27 May 2014

Bond, James Bond: A Comprehensive Opinion of The James Bond Series




I have embarked on a sacred journey through the epic series and evolution of Ian Fleming’s dynamic character: the ever competent, debonair, sophisticated, self destructive, womanizing, master of one-liners, international agent of espionage caricature, James Bond.

It began with a record-setting cold winter and endless excuses to not go to the gym after school.  It was too cold to run outside, and it was too dangerous to drive all the way to the gym on that ice and snow.  Plus, I had to make dinner, do the dishes, help with homework, do my own homework, have band practice, and spend time with the family.  See, I can keep going.  So, to eliminate my excuses, I quit the band, sold my drums, and bought a commercial treadmill, weights, a bench, and a yoga mat.  I pulled the treadmill up to the 36-inch flat screen and surround sound studio speakers and browsed my movies collection for something to keep me pumped, and energized to run.  So, I thought ‘What’s better than the series of movies with the greatest amount and most elaborate chase scenes ever?’
I had only seen the Bond films with Pierce Brosnan, so I could never participate in the debates over which film was best, which Bond was best, etc.  I never paid attention to the James Bond marathons TBS would play on Thanksgiving Day.  I did, however, watch Austin Powers, and picking up enough from pop-culture, I could infer what James Bond was about.  I enjoyed the silliness of Austin Powers, which I now appreciate on 23 more levels, since it was clearly not supposed to be an action movie.  My first real Bond experience in high school put me off the films altogether.  I walked in on the opening scene of Goldeneye when Bond raced a motorcycle off the cliff, and free-fell to catch up with the falling plane to board it and correct its trajectory to complete his miraculous escape.  This was so cartoonishly over the top, nonsensically moronic and unrealistic, I wondered how they could watch this.  Frustrated the others wouldn’t change the channel to something else more rational, I stormed out and found something else to do.  I just didn’t understand.

It wasn’t until 2nd year of college, when I was dragged to a screening of Brosnan’s last appearance, Die Another Day.  I was impressed.  I enjoyed the special effects, the action and then… it hit me.  I got it.  When I saw the invisible car, it was clear to me that the entire point of Bond is what I sneered at with contempt in Goldeneye.  It is what I defined as a “Cheese Factor.”  The Cheese Factor was the point and what had to be outdone with each new installment, with each new Bond, villain, villain’s death, gadget, girl, chase scene, innuendo and plot.  I enjoyed discovering this new, exclusive genre that Bond carves for itself.  I appreciated the Cheese.  I proceeded to watch all the most recent Bonds with Pierce Brosnan.  I enjoyed them all.  I admit, I was excited to re-watch the scene that turned me off years before.  I had new respect for the fantastical stunt.  I cheered!
12 years after my first positive James Bond movie-going experience, I committed to watching all 23 films in succession.  It is overwhelming to imagine planning to sit and spend 80+ hours watching movies. But, since I had another mission, to run every day without excuse, I was excited to continue where I left off.  I would watch the movie just for the time I would run, which was between 30 and 45 minutes, depending on which scene I was ending on.  A chase scene demanded that I run non stop until the chase ended.  Each day, I resumed the movie where I left off the day before.  Two or three movies in, I decided I would try to make some notes about each one so I wouldn’t forget them and so I could participate in those debates I excluded myself from, next time armed with a wealth of fresh researched knowledge and thoughtful opinions about each film.

After the Brosnan era, Daniel Craig helped re-brand the James Bond franchise, and bring a bit more credibility, and less cheese in Casino Royale.  I did not support the new direction and new Q-less, Moneypenny-less, cheese-less, face of Bond.  The decade was already steeped in the real Middle East war, waterboarding, and dramatic political shit.  We were stoked on the cheese-less Bourne films and Spy Games and the like, so the familiar fans of Bond needed that escape from that hard core action and looked to their favorite International Man of Mystery for relief.  So, I was relieved and fully satisfied with the latest episode, Skyfall, when many of the abandoned elements of classic Bond were revived with an excellent sense of taste and James Bond-like class and dignity. I loved the premise that was repeated in this film.  The repeating theme of ‘going back to roots’, ‘back to the old way’ gave me hope.  Several scenes were obviously speaking to the audience who missed old Bond and was trying to communicate the message that we should move on, move forward like when Bond double takes and says to Q when he receives his issue and new gadgets, “A gun and a radio, not exactly Christmas, is it?” and Q responds, “What were you expecting? An exploding pen? We don’t really go in for that anymore.”  Bond had to defend this theme earlier in the same scene when he was sizing up Q and reminding him that despite the new remote technology that can start and end wars, he is not just someone to pull the trigger, but someone who needs to decide when not to pull it.  Nonetheless, together with the modern facelift of the franchise, Bond emerged victorious as always, but not without a waft of cheese reminiscing with classic Bond by bringing back the Aston Martin DB5, a revived swagger in the 00 branch, Moneypenny, and the subtleties that belong between her and Bond.  The series was indeed only shaken, not stirred.
Watching the evolution of the Bond films was an exciting and educational glimpse into 50 years of sociology, pop-culture, fashion trends, music, technology, progress of civil rights, some political issues, and social issues like the film industry’s definitions of masculinity and femininity, and racial tolerance.  These will probably be the topics that drive my discussions about Bond.  I began writing notes, but I found myself trying to organize my essays and the categories kept expanding and demanding more and more elaboration.  So, I decided then, to simply delete everything in each paragraph, and organize the same categories and create a ranking system on a spreadsheet.  I am sure I have already forgotten details about each film and rendered myself inadequate in any real Bond-buff debate.  However, I did catalog my opinions about each so that I can express my opinions about which ones I like and which I don’t.

I have to remind the readers that I am aware of the controversy and the conflict that will ensue.  I suppose that’s the fun of it.  I am also aware of my bias.  I grew up in the digital age, one of political correctness and gender equality progress.  I know my impression of films before my generation will be incomparable to today’s explosive, sexy, CGI, and technical complexity.  So, I tried my very best to shed my bias in my rankings and try to apply scores to elements that could be more fair to avoid my natural sway.  I will try to show this by identifying how I could prefer older films to newer in some categories.  Here are my categories:
Plot: This category is a measure of the movie’s basic plot and its direction it takes the audience and all for what purposes.  What are the problems, conflicts, connections and relationships?  What is the solution and how it is executed?  For example, A View to a Kill was terrible, but The Spy Who Loved Me was excellent!
Bond:  This will be the most controversial and subjective category but I must explain the elements of the Bond character being measured.  This is the general feeling and overall effect the actor had on me.  Physical appearance and credibility in action sequences are important, too… sorry Tim Dalton.  Delivery of Bond-esque character traits and continuity of character type are measured.

Villain: This is the complexity and evilness of the villain, again, in the James Bond style.  How strong and important to the plot is the villain? How many are there, and who is important?  Jaws, really? Who plays the best Dr. Evil?  Like, Emilio Largo from Thunderball was a weak villain in the story, but Dr. No from Dr. No, and Hugo Drax from Moonraker were good.

Gadgets: I know I could be easily discredited just being from the 90s generation, but I know enough about the history of technology and progress that I can gauge the awesomeness of the gadgets with a fair amount of objectivity.  So, I measured the coolness of the devices, but also how they are used, and how they affect the story or conflicts.  Were they integral inventions to solving the problem, or just awesome for the sake of extending the movie’s list of gadgets.  So, the gadgets in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service were weak, but For Your Eyes Only was great… even though the movie sucked in every other area.

Bond Girl:  Perhaps another setup for some bar fights, and anti-gender equality with the sexist and chauvinistic objectification of women, let me weasel my way out of this by saying that the movies did all those things, I am just judging them J  This category measures the strength of the woman in the role.  I know earlier films prohibited the woman from an equal degree of power as in today’s films, so I considered that.  How useful is the woman?  How did she affect the story? Over-all hotness! Was she hot and couldn’t act?  I think I succeeded to see through the decade trends and forget the hair-style, makeup and all the other things associated with eras I can’t identify with.  For example, despite the atrocity of the 80s, I still found Tiffany Case from Diamonds are Forever (’71) and Kara Milovy from The Living Daylights (‘87) both hot and excellent characters.  So, just understand, that I saw past their trendy exterior and period trends and tried my hardest to imagine them all without clothes at all.

Over All:  This category is simply my own opinion for its over-all entertainment value.  How much I enjoyed it.  This is left without the value of the gadgets and girls, plot and villain, this is how much I nodded my head in content and satisfaction.

Total: This is the sum of all values of the categories valued from 1-5.  The lowest possible score is 6 and the highest score is 30.

I suppose if I wanted to watch a movie and call it my favorite, I don’t know if I would organize by Over-all or by Total.  Total is by ranking the elements, but Over-all is my immediate opinion only moments after I finished the film.  This score simply represents my enjoyment.


In this chart, I have them organized first by date, then by Total.  So, let the debates begin.  I invite them.

In Order of Date
Film Year Plot Actor Plot Bond Villain Gadgets Girl Overall TOTAL
Dr No 1962 Bond is sent to Jamaica to investigate the death of MI6 agent John Strangways. He finds his way to Crab Key island, where the mysterious Dr. No awaits. Sean Connery 4 4 5 1 4 4 22
From Russia w Love 1963 When MI6 gets a chance to get their hands on a Lektor decoder, Bond is sent to Turkey to seduce the beautiful Tatiana, and bring back the machine. With the help of Kerim Bey, Bond escapes on the Orient Express, but might not make it off alive. Sean Connery 3 4 2 2 2 3 16
Goldfinger 1964 The Bank of England has detected an unauthorized leakage of gold from the country, and Bond is sent to investigate. The suspect is one Auric Goldfinger, the richest man in the country. Bond catches Goldfinger cheating at cards, with the assistance of Tilly Masterson, who is killed and painted gold in revenge. Bond must foil his plots, while avoiding the deadly Korean, Oddjob. Sean Connery 4 4 3 2 1 3 17
Thunderball 1965 Emilio Largo, the Number 2 at SPECTRE, has stolen two nuclear warheads. He threatens to destroy a city in the United States and England unless a large ransom is paid. Bond is sent to the Bahamas to investigate. Sean Connery 3 4 2 1 2 4 16
You Only Live Twice 1967 Ernst Stavro Blofeld is hijacking American and Russian space shuttles, in an attempt to start a war between the two nations. Bond is sent to Japan to investigate, with the help of Tiger Tanaka, the head of station in Tokyo. Armed with over 100 trained ninjas, Bond infiltrates Blofeld's volcano lair. Sean Connery 2 4 4 2 2 3 17
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service 1969 Bond rescues the suicidal Tracy Di Vicenzo, and is brought at gunpoint to meet her father, Marc-Ange Draco, the head of one of the largest criminal organization in Europe. Draco strikes a deal with Bond, agreeing to reveal the location of Blofeld, if Bond will look after his daughter. George Lazenby 3 1 3 1 3 3 14
Diamonds Are Forever 1971 Sean Connery is back for a fast paced hunt through a diamond smuggling pipeline. MI6 arrests small time smuggler Peter Franks, and Bond takes his place, meeting courier Tiffany Case. He follow the trail of the diamonds, as everyone who touches them gets killed. The end of the pipeline is Blofeld, with another plan for World Domination. Sean Connery 4 4 4 4 4 5 25
Live and Let Die 1973 Several British agents are killed in a short period of time, during routine surveillance of dictator Dr. Kananga. Bond is sent to New York to investigate, and falls into a trap of gangster Mr. Big, thanks to his psychic tarot card reader, Solitaire. Roger Moore 3 5 5 3 3 3 22
The Man with the Golden Gun 1974 MI6 is sent a golden bullet with 007 engraved onto it. M fears that Bond will be assassinated by Francesco Scaramanga, the $1 million a shot hitman, known for his golden gun, and sends Bond to find him first. Roger Moore 4 5 2 2 4 5 22
The Spy Who Loved Me 1977 British and Russian submarines have been hijacked, and the two countries come together, sending 007 and Russian Agent Anya Amasova to track down a stolen microfilm and investigate. The tension rises as Amasova discovers that Bond had killed her lover in the course of duty. Bond needs to get Amasova on his side as a life insurance policy against her threat to kill him when their mission is over. Roger Moore 4 5 4 5 4 5 27
Moonraker 1979 A space shuttle, on loan to MI6 by Hugo Drax, is hijacked in mid-air. Bond is sent to investigate Drax, on the pretence of an official apology. Bond discovers that Drax hijacked the shuttle himself, and stumbles upon a secret lab with fatal poisons. Drax plans to create a space colony and commit a global genocide, to regenerate a perfect species. Roger Moore 2 5 3 4 4 5 23
For Your Eyes Only 1981 A ship containing an Automatic Targeting Attack Communicator (ATAC), which can control ballistic missile attacks, is sunk. Bond is sent to retrieve the ATAC before the Russians do. MI6 had sent archaeologist Timothy Havelock to discretely locate the ship, but he and his wife were murdered in front of their daughter Melina. Bond tracks down their killer, Hector Gonzales, and must complete his work before Melina takes her revenge. Roger Moore 4 5 2 5 2 5 23
Never Say Never Again Sean Connery 5 5 5 3 3 5 26
Octopussy 1983 Agent 009 is stabbed and crashes through a window of the British Embassy in Berlin, holding a forged Fabergé egg. Bond is sent to investigate, and begins at the Southerby's auction for the real Fabergé counterpart. 007 is lead to India, finding corrupt Prince Kamal Khan and his beautiful associate Octopussy. Roger Moore 5 5 4 2 3 3 22
A View to a Kill 1985 Bond investigates a drugged horse racing scandal, and is led to Max Zorin, an eccentric industrialist who plans to destroy Silicon Valley, so that he can create a monopoly on microchip technologies. The chase leads Bond to the Eiffel Tower, and a Blimp ride that eclipses in a tense climax atop the Golden Gate Bridge. Roger Moore 4 5 4 2 3 3 21
The Living Day Lights 1987 Bond is assigned to protect Georgi Koskov, an ex-KGB officer who is defecting to the British. Koskov is to escape during the intermission at the Bratislava concert hall, and must be protected from a KGB sniper. Bond sets up across the street, but decides against assassinating the sniper, when he realizes she is an amateur women. Tim Dalton 3 2 2 1 4 2 14
License to Kill 1989 Bond and Felix Leiter catch drug lord Franz Sanchez during a raid in Miami, but Sanchez escapes after bribing DEA agent Ed killifer. Sanchez kills and rapes Leiter's wife, and Leiter is fed to a shark, losing a leg. Bond must infiltrate and destroy Sanchez's operation, and avenge the death of Leiter's wife. Tim Dalton 2 2 3 3 4 2 16
Golden Eye 1995 Xenia Onatopp and Colonel Ourumov hijack a special helicopter that is immune to electromagnetic pulse. The pair then go to a soviet bunker that is the control base for the Goldeneye satellite weapons. They kill the staff and destroy the base with an electromagnetic pulse from one of the satellites, themselves protected by the helicopter. Bond must investigate the attack. Pierce Brosnan 4 5 5 4 2 4 24
Tomorrow Never Dies 1997 Media mogul Elliot Carver plans to use a stolen encoder to start a war between China and the United Kingdom, and boost ratings for his cable networks. Carver's wife Paris is an ex-girlfriend of Bond's, and her assistance costs her her life. Bond must fight Carver with the help of Chinese spy Wai Lin. Pierce Brosnan 5 5 5 4 2 4 25
The World is not Enough 1999 Renard, a terrorist who feels no pain, and is slowly dieing due to a bullet lodged in his brain, assassinates billionaire Robert King. Bond is assigned to protect his daughter, Electra King, and must fight Renard with the help of Valentin Zukovsky and Christmas Jones. Pierce Brosnan 4 5 5 4 5 4 27
Die Another Day 2002 Bond is betrayed during a mission in North Korea, and is captured and tortured for 14 months. After revealing nothing, Bond is released in a deal with MI6, who release a terrorist in return. Bond escapes from MI6 to find the traitor, and kill the terrorist he was traded for. Pierce Brosnan 5 5 5 5 2 5 27
Casino Royale 2006 Bond gaining his 00 status, by killing two enemy agents, and earning his license to kill. Bond must win a high stakes poker game against terrorist financer Le Chiffre, to bankrupt him so that he will be murdered by his bankers. Daniel Craig 4 3 4 1 5 3 20
Quantum of Solace 2008 In a continuation from Casino Royale, Bond is set to eliminate Dominic Green, a wealthy business man who is trying to control the water supply of Bolivia to extort it's government. He also seeks to avenge the death of Vesper Lynd. Daniel Craig 4 3 4 1 4 3 19
SkyFall 2012 James Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 itself comes under attack, Bond must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. Daniel Craig 5 5 5 4 3 5 27
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In Order of Total
Film Year Plot Actor Plot Bond Villain Gadgets Girl Overall TOTAL
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service 1969 Bond rescues the suicidal Tracy Di Vicenzo, and is brought at gunpoint to meet her father, Marc-Ange Draco, the head of one of the largest criminal organization in Europe. Draco strikes a deal with Bond, agreeing to reveal the location of Blofeld, if Bond will look after his daughter. George Lazenby 3 1 3 1 3 3 14
The Living Day Lights 1987 Bond is assigned to protect Georgi Koskov, an ex-KGB officer who is defecting to the British. Koskov is to escape during the intermission at the Bratislava concert hall, and must be protected from a KGB sniper. Bond sets up across the street, but decides against assassinating the sniper, when he realizes she is an amateur women. Tim Dalton 3 2 2 1 4 2 14
From Russia w Love 1963 When MI6 gets a chance to get their hands on a Lektor decoder, Bond is sent to Turkey to seduce the beautiful Tatiana, and bring back the machine. With the help of Kerim Bey, Bond escapes on the Orient Express, but might not make it off alive. Sean Connery 3 4 2 2 2 3 16
Thunderball 1965 Emilio Largo, the Number 2 at SPECTRE, has stolen two nuclear warheads. He threatens to destroy a city in the United States and England unless a large ransom is paid. Bond is sent to the Bahamas to investigate. Sean Connery 3 4 2 1 2 4 16
License to Kill 1989 Bond and Felix Leiter catch drug lord Franz Sanchez during a raid in Miami, but Sanchez escapes after bribing DEA agent Ed killifer. Sanchez kills and rapes Leiter's wife, and Leiter is fed to a shark, losing a leg. Bond must infiltrate and destroy Sanchez's operation, and avenge the death of Leiter's wife. Tim Dalton 2 2 3 3 4 2 16
Goldfinger 1964 The Bank of England has detected an unauthorized leakage of gold from the country, and Bond is sent to investigate. The suspect is one Auric Goldfinger, the richest man in the country. Bond catches Goldfinger cheating at cards, with the assistance of Tilly Masterson, who is killed and painted gold in revenge. Bond must foil his plots, while avoiding the deadly Korean, Oddjob. Sean Connery 4 4 3 2 1 3 17
You Only Live Twice 1967 Ernst Stavro Blofeld is hijacking American and Russian space shuttles, in an attempt to start a war between the two nations. Bond is sent to Japan to investigate, with the help of Tiger Tanaka, the head of station in Tokyo. Armed with over 100 trained ninjas, Bond infiltrates Blofeld's volcano lair. Sean Connery 2 4 4 2 2 3 17
Quantum of Solace 2008 In a continuation from Casino Royale, Bond is set to eliminate Dominic Green, a wealthy business man who is trying to control the water supply of Bolivia to extort it's government. He also seeks to avenge the death of Vesper Lynd. Daniel Craig 4 3 4 1 4 3 19
Casino Royale 2006 Bond gaining his 00 status, by killing two enemy agents, and earning his license to kill. Bond must win a high stakes poker game against terrorist financer Le Chiffre, to bankrupt him so that he will be murdered by his bankers. Daniel Craig 4 3 4 1 5 3 20
A View to a Kill 1985 Bond investigates a drugged horse racing scandal, and is led to Max Zorin, an eccentric industrialist who plans to destroy Silicon Valley, so that he can create a monopoly on microchip technologies. The chase leads Bond to the Eiffel Tower, and a Blimp ride that eclipses in a tense climax atop the Golden Gate Bridge. Roger Moore 4 5 4 2 3 3 21
Dr No 1962 Bond is sent to Jamaica to investigate the death of MI6 agent John Strangways. He finds his way to Crab Key island, where the mysterious Dr. No awaits. Sean Connery 4 4 5 1 4 4 22
Live and Let Die 1973 Several British agents are killed in a short period of time, during routine surveillance of dictator Dr. Kananga. Bond is sent to New York to investigate, and falls into a trap of gangster Mr. Big, thanks to his psychic tarot card reader, Solitaire. Roger Moore 3 5 5 3 3 3 22
The Man with the Golden Gun 1974 MI6 is sent a golden bullet with 007 engraved onto it. M fears that Bond will be assassinated by Francesco Scaramanga, the $1 million a shot hitman, known for his golden gun, and sends Bond to find him first. Roger Moore 4 5 2 2 4 5 22
Octopussy 1983 Agent 009 is stabbed and crashes through a window of the British Embassy in Berlin, holding a forged Fabergé egg. Bond is sent to investigate, and begins at the Southerby's auction for the real Fabergé counterpart. 007 is lead to India, finding corrupt Prince Kamal Khan and his beautiful associate Octopussy. Roger Moore 5 5 4 2 3 3 22
Moonraker 1979 A space shuttle, on loan to MI6 by Hugo Drax, is hijacked in mid-air. Bond is sent to investigate Drax, on the pretence of an official apology. Bond discovers that Drax hijacked the shuttle himself, and stumbles upon a secret lab with fatal poisons. Drax plans to create a space colony and commit a global genocide, to regenerate a perfect species. Roger Moore 2 5 3 4 4 5 23
For Your Eyes Only 1981 A ship containing an Automatic Targeting Attack Communicator (ATAC), which can control ballistic missile attacks, is sunk. Bond is sent to retrieve the ATAC before the Russians do. MI6 had sent archaeologist Timothy Havelock to discretely locate the ship, but he and his wife were murdered in front of their daughter Melina. Bond tracks down their killer, Hector Gonzales, and must complete his work before Melina takes her revenge. Roger Moore 4 5 2 5 2 5 23
Golden Eye 1995 Xenia Onatopp and Colonel Ourumov hijack a special helicopter that is immune to electromagnetic pulse. The pair then go to a soviet bunker that is the control base for the Goldeneye satellite weapons. They kill the staff and destroy the base with an electromagnetic pulse from one of the satellites, themselves protected by the helicopter. Bond must investigate the attack. Pierce Brosnan 4 5 5 4 2 4 24
Diamonds Are Forever 1971 Sean Connery is back for a fast paced hunt through a diamond smuggling pipeline. MI6 arrests small time smuggler Peter Franks, and Bond takes his place, meeting courier Tiffany Case. He follow the trail of the diamonds, as everyone who touches them gets killed. The end of the pipeline is Blofeld, with another plan for World Domination. Sean Connery 4 4 4 4 4 5 25
Tomorrow Never Dies 1997 Media mogul Elliot Carver plans to use a stolen encoder to start a war between China and the United Kingdom, and boost ratings for his cable networks. Carver's wife Paris is an ex-girlfriend of Bond's, and her assistance costs her her life. Bond must fight Carver with the help of Chinese spy Wai Lin. Pierce Brosnan 5 5 5 4 2 4 25
Never Say Never Again Sean Connery 5 5 5 3 3 5 26
The Spy Who Loved Me 1977 British and Russian submarines have been hijacked, and the two countries come together, sending 007 and Russian Agent Anya Amasova to track down a stolen microfilm and investigate. The tension rises as Amasova discovers that Bond had killed her lover in the course of duty. Bond needs to get Amasova on his side as a life insurance policy against her threat to kill him when their mission is over. Roger Moore 4 5 4 5 4 5 27
The World is not Enough 1999 Renard, a terrorist who feels no pain, and is slowly dieing due to a bullet lodged in his brain, assassinates billionaire Robert King. Bond is assigned to protect his daughter, Electra King, and must fight Renard with the help of Valentin Zukovsky and Christmas Jones. Pierce Brosnan 4 5 5 4 5 4 27
Die Another Day 2002 Bond is betrayed during a mission in North Korea, and is captured and tortured for 14 months. After revealing nothing, Bond is released in a deal with MI6, who release a terrorist in return. Bond escapes from MI6 to find the traitor, and kill the terrorist he was traded for. Pierce Brosnan 5 5 5 5 2 5 27
SkyFall 2012 James Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 itself comes under attack, Bond must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. Daniel Craig 5 5 5 4 3 5 27










It was incredible timing since in the airport on our spring break, I finished the last film Skyfall.  Having just finished the series, I was dreaming that there was a James Bond Museum.  So, In our recent trip in London, I was lucky enough to come across the London Film Museum and a new exhibit called Bond In Motion.  All of the James Bond transportation devices were on display along with countless props, storyboards, and video clips and pictures.  Here are a few photos:

The welcome screen at the start of the exhibit

Q Boat- The Word is Not Enough- 1999

The Wetbike- The Spy Who Loved Me- 1977

Bell Textron Jetpack- Die Another Day- 2002  This was a reminiscent allusion Sean Connery's flight in Thunderball- 1965

Story boards and production clapper board from Goldeneye- 1995

More story boards of chase scenes

Rolls Royce Silver Cloud- A View to a Kill- 1962

Acrostar Jet- Octopussy- 1983

Aston Martin DB5- Goldeneye (in scene)- 1995

Little Nellie- Wallis WA-116 Series 1- You only Live Twice- 1967
Car Plane (1974 AMC Matador Coupe)- The Man With the Golden Gun- 1974

Chase scene story board

Wet Nellie (Lotus Esprit S2)- The Spy Who Loved Me- 1977
1937 Rolls Royce Phantom III- Goldfinger- 1964

1969 Mercury Cougar Convertible- On Her Majesty's Secret Service- 1969

Crocodile Submarine- Octopussy- 1983

Ernest Blofeld's Mini Submarine- Diamonds Are Forever- 1971

Aston Martin DB5- Thunderball- 1965

Surf board with gadgets inside- Die Another Day- 2002

Aston Martin DBS V12- Casino Royale 2006 and Quantum of Solace 2008

1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Fastback (on two-wheels)- Diamonds Are Forever 1971 and a Honda ATV

Cool Car Toys and the spiky tires from Die Another Day

BMW Z8 with all the usual refinements- The World Is Not Enough- 1999

BMW 750iL flying off a roof- Tomorrow Never Dies- 1997

Same BWM being returned to the car rental place via roof top

Renault 11 Taxi in its half-intact form just before it was split again into two making just ¼ of a car- A View to a Kill- 1985

Left: Bajaj RE Taxi- Octopussy 1983 and Right: Citroen 2CV- For Your Eyes Only- 1981

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante- The Living Daylights- 1987 and from my favorite chase scene ever!... The Cello Case

Jaguar XKR- Die Another Day- 2002


Aston Martin v12 Vanquish in y moment of epiphany when it appears- Die Another Day- 2002 















1 comment:

Plan Turkey Vacation said...

This is a unique and wondderful collection of Bonds vintage wheel's..glad you posted this..every bond lover will love this..