The James Bond Movies - Best to Worst Aug 28, 2013 11:51:56 GMT -5
Post by Erik Rupp on Aug 28, 2013 11:51:56 GMT -5
Fifty plus years of Bond, James Bond. 007.
The enduring legacy of Ian Fleming's iconic character has far exceeded even his wildest dreams when he first created the character sixty or so years ago. Fleming did an amazing job of creating a character that would resonate for decades and generations that would follow his introduction to the world in the first 007 novel, Casino Royale. From the plain, ordinary name, James Bond, to his personality and his skillset, to the supporting characters, Ian Fleming got it right from the word, "Go."
Translating that character to the big screen was a challenge. Albert 'Cubby' Broccoli and Harry Saltzman both believed that they were up to the challenge, and when they combined forces to make James Bond movies they got everything right, too. Director Terence Young was an inspired choice, as he imprinted some of his own personality on the character. Sean Connery was tutored by Young in how to be James Bond. The lessons he learned from Young were put to good use over 6 official Bond movies (and one unofficial one, years later).
Over the decades six men have played James Bond on the big screen. Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and, currently, Daniel Craig, have all brought their own take on the character to their respective 007 films. Each Bond actor has done well in at least one area, although Lazenby's inexperience did show a bit at times.
The Bond phenomenon (both literary and cinematic) has developed legions of fans over the last six decades, and favorite books and movies among those fans varies fairly wildly. Some Bond movies have been better received at the box office or by the critics than others, but all of them have a lasting appeal. Even the weakest James Bond movies still have a strong entertainment value. That was something that both Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman wanted to make sure was always there - entertainment value. They achieved that goal, a goal still pursued by Broccoli's daughter, Barbara, and his stepson, Michael G. Wilson, as they carry on the tradition and produce the movies as part of a moviemaking family business.
Certainly, some Bond movies are iconic for varying reasons. Dr. No is iconic as the movie that introduced James Bond to the big screen (and is a fantastic, stripped down adventure/suspense movie). Goldfinger is iconic as the movie that really introduced the famous gadgets to the Bond series, and is (adjusted for inflation) one of the most successful Bond movies ever at the box office. Moonraker is iconic as the Bond movie that took the character (and the series) over the top in terms of outlandish storylines. (James Bond in space!)
But which ones are the best? And which ones leave something to be desired?
That, of course, is a matter of personal taste and opinion, but that won't stop us from giving you the Vista Records rankings of The Best To Worst James Bond Movies.