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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A View to a Kill – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: John Glen

Cast: Roger Moore, Christopher Walken, Tanya Roberts, Grace Jones, Patrick Macnee, Alison Doody, Fiona Fullerton, William Gotell, Robert Brown, Desmond Llewelyn, Lois Maxwell

Film matched beverage: Christopher Walken cocktail

Synopsis: On this mission, Bond’s target is a Mr. Max Zorin, a successful industrialist.   It soon becomes evident that Zorin’s interests go beyond simple fraud at the horse races.   Indeed, he has links to a former Russian project which has resulted in him being altogether less than stable.

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Octopussy – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: John Glen

Cast: Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan, Kristina Wayborn, Kabir Bedi, Steven Berkoff, Vijay Amritraj, Desmond Llewelyn, Lois Maxwell, Robert Brown, Michaela Clavell

Film matched beverage: Eggnog

Synopsis: British agent 009 is murdered while clutching a forgery of a priceless Faberge Egg.   Bond sets off on the trail of a smuggling ring, in an adventure that takes him throughout India.   As he delves deeper, he meets queen smuggler Octopussy, and learns that she herself has been duped in a scheme that goes well beyond simple smuggling.

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For Your Eyes Only – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: John Glen

Cast: Roger Moore, Carole Bouquet, Topol, Julian Glover, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Cassandra Harris, Michael Gothard, Desmond Llewelyn, Lois Maxwell, William Gotell

Film matched beverage: Zorbatini

Synopsis: A secret British decoding device is lost at sea, and Bond is sent to recover it.   Demand for the device is high, with profiteers seeking it to sell to the Russians.   After Sir Timothy Havelock and his wife are murdered searching for it, Bond teams up with their daughter Melina, whom like any good Greek woman seeks revenge…

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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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