Reviews

Dr. No (1962) and related work:

Dr. No (1962) IMDb

Pulp superspy thriller. Sean Connery as James Bond.

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From Russia with Love (1963) IMDb

Sean Connery as James Bond.

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Goldfinger (1964) IMDb

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) IMDb

Sean Connery as James Bond.

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You Only Live Twice (1967) IMDb

Sean Connery as James Bond.

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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) IMDb

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Diamonds Are Forever (1971) IMDb

Sean Connery as James Bond.

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Live and Let Die (1973) IMDb

Roger Moore as James Bond.

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The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) IMDb

Roger Moore as James Bond.

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The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) IMDb

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

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Moonraker (1979) IMDb

Roger Moore as James Bond. Kitsch.

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Octopussy (1983) IMDb

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

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Never Say Never Again (1983) IMDb

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) IMDb

Roger Moore as James Bond.

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Licence to Kill (1989) IMDb

Timothy Dalton as James Bond. Politically docile genre meltdown.

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GoldenEye (1995) IMDb

Pierce Brosnan as James Bond.

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Casino Royale (2006) IMDb

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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