Since there will be a new James Bond movie this year I figured I should write some reviews of the James Bond movies. I have always been a fan of the James Bond movies as long as I can remember, especially the original Sean Connery James Bond movies. I have all of the 22 James Bond films. I am not going to write a review for every Bond movie but I am going to write reviews for the one I have seen the most recently, starting with the first James Bond movie Dr. No, which will be posted soon. The reviews are not going to be posted in consecutive days since there are not enough James Bond fans to read the reviews but I will post the reviews sporadically mixed in with other reviews.
Which Movies To Watch FirstThe James Bond movies are based on the books by the author Ian Fleming. Unlike many movie series there is very little that connects the movies together since they are individual missions, except the recent movie Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, which were direct sequals. If you are new to the series I recommend you watch the first Bond movie "Dr. No", and then the following three Bond films, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger (best Bond movie), and Thunderball, which are the best Bond movies until the recent Casino Royale. I will be posting the Top 22 best and worst list of James Bond movies tomorrow. Also the movies are not by any means "Masterpieces" or truly great works of film but are really just fun entertaining movies. Although the recent Casino Royale is a great movie in action and story. It is considered by many critics to be a great movie.
James Bond The Character
Unlike many other movies series the James Bond character is constantly replaced by different actors through out the years when the previous actor is too old for the role. There have been six different official James Bonds. The first and best James Bond is Sean Connery (picture above). He created the character and every other Bond is compared to him.
|From Top left to right: Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.|
James Bond Character Traits
In almost every James Bond movie he has the famous line "The name's Bond, James Bond." (video below), which was his introduction in the first Bond movie, Dr. No. Another one of his classic lines is "Martini shaken not stirred." His favorite card game that he often plays the card game Baccarat at casinos in the movies, also it is the game he is playing in the video below. James Bond is known for being a "Ladies Man" and almost always gets the girl.
Most James Bond have great action scenes. The earlier James Bond movies had revolutionary action scenes for it's time and they are still entertaining today. Almost every good Bond movie also has a great chase scenes. Including one of the greatest boat chases ever filmed in Live and Let Die. There are also a lot of shooting action and hand-to-hand combat.
The Bond movies have always had cool hi-tech gadgets. Some were based in reality and others a little more science fiction. In all future James Bond reviews I will be adding a new criteria named "Gadgets", which will be rating how good the gadgets in the movie were. Ranging from a lasers watch to a jetjack, James Bond's gadgets is what makes him unique from other action spy movies.
Almost every James Bond has really cool car and a great car chase. Bond usually drives a Aston Martin of some kind. It also usually has gadgets on the car like guns, smoke screens, and one of cars can even could change into a submarine.
Another thing that James Bond movies are know for are the Title Sequence. After opening with a bang, the Bond movies have a Title Sequence (video above and there are not any spoilers for any of the movies) with a song made for each movie. Visually the Title Sequence above is my favorite from the recent Casino Royale. In my review of the James Bond movies I will be adding a criteria named "Title Sequence", which will rate how good the song and Title Sequence are for that movie.
Another thing that the Bond movies are famous are the villains. Some of them are almost comic book and usually have a unique weapon or ability. Some of the villain are the mastermind behind the evil plan and some are the henchmen that do the dirty work.
Bond GirlsEvery James Bond movie has a "Bond Girl" who is the main love interest in each movie. The best "Bond Girls" play an important part in the story like Tatiana Romanova in From Russia With Love and Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale.
If you have any questions about anything James Bond please ask and check back here tomorrow for a Top 22 James Bond movie list.
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