“The coldest blood runs through my veins,
You know my name.”
Chris Cornell – “You Know My Name”
The mass appeal to James Bond, and James Bond himself, is the formula it has created for its franchise: exotic locales; exotic guns; exotic cars; exotic babes; and cartoonish villains. It was pure male wish-fulfillment fantasy. In the real world, spy work is not so glamorous, and real-life spies are not so debonaire. So a suspension of disbelief is a prerequisite in order to enjoy these films.
I must confess, I am not a James Bond fan. But I am a Shaman Bond fan. Okay, I was a Bond fan when I was the in the target demographic age range (years 10-17). Now that I am older, and we are living in the 21st century, there are much better spies (Michael Westen, Eddie Drood), better spy films (the Bourne series, the Mission:Impossible series) and better spy authors (John le Carré, Tom Clancy). Michael Myers’ Austin Powers movies had utterly eviscerated every trope and cliché of every James Bond movie.
That’s not to say that these movies have no entertainment value at all. The fact that they are not based in reality makes them entertaining and almost enjoyable.
On the other hand, Keith is a fan of the Bond series, and is biased towards one of the Bond portrayers in particular. His list speaks to that fact.
So without further adieu, here are our lists.
(Yes, we both have seen Spectre. And no, we did not forget to include it in our lists.)
The Top Ten James Bond films
- 10. Never Say Never Again (1983)
- 9. Casino Royale (2006)
- 8. For Your Eyes Only (1981)
- 7. Octopussy (1983)
- 6. Die Another Day (2002)
- 5. The World is Not Enough (1999)
- 4. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
- 3. The Spy who loved me (1977)
- 2. Moonraker (1979)
- 1. Goldeneye (1995)
Honorable Mentions: A View to a Kill (1984); Live and Let Die (1973); The Man with Golden Gun (1974).
- 10. The Spy who loved me (1977)
- 9. Dr No (1962)
- 8. The Living Daylights (1987)
- 7. From Russia with Love (1963)
- 6. Goldfinger (1964)
- 5. Licensed to Kill (1989)
- 4. Skyfall (2012)
- 3. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
- 2. Goldeneye (1995)
- 1. Casino Royale (2006)
Honorable Mentions: Thuderball (1965); Live and Let Die (1973); The Man with Golden Gun (1974); Never Say Never Again (1983).
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