Reviews of Dr. No (1962) and related work

Dr. No (1962)

Pulp superspy thriller. Sean Connery as James Bond.

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From Russia with Love (1963)

Sean Connery as James Bond.

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Goldfinger (1964)

Sean Connery as James Bond. Seeing this as a child, I did not reflect on the rape culture expressed in Bond’s “conquest” of a clearly unwilling Pussy Galore by violence.

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Thunderball (1965)

Sean Connery as James Bond.

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You Only Live Twice (1967)

Sean Connery as James Bond.

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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

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Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Sean Connery as James Bond.

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Live and Let Die (1973)

Roger Moore as James Bond.

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The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

Roger Moore as James Bond.

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The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Roger Moore as James Bond. This is the way to do pulp superagents.

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Moonraker (1979)

Roger Moore as James Bond. Kitsch.

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Octopussy (1983)

Roger Moore as James Bond. The name, at least, is hard to beat.

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Never Say Never Again (1983)

Seen in 2014.

Sean Connery as James Bond. The writing of Blush is moronic, but the hideous racism of the auction at Palmyra—no connection to the Syrian Palmyra—tops it off nicely.

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A View to a Kill (1985)

Roger Moore as James Bond.

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Licence to Kill (1989)

Timothy Dalton as James Bond. Politically docile genre meltdown.

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GoldenEye (1995)

Pierce Brosnan as James Bond.

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Casino Royale (2006)

Seen in 2013.

Daniel Craig as James Bond. A good deal less cartoonish than most of its predecessors, but no less obsessed with gadgets and hysterical masculinity. Boring poker sequences and overblown action set pieces.

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