Welcome everyone. This blog mainly exists as a way of tracking all the movies I've been watching and some of the initial thoughts and general feelings I've had about them.
5/5 - Fantastic movies; movies which need to be seen and enjoyed by everyone.
4/5 - Movies which are very good but don’t have that spark which compels you to make others watch them as well.
3/5 - Average movies; watchable and enjoyable, but nothing which elevates them higher. The baseline all movies are given before watching.
2/5 - Can be watched but really bland and forgettable.
1/5 - Minimal to no reason to watch these films. It may have some redeeming factors e.g. it’s so bad it’s good or there’s one character that’s awesome enough to make it not a total waste of time.
0/5- Total waste of time. Nothing redeemable about these films.
As with every review blog/site, this is all my own personal opinion so feel free to take everything with a grain of salt.
Also I'm Scottish so all reviews will be in UK English. Get used to theatre, colour and words ending in -ised.
Well that’s it for James Bond Month (and a 1/2), I’ve had a lot of fun going back through and watching all of films and I got to discover a lot more about them than I had previously known. For those that joined me during this time I hope you stick around to hear all my other very important musings on other films (and by very important I of course mean the completely unimportant immediate thoughts of one random guy with way to much free time on his hands at present).
For my existing followers, those of you who stuck with me even though they had no interest in James Bond, well played Sir or Madam, you can stop scrolling past my posts now. I tried to keep it pretty even between random other films and the Bond ones so as not to saturate any one audience and I hope I pulled it off. Back to the usual from now on.
My final thoughts on Bond are that with Bond 23 having been relaunched and Daniel Craig set to reprise his role 2 more times, what I would like to see happening with the series now is a shift back to a more Brosnan style film. We’ve now done the origin story and everything in them has been wrapped up into a nice little bow. It would be nice now to see Craig just going on a mission and not being so scowly all the time. Let him face some sort of megalomaniac intent on world domination. Have it be a member of Quantum, or better yet let Quantum turn out to only be a smaller subsidiary organisation of a rebooted SPECTRE. There have been rumblings of Michael Sheen being suggested as the new Blofeld and I think that would be great. Maybe not for the next film but if they set up it could be the main plot of Bond 24.
Also bring back Moneypenny and Q. I miss them. There is no reason not to at least have Moneypenny now. Bond is more controlled in his actions, he’s gotten over Vesper so now he’s going to be doing the bed them and leave them routine while on missions but he can still interact with the newly appointed secretary to M before he goes off on them. We could see the beginning of the Moneypenny/Bond dynamic. It would be like 1-2 minutes worth of screen time and then have her walking with M handing her files as M does all the stuff she has been doing in the last 2 films for the rest of it. Q could be the same. It doesn’t have to be a super duper gadget, just something you could see a spy actually using like the attache case from FRWL or even just being given his new gun like in Dr No would work and would help Craig’s Bond feel less like a generic action film and more like a Bond.
Saying all this ideally what I would want is Craig to leave at let a new actor have a go. The cycle has been: great actor, shit actor, good actor but stayed to long, good actor which stopped the silliness but too serious, great actor which started strong but got to silly again by the end, ok actor stopped the silliness but is getting too serious. We’re due another good to great actor to come in and do a couple films but it looks like it could be at least 3-4 years before that’s even a possibility.
Finally, thanks to everyone that liked any of my posts and special thanks to 0equalz2 who damn near liked every piece of Bond trivia I produced. It helped to know I wasn’t just talking to nothing with these reviews.