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But they did have the best Bond villain ever in “Jaws” aka Richard Kiel.

I personally think the TGI and gadget ridden later Brosnan movies were the worst.
That they did, Clive, that they did!

But I confess that I find many of them totally unwatchable these days. I try (and tried very recently - God is Moonraker a load of camp and jumbled up nonsense!), I really do, but damned if they are not pretty awful muck at times.

Yeah, not a fan of the Brosnan ones either (Goldeneye was a bit of fun, but not all that spectacular - maybe it seemed that way coming hot on the heels of the hot mess of the Dalton/Lazenby/Moore years).

It's really a book-ended series for me, with the two Cs, Connery and Craig being the only good movies. Everything in between is just a bit of over-hyped duff.

Funnily enough, despite all the hate directed at it, I find the Lazenby one probably the most watchable of a pretty weak bunch in the middle.
 

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Casino Royal is my favourite, Craig at his mean and ruthless best, gadget free, great locations good storyline and a great villain.
 

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I thought the one with George Lazenby was the worst film of them all.
Many do, particularly those wedded to one particular Bond and unwilling to consider the merits of any other... but many more still rate it. The years have been much kinder to this movie than many others. Also from the NYT, so take with a pinch of salt:

 

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Casino Royal is my favourite, Craig at his mean and ruthless best, gadget free, great locations good storyline and a great villain.
Yep. This one's near the top for me too. When all the slagging off is done, and people are weary from resisting the acceptance of alternative opinion, there are some good films in there regardless of who played them.
 

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Many do, particularly those wedded to one particular Bond and unwilling to consider the merits of any other... but many more still rate it. The years have been much kinder to this movie than many others. Also from the NYT, so take with a pinch of salt:

I've always thought this was the best film but the worst Bond. Louis Armstrong singing We have all the time in the world while he's holding a dead Diana Rigg in his arms had an emotional depth that is unique in the franchise.
 

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Moore or Connery are the best Bonds. I'm from that generation. Girls - Diana Rigg or Claudine Auger from the Connery era (I know Diana was in the Lazenby film but forget the wooden actor, Connery returned afterwards). Jane Seymour or Barbara Bach from the Moore films. Carey Lowell for Dalton era, Izabella Skorupka from Brosnan's movies and Eva Green for the new films featuring thug in a perfectly fitting suit Daniel Craig (I do like Casino Royal and Skyfall, but DC is a Bond update thanks to Jason Bourne)
 

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Many do, particularly those wedded to one particular Bond and unwilling to consider the merits of any other... but many more still rate it. The years have been much kinder to this movie than many others. Also from the NYT, so take with a pinch of salt:

It's been years since I've seen it, so I might have to give it a re-watch some time.
I'm not wedded to Connery, myself. Which I know gets many fans riled up. Although I do like to imagine that "The Rock" also exists within the Bond universe and Connery plays an old Bond in it.
Honestly, Brosnan was my first experience in the movies and he'll always be #1 in my books. Even though, ironically as I mentioned earlier, he only really had two decent films, one okay one, and one pretty poor one. I've never liked the Moore ones, partly because I'm not a fan of Moore as Bond and partly because the movies seem to parody themselves. Daniel Craig is a solid actor, and I like that he chose to play Bond closer to the book portrayal--i.e., less suave and sophisticated and more of a morally problematic "hero." But, honestly, his first two films just felt really long to me, the third one was kind of dumb in many ways, and that ended my interest to the point where I haven't seen the 4th one.
Timothy Dalton is another great actor who, for some reason, was only able to made average Bond films. And Bond helping the Taliban has aged about as well as Rambo helping them.
 
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Perception is reality. And in my world James Bond will always be Sean Connery wearing a Submariner.

Roger Moore made a farce out of the franchise with his campy acting, cringy one-liners and cheap Seiko digital.

I actually liked Timothy Dalton, maybe just because he wasn't Roger Moore.

I don't pay much attention to the franchise these days as I rarely go to theaters. What I've seen of Daniel Craig on TV, however, has been very good. Certainly a more serious take on the iconic character. And his Omegas have been on point as well.
 

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Moore himself wore Rolexes (its debatable that's its not a two-tone Seiko quartz glimpsed in A View to a Kill, as is generally believed, but Moore's own DJ). The campy tone of the Bond movies began with Diamonds are Forever at the turn of the decade. Moore fit the bill for where the producers were heading with the franchise. Besides, the Moore films have Scaramanga, Jaws, the Lotus Esprit, that boat chase, Christopher Walken, the best intro of all the movies AND Caroline Monroe. Plenty to like
 

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Many do, particularly those wedded to one particular Bond and unwilling to consider the merits of any other... but many more still rate it. The years have been much kinder to this movie than many others. Also from the NYT, so take with a pinch of salt:

IMHO, of the '60s-70s actors, Lazenby came closest to the written character. I did enjoy Connery's portrayal of his own version of Bond in the non-Broccoli "Never Say Never Again".
 
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