Moonraker – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: Lewis Gilbert

Cast: Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Michael Lonsdale, Richard Kiel, Corinne Clery, Bernard Lee, Desmond Llewelyn, Lois Maxwell

Film matched beverage: Moonraker Cocktail

Synopsis: In a film that saw 007 try to jump on the bandwagon following the success of Star Wars, this film takes a very simple yet exciting original story from Fleming, and turns it into Bond’s turn to jump the shark.   There are some good moments here, but they culminate in a final battle set entirely on a space station.   Mike Myers was certainly watching this one.

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The Spy Who Loved Me – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: Lewis Gilbert

Cast: Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curd Jurgens, Richard Kiel, Caroline Munro, Walter Gotell, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn, Robert Brown

Film matched beverage: Angelo Azzuro

Synopsis:   A British submarine on a secret route has been abducted, along with a Soviet vessel.   Bond must work together with Agent XXX, Anya Amasova, whom is essentially his opposite number in the service of Russia.   National and personal ideals collide, especially as Band is responsible for the death of Amasova’s previous lover.

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The Man with the Golden Gun – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: Guy Hamilton

Cast: Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Eckland, Maud Adams, Herve Villechaize, Clifton James, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn

Film matched beverage: Golden Nipple

Synopsis: A golden bullet is sent to MI6, and Bond’s number is carved in it.   This indicates the signature of Francisco Scaramanga, an exceptional assassin.   Bond sets out to track down the man, to essentially get him before he himself is killed.

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Live and Let Die – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: Guy Hamilton

Cast: Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour, Clifton James, Julius Harris, Geoffrey Holder, David Hedison, Gloria Hendry, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell

Film matched beverage: Voodoo cocktail

Synopsis: After three British agents are murdered, M suspects a connection.    Bond is sent on the trail of what they were investigating, stumbling upon a drug trafficking ring that is shrouded in mystery and overtones of voodoo.   He also meets Solitaire, whom uses cards to accurately predict the future for one Mr. Kananga. Continue reading

Diamonds Are Forever – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: Guy Hamilton

Cast: Sean Connery, Jill St. John, Charles Gray, Lana Wood, Jimmy Dean, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn, Bruce Glover, Putter Smith

Film matched beverage: Diamond Fizz

Synopsis:   Members along the chain of a mysterious diamond trafficking ring are turning up dead.   It is up to Bond to follow the diamonds down the pipeline, and determine their eventual destination.   Suspicion falls on the recluse Willard Whyte, an American millionaire whom conducts all his business by phone.

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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: Peter Hunt

Cast: George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas, Gabriele Ferzetti, Ilse Steppat, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn

Film matched beverage: Swiss Alps cocktail

Synopsis:   Blofeld is nowhere to be found, and Bond is to be removed from the search to start on more productive avenues.   The case gets new life though when criminal family man Draco offers Bond some information to help his search.   The price for this information is that Bond must marry his daughter Tracey… a price that in the end he is more than willing to accept.

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You Only Live Twice – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: Lewis Gilbert

Cast: Sean Connery, Akiko Wakabayashi, Mie Hama, Tetsuro Tanba, Donald Pleasence, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn

Film matched beverage: Kamikaze

Synopsis: As this was to be the last film Connery was to be involved with, they took this opportunity to finally reveal the big bad.   Audiences finally met Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Pleasence), the brains behind SPECTRE.   This was amidst an adventure in which Bond attempted to determine the cause of the disappearance of both American and Russian space craft.   The mission leads him to going under cover in Japan.

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Thunderball – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: Terence Young

Cast: Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi, Luciana Paluzzi, Rik Van Nutter, Martine Beswick, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn

Film matched beverage: Vodka Martini

Synopsis: SPECTRE succeeds in stealing two nuclear weapons, and demands a high ransom from the powers of the west if they do not wish them detonated.   Bond follows a lead after identifying the pilot of the plane was already deceased before take off.   He follows this lead to his sister in Nassau, Domino (Auger), who is the ward of eye-patch wearing Largo (Celi).

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Goldfinger – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: Guy Hamilton

Cast: Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Gert Frobe, Shirley Eaton, Tania Mallet, Harold Sakata, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn

Film matched beverage: Goldfinger cocktail

Synopsis: Felix puts Bond on the trail of Auric Goldfinger when accused of cheating at cards.   It turns out his lust for gold extends well beyond gambling, to the point of being an international gold smuggler.   The authorities know he is doing it, but cannot identify how. It is up to Bond to find out, in a mission that is more than a little personal given Goldfinger is also responsible for the death of conquest Jill Masterson, by way of skin suffocation after being coated in gold paint.

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From Russia With Love – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: Terrence Young

Cast: Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi, Pedro Armendariz, Lotte Lenya, Robert Shaw, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn

Film matched beverage: White Russian

Synopsis: SPECTRE is out  for revenge for the death of their operative Dr. No.   They set up a trap that they know will put Bond in their firing line, with the lure of a Lektor, a Russian decoding machine that will be of great use to the secret service.   Tatiana Romanova (Bianchi), a gorgeous Russian belle, also forms part of the lure.

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