I know lots of Star Wars fans. Hell, my niece has already dressed up as a Jedi once for Halloween and she hasn’t even been to kindergarten yet.
I know a handful of Star Trek fans. Not the people who like the new movie, mind you, I’m talking about the people that watched “Voyager”…
I know a couple of Harry Potter fans. People who know the differences between the books and the movies, that kind of thing.
And comic book/Superhero movies? LOL, yeah, I run with that crowd. So what?
But I don’t (personally) know a single James Bond fan aside from myself. Which is a damn shame. The James Bond franchise is the oldest, most successful movie franchise in history. Next year will be its 50th anniversary. 50th! There’s been 22 (official) films starring 6 different Bonds, and the series has NEVER had a flop. Only varying degrees of success.
That’s awesome, to me. It’s historic. And I feel like it’s not getting the props it deserves.
Now, as a fan, I love all the movies. Even the ones I hate the most I can see why they did what they did and either respect it, or shrug it off. To me, Bond movies are like Pizza.
Even when they’re bad, they’re still pretty good.
But the truth is that not all Bond movies are created equal. Some of the Bond films are classic. Cla-ssic. They deserve their place amongst the greatest movies ever made. Some of them are fun because they’re cheesy. You know, the type of film you can enjoy as long as you don’t think about it? It may make you laugh in the wrong places, but at the end, even though it wasn’t technically a GOOD movie, you have to admit you liked it. But honestly? A handful of them are downright crap. The kind of movie you wouldn’t want to subject anyone to.
With a mix like that, I’d be leery of recommending the series to a newcomer and letting them pick a random film from the series. Or even debating the franchises’ greatness/historical importance with a neutral film fan. If someone doesn’t appreciate the value of a good, cheesy movie? Then the Bond franchise is saddled with farrrrr more stinkers than winners.
Therein lies the majority of the reason for this series of posts (the remainder being I like to write and this gives me something to write about even if I havent seen anything new). Which Bond movies are good? Which ones should you avoid like the plague? Which ones are more comedy than action movie? Stick around to find out, I plan to write-up each movie in the series over time… I’m thinking I’ll post one entry in the series each week!