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

Craggus’ Bond Voyage SPECTRE (2015) Review

*SPOILERS* If you’re after a spoiler free review of “SPECTRE”, you can find it here, but this is the final chapter of a journey which began back on 22nd May with “Dr. No”. Welcome to the final stop on “Craggus’ Bond Voyage”; we have reached our destination. Following the unprecedented success of “Skyfall”, the producers … Continue reading Craggus’ Bond Voyage SPECTRE (2015) Review

SPECTRE (2015) Review

This review is spoiler-free but I’ll go into much more detail later in the week when “SPECTRE” gets the full “Craggus’ Bond Voyage” treatment. There’s a reassuringly familiar feel to “SPECTRE”; it hews much closer to the classic Bond films of the past than any of Daniel Craig’s previous outings, continuing the trajectory set in … Continue reading SPECTRE (2015) Review

Skyfall (2012) Review

A major change* occurred in the Bond films when Daniel Craig took over and the impact of that change has been felt more and more in each subsequent film. As of “Casino Royale”, the films were no longer about Bond’s adventures and his mission, they were about Bond himself. Although each film contained the requisite … Continue reading Skyfall (2012) Review

Quantum Of Solace (2008) Review

I don’t really want to spend much time on “Quantum Of Solace”. After all the producers clearly didn’t. The shortest Bond film in the whole series, it’s still not short enough. Developed from a plot created by Michael G Wilson, the script was drafted by the “Casino Royale” team of Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and … Continue reading Quantum Of Solace (2008) Review

Casino Royale (2006) Review

After the bloated extravaganza that was “Die Another Day”, the franchise had crashed back down to Earth. But for once, the behind the scenes legal wrangling would work to Bond’s advantage as a series of trades, deals and mergers finally unified the Bond film rights under a single studio. With Brosnan nearing his 50th birthday … Continue reading Casino Royale (2006) Review

Die Another Day (2002) Review

Production on the 20th (Official) James Bond film was delayed for a year so that the release would line up with the 40th anniversary of “Dr. No” and give the franchise an opportunity to highlight and celebrate its enduring legacy. On something of a roll, the franchise’s confidence was at an all-time high as Neal … Continue reading Die Another Day (2002) Review

The World Is Not Enough (1999) Review

With Brosnan firmly established in the public’s mind as Bond and the franchise now one of the undisputed cinema heavyweights, things were looking good for 007 as the new millennium approached. Taking its title from Bond’s family motto – “The World Is Not Enough” – as revealed in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”, new scriptwriters … Continue reading The World Is Not Enough (1999) Review

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) Review

With Bond firmly re-established as a cinematic heavyweight franchise and “GoldenEye” delivering the best box office returns of the series to date, the pressure was on to build on the success with the next movie. With Martin Campbell reluctant to direct two Bond movies in a row, Roger Spottiswoode was recruited and a script was … Continue reading Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) Review

GoldenEye (1995) Review

Despite the relatively disappointing box office performance of “Licence To Kill”, the team began prepping for the next adventure – rumoured to be called “The Property Of A Lady” for a 1991 release. Once again, however, Bond’s true nemesis would rear its ugly head as the takeover of MGM/ UA by Pathé provoked a legal … Continue reading GoldenEye (1995) Review

Licence To Kill (1989) Review

With a new Bond successfully installed, usual writers Richard Maibaum and Michael G Wilson set about drawing up Dalton’s sophomore adventure. Keen to capitalise on Dalton’s harder edged interpretation of the role, the two writers plundered original Fleming novel “Live And Let Die” and the short story “The Hildebrand Rarity” for characters, set pieces and … Continue reading Licence To Kill (1989) Review

The Living Daylights (1987) Review

With Roger Moore finally bowing out, for the first time in nearly fifteen years the producers were looking to cast a new James Bond. When NBC’s “Remington Steele” shenanigans put paid to Pierce Brosnan’s chances at Bond (for the time being, at least), it was a case of cometh the hour, cometh the man. That … Continue reading The Living Daylights (1987) Review

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

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