History YMMV / JamesBond

17th Sep '17 8:08:04 AM ACW
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!!The entire franchise as a whole contains examples of:
* CompleteMonster: Has [[Monster/JamesBond its own page]].



* CompleteMonster: Has [[Monster/JamesBond its own page]].
2nd Sep '17 7:21:43 PM LadySugarQuill
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** Given that it was heavily censored and edited in ''it's initial US printing back in the '50s'', and remained out of print there for many years, it was unfair even for its day.
20th Aug '17 2:51:13 AM Saveelich
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* FranchiseOriginalSin: Everything that went wrong with the series pre-[[ContinuityReboot reboot]] was in evidence in mild form as early as ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''. This is "original sin" in more than one sense, as all those things were ''inherent'' to the series' character pre-reboot -- enough so that the films with Creator/DanielCraig simply don't feel like ''Film/JamesBond'' films to some viewers. It runs the other way as well, though not as drastically -- ''Film/DrNo'' feels closer to ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' than ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' in some respects.

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* FranchiseOriginalSin: Everything that went wrong with the series pre-[[ContinuityReboot reboot]] was in evidence in mild form as early as ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''. This is "original sin" in more than one sense, as all those things were ''inherent'' to the series' character pre-reboot -- enough so that the films with Creator/DanielCraig simply don't feel like ''Film/JamesBond'' films to some viewers. It runs the other way as well, though not as drastically -- ''Film/DrNo'' and ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'' feels closer to ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' than ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' in some respects.



* ToughActToFollow: The Sixties. Not only is Creator/SeanConnery widely regarded as the definitive Bond, but the first 6 films had arguably the strongest run the series has ever seen. On a lesser scale, ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe,'' ''Film/GoldenEye,'' ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', and ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' were warmly received entries that had tepid follow-ups.

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* ToughActToFollow: The Sixties. Not only is Creator/SeanConnery widely regarded as the definitive Bond, but the first 6 films had arguably the strongest run the series has ever seen. On a lesser scale, ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe,'' ''Film/GoldenEye,'' ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', and ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' were warmly received entries that had tepid less well received follow-ups.
24th Jun '17 3:44:27 PM DrOO7
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* TheWoobie: James Bond, in the Daniel Craig era, is pretty much this to a T. He has several emotional issues, [[ParentalAbandonment is orphaned at an early age]], has a penchant for revenge, [[PerpetualFrowner generally looks unhappy even when he smiles]], [[KnightInSourArmor has a grim outlook on his job]] and [[ByronicHero still regrets over losing his loved ones]], especially Vesper Lynd in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', and M in ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''. In ''Film/{{Spectre}}'', it's even revealed that [[BigBad Franz Oberhauser's]] father adopted him after Bond loses his own parents, but [[DrivenByEnvy Franz kills him]] [[TheResenter out of jealousy.]] Franz even [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech mocks him,]] [[TheChessmaster telling how he was behind]] [[GreaterScopeVillain all of Bond's miseries over the years.]] At the end of ''Spectre'', Bond's frantic efforts to rescue [[DamselInDistress Madeline]]--especially the way he [[SayMyName cries out her name]] as he races through the old MI6 building while searching for her--are very touching. One gets the feeling that he is ''absolutely fed up'' with losing people that he cares about and is [[{{Determinator}} determined]] that it will not happen this time. Given [[DarkAndTroubledPast what he has been]] [[TraumaCongaLine through over the years]], and [[MarriedToTheJob with little of a life he has outside of MI6,]] it's quite sad to say that he does really need a big hug.

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* TheWoobie: James Bond, in the Daniel Craig era, is pretty much this to a T. He has several emotional issues, [[ParentalAbandonment is orphaned at an early age]], has a penchant for revenge, [[PerpetualFrowner generally looks unhappy even when he smiles]], [[KnightInSourArmor has a grim outlook on his job]] and [[ByronicHero still regrets over losing his loved ones]], especially Vesper Lynd in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', and M in ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''. In ''Film/{{Spectre}}'', it's even revealed that [[BigBad Franz Oberhauser's]] father adopted him after Bond loses his own parents, but [[DrivenByEnvy Franz kills him]] [[TheResenter out of jealousy.]] Franz even [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech mocks him,]] [[TheChessmaster telling how he was behind]] [[GreaterScopeVillain all of Bond's miseries over the years.]] At the end of ''Spectre'', Bond's frantic efforts to rescue [[DamselInDistress Madeline]]--especially the way he [[SayMyName cries out her name]] as he races through the old MI6 building while searching for her--are very touching.downright wrenching. One gets the feeling that he is ''absolutely fed up'' with losing people that he cares about and is [[{{Determinator}} determined]] that it will not happen this time. Given [[DarkAndTroubledPast what he has been]] [[TraumaCongaLine through over the years]], and [[MarriedToTheJob with little of a life he has outside of MI6,]] it's quite sad to say that he does really need a big hug.
16th Jun '17 7:46:37 PM PrincessGwen
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* CashCowFranchise: The second-highest grossing film franchise ever (behind the ''Film/HarryPotter'' films), thanks to also being one of the [[LongRunner longest running]] ones.
16th Jun '17 7:44:16 PM PrincessGwen
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** Is Bond a suave, sweet-talking super agent, or is he a JerkAss OvertOperative who solves problems by blowing them up? Is he truly loyal to England, or is he just MarriedToTheJob? Is he a misogynist, or does he go through Bond girls like tissue paper because his attempts at real romance blew up in his face? The debate goes on, and each actor brings a slightly different interpretation to the table as well.
** Animator {{Creator/Chuck Jones}} once made a tongue in cheek in theory in his autobiography that James Bond was in fact an egotistical bumbler, but comes out of each situation looking so suave and hyper competent because he is placed against an [[StrawLoser even more buffoonish]] and GenreBlind RoguesGallery.

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** Is Bond a suave, sweet-talking super agent, or is he a JerkAss {{Jerkass}} OvertOperative who solves problems by blowing them up? Is he truly loyal to England, or is he just MarriedToTheJob? Is he a misogynist, or does he go through Bond girls like tissue paper because his attempts at real romance blew up in his face? The debate goes on, and each actor brings a slightly different interpretation to the table as well.
** Animator {{Creator/Chuck Jones}} Creator/ChuckJones once made a tongue in cheek in theory in his autobiography that James Bond was in fact an egotistical bumbler, but comes out of each situation looking so suave and hyper competent because he is placed against an [[StrawLoser even more buffoonish]] and GenreBlind RoguesGallery.



* FollowTheLeader: The films have been unquestionable trendsetters, being copied, imitated and parodied forever. But for all the enormous influence thay've exerted on Western pop culture, Bond films are unabashed practicioners of this trope as well. This has gone from copying [[{{Film/LiveAndLetDie}} blaxplotation]] films during the early [[TheSeventies 70's]], the [[{{Film/Moonraker}} Star Wars craze]] later that same decade, the [[{{Film/LicenceToKill}} Die Hard-Lethal Weapon grittiness]] of the late [[TheEighties 80's]], the [[{{Film/DieAnotherDay}} high-tech, fast-paced takes]] at the TurnOfTheMillennium and the [[{{Film/QuantumOfSolace}} Jason-Bournesque]] style at the end of the 00's.



* {{Narm}}: Occationally the [[TitleDrop Title Drops]]. Those that are based after characters, like ''Film/GoldFinger'' or weapons, like ''Film/GoldenEye'', works. But those that are based after random quotes can come across as more or less forced. ''Film/AViewToAKill'' is especially bad.

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* {{Narm}}: Occationally Occasionally the [[TitleDrop Title Drops]]. Those that are based after characters, like ''Film/GoldFinger'' or weapons, like ''Film/GoldenEye'', works. But those that are based after random quotes can come across as more or less forced. ''Film/AViewToAKill'' is especially bad.
3rd Jun '17 6:38:29 AM Hawaii_Knut
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* {{Narm}}: Occationally the [[TitleDrop Title Drops]]. Those that are based after characters, like ''Film/GoldFinger'' or weapons, like ''Film/GoldenEye'', works. But those that are based after random quotes can come across as more or less forced. ''Film/AViewToAKill'' is especially bad.
--> '''Mayday''': Wow! What a view!
--> '''Zorin''': To a kill!
25th May '17 12:05:14 AM Michael_McManus
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* ToughActToFollow: The Sixties. Not only is Creator/SeanConnery widely regarded as the definitive Bond, but the first 6 films had arguably the strongest run the series has ever seen. On a lesser scale, ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe,'' ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'', ''Film/GoldenEye,'' ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', and ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' were warmly received entries that had tepid follow-ups.

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* ToughActToFollow: The Sixties. Not only is Creator/SeanConnery widely regarded as the definitive Bond, but the first 6 films had arguably the strongest run the series has ever seen. On a lesser scale, ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe,'' ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'', ''Film/GoldenEye,'' ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', and ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' were warmly received entries that had tepid follow-ups.
17th May '17 10:48:51 AM moloch
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* DorkAge: Like fellow British cultural treasure ''Series/DoctorWho'', the series has run for over fifty years, so everyone has their own DorkAge. Unfortunately, this is precisely where the aforementioned BrokenBase comes in. To many, Bond's Dork Age is the DenserAndWackier installments (''Film/DiamondsAreForever'' for Connery; ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'', ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'', ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' and ''Film/AViewToAKill'' for Moore; ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' for Brosnan). Then you have the other way around the people who think the series' nadir was when it started to [[SeriousBusiness take itself too seriously]] and forgot to be fun in the process, like the perhaps ''too'' [[TheEighties obviously Eighties]] ''Film/LicenceToKill'' or the Creator/DanielCraig installments.

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* DorkAge: Like fellow British cultural treasure ''Series/DoctorWho'', the series has run for over fifty years, so everyone has their own DorkAge. Unfortunately, this is precisely where the aforementioned BrokenBase comes in. To many, Bond's Dork Age is the DenserAndWackier installments (''Film/DiamondsAreForever'' for Connery; ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'', ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'', ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' and ''Film/AViewToAKill'' for Moore; ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' for Brosnan). Then you have the other way around the people who think the series' nadir was low points are when it started to takes itself [[SeriousBusiness take itself too seriously]] and forgot forgets to be fun in the process, like the perhaps ''too'' [[TheEighties obviously Eighties]] ''Film/LicenceToKill'' or the Creator/DanielCraig installments.installments, particularly his second.
17th May '17 10:47:33 AM moloch
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* DorkAge: Like fellow British cultural treasure ''Series/DoctorWho'', the series has run for over fifty years, so everyone has their own DorkAge. Unfortunately, this is precisely where the aforementioned BrokenBase comes in. To many, Bond's Dork Age is the DenserAndWackier installments (''Film/DiamondsAreForever'' for Connery; ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'', ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'', ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' and ''Film/AViewToAKill'' for Moore; ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' for Brosnan). Then you have the other way around the people who think the series' nadir was when it started to [[SeriousBusiness take itself too seriously]] and forgot to be fun in the process, like the perhaps ''too'' [[The80s Eighties]] ''Film/LicenceToKill'' or the Creator/DanielCraig installments.

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* DorkAge: Like fellow British cultural treasure ''Series/DoctorWho'', the series has run for over fifty years, so everyone has their own DorkAge. Unfortunately, this is precisely where the aforementioned BrokenBase comes in. To many, Bond's Dork Age is the DenserAndWackier installments (''Film/DiamondsAreForever'' for Connery; ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'', ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'', ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' and ''Film/AViewToAKill'' for Moore; ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' for Brosnan). Then you have the other way around the people who think the series' nadir was when it started to [[SeriousBusiness take itself too seriously]] and forgot to be fun in the process, like the perhaps ''too'' [[The80s [[TheEighties obviously Eighties]] ''Film/LicenceToKill'' or the Creator/DanielCraig installments.
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