James Bond 50: Jumping Off a Cliff – for Britain

 

As the world’s most famous spy celebrates 50 years as a movie star, the time has come to celebrate everything we love about him. In 22 blog posts, I’ll find something in every Bond movie, from Dr. No (1962) to Quantum of Solace (2008), that’s worth illustrating. Yes, even the bad ones.

The tenth Bond became Roger Moore’s best. Hated by his fiercest critics for having spawned overblown adventures like Moonraker (1979), this one is still hugely entertaining – so much so that I had to pick one long sequence divided into two YouTube clips. One of the greatest Bond openings ever has 007 chased by other agents, resulting in a few excellent ski stunts that end with Bond jumping straight off a cliff… only to reveal a Union Jack-style parachute. Brilliantly directed, the sequence is silent, forcing us to hold our breath until the parachute opens and the Bond theme with it. Just as cleverly, the scene segues into the title credits and Carly Simon’s wonderful “Nobody Does It Better”. 

My 2006 review of The Spy Who Loved Me.

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