The Film: Dr No (1962).
The Moment: 007 faces the first of many off-the-wall assassination attempts, as a tarantula is let loose in his hotel room.
Most Iconic Element: One of Bond's first on-screen kills, setting the benchmark for inventive dispatch as he batters the spider to death with her shoe.
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Oct 15th 2012, 9:00
Some of these listed are just plain awful. Inflatable villain? Crocodile stepping stones? You might as well have added the double-taking pigeon from Moonraker, the same film that featured A FUQING LASER BATTLE IN SPACE! It just goes to show how truly awful Moores efforts were -face palm-
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Oct 15th 2012, 12:45
@ Haduken76 - Sacrilege! Moore's efforts we're cheesy fun. Ok, I'm a bit biased as I grew up in the 80's and he was the "first" Bond to me. Ok, Connery is probably the best but they each bring their own spin on the character. Dalton was bland though....
Oct 15th 2012, 13:02
Okay I will allow 'The Spy who loved me ' for the Lotus-Submarine, and how good it was a Christmas when I was young.
Oct 15th 2012, 13:09
Exploding milk bottles, tiny helicopters, underwater cars - this is what makes Bond 'Bond'! Some ideas can verge on the ridiculous (*cough*invisible car), but surely we need to see a re-introduction of the gadgets. I hope Skyfall has some. And how can anyone not like a man running across a load of crocodiles. Bourne would have tried to sneak around another way, Batman would have grapple-gunned away - only bond could do that. And have you seen the outake where the stunt guy almost gets his leg bitten off
Oct 15th 2012, 13:11
Interesting point on Number 57 as well - i'd always wondered if it would be accepted by fans that 'James Bond' was an identity assigned to different agents - would people accept that idea though? You could have Sean Connery pop up in a Daniel Craig version.
Oct 15th 2012, 15:48
Makes me laugh when someone criticises a bond film for having cheesy moments, pretty much the first 20 bond films are mostly all cheese, if you don't like it, you don't get to partake in the conversation about bond, it is what it is.
Oct 15th 2012, 16:01
first two are a little predictable, id put number 4 at one personally, its the most heartwrenching scene in the entire bond franchise, and when instumental version of armstrong and barrys theme come on...i doubt there would be a dry eye in any house. A scene so brilliant, it nearly killed the film with audiences because "that's not how bond films are supposed to end"...a scene way way way ahead of it's time.
Oct 15th 2012, 17:17
Theres a difference between being cheesy escapist fun (ie Goldfinger, Spy who loved me) and offensively bad (Moonraker and Die another Day).
Oct 15th 2012, 17:55
great list, cant beat a great Bond movie, even with the cheese factor.. was hoping for a bit more goldeneye as its one of my faves, was a bit surprised not to see the leap into the planeoff a cliff from Tomorrow never Dies or the ridiculously awesome helicopter with saws from World is not Enough, that has to be one of the most random assassination attempts :D
Oct 15th 2012, 19:08
I'm confused wasn't there a public vote for a 50 greatest moments around 4 months ago.
Oct 17th 2012, 17:26
Re: Krest in the decompression chamber. Licence to Kill was indeed a '15' at the cinema, but only after nearly a minute of cuts, which essentially means that the BBFC considered the film to be worthy of an '18'! An 18-rated Bond does sound preposterous, but at least the uncut version is now a '15' in these less censorious times. That Krest scene really unnerved me as a youngster, even in its trimmed version. Licence to Kill has a real dark edge to it, more than any other Bond film - nothing before or since in the series has the same kind of ominous danger to it. Saying that, the bit with the swordfish is pretty bloody silly. Also, totally agree with the inclusion of Sanchez's death - that scene is so damn brutal, and to have Bond refrain from any one-liners and simply look exhausted (and even nauseous) is about as dark as the series ever got.
Other great Bond bits - the unveiling of the space station (with added John Barry brilliance) in Moonraker. The pervy torture bit in The World is Not Enough. Bond and Melina as shark bait in For Your Eyes Only. Scaramanga's story about his first kill in The Man with the Golden Gun. Zorin laughing his head off just before falling to his death in A View to a Kill. God, I love Bond films.
Oct 20th 2012, 14:05
As in any art form you know you are on to something when all the imitators come out the woodwork. When the Bond Brand arrived (alla The Cold War )there were TV network and movie labels scrambled to compete. Thanks to Bond and Company we were entertained with the likes of GET SMART, Man from Uncle, The Avengers, The Saint (Moores training films) etc. Oh yes it was cheesy corny and sometimes just plain silly put i don't think there is 60's adolescent alive that didn't want to be Bond.
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