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The James Bond Movies

DARREN HARRISON
Born and raised in the UK, the James Bond movies are in my DNA
There’s a certain level of patriotism to the James Bond series as a child growing up in the UK – he is after all, Britains only truly successful fictional hero. In the U.S. there is Superman, Batman, Captain America and the multitude of other heroes that pack our multiplex’s every year, but James Bond was my hero and every holiday used to feature a James Bond film on the telly (I understand from British relatives this is no longer the case) but in the pre-VHS/DVD/Blu-ray age, it was a real treat and much looked-forward to event (at least to me). I remember where I was when I first saw a particular movie on TV and so the 1960s/1970s pictures hold a certain nostalgia value that is immune to growing older, with perhaps one exception. The first 007 movie I saw in the theater was the campy 1979 entry “Moonraker” which, although I loved it as a 7-year old child, has its cringe-worthy moments now. But 1977’s “The Spy Who Loved Me” got me truly hooked when I saw it on TV while visiting relatives in Berwick-Upon-Tweed – it remains my favorite and Barbara Bach will always be my favorite of the Bond girls.
“Do you expect me to talk?”
“No Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!”

GOLDFINGER  (1964)

It is my intention with this website to review all of the James Bond movies and compose a table with links to those reviews at the end of this page. Although I drew up with Roger Moore as 007, I am not wedded to a particular actors portrayal. In my opion each of the six actors have had hit and misses – including Moore. The obvious exception is George Lazenby, but even he followed up his fantastic “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (1969) with a turn as an Aston Martin driving JB in the abysmal “Return of the Man from UNCLE” (1983)
Some of my choices and opinions will be unpopular in some quarters. For example I think Connery was much better in 1983s “Never Say Never Again” than in 1971’s “Diamonds Are Forever” and I actually quite enjoy the 1985 entry “A View to a Kill” with other sections of Bond fandom viewing it as a low point for the series. Fair enough, but I’m not writing a definitive history of James Bond, simply my reactions to his cinematic exploits.

Further, this is an evolving website, this page in particular will likely undergo several iterations. Once I have reviewed all the movies (and the books) I plan to write pages on the gadgets, the Bond girls, the villains, the henchmen, the actors, and other aspects of the series. My intention is to ultimately provide an opportunity interact with other fans. Once the content is provided I will create a forum for friendly debate and discussion.

“Look after Mr. Bond.
See that some harm comes to him.”

HUGO DRAX
MOONRAKER (1979)

Click on the links in the table below to be taken to pages related to that movie, Bond actor and Bond Girl

About The Author

Darren

Born on the English-Scottish border I emigrated to the US after graduating college in 1995 and became a U.S. citizen in 2007. I have served in the U.S. military and my past positions include as an Assistant Managing Editor of The Washington Post Company, a technical writer working on technical documentation for both a construction company and a large government contractor, a graphic designer creating graphics in support of government contract proposals, and as a public affairs officer for the U.S. Navy. which included being assigned as the official writer for the Navy and DoD on the assumption ceremony of a new Secretary of the Navy. I am currently a Web Services Writer for a large government contractor in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

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