Friday, November 14, 2008

The final entry for "The Only 5 Bond Films you need to see"

For Your Eyes Only, 1981

Plot: A British encryption device that could trigger WW3 is lost in an accident and Bond must recover it before it falls into enemy hands.

Reason for placement on the list:

At this point in time, Roger Moore was 54 years old. Already too old to play a younger Bond but fits in perfect for my theory. This is the older Bond. He is at the height of experience, but no longer at the height of his physical side. He thinks more than he moves. And when he does move, it is actually played out in the film as an older Bond (unlike the next two Roger Moore did that he should have never done.) There is one scene as he runs after a bad guy fleeing in a car that he is actually huffing and puffing his way through the run. Near the end of his career Bond may be old, but he is still the ultimate agent. I also chose this film for its level of some what realism (especially compared to other Moore films), yet still works in the Bond world. Actual Cold War politics and actions occur in this film and it doesn't revolve around some diabolical mad man holding the world ransom or the what not. Bond also has his final character growth in this film. We open the film with Bond at Teresa's grave.

He has come to terms with his final loss. He knows he will never find love again so he has accepted who he is. A loyalist to his Queen and a soldier in the war against evil.

Gun barrel sequence:

Roger Moore with a strong stance with using both hands to fire.

Opening Number:

Another standard silhouette of naked women Maurice Binder sequce with a song by Sheena Easton. Interestingly enough, Sheena is the only singer to ever be actually in the opening number.

Best Action Sequence:

Bond being chased through the alps by guys on motorcycles. Beautifully shot sequence.

I want my two dollars!

So I think that On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The Living Daylights and this film proves that James Bond is one bad ass when it comes to snow. (Thunderball and this film also prove that underwater, Bond also is the master of his domain)

Gadgets used:
The final film completes the majority of my 5 that use little to no gadgets. Bond is responsible for himself without massive assistance from Q branch. Other than a small scene with Q in the lab using a computer to make a composite sketch of a bad guy, we don't even see him much. To keep fans happy, Q was written in to be a field informant later in the film (which even to this day is strange to me)

Felix Leiter count: Zero

Best Line:
While I may have mentioned earlier in the gadget section this scene was strange to me, I do feel it gave us the best line of the film:

While Bond enters a confessional booth to get information from Q:
Bond: "Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned."

Q: That's putting it mildly 007.

Random Points of interest:
-By showing Bond at Teresa's grave, this film is the only Bond film to have any direct connection to others (outside of Bond and his mythos) so it is considered by many to be the only real Bond sequel (not counting of course Quantum of Solace which apparently picks up about 60 minutes after the end of Casino Royale)

-The whole opening sequence is actually kind of a big "screw you" by Albert Broccoli to the co-author of Thunderball, Kevin McClory. McClory had a a lawsuit against the producers over James Bond, SPECTRE and Blofeld. Years of litigation finally reached an agreement that McClory could make his own James Bond film and use SPECTRE and Blofeld but only if he remade Thunderball (to which he did, and it made our 5 you should never see list!) At one point in all of the legal battles McClory told Broccoli that "Bond is nothing without SPECTRE and Blofeld, he will never be succesful without it" Broccoli then mad the opening scene to piss off McClory saying "fine, we will just kill of Blofeld once and for all and end that" I am not doing the whole thing justice but if you really are curious about it do a quick google search and you will find lots of details.

-The actress who played Cassandra (the shill for the casino and Topol's mistress) was in real life married to Pierce Brosnan. It was her role on this film that introduced Pierce to Albert Broccoli and helped put him in place for his later appearances as Bond.

And we couldn't go away with at least one mention of the awesome Topol:
If I were a rich man... ya da ya ya da ya da yaaaaaaaaaaaa

Next time, a review of the overall theory, the 5 Bond films you should NEVER see and discussion!

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