Top 007 Bond Films

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James Bond is the epitome of manhood, he’s stylish, he has awesome cars, he’s well travelled, hes sophisticated, he knows what food and drink to order where ever he is in the world, he has the coolest gadgets, the best suits and he sleeps with prettiest women. And if you can overlook his butchering of martinis, its almost like he’s the perfect man. So in no particular order, here are my favourite James Bond films.

Diamonds Are Forever 

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Bond is tasked with investigating a major diamond smuggling ring which begins in Africa and runs through Holland and the UK to the United States. Disguised as professional smuggler and murderer Peter Franks, Bond travels to Amsterdam to meet contact Tiffany Case: he is given the diamonds and travels on to the US, where he is met by Felix Leiter. Bond moves through the chain, which leads to the Whyte House, a casino-hotel owned by the reclusive billionaire Willard Whyte.

Goldeneye 

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In 1986 Bond and Alec Trevelyan—agent 006—infiltrate an illicit Soviet chemical weapons facility and plant explosive charges. Trevelyan is shot, but Bond escapes from the facility as it explodes. Nine years later, Bond witnesses the theft by criminal organisation Janus of a prototype Eurocopter Tiger helicopter that can withstand an electromagnetic pulse. Janus uses the helicopter to steal the control disk for the dual GoldenEye satellite weapons, using the GoldenEye to destroy the complex with an electromagnetic pulse; there are two survivors of the attack, the programmers, Natalya Simonov and Boris Grishenko.

Bond investigates the attack and travels to Russia where he locates Simonova and learns that Trevelyan, who had faked his own death, was the head of Janus. Simonova tracks computer traffic to Cuba and she and Bond travel there and locate Trevelyan, who reveals his plan to steal money from the Bank of England before erasing all of its financial records with the GoldenEye, concealing the theft and destroying Britain’s economy. Bond and Simonova destroy the satellite facility, killing Trevelyan and Grishenko in the process.

The Man With The Golden Gun 

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After receiving a golden bullet with James Bond’s code “007” etched into its surface M relieves Bond of a mission locating a British scientist, Gibson, who has invented the “Solex agitator”, a device to harness solar power, thereby solving the energy crisis. The bullet signifies Bond is a target of assassin Francisco Scaramanga and Bond sets out unofficially to find him. From a spent golden bullet, Bond tracks Scaramanga to Macau, where he sees Scaramanga’s mistress collecting golden bullets at a casino. Bond follows her to Hong Kong, where he witnesses the murder of Gibson and the theft of the Solex agitator. Bond is subsequently assigned to retrieve the agitator and assassinate Scaramanga.

Bond meets with Hai Fat, a wealthy Thai entrepreneur suspected of arranging Gibson’s murder, and is captured, but subsequently escapes. He tracks Scaramanga to an island in Red Chinese waters, where the two men fight a duel: Bond kills the assassin.

Licence to Kill

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Bond aids Felix Leiter in the capture of drugs lord Franz Sanchez; Sanchez escapes and maims Leiter, killing his wife. Bond swears revenge, but is ordered to return to duty by M. Bond refuses, and M revokes his licence to kill, causing Bond to become a rogue agent; although officially stripped of his status, he is unofficially given help by Q.

Bond journeys to Sanchez’s home in the Republic of Isthmus and is taken onto Sanchez’s staff, where he manages to raise Sanchez’s suspicions against a number of his employees. When Bond is taken to Sanchez’s main base and drugs refinery, he is recognised by one of Sanchez’s men and captured. He escapes, destroying the refinery in the process, and pursues Sanchez, killing him.

Moonraker 

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A Drax Industries Moonraker space shuttle on loan is hijacked and Bond is ordered to investigate. Bond meets the owner of the company, Hugo Drax and one of Drax’s scientists, Dr. Holly Goodhead. Bond follows the trail to Venice, where he establishes that Drax is manufacturing a nerve gas deadly to humans, but harmless to animals. Bond again meets Goodhead and finds out that she is a CIA agent.

Bond travels to the Amazon looking for Drax’s research facility, where he is captured. He and Goodhead pose as pilots on one of six space shuttles being sent by Drax to a hidden space station. There Bond finds out that Drax plans to destroy all human life by launching fifty globes containing the toxin into the Earth’s atmosphere. Bond and Goodhead disable the radar jammer hiding the station from Earth and the US sends a platoon of Marines in a military space shuttle. During the battle, Bond kills Drax and his station is destroyed.

Dr No 

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Strangways, the British Intelligence (SIS) Station Chief in Jamaica, is killed. In response, British agent James Bond—also known as 007—is sent to Jamaica to investigate the circumstances. During his investigation Bond meets Quarrel, a Cayman fisherman, who had been working with Strangways around the nearby islands to collect mineral samples. One of the islands was Crab Key, home to the reclusive Dr. No.

Bond visits the island, where he meets a local shell diver, Honey Ryder. The three are attacked by No’s men, who kill Quarrel using a flame-throwing armoured tractor; Bond and Honey are taken prisoner. Dr. No informs them he is a member of SPECTRE, the SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion, and he plans to disrupt the Project Mercury space launch from Cape Canaveral with his atomic-powered radio beam. Bond and Honey escape from the island, killing No and blowing up his lair in the process.

Goldfinger 

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Bond is ordered to observe bullion dealer Auric Goldfinger. He suspects Goldfinger of cheating at cards and foils his scheme by distracting his female accomplice, who is later killed by Goldfinger’s Korean manservant and henchman Oddjob after Bond seduces her. Bond is then instructed to investigate Goldfinger’s gold smuggling operation and he tails the dealer to Switzerland. Bond is captured when he reconnoitres Goldfinger’s plant and is drugged unconscious; Goldfinger then transports Bond to his Kentucky stud farm where he holds Bond captive. Bond escapes briefly to witness Goldfinger’s meeting with US mafiosi, observing secretly as Goldfinger presents to the gangsters his plans to rob Fort Knox by using materials they have smuggled to him.

Bond is recaptured after hearing the details of the operation, but he subsequently seduces Pussy Galore, Goldfinger’s private pilot and convinces her to inform the American authorities. Goldfinger’s private army break into Fort Knox and access the vault, where Bond fights and kills Oddjob, while American troops battle with Goldfinger’s army outside. Bond’s plane is hijacked by Goldfinger, but Bond struggles with him, and shoots out a window, creating an explosive decompression, killing Goldfinger.

Film Review: The Last Jedi

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I’ll say it straight up now, I loved this film. I’ve heard a lot of negativity about it, but by goodness I loved it. I found the plot engaging and I started to see the characters of Rey and Finn become more rounded as individuals, which was a fantastic thing to see, as it was one of my main criticisms of The Force Awakens was that Rey was a pretty one dimensional character, so I’m glad this was rectified during this film.

Luke skywalker comes across as a bit of a little bitch, but that was to be expected, the whole thing adds a whole extra layer to the Star Wars universe and I was left rather satisfied, with a few questions, but that’s the beauty of knowing that there’ll be a sequel.

Overall 4.5 out of 5.

About Me: Five Favourite Films

I’ve been writing this blog seriously for almost a year now, so maybe its time we got to know each other a little better. So here are some of my favourite films

 

The Godfather

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Pacino and Brand at their finest bringing to life Francis Ford Copala’s vision of Mario Puzo’s seminal work.

Sideways 

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Sideways is a buddy comedy of errors looking at the mistakes of life and how friendship will overcome them through the bottom of bottle.

In The Loop

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Armando Iannucci’s comedic take on the criminal attitudes of government spin doctors in waging a war in the middle east. Having done my fair share of political PR I can tell you that the characters are actually pretty spot on, and seeing Malcom Tucker take on the yanks is just a treat.

Empire Strikes Back

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I had to put one of the Star Wars films on this list, and to be honest I very nearly put Rogue One, but on reflection Empire is the best of all Star Wars films because I always root for the bad guy and lets face it Darth Vader and the Empire won Empire Strikes Back.

Frost/Nixon 

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Michael Sheen and Frank Langella recreating the fateful interview which relaunched David Frost’s career and put the final nail in the coffin of Richard Nixon’s. It looks at these two men and the story behind the legendary war of words.

 

30 Before Thirty (Comics & Graphic Novels)

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I’m going to be thirty in just over 2 years and at this moment in time I’m OK with that (how I feel about it in 10 minuets is up for debate) but one of the things that I realised is that there are a fair few things I still want to accomplish whilst the career and social goals are somewhat out of my control things like films I want to see, albums I want to listen to and books I want to read are very much in my control, especially as I have 25 months to accomplish it. Here is a list of the Comics and Graphic Novels that I would like to have read by the time I’m thirty.

Grant Morrison’s 18 Days

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Camelot 3000

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Miracle Man: A Dream Of Flying

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All Star Superman 

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Preacher: Gone To Texas

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The Crow

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Sandman Preludes and Nocturnes

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Alan Moore’s: Saga of The Swamp Thing

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Marvel 1602

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Saga: Volume 1

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 The Order: Die Mensch Machine

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The Complete Scarlet Traces 

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Button Man

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Ronin 

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Superman: Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow 

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The Infinity Gauntlet 

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Amazing Spider-man: Kravens Last Hunt

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Promethea Book 1 

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Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus 

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Multiversity 

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Son Of Superman 

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Hellblazer: Original Sins 

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The Authority: Relentless 

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Hellboy: Seed Of Destruction 

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Doctor Who: Emperor Of The Daleks

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Death: The High Cost Of Living  

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JSA The Liberty Files 

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Alice In Sunderland 

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Daredevil Yellow

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The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch

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How many of these do you think I’ll get done before July 21st 2019?

30 Before I’m Thirty (Films)

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I’m going to be thirty in just over 2 years and at this moment in time I’m OK with that (how I feel about it in 10 minuets is up for debate) but one of the things that I realised is that there are a fair few things I still want to accomplish whilst the career and social goals are somewhat out of my control things like films I want to see, albums I want to listen to and books I want to read are very much in my control, especially as I have 25 months to accomplish it. Here is a list of the films that I would like to have read by the time I’m thirty.

How Green Was My Valley 

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Gentleman’s Agreement

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From Here to Eternity

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Gone With The Wind

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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

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West Side Story

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Lawrence of Arabia

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf

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Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner

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Funny Girl

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Fiddler On The Roof

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All The Presidents Men

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Milk

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Kramer Vs Kramer

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Terms of Endearment 

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The Cider House Rules

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An Education

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The Wolf Of Wall Street

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2

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Moonrise Kingdom

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Saving Private Ryan

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Going In Style 

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Wall Street

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King Ralph

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Planes Trains and Automobiles

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O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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The Monuments Men

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Good Will Hunting

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Good Morning Vietnam 

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This Is Spinal Tap

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How many of these do you think I’ll get done before July 21st 2019?

30 Before I’m Thirty (Books)

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I’m going to be thirty in just over 2 years and at this moment in time I’m OK with that (how I feel about it in 10 minuets is up for debate) but one of the things that I realised is that there are a fair few things I still want to accomplish whilst the career and social goals are somewhat out of my control things like films I want to see, albums I want to listen to and books I want to read are very much in my control, especially as I have 25 months to accomplish it. Here is a list of the books that I would like to have read by the time I’m thirty.

A Princess of Mars- Edgar Rice Burroughs 

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War and Peace- Leo Tolstoy 

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Ulysses- James Joyce 

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The Iliad- Homer

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Journey To The Centre of the Earth- Jules Verne 

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Frank Sinatra Has A Cold- Gay Talese 

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Three Men In A Boat (To Say Nothing Of The Dog)- Jerome K Jerome

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The Time Machine- H.G Wells

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Lolita- Vladimir Nabokov

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Animal Farm- George Orwell

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The Last Of The Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper

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The Man Who Would Be King- Rudyard Kipling 

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Treasure Island- Robert Louis Stevenson 

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Stardust- Neil Gaiman

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A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur’s Court- Mark Twain

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Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years- Sue Townsend 

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The Fight-Norman Mailer 

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The Turn Of The Screw-Henry James

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The Stand- Stephen King

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Notes Of A Dirty Old Man- Charles Bukowski 

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Children Of Hurin- J.R.R Tolkein 

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Idylls Of The King- Alfred Tennyson

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Confessions of an English Opium Eater-Thomas de Quincey

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Little Women- Louisa May Alcott 

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A Little History Of The World- E.H Gombrich 

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The Mysterious Affair At Styles- Agatha Christie 

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Who Censored Roger Rabbit- Gary K Wolf

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Zen And The Art Of Motor Cycle Maintenance-  Robert M. Pirsig

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The Day Of The Triffids- John Wyndham 

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Winds of Winter- George R.R. Martin (Because surely this’ll be finished before the TV series)

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How many of these do you think I’ll get done before July 21st 2019?

 

 

 

 

In Defence Of The Phantom Menace

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I’m going to get a lot of flack for this but please hear me out on this. Today I purchased a copy of Rogue One on DVD, but instead of popping it in the DVD player I decided to do the whole Star Wars saga, not including the cartoons and godawful Ewok movies. As this years Star Wars Day (May the Fourth get it) falls on election day (where I will be working harder than Jabba The Hutt’s roll on deodorant) on went the Phantom Menace and even before I got off the start menu, I was thinking how much I hate Jar Jar Binks.

And that was the problem, I was judging the whole film on this one annoying character. The story is actually pretty interesting, an unseen faction pursuing a political agenda through a war, which makes it sort of like House Of Cards in space, and this helps to flesh out the Star Wars universe. At times it does seem like BBC Parliament is covering the Galactic Senate, but again that goes a long way towards fleshing out the scope of this universe.

The action and effects serve in typical sci-fi style but my major qualm is that this supposedly takes place some 30 years before A New Hope, but the ships and weapons look more advanced and a lot sleeker, I know this is down to the advances in CGI and film technology, but from my point of view it would be like seeing a mobile phone in a film set in the 1960’s so that does tick me off a little, but is something I can live with. The pod race sequence is something that I have fond memories of from my childhood, not to mention the battle scene/ space battle/ light sabre three duel at the end.

Now on to the characters, we get a young Obi-Wan and his mentor Qui-Gon Jinn (played by able actors Ewan McGreggor and Liam Neeson respectively) who each portray a Jedi Knight acting as ambassador’s and later bodyguards and whilst their characterisation is a little 2 dimensional, you don’t really need to know more, because the films focus is on little Anakin Skywalker and Natalie Portman’s Queen Amidala. One missed opportunity however was Darth Maul, this bad dude could fight, and looked mean as all hell and whilst Ray Park’s fighting prowess really was put to good use, it just seems such a waste to have killed him off in the way he was (I can see why he was reincarnated in various spin off media).

But then it just comes back to Jar Jar Binks (and in fairness every other Gungan) from the voice and speech patterns to the overall clumsiness, to the just plain being stupid, Jar Jar is someone that you are automatically going to dislike, you are going to hate him and really just love to do it. Which makes it a little bit of a fitting end that you can pretty much lay every bad thing in the Star Wars universe at his feet thanks to his creating the Empire and all.

Whilst it is definitely the week point of the saga as a whole it still holds up as a film, I just think that it had to live up to the original trilogy and that was why it was judged so harshly, how could anything live up to those three films, and this is why I think the new films have it somewhat easier, as after the prequel trilogy the bar was set relatively low, thus giving the new films the appearance of excellence.