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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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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