretty good), but if I had to choose the weakest I would go with THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN(Christopher Lee is amazing in it though), LIVE AND LET DIE and TOMMOROW NEVER DIES(an exciting action picture but pretty ordinary for Bond).
     

Share This Page