Discovering good movies, one bad movie at a time

PRE-TITLE SEQUENCEThe time has come to acknowledge that, notwithstanding the hellish editing in the car chase that opens Quantum of Solace, the Daniel Craig era of the James Bond franchise has been almost unfairly great at opening scenes. This one is set in Mexico City, during the DΓ­a de Muertos (because you can’t go someplace […]

A spoiler-free review of the film can be found here. And be warned: there are LOTS of spoilers in this essay. A guide to this blog’s James Bond marathon can be found right here. SKYFALLDirected by Sam MendesWritten by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and John LoganPremiered 23 October, 2012 PRE-TITLE SEQUENCEThis doesn’t sound important, […]

There might not be a single James Bond movie that has ever been as sensitive to spoilers as Skyfall, the 23rd entry in the now 50-year-old Eon Productions franchise; and in an unfortunate coincidence, the review format I’ve been using throughout my months-long Bond marathon is unusually prone to dispensing spoilers. So I have been […]

A previous review of this film can be found here. A guide to this blog’s James Bond marathon can be found right here. QUANTUM OF SOLACEDirected by Marc ForsterWritten by Paul Haggis and Neal Purvis & Robert WadePremiered 29 October, 2008 PRE-TITLE SEQUENCEZooming swooshy camera over the Mediterranean – cars! Speed! Cars! Speed! Swerve! Speed […]

A previous review of this film can be found here. A guide to this blog’s James Bond marathon can be found right here. CASINO ROYALEDirected by Martin CampbellWritten by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Paul HaggisPremiered 14 November, 2006 PRE-TITLE SEQUENCEThere’s no gun barrel opening, which shocked me the first time I saw the […]

A guide to this blog’s James Bond marathon can be found right here. DIE ANOTHER DAYDirected by Lee TamahoriWritten by Neal Purvis & Robert WadePremiered 18 November, 2002 PRE-TITLE SEQUENCEAfter the operatic, 14+ minute opening to The World Is Not Enough, there was apparently some pressure to make the next one just as grand and […]

A guide to all things Bond at Alternate Ending. Directed by Michael Apted Written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Bruce Feirstein, from a story by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade Premiered 8 November, 1999 As one of the few Bond movies with a significant enough twist that it can actually be spoiled, I […]

A guide to this blog’s James Bond marathon can be found right here. TOMORROW NEVER DIESDirected by Roger SpottiswoodeWritten by Bruce FeirsteinPremiered 12 December, 1997 PRE-TITLE SEQUENCESeveral members of MI6 and the British Navy, including M herself (Judi Dench) and a certain Admiral Roebuck (Geoffrey Palmer), watch tensely as Agent 007 (Pierce Brosnan) transmits footage […]

A guide to all things Bond at Alternate Ending. Directed by Martin Campbell Written by Jeffrey Caine and Bruce Feirstein, from a story by Michael France Premiered 13 November, 1995 PRE-TITLE SEQUENCE Pierce Brosnan’s four-film, seven-year residency in the tux of Britain’s greatest spy, James Bond, started off at its very peak, with what I […]

A guide to all things Bond at Alternate Ending. Directed by John Glen Written by Michael G. Wilson and Richard Maibaum Premiered 13 June, 1989 PRE-TITLE SEQUENCE First things first: the film opens with the first significant change to the scoring of the iconic gun-barrel sequence; though Monty Norman’s James Bond Theme comes in when […]

A guide to this blog’s James Bond marathon can be found right here. THE LIVING DAYLIGHTSDirected by John GlenWritten by Richard Maibaum and Michael G. WilsonPremiered 29 June, 1987 PRE-TITLE SEQUENCEAnd so, having bid goodbye to the genial, charming, brightly authoritative, and above all, goddamn old Roger Moore, the folks at Eon seemed to view […]

A guide to this blog’s James Bond marathon can be found right here. A VIEW TO A KILLDirected by John GlenWritten by Richard Maibaum and Michael G. WilsonPremiered 22 May, 1985 PRE-TITLE SEQUENCEAfter an uncharacteristic disclaimer announcing that there is no real-world figure that the movie is basing its villainous plot upon, we jump into: […]