Ranking the Films of the James Bond Series: #17 – License to Kill

License to Kill (1989) Directed by: John Glen Written by: Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson   The last Bond film of the 80’s was also the last of John Glen’s five, Timothy Dalton’s two, Richard Maibaum’s thirteenth and Maurice Binder’s sixteenth for the franchise. It was also the last entry in the series for… Read More Ranking the Films of the James Bond Series: #17 – License to Kill

Ranking the Films of the James Bond Series: #20 – Tomorrow Never Dies

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode Written by: Bruce Feirstein Tomorrow Never Dies was the first Bond film I saw in the theater. A friend got a copy of Goldeneye for the N64 and we were dumping hours into it when this movie opened, so a bunch of juveniles geeked out on Mountain… Read More Ranking the Films of the James Bond Series: #20 – Tomorrow Never Dies

Bond Tropes: #24 License to Kill

In the first wave of the James Bond franchise (the first five films) was the cool audacious trend setter for action cinema in the 60’s. Movies like From Russia with Love and Goldfinger flaunted sex, fashion, and stylized violence into theaters and into the imagination of audiences around the world. The box office success was incredible, those first five Bonds set a new standard for big budget film making while also establishing the blueprint for many modern action movies.… Read More Bond Tropes: #24 License to Kill

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