New in 2012… Announcing the James Bond Marathon

Ok, here’s the idea… And it’s a simple one. There have been officially 22 James Bond movies to date. The 23rd, Skyfall will be coming in November this year. What better way to celebrate the upcoming release of this new Bond flick than to watch all the previous 22, in order.

Now, I’m not talking about doing it all in one sitting. That would be crazy… wouldn’t it? No, I’m thinking more like one a week for the next 22 weeks. Sure, that leaves us way short of November, but there needs to be a wee bit of slack in case certain things come up and we have to miss a week from time to tine. The last thing I want to do is start exactly 22 weeks before the movie is due for release in theatres, to then make a mess of the scheduling and not compete the whole series in time!

So what I plan to do is announce in advance the date of the next movie and what the movie will be and then invite all the followers of the blog, plus members of the All Action No Plot Movie Club and friends on Facebook to join in and watch the movie on roughly the same day.
What would be really great would be if we could get a conversation going after each movie, to see what people thought of each movie, what their favorite bits were, etc. I know there are quite a few Bond movies I haven’t seen in years so I’m really intrigued to dust off my collection and watch them again!
Its all going to kick off very shortly with Sean Connery in Dr No of course, the original Bond movie back in ’62. 1962, wow! How old must that make Connery now? We’ll then follow that with Connery’s other Bond movies – From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever.

Let’s not forget the Australian Bond George Lazenby who chipped in with On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in 1969, before Connery returned for Diamonds. Still arguably the best Bond theme in my opinion! And actually a pretty good attempt at Bond to be honest by old George.

Roger Moore will feature next, with seven Bond movies, including Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy and A View to a Kill in 1985. This was the first Bond movie I was able to go to the movies to see. Still have fond memories of it…

Timothy Dalton then almost ruined the whole franchise (not entirely his fault to be fair, I think he was just unlucky) with The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill, in 1987 and 1989 respectively. We’ll just have to work our way through these two when the marathon gets round to them…

Of course, six years later Pierce Brosnan append in Goldfinger and reignited interest in Bond with Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day. I think this is where the marathon will pick up again. To be honest though, the series did start to go off the rails a bit with the last two, as they started to descend ever so slightly into slapstick, and so the series needed another ‘shot in the arm’.

Enter Daniel Craig with Casino Royale, and a major boost for the franchise. A lot of the cheesier older elements of the series were jettisoned in favour of a more ‘Bourne’ style Bond, with more realism and action. This really worked and our marathon runners will feel invigorated once more, although the follow-up Quantum of Solace did stumble slightly.
All eyes will now be on Craig and director Sam Mendes for Skyfall in November. I know I’m looking forward to it…

So, apologies for my rather hurried summary of the Bond franchise over the last 50 years – it was essentially meant as a list of all the Bond movies that we plan to watch this year as part of the marathon. I just couldn’t help but add in a bit of commentary along the way.
Interested? Well, stayed posted for the announcement of the date for the first movie, Dr No. The announcement and the movie should be in the next few days. Let’s not waste any time getting into it, I don’t think there’s any point in hanging around.
If you don’t find any discussions about the movies themselves, head on over to the Facebook Fan Page (just search for the All Action No Plot Movie Blog) or to the Facebook Group (the All Action No Plot Movie Club), there’s usually a bit of conversation going on over there.


2 thoughts on “New in 2012… Announcing the James Bond Marathon”

  1. Great idea, I haven’t seen many of the Bond movies for a long time and a couple I’d rather forget but a fantastic way to build up to the release of Skyfall later this year. My first bond movie at the cinema’s was The Spy Who Loved Me with the gorgeous Barbara Bach (how did Ringo Starr snag her???) and who could forget the introduction of Jaws!!!

    Bring it on, I say.

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