‘Phil’s Quick Capsule Review’ (a nod to legendary comedian Bill Hicks who coined the phrase when he reviewed ‘Piece Of Shit’ movie Basic Instinct)… where a perfect 10 is rarer than a rain free British summer!
Written by Phil Hobden – UK based podcaster, writer and former filmmaker. Part of the All Things Film network…
Part one of our run down of Phil’s Quick Review’s 100 Best Films as chosen by a select team of hosts, podcasters, fans and writers from Ross And Phil Talk Movies, The Smoking Lamb Podcast, Filmsploitation and the Phil’s Quick Review Facebook group.
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.
Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five. This time out: Three-quels!
Close but no cigar:Die Hard With A Vengeance, Mission Impossible 3,Back To The Future Part 3, Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, Harry Potter and The Prisoner Of Azkaban, The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
5 – Army Of Darkness Army of Darkness is amazing. It’s camp, silly, funny… it was and still is everything I wanted from a sequel to Evil Dead 2!
4 – Star Wars VI: Return of The Jedi Yes it has Ewoks. But it also has great plot twists, epic space battles and a note perfect conclusion to one of the best trilogies of all time.
3 – The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Most people forget this was part of a trilogy but the man with no name rode out one last time in what is the bets of the series for many.
2 – Goldfinger Still seen as the quintessential Bond film by many, Goldfinger set the bar and the format for all Bond films that followed. Connery defines cool.
1 – Toy Story 3 Toy Story 3 made me cry on several occasions. It’s a charming, heart breaking and emotionally strong film that deserves it’s place here as the best threequel of all time.
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: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Goldeneye, Dr No
5 – Live & let Die Far from the late camp of Roger Moore’s era, Live & Let Die is dark and mysterious in places and showed that the producers had finally found a Bond worthy of stepping in to Connery’s shoes. Shame it all ended in Safari suits and Grace Jones…
4 – Casino Royale Black & white, flash backs, an early pre 007 Bond? Casino Royale took the play book and threw it out. And damn was it all the better for it. Consigning the cheese of Brosnan’s later films to history, Casino Royale gave us a Bond film for the 2000’s with a more physical 007 and a more grounded story.
3 – License To Kill Dalton’s two films are much maligned by many but Licence To Kill takes the concept of Bond gone rogue and runs with it. Darker (it starts with Felix getting eaten by shark), deadlier and relentless it was the first Bond film to feature Bond getting bloo-y. Awesome villain also.
2 – Goldfinger Goldfinger is the prototypical Bond film. It set the template for all those that followed and cemented Connery and Bond as icons. It gave us Bassey, P-ssy Galore and Q’s OTT gadgets. Bond would never be the same…
1 – Skyfall Skyfall is the perfect Bond film that manages to grow the character of Bond whilst building on the elements we know and love. So it has gadgets, some top notch action sequences and a camp bad guy. But it also has heart, charm and reverence to what has gone before.
Part one of our run down of Filmsploitation’s 100 Best Films as chosen by a select team of hosts, podcasters, fans and writers from All Things Film, Filmsploitation and the Filmsploitation Facebook group.