Film #15: Thunderball (1965)
James Bond film #04 (Sean Connery Bond)
After their absence from the third Bond movie Goldfinger, SPECTRE is back in Thunderball to screw with the world and try to kill James Bond in the process. This time, hook-nosed, eye-patched #2 Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi) hijacks two atomic warheads from NATO and threatens to destroy Miami unless he gets 100 million pounds in diamonds. It’s a classic hostage situation that must have reminded audiences of the contemporary Cuban Missile Crisis, and it’s a great return for an evil organization that uses Cold War fears to enrich themselves.
February 21, 2012 | Categories: 7 - 7.5, Action, Adventure, Genre, Ratings | Tags: 007, Adolfo Celi, albert r. broccoli, bernard lee, Claudine Auger, Desmond Llewelyn, domino, emilio largo, eon productions, harry saltzman, ian fleming, james bond, john barry, Luciana Paluzzi, Martine Beswick, maurice binder, mi6, Paula Caplan, Peter R. Hunt, q, sean connery, spectre, terence young, thunderball, tom jones, united artists | Leave a comment
Film #12: From Russia With Love (1963)
James Bond film #02 (Sean Connery Bond)
With the success of Dr. No, the makers of the first James Bond film were given double the budget to do it all over again. And boy, did they. From Russia With Love, released a year after its predecessor, ups the ante on everything that made Dr. No such an excellent flick. Taking place mostly in Turkey, this installment sees Bond (Connery once again) agree to help a beautiful Russian agent (Tatiana Romanova, played by Daniela Bianchi), purportedly defect, in order to obtain a cryptographic machine known as a Lektor. Little do either of these absurdly attractive secret agents know, the entire engagement is a ploy by the terrorist organization SPECTRE, which is plotting to kill Bond in vengeance for the death of Dr. No.
February 9, 2012 | Categories: 8 - 8.5, Action, Adventure, Genre, Ratings | Tags: 007, albert r. broccoli, boat chase, daniela bianchi, eon productions, fist fights, flare gun, harry saltzman, ian fleming, james bond, james bond film, johanna harwood, john barry, lotte lenya, pedro armendariz, richard maibaum, robert shaw, sean connery, ted moore, terence young | 1 Comment
Film #11: Dr. No (1962)
And all of a sudden, I started the James Bond series. I don’t know how long it will take me to get through all 22 films, but join me as I do it. Or else.
James Bond film #01 (Sean Connery Bond)
Dr. No was the first movie based on Ian Fleming’s series about British secret agent James Bond. This is the one, man. The one that started it all. The first step down a road that would eventually see 22 (and counting) movies, 6 different actors taking up the role of Bond, and nearly $5 billion in domestic box office revenue. Coming just after the fll of the studio system, this is the movie that created the secret agent genre, pitting a ridiculously adept protagonist against the forces of evil in the political world. It’s now been fifty years – a full half a century – since Dr. No was released, and there’s simply no other way to view this film than with the knowledge that it was the start of something huge.
February 6, 2012 | Categories: 8 - 8.5, Action, Adventure, Genre, Ratings | Tags: 007, albert r. broccoli, anthony dawson, bernard lee, harry saltzman, jack lord, james bond, john kitzmiller, joseph wiseman, maurice binder, monty norman, sean connery, terence young, ursula andress | 2 Comments