007 ~ PIERCE BROSNON


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PIERCE BROSNON is Ian Fleming’s 007

1995 – 2002

#17

1995 – GOLDENEYE

CANDLES 9

Directed by Martin Campbell

Bond is back, from a six year hiatus. Reborn and softly rebooted as Pierce Brosnon. The history of Bond is littered with long winded stories about the complicated production issued but suffices to say that Brosnon was long sought after for the role 007, as far back as the mid 1980’s when he was house hold name playing Remington Steele.

But with one thing and another it did not happen and another long standing choice for the role took it over, Timothy Dalton. But Dalton could not stay attached to Bond long enough for the legal and production wranglings going on for six year after his last film (License To Kill, 1989) behind the scenes so here we have Bond number five.

We are also given one of the best Bond films to date. Modern yet rooted deeply in 007’s theatrical history, with references to his outdated attitudes in spite of his young age, the meta data is pouring out of the screen.

This is a love letter to bond yet a striking modern blockbuster for the Dolby Digital generation of cinema goers. Back with a bang and having blast, quite literally…

#18

1997 – TOMORROW NEVER DIES

CANDLES 6

Directed by  Roger Spottiswoode

A movie of moments, some of which are great fun but the plot holes are bigger and the story is trying too hard to be relevent and probably to smart for its own good. The idea of a media baron unashamedly based on the late and disgraced media tycoon Robert Maxwell, is not only trying build the best international media empire but is now starting wars and creating the news himself.

If this had been made in the 1960’s it might have worked better but this proved that Bond has grown into a new generation and needs to keep up.

#19

1999 – THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH

CANDLES 7

Directed by Michael Apted

Better that is seems, though as daft as it appears at times. The Infamously miscast nuclear physicist Christmas Jones (Denise Richards) does not help and nor does the fact that this plot was later used in (SPOILER) The Dark Knight Rises (2012). But the pacing is a little slow and the tone can seem a bit confused again. One minute it feels like a decent and serious spy thriller the next, a Rodger Moore James Bond.

#20

2002 – DIE ANOTHER DAY

CANDLES 7

Directed by Lee Tamahori

Much derided by fans, the “CGI Bond” was proof that the series needed some serious work. This was the 40th Anniversary and the 20th movie and there were plenty of reference to previous Bond but this will forever be marred by invisible cars and the failed attempt to set up a Jinx (Halle Berry) spin off movie!

It is a shame because taken as it is, it is actually one of the most enjoyable, light and fun James Bond films in the entire franchise. I love it! Though when it comes to quality, if falls pretty flat. Feels like a product of its time though…

 

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