My five favourite Bond films
1 On Her Majesty's Secret Service
|SKI! SKI FOR YOUR LIFE!|
|Only Blofeld could fill a mountaintop base with beauties and think of |
nothing but global domination.
|Best Bond girl outfit ever.|
3 From Russia With Love
If anyone was going to walk into a honeytrap, it would be James Bond, so the SPECTRE's attempt to lure him with a lady sort of makes sense. Fortunately for his bait, he's prepared to escort her and her valuable cipher machine across Eastern Europe to defect, leading to escapades in Turkey, an adventurous train journey, and a boat to Venice. Features the entire Bond series' most memorable female villain, knife-shoed Rosa Klebb.
|I'd take this trip over a Great western commute...|
With a theme song so cheesy it causes trouble for the dairy-intolerant viewer, Christopher Lee stars as the assassin of the title. He's one of the few villains with a base to rival Blofeld's best: a luxurious villa on a Thai island. A lot of people don't like this one, and I admit I tend to forget things like the dreadful sheriff on holiday and Goodnight retrieving the Solex in her bikini. I'm not sure if this or Live And Let Die is my favourite Roger Moore outing; the latter scared me silly as a kid, but Christopher Lee is prime crumpet.
|Aieee! That jacket. The 70s was not a good era for menswear.|
This is a modern film, but of all the 21st century ones, to me it feels like an old Bond film. That's probably intentional, as Casino Royale effectively reset Bond, and Skyfall starts putting classic elements from the early films back in place, at the same time as it plays with them. While it's got gadgets and girls and explosions, those things aren't the heart of the story. The relationships between the characters, and what it means to be an agent, are the real meat of the film, and Skyfall is all the better for it.
Got a favourite Bond film? Or can't stand any of them?
*And Christmas albums. I have mislaid my Herb Alpert Christmas CD. TRAGEDY.