Bond Tropes: #15 You Only Live Twice

You Only Live Twice, more than Thunderball, is the spiritual successor to the template setting Goldfinger. It establishes the iconic Bond villain trope with Donald Pleasence’s Blofeld, it, like Tomorrow Never Dies, takes everything that worked in a previous successful film and turns it to 11. Blofeld’s volcano lair is the exaggerated succession of Goldfinger’s home and even Dr. No’s atomic lair, Blofeld himself is inflated to almost cartoonish proportions compared to previous villains. … Read More Bond Tropes: #15 You Only Live Twice

Ranking the Films of the James Bond Series: #22 – Octopussy

Octopussy (1983) Directed by: John Glen Written by: George MacDonald Fraser, Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson The 3 most significant events in the history of the James Bond franchise are: Sean Connery takes on the role of 007 in Dr. NO, George Lazenby abandons it after On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, which opened the… Read More Ranking the Films of the James Bond Series: #22 – Octopussy

Ranking the Films of the James Bond Series: #23 – Never Say Never Again

Never Say Never Again (1983) Directed by: Irvin Kershner Written by Kevin McClory and Jack Whittingham with Ian Fleming Screenplay by Lorenzo Semple Jr   Yet another return to the role he made and became famous for, Sean Connery broke the EON Productions party line in 1983 and suited up as 007 in the rival… Read More Ranking the Films of the James Bond Series: #23 – Never Say Never Again

Ranking the Films of the James Bond Series: #24 – Diamonds Are Forever

Diamonds are Forever (1971) Directed by: Guy Hamilton Written by Richard Maibaum and Tom Mankiewicz The heralded return of Sean Connery to the franchise, Diamonds are Forever finds Bond entering a new decade as he crosses the pond to tear up the Vegas strip in an effort to break-up a diamond smuggling ring and destroy… Read More Ranking the Films of the James Bond Series: #24 – Diamonds Are Forever