For the next few weeks, this blog will be all about James Bond. I had originally planned to post one really long For Love of Film post with reviews of all the Bond films, but Veronica convinced me that people would be more likely to read a post everyday then scroll through one long post all at once.
I have long been a fan of the Bond films (I also like the original Fleming novels), ever since I first watched For Your Eyes Only, one of the very first films I ever bought on videocassette. It seemed right to do a FLOF timed to the release of SPECTRE, even more so when I realized that Veronica had hardly seen any of the Bond films. So we’ve been watching our way through them since the spring.
This series is timed so that the review of Skyfall runs on opening day for SPECTRE, so that I can see the film, fit it into the lists for the post the next day and then have the review run on Sunday.
A note about the reviews – most of them have spoilers, so if there are films you haven’t seen and you don’t want the plot revealed, best to skip that review. I will try not to do that for SPECTRE, as my review will be so close to its actual release that I don’t want to ruin it for anybody.
I’ll let you know now that I am a huge fan of the Daniel Craig Bond and, even though I am the right age to like them, I am not particularly fond of the Roger Moore films.
I did have to make a decision as to which films to count. I already wasn’t going to do the original television “Casino Royale”, partially because it’s television and partially because I’ve never seen it. I also decided not to include the 1967 Casino Royale because it’s a parody and not the same kind of film. I did include Never Say Never Again, even though it’s not an Eon film because it fits with the rest of the films.
One last note. I am running the reviews in chronological order, not rank order. They all include a rank among Bond films, but most, if not all, of those ranks are going to change after I see SPECTRE (well, probably not all – I have high hopes but I don’t expect it to be as good as Skyfall). So, the final ranks are on the list that will be published on the 7th.
So, here is the schedule for the next few weeks:
- October 13 – Introduction
- October 14 – Dr. No
- October 15 – From Russia with Love
- October 16 – Goldfinger
- October 17 – Thunderball
- October 18 – You Only Live Twice
- October 19 – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- October 20 – Diamonds are Forever
- October 21 – Live and Let Die
- October 22 – The Man with the Golden Gun
- October 23 – The Spy Who Loved Me
- October 24 – Moonraker
- October 25 – For Your Eyes Only
- October 26 – Octopussy
- October 27 – Never Say Never Again
- October 28 – A View to a Kill
- October 29 – The Living Daylights
- October 30 – Licence to Kill
- October 31 – Goldeneye
- November 1 – Tomorrow Never Dies
- November 2 – The World is Not Enough
- November 3 – Die Another Day
- November 4 – Casino Royale
- November 5 – Quantum of Solace
- November 6 – Skyfall
- November 7 – the lists
- November 8 – SPECTRE