24/007: The Complete Craggus’ Bond Voyage

Every Bond movie retrospective, in release order, for your reading convenience. Click on Craggus' Bond Voyage at the end of each review to return here. *SPOILERS*                                                                           … Continue reading 24/007: The Complete Craggus’ Bond Voyage

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A View To A Kill (1985) Review

Riding high on “Octopussy”’s success, not just at the box office but in seeing off the threat of “Never Say Never Again”, the official Bond franchise pressed ahead with the next instalment. With the public’s affection for Roger Moore’s portrayal of Bond so recently validated, and with the producer’s preferred actors unavailable, the drive to … Continue reading A View To A Kill (1985) Review

Octopussy (1983) Review

Roger Moore had taken some convincing to play James Bond for a fifth time in “For Your Eyes Only” and was reluctant to keep going, feeling he was too old for the part. However, with the looming threat of Sean Connery’s return to the role of 007 in “Never Say Never Again”, the producers were … Continue reading Octopussy (1983) Review

For Your Eyes Only (1981) Review

The series may have scored its best ever box office with “Moonraker”, but the producers weren’t oblivious to the rumblings of discontent over the perceived gimmickry and excesses the series had become synonymous with. While the approach was right for the indulgent, excessive seventies, Bond needed to reinvent himself for the eighties. In came director … Continue reading For Your Eyes Only (1981) Review

Moonraker (1979) Review

So, not “For Your Eyes Only” then? Thanks to the box office shattering impact of “Star Wars” in 1977, Cubby Broccoli – ever a man with an eye for an opportunity – quickly altered his plans and selected “Moonraker”, the most outer space-sounding of Fleming’s novels as the next movie. With an eye firmly on … Continue reading Moonraker (1979) Review

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) Review

After the lacklustre and low-grossing “The Man With The Golden Gun”, “The Spy Who Loved Me” was to be a crucial film for the Bond franchise. Harry Saltzman had departed as producer due to financial problems, leaving Cubby Broccoli in sole charge. In total twelve writers worked on fifteen drafts of the script - which … Continue reading The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) Review

The Man With The Golden Gun (1974) Review

Encouraged by the success of “Live And Let Die” and the public’s embracing of Roger Moore’s take on 007, United Artists were keen to keep up the momentum and pressed Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman to fast track the next Bond movie. Troubled by behind the scenes problems and a lack of preparation time, “The … Continue reading The Man With The Golden Gun (1974) Review

Live And Let Die (1973) Review

With Americana firmly in the ascendance and coming off the back of the box office revival of “Diamonds Are Forever”, Tom Mankiewicz was given the task of penning the follow-up which would usher in yet another actor as James Bond, 007. The stage was set for a funky, voodoo-infused tale of heroin smuggling and who … Continue reading Live And Let Die (1973) Review

Diamonds Are Forever (1971) Review

Smarting from the disappointing American box office receipts for “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (although it was a sizeable hit in the rest of the world) and the departure of their leading man after only one movie, Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman came down with a severe case of the star-spangled reboots. Hell-bent on winning … Continue reading Diamonds Are Forever (1971) Review

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) Review

With their star gone, the makers were faced with a real dilemma. Obviously, Bond would have to be recast but should they acknowledge the fact openly in the film. In the end, they settled for a bit of a muddled approach that treated the change of the actor with a few nods and winks (‘This … Continue reading On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) Review

You Only Live Twice (1967) Review

Coming off the back of the biggest, most successful Bond film to date, what were the producers to do? Having had such major success in sticking closely to the source novels, they decided the best thing to do would be to take the title and setting of the last of Fleming’s Bond novels published before … Continue reading You Only Live Twice (1967) Review

Thunderball (1965) Review

With Bond-mania in full swing and the coffers overflowing with box office proceeds, Eon Productions – with nary a thought of the legal shenanigans which would ultimately follow – put together a budget larger than the previous three films combined and set out to film Ian Fleming’s (but maybe Kevin McClory’s) James Bond in a … Continue reading Thunderball (1965) Review

Goldfinger (1964) Review

It’s still not Sean in the opening gun barrel sequence but pretty much everything else which makes a Bond movie a Bond movie crystallises here, setting a template and a benchmark which the series would follow for the next forty years. For the first time, Bond appears in the pre-credits teaser and what a teaser … Continue reading Goldfinger (1964) Review

From Russia With Love (1963) Review

Although initially written by Ian Fleming as an intended ‘final’ novel killing off James Bond, “From Russia With Love” was chosen to be the second Bond movie after United Artists, pleased with the performance of “Dr. No” greenlit a sequel with double the budget. Their confidence was well placed. “From Russia With Love” not only … Continue reading From Russia With Love (1963) Review

Dr. No (1962) Review

After seeing it for the first time, James Bond creator Ian Fleming reportedly declared “Dr. No”, 'Dreadful. Simply dreadful.' He was being more than a little unfair. The very first theatrical James Bond adaptation is a decent spy thriller, imbued with a few stylistic flourishes new to the genre and a surprisingly (in retrospect) humble … Continue reading Dr. No (1962) Review