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  • Live and Let Die

    Live and Let Die

    ★★★★½

    What a way to start your James Bond career! This film knocks it out of the park in almost every way. Moore plays a very smooth and capable Bond. Kotto’s performance as Kananga is a brilliant, intelligent foil to Bond. Holder’s Samedi is chilling and a terror to see, precisely what he needs to be. The plot of this film is fantastic, with a nice marriage of realism and the addition of Voodoo elements mixing to bring a unique and…

  • Diamonds Are Forever

    Diamonds Are Forever

    ★★

    This is another good entry in the Bond film franchise, but it’s not one that excites me when I go to watch it after my first viewing. There’s a bit too much “this person died BUT WAIT” happening here, which just becomes an overused twist. The set pieces were great. I also loved that the Bond girl of the film wasn’t constantly swooning over James as a change of pace. At a certain point in the film the plot went…

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  • You Only Live Twice

    You Only Live Twice

    ★★★

    Another classic clash of Bond vs SPECTRE in the never ending secret wars in the shadows. The plot pushes the boundaries of feasible, but not in the ways you may think. The culture in this film is both at times wonderful and dated, but again at the time of filming it was all accepted. The action sequences continue to improve with each entry. This is the beginning of Bond having “any necessary skill needed” as a Jack of all trades,…

  • Thunderball

    Thunderball

    ★★½

    A solid entry in the Bond film canon. Many people find the underwater scenes in this film entertaining, but I felt they dragged on more than they needed to. The plot was good, and seeing Number 2 from SPECTRE was great. SPECTRE as the antagonist to Bond was a smart and creative decision. If you can sit through the slower paced underwater scenes, you’ll enjoy this desperate race to reclaim stolen nuclear warheads!