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My favorite James Bond movie is....

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Well, the title says it all.
Pick your favorite James Bond movie and explain why it is your favorite.
Looking forward to (hopefully) many different replies!

So, I'll start:
It's a close call, but I pick ......
THUNDERBALL

Why?
- around 30 minutes(!) of underwater scenes incl. the best scuba battle of all times
- that movie kickstarted quite some fetishes for me....
- Locations: most of the time in the Bahamas. Love the scenery!
- The (primary) Bond Girl: Domino is a fantastic Bond girl even her character could have used more depth, more screentime (but that's the way it was handled back in the day)
- The villainess: Only Xenia Onatop reaches Fiona Volpe's level for me. Fiona is totally gorgeous and pretty evil. And also she doesn't fall for Bond's charm. He can't turn her around. I would have loved to see her in scuba gear and meet her end in the final scuba battle....but well, no luck. But for me, Fiona Volpe is the Prototype for all villainesses to follow her.
- solid storyline with an evil masterplan on a big scale
- lots of gadgets! Yeah, maybe to the point of a slight overkill, but still always cool to see such things! As long it isn't an invisible car..... ;)
- good soundtrack

Yeah, the movie has quite some flaws incl. a ridiculous amount of continuation errors and so on. But I can ignore that and mark it as rather funny most of the time.

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My other Top5 Bond films are:
Goldfinger (surprise!)
GoldenEye
Live and let die
Casino Royale
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So folks, now it's your turn!
And please keep the discussion on topic.... ;)
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Casino Royale, for some - I admit - kind of crappy and dumb reasons (my opinion should be taken with even more of a pinch of salt considering that I don't like James Bond as such all that much). You Know My Name is my favourite Bond title theme of all, and the sequence where Daniel Craig steps out of the shadows to assume the role in the opening titles is extremely, extremely hype. I have to say I don't think the action stuff is all that great - as I'm sure some will protest, it made it feel too much like a Bourne film in places. But the poker game itself was absolutely deliciously stupid and James Bond-y in the best way. Plus, you know. Eva Green.

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This is tough

Connery- Goldfnger - Most memorable line other than Bond's own. "No Mr. Bond I expect you to die"

Moore - The Spy who Loved me- Perhaps the sexiest Bond Girl

Brosnan Goldeneye - Best fight scene between bond and Trevalyn

Daniel Craig- None he is not Bond to me

Other mentions Tomorow Never dies - Best kick ass Bond woman: Michelle Yeoh

Live and Let Die -Best Bond song
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I always make a distinction between favourite and best. Since you ask which is your favourite, I would say The Living Daylights. I like the Cold War story, the car, locations. Dalton's performance was strong. Maryam d'Abo was beautiful, but doesn't really get to dress in anything fetching. It's my favourite Bond music, too, throughout the movie.

My favourite Bond girl is probably Carey Lowell in the next movie. I liked her attitude, short hair, in that dress.

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Loved it. Saw it on a fantastic field trip to France when I was 17, so super fond memories anyway, but has a plausible plot and I loved the opening with a state of the art spy trawler undone by a 40 year old bit of WW2 kit. Hope for all us oldies yet! Theme song is decent enough.
Plus my fave Page 3 girl at the time Corinne Russell was dancing naked in the opening titles ( and on the European release it wasnt behind frosted glass).
The baddy is brilliantly played by Julian Glover, Topol is engaging as the sort- of- good bad guy, it has Lynn Holly Johnson looking lovely, Bond actually murders someone, the 2CV car chase is brilliant and the assault on the cliff top monastery at the end gives me the willies, and it has the fabulous name Iacoba Brink. The Mrs Thatcher parody at the end is a fantastic ending to the movie and on top of that you have the beautiful Carole Bouquet looking fabulous. And even the great Charles Dance delivering one of his first screen lines "Ge-huh!!"
Full of great lines we still quote down the pub, "that's why I'll get the gold medal - breath control!"
"ATAC to St Cyrils!"
"Go backwards forwards quickly!"
, " I smuggle, yes I smuggle guns, pistachios - but no 'eroine!"
"You have what the Greeks call' THRASOS!" Guts!"
" How deep is the water there? Not... deep enough.. I'm afraid... "
" I will deal with you later Iacoba Brink, as I deal with everyone, who betrays me" said with a bad Greek accent.

And of course"
Spoiler
That's detente Comrade... You don't have it, I don't have it"
It's got its flaws - the ATAC encoder looks like a bad cash register, the incidental music was terrible early 80's and the fake sets for the monastery aren't the best, but I love it all
BUT she was gorgeous -
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I am going to answer based on the heroine and her peril (kind of my thing). Dr No had Ursula Andress, THE original Bond girl. She also was supposed to face face one of the original perils from the book. She was to be staked out the beach so she could be eaten alive by marauding crabs in an evil experiment about to pain tolerance and death.... or something like that. When they actually did the scene, the crabs were just lame and the director decided that she should be drowned instead... Also a sexy peril...
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I love the story that the James Bond moniker was taken from the author of a bird book. It seems odd that the creator of Pussy Galore and Holly Goodhead would not have some BDSM subtext when naming a character James Bond....
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This is something liable to change frequently, but for me it is You Only Live Twice. The first film that goes truly over the top for me. Little Nellie, Ninja school, villains with scars over the eye and volcano lairs. Over the top, ridiculous, but extremely fun.

Honourable mentions to From Russia With Love and On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
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^^^ written by Roald Dahl I believe
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ltrltr wrote: 4 months ago This is something liable to change frequently, but for me it is You Only Live Twice. The first film that goes truly over the top for me. Little Nellie, Ninja school, villains with scars over the eye and volcano lairs. Over the top, ridiculous, but extremely fun.
Also offers my favorite Bond theme song by Nancy Sinatra.
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ltrltr wrote: 4 months ago This is something liable to change frequently, but for me it is You Only Live Twice. The first film that goes truly over the top for me. Little Nellie, Ninja school, villains with scars over the eye and volcano lairs. Over the top, ridiculous, but extremely fun.

Honourable mentions to From Russia With Love and On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
I think Elon Musk is trying to be ES Blowfeld. His starship space craft should be able to do everything in the movie... He probably already owns a volcano.
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Sadly Thunderball did have a chloroform mention and it was the hot assistant. They don't show her getting the cloth I believe but they mention it later.
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tallyho wrote: 4 months ago MV5BMzQ4YzUzNGQtMDNkYS00NTk5LTkyMDgtNmVkMjg5MjIzNTdmXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNDY2MTk1ODk@._V1_.jpg

Loved it. Saw it on a fantastic field trip to France when I was 17, so super fond memories anyway, but has a plausible plot and I loved the opening with a state of the art spy trawler undone by a 40 year old bit of WW2 kit. Hope for all us oldies yet! Theme song is decent enough.
Plus my fave Page 3 girl at the time Corinne Russell was dancing naked in the opening titles ( and on the European release it wasnt behind frosted glass).
The baddy is brilliantly played by Julian Glover, Topol is engaging as the sort- of- good bad guy, it has Lynn Holly Johnson looking lovely, Bond actually murders someone, the 2CV car chase is brilliant and the assault on the cliff top monastery at the end gives me the willies, and it has the fabulous name Iacoba Brink. The Mrs Thatcher parody at the end is a fantastic ending to the movie and on top of that you have the beautiful Carole Bouquet looking fabulous. And even the great Charles Dance delivering one of his first screen lines "Ge-huh!!"
Full of great lines we still quote down the pub, "that's why I'll get the gold medal - breath control!"
"ATAC to St Cyrils!"
"Go backwards forwards quickly!"
, " I smuggle, yes I smuggle guns, pistachios - but no 'eroine!"
"You have what the Greeks call' THRASOS!" Guts!"
" How deep is the water there? Not... deep enough.. I'm afraid... "
" I will deal with you later Iacoba Brink, as I deal with everyone, who betrays me" said with a bad Greek accent.

And of course"
Spoiler
That's detente Comrade... You don't have it, I don't have it"
It's got its flaws - the ATAC encoder looks like a bad cash register, the incidental music was terrible early 80's and the fake sets for the monastery aren't the best, but I love it all
BUT she was gorgeous -

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She was not my favorite Bond girl, but she did get a proper spin at “ye’olde death-trap”. It would have been better if she was trolled through the water as shark bait in her bikini without Roger Moore, but sometime those are the breaks...
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Interesting choices so far!
Also surprising that no one picked Goldfinger as their favorite.
Seems the most classic choice for quite a few.

Will soon start to re-watch the newer Bonds starting with GoldenEye until the last one Spectre.
Need to be ready when the new one comes out....if that is this year or not.
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Love the music and setting in this final fight scene with Christopher Walken.
Even with the classic mad german scientist with monocle :laugh:
Yeah, the stunt doubles are easily spotted and the back projection is not really cool as well.
But I guess that was the best they could achieve back then.
Still a really cool ending to a rather below-average Bond movie!
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Talking of bad backgrounds nothing beats the crap model of Afghanistan in Living Daylights when Bond and the henchman are fighting on the cargo net hanging outside the plane.

I really like that movie apart fron that bloody awful scene
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Maskripper wrote: 3 months ago Interesting choices so far!
Also surprising that no one picked Goldfinger as their favorite.
Seems the most classic choice for quite a few.
In my post, I made a distinction between favourite and best. I do think Goldfinger is the best film, largely because it has all the classic elements for the first time: the pre-title sequence; the big song; Connery; the megalomaniac villain; the incredibly strong henchman; memorable Bond girls; the amazing car.

The only classic element it lacks is the secret HQ which gets blown up. Instead, we get Fort Knox, which is pretty cool...
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Maskripper wrote: 3 months ago Interesting choices so far!
Also surprising that no one picked Goldfinger as their favorite.
Seems the most classic choice for quite a few.

Will soon start to re-watch the newer Bonds starting with GoldenEye until the last one Spectre.
Need to be ready when the new one comes out....if that is this year or not.
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A little scene for today:


Love the music and setting in this final fight scene with Christopher Walken.
Even with the classic mad german scientist with monocle :laugh:
Yeah, the stunt doubles are easily spotted and the back projection is not really cool as well.
But I guess that was the best they could achieve back then.
Still a really cool ending to a rather below-average Bond movie!
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Come on, folks!
Which ones are the favorites to the ones that haven't posted in here so far?
I picked Goldfinger as my favorite Connery, if I had the laser pointed as the same place as in the movie and had to chose only one, it would be Goldfinger
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Now it gets slightly off-topic, but after all, this is my thread.... (*insert sinister laugh*)

In this "James Bond in concert" video there is a great singer who performs the title song from "Tomorrow never dies" (original from Sheryl Crow).
She sings really awesome....but is it just me or does she make quite a lot of really weird faces in the powerful parts?


Maybe she thinks about getting shagged by Bond?
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Yeah she looked like she was about to burst into tears. Perhaps she was thinking of Quantum of Solace
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Thunderball in a dead heat with On Her Majesty's Secret Service..."You Only Live Twice" in a respectable third place.
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Deceiver wrote: 4 months ago My favourite Bond girl is probably Carey Lowell in the next movie. I liked her attitude, short hair, in that dress.

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Yeah, Carey Lowell is definitely one of the better Bond girls. She's gorgeous, and she also seems like her character belongs in that world, unlike a lot of Bond girls who were just there to make out with Bond. Too bad the movie didn't focus more on her and Bond doing stuff together.

She also has a small part in the 1997 comedy Fierce Creatures, starring John Cleese as a hapless zoo manager.

My choice for Number 1 is always Doctor No. It's the first, arguably every bit as iconic as Goldfinger. It's got Connery, beautiful scenery, and it starts off with the murder of Carol Strangways, which is a lovely bit of business.
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