“For Your Eyes Only” is one of my least favorite Bond films of all time. I recognize that the public views it far more fondly than I, but I can’t get past the fact it commits the cardinal sin for Bond movies.
“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.
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…
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?
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.