It’s strange to admit that I have watched every James Bond movie including the 1967 Casino Royale and the Thunderball remake Never Say Never Again. Maybe because my first James Bond movie was The Spy Who Loved Me, I think Roger Moore is still the most fabulous Bond. His James Bond is charming, funny, sexy and universal. Watching the Roger Moore Bond movies made a 6-year-old boy feel totally fabulous!
In a previous blog, I talked about how opening title sequences are de rigueur for James Bond movies. You cannot have a James Bond movie without a cool opening title sequence. The opening title sequences in Moore’s Bond movies are probably the most fabulous in my opinion.
What is fabulous, you’re saying? Well, I think fabulous is universally fun with class and a pinch of camp. For example, Chris Nolan’s Batman movies are not fabulous, abeit great movies, but serious and edgy while Tim Burton’s Batman movies are totally fabulous. Likewise, Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman is the most fabulous Catwoman ever… or probably right behind Eartha Kitt’s.
Octopussy ranks the most fabulous James Bond movie for me. Rita Coolidge’s theme song “All Time High” defines 80s’ fabulousness. How did they come up with that?
A View to a Kill is probably the most edgy fabulous James Bond movie. The Duran Duran theme song is simply perfect. San Francisco, Christopher Walken, Tanya Roberts and the 80s cultural icon Grace Jones all in a James Bond movie? How can it not be fabulous?
The submarine car and Caroline Munro defines fabulousness in The Spy Who Loved Me, wouldn’t you agree? Not sure if you notice but in Moore’s Bond movies cool and outsider villains are always treated with respect and humanity.
Jaws returns in Moonraker and saves the day while Grace Jones turns on his boss and saves the day in A View to a Kill. I think she was on top having sex with Roger Moore too. How can Moonraker not be fabulous with the veteran diva returning to do the theme song?
Last but not least, Live and Let Die is a strange James Bond movie. However with Paul McCartney doing the theme song and Jane Seymour playing tarot cards… yes… it’s fabulous!
My least favorite Moore Bond movie is probably For Your Eyes Only. It’s on the dryer and realistic side that hints toward the edgy dryness of the Timothy Dalton Bond movies.
Not exactly fabulous.