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2:00 PM on 10.25.2012

Across the Bond: Quantum of Solace

This is the end. Across the Bond has covered all 22 James Bond films and we're all the better for it. It's been quite a ride, and you'd think Xander and I would be all done with Bond, but that's the beauty of having this many...

Matthew Razak

6:00 PM on 10.24.2012

Across the Bond: Casino Royale

Daniel Craig pretty much shut everyone up with this movie. Both Xander and I were doubters when the casting news first came out, but as you can tell from our writing below that didn't last long once we saw the film. Successfu...

Matthew Razak

6:00 PM on 10.23.2012

Across the Bond: Die Another Day

I have a brilliant theory for you all this Across the Bond and Xander just pretty much hates Die Another Day. I can't say I blame him since he doesn't grasp my brilliant theory yet. Once you read it though you'll think, "Oh m...

Matthew Razak

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Across The Bond: The World Is Not Enough
by Xander Markham

Brosnan's third Bond movie has compelling villains, a more complex and character-driven plot, but also Denise Richards as a nuclear physicist. Such miscalculations unfortunately undermine the whole movie, and both Matt and I agree that it represents a serious wasted opportunity. There are some great performances, but like the worst of the Roger Moore movies, heavy-handed 'comedy' and dodgy pacing weighs down the enjoyable elements.

On the plus side, it's a fair bit Bondier than the bland Tomorrow Never Dies and vastly superior to the travesty awaiting us tomorrow. Let us know what you think in the comments!

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5:00 PM on 10.19.2012

Across the Bond: Tomorrow Never Dies

We're coming closer to the end of this epic undertaking of Across the Bond and as we do it seems Xander and my opinions have been diverging a bit, but for Tomorrow Never Dies were in almost complete agreement. Neither of...

Matthew Razak

4:00 PM on 10.18.2012

Across the Bond: GoldenEye

I think I'll dub the entrance of Pierce Brosnan as Bond's entry into the modern era, though an argument could be made for Dalton. The fact that a six year hiatus was taken by the franchise really makes GoldenEye stand a ...

Matthew Razak

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Across the Bond: Licence to Kill
by Matthew Razak

And this is the Across the Bond that will cause Xander and I to have a brutal fight to the death if we ever actually are on one another's continents. We really, really don't agree on Licence to Kill, like to the point of me almost just copying his words, but using the opposite adjectives. 

Dark and angry Bond is a very divisive figure and this is definitely one of the more controversial entries into the series. Take a read and see whose side you land on. 

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4:00 PM on 10.16.2012

Across the Bond: The Living Daylights

Dalton, Dalton, Dalton. Probably the most divisive Bond to date (aside from the madness that occurred when Daniel Craig was first announced) Dalton only got two tries at Bond before legal issues shut his tenure down. The...

Matthew Razak

4:00 PM on 10.15.2012

Across the Bond: A View to a Kill

And with this Across the Bond reaches the end of Roger Moore's tenure as Bond. Some would say it went on too long, and by some I mean everyone even Roger Moore himself. The man is just old in this movie and it pretty much is ...

Matthew Razak

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Across The Bond: Octopussy
by Xander Markham

Octopussy frequently gets dismissed because of its name, but is actually one of the strongest movies of the Moore era. Bond gets a complex and sensibly aged loved interest, the villain is as charismatic as he is cunning, there's a hint of Cold War politics underpinning the plot and Fleming's short story is put to good use.

Matt and I both enjoy the movie, but he doesn't rank it quite as highly as I do. For me, it's at least the equal to The Spy Who Loved Me, but in the wake of the comparatively sober For Your Eyes Only, the sometimes broad humour affects Matt's experience more than mine. It's a divisive entry in the Bond canon, but I think I speak for both of us in saying anyone who instinctively turns their nose up at the title should give the movie a fair chance. At least read our breakdown to help make your mind up.

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4:00 PM on 10.11.2012

Across the Bond: For Your Eyes Only

For Your Eyes Only might be the most forgotten Bond. Coming right after the massive Moonraker and right before the eye catchingly named Octopussy it didn't stand out much. It's also not reviled so people don't ...

Matthew Razak

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Across the Bond: Moonraker
by Matthew Razak

Bond in space! When you just keep getting bigger and bigger going to space has to happen eventually, right? Well, maybe not. Possibly some space restraint could have been applied. After all Moonraker does make it look like blasting off into space is basically something anyone can do whenever the hell they want.

Surprisingly, the best aspect of this film for Xander and I is not anything as grand as outer space, but instead a well scripted villain. Hugo Drax definitely gets some of the best Bond villain lines ever delivered. Read on to see why we put up with the ludicrous notion of Bond going to outer space. 

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5:00 PM on 10.09.2012

Across the Bond: The Spy Who Loved Me

Across the Bond has been trucking right along and we find ourselves now at Roger Moore's The Spy Who Loved Me. Below you will find me discussing one action sequences for as long as I've discussed most of the other movies in t...

Matthew Razak

4:00 PM on 10.08.2012

Across the Bond: The Man with the Golden Gun

Often heralded as the worst James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun definitely has it problems. In this edition of Across the Bond we definitely are happy to tell you about them. It's one of those times where s...

Matthew Razak

4:00 PM on 10.05.2012

Across the Bond: Live and Let Die

Roger Moore arrives! The entrance of the longest tenured Bond into the series kicks of with Live and Let Die. Moore jumped right into the character tackling him with his own style instead of trying to live up to Connery. It w...

Matthew Razak

4:00 PM on 10.04.2012

Across the Bond: Diamonds Are Forever

Across the Bond comes now to the first "bad" Bond film, in which old Sean Connery is old. While I'm loathe to say that any Bond film is a bad movie because Bond is awesome, it's hard to defend this one very much. Xander is a ...

Matthew Razak

4:00 PM on 10.03.2012

Across the Bond: On Her Majesty's Secret Service

The first passing of the Bond baton was between Sean Connery and then relatively unknown actor George Lazenby, who auditioned for the role by dressing up in Connery's classic suit from Goldfinger and charging into the auditio...

Matthew Razak

4:00 PM on 10.02.2012

Across the Bond: You Only Live Twice

We come now to a moment that Across the Bond had to inevitably come to. You Only Live Twice is really the first Bond to just go all out crazy-go-nuts. Completely ditching the story in the book and throwing in ninjas and ...

Matthew Razak

4:00 PM on 10.01.2012

Across the Bond: Thunderball

I think we've come to the first film that Xander and I don't fully agree on. I'll admit to Thunderball being watchable, but I find its pacing and and plodding make it one of the Bonds I don't go back and watch that often...

Matthew Razak

5:00 PM on 09.28.2012

Across the Bond: Goldfinger

And so we come to it. The film that launched Bond as we know it and turned the series into a phenomenon. Goldfinger is a movie almost everyone of a certain generation has seen, and those not of that generation shoul...

Matthew Razak

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Across the Bond: From Russia with Love
by Matthew Razak

Our next film in Across the Bond is the next film in the series (cause we're going chronologically), From Russia with Love. Xander and I don't differ too much on this one, as we both think it represents the best Bond has to offer. The movie is universally praised as one of the best and there's a reason why.

As you'll read below there's pretty much nothing to dislike about the movie, in which Bond heads straight first into a trap involving Russian, SPECTRE and, of curse, a gorgeous woman. If you're going to watch one Bond in your life, I'd suggest this one. Xander has a lot to say about this one, which makes me feel less of a man. Now I know what every Bond villain has felt like when hit with the perfect one-liner.

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5:00 PM on 09.26.2012

Across the Bond: Dr. No

Xander Markham and I are a little bit obsessed with James Bond. This entirely healthy and completely normal preoccupation with a fictional character has led to debates and discussions of much import. We've decided to bring th...

Matthew Razak