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15 July 2007 @ 10:12 am
Do be careful, 007  
I've been watching a few Bond movies lately, and I've been thinking that I'd like to go over each one, in order, with a fine tooth comb and write a detailed review.
I know it's been done before, but it seems like fun.
James Bond films are just the kind of movie in which there is so much to comment on.
Plus the fact that they are so formulaic (well, it works, doesn't it?) gives me some neat categories to write about with each film:

Teaser (pre-credits sequence)
Opening Titles (title song/Maurice Binder visuals)
Flirting with Moneypenny
Briefing(s) with M
In the lab, or the field, with Q (gadgets)
Plot (chase that MacGuffin!)
Bond Girls (including a shag count and analysis of each girl on a scale between "damsel-in-distress" and "heroine/villainess in her own right")
Main Villain
Chase sequences
Planes, Trains & Automobiles*
"Before I Kill You, Mr Bond"
Silliness (specific instances of, and rated relative to the other films)
"Bond, James Bond" (James Bond, the drinking game)
Interesting Trivia
James Bond will return in...

Can anyone add any specific aspects of the Bond franchise that might be worth delving into?
Clearly this is a long-term project, but perhaps fun enough to encourage me to stick with it.

*Thanks to melbournian
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melbournian on July 15th, 2007 02:02 am (UTC)
Cars and other vehicles
Jacobyak_boy on July 15th, 2007 01:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes.

Planes, trains & automobiles.
Prisspr1ss on July 15th, 2007 05:27 am (UTC)
Music: good tune? can you dance to it? any suggestive lyrics about a gold finger?
Jacobyak_boy on July 15th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
I meant to put "title song" under "Opening Titles", but it came out as "tile song".

That said, there is other incedental music and songs throughout the films, although it could be a bit too much for me to multi-task to follow the songs that are on during the action of the film.

But there's certainly plenty to talk about with the theme songs alone: some are timeless classics, others are tragically dated, some of the artists are still popular, others have drifted into obscurity (or the bands have split up). Not to mention that 14% of the movies have theme songs by Shirley Bassey!
kunoichi_chankunoichi_chan on July 16th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
Fake James Bond movies are another one. Like the old 'Casino Royale' and 'Never Say Never'.
Jacobyak_boy on July 16th, 2007 04:29 am (UTC)
If I do those, they'll probably wait until after I've done all the official films.
kunoichi_chan: Masqueradekunoichi_chan on July 16th, 2007 04:36 am (UTC)
...not doing them is probably the better option! *laugh*
Jacobyak_boy on July 16th, 2007 04:40 am (UTC)
Well, Never Say Never Again is a remake of Thunderball, so completely pointless. The original Casino Royale may have some merit (it does have Peter Sellers in it), but I'm yet to see it.
splatchtrocksplatchtrock on July 16th, 2007 09:17 am (UTC)
You could check out From Beijing with Love while you're at it.