Who Was the Best James Bond?

11/09/2012 11:35 AM |

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Connery: I caught From Russia with Love and Diamonds Are Forever at IFC, leaving only Dr. No and Thunderball unseen by me. From Russia with Love is so good! That and Goldfinger really hit the sweet spot of cold, hardass spy stories and blockbuster silliness; You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever have their charms, but even that early in the series, they start to feel kind of self-parodic and erratic (Twice gets points for a plot where Bond fakes his own death because faking your own death is always awesome). Diamonds in particular is a weird, weird movie, the way it answers the sadness of its non-Connery predecessor with ungainly if sometimes droll mayhem.

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