Marathon: James Bond

“The name’s Blake, James Blake.” Don’t ask me how many times I’ve heard that from friends and family. Since I’m not all that British or near as good looking enough to get a job as a lead in any movie that isn’t a film about a demented, retarded, heavily makeup ladened monster, I’m assuming this line was always meant in jest. Especially because almost everyone who knows me also knows that I’m not an action guy. My just completed Pre-1990s Kieslowski Marathon is a better representation of my tastes.

However, let no one say James Blake Ewing refused to watch a movie (even though I have on many occasions) just because it wasn’t in line with my tastes. Back in November, I watched a ton of action films and there were plenty I enjoyed. And the reason I watched all those films back then is the same reason I’m watching all these films now. I need more website traffic. You know how many people read reviews about Polish films? I think I’m up to 10.

Seriously, I’m watching them to fill in another glaring gap in my movie history. James Bond is one of the most iconic and long running series of films and on that merit alone any serious moviegoer should at least give them a shot. At this point, I’ve only seen the more recent two, more out of mild curiosity than anything else. That’s right, I’ve not seen another Bond film. Not From Russia With LoveGoldeneye, Goldfinger or any of those other films that play on television about once every two months.

I’m a little wary of doing two franchise marathons at once, actually three if you consider that my Freddy vs. Jason Marathon contains two franchises, but I’ve just landed on the perfect oppertunity. A couple of interweb buddies of mine, Edgar and Adam (AKA Corndog), started up their own joint Definitive Bond Marathon and, being totally shameless and without pride, I decided to join their marathon and steal the spotlight. Actually, Edgar is a reservoir of all things Bond, so I expect to be schooled by him in the ways of all things cool and British. Plus, I picked up 11 of the Bond films on bluray and I need to start watching more stuff I’ve got on hand to keep up with my goal of a review a day.

Dr. No (1962)
From Russia With Love (1963)
Goldfinger (1964)
Thunderball (1965)
You Only Live Twice (1967)
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
Diamonds are Forever (1971)
Live and Let Die (1973)
The Man With the Golden Gun (1974)
The Spy Who Love Me (1977)
Moonraker (1979)
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Octopussy (1983)
A View to a Kill (1985)
The Living Daylights (1987)
Licence to Kill (1989)
GoldenEye (1995)
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
The World is not Enough (1999)
Die Another Day (2002)
Casino Royale (2006)
Quantum of Solace (2008)

Post Marathon Bond Films:
Skyfall (2012)

Casino Roylae (1966)
Never Say Never Again (1983)
Casino Royale (1954)

Marathon Postmortem

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10 Responses to Marathon: James Bond

  1. Dan says:

    Sounds like it’s going to be quite a ride! My favourite Bond (and Bond movies) is Roger Moore. Best Bond film for me is The Spy Who Loved Me. However, I’d say being a Moore fan puts me in the minority.

  2. Uh… where’s “Never Say Never Again”?

    Though I am aware that it’s a remake of “Thunderball”.

  3. We did a full canon/non-canon marathon of Bond films for Labor Day Weekend! Check out the time lapse footage of what ended up being 25 movies in 55 hours.

  4. That’s really cool. I’m slowly working my way though. I wish I had the time to do crazy weekend marathons like that. They were so much fun in high school.

  5. David says:

    Like Dan, I’m a Roger Moore fan. I just re-watched his The Spy Who Loved Me yesterday!!

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