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The Bond Retrospective Link List
The Bond Retrospective Link List
The Bond Retrospective Link List

The Bond Retrospective Link List

Click on the film title below you want to read the retrospective of: Dr No From Russia with Love Goldfinger Thunderball You Only Live Twice On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Diamonds Are Forever Live and Let Die The Man wit...
 
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Quantum Of Solace
Quantum Of Solace
Quantum Of Solace

Quantum Of Solace

So it is left to me to close Filmwerks’ retrospective look back at the Bond franchise and I cannot help but feel I have drawn the short straw. One of our reviewers previously mentioned that three can be a charm, but unfortunate...
 

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Casino Royale
Casino Royale
Casino Royale

Casino Royale

It’s quite the epic, and one that could have been shed right down to the bare bones if they had wished to. Instead, not only do we get a good opening (where Bond earns his double-o rank), but we get an elongated plot that sets ...
 
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Die Another Day
Die Another Day
Die Another Day

Die Another Day

Die Another Day is the 20th film in the James Bond series, and the last one starring Pierce Brosnan. It’s also the final film in the original timeline before Casino Royale and Daniel Craig rebooted the franchise. This time arou...
 

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The World Is Not Enough
The World Is Not Enough
The World Is Not Enough

The World Is Not Enough

  Writing a retrospective review of this movie seemed at first mildly strange to me. The film still seeming too recent in one’s mind’s eye to undergo such a ‘retro’ treatment. Yet it’s actually over ten years now since The...
 
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Tomorrow Never Dies
Tomorrow Never Dies
Tomorrow Never Dies

Tomorrow Never Dies

Tomorrow Never Dies isn’t regarded as Brosnan’s worst, but it is far from his best. This sophomore effort for the Irish actor added a lot of cons, but not many pros to the list. The villains were badly over played: Jonathan Pry...
 

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Goldeneye
Goldeneye
Goldeneye

Goldeneye

It is 1986. The Cold War is nearing its completion and the Soviet Union is on the verge of collapse. James Bond is up to his old tricks skydiving off dams and surprising unsuspecting men on the loo and whatnot. Only this time h...
 
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Licence To Kill
Licence To Kill
Licence To Kill

Licence To Kill

Timothy Dalton is perhaps the most underrated of all the Bonds, and Licence to Kill is perhaps one of the most under-rated of all the films. It got a reputation for being too violent (and to this day is still the only 15 rated ...
 

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The Living Daylights
The Living Daylights
The Living Daylights

The Living Daylights

In his fifteenth outing, Bond is sent to protect defecting Soviet Georgi Koskov who informs him that General Pushkin, the head of the KGB, has reactivated Smiert Shpionam (better known as SMERSH) to kill Western spies. When Kos...
 
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A View To A Kill
A View To A Kill
A View To A Kill

A View To A Kill

I could probably write this whole thing in five words; rubbish film, great theme tune. Alright, maybe that’s doing it a slight disservice. Actually, no, not really. Made in 1985, A View to a Kill is the fourteenth film in the s...
 

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Octopussy
Octopussy
Octopussy

Octopussy

Everyone has their favourite and their least favourite. It is with a sigh then that the burden of writing about one of the least loved Bond films lays here (and is probably the least favourite for this reviewer).   Now thi...
 
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For Your Eyes Only
For Your Eyes Only
For Your Eyes Only

For Your Eyes Only

In 1981 James Bond returned to our cinema screens in For Your Eyes Only – [FYEO] and once again the series got a sort of soft reset. Moonraker had really set the bar for super extravagant, large scale Bond movies, and FYEO was ...
 

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Moonraker
Moonraker
Moonraker

Moonraker

Roger Moore’s fourth outing as 007, and the eleventh movie in the official series is an interesting one to revisit. This time we see Bond take on mega-billionaire industrialist (and Messianic megalomaniac) Hugo Drax, who has gl...
 
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The Spy Who Loved Me
The Spy Who Loved Me
The Spy Who Loved Me

The Spy Who Loved Me

You know exactly what you are getting when you watch a Bond film. You’ll get transported through a cyclonic maelstrom of bad guys, bullets, gadgets and beautiful women; and asked to suspend your belief at the kiosk…or when you ...
 

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The Man With The Golden Gun
The Man With The Golden Gun
The Man With The Golden Gun

The Man With The Golden Gun

For his last Bond film, Guy Hamilton really stepped his game up a notch to deliver another visually exciting picture. It may reek of the 70s in many places, but he has to be applauded for his choice of locations and sets to add...
 
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Live And Let Die
Live And Let Die
Live And Let Die

Live And Let Die

The sun is rising on a new age of Roger Moore as the ever-devilish James Bond, but all is not as it should be in 00-Land. Three British agents have died in ‘mysterious circumstances ’within 24 hours, and only one man alive is f...
 

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Diamonds Are Forever
Diamonds Are Forever
Diamonds Are Forever

Diamonds Are Forever

An odd film this one. Guy Hamilton of Goldfinger fame came back to direct this feature along with the two that followed it. Connery also bizarrely returned after Lazenby pulled out after taking on some very bad advice.   T...
 
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On Her Majesty's Secret Service
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
On Her Majesty's Secret Service

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

So here we are in the tail end of 2010 and I’m sitting here trying figure out what I want to say about this most interesting of Bond movies. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (OHMSS from now on) represents a curious ‘blip’ in the...
 

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You Only Live Twice
You Only Live Twice
You Only Live Twice

You Only Live Twice

Oh my god, James Bond is dead!!! Wait… oh…. no, he’s just pretending. PHEW. Cue opening credits. The credit sequence is perhaps one of the best things about this film; Nancy Sinatra floats on air as she sings the ti...
 
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Thunderball
Thunderball
Thunderball

Thunderball

By the time Terence Young’s Thunderball was released in 1965, James Bond was getting bigger: bigger crowds, bigger plots, bigger stunts and most significantly, a much bigger ego. Thunderball sees Bond at his most suave and conf...
 

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Goldfinger
Goldfinger
Goldfinger

Goldfinger

If you explained the plot of Goldfinger to an alien (rotund super-villain plans to irradiate Fort Knox’s gold bullion stocks thereby rendering it worthless and allowing him to take control of the world’s gold reserves, with the...
 
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From Russia With Love
From Russia With Love
From Russia With Love

From Russia With Love

After grounding the character and establishing a few well known traits, Director Terrence Young and leading man Sean Connery cemented the future of James Bond with this follow up that saw things get all the more personal for 00...
 

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Dr. No
Dr. No
Dr. No

Dr. No

The first of the never-say-die franchise, James Bond is sent to Jamaica to investigate the death of a fellow British agent. The trail leads him to the base of Dr. No, who is plotting revenge on the West by disrupting the US spa...