Friday, January 25, 2008

The amazing Mr. Bond

"Quantum of Solace" is the title of the new James Bond film showing later this year. I can't wait. I wasn't really a big Bond fan. The films were not really well-written and (not that) well-made. The guys who played Bond were more like well-chiseled mannequins than real actors (except Connery). Not to mention the campiness and absurdity of it all (James Bond in space, anyone?), although that may have been the point as the franchise is the ultimate in male fantasy. However, it all changed with 2006's "Casino Royale." Totally loved that movie. Everybody thought the blond Daniel Craig was the wrong choice to play Bond, but they were proven wrong. I knew Craig is a pretty intense actor
, having seen him beforehand in Layer Cake and Sylvia. He brought gravitas and much-needed realism (to a point) in his new role, and the film was a back-to-Ian Fleming-basics affair, revealing Bond for what he actually is: a heartbroken, killing machine, not the martini-shaking kiss-kiss-bang-bang of old (well, maybe not).

To whet your appetite for the next Bond film, here are the famous opening sequences of the last 22 James Bond films. Enjoy.

Dr. No (1962)

From Russia with Love (1963)

Goldfinger (1964)

Thunderball (1965)

You Only Live Twice (1967)

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Live and Let Die (1973)

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Moonraker (1979)

For Your Eyes Only (1981)

Octopussy (1983)

Never Say Never Again (1983)

A View to a Kill (1985)

The Living Daylights (1987)

Licence to Kill (1989)

GoldenEye (1995)

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

The World Is Not Enough (1999)

Die Another Day (2002)

Casino Royale (2006)

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