Prometheus – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: Ridley Scott

Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce

Synopsis: Preceding the events of Scott’s Alien, this film certainly inhabits the same world, but in every other way is a very different film.   It explores classic themes such as the origins of humanity, and examines the motivations that drive us to answer these questions.   It is less a prequel than it is another stand-alone story in the same world, that does manage to answer some questions from the original film whilst raising many more of its own.

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Skyfall – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: Sam Mendes

Cast: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear

Film matched beverage: Silver Balloon Cocktail

Synopsis:   Bond is wounded, presumed dead, whilst pursuing a hard drive featuring the identities of every international secret agent.    He remains undercover, until MI6 itself is attacked, and returns to active service, facing more than one demon at the same time.

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Quantum of Solace – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: Marc Forster

Cast: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Giancarlo Giannini, Gemma Arterton, Jesper Christensen, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Judi Dench

Film matched beverage: Choc-mint martini (for Dominic Greene)

Synopsis: Following directly from the events of Casino Royale, Bond attempts to extract mission from Mr. White on the mysterious organisation Quantum.   As he continues to follow the links in the chain, it is unclear whether his motives are professional, or if they are fueled by his hurt and anger over Vesper’s betrayal.

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Casino Royale – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: Martin Campbell

Cast: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini, Caterina Murino, Jesper Christensen, Judi Dench

Film matched beverage: Vesper Martini

Synopsis:   Finally, after years of legal wrangling, Eon got to make Casino Royale, the very first Bond novel that Ian Fleming ever wrote.   Being a beginning for Bond in popular culture, they made this film a new beginning for the franchise.   Indeed, they went full reboot mode, and to great effect.   New film, new start, new Bond.   And Daniel Craig made the role his own…. Continue reading

Die Another Day – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: Lee Tamahori

Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Toby Stephens, Rosamund Pike, Rick Yune, John Cleese, Madonna, Michael Madsen, Samantha Bond, Judi Dench

Film matched beverage: Mojito

Synopsis: After being betrayed by a colleague, Bond is imprisoned and tortured for 14 months in a North Korean holding facility.   When MI6 is led to believe he is hemorrhaging information, they arrange a trade, but put him out to pasture as washed up.   Bond must track down the person who betrayed him to clear his name and exact revenge.

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The World is Not Enough – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: Michael Apted

Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Marceau, Robert Carlyle, Denise Richards, Robbie Coltrane, John Cleese, Samantha Bond, Desmond Llewelyn, Judi Dench

Film matched beverage: Christmas Cookie Cocktail

Synopsis: MI6 is fooled into returning money to industrialist Robert King, money which ends up being the device used to murder the recipient,   Bond gets injured in pursuit of the henchman observing the hit, an injury which affects him while he attempts to protect Elektra King, whom he believes will be the next target of the terrorist behind the attack.   After all, she was formerly the kidnap victim of the same man, Renard.

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Tomorrow Never Dies – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: Roger Spottiswoode

Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Jonathon Pryce, Michelle Yeoh, Teri Hatcher, Ricky Jay, Gotz Otto, Joe Don Baker, Vincent Schiavelli, Samantha Bond, Desmond Llewelyn, Judi Dench

Film matched beverage: White chocolate martini (as everything in the news is black and white!!)

Synopsis: A media mogul has plans for world-wide broadcast privileges  but China refuses to allow him broadcast rights.   So he does what any sane entrepreneur would do and attempts to start a war between Britain and China, using stealth ships and stolen GPS encoding devices.   Naturally.

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GoldenEye – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: Martin Campbell

Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco, Famke Janssen, Joe Don Baker, Judi Dench, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Cumming, Samantha Bond, Desmond Llewelyn

Film matched beverage: Golden Cocktail

Synopsis: After the longest gap between Bond films since the franchise started, Brosnan begins his tenure as the ultra-cool British agent.   Bond tails the mysterious Xenia Onatopp following a chance encounter.   In doing so he stumbles upon a much larger plot.   A few twists later, and it turns out our new villain is not unfamiliar to Bond… Continue reading

Licence to Kill – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: John Glen

Cast: Timothy Dalton, Carey Lowell, Robert Davi, Talisa Soto, Anthony Zerbe, Frank McRae, David Hedison, Wayne Newton, Benicio del Toro, Robert Brown, Caroline Bliss, Desmond Llewelyn

Film matched beverage: The Cocaine

Synopsis: An escaped drug lord goes after the man who put him in custody… Felix Leiter.   He leaves Leiter horribly maimed, and his just married wife murdered.   M does not sanction Bond in seeking retribution for this murder, so he resigns from MI6 and pursues Leiter’s killer.

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The Living Daylights – A Review by Film Nerdzn

Director: John Glen

Cast: Timothy Dalton, Maryam d’Abo, Jeroen Krabbe, Joe Don Baker, John Rhys-Davies, Robert Brown, Caroline Bliss, William Gotell, Desmond Llewelyn

Film matched beverage: The Lady Cello

Synopsis: Finally, a Bond film that relies on SMERSH, even if indirectly.   Despite being the prominent villain organisation in the early Fleming novels, never once has it been mentioned prior to now in the film franchise.   The advent of Dalton also brought a harder edged Bond, a more visceral take on the character much closer to Fleming’s source material.   Why is it some of the best Bonds do the fewest films???

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