“No Time To Die”, but Time to Kill Off the Bond Franchise

At the weekend I finally got to see the latest James Bond movie, “No Time To Die”. In many ways, like so many of my generation (at least in the UK), I have grown up alongside 007 movies. I have posted before about how I used to watch “You Only Live Twice” and “The Man With The Golden Gun” on a regular basis and how this has led to me conducting “contents tourism” at the New Otani hotel in Tokyo, Akime, Himeji, and “James Bond Island” in Thailand (as well as have some James Bond connections in my own novels). I have also posted about the James Bond link to the BOAC flight 911 crash in Japan and have shared a blog post about James Bond posters by “Mid Century Bond“.

Now, this post is not going to be a review of “No Time To Die” per se. It’s more setting out where I am with the franchise itself, I suppose. I enjoyed “No Time To Die”, it was one of the better Daniel Craig Bond outings. It is an engaging story and watchable. Craig is a very good Bond. I hear or read much about how Craig’s Bond is much more like the original Ian Fleming novel versions. Perhaps. But what I’ve read of the novels, I didn’t particularly like them, so the comment about Craig’s Bond is necessarily a positive point, in my view.

My main issue with most (perhaps all) of the Craig Bond movies is that while the movies themselves may have been watchable and had a good story, I cannot remember particular lines or scenes that I would want to see again. Perhaps this is just because I’ve not seen them so many times. Or perhaps I am just biased because of the Bond movies that I did grow up with. At the end of “No Time To Die” I was left with one main conclusion…

That was a very good movie, a great way to spend about 3 hours, but I don’t need to see it again and I hope that this is the final ever Bond movie. Enough. I cannot imagine Bond going back to some of the fun (or silliness) of those in the 60s and 70s (which still managed to, just about, have a good storyline too) with over the top special effects (but nothing as stupid as an invisible car), terrible (i.e. excellent) puns, and such like.

I know I’m biased. I would love to have seen Daniel Craig in some of the Bond movies from the 60s and 70s. And I’d be happy to be proved wrong about whether another enjoyable Bond movie of the type that I like could ever be made again. But for now, I hope it stops at 25.

Although inherently ranking movies (or anything) is problematic due to it depending on so many factors (not least what mood you are in at the time), here is my personal ranking of the 25 official James Bond movies (and to be honest, anything outside of the top 10, I probably wouldn’t watch again):

  1. The Man With The Golden Gun
  2. You Only Live Twice
  3. Live And Let Die
  4. The Spy Who Loved Me
  5. Goldfinger
  6. GoldenEye
  7. The Living Daylights
  8. Diamonds Are Forever
  9. Tomorrow Never Dies
  10. Skyfall
  11. The World Is Not Enough
  12. Licence To Kill
  13. Thunderball
  14. Moonraker
  15. For Your Eyes Only
  16. No Time To Die
  17. Spectre
  18. Octopussy
  19. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  20. Dr. No
  21. A View To A Kill
  22. From Russia With Love
  23. Casino Royale
  24. Quantum Of Solace
  25. Die Another Day

Cover photo from https://screenrant.com/james-bond-007-every-gun-barrell-intro-ranked/

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