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James Bond 25 Countdown Marathon
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(09-25-2019, 04:57 PM)TM2YC Wrote: After George Lazenby declined to return for any sequels, EON and United Artists were forced to get Sean Connery back for one more film to steady the franchise ship, with a then large £1.25 million fee and deal to make other non-Bond vehicles. It feels like Connery was just collecting that paycheck because his performance is pretty low on energy. In the 4-years since 'You Only Live Twice', he had got relatively out of shape, his haircut is less smart, the clothes are more casual, the behavior is less sauve and his English accent is slipping... it's almost like a different character.

Even with the changes to his portrayal of the character, I find it less jarring to watch You Only Live Twice after You Only Live Twice On Her Majesty's Secret Service because it's even more jarring to switch Bonds so frequently when watching in order.

My preferred viewing order is
  • Connery
    • Dr. No (1962)
    • From Russia with Love (1963)
    • Goldfinger (1964)
    • Thunderball (1965)
    • You Only Live Twice (1967)
    • Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
  • Niven
    • Casino Royale (1967)
  • Lazenby
    • On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
  • Moore
    • Live and Let Die (1973)
    • The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
    • The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
    • Moonraker (1979)
    • For Your Eyes Only (1981)
    • Octopussy (1983)
    • A View to a Kill (1985)
  • Dalton
    • The Living Daylights (1987)
    • Licence to Kill (1989)
  • Brosnan
    • GoldenEye (1995)
    • Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
    • The World Is Not Enough (1999)
    • Die Another Day (2002)
  • Craig
    • Casino Royale (2006)
    • Quantum of Solace (2008)
    • Skyfall (2012)
    • Spectre (2015)
    • [No Time to Die (2020)]
I hate Never Say Never Again (1983) so I skip that one.
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#32
^ I did seriously consider watching them in order of actor as you suggest but I decided re-watching them in production order would be more interesting because it would reveal such "jarring" changes in tone, style and direction. I've seen all of them before in random order and most I've seen countless times (IIRC I've only seen 'Die Another Day' and 'Spectre' once).

I've never watched 'Casino Royale (1967)' but I do like the fun theme tune which was on a Bond cassette I had years ago:



It's not a proper Bond film and isn't it supposed to be awful? Maybe I'll see if I can find time to view it as a bonus film.
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#33
CR ‘67 is awful. It’s worth checking out maybe once as a curiosity, but I would say only for diehard fans.
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#34
(09-26-2019, 01:11 PM)Problem Eliminator Wrote: CR ‘67 is awful. It’s worth checking out maybe once as a curiosity, but I would say only for diehard fans.

I never managed to watch Casino Royale (1967) all the way through. I find it frustrating: the concept has potential but the execution is schizophrenic (consistent with its production process).

I wonder if we can salvage a fanedit short out of that Casino Royale. A 20 minute James Bond adventure. Possibly focus on MI6 and its machinations of assigning multiple agents the "007" label as misdirection to their enemies. Perhaps structure it as a comedy of errors that would be broadcast on Red Nose Day?
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#35
What about the 1954 Casino Royale?
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(09-26-2019, 01:11 PM)Problem Eliminator Wrote: CR ‘67 is awful. It’s worth checking out maybe once as a curiosity, but I would say only for diehard fans.
It is terrible, but in a different way from Never Say Never Again that I find amusing rather than boring.
 
(09-26-2019, 01:42 PM)jrWHAG42 Wrote: What about the 1954 Casino Royale?
I've never seen that one; as far as I know it's never been released on home video in any format but I did just search for it on YouTube and found a couple of versions. If I can find one in decent quality I'll watch this weekend.
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(09-26-2019, 01:42 PM)jrWHAG42 Wrote: What about the 1954 Casino Royale?

I'm not all that curious about that but I could give it a spin after reviewing Craig's version.

I was reading that Toby Stephens (who played the baddie in 'Die Another Day') has appeared as Bond in a series of 8 feature-length radio adaptations of the books for BBC Radio4. Sir Ian McKellen as Goldfinger! I might give those a listen alongside the films.

Dr. No (2008)
Goldfinger (2010)
From Russia, with Love (2012)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (2014)
Diamonds Are Forever (2015)
Thunderball (2016)
Moonraker (2018)
Live and Let Die (2019)

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(09-26-2019, 03:02 PM)asterixsmeagol Wrote:
(09-26-2019, 01:42 PM)jrWHAG42 Wrote: What about the 1954 Casino Royale?
I've never seen that one; as far as I know it's never been released on home video in any format but I did just search for it on YouTube and found a couple of versions. If I can find one in decent quality I'll watch this weekend.

According to Wikipedia, it's included on the DVD and bluray of the 67 Casino Royale, minus the last two minutes, but I'm sure you can find the last two minutes on YouTube. The full version was lost for a while, but the entire thing got found in recent years.
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(09-26-2019, 11:57 AM)TM2YC Wrote: I've seen all of them before in random order and most I've seen countless times (IIRC I've only seen 'Die Another Day' and 'Spectre' once).

This implies you’ve watched Moonraker more than once?! Huh
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(09-27-2019, 12:38 AM)Moe_Syzlak Wrote:
(09-26-2019, 11:57 AM)TM2YC Wrote: I've seen all of them before in random order and most I've seen countless times (IIRC I've only seen 'Die Another Day' and 'Spectre' once).

This implies you’ve watched Moonraker more than once?! Huh

Loads of times when I was young, you do know it's got a battle in space? with lasers!! Big Grin  I don't think I've watched it in a long time though.
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