Blogathons

The 007 Blogathon Begins

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Check back to this post over the next three days to read all the entries for each day. I will update this page each day adding the new entries as I get them sent in.

The time has now come for us to discuss Britain’s most famous secret agent. If you will all take a seat (and collect a dry martini from the waiter)we will begin…

007 Blogathon Entries: Day 3

Lifesdailylessonsblog shares her great love for Timothy Dalton and – The Living Daylights.

Crackedrearviewer shares his love for Sean Connery as Bond and discusses- Goldfinger.

The Humpo Show writes about his – Least favourite Bond film.

Realweegiemidget looks at five actors who – could be Bond.

Cinemaessentials takes a look at – The Spy Who Loved Me.

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007 Blogathon Entries: Day 2

Hamlette’s Soliloquy shares her love for – Goldeneye.

Old School Evil introduces us all to – James Bond Jr .

The Spac Hole looks at actresses who – should have been Bond Girls.

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007 Blogathon Entries: Day 1

Thoughts All Sorts shares her love for – Casino Royale. Plus Daniel Craig in swimming trunks. 🙂

RealweegiemidgetReviews takes a look at – Spectre.

Vinnieh takes us through a history of the Bond girls – The evolution of the Bond girls.

I share with you – My ten favourite Bond films.

 

 

 

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The 007 Blogathon: My Ten Favourite Bond Films

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This is my own entry for my 007 blogathon. I will be putting up the post for all your links later on today. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I won’t be around much tomorrow, so if you have finished your entry and were planning on posting during the 21st, would you be able to leave your links today? Thanks so much.  🙂

I’m a huge fan of the Bond films (and the novels)I love pretty much all of the films in this series. There are some exceptions to that love though; Die Another Day, Diamonds Are Forever, Octopussy and A View To A Kill are all pretty dire in my opinion. From that list Octopussy is about the only one with any rewatch value to me, and I will check it out if it comes on TV, but it is certainly not a favourite.

Listing backwards and starting at number 10, I now proudly present my all time favourite Bond films.

 

 

 

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10-  Licence To Kill

I consider this the darkest and most violent of the Bond films. James Bond is seen here in ruthless revenge mode. In this film he is seeking revenge for his friend Felix Leiter. Leiter was maimed and his new wife Della was murdered on their wedding day. Dalton does a good job at conveying Bond’s disenchantment with the service he has worked so loyally for over the years.

Dalton also conveys that Bond is not messing around on this mission, there will be blood shed and he will take no prisoners. I love his relationship with Agent Pam Bouvier, and I like that she is a real kick ass gal, who can more than take care of herself without Bond’s help.

Sadly this was Dalton’s last appearance as 007 and I feel so sorry for him that he never got to make at least two more films. He is the closest to the Bond of Fleming’s novels and (years before Daniel Craig did it)he gives us a cold, but tender, steely and ruthless Bond.

 

 

 

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9- For Your Eyes Only

Bond helps Melina, a young woman determined to avenge her murdered parents. Bond tries to talk her out of her quest knowing the emotional/psychological baggage that comes with taking a life. He also has to get some stolen equipment back, which is linked to British Nuclear submarines and is also being sought by the Russians. I’d say this is the grittiest of Moore’s Bond films.

I like Bond’s relationship with Melina very much, there is a real affection between them and he tries to help her see she is not alone. This also has one of my favourite Bond theme songs. The scene where Bond and Melina are dragged behind a boat is one of the best sequences in any of the films I think.  I love how he tries and keeps her spirits up, even when it seems they will die because of being tied up and dragged behind the boat.

I love the ski jump sequence and subsequent chase scene in this. Edge of your seat stuff for sure. The mountain climb sequence later in the film is also so suspenseful. I also think this film features one of Moore’s coldest Bond moments – where he deliberately pushes a car over a cliff with a man still in it! Moore’s Bond could be cold and ruthless at times too, but sadly everyone seems to focus on the comedy of his films.

 

 

 

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8- Dr. No

The first ever Bond film and the first outing for Sean Connery. This is one of the best and one of the most enjoyable of all the Bond films. Sean is in control, strong and sexy as Bond, there is a coldness to him and you wouldn’t want to mess with him. Bond goes to Jamaica to search for a fellow agent who is missing. Bond soon finds his life threatened as he investigates a mysterious scientist, known only as Dr. No. Teaming up with fisherman Quarrel and the bikini clad Honey Ryder; Bond sets out to defeat this mysterious man who is terrorising many.

The “you’ve had your six” scene is one of the greatest moments in the series history. Honey’s entrance, walking out of the sea is unforgettable. This is the film that started it all and we as fans all owe it a debt of gratitude. Beautiful location work. No theme song either, just that awesome instrumental Bond theme.

 

 

 

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7- Casino Royale

Daniel Craig’s first outing as Bond. This did for the series what Dalton’s introduction did back in the eighties; it made the series realistic, gritty and believable once again. If you have never read the novels you won’t be familiar with Vesper Lynd, it is she who made Bond the man we all know today.

This film shows us how and why Bond became like he is in the rest of the series. If you ever wondered why (for the most part)he treats women as objects of pleasure, one night stand material only, then this film will explain why. This is a thrilling and dark film. Bond has to play a high stakes poker game to win money that will go to fund terrorists if won by anyone other than him. The villains he comes up against in this are linked to the organisation he will come to know as SPECTRE.

Daniel Craig does a good job of showing the man beneath the tough, cool exterior. The scenes between Bond and Vesper are some of my favourites in the entire series. The shower sequence where he comforts the traumatised Vesper is so touching.  The chase and crane fight at the beginning is a real favourite, it has me watching through my fingers!

 

 

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6- From Russia With Love

One of the best films in the entire series. This story has a realistic tone, which gives you the feeling that this could have really happened to any spy. Bond is being hunted by SPECTRE, who have baited a trap involving a Russian cipher clerk who says she wishes to defect to the West.

Bond comes up against the insane Rosa Klebb (and her flick knife shoes!)and the even more insane and deadly Red Grant. Grant is my favourite of all the Bond villains. Why? Because he is the most believable, he is also Bond’s match, and he calmly stalks his target until he is ready to take him down. The train fight between them is outstanding, so suspenseful and keeps you on the edge of your seat. This film also features my favourite instrumental piece (thanks John Barry)which can be heard when Bond steals the Lektor decoder.

 

 

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5- Goldeneye

Pierce Brosnan’s first outing as Bond. Brosnan has the edge of Dalton and Connery, and the humour in the face of threats of Moore. This film is sort of a mix, it blends the realism and concerns of Dalton’s era, with the humour and big set pieces that had become such a part of the series over the years.

The opening stunt jump up on the dam is one of the most impressive and jaw dropping of the entire series. This film is the first to feature Judi Dench as M. I love the dynamic between her and Bond and now she has become an integral part of the series herself. 

Bond goes to Russia to try and stop a cyber attack being brought about by using a satellite weapon system called Goldeneye. He comes up against a former 00 agent who he believed to be dead.

This film also features one of the best bad girls in the series. Who is she? Xenia Onnatopp.

 

 

 

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4- Live and Let Die

Roger Moore’s first outing as Bond. Cool, can be ruthless and deadly when necessary, but prefers words/quips as weapons, and fires them off faster than bullets from a gun. Moore’s Bond was very different to Connery’s, and he brought more humour to the role. This film and some of his other earlier ones do show him as quite callous and cold though, it’s not all laughter despite what some of the critics of this Bond era say.

Bond is in America helping the CIA  take down a Caribbean dictator. Bond has to deal with Voodoo magic, Harlem gangsters, crocodiles, a cranky Police Sherriff, and the beautiful tarot reader, Solitaire. This has one of the best scores of the entire series. There is an edge of your seat river boat chase. Yaphet Kotto is chilling and steals every scene he is in, as the terrifying villain (I have to admit that his end is daft and hugely laughable though.)

 

 

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3-  The Living Daylights

Timothy Dalton’s first outing as Bond takes us back to the realism and grit of the novels, and of the early Connery films. After the humorous Moore years, Dalton gave us back the Bond we were supposed to have. Dalton’s Bond was dark, ruthless, tough and all about the mission. Sadly his films were not that well received, but over the years have become rightly praised and loved. It is a shame that Daniel Craig has praise for essentially playing Bond how Dalton played him all those years ago.

Bond is looking into the murders of some fellow 00 agents. He also investigates whether or not a KGB agents defection is real or staged. He befriends the agents girlfriend, Kara, and soon determines the defection is all staged and that this is all linked to his murdered colleagues.

I love the relationship between Bond and Kara. It is so tender and you feel that Bond is sorry that he has to deceive her.

The title song for this is my favourite from the entire series. I love Dalton’s portrayal of Bond and think he is the closest to the agent originally conceived by Fleming. He deserved more than two films. He was the right Bond, but he came along at the wrong time.

 

 

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2- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

George Lazenby’s first and only appearance as Bond. He has often been called the weakest of the Bond’s, but I think that is not so and is quite unfair. He is tough, cool, cold and does very well in the fight sequences. I also think he gets the best intro shot of any of the Bond’s. We first see him driving a car and lighting a cigarette, but only see glimpses of him, parts of his face and his hands etc. I just love the way that sequence is shot. Then of course, we get the famous “this never happened to the other fella!” line just before the title sequence, a knowing wink to Connery’s era.

Bond travels to Switzerland to track down Blofeld (now played by Telly Savalas). He soon discovers a plot to contaminate the worlds food supply and then hold the governments of the world to ransom. Bond also finds himself falling in love with the suicidal Tracy (Diana Rigg). Bond helps Tracy find a reason to live and decides to give up his spy work to marry her. Sadly tragedy lies just around the corner for this couple.

A beautiful score, some of the best stunt/fight sequences in the entire series, and beautiful locations all add together to make this a great film. I love the growing relationship between Bond and Tracy and how she soon becomes more important to him than his work as an agent. Telly Savalas is ice cold as Blofeld. I thought Donald Pleasence did a great job of making Blofeld insane, but his portrayal was very over the top. Savalas made Blofeld more real and he has a dangerous edge to him.

The final scene still shocks and moves me, no matter how many times I watch.

 

 

And now for my all time favourite Bond film….

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1- Thunderball

I love this film so much. This is another of the plots that comes across as being very believable. The film also has a realistic and gritty look to it. The location work in the Bahamas is gorgeous. This is Connery’s fourth Bond film, and by now he had well and truly settled into the role.

Bond tracks down two stolen atomic bombs. They have been taken by SPECTRE, who plan to threaten a city with destruction by the bombs, unless world governments agree to pay them a huge ransom. Bond traces the weapons to the Bahamas and soon encounters SPECTRE’s number 2 agent, the ice cold, eye patch wearing Largo (Adolfo Celi). He also encounters the beautiful, and deadly SPECTRE agent, Fiona Volpe(Luciana Paluzzi).  Bond also helps Largo’s abused mistress, Domino.

This has one of the best scores in the series, some very impressive underwater sequences, the best (in my opinion)bad girl (Fiona), and possibly the coldest villain (Largo). Connery also delivers that very famous line here – “I guess he got the point” , right after he spear guns a henchman. Fantastic soundtrack too.

 

As a bonus here are my top 5 Bond novels.

1-  Casino Royale

2- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

3- Thunderball

4- The Spy Who Loved Me (this comes across as almost like a fan fiction wish story. The main character is a woman, and the book is mostly about her. She is having a really bad time due to some bad guys, Bond come along, saves her and romances her. The fact is this came from Fleming and I love it even though it’s not your typical Bond story.)

5- Dr. No

What are your favourite films and novels from the Bond series? What are your thoughts on the films I’ve discussed? Please leave your comments below.

 

 

 

Blogathons

Announcing The 007 Blogathon

 

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Hi all. I’m very excited to be announcing the details of my first ever blogathon. I do hope you will all be able to participate.

I am a big fan of a certain, suave, British agent who loves fast cars, saving the world and drinking shaken, but not stirred Martinis. So, I decided to go right ahead and choose James Bond as the subject for my first blogathon.

The blogathon will run between the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of July, 2017.  Keep checking back to this post to see the updated list (found at the very bottom of this post) for who is writing about what. You can post your entry on whichever of the three days you wish.

You are free to write about whatever you wish. For example you could write about your favourite Bond film. Write about your favourite gadget designed by Q. Write about your favourite Bond girl. Write one post covering the entire Bond series. Write about your favourite scene in a Bond film. Write about your favourite Bond novel. The list is endless.

You can write more than one post if you want to. You could write one about your favourite Bond film, and another one about your favourite Bond score for example.

I will only be accepting 2 duplicate posts about the same film or novel.

How do I take part?

Very easily. Leave me a comment below telling me what you want to write about.  Leave me your name and the name of your blog too. Then grab one of the banners below, and put it up somewhere on your site to help spread the word.

What will happen on the Blogathon days?

I will put up a new post on the 21st saying the Blogathon is going live. Leave me your name and the link to your completed entry in the comments. I will then create the link to your entry on my post.

I’ve never participated in a Blogathon before. What’s it all about?

You’re in for lots of fun then. 🙂 Blogathons are a great way of connecting with other bloggers. It’s a good way of getting more visitors to your site who may not otherwise have ever known your blog existed. I love Blogathons for the varied opinions and comments different bloggers can bring to the same subject.

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I look forward to reading all the entries.  Have fun!

    Participants

Maddylovesherclassicfilms – My Ten Favourite Bond Films.

    Thoughtsallsorts  –  Casino Royale

   Lifesdailylessonsblog –  The Living Daylights

  Crackedrearviewer –  Goldfinger

RealweegiemidgetSpectre.  Five actors who could be Bond.

 Hamlette’s SoliloquyGoldeneye

OldSchoolEvilJames Bond Jr (animated TV series)

VinniehThe evolution of the Bond girls

CarlosnightmanActresses who would have made great Bond girls

Jay – The Spy Who Loved Me

The Humpo ShowMy least favourite Bond film