Earlier today, Skyfall was officially released in the United States. The film should make a hell of a lot of money, and like a lot of people, I will be in line to see it. In fact, Iíve spent the past month preparing for it. After catching a criticís screening and wondering whether it might be the best of all-time, I sat down and plowed through all twenty-two preceding movies. Some of the films were less than adequate and others were simply wonderful.
You would think watching at least one James Bond movie every day for weeks would get old, but I can tell you from personal experience that it does not. The last few weeks of my life were spent plowing through all twenty-three 007 movies in the Eon Productions canon, and I had an absolute blast. From Goldfinger to Jaws, from XXX to Tracy Bond, I relived it all, and like any obsessive, I immediately sat down and ranked every single one.
Later this week, the twenty-third James Bond film in the Eon Productions canon will be released in the United States. The newest effort has earned rave reviews from those of us here at Cinema Blend and an overwhelming majority of reviewers around the world. Because I love all things 007 and because I wanted to get a more specific idea of just how good the film is, I went back and watched all twenty-two of the proceeding films in the franchise.
Over the past fifty years, Eon Productions has released twenty-three Bond movies. There has never been a truly horrendous effort, and there has never been an utterly perfect try. A few of the films, however, come within breathing distance of those two extremes. Some early reviews for Skyfall called it the greatest Bond ever made. After seeing it, I decided to go back and watch all twenty-two of the proceeding films to see whether the claim has any merit.