James Bond film #09 (Roger Moore Bond)
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
Roger Moore returns as James Bond in 1974’s The Man With the Golden Gun to uncover a devious plot by an assassin with a third nipple. It was a year in which the effects of the energy crisis were still at the forefront of Britain’s collective consciousness, so Francisco Scaramanga’s plot involves using newly-developed solar energy to take control of the world. Though Moore made an impressive entrance to the series with Live and Let Die, Golden Gun plays like an attempt to emulate the Connery films. The resulting film is a disappointing follow-up and the worst Bond film in the series so far.
October 14, 2012 | Categories: 5 - 5.5, Action, Adventure, Genre, Ratings | Tags: 007, albert r. broccoli, bernard lee, britt ekland, carmen du sautoy, christopher lee, clifton james, Desmond Llewelyn, eon productions, guy hamilton, harry saltzman, Hervé Villechaize, ian fleming, j.w. pepper, james bond, james cossins, john shirley, lois maxwell, marc lawrence, marne maitland, maud adams, mi6, oswald morris, raymond poulton, richard loo, richard maibaum, roger moore, soon-tek oh, ted moore, tom mankiewicz | Leave a comment
James Bond film #08 (Roger Moore Bond)
Live and Let Die (1973)
James Bond is dead. Long live James Bond.
Bond never really died, of course (the closest he ever came was when he faked it in You Only Live Twice), but with the conclusion of the Connery era, we begin a new chapter in the series with Roger Moore as our sexy super spy. While George Lazenby’s stint mostly stuck to the conventions of Connery’s Bond, Moore ushers in a radical departure with Live and Let Die, a 70s-tastic blaxpoitation film. In it, Bond uncovers a plot involving a Caribbean dictator and the heroin trade, taking him to such locations as Harlem and New Orleans and causing him run-ins with oracles and Voodoo Loas.
October 10, 2012 | Categories: 6 - 6.5, Action, Adventure, Genre, Ratings | Tags: 007, albert r. broccoli, bernard lee, bert bates, clifton james, david hedison, early jolly brown, eon productions, geoffrey holder, george martin, gloria hendry, guy hamilton, harry saltzman, ian fleming, j.w. pepper, james bond, jane seymour, john shirley, julius harris, linda mccartney, madeline smith, mi6, paul mccartney, raymond poulton, roger moore, roy stewart, ted moore, tom mankiewicz, tommy lane, wings, yaphet kotto | Leave a comment
James Bond film #07 (Sean Connery Bond)
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
After George Lazenby’s solo run as James Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli were told to get Connery back in the suit at any cost – and that cost ended up being 1.25 million pounds, an amount that equals out to about $32 million in today’s dollars. Having spent so much on their lead actor (in fact, the highest salary to an actor for a role ever at the time), the pair of producers aimed to recreate the commercial success of 1964’s Goldfinger, hiring that film’s director (Guy Hamilton), using Shirley Bassey to sing the title song again, and originally centering the story around Auric Goldfinger’s twin. After Broccoli dreamt of recluse Howard Hughes getting replaced by an imposter, however, the plot was changed to that fantastical idea, creating the character of Willard Whyte and setting most of the story in Las Vegas.
October 9, 2012 | Categories: 5 - 5.5, Action, Adventure, Genre, Ratings | Tags: 007, albert r. broccoli, bernard lee, bruce cabot, bruce glover, charles gray, Desmond Llewelyn, eon productions, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, guy hamilton, harry saltzman, ian fleming, james bond, jill st. john, jimmy dean, joe robinson, john barry, joseph furst, lana wood, mi6, mr. kidd, mr. wint, norman burton, putter smith, richard maibaum, shirley bassey, ted moore, tom mankiewicz | Leave a comment
Film #14: Goldfinger (1964)
James Bond film #03 (Sean Connery Bond)
Goldfinger, the third in the Eon Productions James Bond series, sees Connery return to the role for what many consider the quintessential 007 film. Amidst the usual babes and bad guys, Bond is after eponymous villain Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe), who plans to attack the United States’ gold depository at Fort Knox. Goldfinger takes the formula that From Russia With Love established and adds many things that would become staples of the series. It’s also chock-full of iconic lines and scenes. Many things that spoof Bond pull dialogue and imagery from this third installation, so if you’re watching this for the first time (like I was), you’ll undoubtedly be stricken with a constant sense of déjà vu.
February 16, 2012 | Categories: 8 - 8.5, Action, Adventure, Genre, Ratings | Tags: 007, albert r. broccoli, auric goldfinger, bernard lee, Desmond Llewelyn, eon productions, Gert Fröbe, goldfinger, guy hamilton, Harold Sakata, harry saltzman, honor blackman, ian fleming, james bond, jill masterson, john barry, mi6, oddjob, pussy galore, q, sean connery, Shirley Eaton, tania mallet, united artists | Leave a comment