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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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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