Nancy (2018)

CHRISTINA CHOE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2018.  Mental Pictures, EON Productions, Gamechanger Films, XS Media.  Screenplay by Christina Choe.   Cinematography by Zoe White.  Produced by Michelle Cameron, Amy Lo, Andrea Riseborough.  Music by Peter Raeburn.  Production Design by Charlotte Royer.  Costume Design by Tere Duncan.  Film Editing by David Gutnik. Andrea Riseborough gives a committed performance as a thoroughly unappealing…

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Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool (2017)

PAUL McGUIGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  United Kingdom, 2017.  Eon Productions, Synchronistic Pictures.  Screenplay by Matt Greenhalgh, based on the memoir by Peter Turner.  Cinematography by Urszula Pontikos.  Produced by Barbara Broccoli, Colin Vaines.  Music by J. Ralph.  Production Design by Eve Stewart.  Costume Design by Annie Crawford.  Film Editing by Nick Emerson.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017.   While appearing on stage in…

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Spectre

BBB.5 (out of 5) A trip to Mexico City has Bond chase down a bad guy who leaves him with a token that speaks volumes: a ring with a symbol on it that he knows he has seen before. Back home, headquarters is still putting itself together under the new M (a spry and sympathetic…

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Thunderball

BBB (out of 5) James Bond is on the scene once again when the diabolical SPECTRE organization steals a test-model airplane loaded with dangerous nuclear weapons. The company holds the entire world hostage and demands two hundred million dollars, or else they will turn the nukes on a major world city and cause all sorts…

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From Russia With Love

BBBBB (out of 5) James Bond’s adventures continue, just as fast and fantastic as they were the first time around.  In this second installment, Bond (Sean Connery) is sent to Istanbul to recover a Russian decoder machine that a defecting agent plans on giving to the British government. Is the agent for real, or is…

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Dr. No

BBBBB (out of 5) The cinema’s longest running franchise got itself off to a fantastic start with this marvelous spy adventure.  Sean Connery made a cinematic landmark of himself as the famous James Bond, agent 007, who works for the British government in helping to stop the world from global terrorism, armed with only his wits…

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Die Another Day

BBBB (out of 5) Ridiculously loud Bond adventure is still a top-notch thrill even in its weakest moments. This time a darker side of Bond is attempted as our hero is discredited by his own organization in the film’s opening sequence and then proceeds as a rogue agent to get revenge on his betrayers. Of…

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Tomorrow Never Dies

BBBBB (out of 5) The second Bond installment to feature the dapper Pierce Brosnan as the womanizing, gun-toting hero. Part of the fun involves the fact that director Roger Spottiswoode doesn’t expect you to take the hammy plot (media mogul Jonathan Pryce wants to start World War III in order to gain broadcasting rights in China) seriously…

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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

BBBB (out of 5) Excellent Bond adventure stars George Lazenby in his only outing as the dashing 007. After saving a beautiful young woman (Diana Rigg of The Avengers) from committing suicide, James Bond is asked by her crime-lord father (Gabriele Ferzetti) to marry her in order to keep her safe from harm. At first, Bond agrees…

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The Man With The Golden Gun

BB.5 (out of 5) Should go on record as the funniest Bond film in the franchise, though not intentionally. This time, agent 007 (Roger Moore) is sent after a crazed millionaire (well what else is new) whose island estate is a palace of death!  Christopher Lee plays the villainous Scaramanga, a high-priced hit man who…

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Live And Let Die

BBBB (out of 5) Roger Moore makes his debut as agent 007 James Bond in this exciting adventure. After several British agents are murdered at various places around the world, London headquarters send Bond to New York to find out the reason behind the assassination. The trail leads our hero to the Caribbean where the…

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Diamonds Are Forever

BBB.5 (out of 5) Sean Connery‘s last official James Bond performance was accentuated by a bad toupee in this enjoyable adventure. This time, Bond has finally killed Blofeld and returned home in triumph. He soon finds out that a diamond mine has been robbed of a huge load of jewels and two of the thieves…

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