Tag Archives: Sean Connery

Thunderball Review

Smarter than expected were the films of Sean Connery in the role of James Bond, a series that would eventually give way to the camp antics of Roger Moore. Still, its steamrolling under the wheels of Hollywood in its modern iterations makes that period of Moore a light delight. What Connery achieved was the production of a solid base for others to leap from. From Lazenby to Brosnan, each iteration that followed the Scottish-born pioneer felt like some pastiche of the role Connery had crafted. A line of dialogue here regurgitated thirty years down the line, a passing reference to the strong works that had come from his early days in the 007 role. Whatever the case, nobody mentions Thunderball all that much.

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Zardoz Review

Each individual project and film will be remembered for one reason or another. For Zardoz, it will be remembered both for being a stark step down in quality for director John Boorman, who had just finished up Deliverance a few years prior, and because Sean Connery is clad in a red leather piece that leaves little to the scarred imagination. A fascinating disaster that will surely ruin or delight those that loved Connery being the poster boy of the James Bond franchise. An eponymous floating head engages the audience in its opening moments, swirling the screen like an idle DVD player icon, and it only devolves from there.

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Dr. No Review

That score. Beautiful. It opens Dr. No and the James Bond franchise so fittingly. Exceptional work as ever from the great Monty Norman. His dedication to smooth basslines and strong guitar riffs open the first of many Ian Fleming adaptations. A not-so-seamless transition into the other half of the credits does kill off some of the power of Dr. No, but for a first outing of the famed spy under the watchful eye of director Terence Young, no more could be asked of their efforts. It is hard to lay the critique on too thick for the men that brought Sean Connery such a defining role, and he such a definitive portrayal of such a famous character.  

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Review

Biting off more than you can chew is common in filmmaking. We have seen and heard it all before. Those ambitious souls who wish to combine origin story with the representation of new characters, a punch down of a vehement group, all under the guise of adventure and family ties. Perhaps that is rather specific, but it is a wide enough collation of themes and ideas to raise an eyebrow or two. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade should have more than a handful of problems, yet circumvents them with such intense devotion to its new characters, returning familiarities and the only role Harrison Ford has any passion left for. It seems he is putting that passion to good use.  

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The Offence Review

Burning out is one of my greatest fears. Whether that’s not finding the energy to write or read, or failing to pull myself out of bed, to my desk, to continue plugging away at my future career. The Offence details an officer of the law who has snapped, his fractured state beyond repair. Frustrated and wracked with anger and guilt at his inability to bring a criminal in for his crimes, Detective Sergeant Johnson (Sean Connery) slowly spirals into a miserable, frantic and grasping approach to his work and his home life.

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Time Bandits Review

My love for all things crafted by George Harrison’s studio, Handmade Films, has led me through some of the forgotten classics of British cinema. The countries output during this time was nothing short of excellent, and these somewhat cult style movies that have seeped into the mainstream were diamonds in the rough. Withnail & ILife of Brian and How to Get Ahead in Advertising are all personal favourites of mine. One of their earliest outputs though, was one that had eluded me for some time. Terry Gilliam’s friendliest and perhaps most grounded project of all, Time Bandits is a visual treat from start to finish that relies on the strength of both director and cast.

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The Untouchables Review

The prohibition era of American history is something I find truly interesting. The banning of alcohol would probably permanently cripple me, but for a good few years in the United States, such a thing happened. Gangsters up and down the country made millions in the illegal trade of champagne, rum, booze production and peddling. The Untouchables looks to profile an overarching story of how a select few officers of the law were tasked with upholding the liquor ban, and the various methods they took to arresting those responsible. Brian De Palma’s late 80s-piece pools together a great cast of characters in a film deeply set in its 20th century setting.

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