Friday, September 28, 2012

Moonraker [1979]

By 1979, the James Bond series was quite hale and hearty.  The smash that was The Spy Who Loved Me had re-established the brand as one that was capable of mass global success; now, how to maintain the high?

The answer: outer space.  Seemingly prompted by the unprecedented success of Star Wars, EON Productions decided to jettison the plans to make For Your Eyes Only the next film in the series, and turned their attentions instead to the science-fictionally-conducive Moonraker.

The producers, of course, said that this would be less a case of "James Bond does science-fiction" than of "James Bond does science fact," but if you believe that, you believe silly things.  Speaking of which, remind me to tell you sometime about the wild night Maryam d'Abo and I shared back in 1994...

In any case, Moonraker was a truly out-there film, and remains such to this day.  How will that translate in terms of our trusty Double-0 Rating?

Let's find out.

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Spy Who Loved Me [1977]

The Spy Who Loved Me was a massive hit when it was released in the summer of 1977 (and that's despite heavy competition from a little flick called Star Wars).  Roger Moore considers it to be the best Bond film he made; John Glen considers it the best of ALL the Bond films.  It currently holds an 80% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

In other words, this is a widely-loved and respected film.

It's about to receive some rough treatment from yours truly, though.  Strap yourself in; this one is going to be a bumpy ride.