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Ultimate James Bond List – From Russia With Love (1963)

The Ultimate James Bond List – From Russia With Love (1963)

Welcome back this month for the Ultimate James Bond List, this time covering the second entry in the 007 franchise, From Russia With Love. As I said last month, the entire point of the list is to allow anyone to compare each generation and actor against one another. Once all films are complete, it will make for some very interesting reading, so get ready to have your mind blown away…or maybe not. Either way, give it a read and let me know what you think.

If you would like to read my thoughts on the film itself, it can be found here.

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James Bond – From Russia With Love (1963) REVIEW

From Russia With Love (1963)
Directed by Terence Young
Produced by Harry Saltzman & Albert R. Broccoli
Screenplay by Richard Maibaum & Johanna Harwood
Based on From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming
Starring Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi, Pedro Armendariz, Lotte Lenya and Robert Shaw
Music by John Barry

Last month I reviewed Dr. No (1962) and published the first entry in the Ultimate James Bond List. Both of those posts can be found here and here. Share them around if you like by linking each to your preferred social network and don’t be afraid to drop a comment down below. The James Bond discussion will continue for the coming weeks and months, and ramp up considerably as Bond 24 approaches. Later in the week, I will be posting the Ultimate James Bond List -From Russia With Love (1963) which can be found here, So sit back and follow along.

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No need for introductions to this review series, I’m sure you have read all about my love of James Bond already. If not you will quickly find out as I cover each official James Bond film entry in the coming months. This month, comes the review of From Russia With Love (1963).

From Russia With Love seems to have a very complicated plot. No idea why, because it could easily clip a few scenes from the film and be a very tight movie. I shouldn’t really complain though as the scenes which don’t further the plot prove quite entertaining.

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Ultimate James Bond List – Dr. No (1962)

Ultimate James Bond List – Dr. No (1962)

A lot of people talk about the different James Bond actors and like to compare each and every aspect. So with my most recent James Bond film viewings, I decided to compile a list. The Ultimate James Bond list for myself and anyone else that has ever wondered about which 007 has bedded the most women, to who kills the most. Best part about it all is that once the list is complete, everyone will be able to easily compare each and every part of the list to the different the films, actors and across generations.

Below you will find the list. 12 titles in total and each belonging to a different subject matter. A brief description beside each title will clue you in on the subject matter, in case the titles themselves throw you off.

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James Bond – Dr. No (1962) REVIEW

Dr. No (1962) REVIEW
Directed by Terence Young
Produced by Harry Saltzman & Albert R. Broccoli
Screenplay by Richard Maibaum, Johanna Harwood & Berkely Mather
Based on Dr. No by Ian Fleming
Starring Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Joseph Wiseman, Jack Lord, John Kitzmiller & Anthony Dawson
Music by Monty Norman

As you will soon read, this is going to be a slightly different type of review. I had thought about writing a very traditional type, but in the end, I decided that how this review is written will be how I review all James Bond films from here on out. I understand this style won’t suit everyone, but I feel it will allow me to fully express my thoughts on each film while also discussing the usual criteria which goes into a review.

Bob Simmons as James Bond in place of Sean Connery

Bob Simmons as James Bond in place of Sean Connery

People have often told me that the James Bond series didn’t find its rhythm until, Goldfinger, but when you watch Dr. No, the very first James Bond movie, you realise the filmmakers got the formula just right. One of the most famous characters of all time, James Bond has been active in cinema for over 50 years. First released in 1962, only a few years after the series of novels by, Ian Fleming, Dr. No introduced the movie going audience to British secret agent 007. 30-year-old Sean Connery (maybe 31) was cast in the lead of James Bond, and from that moment on it was history in the making.

When I decided to watch and review every (official) James Bond movie from Dr. No to Skyfall, I had no idea how much of a challenge it would prove to be. Over the month of July, I’ve watched Dr. No a total of seven times as of writing this review, each time learning something new about the film. I guess after that many viewings, you would expect one to get slightly bored of the same film, and that could be true for many, but not me.

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Blog Update 002

Blog Update 002

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More on that picture later…but now onto more pressing issues on my mind 🙂

It has been a busy July so far. I’ve seen a few films and been catching up on a lot of gaming. Plus, I have also been working away at my first James Bond review, Dr. No. As I mentioned in my James Bond blog a few weeks back, each Bond review would also have an accompanying ‘ultimate’ list which would allow me to compare all the Bond actors and films across the years.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) REVIEW

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) REVIEW

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Director: Matt Reeves
Written By: Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver
Cast: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell and Toby Kebbell

MILD PLOT SPOILERS AHEAD.

Plot: Taking place ten years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar and his expanding nation of Apes have taken refuge in the Muir Woods just outside of San Francisco City. When a small group of humans show up hoping to restore power to the city via the use of a hydroelectric generator, tension is had and Caesar, with the upper hand, forbids the humans from entering the area ever again. However with the dam generator being the only hope for survival the humans have, Malcolm and his group re-enter the woods in the hopes of convincing Caesar they aren’t all bad and can be trusted. Soon, plotting begins on both ends to reclaim the lands and the war between humans and apes is brought to the forefront.

Review: First of all, I beg you, no, I plead with you to please go and watch Rise of the Planet of the Apes before watch Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. I don’t say that often to people, but it really is worth it for all the little minors things. Plus Rise was such a brilliant and unexpected film that deserves repeat viewing just to ease you into Dawn.

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22 Jump Street (2014) REVIEW

22 Jump Street (2014) REVIEW

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Director: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller
Written by: Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel & Rodney Rothman
Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Peter Stormare, Wyatt Russell, Amber Stevens and Jillian Bell

POSSIBLE MILD SPOILERS AHEAD…BUT IF YOU’VE SEEN 21 JUMP STREET, THEN NO SURPRISES AT ALL.

Plot: As the warning above says, if you’ve seen 21 Jump Street, then you pretty much know the outline of this one. A new drug known as Whyfy has been making the rounds and after a student is found dead, 22 Jump Street is put back into operation, with a larger budget mind you. Jenko and Schmidt return as undercover cops and once again they need to “infiltrate the dealers, find the supplier.”

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