First off, let me get this out of the way: The movie is very very solid. I highly recommend seeing it in the theater. I assure you you will not be disappointed.
Is Skyfall the best James Bond movie ever? — Many critics and viewers are claiming so.
These are bold claims to say the least! Having seen then movie I can report to you that such claims are not pure crazy talk. But the best of all time!? That is not the type thing you should speak out loud without putting some thought into it first.
Over the next few days I am going to treat myself with some easy posts and share my frivolous opinions on the subject. For the next five days I will list Top 5 Bond Movies. Will Skyfall make the list?
This list will be my opinion and nothing more. Barry Norman I am not, so you will forgive me if the words escape me to explain exactly WHY I like certain ones more than others. I will do my best.
One thing I will ask that you keep in mind, is that the franchise has been around for 50 years. Comparing eras in movies, like comparing eras in sports, is very difficult to do. There are two main questions I try to consider: 1) How was the movie for it’s time? And 2) how has the movie held up over the long haul? Or, in the case of recent movies, how do I anticipate it will hold up?
I will give you examples. Moonraker, You Only Live Twice, and Die Another Day are at the bottom of my list. All these movies went over the top with cheesy gadgetry. James Bond is fake, but when you make it Superman comic-book level fake, it looses it’s appeal. These are all examples of movies that don’t hold up well.
Music and exotic locations are a couple of hard to define intangibles that make a huge difference to me in how I rank a movie. For example, many list Goldfinger as one of the best movies in the franchise. However, that movie was filmed in Kentucky and I have just never been impressed with it’s scenery.
Music…I could never admit this if I was using my real name, but I think A View To A Kill is solid. One of the things I love about the movie is John Barry’s instrumental version of Duran Duran’s A View to a Kill. I don’t know what to tell you–the flute and the french horn play off of each other and I like it. I’m not giving up my man card, and I still like it.
23 or 24?
Are there 23 or 24 Bond movies? It seems virtually everyone calls Skyfall the 23rd Bond movie. The problem with this is that such claims pretend Never Say Never Again doesn’t exist and never happened. What juvenile nonsense! Don’t tell me I didn’t see a movie I watched with my own eyes! I know that movie exists because I’ve watched the long sum-bitch many times. I don’t care what the lawyers say, don’t try to tell me that it doesn’t count. I know MGM doesn’t want it to count (if you don’t know, you don’t want to know), but a hot Kim Basinger is etched in my memory and there is nothing you can say MGM, or not say, that will ever make me forget her. There are 24 Bond movies. Period.
Men are pigs. Hot Bond women are a factored heavily into my decision.
ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE
On a final note, I would like to say that On Her Majesty’s Secret Service does not get the credit it deserves. It is a good movie. George Lanzenby was not asked to do another movie because he was difficult to work with behind the scenes. I am not saying he is the best actor for Bond, but the movie is not as terrible as everyone seems to think it is.
With that preamble, I will start counting down the Top 5 Bond Movies, releasing one a day for the next five days.
On a final note I will leave you with a video of an expert panel discussing “The Best James Bond Movie”. Three of the experts claim Daniel Craig is the best Bond of all time. This is a shining example of not taking into account the time period the movie was released! The female expert, Allison Goertz, says Daniel Craig is the best Bond because he doesn’t hit women. While true, this again fails to take into account the time period which the movies were released. Plus, the comment shows a complete misunderstanding of the James Bond character.
Which James Bond would go down on his woman? —I must admit that that thought had never crossed my mind until watching this discussion. You have to love the internet where these important questions can be pondered.
- Why ‘Skyfall’ is the best Bond (lfpress.com)
- 5 James Bond Movie Gadgets That Became Everyday Realities (screenrant.com)
- The James Bond Movie Generator (slate.com)