Goldfinger

• July 23rd, 2017

We continue our Bond odyssey with what many people consider the best Bond film ever made. What do we think?

Well... I guess nostalgia is a powerful drug. Look, we love Connery. He is without doubt the best Bond ever, it's just that, unlike his appearance, his films haven't aged well. They have aged more like his attitude on hitting women. Once upon a time it might have been ok, but now... not so much.

 

Look, we are Bond fans, we promise. It's just that... these old ones make it really hard.

 

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Speaking of making it hard to like the series....

Next week we return with... Quantum of Solace.

 
 
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Skyfall

• July 16th, 2017

This week we take a look at the biggest Bond film to date, "Skyfall," which is a bit of a conondrum. On one hand, it could be argued that this is the most popular Bond film ever. So far as box office goes... it kind of dominates. But, it is also the least "Bond" of all the films. Which may or may not be a good thing.

So, hear what we have to say.

 

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Next week we return with... Goldfinger.

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From Russia With Love

• July 9th, 2017

This week we discuss "From Russia With Love," the Burt Bacharach album of Bond films. You don't really have to pay close attention to it, it's not terribly violent, there isn't that much sex in it, it's a nice, innofensive movie.

But, my GOD, do we go off on tangents.

 

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Next week we return with... Skyfall.

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The James Bond Files: Spectre

• June 25th, 2017

What madness is this? We decided that instead of doing a straight chornological run of the Bond, we would go with a "ping pong" method. How does that work? Basically, we are bouncing between the old and the new ones. We began with Dr. No, follow that with Spectre, next is From Russia With Love, follow that with Skyfall, and so on until we meet in the middle.

So, this week we come at you with the most recent installment "Spectre." This is in many ways a landmark Bond film. It marks the first time since Connery that the most iconic Bond villian, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, could be used. Yes, a Blofeld like figure did appear in For Your Eyes Only, but that wasn't offically Ernst. This is a big deal. Which, of course means that we spend zero time talking about that, and a lot of time talking about how "Blofeld" sounds like the name given to a fat character. It's what you've come to expect.

 

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So, we talk classic Bond, fat names, and Toblerones. It's a damned good time.

 

We sahll return in two weeks time with... From Russia With Love.

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The James Bond Files 1: Dr. No

• June 18th, 2017

And a new chapter begins. This week we start our look at the greatest secret agent in film history.

Since his big screen debut in 1962 Bond has been an institution, setting the bar for spy thriller and becoming a cultural icon in the process.

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This week we actually look at two versions of Bond. The first being this....

 

 

This piece of absolute garbage introduced CIA agent Jimmy Bond, the midwest Wisconsin tire salesman of the year.

It's hard to put into words how bad it is, so check it out.

We also discuss the greatest technical advisor who ever lived, slow moving quickdraw artist Geoffrey Boothroy,

 

 

There is a lot to digest here.

But it should be noted, that both of these videos are more interesting than Dr. No.

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Evidently, the world was once a very boring place and the idea of strolling along a beach, or walking through a hotel lobby or an airport were considered the height of adventure. That's the only way to explain how this (adjusted for inflation) 8 million dollar movie was able to make (adjusted for inflation) 459 million dollars.

Make no mistake, Dr. No is a boring film, but what can you do, it's Bond.

 

So join us as we marvel at how damned attractive young Sean Connery was in this introduction to the worlds most famous secret agent.

 

 

Don't worry, The Film Thugs will return next week wtih... Spectre.

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