James Bond: Man Talk – Connery #Bondathon

The first Storified set of ‘Tweet notes’ for each film in a complete (canon) Twitter #Bondathon leading up to the release of Skyfall and the franchise’s 50th anniversary. Typos as guaranteed as white cats.

FIRST UP THE SIX CONNERY FILMS: sublime colonial detective (Dr No) to Volcano-crashing ridiculous (You Only Live Twice). They also happens to be the Blofeld arc from unseen to grotesque to camp. Connery bestrides the franchise with ample and ruthlessly brutal shoulders. The mould was firmly set three films in with Goldfinger, oddly a film where Bond contributes nothing beyond seducing a henchwoman. It’s by Thunderball that Connery’s established the Superman Bond: No secret spy work or deduction, just introduce yourself to the villain and be as rude as possible. Seemingly unfazed by any danger the threat level and involvement in this Bond’s affairs is rapidly diminished. Terrence Young was coaxed back to the director’s chair by the luxurious budget of Thunderball, but later regretted making a film that doesn’t stand up to the brilliance of the first two films. But for good or bad, the formula would remain for many years. Bond fever swept the 1960s with Connery’s tenure taking in six films in nine years and irresistible excess – and crucially ignoring the very small elephant in the lair, topped by George Lazenby. Still while Diamonds are Forever may suffer in comparison to the films that precede and follow it, it’s hard to beat the cold war caper of From Russia With Love.

The Connery Bondathon: Dr No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds are Forever (1971).


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