One’s considerable capacity for being a miserable old sausage teetering from having been a convenient, lazy pose to bait others, into becoming a worryingly true characteristic, and conscious of such dour times for us all, I reflect upon whether even the five least favourite Bond films of m’acquaintance surely have something positive to say about them. Accordingly, this thread is solely about being nice. Kind might be a stretch, but let’s see. I suppose it also “reveals” my notional bottom five and whilst there are reasons for them being there from which I doubt I will be shaken, s’not the place.
Die Another Day - it’s tremendously colourful and much of the design of it is bulletproof.
Licence to Kill - the barefoot skiing stunt is great, and seems to pass underappreciated amongst the annals of Big Bond Stunts which is odd as it’s one of the few that actually has a continued bearing on the story, rather than just being done to show off.
Spectre - the sequence from Bond’s arrival at the funeral to the point he shoots the goons at the Villa of the widow Sciarra is good fun, stylishly done. Daniel Craig is James Bond.
Never Say Never Again - Fatima Blush. Basically.
Diamonds are Forever - the majority of its jokes work. The payoff of the smelling a rat quip - about an hour between the cracked aftershave/pipe in the desert/literally encountering said rodent, and the eventual death of Wint - is fantastically confident scripting.
[That the inclusion of Never Say Never Again suggests I rate these five lower than the Niven Casino Royale is not a suggestion, but a fact. But that’s another story].
So, be nice. All of them must have something… surely?