It’s been said before that the structure of Craig era of James Bond has some parallels with the Connery films, especially in regard to the villains. In Casino Royale/ Dr No – the villain is a mid-ranking member of an otherwise unseen criminal organisation. In Quantum of Solace/ From Russia With Love (and also Thunderball to an extent) – Bond is more directly in conflict with the villainous organisation and it is understood that bad guy defeated at the end is still just a lackey to the real villain. Goldfinge Skyfall are independent of the larger plot with a hitherto unconnected villain (until Spectre tried to retcon Silva). Spectre’s equivalents therefore are You Only Live Twice and Diamonds are Forever in which Bond directly confronts and defeats the big bad villain at the top of the criminal organisation.
While this works in the Connery era since Spectre and Blofeld had been set up since Dr No, in Spectre (due to legal circumstances outside of the film’s control) Blofeld is quite poorly forced in as the big bad behind it all with no setup. The organisation of Quantum meanwhile is retconned from being a illuminati-like society of the world’s most powerful individuals manipulating the strings from behind the scenes to being one part of Blofeld’s masterplan to screw with this one kid his father taught to ski.
So my fix is this – rather than have Quantum being one section of Spectre instead have Blofeld take over Quantum over the course of the film turning it into Spectre.
The new plot We have a similar opening to one we got with Bond (in this version Bond will be responding to an intelligence tip MI6 received) in Mexico city walking through the Dead of the Dead paraded and up to a hotel room with an masked woman. However, when they reach the hotel room, they find a very sickly Mr White holding a gun on them. Bond tells the Masked Woman to go wait outside and Mr White talks about how Quantum has changed, becoming more divided and filled with infighting since the events of QoS and that new more ruthless players are cannibalising Quantum’s old guard, with Mr White himself being poisoned after he challenged their rise to power. He tells Bond he will give him the names of Quantum’s leadership if MI6 promises to protect someone for him. Before Bond can ask him who a shot blasts through the wall killing White. Bond exits the room and spots the Masked Woman running away from the hotel carrying a gun. He pursues and we get the same chase through the parade and helicopter action scene we got in the original with Bond killing the Masked Woman at the end rather than Sciarra leading us into the title sequence.
Cut to MI6, which is still located in the London Undergound/ World War 2 bunker from Skyfall but its undergoing extensive renovations in order to expand it for full time use. We get the scene from the film of M reprimanding Bond about his actions in Mexico City. I would remove Bond being suspended because I’m quite tired for the rogue agent trope. M exposits that the Masked Women was a Russian SVR agent although Moscow is claiming she defected earlier that year. We can also meet Max Denby aka C, and get the exposition about the possible changes to MI6 although in this version rather than it being a merger between MI5 and MI6 it’s a new EU wide organisation which will merge Europe’s various intelligence communities together (Spectre came out a year before the UK’s Brexit referendum so it wouldn’t hurt to reference British-European tensions). The British Parliament will shortly be voting on whether MI6 will be joining this new European Security Service. We then get a classic Q branch scene which includes Bond being giving a piece of jewellery disguised as a tracker along with the explosive watch from the original film.
Bond goes to Austria to investigate Mr White’s last known residence. As he approaches, we cut to group of Russian-speaking men watching Bond’s progress, with a particular focus on one man I’m are going to call ‘Russian Felix Leiter’. Bond’s investigations reveal that Mr White has a daughter but before he can investigate further the Russians begin to enter the house intent on capturing Bond. A shootout ensues and Bond is able to escape leading to a car chase action sequence as Bond phones up Moneypenny to check the records about Mr White’s family.
After Bond evades the Russians he travels to the facility where Mr White’s daughter, Dr Madeline Swann, works in hiding as a psychiatrist. We get the same psychiatric evaluation scene we did in the actual film only we regularly cut to Mr Hinx’s slow approach into the facility to capture Dr Swann. As this is his introduction, we can take time to build up his character with him forcing his stone thumbnails through one of the facility’s staff member’s eyes similar to the actual film. Following this we get the same chase down the mountain slope we got in the actual film, only without Q , as Bond races to free Madeline from Mr Hinx. After some convincing she agrees to trust Bond and take him to Rome where she knows that Quantum’s leadership will be meeting and explains that she, as Mr White’s next of kin, is entitled to seat at the table.
The journey from Austria to Rome can include the train sequence from the original film where Bond and Madeline get to know each other and include the fight scene with Hinx.
They arrive in Rome and Bond gives Madeline the jewellery/tracker gadget as she is to be taken blindfolded to Quantum’s meeting place. Bond is able to track Madeline’s location and infiltrates the meeting. This scene plays out similar to how it did in the original film only with a round table as the individuals seated are supposed to be equals to one another. Madeline of course is seated at the table but another of the seats is conspicuously empty much to the chagrin of the other members. As in the original we get some references to the various crimes the organisation has perpetrated around the globe along with references to something called the SPECTRE initiative. Eventually the door to the meeting room opens and like in the original film the final seat is filled by a man whose face is obscured in shadows. One of the members subtlety reprimands the shadowy man’s tardiness but gets nothing but silence in return. The other members bicker about the SPECTRE initiative before holding a vote on whether or not to halt the Initiative. The vote goes against SPECTRE and man shadows begins to laugh, before saying something ominous, such as “I afraid this organisation will not tolerate insubordination”. The walls to the meeting room suddenly slide open to revel dozens of armed goons who immediately open fire on the rest of Quantum’s leadership. Bond leaps out of his hiding place to protect Madeline but is unable to prevent her from being captured. During the confusion there is a brief moment in which Bond and the man in shadows stare at each other. However, before Bond himself can be captured he throws his explosive watch at the man in the shadows blinding him and causing a distraction so he can escape.
Bond does successfully escape from the carnage and is able to hide from the pursuing goons. However just when he thinks he’s safe a passer-by sprays him with knockout gas and white van pulls up for Bond to bundled into. He awakes in a small room surrounded by Russians led by Russian Felix Leiter who explains that they’re Russian intelligence agents who’ve been tracking Quantum’s activities since the defection of their own agent (the Masked Woman in Mexico) several months prior and that they think Quantum is behind a string of recent terror attacks. Bond explains his side of the story and its revealed that the trackejewellery Madeline is wearing is still functional and is transmitting from a crater in the Sahara desert.
Bond and the Russian’s travel to the Sahara and Russian Felix Leiter explains that Bond has six hours to free Madeline before the Russians go in and kill everything that moves. Bond successfully infiltrates the facility in the crater but when he enters the room where he believes Madeline is being held it is revealed to be a trap and Bond is promptly disarmed. He is then met by the man in the shadows, now scarred from the explosion in Rome, who reveals himself as Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Blofeld tells Bond about how he has been causing terror attacks across Europe to convince the nations of Europe to join the European Security Service which is of course feeding intelligence directly to Blofeld and that the UK, the only holdout, will be the next target. When Bond asks why Blofeld is revealing this to him Blofeld will turn on multiple screens of camera’s watching the entrance to MI6, proclaiming that MI6 will be the site of the London terror attack, forcing the British government to join the European Security Service, and how he has had double agents working to ensure that during new construction work the entire headquarters was deliberately rigged to explode. He will state that he wants Bond to watch the destruction of MI6 in revenge for Bond scarring him in Rome.
Bond escapes and is able to free Madeline. Together they recover the plans for the MI6 bomb and make their way to the facility’s communications tower, setting off an alarm in process. Madeline is forced to defend the two of them as Blofeld’s goon converge on the tower while Bond contacts Q and Moneypenny to tell them about the bomb and how to disarm it. Since Bond and Madeline are occupying the communications tower they can prevent Blofeld from setting off the bomb remotely however they can’t be sure that any of Blofeld’s double agents in MI6 won’t set off the bomb early so Q and Moneypenny have to keep a low profile. Q and Moneypenny are able to disarm the bomb in nick of time just as Russian special operations soldiers begin to enter the crater.
A big, Lewis Gilbert-style shootout occurs between Blofeld’s men and the Russians with Bond and Madeline trapped between them. Inevitably the facility will start to explode and Blofeld will attempt to escape. The final action sequence will see Bond chase down Blofeld in order to prevent him from escaping. Bond can either succeed or fail depending on where we want Blofeld for the next film.
We then get our debriefing scene with M and end the film with Bond and Madeline driving away in the DB5.
During quarantine, I've had the opportunity to rewatch every movie in relatively short succession. I've seen them all 2-10 times and have been a lifelong Bond fan. I enjoy every Bond film, even the "bad" ones, but I wanted to try and rank them. I used a scoring system to help me, but ultimately went with my gut (e.g. License to Kill MUST be better than The World is Not Enough). I thought a tier system of ranking was useful, because it really is splitting hairs to rank some of these. Feel free to critique my ratings, my ratings weightings, and opinions!
You could say I have too much time on my hands Tier 7: The Worst
- Die Another Day: Best Sword Fight
- Why it's not irredeemable: For being the lowest ranked film on this list, it's not without its moments. Bond getting caught, tortured, then escaping from MI6 was interesting and novel. The ice hotel was neat, as well as the chase scene. I'll even defend the much maligned invisible car, as the Aston Martin Vanquish is quite a car.
- Why it's not higher: Personally, I think Halle Berry is a terrible Bond girl, alternating between damsel in distress and super woman as the plot demands it. Moreover, Graves and the plot in general is pretty cheesy and boring. Perhaps most damaging is the deadly serious tone of the movie, which doesn't even provide the fun and excitement Brosnan's films generally provide the viewer.
- Most under-appreciated part: The fencing scene is the best action scene of the entire movie. It's surprising it took Bond this long to fence, but seeing them go at it across the club was a blast.
Tier 6: Disappointing
- Quantum of Solace: Best Car Chase
- Why it's this high: The action is quite good, likely meriting the distinction of the best car chase in the entire series (the pre-credits sequence). Mathis is a good ally and it is sad to see him go.
- Why it's not higher: My biggest beef with Craig's Bond films is that they are too serious, so when the plot and script isn't top-notch, the movie watching experience is just kind of dull. Quantum of Solace takes a bold risk in making the first Bond sequel, but unfortunately it's just not that good. Greene seems like a rather pathetic Bond villain, and his henchman (the worst in the series?) ends up in a neck-brace after getting tripped by Camilla. Also, the shaky cam is distracting and exhausting.
- Most under-appreciated part: I actually thing the theme song is pretty good! Maybe I'm just too much of a Jack White groupie, but I think it rocks.
- Moonraker: Best Locales
- Why it's this high: I'm pleased to see Jaws making a return, as he is an amazing henchman. On that note, the pre-credits sequence with Bond and Jaws falling out of the plane is exhilarating. Holly Goodhead is a very good Bond girl, beautiful, smart, and competent. Roger Moore always does an excellent job playing the role with suavity and wit.
- Why it's not higher: Gosh it's cheesy. Particularly egregious is Jaws' love story. The theme song is terrible and Bond doesn't have any solid allies besides Goodhead and Jaws.
- Most under-appreciated part: They really go all out with the settings here. Obviously, space is pretty polarizing, but I think Bond clearly should go to space at SOME point during the series. In addition, Italy and Brazil were gorgeous views, while Drax's estate is magnificent.
- Spectre: Best Shooting
- Why it's this high: Rewatching this for the second time, I realized Lea Seydoux does a good job as the Bond girl, and it's actually quite believable she and James could work out, as she is the daughter of an assassin and can understand him (as Blofeld points out). Seeing Bond show off his marksmanship was quite satisfying, especially that one long shot during the escape from Blofeld's compound. Bonus points for Bond's DB10 and resurrecting the DB5.
- Why it's not higher: The fatal flaw of this film is making Blofeld Bond's adopted brother. How did Bond not recognize him? How is Blofeld able to keep himself secret from British intelligence yet every criminal worth his salt knows of him? The worst part is that it actually cheapens the plot of the other Craig movies. I believe the Bond franchise should stay clear from sequels from here on out. Yes, they can weave a great story if done correctly, but it's so much more difficult to make great sequels (e.g. Star Wars only made two worthy sequels in seven tries) than to do one-offs. As usual for a Craig film, Bond has little charisma (save for his surprisingly good rapport with Moneypenny) and little in the way of jokes to lighten the mood.
- Most under-appreciated part: The train fight scene with Dave Bautista is great! Gosh it was awesome to see them go at it, break through walls, and a priceless expression on Bautista's face when he knows he's done. Bautista is the first decent henchman since the 90s, so glad to see the series go back to this staple.
- The Man with the Golden Gun: Best Potential, Worst Execution
- Why it's this high: This Bond movie frustrates more than any other, as it has the potential to be an all-time great. Bond's debriefing starts off with promise, as it turns out the world's top assassin is gunning for Bond! For the first time in the series, Bond seems vulnerable! M makes a hilarious quip as to who would try to kill Bond ("jealous husbands ... the list is endless"). Furthermore, the legendary Christopher Lee is possible the best Bond villain, a rare peer of 007.
- Why it's not higher: Unfortunately, the movie opts to change course so that it's just Maud Adams trying to get Bond to kill Scaramanga. Goodnight is beautiful, but maybe the most inept Bond girl of all-time. They used a SLIDE WHISTLE, ruining one of the coolest Bond stunts ever (the car jump).
- Most under-appreciated part: Nick Nack is a splendid henchman, showing the role can be more than just a strongman.
- Diamonds Are Forever: Great Beginning and Ending, but Bad Everywhere Else
- Why it's this high: Is there another Bond with such a great contrast between the beginning/ending and everything in between? Connery shows his tough side, as he muscles his way through the pre-credits scene. Particularly good was the part where he seduces the woman, then uses her bikini top to choke her. At the end, Bond expertly uses his wine knowledge to detect something is amiss, then dispatches Kidd and Wint in style. Other cool scenes include Bond scaling the building to reach Blofeld and Bond driving the Mustang through the alley.
- Why it's not higher: This is one of the films that I find myself liking less and less over time. Vegas, and especially the space laboratory scene, just seem cheesy. Connery is officially too old at this point, and Jill St. John just isn't a very compelling Bond girl. I would've preferred to have seen more of Plenty O'Toole, but alas 'twas not meant to be. Leiter is uninspired as well. Having Bond go after Blofeld for the millionth time just seems tired at this point.
- Most under-appreciated part: Mr. Kidd and Wint are the creepiest henchmen in the Bond universe, but I'd argue they are some of the best. Their banter and creative modes of execution are quite chilling and thrilling.
- A View to a Kill: Best Theme
- Why it's this high: Is it a hot take to not have View
in the bottom five? Let me explain. I contend Duran Duran's theme is the very best. The ending fight scene on the Golden Gate Bridge is actually one of the most iconic ending set pieces in the series. The plot is stellar on paper, as the horse racing part was a very Bondian side story, and the idea of an attack on Silicon Valley actually seems even more plausible today.
- Why it's not higher: It's self-evident that Moore is way too old for the part. Some parts are just mind-blowingly ridiculous, such as the fire truck chase scene through San Francisco and the part where Stacey is caught unaware by a blimp
behind her. Speaking of Stacey, she may be beautiful, but she spends most of the movie shrieking whenever something goes wrong.
- Most under-appreciated part: The scene with Bond and Ivanova is cool (I always like it when he interacts with other spies) and quite entertaining how he fools her with the cassettes.
Tier 5: Below Average
- Octopussy: The Most Characteristically Roger Moore Bond Film
- Why it's this high: Maud Adams has great screen presence as Octopussy, and her Amazonian-like women are cool to watch fight. Bond's deft swipe of the egg was nicely done. On a related aside, I wish Bond films would emphasize Bond's intellect more, as it seems the 60s and 70s films would allow Bond to showcase his vast knowledge more frequently than he does today. Gobinda is a fierce henchman, while India in general is a cool location. The plot is realistic, yet grand (war-mongering Russian general tries to detonate a nuke to get NATO to turn on itself).
- Why it's not higher: This is the first Moore film where he simply was too old and shouldn't have been cast. Yes, it's too cheesy at times, most infamously during the Tarzan yell. Bond also doesn't use any cool vehicles.
- Most under-appreciated part: People tend to focus too much on Bond dressing as a clown, but the scene where Bond furiously tries to get to the bomb in time to defuse it is one of the tensest moments in the series. Moore's "Dammit there's a bomb in there!" really demonstrated the gravity of the situation (I get goosebumps during that part).
- Tomorrow Never Dies: Most Tasteful Humor
- Why it's this high: Brosnan really settles into the role well here. He gives the most charismatic Bond performance in 15 years or so. His quip "I'm just here at Oxford, brushing up on a little Danish" is an all-time great Bond line. Teri Hatcher is stunning as Paris Carver, delivering a memorable performance with her limited screen time. The plot is original and ages well, highlighting the potential downsides of media power, while Carver is an above average villain.
- Why it's not higher: Wai Lin is good for action, but the chemistry between her and Bond is non-existent. By the end of the movie, Pryce just seem silly (especially the scene where he mocks Wai Lin's martial arts skills). There aren't any good Bond allies, as Jack Wade doesn't impress in his return to the franchise. In general though, the movie has few things terribly wrong with it, it just doesn't excel in many ways.
- Most under-appreciated part: Dr. Kaufman is hysterical. At first, I thought "this is weird," but by the end of the scene I'm cracking up. I genuinely wish they found someway to bring him back for World
, but c'est la vie.
- The World Is Not Enough: Less than the Sum of its Parts
- Why it's this high: According to my spreadsheet, this is a top 10 Bond film, while on my first watch on this film I thought it was bottom five. I think the truth is that it's somewhere in between. I like the settings, everything from the temporary MI-6 headquarters to Azerbaijan. Elektra is an all-time great Bond girl, with a nice plot twist and character arc. The glasses where Bond sees through women's clothing are hilarious. The sense of danger is strong, with everyone from Bond to M being in danger. The return of Zukovsky is a nice plus.
- Why it's not higher: I think two things really doom this film. First, Renard is totally wasted a henchman. The idea of him not feeling pain is a cool one, but he just seems boring and extraneous. I don't even think Carlyle acted poorly, he was just misused. Secondly, the ending (after Bond killing Elektra which is quite good) is rather terrible. The whole scene in the sub just isn't entertaining or engaging.
- Most under-appreciated part: I'm going to defend Denise Richards as Christmas Jones. Although no Ursula Andress, Richards is absolutely gorgeous and did not actively make Bond's mission more difficult, which is more than some Bond girls can say *cough Britt Ekland. In particular, I found her introductory scene to be quite memorable and convincing. Also, the Christmas quip at the end is quite cheeky.
Tier 4: Solid
- The Living Daylights:
- Why it's this high: Dalton brings a breath of fresh air to the franchise here. His more serious take makes for interesting movies that seem more unique than most. I'm happy to see this subreddit appreciate Dalton more than the casual fun does, but I wouldn't go as far as the Dalton fanboys and say he's the best Bond or anything like that. I do wish he got the role sooner and did more films. Moving on to Daylights
, it's got a good intro for Dalton and good plot in general. Surprisingly, Bond's fidelity doesn't bother me one bit, as it actually makes sense that Kara falls in love with James by the end, given all they've gone through.
- Why it's not higher: The biggest reason is that the villain is just terrible. Whitaker seems silly and pathetic, a terrible contrast to Dalton's serious nature. I think Whitaker might be the worst in the series, and a Bond movie can't be great without a good villain. Also, Dalton doesn't have much charm and is abysmal at one-liners, which, in my opinion, IS a facet of the perfect James Bond.
- Most under-appreciated part: The Aston Martin Vantage is a beautiful car, and the chase scene across the ice is great! It's both exciting and funny! Not sure why people don't talk about this chase scene and this car more; it's arguably the highlight of the movie for me.
- Thunderball: The Most Beautiful
- Why it's this high: Thunderball used to be top five for me and here is why. The underwater scenes, the setting, the score, and the Bond girls are beautiful even to this day. Domino is excellent, while Volpe is a tour de force, oozing sexuality and danger. I think the underwater parts are interesting and novel, creating a staple of sorts for the franchise. The DB 5 is always welcome, and the jetpack use was quite cool for the time (and to some extent now).
- Why it's not higher: Some would say it's boring, while I would more generously admit the plot is slow. Furthermore, the theme song is all-time bad (apparently they could have used Johnny Cash!!!), and there is no great henchman for Bond to dispatch.
- Most under-appreciated part: Two plot ideas I liked a lot: Bond being injured and needing rehab, plus the part where all the 00s meet up and then are sent to the corners of the globe.
- Never Say Never Again: Guilty Pleasure
- Why it's this high: Rewatching Never
for the third time, I was struck by how fun this movie is. It's exciting, funny, and fast-paced. Basically, it's a more exciting version of Thunderball, with better pacing and better humor. I think Irvin Kershner did a great job managing this star studded cast. Carrera is a firecracker as Blush, Sydow is a convincing Blofeld, and Basinger is a classic Bond girl. Connery clearly has a blast returning to the role, doing a great job despite his advanced age. If anything, this one might not be ranked high enough.
- Why it's not higher: The music is terrible. Normally I don't notice these things, but one can't help but notice how dreadful this one is. The theme is awful as well. I'd argue this is the worst music of any Bond film.
- Most under-appreciated part: The humor! This is one of the funniest Bonds, as I found myself laughing out loud at various parts (e.g. Mr Bean!).
- The Spy Who Loved Me: Best Intro
- Why it's this high: There's a lot to love about this one, so I get why this ranks highly for many. It is simply the best introduction, starting with Bond romancing a woman, followed by a skii chase, then jumping off the cliff and pulling the Union Jack parachute! The Lotus is a top 3 Bond car. Jaws is a superb henchman. Triple X was an excellent Bond girl, deadly, charming, and beautiful. Of course, Moore is charming and the locations are exotic (Egypt was a cool locale). If I had to pick one Moore movie for a newcomer to watch, it would be this one.
- Why it's not higher: The theme song is bad, and Stromberg is a below average villain. I also think the last 45 minutes or so of the movie kind of drags.
- Most under-appreciated part: The whole dynamic between Bond and Triple X is great. Whenever Bond movies show Bond squaring off against other spies (see View to a Kill, Goldeneye) it's just a pleasure to watch.
- Live and Let Die: Most Suave
- Why it's this high: Roger Moore superbly carves out his own take on Bond in an excellent addition to the franchise. The boat chase is my favorite in the series, and Live and Let Die is my second favorite theme. Jane Seymour is a good Bond girl, while Tee Hee and Kananga are a solid villain/henchman duo. Unpopular opinion: I find J.W. Pepper to be hilarious.
- Why it's not higher: The introduction isn't very good, as Bond isn't even included! The second climax with the voodoo isn't great. Bond blowing up Kananga has aged terribly.
- Most under-appreciated part: When Bond is visited in his apartment by M and Moneypenny, Bond rushes to hide his girl from his coworkers. Finally, when they leave and he unzips the dress with his magnetic watch is one of the best uses of a Bond gadget in the series, showcasing why Moore might be the most charming Bond of them all.
- You Only Live Twice: Best Blofeld
- Why it's this high: Just your classic, fun Sean Connery Bond movie. It was a great decision to send Bond to Japan for his first Asian visit, giving the movie a fresh feel. The ending set piece battle is potentially the best of this staple of 60s/70s Bonds. Tiger Tanaka is one of Bond's cooler allies. Pleasance killed it as Blofeld; when I think of Blofeld, I think of his take. In what could have been cheesy, he is actually somewhat frightening.
- Why it's not higher: The whole "we need to make you look Japanese" part seems both unrealistic (who is he really fooling?) plus surprisingly impotent coming from Tiger Tanaka who seems to be a competent and connected man otherwise. Honestly though, this movie doesn't have a major weakness.
- Most under-appreciated part: The fight scene with the guard in the executive's office is probably the best hand-to-hand fight in the series up until that point.
Tier 3: Excellent
- Dr. No: The Most Spy-Like
- Why it's this high: Nearly 60 years later, this film is still a blast to watch, due in no small part to its focus on the little things of being a spy. I adore the scenes where Bond does the little things spies (presumably) do, such as putting a hair across the door, or showing Bond playing solitaire while waiting to spring his trap on Prof. Dent. I also enjoy the suspense of Bond sleuthing around the island, while he and the viewer are completely unaware of whom the villain is until quite late in the film. It's easy to take for granted now, but this film established so many series traditions that were ingenious. My personal favorite is Bond's introduction at the card table: "Bond .... James Bond."
- Why it's not higher: The film just doesn't have the payoff it deserves. Maybe it's just a result of the time and budget, but from the point Bond escapes on, it's just mediocre. Particularly egregious is the "fight" between Dr. No and Bond where No meets his demise.
- Most under-appreciated part: Ursula Andress was a surprisingly well developed Bond girl, with a shockingly violent backstory (she was raped!). Obviously, she is beautiful and the beach scene is iconic, but I was pleasantly surprised to conclude she is more than just eye candy.
- License to Kill: The Grittiest
- Why it's this high: On my first watch, this was my least favorite Bond film, as I thought it was too dark and violent to befit 007. By my third time watching, I've decided it's actually one of the best. Fortunately, I don't have to go on my "Ackshually, Dalton did a good job" rant with this subreddit. I liked the wedding intro and the concept of a revenge arc for Leiter (although come on he should've been killed by a freaking shark). Also, Lamora and (especially) Bouvier are great Bond girls. Bouvier is both competent and beautiful, and it's great to see Bond choose her at the end.
- Why it's not higher: The theme song is atrocious, Dalton is so angry (dare I say charmless?) the whole time it's almost puzzling why Bouvier and Lamora fall for him, and Bond doesn't use any cool vehicles.
- Most under-appreciated part: Sanchez is actually a sneaky good Bond villain.
- For Your Eyes Only: The Most Underrated
- Why it's this high: I think Moore is a bit underrated as Bond. Yes, he was too old towards the end and yes, his movies were at times too campy, but he himself played the role admirably. He was the most charming and witty of all the Bonds, so by the time he got his first relatively serious plot to work with, he hit it out of the park. Anyhow, the climactic mountaintop assault is one of my favorite Bond action climaxes. Columbo is one of the best Bond allies, and the plot twist where he turns out to be good and Kristatos bad was well-done.
- Why it's not higher: The intro is just silly. Bibi's romantic infatuation with Bond is just ...er... uncomfortable?
- Most under-appreciated part: The theme song is a banger. What a chorus!
Tier 2: Exceptional
- Skyfall: The Sharpest Film (From Plot to Aesthetics)
- Why it's this high: One of the best plots of the entire series. The idea of an older Bond who had lost a step, along with making M the focus point of the movie, works very well. Seeing Bond's childhood home is also pretty cool. Bardem's take on Silva is delightful and a lot of fun to watch. Even the cinematography is a series peak, while Adele's them is excellent.
- Why it's not higher: One thing most Craig Bond films suffer from is the lack of a Bond-worthy henchman. Skyfall is no exception. More importantly, Bond girls are mostly irrelevant to the film. Yes, Severine is both beautiful and interesting, but she's scarcely twenty minutes of the film.
- Most under-appreciated part: Setting the new supporting characters up nicely. The Moneypenny backstory was well-done. Casting Ralph Fiennes as the new M is a great choice in of itself, but he also got a nice chuck of background story to help us going forward.
- Casino Royale: The First Bond Film I'd Show a Series Newcomer
- Why it's this high: Craig's take on Bond feels like a breath of fresh air. In particular, his hand-to-hand combat scenes are so much better (and more believable) than any other Bond. The parkour chase scene is one of the best chase scenes in the series. Le Chifre is an excellent villain, but, more importantly, Vesper is an all-time great Bond girl. The conversation between Vesper and Bond on the train is probably the most interesting of any film. Bonus points for Jeffrey Wright as Leiter and the Aston Martin DBS.
- Why it's not higher: There are hardly any humorous parts or much charm displayed by Bond in general. More importantly, the movie should have just ended when Bond wakes up in rehab. The rest of the movie feels confused and superfluous.
- Most under-appreciated part: The decision to change from chemin de fer to poker makes for much better (and understandable!) cinema. The poker scenes are the best of Bond's many gambling scenes throughout the series.
- Goldeneye: The Most Fun
- Why it's this high: Wow, rewatching Goldeneye I was struck by how entertaining the whole thing is. The opening jump is breath taking, the scene where Bond drives his evaluator around is hilarious, and Xenia Onatopp is a livewire. Sean Bean is a formidable villain as 006, and a great foil to James. Bond and Judi Dench's first scene together is amazing. Goldeneye feels like the first modern Bond, yet so true to the predecessors. Wade and especially Zukovsky are excellent allies.
- Why it's not higher: Simonova is a forgettable Bond girl. She's not annoying, unattractive, or acted poorly, but is just below average in most regards (looks, back story, chemistry with Bond, plot).
- Most under-appreciated part: the action is just so much better than any Bond before it
- From Russia with Love: The Best Henchman (Red Grant)
- Why it's this high: Interesting settings, beautiful women, and an engaging story make this a classic. I'm not the first to point out that the scenes with Grant and Bond aboard the train are some of the best in the entire series. Grant is one of the few villains who feels like a match for 007. Furthermore, the addition of Desmond Llewyn as Q was crucial and Kerim Bey is one of the better Bond allies.
- Why it's not higher: The helicopter scene should've just been omitted, especially when combined with the subsequent boat chase. It's just awkward to watch.
- Most under-appreciated part: The gypsy scenes are quite exotic and entertaining.
- On Her Majesty's Secret Service: The Most Heartfelt
- Why it's this high: James and Tracy's love story is charming, and when she dies at the end, this is the one and only time in the entire series where the viewer feels genuinely sad. Diana Rigg did an excellent job convincing the audience Bond could finally fall in love with one girl. The skiing scenes were beautifully filmed, and the score was exemplary. Personally, I quite liked Lazenby's take; however, some of his lines and jokes fall flat. To his credit, he looks and acts like Bond more than any other actor.
- Why it's not higher: Honestly, it does drag at times in the first half, plus there is no theme song!
- Most under-appreciated part: Bond's Aston Martin DBS is a beautiful car, combining 60's sports-car beauty with Aston Martin's elegance.
Tier 1: The Best
- Goldfinger: The quintessential Bond
- Why it's this high: From the opening ("Positively shocking") to the seduction of Pussy Galore at the end, this film has it all. Goldfinger is an all time great villain, while Odd Job is an exceptional henchman. Connery delivers a master performance, and drives THE classic Bond Car, ejector seat included. The reason I put it #1 is not necessarily because it is the best film (although it is great), it checks all the boxes of what a perfect Bond film should do.
- Why it's not higher: I cannot think of any notable imperfections.
- Most under-appreciated part: The golf scene between Bond and Goldfinger is a delight to watch, demonstrating Bond's wits for the first and only time on the golf course.
Everyone considers QoS shit-tier compared to Casino Royale (2006) and Skyfall (2012) but it honestly isn't that far behind the two. It has some pretty good action sequences with the opening car chase, foot chase on the rooftops of Itay, boat chase, opera scene in Austria, airplane scene, and then the final hotel firefight. There are some other great action scenes peppered throughout as well, but those are the bigger set pieces. submitted by
I know it was written during the writer's strike but the dialogue isn't bad and still holds up. I also love the fact that it's a direct sequel to Casino Royale, continuing Bond's arc with zero time lapse. It additionally ties up the Vesper plot thread quite nicely, which I appreciated.
Also, I think it's pretty unique that this is the first Bond film to show James inebriated (on the train with Mathis) and also the first where he doesn't sleep with the Bond Girl (Olga Kurylenko, who is great by the way). Lastly, it has one of the best villain defeats when Bond leave Greene in the desert with nothing but a can of motor oil.
Lastly, Mathis and Felix are AWESOME side characters and I hope Felix comes back for No Time to Die (2020). F for Mathis.
Overall Craig is my favorite Bond and my list goes (1) Casino Royale (2) Skyfall (3) Quantum of Solace (4) Spectre. But the general consensus is that QoS is absolutely horrendous and I feel like over time that has slowly become the hive-mind take. Give it a watch, it's actually pretty good.
Alright so, I took the default database from there https://skribbliohints.github.io/
and with the help of html, I extracted the words to a list separated by commas. It's useful when you want to translate those words into your native language. Word of advice
, when using google translate, do not put all words at once there, it can rapidly worsen the translation.
(And there is a last thing
. Their algorithm of picking only custom words is not working really good, at least for me. Meaning that I often get duplicates, despite having a list this big and without duplicates. I'm still trying to find some solution to this, so if somebody is experiencing this as well, share the knowledge please, I will do the same.) SOLUTION:
Thanks for the reply from PepegaWR
who identified the cause. I also tested it and there seems to be a custom words limit of 5000 characters. The easiest way in my opinion is to shuffle the words before each session to minimize the impact. Also thanks to the flynger
who had the same idea before me :)
Finally, here it is, enjoy the scribbling ^^ :
ABBA, AC/DC, Abraham Lincoln, Adidas, Africa, Aladdin, America, Amsterdam, Android, Angelina Jolie, Angry Birds, Antarctica, Anubis, Apple, Argentina, Asia, Asterix, Atlantis, Audi, Australia, BMW, BMX, Bambi, Band-Aid, Barack Obama, Bart Simpson, Batman, Beethoven, Bible, Big Ben, Bill Gates, Bitcoin, Black Friday, Bomberman, Brazil, Bruce Lee, Bugs Bunny, Canada, Capricorn, Captain America, Cat Woman, Cerberus, Charlie Chaplin, Chewbacca, China, Chinatown, Christmas, Chrome, Chuck Norris, Colosseum, Cookie Monster, Crash Bandicoot, Creeper, Croatia, Cuba, Cupid, DNA, Daffy Duck, Darwin, Darwin Watterson, Deadpool, Dexter, Discord, Donald Duck, Donald Trump, Dora, Doritos, Dracula, Dumbo, Earth, Easter, Easter Bunny, Egypt, Eiffel tower, Einstein, Elmo, Elon Musk, Elsa, Eminem, England, Europe, Excalibur, Facebook, Family Guy, Fanta, Ferrari, Finn, Finn and Jake, Flash, Florida, France, Frankenstein, Fred Flintstone, Gandalf, Gandhi, Garfield, Germany, God, Goofy, Google, Great Wall, Greece, Green Lantern, Grinch, Gru, Gumball, Happy Meal, Harry Potter, Hawaii, Hello Kitty, Hercules, Hollywood, Home Alone, Homer Simpson, Hula Hoop, Hulk, Ikea, India, Intel, Ireland, Iron Giant, Iron Man, Israel, Italy, Jack-o-lantern, Jackie Chan, James Bond, Japan, JayZ, Jenga, Jesus Christ, Jimmy Neutron, John Cena, Johnny Bravo, KFC, Katy Perry, Kermit, Kim Jong-un, King Kong, Kirby, Kung Fu, Lady Gaga, Las Vegas, Lasagna, Lego, Leonardo DiCaprio, Leonardo da Vinci, Lion King, London, London Eye, Luigi, MTV, Madagascar, Mario, Mark Zuckerberg, Mars, McDonalds, Medusa, Mercedes, Mercury, Mexico, Michael Jackson, Mickey Mouse, Microsoft, Milky Way, Minecraft, Miniclip, Minion, Minotaur, Mona Lisa, Monday, Monster, Mont Blanc, Morgan Freeman, Morse code, Morty, Mount Everest, Mount Rushmore, Mozart, Mr. Bean, Mr. Meeseeks, Mr Bean, Mr Meeseeks, Mummy, NASCAR, Nasa, Nemo, Neptune, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nike, Nintendo Switch, North Korea, Northern Lights, Norway, Notch, Nutella, Obelix, Olaf, Oreo, Pac-Man, Paris, Patrick, Paypal, Peppa Pig, Pepsi, Phineas and Ferb, Photoshop, Picasso, Pikachu, Pink Panther, Pinocchio, Playstation, Pluto, Pokemon, Popeye, Popsicle, Porky Pig, Portugal, Poseidon, Pringles, Pumba, Reddit, Rick, Robbie Rotten, Robin Hood, Romania, Rome, Russia, Samsung, Santa, Saturn, Scooby Doo, Scotland, Segway, Sherlock Holmes, Shrek, Singapore, Skittles, Skrillex, Skype, Slinky, Solar System, Sonic, Spain, Spartacus, Spiderman, SpongeBob, Squidward, Star Wars, Statue of Liberty, Steam, Stegosaurus, Steve Jobs, Stone Age, Sudoku, Suez Canal, Superman, Susan Wojcicki, Sydney Opera House, T-rex, Tails, Tarzan, Teletubby, Terminator, Tetris, The Beatles, Thor, Titanic, Tooth Fairy, Tower Bridge, Tower of Pisa, Tweety, Twitter, UFO, USB, Uranus, Usain Bolt, Vatican, Vault boy, Velociraptor, Venus, Vin Diesel, W-LAN, Wall-e, WhatsApp, William Shakespeare, William Wallace, Winnie the Pooh, Wolverine, Wonder Woman, Xbox, Xerox, Yin and Yang, Yoda, 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broomstick, brownie, bruise, brunette, brush, bubble, bubble gum, bucket, building, bulge, bull, bulldozer, bullet, bumper, bungee jumping, bunk bed, bunny, burglar, burp, burrito, bus, bus driver, bus stop, butcher, butler, butt cheeks, butter, butterfly, button, cab driver, cabin, cabinet, cactus, cage, cake, calendar, camel, camera, campfire, camping, can, can opener, canary, candle, canister, cannon, canyon, cap, cape, cappuccino, captain, car wash, cardboard, carnival, carnivore, carpenter, carpet, carrot, cartoon, cash, casino, cast, cat, catalog, catapult, caterpillar, catfish, cathedral, cauldron, cauliflower, cave, caveman, caviar, ceiling, ceiling fan, celebrate, celebrity, cell, cell phone, cello, cement, centaur, centipede, chain, chainsaw, chair, chalk, chameleon, champagne, champion, chandelier, charger, cheek, cheeks, cheerleader, cheese, cheeseburger, cheesecake, cheetah, chef, chemical, cherry, cherry blossom, chess, chest, chest hair, chestnut, chestplate, chew, chicken, chihuahua, child, chime, chimney, chimpanzee, chin, chinchilla, chocolate, chopsticks, church, cicada cigarette, cinema, circle, circus, clap, clarinet, classroom, claw, clay, clean, clickbait, cliff, climb, cloak, clock, cloth, clothes hanger, cloud, clover, clown, clownfish, coach, coal, coast, coast guard, coaster, coat, cobra, cockroach, cocktail, coconut, cocoon, coffee, coffee shop, coffin, coin, cola, cold, collapse, collar, color-blind, comb, comedian, comedy, comet, comfortable, comic book, commander, commercial, communism, community, compass, complete, computer, concert, condiment, cone, confused, console, continent, controller, conversation, cookie, cookie jar, copper, copy, coral, coral reef, cord, cork, corkscrew, corn, corn dog, corner, cornfield, corpse, cotton, cotton candy, country, cousin, cow, cowbell, cowboy, coyote, crab, crack, crate, crawl space, crayon, cream, credit, credit card, cricket, cringe, crocodile, croissant, crossbow, crow, crowbar, crucible, 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election, electric car, electric guitar, electrician, electricity, elephant, elevator, embers, emerald, emoji, employer, emu, end, engine, engineer, equator, eraser, error, eskimo, espresso, evaporate, evening, evolution, exam, excavator, exercise, explosion, eye, eyebrow, eyelash, eye shadow, fabric, fabulous, facade, face, face paint, factory, failure, fairy, fake teeth, fall, family, farm, farmer, fashion designer, fast, fast food, fast forward, father, faucet, feather, fence, fencing, fern, festival, fidget spinner, field, figurine, filmmaker, filter, finger, fingernail, fingertip, fire alarm, fire hydrant, fire truck, fireball, firecracker, firefighter, firefly, firehouse, fireman, fireplace, fireproof, fireside, firework, fish, fish bowl, fisherman, fist fight, fitness trainer, fizz, flag, flagpole, flamethrower, flamingo, flashlight, flask, flea, flight attendant, flock, floodlight, floppy disk, florist, flower, flu, fluid, flush, flute, fly, fly swatter, flying pig, fog, foil, folder, food, forehead, forest, forest fire, fork, fort, fortress, fortune, fossil, fountain, fox, frame, freckles, freezer, fridge, fries, frog, frostbite, frosting, frown, fruit, full, full moon, funeral, funny, fur, furniture, galaxy, gang, gangster, garage, garbage, garden, gardener, garlic, gas, gas mask, gasoline, gasp, gate, gem, gender, generator, genie, gentle, gentleman, geography, germ, geyser, ghost, giant, gift, giraffe, girl, gladiator, glass, glasses, glitter, globe, gloss, glove, glow, glowstick, glue, glue stick, gnome, goal, goat, goatee, goblin, godfather, gold, gold chain, golden apple, golden egg, goldfish, golf, golf cart, good, goose, gorilla, graduation, graffiti, grandmother, grapefruit, grapes, graph, grass, grasshopper, grave, gravedigger, gravel, graveyard, gravity, greed, grenade, grid, grill, grin, groom, grumpy, guillotine, guinea pig, guitar, gumball, gummy, gummy bear, gummy worm, hacker, hair, hair roller, hairbrush, haircut, hairspray, hairy, half, 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wrestler, wrestling, wrinkle, wrist, writer, x-ray, xylophone, yacht, yardstick, yawn, yearbook, yellow, yeti, yo-yo, yogurt, yolk, young, youtuber, zebra, zeppelin, zigzag, zipline, zipper, zombie, zoo, zoom,
Hey, everyone! I’m continuing a series from last year where I looked into and analyzed the Big 5 studios (+United Artists Releasing and 20th Century Fox). submitted by
In this post, I will be focusing on United Artists Releasing/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the studio that’s well known for Gone With the Wind, Doctor Zhivago, the Rocky series, Rain Man, the 007 James Bond films, and multiple lions that started roaring at the audience since the 1930s. I originally planned for A Look into MGM/UA for last year, but I got a little too lazy and cancelled it. Now that United Artists celebrates its 100th Anniversary and has an interesting future, I think it would be a good time to look into United Artists and Metro-Goldwyn Mayer, two of the former major film studios of the film industry. I will keep the history as short as possible
United Artists - 1919-1981
United Artists was created by Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith, and Mary Pickford on February 5, 1919 as a way for the four of them and for other filmmakers to have more control over their work than at another studio like First National Pictures, Universal Pictures, or Famous Players-Lasky (later renamed to Paramount Pictures). Despite not owning any theaters, they would have contracts with exhibition companies to show their films. In 1967, Transamerica purchased a 98 percent stake in United Artists. Transamerica owned the studio until 1981 when Heaven’s Gate became one of the biggest box office bombs at the time. So much so that Transamerica sold their stake in United Artists to another film studio and merge with them. Notable United Artists films: His Majesty, the American, Charlie Chaplin Films, Dollars Trilogy (A Fistful of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly), 007 Franchise, The Magnificent Seven, West Side Story, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Rocky, Apocalypse Now, and Raging Bull
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - 1924-1981
In 1924, Marcus Loew, a theater magnate needed films to show at his Loew’s Theatres chain. He bought Metro Pictures back in 1919, but that wasn’t enough. So he bought Goldwyn Pictures and Mayer Pictures. Then, Loew decided to fuse these companies together to form Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer with Louis B. Mayer (formerly the head of Mayer Pictures) to run MGM. MGM was already a merged company before United Artists joined as player four almost 60 years later. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was the dominating studio throughout the Golden Age of Hollywood (1920s-1960s), kind of like how Disney is now. However, their weakness is what lead to their downfall. Starting with Ben-Hur (1959), MGM believed that it would be able to constantly replicate its success every year by having one epic film carry them for a year. However, there were way too many times were the epic film would fall flat on their face. Since they heavily depended on the success of one film, they would suffer as a result. In 1969, Kirk Kekorian bought MGM and would use that name to focus on hotels and casinos with the MGM likeness. While MGM was able to rebound from losses, they never reached the top like they were able to back in the Golden Age of Hollywood. At some point, 20th Century Fox (a company that already was composed of two merged companies) and MGM were in talks to merge, but plans failed (20th Century Fox would instead merge with Disney 48 years later). However, MGM was able to merge with another major film studio, albeit not as strong as 20th Century Fox. Notable MGM films: Mademoiselle Midnight, The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, An American in Paris, Singin in the Rain, Ben-Hur, Doctor Zhivago, Network, Fame, and Clash of the Titans
MGM/UA Entertainment Era - 1982-1986
Kirk Kekorian’s Trancinda Corp purchased United Artists, which also owned Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The companies would merge to become MGM/UA Entertainment Company. At the time of the merger, David Begelman was fired due to greenlighting unsuccessful films with the sole exception of Poltergeist, meaning that MGM was struggling as well to a certain extent. In 1983, WarGames and Octopussy became a success for MGM, but the year wasn’t as profitable as Kekorian wanted. Not even MGM’s library was enough to help them get through the year. A year after the buyout, MGM started distributing independent films instead of financing their own films. On August 7, 1985, Ted Turner offered to buy MGM/UA for $1.5B. Turner immediately sold United Artists to Kekorian. Due to Turner having his own financial problems, Turner was forced to sell MGM’s production and distribution assets to United Artists for $340M. The MGM lot was sold to Lorimar Telepictures (which would later be bought by Sony to be renamed to Sony Pictures Studios). However, Ted Turner kept the RKO Pictures library that United Artists owned, the pre-1986 MGM library, and the pre-1950 Warner Bros library. Ted Turner’s Turner Broadcasting System would later merge with Time Warner (owner of Warner Bros), meaning that Warner Bros would regain their pre-1950 library that Jack Warner sold off back in the 50s, along with 99% of the RKO library and the pre-1986 MGM films. This is probably one of the factors that made Warner Bros the powerhouse they are today. Getting back on topic, this left MGM/UA with little to nothing. They have become a shell of their former selves and still are to this day as both United Artists and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer have lost their major film studio status in the 80s. They had to start from scratch like a brand new studio, but with a slight advantage of their brand recognition. Notable MGM/UA films: Rocky III, WarGames, Octopussy, Poltergeist, The Secret of NIMH, and Red Dawn
MGM/UA Communications Era - 1987-2010
When Kirk Kekorian reclaimed MGM, he renamed MGM/UA Entertainment Co. to MGM/UA Communications Co. Throughout the late 80s and 90s, the studio was able to stick around, but were far behind the big 6 at the time (Disney, 20th Century Fox, Columbia, Universal, Paramount, and Warner Bros). They had hits such as Moonstruck, Child’s Play, Rain Man, and Thelma & Louise. In 1997, MGM was able to strengthen their film library a little with the acquisition of Metromedia. Metromedia owned Orion Pictures, which made hits like First Blood, The Terminator, Three Amigos, Platoon, Robocop, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, UHF, Dances with Wolves, and Silence of the Lambs. In 2003, MGM attempted to buy Universal Pictures (I don’t know how as Universal was the stronger film studio), but failed and lost $75M in doing so. In 2004, it was the major film studios’ turn to try to buy MGM. Time Warner attempted to take MGM, but failed. However, Sony Pictures Entertainment won the bid overall. Sony did this to ensure that MGM would support the Blu-Ray format over the HD-DVD format that was happening in the mid-2000s. Sony agreed to purchase MGM and would distribute some of their films like Casino Royale and Rocky Balboa. In 2007, they returned to distributing on their own. While they did have modest successes with films like Valkyrie, it wasn’t enough. In 2010, MGM supposedly released what many thought would be their swan song, Hot Tub Time Machine. Later that year, MGM filed for bankruptcy. Notable MGM/UA films: Dalton and Brosnan 007 Films, Rocky IV, Child’s Play, Spaceballs, Moonstruck, Rain Man, Road House, Thelma & Louise, Stargate, Valkyrie, Daniel Craig 007 Films (producing only), and Hot Tub Time Machine (last film that United Artists and MGM distribute before the Production Company Era)
Production Company Era - 2011-2017
In this era, MGM could only produce films and not distribute them. MGM co-produced a Poltergeist remake with 20th Century Fox. With Paramount Pictures, MGM made Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Hercules, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, and a Ben-Hur remake. With Warner Bros Pictures, MGM co-produced The Hobbit Trilogy, Hot Pursuit, Max, Creed, and Everything, Everything. And with Sony Pictures, MGM made Zookeeper, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Hope Springs, Carrie, The Magnificent Seven, Skyfall (which gave both MGM and Sony their first billion dollar film), and Spectre. With their co-production, they were able to make a small comeback. Notable MGM films (producing only): Skyfall, Spectre, Creed, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 21 and 22 Jump Street, The Hobbit Trilogy, and The Magnificent Seven (2016)
Return to Distribution Era - 2018-Present
Mirror Releasing was founded as a joint distribution venture between Annapurna Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to release their films under. MGM made a return to the world of distribution with Death Wish. Let’s see how well MGM did in 2018 and 2019.
For MGM’s first film in years, Death Wish didn’t make twice its budget, which made $50M on a budget of $30M and neither did MGM’s second film in years, Operation Finale which made $18M on a budget of $24M. To be fair, Netflix distributed the film internationally, so they must’ve paid half. Even then, $18M in the US on a budget of $12M is nothing to get excited about. Annapurna wasn’t doing that great either. The only film they released that year that can really be considered profitable is Sorry to Bother You, which made $18M on a budget of $3M. The Sisters Brothers and Destroyer failed to recoup their budget, and If Beale Street Could Talk and Vice couldn’t make twice its budget. Unlike Annapurna, MGM had a major hit with Creed II, which made $214M on a budget of $50M. However, this isn’t completely MGM’s success story as Warner Bros distributed the film worldwide. In the US, Creed II made $116M on a halved budget (assuming MGM and WB split the bill) of $25M for MGM. This is still a major win for MGM, though that isn’t saying much compared to their slate. Mirror Releasing’s 2018 slate is at worst awful and at best mediocre, with Annapurna not helping matters.
Biggest Win: Creed II Biggest Loses: The Sisters Brothers, If Beale Street Could Talk, and Vice
On February 5, 2019, United Artists celebrates its 100th Anniversary. As a way to celebrate the film studio, Mirror Releasing was renamed to United Artists Releasing with the name first appearing in Missing Link. Annapurna released three films this year. While Booksmart was able to be profitable making $25M on a budget of $6M, Where’d You Go, Bernadette failed to make its budget back, making $10M on a budget of $18M. However, this wouldn’t be Annapurna’s biggest loss. Missing Link bombed really hard, only making $26M on a budget of $100M, severely damaging Annapurna to the point of being on the verge of bankruptcy. This wasn’t just because of Missing Link. This was also due to the other films that Annapurna distributed in 2018, which didn’t make much of a profit either. As of now, it is unknown whether Annapurna will distribute films for United Artists Releasing next year. Orion Pictures would be apart of the United Artists Releasing group with Child’s Play. The Child’s Play remake made $45M on a budget of $10M, making it profitable. MGM released three films this year and they were all profitable. Fighting With My Family made $39M on a budget of $11M. The Hustle made $95M on a budget of $21M. And as of now, The Addams Family made $88M on a budget of $40M. It should be able to make $100M by the end of its run. Overall, United Artists Releasing’s 2019 slate is pretty good, and would’ve been amazing had Missing Link and Where’d You Go, Bernadette weren’t released by United Artists Releasing. Then again, Annapurna is the one suffering the losses and not MGM. MGM has a good year, even if it’s not enough to compete with the other studios like Lionsgate or Paramount. But that’s okay because it’s just baby steps. Overall, this was a decent year for United Artists’ 100th Anniversary, with two exceptions.. Biggest Win: The Hustle, Child’s Play, and The Addams Family Biggest Loses: Missing Link and Where’d You Go, Bernadette
2020: The next year is coming, and it’s time to look at what United Artists Releasing has in-store for everyone next year. I’ll try to keep it short (with a basic description of each one if necessary and how well it might do). The numbers I have won’t be accurate, so take it with a grain of salt.
Gretel & Hansel - it’s a supernatural horror film directed by Oz Perkins. As a horror film in January, I’d say that this could make some decent profit. The biggest concern is how many other horror films trying to capitalize on the January spot like The Grudge (Sony Pictures), Underwater (20th Century Fox), and The Turning (Universal Pictures). If I were being optimistic, I’d say it could make $40M DOM and $70M WW.
No Time To Die - it’s a spy film directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and is the 25th film in the Bond franchise and the 5th and final Bond film starring Daniel Craig as the iconic James Bond. This is the film that United Artists Releasing needs to succeed in the future, and they are relying on it to be their largest film this year. I could see this making as low as $180M DOM and $800M WW and as high as $220M DOM and $1B WW. It could make a little less than Spectre or more, but I don’t see this surpassing Skyfall. Regardless, this should be a large hit for UAR. However, they are only handling domestic distribution while Universal Pictures handles international distribution, meaning that they aren’t going to be getting even half of the profits made from No Time to Die. This is almost guaranteed to be a hit for both United Artists Releasing and Universal Pictures.
Bad Trip - it’s a hidden camera comedy film directed by Kitao Sakurai. I don’t know how this is going to work, but based on the synopsis that it’s just a group of people traveling around and pranking people, I don’t see this doing gangbusters. I’d say $20M DOM and $30M WW.
Legally Blonde 3 - it’s a comedy film and the third film in the Legally Blonde series. I don’t think it will break records due to nostalgia, but it should get a decent amount of people into seats if it can get the casual and fans interested in the film. I’d say the highest it can make is $80M DOM and $100M WW.
Respect - it’s a music biopic film directed by Liesl Tommy and is based on the life of singer Aretha Franklin. This is coming off the success of other music biopics like Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman. I highly doubt this film will make even half of what Bohemian Rhapsody, let alone make close to those numbers (Bohemian Rhapsody made $904M. That’s not going to happen to Respect). Rocketman is more comparable to Respect and based off Rocketman’s $196M, I’d say this could make $100M DOM and $220M WW.
Bill & Ted Face the Music - it’s a sci-fi comedy film directed by Dean Parisot and is the third film in the Bill & Ted series. Bill & Ted has become a cult classic, so the release of a third film should get fans of the first two films to come see this one. With some help from the international audience (though it will make the most in the US), I’d say this could make $60M DOM and $80M WW.
Samaritan - it’s a film directed by Julius Avery and stars Sylvester Stallone. Not much is known besides that. Basing it off of how well both of their previous movies did, this should make about $30M DOM and $50M WW.
Robocop Returns - it’s a science fiction action film and is set to be a sequel to the original Robocop. Neil Blomkamp was originally attached to direct but left on August 2019. As of now, there’s no director. It’s highly unlikely that this film will come out next year, unless MGM can find a director and start filming sometime before the end of this year. I only have this up here because it’s still slated for 2020 and it’s not entirely impossible for this to come out next year, just very unlikely. If it does happen next year or gets pushed back to 2021, I’d say this could make $70M DOM and $160M WW with good reviews. This shouldn’t be too bad as long as the budget is $60M or less, which can be done.
Thoughts on the 2020 Slate: As a small film studio, United Artists Releasing has a promising slate. The overall domestic total should be around $500M, which is a large step forward for them. Their films are going to rely on the US market for success with the exception of No Time to Die. No Time to Die is a guaranteed money maker for both UAR and Universal and will be UAR’s biggest film to date. Legally Blonde 3, Bill & Ted Face the Music, and maybe Robocop Returns (if it comes out) will bring in fans of the series back after a long hiatus, especially Bill & Ted Face the Music. Another guaranteed hit for UAR will be Respect as music biopics are all the craze these days and Aretha Franklin is a well known singer with lots of fans. Bad Trip and Samaritan should be modest successes as original films from the studio. Gretel & Hansel is probably the only film I’m concerned about and that’s mostly due to how saturated January 2020 will be of horror films. It should do okay as long as the budget is low.
The Future: - Besides Robocop Returns possibly happening in 2021 instead of 2020, MGM has plans to make a sequel to Tomb Raider and to their most recent success, the Addams Family. Valley Girl from 1983 is getting a remake (if anyone remembers that). A remake of Night of the Comet is in development at Orion Pictures. As for the future of United Artists Releasing, if they can keep up with their small scale successes while successfully reviving their old franchises, a comeback will most likely happen for United Artists Releasing, to the point where they can do as well as Lionsgate and possibly even Paramount if they still have a hard time breaking $1B domestically.
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