After the Hype #110 – Battle of the Bonds 3: This Time It’s Impersonal!

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Bryan and Jon are joined by Tony, Graham and Ryan once more for the final installment of the Battle of the Bonds Franchise. Of note, Tony tries to defend The World is Not Enough and that in and of itself is worth the price of admission! Also, shotguns.

 


 

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MAY THE BEST BOND FILM WIN!

In the spirit of our battle episodes, we put forth our arguments for best Bond film. Here’s the rundown:

CASINO ROYALE – BRYAN’S CHOICE!

Best Craig. Martin Campbell came back. Knows how to start a bond film. Black and white sequence. Masters it’s pacing. Set the tone. Eva green makes bond fall in love.

THE SPY WHO LOVED ME – JON’S CHOICE!

Jaws as the iconic threat. Wry humor. Mugging it as Bond. moore’s best bond. Unapologetic womanizer – sign of the times. Understated and exciting underwater car chase.

THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH – TONY’S CHOICE!

Q’s last movie. Has all the elements. Decent villains. Bait and switch. Female villain. Fantastical Bond villain elements. Highest grossing bond film.

THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS – GRAHAM’S CHOICE!

Timothy Dalton’s first. A new era of bond. Not super womanizing. Charismatic. Death from back of jeep as it careens off a cliff. Ghetto Blaster.

GOLDFINGER – RYAN’S CHOICE!

Broke box office records. Basis for spy mocking movies. Academy award for sound effects editing. Only James Bond movie with a band named after it. First mention of the drink. Iconic scene with gold paint. Pussy Galore. Odd job. First Q debriefing.

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WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN DOING?

The part of the show where we catch up with what everyone is doing. Yes, we named this section such on purpose. It’s funny. Haha.

BRYAN – Shipwreck hike LA
JON – This Book Is Full Of Spiders
TONY – ET in Concert
GRAHAM – The Martian
RYAN – Comic Book Apocalypse Art Display

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Andrew James
Admin

So the wife and I are watching all of the Bond movies in reverse order over the next few weeks in leadup to Spectre. We just watched Casino Royale last night and plan to tackle The World is not Enough tonight.

Skyfall is still by far the best Bond film, but I think Brosnan is still my favorite Bond. Hard to say. I think Casino Royale and QoS are the only two Bond films that sort of overlap in plot ammirite? You really need to see CR to fully appreciate Qos.

As for CR, the depth to the character and essentially explaining why he is the way he is is fascinating, and I look forward to going back to previous Bond films sort of all as sequels to the Craig films.

Jonathan Hardesty
Guest

Agreed. QoS is severely handicapped by it’s reliance on almost everything that happened in CR. That said, Jandy and I went back and watched QoS and it wasn’t nearly as “awful” as I remember it. The plot is doofy and incoherent, but the character payoff for Bond is a nice touch and I enjoyed the catharsis.

We cover it in one of our three bond episodes, but the bond we pick for our favorite really relies on which one we saw first or which one we latched onto first. I grew up with the Brosnan bond so he’s THE bond that comes to mind first. I think in our second bond episode (or first, I can’t remember) Goldeneye won out for pretty much that main reason.

Andrew James
Guest

And I screwed up because I should’ve watch Die Another Die. Oh well. Tomorrow never dies.

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