Bondfest 2006: Diamonds Are Forever

Dan Bondfest 2006

I don’t think I’m going to make it! Diamonds Are Forever: Sean Connery returns to the franchise for one last (official) bow, and he’s not exactly going out with a bang – his age is really starting to show, and the one-liners are starting to get hammy, not slick. This first Bond film of the 70’s feels dated through the excessive use of day-for-night, and the Vegas setting hampers, not helps, the production. The plot is somewhat dull, and the …

Bondfest 2006: You Only Live Twice

Dan Bondfest 2006

Managed to squeeze another Bond in before I headed out for the evening. You Only Live Twice: This is the Bond film that worked with the “formula”, expanded upon by author Roald Dahl. From The Official James Bond Movie Book: 25th Anniversary Edition: “There are two cast-iron rules in Bond movies that cannot be broken. The first concerns the Bond character, which is fixed and unchangeable, and the second relates to the Bond girls and the order of their appearance …

Bondfest 2006: Thunderball

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It’s slow going, and I’m going to need to pick up speed if I want to be realistic about this!! Thunderball: This movie has some slow parts, but it all builds up to an awesome underwater battle sequence that is a highlight of the entire Bond series. Connery is starting to show his age just a little in this one though, but he’s still pretty damn cool!

Bondfest 2006: Goldfinger

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Managed to squeeze in another Bond film prior to my evening plans tonight. Goldfinger: One of my favorite Bond films. I love the opening, the way Connery so casually slips out of the black one-piece to reveal a white tuxedo beneath. And let’s be honest – seeing an assailant coming up on you from behind by noticing his reflection in a woman’s eye as you kiss her is just too damn cool. The one liners are great too, but there’s …

Bondfest 2006: Dr. No / From Russia With Love

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Leading up to the release of Casino Royale on November 17, I will be watching all (yes, all) of the official EON James Bond films. I was calling it “20 Nights of Bond” since I was going to do one a night, but I realized that not only is that unrealistic since I would have had to started tonight and watch one each night until November 17, but also the press screening will undoubtedly be before November 17th. So, i’ll …