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    They are great fun! I can't remember if it was included, but THE FALCON TAKES OVER was based on Raymond Chandler's Farewell, My Lovely. Easily the best entry in the series.
    I think it is. I'm watching the Conway Falcons at this point with plans for Sanders later.
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    You Can't Kill David Arquette: Strange fellow David Arquette. I was listening to him recently on The Movies That Made Me. He put on a strange performance and, frankly, afterwards I was not entirely convinced that he'd ever seen a movie. That said he used to be a bit of fun as an actor back in the day. I liked him even if I don't entirely get him.

    I also don't get wrestling. No doubt the guys doing it at the highest level are absolute specimens but I'm not following it as a sport. Although I say that as someone who's heavily involved in the burlesque world and wrestling and burlesque are probably closer to each other as spectacles than they are to any other pursuit.

    Well I might not get it but Arquette does. He comes across as genuinely passionate as he seeks a switch from acting to finding proper respect as a wrestler- apparently he was world champion back in the day as a publicity stunt.

    At first it all comes across a bit sad. Arquette seems like he has genuine mental troubles. After doing some brain scans we're told his brain is not connected properly. It all seems a bit exploitative. Particularly when he turns up to his first show and finds that its just a bunch of kids in a back yard who definitely want to hurt him. They do. Gross.

    He gets some actual training though and starts to put together a few moves and, at times, to the non follower, he can really look like he knows what he's doing. At that point you can start to temper your pity with some respect. Both of those feeling deepen considerably when he gets his throat cut at a dodgy 'death match' and still gets back in the ring to finish the show.

    Its an interesting character study. It needs to finish on a high which feels artificial but most everything leading up to that feels quite raw and real.
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    Bond, part 3

    The Living Daylights (UK, 1987) [VoD] – 3.5/5
    Solid cold war Bond with decent action and an excellent theme song. Dalton is not half bad, and Jeroen Krabbe is a lot of fun. There’s even slight nudity in the film! The only problem: the film is too bloody long at 131 min, and feels like two different movies patched together (and even if we were to accept that, there are still surplus scenes that shouldn’t have made the final cut).

    Licence to Kill (UK, 1989) [BD] – 3.5/5
    Bond goes splatter. The most violent film in the series, with cruelty that feels mismatched in the series. It’s is a captivating, effective action picture all the same. Lots of interesting names in the cast: Robert Davi, Benicio Del Toro, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa... plus Desmond Llewelyn getting his biggest role in the series.

    Goldeneye (UK, 1995) [VoD] – 4/5
    The last great Bond film for quite some time to come. This one captures the “just past the cold war” era better than almost any other action film. Brosnan is excellent as Bond, and the character well written as a dangerous, seductive and tragic relic of a bygone era.

    Tomorrow Never Dies (UK, 1997) [VoD] – 2.5/5
    Late 90s techno Bond with a still-timely theme (media manipulation and misinformation) and frankly not that bad a villain. Also, Teri Hatcher has a cute voice and Michelle Yeoh is some fun. But the rest is mediocre, from lame one-liners to uninspired action scenes and forgettable theme song.

    The World is Not Enough (UK, 1999) [VoD] - 2/5
    The most tiresome (though still tolerable) entry in the series, with decent actors like Carlyle wasted in instantly forgettable roles. The storyline is as bland as they come. The only thing popping out here is Denise Richards' boobs. Well, those and the ever reliable Coltrane and Dench. The theme song is bad, too.

    Die Another Day (UK, 2002) [VoD] - 2.5/5
    Brosnan's last Bond, utterly ridiculous and loaded with some of the worst CGI ever seen in a major film. But strangely enough, this is more watchable and entertaining than the previous film. The storyline at least has a bit of suspense to it, and the storytelling is not as shabby as in The World is Not Enough. Madonna's theme song is odd: I examined my speakers and internet connection before I realized it's supposed to sound like crap, with sound dropping off every few seconds. Must’ve been some teen thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Takuma View Post
    Bond, part 3

    The Living Daylights (UK, 1987) [VoD] – 3.5/5
    Solid cold war Bond with decent action and an excellent theme song. Dalton is not half bad, and Jeroen Krabbe is a lot of fun. There’s even slight nudity in the film! The only problem: the film is too bloody long at 131 min, and feels like two different movies patched together (and even if we were to accept that, there are still surplus scenes that shouldn’t have made the final cut).

    Licence to Kill (UK, 1989) [BD] – 3.5/5
    Bond goes splatter. The most violent film in the series, with cruelty that feels mismatched in the series. It’s is a captivating, effective action picture all the same. Lots of interesting names in the cast: Robert Davi, Benicio Del Toro, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa... plus Desmond Llewelyn getting his biggest role in the series.

    Goldeneye (UK, 1995) [VoD] – 4/5
    The last great Bond film for quite some time to come. This one captures the “just past the cold war” era better than almost any other action film. Brosnan is excellent as Bond, and the character well written as a dangerous, seductive and tragic relic of a bygone era.

    Tomorrow Never Dies (UK, 1997) [VoD] – 2.5/5
    Late 90s techno Bond with a still-timely theme (media manipulation and misinformation) and frankly not that bad a villain. Also, Teri Hatcher has a cute voice and Michelle Yeoh is some fun. But the rest is mediocre, from lame one-liners to uninspired action scenes and forgettable theme song.

    The World is Not Enough (UK, 1999) [VoD] - 2/5
    The most tiresome (though still tolerable) entry in the series, with decent actors like Carlyle wasted in instantly forgettable roles. The storyline is as bland as they come. The only thing popping out here is Denise Richards' boobs. Well, those and the ever reliable Coltrane and Dench. The theme song is bad, too.

    Die Another Day (UK, 2002) [VoD] - 2.5/5
    Brosnan's last Bond, utterly ridiculous and loaded with some of the worst CGI ever seen in a major film. But strangely enough, this is more watchable and entertaining than the previous film. The storyline at least has a bit of suspense to it, and the storytelling is not as shabby as in The World is Not Enough. Madonna's theme song is odd: I examined my speakers and internet connection before I realized it's supposed to sound like crap, with sound dropping off every few seconds. Must’ve been some teen thing.
    I like the Dalton films. They're excellent pictures but spoilt by some terrible production choices and crowbarred-in scenes of humour - which are particularly jarring in LICENCE TO KILL (that goddamned winking fish statue). GOLDENEYE is superb, though. I remember seeing that at the cinema and being hugely pleased with it.

    I finally watched the newest NO TIME TO DIE trailer in full this morning, and I have to say that based on what I've seen there, the excesses and the hints of a more wisecracking Bond look set to drag the series back to DIE ANOTHER DAY levels. I hope that isn't the case, but...
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    I love License To Kill. I wish we got more Dalton Bonds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott View Post
    I love License To Kill. I wish we got more Dalton Bonds.
    Dalton as Bond and Kilmer as Batman were both victims of being perfect for the role, but stuck in movies that screwed up the character.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott View Post
    I love License To Kill. I wish we got more Dalton Bonds.
    I like it because it has gore. Who would ever expect an exploding head in a Bond film? Fucking amazing!
    Why would anybody watch a scum show like Videodrome? Why did you watch it, Max?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt H. View Post
    I like it because it has gore. Who would ever expect an exploding head in a Bond film? Fucking amazing!
    So much good stuff. Torture by sharks, cocaine hidden in maggots, stretchy explosive head. Davi, Del Toro and Priscilla Barnes. It has a great mean streak running through it. I feel like it's the truest on-screen Bond, the one closest to the books.

    I have weird taste in Bonds. I prefer the classic Connery era. Outside that I like Lazenby and the two Dalton films. The only other Bond film I really love is NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN. I've still yet to watch any Daniel Craig Bonds. I like Brosnan and Moore as actors but I don't like their Bond films.
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    My favorite Bond film is ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE, but Connery is my pick for best Bond. The Craig films are oh-so serious and grim, even with the action scenes they're just not much fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott View Post
    I have weird taste in Bonds.
    Same here. My favourite Bond is Roger Moore and my two favourites are THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN and OCTOPUSSY. I watched them both endlessly when I was growing up. I must've watched GOLDEN GUN at least 25 times when I was a little kid.
    Why would anybody watch a scum show like Videodrome? Why did you watch it, Max?

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