Friday, November 9, 2012

My Top 10 James Bond Films 5 -1

Well here we are.  It’s the American debut of Skyfall and it’s the reveal of My Top Ten Bond films final five.  I believe the movies I picked should all be in top ten list and these selections are some of the best in the series so far.  So without further ado here is selection five to one.

5.  From Russia With Love (1963)
James Bond – Sean Connery
Bond Girl – Daniela Bianch as Tatiana Romanova
Villains -  Lotte Lenya as Rosa Klebb and Robert Shaw as Grant

Plot by IMDb
The evil SPECTRE organization has hatched a plan to steal a decoder that will access Russian state secrets and irrevocably unbalance the world order. It is up to James Bond to seize the device first, but he must confront enemies that include Red Grant and the ruthless Rosa Klebb -- a former KGB agent with poison-tipped shoes. Even as Bond romances a stunning Soviet defector, he realizes he is being lured into a deadly trap, and he will need all of his courage, ability and cutting-edge technology to triumph over the forces that seek to destroy him. Written by Robert Lynch

Why It’s On My List
This is just an all-out fun movie to watch.  It’s the spy chasing spy movie as James Bond is trying to get the Lektor and Tatiana out of Istanbul Turkey and is being chased by a SPECTRE agent.  The cat and mouse game is really fun to watch as you keep wondering how Bond is going to get out of the traps set for him.  Lots of good action scenes and lots of good fighting makes this a very enjoyable Bond film

4. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
James Bond – George Lazenby
Bond Girl – Diana Rigg as Contessa Teresa "Tracy" di Vicenzo
Bond Villain - Telly Savalas as Ernst Stavro Blofeld

Plot By IMDb
The most emotional adventure of his career begins for James Bond on a deserted beach where a young woman tries to drown herself. He rescues the girl and for his trouble is attacked by two toughs - the girl's bodyguards. It soon becomes much bigger for 007 - the girl is Teresa Draco, daughter of crime boss Marc Ange Draco, who wants James to marry his wayward daughter, and in return he can provide 007 with information on an even more dangerous criminal leader - Ernst Stavro Bloefeld of SPECTRE. But both James and Teresa find more than they ever bargained for when their paths collide in a vicious pursuit in the snow-capped mountains of Switzerland, an enormous avalanche, and a smuggling ring for germ warfare against the West by Bloefeld, who proves most difficult to kill and who exacts a revenge that James can never forget - or forgive. Written by Michael Daly

Why It’s On My List
Some say this movie could have been one of the best if not the best if it starred Sean Connery instead of George Lazenby.  Despite the one time Bond On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is a very strong story with some really good action sequences.  Plus it is also a story about the woman who stole James Bond’s heart and the villain who subsequently broke it.  Even though the good guy’s win the day the villains have the final shot in this battle thus creating the saddest ending for a Bond movie. 

3. Thunderball (1965)
James Bond – Sean Connery
Bond Girl - Claudine Auger as Domino
Villains - Adolfo Celi as Largo and Luciana Paluzzi as Fiona

Plot By IMDb
When two colleagues of James Bond are murdered, James follows the widow of a double agent who has been killed - and a confrontation ensues. The double agent is part of SPECTRE, and the organization's meeting in a secret lair in Paris regrets the agent's passing as it deals with new criminal business. Emilio Largo, a ruthless and flamboyant one-eyed enforcer, has hatched a scheme against the North Atlantic Treaty powers that begins at a rehabilitation clinic near an RAF airbase. Scheduled to pilot an RAF Vulcan strategic bomber on a normal "fail-safe" flight is Francois Derval, who is having a passionate affair with the magnificently endowed beauty Fiona Volpe - an affair that SPECTRE exploits. Soon, the Vulcan and its warload of two nuclear bombs has been hijacked, the bombs seized by Largo, for use in SPECTRE's most audacious extortion scheme yet. James Bond, however, finds a key clue in the sister of Francois Derval, Dominique "Domino" Derval, a beautiful young woman who is a passionate scuba-diver living in Nassau. When James investigates Domino, he comes into contact with a SPECTRE operation on the island, and he gets help from HMSS' man in Nassau, Pinder, and in old CIA chum Felix Leiter. But when James and Felix find out what SPECTRE is up to, it may be to late to save a major US coastal city from nuclear annihilation. Written by Michael Daly (

Why It’s on My List
It’s because of the awesome underwater battle scene at the movies climax.  What a cool scene watching the entire action take place underwater.  Plus there is no dialog and the musical score for that sequence is amazing and makes the action all that more impressive.  Plus Sean Connery is in a groove and you get the sense of what makes him the best Bond.   Plus the scenes in the health resort are pretty good also and Bond gets the best revenge on the enemy agent there. The movie poster claims it’s the biggest Bond movie ever and for the time it is as they put a lot of great action in Thunderball.

Casino Royale (2006)
James Bond – Daniel Craig
Bond Girl – Eva Green as Vesper Lynd
Villain - Mads Mikkelsen  as Le Chiffre

Plot By IMDb
Casino Royale introduces James Bond before he holds his license to kill as Bond is no less dangerous, and with two professional assassinations in quick succession, James Bond is elevated to '00' status. Bond's first 007 mission takes him to Uganda where he is to spy on a terrorist, Mollaka. Not everything goes to plan and Bond decides to investigate, independently of MI6, in order to track down the rest of the terrorist cell. Following a lead to the Bahamas, he encounters Dimitrios and his girlfriend, Solange. He learns that Dimitrios is involved with Le Chiffre, banker to the world's terrorist organizations. Secret Service intelligence reveals that Le Chiffre is planning to raise money in a high-stakes poker game in Montenegro at Le Casino Royale. MI6 assigns 007 to play against him, knowing that if Le Chiffre loses, it will destroy his organization. 'M' places Bond under the watchful eye of the beguiling Vesper Lynd. At first skeptical of what value Vesper can provide, Bond's interest in her deepens as they brave danger together and even torture at the hands of Le Chiffre. In Montenegro, Bond allies himself with Mathis MI6's local field agent, and Felix Leiter who is representing the interests of the CIA. The marathon game proceeds with dirty tricks and violence, raising the stakes beyond blood money and reaching a terrifying climax. Written by Krafty

Why It’s On My List
Casino Royale is my favorite of the Ian Fleming penned James Bond novels.  I always liked that book and the story it told so when they decided to reboot the franchise with Casino Royale I was over joyed.  I didn’t know much about Daniel Craig but I enjoyed watching his rugged and cold James Bond.  It was really refreshing to see a more serious James Bond after years of some of the silly stuff that has been done in previous years.  Casino Royale did follow the book but very loosely but overall the main plot was still intact and that was good to see.  Casino Royale is definitely one of the best Bond films of all time and very fun to watch with lots of twists and turns. 

1. Goldfinger (1964)
James Bond – Sean Connery
Bond Girl – Honor Blackmen as Pussy Galore
Villains - Gert Fröbe as Auric Goldfinger and Harold Sakata as Oddjob

Plot By IMDb
The powerful tycoon Auric Goldfinger has initiated "Operation Grand Slam," a cataclysmic scheme to raid Fort Knox and obliterate the world economy. James Bond, armed with his specially equipped Aston Martin (its accessory package includes built-in machine guns, a smoke screen and an ejector seat), must stop the plan by overcoming several outrageous adversaries. First there's Oddjob, the mute servant who kills at the toss of a lethal hat; next, the beautiful Jill Masterson, who gives new meaning to the phrase "golden girl"; and finally, sexy pilot Pussy Galore, whose romantic feelings for Bond complicate her involvement in Goldfinger's high-flying scheme. Written by Robert Lynch

Why It’s On My List
“Do expect me to talk?” ‘No Mr Bond I expect you die.”  Come on that is the best quote ever in a Bond film.  Plus it is one of the greatest scenes ever in a Bond movie also. Seeing Bond on that gold table with the laser heading for his junk to cut him in half is a classic scene.  Plus this movie is just a great story with great characters.  Like the mute Odd Job with his razor sharp hat.  What a cool character and very effective and he doesn’t say a word.  All the action sequences are pretty cool and very fun to watch.  The final scene at Fort Knox is pretty cool and watching Bond struggle to defuse the nuclear device has a pretty funny solution. How can you forget seeing Jill Masterson dead on the bed painted gold. An awesome scene and chilling moment. Plus you got to love the name of the Bond girl.  Pussy Galore indeed is a very fetching name for a Bond girl. 

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