James Bond: Classic, Cheese, or Crap? – “Dr. No”

“Dr. No”

1963

Bond: Sean Connery

Classic, Cheese or Crap?: CLASSIC

“Dr. No”

The film that launched the Bond franchise.

Classic, cheese or crap? What are you, kidding me? CLA-SSIC. CLA-SSIC.

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James Bond: Classic, Cheese, or Crap? – “Tomorrow Never Dies”

“Tomorrow Never Dies”

1997

Bond: Pierce Brosnan

Classic, Cheese, or Crap?: CRAP

“Tomorrow Never Dies” is easily my least favorite Brosnan Bond. I will quickly cede that “Die Another Day” is a worse film (I mean, a MUCH worse film), but that movie has such a cheese factor going for it that I enjoy watching it more.

“Tomorrow Never Dies” is a Bond movie that actively irritates me. One of the few in the series that make me mad. There are a handful of quality elements that are wasted here, and then some things that outright poor. And at the end of the day, it takes itself very seriously, so it’s hard to have fun with it.

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James Bond: Classic, Cheese, or Crap? – “You Only Live Twice”

“You Only Live Twice”

1965

Bond: Sean Connery

Classic, Cheese, or Crap?: CLASSIC

When looking back on “You Only Live Twice” as a modern viewer, it suffers greatly from one factor completely beyond its control.

Austin Powers.

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James Bond: Classic, Cheese or Crap – “A View to a Kill”

“A View to a Kill”

1985

Bond: Roger Moore

Classic, Cheese, or Crap: CHEESE

This was one of the movies in this series that I really debated a long time. It’s so bad, you have to acknowledge it. But its laughable, that makes it cheese. But it really stinks, I mean, that makes it crap. Yet I laugh so much, that makes it cheese! Crap. Cheese! Crap. Cheese! Crap…

I finally settled on Cheese.

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James Bond: Classic, Cheese or Crap? – “Quantum of Solace”

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“Quantum of Solace”

2008

Bond: Daniel Craig

Classic, Cheese or Crap?: CLASSIC

In all honesty, this is one of the movies that challenges my classifications. In terms of Bond movies, I still rank it amongst the legitimately good ones. It doesn’t suck, so it’s not “crap”. And it certainly isn’t “cheesy” by any means. The movie takes itself completely seriously – almost to a fault. Yet categorizing it in with the classics needs a bit of clarification. While I think it’s in the upper tier of Bond movies, by no means do I think it’s a classic movie in general.

It tempts me to create a new category. James Bond: Classic, Cheese, Crap or Pretty Good?

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James Bond: Classic, Cheese or Crap? – “The World Is Not Enough”

“The World Is Not Enough”

1999

Bond: Pierce Brosnan

Classic, Cheese or Crap?: CHEESE

I really like this one. I know, I know. Its one of those Bonds that Bond fans love to kick around. But I’m a big fan. I swear, if it weren’t for Denise Richards, I might have put this movie in the “Classic” category.

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