“What’s your favourite Bond film?”
This is usually the first question someone will ask when they find out you are a Bond fan. Most will have an answer ready to give. I’ve often found that people can answer this without really thinking. We know what our favourite Bond film is, or at least we have two or three films that occupy the top spot and the answer may vary at any given time.
Among Bond fans you often find that people have a list of the Bond films in order of preference, I am one of these fans. My list, up until last week, looked like this:
Earlier this week I was hit with the feeling that I must update my list. Bond fans, especially ones who love lists, will get this feeling from time to time and when it hits there is nothing that can be done to stop it. Usually this will involve looking over the existing list and musing endlessly about the position of Goldfinger or postulating that Moonraker is too high, or not high enough! The films will be jiggled round until a satisfactory order has been achieved. Then ten minutes later you will realise that you actually prefer Dr. No to For Your Eyes Only and will change it again. After a few hours the list will be done but you won’t sleep that night because you are still trying to convince yourself that Casino Royale is better than On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Okay, maybe that’s just me but it provides some sort of idea of this endeavour.
This time as I pored over my list I realised that I had not watched all the films in years, three I had watched recently (The Living Daylights, The Spy Who Loved Me and For Your Eyes Only) but I have not watched the vast majority in 5 or 6 years, possibly longer. This would not do at all, I decided that I must watch all the films before I tackled my list. For some reason I have decided to watch them out of order, to mix it up a bit. Next came a new dilemma; which film do I start with? I quite fancied starting immediately so I got out the Blu Ray box-set and set about trying to pick a good starting point.
I was discovered an hour and a half later by my wife, sitting on the floor with my knees pulled to my chest, rocking backwards and forwards singing Goldfinger. I am hopeless at choosing something to watch. I have probably wasted entire days trying to pick films; it’s quite frustrating. After a quick fix of tea I realised that I must leave this decision to chance. I wrote down all the film titles on slips of paper and put them in a hat. I will be picking the names out over the coming weeks until I have watched them all. Then I will redo my list. At the time of writing I have watched Licence to Kill, The Man With the Golden Gun and A View to a Kill. It’s actually quite exciting to see what comes out next. I’m hoping for a Brosnan film next.
I must add, my list is pretty pointless, the top 5 will likely stay the same, as will the bottom 5 and the order in between those is entirely arbitrary. I just like lists, particularly Bond themed lists.
Once I have watched them all I will post my new list with a little reasoning behind my choices. Keep an eye on Twitter (@QBranchPodcast) to see which films come out of the hat.