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Bond Girl: Re-Watching and Re-Evaluating Licence to Kill

Licence To Kill is one of the darkest of the Bond films. Previously in the franchise, the darkness was kind of in sections and tempered by lighter moments. This movie is definitely light on those moments. Honestly, when I think of Licence To Kill, I think of those exploitative revenge films from the 70s. I'm talking about I Spit On Your Grave or the original The Last House On the Left in terms of that scary and yet satisfying thirst for revenge that is eventually quenched.

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Bond Girl: Re-Watching and Re-Evaluating The Living Daylights

I always get such a thrill when the actor playing James Bond introduces himself for the first time. It's one of my favorite things about the franchise and from the start, I haven't been able to stop myself from making the highest of the high pitched noises.

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Bond Girl: Re-Watching and Re-Evaluating A View To A Kill

After seven films, I have to say that I'm going to miss Moore. To those of you who've marathoned the franchise and who have a soft spot for Sean Connery's Bond: I know how you feel now. A View To A Kill is the seventh of Moore's James Bond films and the fourteenth in the Eon production series over all.

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Bond Girl: Re-Watching and Re-Evaluating Octopussy

Octopussy is a weird mix of goofy attempts at humor (all the clown costumes and that Tarzan thing) and a serious plot with intrigue and deaths galore. That shouldn't work well together as it does, but aside from a few lingering issues with white-washing and racism, Octopussy is a really wonderful film. It's an amazing entry to the series and one of Moore's best showings in the franchise.

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Bond Girl: Re-Watching and Re-Evaluating Never Say Never Again

Never Say Never Again feels like an end.

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Bond Girl: Re-Watching and Re-Evaluating For Your Eyes Only

Normally, I scoff at the so-called "grittier" and "more realistic" add-ons to the James Bond film franchise. There's nothing realistic about them usually and in my experience, they tend to trade on stereotypes.

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Bond Girl: Re-Watching and Re-Evaluating Moonraker

Moonraker isn't exactly an original movie.

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Bond Girl: Re-Watching and Re-Evaluating The Spy Who Loved Me

This might be my favorite James Bond movie.

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Bond Girl: Re-Watching and Re-Evaluating The Man With The Golden Gun

The Man With The Golden Gun wins for one of the best villains with Christopher Lee's Francisco Scaramanga, but falls short in many other ways. It's a good movie, sure - but it has its issues.

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Bond Girl: Re-Watching and Re-Evaluating Live and Let Die

For the most part, I was prepared to have a very unhappy reaction towards Live And Let Die, and at least I can say that I got what I expected.

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Bond Girl: Re-Watching and Re-Evaluating Diamonds Are Forever

I'm going to miss Sean Connery's Bond showing up in the Eon Production films, but Diamonds Are Forever is basically the best movie on which to send him out. It exemplifies all the good and bad about Connery's Bond films and the franchise as a whole. I definitely lost track of how many times I watched the film, but it was definitely worth it.

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Bond Girl: Re-Watching and Re-Evaluating On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

In On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Lazenby manages to humanize James Bond and make him a character worth empathizing with. Aside from a few incidences of violence towards women and racism, I found a lot to like about the film and Lazenby's Bond.

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Bond Girl: Re-Watching and Re-Evaluating You Only Live Twice

You Only Live Twice is one of those Bond movies that I wound up liking more that I felt like I should. The return to Sean Connery is marked by familiar annoying tropes and I was plenty steamed as I livetweeted my experience watching the film on Thursday, but I still came away from it with some seriously positive feelings.

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Bond Girl: Re-Watching and Re-Evaluating Casino Royale (1967)

RAAAGE.

I regret bad-mouthing Sean Connery's Bond.

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Bond Girl: Re-Watching and Re-Evaluating Thunderball

I kind of had to like Thunderball. Come on! It combines (and quite possibly, may have created) several of my favorite supervillain tropes. You have the shark tank, the cadre of evil villains, and their incompetent henchmen making their plans for world domination just a little more difficult. It's over the top in several places and boring in others, but I've got to say that getting into the movie was super easy.

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Bond Girl: Re-Watching and Re-Evaluating Goldfinger

With the James Bond film franchise passing its fiftieth anniversary, there's no doubt that the franchise has its fair share of iconic moments, images, lines and characters - and none are more so than those from Goldfinger.

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Bond Girl: Re-Watching and Re-Evaluating From Russia With Love

SPECTRE status.

It only took five minutes in my very first rewatch to make me uncomfortable and that's important, because from those five minutes on, I wasn’t able to enjoy the film the way I wanted to. I watched Dr. No about eight times before I got sick of it. From Russia with Love took half as many rewatches.

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Bond Girl: Re-Watching and Re-Evaluating Dr. No

Part one of a new series!

Welcome to "Bond Girl," a new series where we'll be re-watching and re-evaluating every James Bond film until Spectre's release.

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