Sunday, September 4, 2011

Thunderball [1965]

If Goldfinger can be said to have truly begun the James Bond phenomenon, then Thunderball must be said to be the James Bond phenomenon in full bloom.  Some critics and fans have taken it to task over the years for being bloated and overly languid, but You Only Blog Twice takes a much different stance.

How does Thunderball measure up to the previous two classics in the series?  Read on, and let's find out.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Goldfinger [1964]

Dr. No and From Russia With Love had been highly successful, well-regarded films, but it is Goldfinger which truly began the James Bond phenomenon.  The series had a new director, a new tone, and a leading man who had become a genuine superstar.

This resulted in what was, at the time, one of the biggest box-office smashes in film history, a hit so large that it paved the way for the series to continue into at least the next five decades.  It wouldn't be exaggeration to suggest that this is a feat virtually unparalleled in cinema.

How has Goldfinger withstood the duration of those decades?  Is it still a world-class entertainment, or is it a relic of bygone times?

Well, I can't speak to that; not, at least, without sounding like a pretentious mix of vinegar and water.  However, I am amply qualified to speak as to how the film has withstood the test of years for me on a personal level.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

From Russia With Love [1963]

From Russia With Love is still considered to be one of the best James Bond films, and in general terms is well-remembered and well-loved almost fifty years after its release.  There aren't many movies that survive in the public consciousness for fifty years; 1963 actually fares pretty well in that regard, with flicks like The Great Escape, 8 1/2, The Birds, The Pink Panther, The Haunting, Cleopatra, and Hud still hanging around around actively in the cultural consciousness.

From Russia With Love is as notable a title as any of those, though, and with that in mind, it surely ought to earn a great score on the old Double-0 Rating system, right?  Let's find out.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Dr. No [1962]

1962's Dr. No is one of the most important James Bond films ever made, and there's a simple reason for that: if it had failed, the series would not exist.

Let's take a look back and see how it measures up.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Climax!: Casino Royale [1954]

The Bond movies didn't begin until 1962's Dr. No, but way back in 1954, James Bond first got put in front of the lights and shown on a screen: in this case, millions of small, grainy, black-and-white screens, as an episode of the Climax! television series.

Let's find out how this oddity fares within the confines of You Only Blog Twice's patented* Double-0 rating system .

*not actually patented

The You Only Blog Twice Double-0 Rating System

You know what I love to do?  I love to make lists.

You know what else I love to do?  Give ratings to things.  Which is kinda like counting.

Speaking of which:

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sit Down, 007


As if I haven't bitten off more than I can chew already over at Ramblings of a Honk Mahfah, here I go again, starting a second blog.  This one, though, is a bit more purpose-driven: it intends to be a movie-by-movie encylcopedia of all the James Bond films (and possibly all the novels as well, eventually).  I'm not trying to replace Wikipedia, though; I'm looking more at just having a repository for my own thoughts about the Bond movies.

I'm going to be rewatching all of the movies prior to the release of the 23rd film in the series in November 2012, and that means a movie or two a month between now and then.

It may be a week or two before I get my first real post -- about the television version of Casino Royale -- up, but for now, if you feel like it, post a comment and let me know your general thoughts about the movies, the character, the music, the games (about which I know little), or whatever else you fee like.

I'll start off with my Bond bona fides:

Favorite movie:  On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Least favorite movie:  Casino Royale (1967)

Favorite Bond actor:  Sean Connery

Favorite Bond actress:  Daniela Bianchi, From Russia With Love

Favorite Bond villain:  Auric Goldfinger

Favorite title song:  Diamonds Are Forever

Or that's how they stand for now; I go back and forth between OHMSS and Thunderball as favorite movie, and Casino Royale is steadily gaining on them.

Let me know what you think, and I'll see you before long with my thoughts on the Climax! episode that serves as an obscure prologue to the film series.