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Phil’s Top 5… Bond Films

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Bond Films

 

Close but no cigar: Goldeneye, The Spy Who Loved Me, Dr No, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service 

 

5 – Live And Let Die
Live And Let Die saw Bond go darker and more intimate for the first time and at times felt more like a horror film than a Bond film.  A great villain, a kick ass theme and Moore setting the tone of things to come.

 

4 – Goldfinger
The quintessential Bond film, Goldfinger set the template for every Bond film to follow.  The theme, the title sequence, the bad guy… it’s near perfect.

 

3 – Casino Royale
Daniel Craig knocked it out the park with Casino Royale, returning martin Campbell to the franchise and redefining Bond for a new generation.

 

2 – License To Kill  
Dalton was my favourite Bond growing up.  He brought a degree of real to a franchise that had gone very much off the rails. License To Kill showed what a rouge Bond out for revenge would look like.  The first 15 rated Bond, with blood and violence License To Kill  still holds up well.

 

1 – Skyfall
Controversial maybe but Skyfall set a new bar for Bond films.  It was self referential but without slipping to parody, but still original, exciting and dynamic enough to make you believe there was a place for this dinosaur in the 21st century. And then they made Spectre.

 

 

 

About Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden
Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years and now writes and edits for his own site Phil's Quick Capsule Review...

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