10 Harsh Realities Of Rewatching The James Bond Movies

James Bond movies have been audience favorites for decades, ever since the first film was released Dr. No in 1963 (with Sean Connery) at last no time to die, Daniel Craig’s latest endeavor as the titular suave spy. Based on the novels by British author Ian Fleming, the films follow Bond as he talks about (and in) sticky situations, engages in thrilling chases, takes down super-villains and, of course, catches the girl.



RELATED: 10 Best Spy Movies, RankedWhile older films have aged poorly in the eyes of many viewers, James Bond remains an escapist fantasy for many fans of the spy genre. Indeed, they’re cheesy and over the top in many cases, but still deliver thrills to audiences of all generations.

ten Relive Vesper Lynd’s Death Scene

Vesper Lynd in 2006 Casino Royale is perhaps one of the most compelling and likeable “Bond girls” in the franchise. Unlike her previous counterpart in the 1967 film, Eva Green does a terrific job portraying a woman forced to make her way into Bond’s arms after being manipulated by the Invisible Specter organization. Her complexity and relationship to Bond only makes her death all the more painful to watch, as Bond is unable to save her from drowning after she is trapped in a sunken elevator in Venice. The audience has to live through Bond having to let her go and Vesper realizing that she has to come to terms with her fate.


9 Older bonds are incredibly misogynistic

One of the hardest realizations, especially for longtime fans of the franchise, is that old Bond movies are incredibly misogynistic and crude. On rewatch, viewers recognize that women in the franchise are often treated as objects of desire or as tools for Bond to further his investigations. Indeed, it’s important to note that older films are often identified as comedies, and are therefore meant to be taken with a grain of salt in that they are so over the top that they shouldn’t be taken seriously. This manifests itself in particular through the names of Bond girls, such as Pussy Galore from 1964 The golden finger.


8 Quantum Of Solace is a bad movie

Although all of the new Bond films starring Daniel Craig have been generally well received, it is widely acknowledged that the second installment of his time as a Bond, Quantum of Comfort, it’s the worst. There are several reasons for this, such as the fact that the script was developed during the Writers Guild of America strike in 2008, which meant the script remained essentially unfinished and had to be put together clumsily.

RELATED: 10 Movies So Good They Ruined Their FranchiseOverall, the film fails to match the excellence of its predecessor. Casino Royale, with a confusing story, a lackluster villain, and boring settings. The theme song too, performed by Alicia Keys and Jack White, sounds less like a Bond song and more like a pop chart contender.


seven Having to watch Sean Bean die, again

Ah yes, poor Sean Bean. The British actor has an unfortunate luck when it comes to surviving film and television, and his appearance in the 1995s golden eye is no exception. In the film, Bean plays antagonist Alec Trevelyan, the former 006. Like any villain, Trevelyan meets his demise at the hands of Bond. After a fight atop a towering antenna, Bond overpowers Trevelyan, who loses his footing. Bond first grabs Trevelyan and leaves him hanging on the air, but decides to let go of his former friend and watches him crumble to his death. Although his “death” is not explicitly shown (the film is rated PG-13), it is obvious that no one could survive such a fall.


6 Timothy Dalton was one of the worst ties

Although it is generally accepted that George Lazenby was a poor Bond, he only appeared in one film; On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969). Timothy Dalton, who is a great actor overall, comes in second for worst Bond portrayal. Dalton appeared in two Bond films, Living daylights and License to kill, despite signing for six. Unfortunately, his background as a stage actor didn’t help his portrayal of Bond, giving him a character that was far too deep in films that demanded a lighthearted, cheesy approach. It’s possible to argue that his performance was before his time and would have been better suited to more modern audiences who appreciate a nuanced character.


5 Action sequences in older movies were cartoonish and ridiculous

The old Bond movies are certainly cheesy and, in some ways, cartoonish. From the acting, the crazy sets, and the bizarre dialogue exchanges, the overall vibe of the films is that they’re “exotic” and easy to watch. The action sequences certainly added to this notion, including speedboat chases, cars jumping over rivers while turning (pictured), or Bond and his companions traveling long distances underwater in gear Diving.

RELATED: 007: James Bond’s 10 Best Fights, RankedOf course, as silly as it sounds to modern audiences, those action scenes would have been much more of a spectacle back then. What’s worth noting though is how impressive they are, given that many of them were done practically. However, the majority was filmed clumsily with poor green screen background.


4 Realizing that James Bond is not a good guy

Rewatching the films, it becomes apparent that although Bond is supposed to be the hero of the franchise, his actions and character make him more of a villain than anything else. Indeed, he foils evil plots of world domination and the like, but how he does it is more than questionable. He is manipulative, rude and uses others to his advantage.

Additionally, Bond frequently works outside the law, but is still praised for it, with “M” and MI6 frequently allowing him off the leash. It’s worth mentioning that Bond never calls himself a good guy, but acknowledges that his mission must be accomplished by any means necessary; maybe a just man in unjust times.


3 Specter’s history is long and convoluted

SPECTER is a criminal organization, much like the Illuminati in a sense, that acts as the main antagonist in Fleming’s books and Daniel Craig’s Bond movies. Led by evil mastermind Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the organization represents the Special Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion.

While an interesting concept, SPECTER’s storyline feels somewhat convoluted, in that each film (from Casino Royale at no time to die) refers to SPECTER in some way. Overall, Blofeld’s plot is overcooked and tedious, and makes Craig Bond movies predictable and flat.


2 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is a stain on the franchise

George Lazenby’s brief stay as Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was thankfully his only appearance in the franchise. Not only is he a poor Bond and apparently awful working with him on set, but the movie itself is the least Bond-like movie of them all, and one that many fans rightly whitewash from memory. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service resembles many other Bond films, but Bond’s attempted resignation from MI6 and his marriage at the end of the film challenge well-known Bond traits.

RELATED: 10 Movie Sequels That Ruined The OriginalLazenby is a mediocre actor, unsurprisingly given he had no previous acting credits, and the story is flat. Additionally, the film features an excessive amount of unnecessary seduction and the use of only brainwashed women to distribute bacteriological warfare agents.


1 The majority of Bond songs are forgettable

While there have of course been several Bond songs that have been hits with fans and wider audiences, it’s true that the majority of Bond songs are forgettable, and more like average pop songs. The purpose of the Bond songs, which appear in the opening credits of the films, is to set the tone for the upcoming film and the character of Bond. In this sense, old Bond songs tend to be seductive, soulful and richly vocal.

John Barry, Shirley Bassey and Tina Turner all set a standard for the rest of the franchise, but other artists’ takes on Bond (like Sheryl Crow’s “Tomorrow Never Dies” or Madonna’s “Die Another Day”) miss the mark. target and are unrecognizable as Bond songs.