Like Bond fights, there have been many chases in the film series and Never Say Never Again over the years. Chases can take many forms: Bond chasing someone or being chased; they can take place on foot, in motor vehicles, in the air, on or in the water, or on ice or snow. Every film has at least one good chase in it. But which ones are the best? Or the most creative? Or even overrated or underrated? Or simply the worst?
What constitutes a chase is someone running/driving/flying/skiing/swimming et al after someone and the person being chased knows they are being chased and are trying to get away. So following/tailing someone is not a chase. Also, a gunfight that involves stalking or running after someone to a different location is not a chase. That’s just part of a gunfight.
My opinion for best chases:
SEAN CONNERY: Bond chased by 4 SPECTRE Helicopter Pilots in aerial chase (You Only Live Twice)
GEORGE LAZENBY: Bond chased by Blofeld and SPECTRE Skiers in snow chase (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service)
ROGER MOORE: Bond and Melina chased by Gonzales’ Thugs in car chase (For Your Eyes Only)
TIMOTHY DALTON: Bond chases Sanchez, Truman-Lodge, and Sanchez’s Drivers in tanker truck chase (Licence To Kill)
PIERCE BROSNAN: Bond chases Giulietta in boat chase (The World Is Not Enough)
DANIEL CRAIG: Bond chases Mollaka in foot chase (Casino Royale)
And my top pick is Bond chases Mollaka in foot chase in Casino Royale. It perfectly sums up James Bond. It’s finesse vs. physical. It’s quick-thinking and adapting to the environment. It’s going full bore after your objective, throwing caution to the wind. And ultimately, fulfilling the mission and leaving the viewer both shaken and stirred.