No Right Answer: Best Bond Movie Ever

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Best Bond Movie Ever

According to Amazon.com's box set, James Bond has been a franchise 50 years and counting. What we'd like to know is, which movie deserves the top spot among all those martinis?

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Dam... last night the irradiated gold plot was brought up but everyone forgot the film. Universal memory block.

No points for Odd job? Have you lost your head at Chris?
Or at least one for that transition joke :P

Stabby Joe:
Dam... last night the irradiated gold plot was brought up but everyone forgot the film. Universal memory block.

It's a film,
Who's name you'd love to toooooooouuuuuuch
*Ba-ba-ba Da-da*
But you mustn't tooooooouuuuuuuch!

Goldfinger just got GoldENIED! Boom. I'll be here all night... so you'll know where to find me and slap me.

Hands down Gold Finger. On paper you might be able to put strong points for Golden Eye but in practice, as a film Gold Finger is just the better movie to me.
And funny that they chose Gold Finger and Golden Eye because the later, even by name shows what's "wrong" with Golden Eye. Even it's name is derivative taken from one of the most famous Bond movies precisely to try and re-kindle the bond franchise as the second guy said.

Mrs. Doubtfire came out a 2 years before GoldenEye, but whatever. Enjoyed this.

From Russia With Love. This is the right answer.

No Moonraker vs Die Another Day?

James Bond is dangerously mysognistic and so it's always important to keep it silly and in perspective. So both of them set their threats in space unknowing and above but Die Another Day had the genius to also bring it down to earth by having a scene where Bond got chased by the giant space laser. And villains! Die Another Day's villain was so awesome, they needed two actors to play him and even change his race during film. Nothing says artistic integrity and a truly recognisable villain than having him have two completely different faces dude to space magic.

It also had this brilliant duality, we had Bond hoverboating over minefields in the demilitarised zone to highlight the dangers of new technology and the current geopolitical situation, pararelling nicely with the threat of giant space lasers, but it also had the brilliance to include that Bond bit of flash. Invisible cars. What could be cooler? An ice palace. That's what. Actually melting around him. Also a thing. And the villain starting fencing Bond and destroying property without killing even one because Bond.

Die Another Day was thematically brilliant, relevant, sensible, downö-to-earth (and in space) with Bond style and flair.

And of course Moonraker. Space Ark. Do I need to say more?

Hunh. Y'know, thanks for reminding me that Goldeneye had the fallen agent - I'd kept getting this deja vu sense during Skyfall but couldn't put my finger on why.

Nicely done episode, too.

I've always understood why people say 'Goldfinger' and it is the single most important entry in the franchise but I'd put 'Goldeneye' ahead of it.

But still neither would actually be the best Bond film, that's 'From Russia With Love'.

As you can see from my name I have a soft spot for GoldenEye. While Goldfinger is a good movie and the one that established the "Bond formula" its stupid end hurts it badly, especially the scene leading to it which is basically a rape scene. So yeah, GoldenEye is the better movie for me too.

MonkeyPunch:
And funny that they chose Gold Finger and GoldenEye because the later, even by name shows what's "wrong" with Golden Eye. Even it's name is derivative taken from one of the most famous Bond movies precisely to try and re-kindle the bond franchise as the second guy said.

No, GoldenEye was the name of Ian Fleming's house in Jamaica.

Interesting thing about Goldeneye: When I first saw Pierce Brosnan as Remmington Steele, I said "This guy has future James Bond written all over him". Then Goldeneye came out and, if memory serves me right, I actually yelled out loud "I FRICKIN' CALLED IT!"

CAPTCHA: who, what, where

Me...that...my home.

MonkeyPunch:
Hands down Gold Finger. On paper you might be able to put strong points for Golden Eye but in practice, as a film Gold Finger is just the better movie to me.
And funny that they chose Gold Finger and Golden Eye because the later, even by name shows what's "wrong" with Golden Eye. Even it's name is derivative taken from one of the most famous Bond movies precisely to try and re-kindle the bond franchise as the second guy said.

Well, not really. The book/film Goldeneye was named after the OSS mission during WW2 to spy on spain to see if the Germans planned to move in after the Spanish civil war which Fleming was in charge of.... And it was the name Ian Flemings chose for his home in jamaca.

I'm way too young to be any authority on James Bond movies, given how I only started following them at some point in the 90's. Skyfall is the best Bond movie I've seen, though it's almost by default. I've heard very good things about You Only Live Twice, so I should check that out sometime.

GoldenEye:
As you can see from my name I have a soft spot for GoldenEye. While Goldfinger is a good movie and the one that established the "Bond formula" its stupid end hurts it badly, especially the scene leading to it which is basically a rape scene. So yeah, GoldenEye is the better movie for me too.

MonkeyPunch:
And funny that they chose Gold Finger and GoldenEye because the later, even by name shows what's "wrong" with Golden Eye. Even it's name is derivative taken from one of the most famous Bond movies precisely to try and re-kindle the bond franchise as the second guy said.

No, GoldenEye was the name of Ian Fleming's house in Jamaica.

It also had a car chase with a fraking tank. No CGI, live action car chase through the streets of st Petersburg in a fraking tank. And let's not for get the running down the dam infiltration opening scene at the start if the movie.

The black guy who was a potential Bond candidate was Idris Alba, but he probably won't get it because by the time Craig is done with his tenure Alba will be too old for the part.

Since we're talking about gold, what's wrong with "The Man with the Golden Gun"? Was it because it was just stupid because the villain purposefully used a gun with only 1 bullet?

As much crap as Pierce Brosnan gets for his Bond movies (even though I personally think he happens to be a great Bond in awful stories), Goldeneye was a damn good movie. Definitely my favorite 007 movie.

Also, hey! A Once Upon a Time reference. Was't expecting that.

Had I seen this question a week ago I would have said GoldenEye, for sure. But after seeing SkyFall two days ago I'd have to pick that as the best Bond movie.

Crimson_Dragoon:
Also, hey! A Once Upon a Time reference. Was't expecting that.

AHH! Where?! How did I miss it!

BOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

This was awful! Chris, you are now officially the worst. And Dan, wtf?! You couldn't defend 'Goldfinger' over 'Goldeneye'?! That's like failing to prove that life without polio is better than life WITH polio!

BrotherRool:
No Moonraker vs Die Another Day?

James Bond is dangerously mysognistic and so it's always important to keep it silly and in perspective. So both of them set their threats in space unknowing and above but Die Another Day had the genius to also bring it down to earth by having a scene where Bond got chased by the giant space laser. And villains! Die Another Day's villain was so awesome, they needed two actors to play him and even change his race during film. Nothing says artistic integrity and a truly recognisable villain than having him have two completely different faces dude to space magic.

It also had this brilliant duality, we had Bond hoverboating over minefields in the demilitarised zone to highlight the dangers of new technology and the current geopolitical situation, pararelling nicely with the threat of giant space lasers, but it also had the brilliance to include that Bond bit of flash. Invisible cars. What could be cooler? An ice palace. That's what. Actually melting around him. Also a thing. And the villain starting fencing Bond and destroying property without killing even one because Bond.

Die Another Day was thematically brilliant, relevant, sensible, downö-to-earth (and in space) with Bond style and flair.

And of course Moonraker. Space Ark. Do I need to say more?

I'm down with the Moonraker, but Die Another Day was nothing more than a recycled, Frankenstein mish-mash over other, better Bond films. The laser satellite from Diamonds Are Forever, snowboarding against an avalanche (like 4 other bonds movies), two Bond girls fighting one another (Thunderball), etc. Not too mention that they were sooo desperate to have Bond fight the cold war, they actually dredged the threat out of the last remaining, overtly hostile communist regime on earth (North Korea) as an overarching villain nation, which was pretty much just used as a stand-in for the USSR (with more Koreans of course). Old tricks, recycled (borderline cold war era) themes, uninteresting characters and plot developments. A thoroughly mediocre (at best) Bond film.

Sorry boys, but the correct answer is "You Only Live Twice". It has the gadgetry, a huge climactic battle scene, and "Bond enjoying being Bond" (sadly missing recently) of the Roger Moore era...but with Sean Connery.

TKretts3:
Had I seen this question a week ago I would have said GoldenEye, for sure. But after seeing SkyFall two days ago I'd have to pick that as the best Bond movie.

Crimson_Dragoon:
Also, hey! A Once Upon a Time reference. Was't expecting that.

AHH! Where?! How did I miss it!

When we showed an image of Mr. Gold AKA the dark one. Also Stargate Universe reference by calling him Rush at first. Can you handle all that?

bz316:

BrotherRool:
No Moonraker vs Die Another Day?

James Bond is dangerously mysognistic and so it's always important to keep it silly and in perspective. So both of them set their threats in space unknowing and above but Die Another Day had the genius to also bring it down to earth by having a scene where Bond got chased by the giant space laser. And villains! Die Another Day's villain was so awesome, they needed two actors to play him and even change his race during film. Nothing says artistic integrity and a truly recognisable villain than having him have two completely different faces dude to space magic.

It also had this brilliant duality, we had Bond hoverboating over minefields in the demilitarised zone to highlight the dangers of new technology and the current geopolitical situation, pararelling nicely with the threat of giant space lasers, but it also had the brilliance to include that Bond bit of flash. Invisible cars. What could be cooler? An ice palace. That's what. Actually melting around him. Also a thing. And the villain starting fencing Bond and destroying property without killing even one because Bond.

Die Another Day was thematically brilliant, relevant, sensible, downö-to-earth (and in space) with Bond style and flair.

And of course Moonraker. Space Ark. Do I need to say more?

I'm down with the Moonraker, but Die Another Day was nothing more than a recycled, Frankenstein mish-mash over other, better Bond films. The laser satellite from Diamonds Are Forever, snowboarding against an avalanche (like 4 other bonds movies), two Bond girls fighting one another (Thunderball), etc. Not too mention that they were sooo desperate to have Bond fight the cold war, they actually dredged the threat out of the last remaining, overtly hostile communist regime on earth (North Korea) as an overarching villain nation, which was pretty much just used as a stand-in for the USSR (with more Koreans of course). Old tricks, recycled (borderline cold war era) themes, uninteresting characters and plot developments. A thoroughly mediocre (at best) Bond film.

I was trolling I'm afraid ;P. I think Moonraker is normally most despised, although Die Another Day might be beating it out now that people think of it as the film that nearly killed off the franchise.

If I were to name my worst though, I really wasn't a fan of Casino Royale (and presumably Quantum of Solace). I'm happy we live in Skyfall days. I think that would probably win my vote for best Bond film

Goldeneye has been my favorite since I first saw it--Bond reboot, nice mix of serious and goofy, the right movie at the right time for the franchise.

Although, for sheer cheese, it's hard to beat the opening of The Spy Who Loved Me: But James, I need you! / So does England. (and he's in a tacky yellow ski suit)

Firefilm:

TKretts3:
Had I seen this question a week ago I would have said GoldenEye, for sure. But after seeing SkyFall two days ago I'd have to pick that as the best Bond movie.

Crimson_Dragoon:
Also, hey! A Once Upon a Time reference. Was't expecting that.

AHH! Where?! How did I miss it!

When we showed an image of Mr. Gold AKA the dark one. Also Stargate Universe reference by calling him Rush at first. Can you handle all that?

Ohhh. I saw it but thought it was only referencing Stargate Universe.

I might actually have to go with Skyfall as the best, though I understand why it wasn't in the video. Surprised the tank chase wasn't brought up though. Watching it back recently I decided the one thing that made GoldenEye not definitively the best bond film was the one-liners, although being classic Bond, were really really really seriously overdone. It's like half the dialogue was quips.

Anyway, I hated Casino Royale and disliked QOS (I would hate it more it's just it's so boring I can barely remember it) and I unfairly placed this on Daniel Craig. I now know he can be a good Bond, and has been a good Bond, it's just nice that the writers and everyone else got their shit together for Skyfall.

What? No love for "The Man with the Golden Gun"? FORSHAME!

Jokes aside. Despite being boring, insufferable side characters, and practically pointless.. The reason why I still hold The Man with the Golden Gun #3 on my best Bond films is just Scaramanga himself. I can't think of any other villain that was just wanting to kill Bond just for the thrill. He has ample opportunities to kill Bond throughout the film but doesn't because he wants to do it in a fair 1v1 duel. Bond's PPK vs. his Golden Gun. Which is likely one of the most (if not the most) iconic James Bond weapons of all movies.

Punch You:
Since we're talking about gold, what's wrong with "The Man with the Golden Gun"? Was it because it was just stupid because the villain purposefully used a gun with only 1 bullet?

Uh... I didn't think that was really stupid.

He was basically Deadshot from Batman, he never misses.

Cool to me.

MorganL4:
The black guy who was a potential Bond candidate was Idris Alba, but he probably won't get it because by the time Craig is done with his tenure Alba will be too old for the part.

Idris Elba could work, but only if Dominic West gets to play the villain.

Logan Hartke:
From Russia With Love. This is the right answer.

Seconded. The rawest, tightest, most viscerally thrilling Bond film ever made. It had subtlety, pacing, great characters, and perhaps more importantly, was made when Bond was just a mere character, rather than an institution. Bind's identity was what Sean Connery decided it would be, not something from 20-odd films previously.

GamemasterAnthony:
Interesting thing about Goldeneye: When I first saw Pierce Brosnan as Remmington Steele, I said "This guy has future James Bond written all over him". Then Goldeneye came out and, if memory serves me right, I actually yelled out loud "I FRICKIN' CALLED IT!"

CAPTCHA: who, what, where

Me...that...my home.

Trivia: If not for Remmington Steele, Timothy Dalton would probably have never been Bond. The producers wanted Brosnan to replace Moore, but he couldn't get time off from his Remmington Steele contract to make a movie.

Speaking of Moore, just because of my age and them being the first Bond movies I really watched, I have a fondness for the early Roger Moore Bonds. Particularly Live And Let Die and Spy Who loved Me (I even like Man With The Golden Gun more than most -- hard to beat Christopher Lee as a villain). Moonraker just started the trend of Moore Bonds being too silly, so I don't care for any after that until Goldeneye.

Eh... I've never like Pierce Brosnan as Bond. Goldeneye is one of my favourites but that was because of the other characters, not Bond. In my mind, that makes the movie lose a lot of marks.

Also, I'm inclined to give Skyfall my vote as best Bond film with Goldfinger right behind it.

MonkeyPunch:
Hands down Gold Finger. On paper you might be able to put strong points for Golden Eye but in practice, as a film Gold Finger is just the better movie to me.
And funny that they chose Gold Finger and Golden Eye because the later, even by name shows what's "wrong" with Golden Eye. Even it's name is derivative taken from one of the most famous Bond movies precisely to try and re-kindle the bond franchise as the second guy said.

The name is in reference to the house where Fleming wrote the books.

OT: Casino Royale or Skyfall, for me. In fact I can't believe Goldeneye of all things was chosen over Royale, especially considering its reboot of the franchise has been far more successful.

MorganL4:
The black guy who was a potential Bond candidate was Idris Alba, but he probably won't get it because by the time Craig is done with his tenure Alba will be too old for the part.

This.

Also, WhoTF is Donald Glover?

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