Great thread, but crikey, a hard one to choose. Here goes…
Bond’s Moonraker Jaws dropping pre title escape gives me everything I want from Bond: effortless cool, mind boggling danger and some ridiculous attempts at humour that should never have been attempted… but I’m kind of glad they did!
Bond’s night time breaking and entering the Whytehouse. Connery just exudes Bond as he adjusts his lapel flower while stepping onto the elevator and Barry’s score is haunting and perfect. Landing on the toilet is a great pay off and then we go into my favourite set in the whole series… just ace!
Tim’s escape from the divers is pure Bond: from firing his harpoon to escape his enemies’ clutches, to the outrageous waterskiing, to dumping the pilot out of the plane and circling the Wavekrest to rub it in. An outstanding and exhilarating sequence that only Bond can pull off.
George flirting outrageously with the angels of death over tea at Piz Gloria. Despite some dubious racial stereotypes over what each girl eats that really are hard to watch, this scene fizzes with fun and chemistry as Irma tries and fails to keep a tight rein on proceedings.
Just a little thing this, but it puts a smile on my face without fail. After an hour of angry CraigBond in QoS, the way he escapes his MI6 captors in the hotel atrium is pure old Skool Bond. The way he moves like a panther here reminds me of Connery in the Shrublands scenes of Thunderball, and the Bond theme reappearing in the score is perfect timing.
Not my definitive list by any means, but 5 moments that popped into my head and made me smile
I think the main issue with DAF is it’s jarring change in tone following OHMSS. It doesn’t seem like a natural follow-up. Though Connery does seem to be having quite a lot more fun than he was in YOLT.
Agreed on both counts. As a trio of films, YOLT, OHMSS and DAF are a right old lucky dip that don’t follow in any way, shape or form. However, as individual films to enjoy, each on its own merits, they’re absolute classics. Connery definitely seems to be enjoying the more comedic aspects of DAF.
I’m going to follow theSpectre’s example and choose one from every Bond actor:
Sean Connery: In Thunderball, a gun-wielding Vargas slowly approaches an unsuspecting Bond who suddenly uncoils and shoots him with a harpoon gun before saying, “I think he got the point.” My favorite 007 one-liner.
George Lazenby: Bond’s fight with Che-Che in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. I’m always impressed with how intense and in the moment Lazenby’s expressions are in this fight. He really looks like he’s putting in a physical effort and is really fighting.
Roger Moore: Bond skis off a cliff and, after several seconds of free-falling, opens a parachute that reveals a Union Jack motif in The Spy Who Loved Me. Nothing screams 007 more than that.
Timothy Dalton: During the tanker truck chase in Licence To Kill, Bond gets his 18-wheeler to drive on 9 wheels. Only Bond would try that and succeed at it. And I love how the Stinger missile just whizzes by the upraised undercarriage, missing it by inches.
Pierce Brosnan: Bond is the ultimate backseat driver as he outmaneuvers Stamper’s men by remote control all throughout the car park in Tomorrow Never Dies. It’s a fun scene and Brosnan is clearly enjoying himself in it.
Daniel Craig: Bond going to extremes to chase down Mollaka in a free-running battle of physicality vs. finesse in Casino Royale. A great example of Bond’s ability to think quickly on his feet to deal with or get around any obstacle to achieve his objective.
Follow with each actor.
Sir Sean FRWL Meeting Tania wearing nothing but a towel and his PPK.
George OHMSS Knife throw to Marc Ange’s calendar(Scene adapted from novel)
Sir Roger SWLM Closing scene “Keeping the British end up”
T.Dalton LD “Stuff my orders! I only kill professionals.” This made me happy 'cause this line
demonstrated TD could play 007.
P. Brosnan GOLDENEYE Lifting and carrying Nat. out of tobacco field followed by Marines. Look at
the smile on PB’s face.
D. Craig CASINO ROYALE Final scene “My name is…” well you know
1- The Gun barrel. It means the wait is over and I’m about to enjoy 2 hours + of my favorite entertainment.
2- The way George swaggers down the hallways of the Palicio and Piz Gloria. That’s how I would project if I had the gig.
3- Like several others here, the entirety of DAF. You never forget your first.
4- It’s a little thing, but the way Roger kicks up a scuff of sand as he runs from the Mujaba club to the back of Jaws’ van. It assures me that the rest of the film is going to unfold just as it always has.
5- Roger arrives in Rio. I had been there in the winter of 77, and watching him cruise Copacabana to John Barry’s lush choral work is like a home movie for me.