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  • White House Down 2013

    ★★★ Rewatched 19 Oct, 2014

    2nd viewing and upped it half a star. It's still a tad smug about its own ridiculousness, allowing it to be cliched and silly by constantly saying "isn't this cliched and silly". I still prefer the full R-rated 80s mayhem of Olympus has Fallen.

  • All Is Lost 2013

    ★★½ Watched 17 Oct, 2014

    Well made, well acted but I did find myself chuckling at just was going to happen to poor Robert Redford next. It turned out to be setting fire to his own lifeboat which had me in stitches which was probably NOT the reaction the director intended.

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  • Live and Let Die 1973

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Mar, 2012

    Another year, another actor playing James Bond. For the third film in a row, Eon presented us with a different face. Luckily this one stuck.

    Roger Moore was a huge international star, thanks to his appearances on TV in Ivanhoe, The Saint and The Persuaders, and had been on Saltzman and Broccoli’s list for a while before the premature cancellation of The Persuaders allowed him to step into the famous tux for the first time.

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  • Skyfall 2012

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 27 Oct, 2012

    It sounds so simple, but it is amazing what a good director (and good behind the scenes crew) can bring to a franchise.

    Sam Mendes and, especially, Roger Deakins, bring new life into Bond, reinvigorating a series which seriously floundered with Quantum of Solace.

    On first viewing, my thoughts were it was the most Fleming-inspired of the whole series. Fleming often put Bond through the ringer in quite painful ways (physically as well as mentally). Here Bond is seemingly killed…