Browse Category: Bond

For Your Eyes Only

For Your Eyes Only (1981): John Glen

For Your Eyes Only was supposed to follow The Spy Who Loved Me, but the success of a certain space-based Best Picture nominee from 1977 sent producers back to their libraries to look up Moonraker.

The James Bond action returns to Earth, and delves beneath its waters for some stunts that probably rate as some of the series’s most difficult.

ONE SENTENCE PLOT SUMMARY: James Bond tracks a Greek smuggler who stole a British missile targeting system and plans to sell it to the Soviet Union.

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Moonraker

Moonraker (1979): Lewis Gilbert

The landmark success of a certain movie set in a galaxy far, far away caused the producers of the James Bond franchise to make Moonraker the next 007 movie down the pike.

ONE SENTENCE PLOT SUMMARY: James Bond tracks a maniacal industrial magnate and his plot to kill most people on Earth and start a new society from space.

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The Spy Who Loved Me

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977): Lewis Gilbert

The James Bond experiment reached its 15th anniversary with its 10th movie and first partial remake. While the first two Roger Moore movies were interesting departures from the Sean Connery era and dips into different film styles, The Spy Who Loved Me revealed a creative team lacking in ideas.

ONE SENTENCE PLOT SUMMARY: James Bond teams with a Soviet spy to stop a madman from stealing submarines and starting a nuclear war.

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The Man with the Golden Gun

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974): Guy Hamilton

Rolling along with the new Bond, The Man with the Golden Gun represented the last time original producer Saltzman stepped stirred the pot. He departed after selling his share to cover debts, and the resulting legal tie-ups held back production for three years. That probably turned into a blessing, because signs of Bond fatigue were racking up. The public needed a break.

ONE SENTENCE PLOT SUMMARY: James Bond travels to Thailand to help save the solar industry, but mostly to play The Most Dangerous Game with Francisco Scaramanga, the world’s most dangerous assassin and man with the golden gun.  Continue Reading

RECAP: Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die (1973): Guy Hamilton

Connery, Lazenby, Connery, and introducing Roger Moore. That was the order of four straight James Bonds in the 1960s and ’70s. Turnover should indicate tension, dissension, or fatigue, by the producers or the public, but Roger Moore appeared in seven 007 movies, still the record, across fourteen years.

ONE SENTENCE PLOT SUMMARY: James Bond follows the Prime Minister of Caribbean fake nation San Monique and his links to voodoo and the drug trade.  Continue Reading

RECAP: Diamonds Are Forever

Diamonds Are Forever (1971): Guy Hamilton

George Lazenby had one go at James Bond and said sayonara, welching on a seven-picture deal, which seems insane, but you have to consider he went on to appear in [three bad movies].

Sean Connery decided that maybe Bond wasn’t such a bad character to play, so he came back. Helping sway him was a then-record salary of £1.25 million.

ONE SENTENCE PLOT SUMMARY: James Bond battles his arch-nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld, for we swear is the final time, who is at the apex of a diamond smuggling outfit and determined to make the great powers cower with them.   Continue Reading

RECAP: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969): Peter Hunt

In 1967, Sean Connery decided he was over playing James Bond. He stopped speaking to producer Albert Broccoli. The boys and girls at Eon, now United Artists, needed a new 007. They selected an unknown Australian commercial actor named George Lazenby.

ONE SENTENCE PLOT SUMMARY: James Bond chases his arch-nemesis Blofeld into the mountain heights of Switzerland, where only he and a new, maybe-permanent lover can stop him.  Continue Reading

RECAP: You Only Live Twice

You Only Live Twice (1967): Lewis Gilbert

James Bond spends his fifth jaunt onscreen delving into Asia, especially Japan, portrayed as a sleepy nation with a glitzy capital but still attached to its past. More stuck in the mud than Britain, can’t you tell? Even M, Moneypenny, and company get out in the field, working from a submarine patrolling East and South China Seas and maybe the Sea of Japan.

ONE SENTENCE PLOT SUMMARY: Bond heads to Japan to investigate a crazy theory that someone, maybe arch nemesis SPECTRE, is launching rockets from there that capture astronauts and cosmonauts and threaten to ignite a world war.  Continue Reading

RECAP: Thunderball

Thunderball (1965): Terence Young

The iconic, canonical Goldfinger defined James Bond for generations of fans. Its followup was Thunderball, an terrific jaunt in the tropics, with huge explosions and fight sequences few movies have ever tried again.

ONE SENTENCE PLOT SUMMARY: James Bond travels to the Bahamas to foil a SPECTRE plot to steal nuclear bombs and destroy Miami.  Continue Reading

RECAP: Goldfinger

Goldfinger (1964): Guy Hamilton

Still the-ahem-GOLD standard of James Bond movies, the third Bond movie in as many years catapulted the character and its star into icon status. If From Russia with Love left any doubt, Goldfinger erased thoughts that Bond would fade in years to come.

ONE SENTENCE PLOT SUMMARY: James Bond counters a gold-mad villain named Goldfinger, a man determined to nuke the bulk of America’s gold supply.  Continue Reading

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