It’s Only Just Begun by Chris Taydus

As a student of film…I suck. This project could be watching a film a week that I’ve never seen, and I wouldn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the ‘classics’. While this blog is an attempt to exercise those demons, I’m here to make a change. To start my reborn life, I will be watching 12 of the 24 James Bond films.

I specifically chose these films because of the 23 films starring 007, I’ve seen a total of zero of them. I’ve never really understood why I haven’t either. They’re smart, sexy, action packed thrillers that have spawned some of the greatest icons in cinema history. I’ve never seen a Bond film, and I could ID Jaws, or Q, or the classic Aston Martin. I’ve played most of the more modern video games based on the character. I’ve hummed the James Bond theme more times than I can count. Yet my cinematic viewing history remains free of a License to Kill.

“No more,” I say. This ends tonight (…or sometime in the next week. It is 8:30 already)!!! My list of 12 Bond films was chosen from the listing of the worst to best Bond films as ranked in the 2012 Rolling Stone article by Peter Travers. I took his top 12 and I’ll be watching them in chronological order. (Edited: Under the recommendation of this blogs fearless leader, I’ve changed my list slightly. The new list is below.)

Here they are:

  1. Dr. No
  2. From Russia With Love
  3. Goldfinger
  4. Thunderball
  5. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  6. Man with the Golden Gun
  7. The Spy Who Loved Me
  8. For Your Eyes Only
  9. Licence to Kill
  10. GoldenEye
  11. Casino Royale
  12. Skyfall