#Film Reviews

OUR WORD IS OUR BOND – SPECTRE (2015)

OUR WORD IS OUR BOND – SPECTRE (2015)

Our Word Is Our Bond concludes with Daniel Merry taking a look at Spectre (2015) starring Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz and Lea Seydoux. Spectre – A ghost from Bond’s past One of the defining features of the Daniel Craig era as James Bond has been the franchise’s determined reinvention of itself. From the opening sequence […]

OUR WORD IS OUR BOND – SKYFALL (2012)

OUR WORD IS OUR BOND – SKYFALL (2012)

Our Word Is Our Bond returns with Daniel Merry reviewing Skyfall (2012), starring Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem and Judi Dench. Skyfall – A case of sibling rivalry The 50th Anniversary of the Bond franchise demanded something special from Bond 23. The general, although largely undeserved, criticism that followed Quantum Of Solace meant that the pressure […]

OUR WORD IS OUR BOND – QUANTUM OF SOLACE (2008)

OUR WORD IS OUR BOND – QUANTUM OF SOLACE (2008)

Our Word Is Our Bond returns with Jonathon Dabell examining Quantum Of Solace (2008), starring Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko and Mathieu Amalric. Casino Royale (2006) had reinvented Bond for a post-Bourne audience. The tough urbanity of Sean Connery, the smug wit of Roger Moore, and the lightweight froth of Pierce Brosnan were gone. Craig’s Bond […]

OUR WORD IS OUR BOND – CASINO ROYALE (2006)

OUR WORD IS OUR BOND – CASINO ROYALE (2006)

We reach the Daniel Craig era of the Bond series with Leon Nicholson’s review of Casino Royale (2006), starring Daniel Craig, Mads Mikkelsen and Eva Green. After Pierce Brosnan steadied the ship with solid Bond offerings despite the below par Die Another Day (personally, I didn’t think it was an awful movie, but the appalling […]

OUR WORD IS OUR BOND – DIE ANOTHER DAY (2002)

OUR WORD IS OUR BOND – DIE ANOTHER DAY (2002)

We enter the 21st century world of Bond with Brian Gregory’s look at Die Another Day (2002), starring Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry and Toby Stephens.  When Die Another Day came out to celebrate 40 years of the 007 series, I avoided seeing it at the cinema as I had almost completely lost interest in Bond […]

OUR WORD IS OUR BOND – THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH (1999)

OUR WORD IS OUR BOND – THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH (1999)

MoM’s ongoing feature Our Word Is Our Bond reaches the end of the 20th century, with Dawn Dabell offering her thoughts on The World Is Not Enough (1999) starring Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Marceau, Denise Richards and Robert Carlyle. Everyone says your favourite Bond actor is the one you grew up with. I was born in […]

HAVE YOU HEARD OF… RACHEL AND THE STRANGER (1948)

HAVE YOU HEARD OF… RACHEL AND THE STRANGER (1948)

Have You Heard Of?… returns with Jonathon Dabell examining Rachel And The Stranger (1948) starring Loretta Young, William Holden and Robert Mitchum. Rachel And The Stranger is an excellent, if largely forgotten, film from 1948 which focuses on the under-used theme of the role of the woman in the pioneering days of the American West. […]

OUR WORD IS OUR BOND – TOMORROW NEVER DIES (1997)

OUR WORD IS OUR BOND – TOMORROW NEVER DIES (1997)

Our Word Is Our Bond returns with Jonathon Dabell’s analysis of Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) starring Pierce Brosnan, Jonathan Pryce and Michelle Yeoh. After Licence To Kill (1989), the Bond series fell off the radar for six years. A revamped, updated Bond – described by his boss M (Judi Dench) as a “sexist, misogynist dinosaur” […]

OUR WORD IS OUR BOND – GOLDENEYE (1995)

OUR WORD IS OUR BOND – GOLDENEYE (1995)

MoM’s series of 007 reviews arrives at the Pierce Brosnan years, with Ellie Dabell examining Goldeneye (1995) starring Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean and Izabella Scorupco. When my mum and stepdad, who are the editors of MoM, mentioned they would be running a Bond series on their website, they asked me if I wanted to cover […]

OUR WORD IS OUR BOND – LICENCE TO KILL (1989)

OUR WORD IS OUR BOND – LICENCE TO KILL (1989)

Our Word Is Our Bond returns with Ash Loydon offering his views on Licence To Kill (1989), starring Timothy Dalton, Robert Davi and Carey Lowell. Licence To Kill – “loyalty is more important than money” It’s 1989 and the world of cinematic heroism is in a state of flux… as Indiana Jones rides off into […]