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.


  1. Just wanted to say having read all the other posts, very impressive and good system you've got here.

    It's hard for me to critically evaluate the Bond films. Any of them, really. Part of me recognizes that the Moore era is by and large silly, but those were the ones that appealed to me the most as a kid. So, Moonraker and Octopussy might be ridiculous (probably no "might be" about it) but do I love the crap out of them/ want to watch them whenever they're on cable? Absolutely. Sometimes more than the ones that are legitimately better films/ more Bond-like.

    All of which is to say, I think your rating system is a very good way of breaking them down and allowing for someone like me to love something and still critically evaluate it. It'd be easy (hell, I've done it - not for a blog series but in e-mail-chains to long-suffering friends) to go through the films and just post pic after pic of the stone cold foxes of the Bondverse (and thank you for the ones you HAVE posted and keep them coming, by God) or just recount the general-plot-silliness, but you've come up with a good way of covering all the bases.

    Any plans to cover the novels/ stories?

    What the hell did I used to do with myself before I found your blog(s)... Please keep up the good work pontificating on all my favorite topics.

    1. I've been a Bond fan almost literally my entire life, so I love most of the movies, even the bad ones. In fact, "Die Another Day" may be the only one I genuinely dislike. (We'll get there...)

      As for the rating system: it's an odd idea, but my goal was to TRY to quantify something that is inherently unquantifiable, and then just see where the process took me.

      And thanks for the kind words!

  2. Oh, wait, never mind, I missed this on first-read:

    "...(and possibly all the novels as well, eventually)"

    1. I definitely would like to eventually, but as you can see, I've done a piss-poor job of blogging about even the movies consistently.

      I'll get around to it, though. It's too much fun not to!

  3. Great blog, BB! I've added it to my list. Now I'll spend some time reading through it. Nice work.

  4. Thanks! I've been having a lot of fun doing it; hopefully at least a little of that comes through.