Andy Johnson

Andy Johnson

Incurable action movie buff. Great stunts deserve Oscars. Woo, Hill and Leone are my holy trinity. Dalton is the best Bond.

Favorite films

  • Casino Royale
  • The Long Kiss Goodnight
  • Shakespeare in Love
  • The Warriors

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  • Halloween

    ★★★

  • You Only Live Twice

    ★★★★½

  • Thunderball

    ★★½

  • No Time to Die

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  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★

    Halloween has a lot to answer for - it supercharged John Carpenter's ascent to cult director status, helped Jamie Lee Curtis to become a star, and due to its enormous profitability it triggered the wave of slasher imitations which has yet to fully abate more than 40 years later. While it still has some power, its shortcomings are more evident now than they would have been in 1978.

    Crucially, what Carpenter did here was novel then but certainly isn't so…

  • You Only Live Twice

    You Only Live Twice

    ★★★★½

    If Goldfinger was the Bond entry which truly solidified the series, then You Only Live Twice is the one which exaggerates it, which is why it is the core reference for most 007 parodies. Blofeld and his cat, the volcano base, the plot to trigger a world war - these iconic spy-fi elements came of age in this one, Lewis Gilbert's first effort in the series.

    Notably, 1966 was the first year without a Bond movie since the series began.…

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  • The Veteran

    The Veteran

    ★★★½

    The very talented Toby Kebbell stars in little-seen British thriller The Veteran. He plays Robert Miller, an ex-soldier who returns home from Afghanistan seething with rage and without a purpose in his life. Before too long, he's caught between the gang that rules his London estate and a suspected terror cell he is hired to observe.

    Shorn of some of its language and violence, it'd be easy to imagine The Veteran being shown over two nights on BBC1 - and…

  • The Living Daylights

    The Living Daylights

    ★★★★½

    Timothy Dalton's superb first 007 entry reinvigorated the series, which had been in a dreadful state creatively for over a decade.

    Dalton's harder-edged approach, and that of The Living Daylights itself, was ideally suited to 1987 and provides a perfect antidote to the buffoonish Moore outings which preceded it. The new star's performance is perfect - still the best in the series - and is matched by the supporting cast, top-notch action, fantastic visual effects, and John Barry's last wonderful…