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.