Today I Watched: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (Peter R. Hunt, 1969)

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (dir. Peter R. Hunt, 1969)

“For me there’s no question that cinematically On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is the best Bond film and the only one worth watching repeatedly for reasons other than pure entertainment … Shot to shot, this movie is beautiful in a way none of the other Bond films are—the anamorphic compositions are relentlessly arresting—and the editing patterns of the action sequences are totally bananas; it’s like Peter Hunt (who cut the first five Bond films) took all the ideas of the French New Wave and blended them with Eisenstein in a Cuisinart to create a grammar that still tops today’s how-fast-can-you-cut aesthetic.” —Steven Soderbergh

Score: 8+ to 8½ out of 10.

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Today I Watched: GoldenEye (Martin Campbell, 1995)

GoldenEye (dir. Martin Campbell, 1995)

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Score: 5½ to 6− out of 10.

Today I Watched: Goldfinger (Guy Hamilton, 1964)

Goldfinger (dir. Guy Hamilton, 1964)

Score: 7½ out of 10.

Today I Watched: From Russia with Love (Terence Young, 1963)

From Russia with Love (dir. Terence Young, 1963)

Score: 7+ out of 10.

Today I Watched: Dr. No (Terence Young, 1962)

Dr. No (Terence Young, 1962)

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Score: 7− out of 10.

Today I Watched: Skyfall (Sam Mendes, 2012)

Skyfall (dir. Sam Mendes, 2012)

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“[T]his is a high point in the Bond film series because the movie is quite a bit better than most Bond films, it’s fun—if you don’t use your brain for thought, it looks outstanding, and it tried to do something different with the character, even though it can’t necessarily be considered a success. This is also a low point in the Bond film series because this is not even a Bond movie. It’s just a stupid, normal, routine, stock, typical, familiar, common action thriller with a lead character who happens to be named James Bond, carries James Bond’s gun, and drives James Bond’s car.”

Score: 6/10.

Today I Watched: Casino Royale (Martin Campbell, 2006)

Casino Royale (dir. Martin Campbell, 2006)

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Score: 8+ out of 10.