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

Never Say Never Again (1983) Review

Finally making good on his threats, Kevin McClory exercised his bitterly fought, hard won rights to produce his own James Bond movie. The trouble was, said rights were pretty specific. Yes, he could use the characters who appeared in the ‘Thunderball’ novel and he had the rights to particular settings (Shrublands), gimmicks (a motorbike armed … Continue reading Never Say Never Again (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

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

Casino Royale (1967) Review

Psych! You thought we were heading for "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", didn't you? Well, we will get there but as Craggus’ Bond Voyage makes its way through the movie history of the world’s most famous secret agent, there are a couple of stops off the main highway that are worth taking a look at. … Continue reading Casino Royale (1967) 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

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