Dr. No: Ahoy Mr. Bond! Ahoy Mr. Bond! by ctaydus

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Unfortunately I misjudged you, you are just a stupid police man…whose luck has run out.

Before I start this article, I just want to reiterate that I’ve never seen a James Bond film before tonight. My experience with the character of James Bond consists of parodies, video games, and popular culture. So tonight my proverbial Bond virginity has been taken. I watched the 1962 premiere of the Bond character, Dr. No. 

This film did meet many of the expectations that I had about the man with the license to kill: beautiful women, dangerous villains, and witty humor (my favorite being when Bond asks Dr. No if interfering with the American space program was adequate compensation for having no hands). I have to say that I was a little let down by the film. I expected the flash and the pizzazz, that I think has become synonymous with the more modern Bond films. This isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy the film, just that it wasn’t quite what I expected.

All that being said, there were still some very enjoyable aspects of the film. I was very excited to see the classic (and almost cliche) intro of the gun barrel following the Bond silhouette across the screen before being shot and having the screen be “covered by blood.”  I thoroughly enjoyed the Saul Bass style intro sequence because it had a feel of the 1960s, technology, and a calypso song all rolled into one. As someone who hopes to eventually find work in the field of graphic and title design, it’s fun to see where some of the standards of the craft originated.

Dr. No himself was an enjoyable villain who fits perfectly into the mold of being a villain without thinking they are a villain. For some weird reason, I wished the three blind mice had been flushed out a little bit more. I mean them and the chauffeur are supposed to be assumed to be henchmen of Dr. No, but I was hoping for some more information on them for some odd reason.

Overall, I had fun, but like I said, I think I was expecting something a little different. I am excited to keep moving forward too!

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