It’s Only Just Begun by Chris Taydus

As a student of film…I suck. This project could be watching a film a week that I’ve never seen, and I wouldn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the ‘classics’. While this blog is an attempt to exercise those demons, I’m here to make a change. To start my reborn life, I will be watching 12 of the 24 James Bond films.

I specifically chose these films because of the 23 films starring 007, I’ve seen a total of zero of them. I’ve never really understood why I haven’t either. They’re smart, sexy, action packed thrillers that have spawned some of the greatest icons in cinema history. I’ve never seen a Bond film, and I could ID Jaws, or Q, or the classic Aston Martin. I’ve played most of the more modern video games based on the character. I’ve hummed the James Bond theme more times than I can count. Yet my cinematic viewing history remains free of a License to Kill.

“No more,” I say. This ends tonight (…or sometime in the next week. It is 8:30 already)!!! My list of 12 Bond films was chosen from the listing of the worst to best Bond films as ranked in the 2012 Rolling Stone article by Peter Travers. I took his top 12 and I’ll be watching them in chronological order. (Edited: Under the recommendation of this blogs fearless leader, I’ve changed my list slightly. The new list is below.)

Here they are:

  1. Dr. No
  2. From Russia With Love
  3. Goldfinger
  4. Thunderball
  5. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  6. Man with the Golden Gun
  7. The Spy Who Loved Me
  8. For Your Eyes Only
  9. Licence to Kill
  10. GoldenEye
  11. Casino Royale
  12. Skyfall
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3 thoughts on “It’s Only Just Begun by Chris Taydus

  1. Chris,

    Let me congratulate you on this voyage into 007. If you haven’t visited my website for the #Bond_age_: James Bond Social Media Project at http://www.007hertzrumble.com, you might find ample material to supplement your viewings — we’ve live tweeted every Bond film twice (and have live tweet digests from each), and I’ve written essays about each film through TOMORROW NEVER DIES. I will say one thing, however, Peter Travers is a complete nincompoop. And this list of the 12 best James Bond movies, by Peter Travers, is even more nincompoopy. When this list came out it was mocked and ridiculed by Bond fans. It does not represent the 12 best by any stretch of the imagination. It also ignores Dalton and, for all intents and purposes, Brosnan. (DIE ANOTHER DAY is easily the worst movie in all of Bond. Easily.) I know that I don’t write for Rolling Stone, but if I were coming up with a 12-movie schedule that best represents the James Bond series, I’d suggest the following:

    1. Dr. No
    2. From Russia With Love
    3. Goldfinger
    4. Thunderball
    5. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
    6. Man with the Golden Gun
    7. The Spy Who Loved Me
    8. For Your Eyes Only
    9. Licence to Kill
    10. GoldenEye
    11. Casino Royale
    12. Skyfall

    I’ll climb down my high horse now. Also if you want to hear a good tirade, mention Peter Travers to @MisterGreggles.

      • I don’t mean to be an 800 lb. gorilla here. 🙂 I’d just hate for you to consider DIE ANOTHER DAY a top-shelf Bond. I encourage a viewing, however, with ample libation and a copy of our live tweet digest.

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