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The Spy Who Loved Me LASERDISC (NOT A DVD!!!) (Full Screen Format) Format: Laser Disc
The Spy Who Loved Me LASERDISC (NOT A DVD!!!) (Full Screen Format) Format: Laser Disc
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Bond Films of the Series, April 22, 2016
THE SPY WHO LOVED ME is a big-budgeted opulent film, with a lively and strong screenplay by Christopher Wood and Richard Maibaum and very effective editing by John Glen, delivering one of the most succinctly structured films of the series under the direction of Lewis Gilbert.

After THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Roger Moore clearly redefined his approach to the role as the good-natured British agent. His Bond is suave, debonair, never condescending and resorts to seriousness only when confronted with malevolence. That was the way he played it for the rest of the series.

The globetrotting THE SPY WHO LOVED ME features a gadget loaded Lotus Esprit as its centerpiece along with Richard Kiel as the indestructible Jaws, the villain's henchman with steel teeth. The main villain of the piece is the maniacal Karl Stromberg, played with detached amusement by Curt Jurgens, whose immense wealth featured an aquatic empire aimed at global domination. Bond must pair up with Soviet agent Major Anya Amasova played by Barbara Bach to track down missing British and Soviet nuclear submarines. The pre-title sequence features a very thrilling and well-filmed ski chase re-establishing James Bond as a major force to be reckoned with.

Marvin Hamlisch composed a very effective score to the surprise of many. His music is right on mark and in some sequences very innovative. Hamlisch proves that he really knows how to score a film. Ken Adam returned as production designer bringing a familiar look back to the series not seen since DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. Production designer Ken Adam also introduced some new as well as traditional concepts giving the film a well-known but unique look.

New characters are introduced in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME who would return in subsequent films of the series. They include Walter Gotell as Russian General Gogol, Geoffrey Keen as Frederick Gray the British Minister of Defense and Eva Reuber-Staier as Rubelvitch, Gogol's secretary. Thankfully, Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny is back and in expanded roles so are Bernard Lee as "M" and Desmond Llewelyn as Major Boothroyd better known as "Q."

There are well-choreographed great action scenes, beautiful underwater sequences, battles and chases. Some of the best-unsung workmanship in this film are the extraordinary miniatures by Derek Meddings. They are incredible and make this film very impressive and memorable.

THE SPY WHO LOVED ME is one of those rare films where all the talents come together at their peek of perfection delivering an impeccable film.


Thunderball James Bond DVD & Goldfinger Aston Martin Car 007 Set Hot Wheels Die-Cast edition movie Sean Connery
Thunderball James Bond DVD & Goldfinger Aston Martin Car 007 Set Hot Wheels Die-Cast edition movie Sean Connery
DVD ~ Sean Connery
Offered by dvdstuff
Price: $18.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Remembering THUNDERBALL, April 21, 2016
THUNDERBALL is a very nostalgic and endearing classic James Bond Film. This film somehow sums up that feeling of nostalgia and endearment for the way it engulfed audiences, myself included, into the wonderful world of James Bond. Sean Connery did it with such effortless and natural charm and aplomb like no other. He's a tough and resourceful blunt instrument with a level of intelligence and sophistication still impressive to this day. The world of THUNDERBALL is elegant where the villains live an opulent style of life that is a veneer for their sinister plans that threaten the free world. In a bit of irony James Bond lives in that same world and he is up to the challenge to foil whatever mayhem they concoct.

After a one-film hiatus SPECTRE returns. So too has Sean Connery, as he was finally groomed to perfection as the definitive screen incarnation of James Bond in GOLDFINGER. Terence Young is also back as director. However, he seems to have been influenced over the fine-tuning that Guy Hamilton brought to the main character and overall tone of GOLDFINGER. Due to that film's success Young seems to be floundering here just a bit, being diverted from his vision of the character that he helped bring to the screen. Young is 180 degrees from being the auteur he envisioned himself to be. The film seems loosely constructed and leisurely acted. Adolfo Celi as Emilio Largo looks the part, but he never seems a real threat to Bond. In fact, Largo seems to lose every encounter with Bond whether it be at the gambling tables or engaging in idle banter on the merits of women vs. guns. Bond outdoes him in skeet shooting without even looking at the target. Bond shows signs of becoming a bit of a cliché with amusing bravado and a definite tongue in cheek.

What makes the film very memorable is John Barry's rich score and Lamar Boren's beautiful and colorful underwater photography and production designer Ken Adam’s distinctive set designs. They all went hand in hand. I also thought the villains' plot to hijack a Vulcan jet was extremely well filmed and executed. This film has a very British feel to as it should have. Going back to John Barry's impressive and complex score for THUNDERBALL, it is here that he truly puts his inimitable stamp on the entire musical sound for the series. During that period THUNDERBALL was followed by his scores for YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE and the lighter sounding, yet lavish DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. The scores for these four James Bond films, are richly textured, meticulously scored for each required scene and are emotionally charged. Ken Adam set the look of the James Bond series with his futuristic set designs beginning with DR. NO and continued with GOLDFINGER. These were highly visual hallmarks of unique craftsmanship. Immediately following THUNDERBALL came his crowning achievement in YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE.

Sean Connery as James Bond became a cultural icon with THUNDERBALL and gained international superstar status. THUNDERBALL was more than just a film; it was an event. For me, Sean Connery is the inimitable screen version of James Bond.


1999 Proof Quarter Set in Original Government Packaging
1999 Proof Quarter Set in Original Government Packaging
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Set, February 5, 2016
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Great set. I was impressed.


JAMES BOND MOVIE POSTER - MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN - NEW
JAMES BOND MOVIE POSTER - MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN - NEW
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly handsome and Printed on good stock, February 2, 2016
Outstanding poster for THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN. This is a quality poster printed on good stock. It is vivid and amazingly handsome.


French Connection [Blu-ray]
French Connection [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Gene Hackman
Offered by vsource
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray Version is an Abomination, February 2, 2016
This was a great film. The original THE FRENCH CONNECTION was a gritty and timely tale of police getting the job done down in the trenches. Great performances abound with unique suspense and innovative action sequences, cinematography and dialogue. This Blu-ray version is an abomination. It looks nothing like the original film. It is beyond grainy and the colors are totally screwed up. Stick with the DVD version. This is just one more film where the original is screwed up when they go to Blu-ray.


On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Beach Fight
On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Beach Fight
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5.0 out of 5 stars George Lazenby IS James Bond, February 2, 2016
ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE was the first film to address James Bond, the man. It seemed to have been made for Connery. This is the one we had been waiting for. This film brought the series to a culmination of emotional fervor. ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE may indeed be the quintessential James Bond film. My initial reaction to seeing this extraordinary film on its first release was summed up in one indelible question that I kept repeating over and over again to myself. If Sean Connery decided not to appear in a Bond film, why did it have to be this one? I thought it was an excellent film, but Connery wasn't in it. Yet, I also could not get the image of George Lazenby out of my head. He looked the part and there was something very unique about his facial features. Many critics said his performance was bland. Even if they were right Lazenby still possessed the physique and physical attributes that really fit the part and again his unique looks just added to the wordily and masculine aura he exuded. I went to see the film three more times. I really liked it. I missed Connery, but I still couldn't get the screen image of Lazenby out of my head. I did some real self-analysis of this film over the next two years.

I started to read the Fleming books. To my amazement they were very dry yet very interesting and appealing at the same time. Fleming single-handedly drew the reader into the world of James Bond whereas the filmmakers achieved the same result in a collective effort of talents. When I read "Dr. No" and "Thunderball" I visualized Sean Connery or someone vaguely familiar to him yet not with his sardonic humor. When I read "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" I could visualize no one other than George Lazenby. As it turned out ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE is the one film closest to any Fleming novel of the same name. I began to see the merits of casting Lazenby for his visual presence and resolute performance of Fleming's dedicated civil servant.

The filmmakers had gone out of their way to make this the epic Bond film. The introduction of Lazenby as Bond was a well thought out and well crafted piece of pure cinema. There is no dialogue and only the strains of the James Bond Theme in another innovative interpretation by John Barry are heard. Less dialogue is better. Let the images tell the story. In the case of George Lazenby that's what worked best for him. Early on in the film he is having a bad night at the tables and you can see the disgust on his face as he deals out another loosing hand. He breaks into Gumbolt's office and penetrates his safe with assuredness and conviction while under the clock. This well directed scene is nerve racking and suspenseful again played without dialogue. The editing, music and Lazenby's presence make this another tour de force of pure cinema.

It wasn't until the release of DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER that I realized that ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE was the best Bond film for me. The combined efforts of all the filmmakers and Lazenby's performance of a James Bond with conviction, assuredness and determination made this the definitive James Bond film. The film had a sense of real drive behind it accentuated by Lazenby's no-nonsense approach and the urgency of John Barry's instrumental theme used repeatedly to never let up the pace. If James Bond was ever the dedicated civil servant it was in this film. I can't even imagine Sean Connery in this film any more. The filmmakers traded in Connery's worldliness for Lazenby's energetic determination. It seems apparent that Lazenby probably looked to DR. NO for inspiration.

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE is considered to be one of the better Bond films in the series. It follows the directorial style of DR. NO. Sean Connery in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE continued his portrayal of the character in the Fleming literary mold, but refined his performance adding more depth to the character's worldliness, intellect, social graces and wry humor. Lazenby reverts back to the James Bond we saw in DR. NO concentrating on his resoluteness and tenacity as the man with a mission who will not be deterred until the opposition is completely vanquished. Lazenby's scenes with Diana Rigg as Tracy, his bride to be, showed genuine compassion and depth. This was Bond's only true love interest up to that point in the series. Connery had showed genuine subdued sorrow tinged with anger at the death of Jill Masterson and her sister Tilly Masterson in GOLDFINGER and again with Aki in YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE. However, I don't see how any actor could have given a better reaction as George Lazenby did to the death of James Bond's new bride slumped over limply into his lap. Perhaps Daniel Craig could have. ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE for many reasons is the stand alone the Quintessential James Bond film.


The Living Daylights (Extended Version)
The Living Daylights (Extended Version)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Version of THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS performed by a-ha, February 2, 2016
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This version of THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS is outstanding. It is very upbeat, melodic and absolutely moving.


Spectre 007 (Blu-ray)
Spectre 007 (Blu-ray)
DVD ~ Daniel Craig
Price: $12.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars SPECTRE is the most Outstanding James Bond film of the series, February 2, 2016
This review is from: Spectre 007 (Blu-ray) (Blu-ray)
SPECTRE is one of the most outstanding James Bond films of the series. It should not even be called a Bond movie considering some of its incredible elements. It is rather lackluster and depressing and a poor followup to SKYFALL, but wait! Is it? The plot is ludicrous when you consider it, yet totally mesmerizing! Trying to tie it is with the previous three Bond films is very contrived, but it works. The cinematography was absolutely incredible and made the film going experience very depressing. Bring back the Bond of old and here it is! I was amazed!

Daniel Craig does a good job, but the script allows him little room to develop the character he so brilliantly portrayed in CASINO ROYALE and QUANTUM OF SOLACE.

SPECTRE truly is Bond and beyond!
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Baby the Rain Must Fall
Baby the Rain Must Fall
DVD ~ Steve McQueen
Offered by SOUTHWEST MEDIA
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Character Study, January 26, 2016
This review is from: Baby the Rain Must Fall (DVD)
BABY, THE RAIN MUST FALL is an interesting if uneven character study with Steve McQueen as a man who cannot escape his demons from the past who set him on the wrong path in life. McQueen is a drifter and paroled convict who dreams of songwriting and meets up with his small daughter and wife (Lee Remick) in Columbus, Texas in the the early 60s. The tumbleweed and dust blown environment seem to eat away at McQueen along with the terms of his parole and some dark secrets from his childhood. Elmer Bernstein's sensitive, vibrant and psychological score heighten the complex narrative.

Don Murray and Paul Fix gives strong supporting performances as deputy sheriff and judge and they add great depth to the texture of this forgotten film directed by Robert Mulligan. The screenplay is by Horton Foote based on his play, "The Traveling Lady" and produced by Alan J. Pakula. The team of Pakula and Muligan gave us some interesting films.


The Steve McQueen Box Set (Baby, the Rain Must Fall/The War Lover)
The Steve McQueen Box Set (Baby, the Rain Must Fall/The War Lover)
DVD ~ Steve McQueen
Offered by Outlet Promotions
Price: $9.40
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE WAR LOVER is another war film with a love triangle at its center, January 26, 2016
THE WAR LOVER is another war film with a love triangle at its center, but with a twist. This time Steve McQueen, Robert Wagner and Shirley Ann Field are the lovers caught in the web and it is a web of love, survival, living the moment and war. Steve McQueen's unique style and slant and the excellent aerial photography of the B 17s on their bombing runs are this film's greatest assets and make it a must for lovers of this genre. This is a British film and it looks and feels like it, which only adds to the authenticity. Highly underrated and forgotten these days.

BABY, THE RAIN MUST FALL is an interesting character study with Steve McQueen as a man who cannot escape his demons from the past who set him on the wrong path in life. McQueen is a drifter and paroled convict who dreams of songwriting and meets up with his small daughter and wife (Lee Remick) in Columbus, Texas in the the early 60s. The tumbleweed and dust blown environment seem to eat away at McQueen along with the terms of his parole and some dark secrets from his childhood. Elmer Bernstein's sensitive, vibrant and psychological score heighten the complex narrative. Don Murray and Paul Fix gives strong supporting performances as deputy sheriff and judge and they add great depth to the texture of this forgotten film directed by Robert Mulligan.


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