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Best Bond Movie (for me)

  • 04-08-2022 9:34am
    Registered Users Posts: 6,651 ✭✭✭sporina

    Never watched a James bond movie..

    I would like to give one a go..

    I love drama and foreign language movies... acting and writing are important for me..

    Which do ye think is best?

    I don't need to start with the 1st one,.

    Just one I might enjoy..



  • Registered Users Posts: 13,058 ✭✭✭✭ArmaniJeanss

    Goldfinger - it's probably the most traditional Bond film, and one of the more quotable. And generally just good fun.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,772 ✭✭✭byronbay2

    As long as you avoid those abysmal, camp Roger Moore examples, you should be OK. Sean Connery has been the best and most authentic Bond imo (charming but with a ruthless edge), so Dr. No and Goldfinger would be my faves.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,071 ✭✭✭billyhead

    You only live twice is good.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,718 ✭✭✭FortuneChip

    Casino Royale.

    It's near perfect.

    It's the first one where Bond is properly changed by the events of the movie, and doesn't just end with Bond trapped (willingly) in a confined area with the Bond girl.

    You Only Live Twice and Goldfinger are both excellent "classic Bonds"

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  • I loved Goldeneye. I was about 12 so a good age. It has a baddie in Sean Bean, is in brilliant locations, is the old cheesy bond but without the over the top stupidity of the rest of the Brosnan ones.

    A good Bond, a good 90s film.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,793 ✭✭✭FunLover18

    Casino Royale is good shout and a great movie but it does also break the mold. Bond is character who doesn't change from film to film. The Connery films are all great bar Diamonds Are Forever. On Her Majesty's Secret Service is also a very good film but similar to CR it has an arc for Bond which is unusual.

    Juat going by your post I would go for the smaller scale Bonds, there are a few that don't revolve around world domination. From Russia With Love is one of the better ones for me and CR is also relatively small scale but if you're going to watch CR I (unlike most) would recommend watching Quantum Of Solace which is a direct follow up, it has its issues but it's far from the mess most make out. Definitely avoid the Moore films.

  • I didn't like QoS at all when it came out but having seen it a couple of times in recent years I've warmed to it a lot actually, maybe I had different expectations from it when I saw it originally.

    The Brosnan ones sit weirdly with me, saw them all when they came out and didn't hate them but have never had the desire to watch them again and have flicked if they've been on TV. I can happily sit through most of the others any time they are on.

    Many don't like the Moore ones but A View To A Kill is one of my favourites.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,071 ✭✭✭billyhead

    I thought a spy who loved me was good. A View to a Kill was also enjoyable.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 53,766 ✭✭✭✭walshb

    Personally I’d go with 1964s Goldfinger. I have seen it many times. Really has everything!

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,267 ✭✭✭bazza1

    Goldfinger or Diamonds are Forever...Connery classics!

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,511 ✭✭✭littlevillage

    Octopussy and View to a Kill are good fun.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,196 ✭✭✭✭Dav010

    Goldfinger and Thunderball from the Connery era, all the Craig films except AQoS, and watch them in order.

    Best of all? Skyfall, hands down.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,511 ✭✭✭littlevillage

    View to a Kill and Octopussy are fun ....and Goldfinger is a properly good movie

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,936 ✭✭✭Markus Antonius

    Diamonds are Forever without question.

  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 8,714 Mod ✭✭✭✭mewso

    Depends on what you want. Bond movies change tone and style like the weather.

    Classic Spy Bond - Dr. No, From Russia with Love

    Silly but fun Bond - Any early Roger Moore

    Uncomfortable Bond (that could be his daughter) - Any later Roger Moore

    Sexist Bond - Goldfinger ("Run along, man talk"), Skyfall (I know you were abused when you were younger but I just thought I'd join you in the shower)

    Hipster Bond - take your pick from On her Majesty's Secret Service ("I've just discovered this is obviously the best bond ever"), both Timothy Dalton movies ("this is Bond as Fleming wrote it")

    Bourne Bond - Casino Royale (2006)

    I would suggest just start from Dr. No and keep going. Connery will probably never be beaten for me but all of the actors have had great movies and moments. Some are bad but most will entertain.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,651 ✭✭✭sporina

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,196 ✭✭✭✭Dav010

    Sorry, errant A there when typing, quantum of solace.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,772 ✭✭✭byronbay2

    Goldeneye is not awful (I love the sword-fighting scene) but very hard to suspend the disbelief when a Korean colonel becomes a British gent by DNA recombination! 🙄

    The most awful moment in Bond history (the nadir, if you will) for me (unfortunately) falls on Brosnan when he kite-surfs a tsunami (with absolutely horrible CGI) in Die Another Day! Killed Bond for me for a long time, that one.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,793 ✭✭✭FunLover18

    You're talking about Die Another Day in your first paragraph, not Goldeneye.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,772 ✭✭✭byronbay2

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,314 ✭✭✭flasher0030

    I watched that kite-surfing clip on youtube there. Shocking stuff altogether. Whoever came up with that idea should never be let near a film set ever again.

    I know there is always pressure to come up with the next great stunt - to outdo what was done in the previous movie installment. But that was bad. He was clinging to the side of an ice-cliff holding a canoe and carrying what seemed to be a closed parachute/kite thingy. Next thing he comes bounding over the waves with the parachute opened. and smiling away as he is balancing on a Tsunami. I'm generally o0k with suspension of disbelief. But that was fairly cringe alright.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,936 ✭✭✭Markus Antonius

    I don't know... when he spoke of sword fighting in Goldeneye - the steamy scenes with Xenia Onatopp came to mind XD

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,117 ✭✭✭Acosta

    My favourites:

    On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    Casino Royale

    The Living Daylights

    For Your Eyes Only

    You Only Live Twice



    I'd start with Casino Royal

  • Registered Users Posts: 113 ✭✭Tippman24

    Goldfinger for me, but honourable mention to On Her Majesty's Secret Service. (I was up in Bloefeld's secret base in the Alpesa couple of times).

  • Registered Users Posts: 63,556 ✭✭✭✭unkel

    It really is. I've seen them all over many decades, like most of them and most Bonds in their own right, but Casino Royale is outstanding. From the spectacular parkour opening scene to the gritty and dark Craig as the Bond most like the one in the books. Must see it again soon.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,181 ✭✭✭TomSweeney

    Any one with Roger Moore in them, he is by far the best Bond.

    With Connery Thunderball and Goldfinger are good.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,117 ✭✭✭Acosta

    Really want to go up there sometime. Looks pricey but I'm sure it's worth it.