James Bond 007! Dynamite “Skyfall!” But Warning – Bond Can Get OLD!

The latest James Bond film is upon us – great news for movie lovers!

How can you not get excited by the opening sequence from a James Bond movie? Need help remembering? Here is a montage of ALL of them!

As a movie lover, I fell in love early with this iconic image at the beginning of every Bond movie….and I have always loved the iconic imagery of the logo as well…

And who can forget the original “James Bond Theme” – classic…

Let’s Meet The Bonds – 007!

We have seen six different Actors play the iconic role of British Secret Agent James Bond 007: the first – and to me still the one to beat – was Sean Connery:

He was followed by the one hit wonder of George Lazenby – so they paid Connery a fortune to come back one more time in “Diamonds Are Forever”…and then Roger Moore took over and had a nice run as 007…

Next up was the short-lived Timothy Dalton, followed by another long run with Pierce Brosnan, and now we have Daniel Craig doing very nicely, with “Skyfall” a blockbuster – destined to be the biggest Bond ever….

Kudos, Mr. Craig – but heed this warning: there have been a few Bond disasters in the series, when 007 stuck around for one assignment too many…

A View To A Kill

OK, it’s a classic looking Bond poster…but then another version starting showing up…one that was highlighting Grace Jones…and suddenly Bond started looking “old”….

Yes, I grew up with Sean Connery before Roger Moore as James Bond 007 – and Moore had a nice ride through seven Bond adventures, but let’s be honest: “A View To A Kill” is an AWFUL Bond film: slow, clumsy, derivative…and clearly one Roger Moore Bond too many…check out the trailer, and have a drink at the ready:

“A View To A Kill” Trailer

Bond Has A Walker!

Yes, it’s James Bond with a walker! Well, Christopher “Walken” at least…a great Actor as the nemesis doesn’t help what is an old, creaky, out-of-touch Bond…here is the plot:
An investigation of a horse-racing scam leads 007 to a mad industrialist who plans to create a worldwide microchip monopoly by destroying California’s Silicon Valley.

Roger Moore celebrated his 57th birthday during filming, making him the oldest actor to play Bond.

Roger Moore on his DVD commentary has said that this is definitely his least favorite Bond movie of the seven he starred in, because he felt he was too old for the part and, as confirmed in his autobiography, he felt there was no chemistry between himself and Tanya Roberts, and he had a genuine dislike of Grace Jones.

And what of Grace Jones? Could ANYONE see her being seduced by Grandpa Jimmy Bond?

The ONLY saving “grace” is that Roger Moore stepped aside after this tired effort, and the movie had a GREAT theme song! Here is the terrific music video from Duran Duran:

007 Going on 0060+:

To be fair, Roger Moore wasn’t the only Bond to hang on to his “license to kill” for one film too many…I give you “Die Another Day”:

Die Another Day

Well, first things first: I know Halle Berry is a big star, but who is the star of this film – her or Bond?

Here is the plot of “Die Another Day”: James Bond is sent to investigate the connection between a North Korean terrorist and a diamond mogul who is funding the development of an international space weapon.

Brosnan was a very good James Bond, especially in his first outing in “GoldenEye”, but by this film is was all getting VERY tired….

Yes, Halle Berry wears a bikini as a “Bond girl”, but it felt obvious and sad…and an invisible car?

When Q explains how the Vanquish works, he is explaining technology that the US Air Force is actually developing for use in a new “daylight” stealth aircraft. However, the “invisibility” capability is only useful at extreme distance (miles), and would not in any way be as good as depicted on the car in this film. Clunky and stupid…

This was Pierce Brosnan’s last outing as Bond, and as much as I liked some of the earlier ones, he too stayed 007 one film too long…

Halle Berry became the first Academy Award winner to be a leading Bond Girl, winning her award while shooting this movie. And again, she spent a lot of time in this bikini…

The only thing worse than the movie was the theme song…imagine some of the classics like “Diamonds Are Forever” or “For Your Eyes Only”, then listen to this: here is Madonna’s “artistic expression” video…

This is EVERYTHING a Bond theme SHOULD NOT BE!!!!! Let’s just pretend this never happened, shall we?

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