Welcome back to this feature at SuperMarcey.com called ‘The Super Five’. This is a different take on the ‘Top 10’ or ‘List’ style features, where I take a subject and simply name five things. It isn’t a top list, just simply five things for your enjoyment!
Usually I don’t do ‘Top’ lists for The Super Five features, however I thought I may do something a little different with Bond and actually list the’ Top’ films in order. After doing my 23 movie Bond-a-thon I figured it was time to nail down my Top 5 and after much thinking and debating – here it is.
5.) The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
This really is an incredible film, and easily my favourite from the Moore era. It has a great story, it is told extremely well, pacing is great, it has wonderful locations and a fantastic Bond girl in Barbara Bach as Agent XXX – what’s not to love? This is a fun film, and it certainly defines what I love about the franchise.
4.) Casino Royale (2006)
The film that gave new life into the franchise, and it was back to the source material with Ian Fleming’s first novel. This film has it all, action, intrigue, great characters and a compelling story. This really developed Bond, and it gave us one of the best characters of the series Vesper played by the wonderful Eva Green. It also gave us Daniel Craig, who is proving to be an outstanding Bond.
3.) Goldfinger (1964)
Goldfinger really set the standard for Bond films, it really introduced a big fun element as well as a different kind of villain with a most memorable henchman. This also gave us a stirring theme song performed by Shirley Bassey, which again set the musical standard. This is an incredible film, it is so much fun and on a visual scale it really is a delight.
Can’t forget, we were also given the Bond girl with the most memorable name – Pussy Galore (played by Honor Blackman).
2.) From Russia With Love (1963)
The second Bond film is just fabulous, the franchise was still finding its feet but that did not stop the cast and crew from delivering an outstanding film. This films makes for an amazing thriller, every time it keeps me on the edge of my seat. Sean Connery really feels like he is settling into the character, and he has amazing chemistry with Daniela Bianchi as Tatiana Romanova. We also get Robert Shaw as Grant, one of the most memorable villains, the man was just incredible here.
1.) GoldenEye (1995)
I love this movie – plain and simple. It is a perfect film for me, and it really embodies everything I love about Bond and cinema in general. It is a fun film, it cleverly balances its drama, action, humor and thriller elements perfectly. Brosnan felt right at home in the role, Judi Dench made for a fantastic new M and Sean Bean provided a memorable villain who ranks right up there as a favourite. This is one of my go to films to lift my spirits and I have a ball every single time I watch it.