A while back, I spoke about how one of the inspirations for Tessa Faux was James Bond. It was before Skyfall was released, and I thought it would be fun to rank all the Bond movies from best to worst.
I decided I’d follow up with that, and add Skyfall into the mix.
In my first rankings, I made a distinction between Bond movies before the reboot, ending with Die Another Day, and after the reboot, beginning with Casino Royale. You can see the original rankings here: Bond Movie Rankings
Here’s the updated post-reboot ranking, with Skyfall added in:
For the first time in a long time, this is James Bond as he should be. The classic elements are back. So much, that we’re treated to a Bond very much Pre-Goldeneye, which to me was the start of big changes for the Bond Franchise.
The ending is pure gold. Seeing Bond step in M’s office, exchanging pleasantries with Moneypenny… Incredible!
I still don’t understand why the gun barrel is at the end, but I expected it. Maybe this is just going to be how it is for post-reboot Bond. If they keep it like this from now on, it’ll just serve as the distinction between pre-reboot and post-reboot. But knowing Hollywood, next time it’ll be in the beginning for no apparent reason.
Overall, one of the best Bond movies yet. I can’t wait for the next adventure!
2. Casino Royale
Okay, this is hard because as a movie, it was good. But as a Bond movie... It's very different.
The whole vibe is off. There is no Q, no Moneypenny, and very few gadgets. The stunts are less extreme, and Craig plays Bond far more serious than anyone who came before him. He makes Sean Connery look like Roger Moore, and that's saying something.
Judi Dench returns as M despite the fact we've gone ahead with a full reboot, and her presences is overpowering. It's like the Adventures of James Bond and his stern boss M who constantly berates him. And did you notice that there weren't any beautiful shadow girls in the opening credits? What is up with that?
The classic gun barrel opening is also modified, and it's the first in the entire "official" series to break standard opening formula. I didn't like that, but I gave it a pass because it was a reboot. I was optimistic that it would return in the next movie... But we'll get to that next.
Updated review after seeing Skyfall
Much of how I felt before is the same. After seeing Skyfall, it’s easier to explain Judi Dench’s return as M, as in the post-reboot Bond universe, she is his first boss. In a way, she isn't the same character she played during the Brosnan era. As for the gun barrel, I'm just working on the premise that this is the way it is going to be post-reboot.
3. Quantum of Solace
Bad on so many levels. This could be the only official Bond movie that I don't like. Terrible camera work that looks more like Bourne than Bond. Horrible plot, and no fun. A direct sequel to Casino Royale, and an utter train wreck. Still no Q and still no Moneypenny, but a giant heap of boring old Judi Dench as stern, un-fun M giving it to Bond. I can't say enough bad things about this film.
But the biggest offence and worst thing about this movie? No traditional Bond opening with the gun barrel. I let it slide in Casino Royale, but this is unacceptable! It's like they were doing their best not to make Bond movie. And no, putting the gun graphics at the end doesn't make up for not having it at the beginning.
Updated review after seeing Skyfall
Not much has changed. Even after Skyfall, I still find this to be a terrible Bond movie. I’m willing to let the lack of gun barrel go, because my new thinking is that it will now always be at the end, but I still like it better at the beginning.
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