Bondfest 2006: The World is Not Enough / Die Another Day

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Only two to go, and here they are! The World is Not Enough:: Due to a horrible bit of swapped casting, Sophie Marceau now plays the spoiled rich brat and Denise Richards plays the nuclear physicist. Umm…. hello? Do I really need to say more? Okay, I will. I like that M (Judi Dench) is humanized a bit in the story, and I did enjoy a lot of the action sequences, even when they started to get overwrought. But still, …

Bondfest 2006: GoldenEye / Tomorrow Never Dies

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Chugging along, like the little engine that could! GoldenEye: Pierce Brosnan takes over the role from Dalton, and in this one, he goes after a rogue 00-Agent who steals a Soviet EMP satellite. It’s the first post-Cold War Bond film, and they make sure you know that. It’s actually a pretty good film, but it’s dragged down by an absolutely terrible music score by Eric Serra (though he has a nice love theme). I like the moment where Bond and …

Bondfest 2006: The Living Daylights / Licence to Kill

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Holy crap, I only have like 3 days left to get through six Bond films. I guess I know what I’ll be doing! The Living Daylights: This was weird to watch. It’s Timothy Dalton’s first outing as Bond, and this time he’s up against a corrupt Soviet general – and it takes him all the way to Afghanistan, where he joins up with the Mujahadeen. Yeah, it’s pre-Osama Bin Laden, but hey, go Taliban! (Eeks!!) Licence to Kill: Bond goes …

Bondfest 2006: A View to a Kill

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After dinner, Liz and Josh and I decided to watch the next flick in the series, bringin Roger Moore’s stint as Bond to an end: A View to a Kill: Bond takes on genetic superchild Max Zorin (Christopher Walken), and his evil scheme to become the world’s leading provider of microchips by destroying Silicon Valley with a double fault earthquake that will sink it below San Francisco Bay. Basically, it’s a retread of the plot from Superman: The Movie, but …

Bondfest 2006: Octopussy

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We were gonna watch The Last King of Scotland, but my dad was tired – so my mom and I watched the next Bond film in the queue: Octopussy: Bond goes to India and joins the circus to stop a rogue Soviet General from setting off a nuke on a US Air Force base in Germany. Along the way he gets caught up with black market jewel smuggler Octopussy (Maud Adams – previously seen as a Bond girl in The …

Bondfest 2006: For Your Eyes Only

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Took the red-eye flight back to Boston tonight. As an “experiement”, I ripped For Your Eyes Only to my iPod. It worked rather well, I dare say, except the cinemascope aspect ratio left a bit to be desired – the image was so small! For Your Eyes Only: Roger Moore is getting old, and so while he’s trying to recover the ATAC system from a sunken British ship with the help of a murdered archaeologist’s daughter set on avenging her …

Bondfest 2006: Moonraker

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Finally had a chance to swallow one of the worst James Bond films of all time. After Casino Royale, it was hard, but I managed to get through it. Moonraker: Bond goes to outer space to stop a madman determined to wipe out humanity and replace them with his Aryan race of superhumans. Mmmmkay. I really don’t think I need to go into too much more detail on this one, do I? The jokes start coming fast and furious, and …

Bondfest 2006: The Spy Who Loved Me

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Now that I’ve seen Casino Royale, I’m continuing with Bondfest 2006, but it’s just gonna be slow and steady from here on out. The Spy Who Loved Me: What is better than a secret evil base? An underwater secret evil base! Yes, Bond takes on Karl Stromberg, a man with an evil plan to destory the world through nuclear war, and force humanity to live beneath the sea. Or something like that. It’s a Cold War morality tale, as the …

Casino Royale

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This is the one people have been itching to know my thoughts on. (Well, four of you.) Tonight I had my advance screening of Casino Royale. And I can say, with complete confidence, that this is easily the best James Bond film in over 20 years. I’ll let you think about that for a minute. “The best James Bond film in over 20 years.” Still there? Okay. Good. Now, you ask, why would I make such a bold claim? Because, …

Bondtest 2006: Not Going to Make It

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It’s official – I am not going to make my own self-imposed deadline. Hell, I won’t even be able to finish off the Roger Moore Bond films: I still have The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, Octopussy and For Your Eyes Only and A View to a Kill. Why the sudden inability to finish? Because my Casino Royale screening is on Friday. So I just lost seven days!! Gah!!