Sunday, 30 December 2012

IMW - 007 Series 1

Ehmmm........ I've only been able to watch 3 series so far. So, I'm just going to give a quick summary........
Before I set off on this adventure (if you have any other adjective, you fill it in hehehe) of mine.... I want to give a brief intro on what the 007 series is all about.

007 is the code name of a secret agent [James Bond] working for the British Intelligence (known as MI6 I believe)..... James Bond being 007 has the license to kill (lol!!! Whatever that means). Bond is the secret agent always sent out to take on special cases. The character James Bond has been portrayed by several people - Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and currently Daniel Craig. I really need to work on my arrangement techniques ~SMH~ ...... Ian Fleming is also responsible for the 007 series, since he's the author of all the 007 series novel.

Okay enough with the background story!!!
Let's kick this off...... How did I forget the Bond girls, I'm yet to see a 007 series without a bond girl... none!!!

1. Dr No [1962]

Director: Terence Young
Starring: Sean Connery, Joseph Wiseman, Ursula Andress
Released: 5 October, 1962
Distributor: United Artists
Running Time: 1hr 49min

Dr No is the first adaptation of Ian Fleming's books (but not the first  novel of Ian Fleming).

Doesn't Sean Connery look GAWJUSS!!!??!!! I really didn't enjoy Dr No as much as I thought I would. There wasn't much plot, apart from 007 finding out who was responsible for the death of another agent known as John Strangeways and the whole investigation led 007 to Dr No...... and we have the James bond girl...

 Okay, here is a brief insight; 

John Strangways, the British Intelligence (SIS) Station Chief in Jamaica, is killed. In response, British agent James Bond—also known as 007—is sent to Jamaica to investigate the circumstances. During his investigation Bond meets Quarrel, a Cayman fisherman, who had been working with Strangways around the nearby islands to collect mineral samples. One of the islands was Crab Key, home to the reclusive Dr. No.

Bond visits the island, where he meets a local shell diver, Honey Ryder. The three are attacked by No's men, who kill Quarrel using a flame-throwing armoured tractor; Bond and Honey are taken prisoner. Dr. No informs them he is a member of SPECTRE, the SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion, and he plans to disrupt the Project Mercury space launch from Cape Canaveral with his atomic-powered radio beam. Bond and Honey escape from the island, killing No and blowing up his lair in the process

I'm not in the discouraging mode, but that brief insight was all Dr No was about.... Well...... there are still the witty talks, pick up lines, fight scenes and all.

On to the next one......

2. From Russia With Love [1963]:

Director: Terence Young
Starring: Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi, Lotte Lenya, Robert Shaw, Pedro Armendáriz 
Released: 10 October, 1963
Distributor: United Artists
Running Time: 115 mins

From Russia with Love was better than Dr No in my own humble opinion. There were more plots and the plots were also sort of interwoven and they were also connected with Dr No. 

Brief story:

SPECTRE's expert planner Kronsteen devises a plot to steal a Lektor cryptographic device from the Soviets and sell it back to them while exacting revenge on Bond for killing their agent Dr. No; ex-SMERSH operative Rosa Klebb in charge of the mission. She recruits Donald "Red" Grant as an assassin and Tatiana Romanova, a cipher clerk at the Soviet consulate in Istanbul, as the unwitting bait.

Bond travels to Turkey and meets with Ali Kerim Bey, the MI6 officer in Turkey. Between them, they obtain the Lektor, and the three escape with the device on the Orient Express. However, they are followed by Grant, who kills Kerim Bey and a Soviet security officer. Grant pretends to be another British agent and meets Bond. Over dinner Grant drugs Romanova, then overcomes Bond. Bond tricks Grant into opening Bond's attaché case in the manner that detonates its tear gas booby trap, allowing Bond to attack and kill him. Bond and Romanova escape with the Lektor to Venice. Rosa Klebb, disguised as a hotel maid, attempts to steal the Lektor and kill Bond, but ends up being shot by Romanova.

Apart from the usual way Bond navigates and investigates, I love 007's sense of humour....... he's hella funny. So many countries (England, Turkey, Russia.....) are also involved here..... Well Russia seems to be ever involved.

3. Goldfinger [1964]

Director: Guy Hamilton
Starring: Sean Connery, Gert Fröbe, Honor Blackman, Harold Sakata, Bernard Lee 
Released: 17 September, 1964
Distributor: United Artists
Running Time: 110 mins

This was quite funny...... not as in, in a comedic way....... For starters, there was a Korean here lol!!! The guy hardly said a word, he just nods and there's this thing he does with his hat and I have no idea what his body is made of lol!!!

By the way, Bond had to try harder here to get the Bond girl in this series.


Bond is ordered to observe bullion dealer Auric Goldfinger: he sees Goldfinger cheating at cards and stops him by distracting his employee, who is subsequently killed by Goldfinger's Korean manservant Oddjob. Bond is then instructed to investigate Goldfinger's gold smuggling and he follows the dealer to Switzerland. Bond is captured when he reconnoitres Goldfinger's plant and is drugged; he is taken to Goldfinger's Kentucky stud farm and is imprisoned. He escapes briefly to witness Goldfinger's meeting with U.S. mafiosi, who have brought the materials he needs for an operation to rob Fort Knox.

Bond is recaptured after hearing the details of the operation, but he subsequently seduces Pussy Galore, Goldfinger's private pilot and convinces her to inform the American authorities. Goldfinger's private army break into Fort Knox and access the vault, where Bond fights and kills Oddjob, while US troops battle with Goldfinger's army outside. Bond's plane is hijacked by Goldfinger, but Bond struggles with him, and shoots out a window, creating an explosive decompression, killing Goldfinger.

That's that about the summary...... The method of terrorizing was upgraded here. Anyway, I enjoyed watching it.... because it was just funny lol

I still have 20 more to go.....

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