My #JamesBond #Bondathon has now reached For Your Eyes Only – My (Short) Review

Plot – Agent 007 is assigned to hunt for a lost British encryption device and prevent it from falling into enemy hands.

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For Your Eyes only is Roger Moore’s fifth outing as James Bond, 007 and brings Bond back to earth after his exploits in space in the movie, Moonraker.

After the underwhelming Moonraker (that did have some very good parts) For Your Eyes Only sees 007 up against Kristatos (played by Julian Glover), via Milos Columbo (played by Topol) and with Bond girl Melina Havelock (Carole Bouquet).

Moore is back on form here, doing what he does best in his role of James Bond. A lot of people (including my wife) have said that Moore was looking too old to play 007 but, in my opinion, it didn’t make a difference as he did the job extremely well. I have a lot of admiration for Moore’s Bond, I think he was great no-one will tell me any different.

Carole Bouquet is ever so lovely and plays Melina Havelock in a way that many would admire. Coming across as quiet and innocent with, after the murder of her parents, a tough streak that comes across in her revenge killing of assassin Hector Gonzalez. Bouquet is a French beauty but I feel her performance isn’t amazing and comes across as slightly wooden at times.

The villain, Kristatos is played by British thesp, Julian Glover. An excellent choice for me and Glover is excellent in the role. Great actor.

Milos Columbo, who becomes an ally of Bond is played by the wonderful Topol and this is a role that suits him very well. Apart from 007, he’s my favourite character in this movie. Brilliant.

Michael Gothard plays Emile Leopold Locque, henchman of Kristatos. He does a half decent job and features in a great scene where, again, we see Bonds’ ruthless streak, ie 007 kicking Locque’s car over the edge of the cliff. Love that ruthless streak in Moore’s Bond, also shown in The Spy Who Loved me when letting Sandor fall from a building.

We also have Jill Bennett as Jacoba Brink who plays the trainer of ice skater the young, but not so innocent, Bibi Dahl. Both good in their roles.

Another wonderful character in this movie who, if they’d had a bigger part in it could well have topped Milos Columbo as my favourite is Countess Lisl who was played by the gorgeous Cassandra Harris. Only a small role but she certainly made an impression on this viewer. Cassandra was also a real life Bond girl being married to future 007 Pierce Brosnan before her untimely passing (RIP).

We also have the return of Desmond Llewellyn as Q and Lois Maxwell as Moneypenny, however, this is the first James Bond movie not to feature the character of M, who had only been played by Bernard Lee. Lee had been suffering from illness and passed away in 1981 (RIP). Scenes that he would have been in if illness didn’t hinder him were re-done with the character of Q, including the scene in the confessional.

This is a good Bond movie and better than the previous outing, good actions scenes as well as good performances. Shame about the Lotus but love the Citroen.

Always love Bond scores and the theme by Sheena Easton is pretty decent (but why do we have to see her in the opening titles??).

As ever, I’ll not score the Bond movies out of 10.

Cheers for reading………………..
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My #JamesBond #Bondathon Now Reaches Moonraker – My (Short) Review

Plot – James Bond investigates the mid-air theft of a space shuttle and discovers a plot to commit global genocide.

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After the super The Spy Who Loved Me, big things were expected from Moonraker, Roger Moore’s 4th outing as James Bond.

Unfortunately, due to the success of movies such as Star Wars we get a “007 goes to space” latching on to their successes.

The movie starts off well and looks and sounds like a Bond movie should and, in my opinion, is quite excellent. Once we get to the last 3rd of the movie it kind of takes a dive, which is huge shame. The big stand-off being in space with lasers shoot outs etc. Doesn’t really fit a Bond movie for me.

Anyway, Roger Moore is his usual self in a Bond movie, at least for 75% of it. Ever dependable and with a nudge and a wink he’s a very smooth 007.

The villain of the movie, Drax, is played by Michael Lonsdale and is one of the highlights of the movie. Excellent actor, very sinister in his performance and a worthy adversary for Bond.

Lois Chiles plays CIA agent and, ultimately Bond’s girl, Holly Goodhead (oo-er). She’s ok as a Bond girl, not my favourite but her character is certainly a match for 007.

Jaws is also back in this movie. Richard Kiel is excellent as the man mountain ………………………… until halfway or so through and he meets Dolly. From there on he kind of becomes a joke character before joining the side of good and helping 007 win his battle against Drax. We even hear him speak for the first time towards the end.

As I have said in most of my Bond movie reviews we also have the brilliant Bernard Lee as M, Lois Maxwell as Moneypenny and Desmond Llewellyn as Q. Walter Gotell also returns as General Gogol.

We also have Toshiro Suga as Chang and Emily Bolton as Manuela. There’s also the stunning Corrine Clery who plays the ill-fated Corrine Dufour, helicopter pilot for Hugo Drax. The reason I single her out is because she appears in one of the best scenes of the movie and, for me, one of the most haunting scenes in Bond movie history. The scene where Drax fires her and his dogs chase her in the woods gives me chills every time I watch it. Fantastic.

Anyway, not the best Bond movie but not the worst. As ever, I won’t be marking these out of ten.

Cheers and thanks for reading……………

#Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – My (Short, Very Short) Review

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Picked this up in the library for a read. I can’t actually believe I don’t own a copy as this is one of the best graphic novels I have ever read.

It comes from Frank Miller and features a fantastic story, super, atmospheric art.

It’s now spawned a two part movie which is also of high quality.

A brilliant book that I would recommend to any Bat-fan for a read.

Frickin’ Awesome!!

That is all……….

Cheers!!!

#CatchingBullets: Memoirs Of A Bond Fan by @Mark0Connell – My (Short) Book Review

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Being a Bond fan, this was a must read book for me. Others obviously had the same thought and I was lucky enough to have this book given to me as a gift. And what a gift…..I’ve now just finished my second read of the book.

This books takes us through Mark O’ Connell’s life, so far, as a fan of James Bond, telling us of his first 007 movie, recording them onto to BASF video tapes from TV, posters on his wall, wolfing down his Christmas dinner in time to watch the Bond movie that’d be showing, picking up ex rental videos from his local garage, his love of Sir Rog and all other manner of cool, yes cool, Bond moments from his life. Oh, and not forgetting his obsession with the lovely Maud Adams (who we hear from at the end of the book).

The book brings back so any memories for me as myself and Mark are of a similar age. Ok, maybe I’m a year or 2 older, haha! No matter though, it brings about so many memories of my own time as a fan of James Bond, in particular as a youngster.

Mark also gives us his own unique thoughts on all the Bond movies (barring Skyfall) and makes some very valid arguments for movies that may be less popular than others.

We are also told about Marks grandfather, Jimmy, who was a driver for Eon for many years. This is very heartwarming stuff, especially reading how highly thought of Jimmy was at Eon and, in particular, by Cubby Broccoli.

This is a Bond book, written by a Bond fan and written for Bond fans. However, even non Bond fans would find this a super read.

I cannot recommend this book enough to any James Bond fan who may read this.

A triumph for Mark.

Now that Skyfall has come and gone, I’d love to see an update or just the next chapter in Mark’s 007 fandom. Sure it’d be more of the same great stuff.

Fantastic stuff and I’m sure I’ll go back and read it again!!

Thanks for reading as always.

As I’ve said before, I’m not great with the words but I hope you enjoy reading this. Cheers……

You can read more on the book and more from Mark at http://www.markoconnell.co.uk

#RoboCop (1987) – My (Short) Movie Review……..

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(After watching last night, this is re-posted from my older blog)

Plot – In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.

A cheap as chips buy from my local Sainsbury’s, RoboCop. One of my favourite movies to watch, Robocop was a movie ahead of its time.

It’s an action packed movie with state of the art special effect for its time. A super story, with lots in it that is still relevant in the world today.

Peter Weller is super as Alex Murphy, brutally murdered and whose body is then used to become RoboCop. To be honest Wellers’ performance as RoboCop himself outshines and part of his, short, time as Murphy but then, that’s how it should be I guess haha. Excellent.

Then we have Nancy Allen as Murphy’s partner, Officer Anne Lewis. Again, great performance. As Lewis she soon figures out that RoboCop is, in fact, Murphy himself.

The villain of the piece is Clarence Boddicker, played with gusto by the, always excellent, Kurtwood Smith. Boddicker, with help from his goons, being the man who murdered Alex Murphy, along with his band of goons.

Other great actors in this include Ronny Cox as Dick Jones, number 2 at OCP (Omni Consumer Products), and Miguel Ferrer as the man behind the creation of RoboCop, Bob Morton.

This movie went on to spawn not only 2 sequels of differing quality but also a TV series, cartoon series’, 4 more TV movies, comics etc etc.

As you’ll also know RoboCop has been rebooted for today and has received mixed reviews. Myself, I’m gonna wait for now before I see it and keep the memory of the original.

For me, an easy 9/10.

Cheers and thanks for reading……..

 

 

 

My #JamesBond #Bondathon: The Spy Who Loved Me – My Review

Plot – James Bond investigates the hijacking of British and Russian submarines carrying nuclear warheads with the help of a KGB agent whose lover he killed

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Ah, Sir Rog’s finest moment as James Bond, 007 with his Licence To Kill (…..”and has done so on numerous occasions”). In my opinion anyway, I believe this to be Roger Moore’s best Bond movie of all he did.

Moore is always excellent as Bond but, in this, I believe he excels himself. Sure, he gives us his little innuendos (it wouldn’t be the same without it) but we also get more emotional scenes, an excellent scene showing a very ruthless streak (see his finishing off of Sandor) and a sense that Rog is enjoying himself in this movie.

And why shouldn’t he enjoy himself, opposite the lovely Barbara Bach. Fair enough, she may be a little wooden in her performance but it doesn’t detract anything from the movie. She’s worthy competition for 007.

Speaking of worthy competition, Bond has plenty in this movie. First up we have main villain web handed Karl Stromberg played by the brilliant Curt Jurgens. Jurgens is excellent bring a very tough and sinister villain to the piece.

However, Stromberg, while a memorable villain, is not the more well-known from The Spy Who Loved Me. That honour goes to Richard Kiel, who plays Jaws, an over 7 foot Metal Mouthed Mountain. Kiel was just an excellent fit for the role and became one of the most memorable characters in the Bond series barring 007 himself.

All the usual suspects are back including Bernard Lee, Desmond Llewellyn and Lois Maxwell as M, Q and Moneypenny respectively. Thrown in the luscious Caroline Munro as Naomi and Walter Gotell as General Gogol, among others, and you have a very fine cast.

It’s a great story, great action, great acting, the wonderful Lotus Esprit and, to top it off, that awesome parachute jump. Fantastic.

All in all a great Bond movie and Roger Moore’s best (in my own opinion).

As always, thank you for reading……………

My #JamesBond #Bondathon: The Man With The Golden Gun – My Review

Plot – Bond is led to believe that he is targeted by the world’s most expensive assassin and must hunt him down to stop him

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Bit late with this one as I watched it last week but here is my review of The Man With Golden Gun.

Roger Moore is back for his second outing as 007 in this movie that sees him up against assassin Francisco Scaramanga, played by Christopher Lee.

This was obviously released at a time when Kung Fu movies were becoming a big thing and Bond movie producers seemed to want to cash in on that. They do a half decent job of it I guess, this isn’t the best of Moore’s Bond movies and is, in my opinion, inferior to his previous Live And Let Die.

Moore as James Bond does his best to make the movie better than it is. Always reliable, I love Moore’s 007 and I still love him in this despite the movie not being as good as his last.

Christopher Lee makes a good Scaramanga; he’s a super actor and hams it up nicely as the £1,000,000 a pop assassin.

His henchman is the vertically challenged Nick Nack played by Herve Villechaize. He’s probably one of the most well-known of all Bond movie henchmen.

The “main” Bond girl in this movie is Mary Goodnight, played by the lovely Britt Ekland. She’s ok in the role but seems to spend more time either in a nightie or bikini. Now, to some, this won’t be a problem (at times it probably isn’t to me as she is very lovely) but, I don’t know, I guess it’s just a sign of the times. To be fair, she has more on in this than she does in her turn in The Wicker Man.

There’s also the first appearance of Maud Adams in a Bond movie. Before her excellent turn as Octopussy she played the role of Miss Anders here. Another lovely, she plays her time in the movie well as an ally of 007.

Another ally of 007 is Lt Hip played by Soon-Tek Oh. Bond doesn’t figure out he’s an ally until some time after they meet. Bond and Hip share a good relationship during the movie I think and have some good scenes together.

As we’ve always had so far, Bernard Lee returns as M, Desmond Llewellyn as Q and Lois Maxwell as Moneypenny. As always, they are a joy to watch in their limited screen time.

We also have the return of Clifton James as Sherriff J W Pepper in what is nothing but comedy filler really. Doesn’t add much to the story other than a few laughs. He is very watchable though.

There’s some excellent action sequences in the movie, in particular the cork-screw car jump over a canal. Great looking stunt although slightly spoiled by the awful sound effect added in. A little odd if in my opinion. Another odd thing is how Bond is kind of made to look weak after escaping Hai Fat’s karate school. Having Lt Hips nieces kick bad guys arses, ushering Bond out of the way, makes 007 look a little soft for me. That’s just a couple of little things that don’t quite seem right to me but other than that the movie is ok. It also has one of the greatest names given to any “Bond Girl” (although it’s difficult to call her that) in the naked and swimming, Chew Mee. Great!!

Anyway, as always, no marks out of 10 for Bond movies as I’m a big fan but, even though this is disappointing at times, it’s still an enjoyable enough movie.

Cheers and thanks, as always, for reading………………….