My partner is the biggest James Bond fan I have ever known in my entire life. He has seen all of the films (except for Die Another Day and the Daniel Craig era ones) probably about one hundred times each. He’s recently started another Bond marathon, and I somehow came up with the idea of reviewing/commenting on each and every Bond film in one sentence each. Is that even possible to accomplish? Here goes!
Casino Royale (1967)
This film is ridiculously stupid and some may say it’s unwatchable, but I thought it was thoroughly amazing because given the constraints on the production and all the crazy shiz that went on behind the scenes, what has resulted is the weirdest and most subversive Bond film out of all of them.
Dr No (1962)
Not a lot of people like Dr No, but I do because the story is minimal enough for the action and new star Sean Connery to shine at their brightest.
From Russia With Love (1963)
Such a great Soviet-era Bond film, who doesn’t love Rosa Klebb?
Probably the most famous Bond film with the most iconic scenes, I think I like this for watching the iconic moments rather than for the actual story.
I can never remember the storyline of this film so I’m going to review this as the most forgettable Bond film of them all.
You Only Live Twice (1967)
The most awkwardly racist of the Connery films with a an additionally awkward story, you can tell that Connery is totally over it; not a fan.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
Some think this film is a disaster but I love it, it has easily the most heartbreaking ending of all of them.
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Connery decided to return for one of my least favourite Bond films; hate the story, hate the Bond girl, pretty much hate most of it except for Charles Grey’s performance as Blofeld.
Live and Let Die (1973)
Roger Moore’s first Bond film is my favourite Bond film of all because it is unashamedly 70s.
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
Although I love this, I will admit that Christopher Lee’s performance as villain assassin Scaramanga is equal parts awesome and cheesy, and as a result it overshadows a lot of the film.
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Good film, I especially love the setting of the ancient Egyptian ruins for Bond and his lady friend Anya Amasova’s fight with henchman Jaws.
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
A story about revenge and the consequences of seeking it, this film has probably my favourite Bond girl and one of the more underrated stories of the whole series.
Never Say Never Again (1983)
Technically not a canon Bond film as it isn’t made by EON Productions, Never Say Never Again brings Connery back for a lame remake of Thunderball that never needed to happen in the first place.
The Bond film name with the best innuendo of all, Octopussy is more campy fun with Roger Moore.
A View to a Kill (1985)
Moore’s last film as Bond is said to be one of the worst Bond films ever, but I really like it and Grace Jones is a definite highlight as statuesque Bond girl May Day, although it also contains the worst Bond girl of all time, supposed geologist Stacey Sutton.
The Living Daylights (1987)
Love it, love the theme, love Timothy Dalton.
License to Kill (1989)
This story of revenge is pretty brutal, but there’s a hugely cheesy ending (hint: winking fish) that lightens up the whole thing with a bit of comic relief.
My favourite of the Pierce Brosnan era, but definitely not anywhere near my favourite Bond film overall.
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
I can never remember the plot of this one when I hear the title, and I like to think of it as “the one with Teri Hatcher” instead.
The World Is Not Enough (1999)
This is the Bond film with the cheesiest moment where Bond has to say the title of the film, Denise Richards is terrible, and I also don’t find this memorable at all; I always get it mixed up with Tomorrow Never Dies and have to remember it as “the pipeline one”, or “the one where Denise Richards is terrible”.
Die Another Day (2002)
The worst Bond film out of all of them with poor performances, terrible CGI and the most ridiculously dumb plot.
Casino Royale (2006)
Easily my favourite of the Daniel Craig era so far, I love the performances by Mads Mikkelsen and Eva Green, a great way to reboot and reinvigorate the franchise.
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Really stupid plot, but solid performances.
Absolutely amazing cinematography that distracted me from everything else, although the film is very enjoyable.