Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Stick around, Mr.Bond: The first 5 best Bond movies

Goodbye, Mr Bond!! Well, hello, actually, as James Bond has been around for 50 years. The brainchild of Ian Fleming, James Bond is a secret agent for Her Majesty, who works in MI5, and is always tasked with saving the world from nefarious schemes, that involve either taking over the world, or destroying mankind to create a new race, or even holding the world to ransom for an insane amount of cash. The films started in 1962, with Sean Connery playing the super spy in Dr.No, and up to recently with Daniel Craig in the yet-to-be-released Skyfall, and do not seem to show any signs of slowing up. So, to celebrate 50 years of the the worlds favorite spy, heres a first top 5 of my favorite Bond movies.

5: Moonraker (1979)

Made at the height of the Star Wars craze, Moonraker is a different kind of Bond movie. Yes, it has all the hallmarks of a Bond adventure: gorgeous Bond Girl, evil Bond Villain, lots of shooty set pieces, and Q. But, it did have another thing up it's sleeve (apart from its arm): a final 25 minute space finale, including a mssive shoot-out between Drax's henchmen, and the USAF, all involving laser guns! Over the top? Far fetched? It's both of those, but it does entertain for all the right reasons.

4: A View To A Kill (1985)

The last Bond outing for Sir Roger Moore, and I think it's also one of his best. Also starring one Christopher Walken as Max Zorin, it's storyline featured genetic tampering, a massive plot to flood Silicon Valley to make a killing in the microchip market, and fight on the very top of the Golden Gate Bridge! Roger Moore has also gone on record, saying this is his least favorite Bond movie, as it contains so much violence, but thinking about it, Zorin is one evil guy, and so violence is basically all he knows.

3: Goldfinger (1964)

Connery's third outing is actually one of the better Connery Bond movies. What other movie has women being painted in gold, a plot to rob Fort Knox, and a fat Korean man who throws a razor-rimmed bowler hat? None, that's what! And it's a very fun movie.

2: On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

A bit of an unusual one, this. The first, and last, George Lasenby Bond film, sees Bond having to stop Blofeld (Telly Savalas) from brainwashing women in his 'clinic', to go back into the major cities, and somehow cause infetility to the Male population. Yeah, I thought the plot was a bit askew as well. Still, it is a good movie, and is horribly underrated. Plus, there is a bit of a plot cock up as well, but it's down to the eagle-eyed Bond fans to find that one ;)

1: GoldenEye (1995)

After a hiatus of about 6 years (and many legal problems), the Bond films came back with a fresh, new take on the series. With a new M (replacing the late Bernard Lee), played by Judi Dench, and a new Bond, the film tackled how Bond would react with radical changes since his last outing (the dissolution of the Soviet Union and, effectively, the end of the Cold War), and how he would be seen now. With Pierce Brosnan taking over the role after Timothy Dalton resigned, Brosnan steps up to the mantle with relative ease, marking a return to form for the Bond movie, and one hell of a ride. Right, I'm going into town, anyone fancy jumping on the Tank?

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