Top 5 James Bond Films

Top 5 James Bond Films

Ranking the greatest Bond films of all time

The “James Bond” film series is not only one of the most popular of all time but it is also one of the most commercially successful series of films. There are officially 24 James Bond films, with the oldest being “Dr. No” (1962) and "Spectre" (2015) as the most recent release. The commercial success and longevity is of course due to the intriguing subject matter, the fast-paced, thrilling narrative that encompasses the vast majority of the movies and also, the enigmatic character of Bond himself. James Bond is defined by his constant utilization of wit, his charming, albeit arrogant personality, and his extreme dedication to Queen and country. His most defining attribute (and most controversial) would be his relentless pursuit of members of the opposite sex. All of these characteristics indeed contribute to the massive success that the series has enjoyed. However, it is relatively easy to comprehend that when a series lasts as long as this, there are undoubtedly going to be some films that are simply not up to par with the others in the series. Thus, as a lover of film and a lover of the James Bond series specifically, I will provide my list of the top 5 greatest films in the James Bond series.

1. Dr. No

The first James Bond film is undeniably my favorite in the entire series. This movie is the first real film to feature James Bond even though it is based on Ian Fleming’s (the mastermind behind James Bond) sixth book. There are a plethora of reasons as to why this film is the first to make it on this list. The first thing I considered is that this film served as the introduction for the character of James Bond, who was played by arguably the best actor suited for this role: Sean Connery. Despite some of the melodramatic elements in this film, it definitely was intended to stay relatively grounded in reality, which is something that cannot be said about later entries in the series. However, the true reason I selected this film first is because it features the iconic first words uttered by Connery, which are, “Bond, James Bond.”

2. Goldeneye

Pierce’s Brosnan’s debut as James Bond is undoubtedly his strongest. “Goldeneye” featured an extraordinarily interesting story, which is somewhat perplexing, considering that the film is not based on a book by Ian Fleming. The film also featured a legendary villain in Alec Trevelyan, portrayed by Sean Bean. Trevelyan was previously a member of the British spy agency, MI6, but he betrayed the organization in order to act out in revenge against England for a wrong committed against his ancestors during World War II. The film is a well deserved entry on this list for the inclusion of an immensely charismatic villain, fascinating plot, and the best soundtrack in the entire series.

3. The Spy Who Loved Me

Roger Moore’s tremendous portrayal of Bond is, in my opinion, second only to Sean Connery. Roger Moore in many ways embodies what the character of what Bond should be. He is more charming, more charismatic, and wittier than Connery, although he is not as physically imposing. Roger Moore could be considered my favorite actor to play Bond, however, the films that he stars in are substantially less entertaining and intriguing than the ones that had Connery as Bond. “The Spy Who Loved Me” is an exception. This is another great bond film for two major reasons. Firstly, the story itself is very fascinating, as it features Soviet and British spy operatives working together against a common enemy. Secondly, and most importantly, the film features the greatest henchman in the entire series: Jaws. An appropriate name for this hulking figure, Jaws is a gigantic man armed not only with his immensely powerful physical physique but he also possesses extraordinarily sharp metallic teeth that are capable of cutting through virtually anything. it is primarily for the latter reason that this is Roger Moore’s finest Bond film and one of the best in the series.

4. From Russia With Love

The film is legendary in many ways. First, it established the tradition of having a theme song composed for every Bond film. Second, it introduced the character of Q, who would serve as the head of research and development for M16 for numerous films and would outfit Bond with a plethora of ridiculous gadgets that the films are famous for. Lastly, the film introduced the character of Blofeld, the leader of the criminal organization SPECTRE. Blofeld serves as the nemesis of Bond and the primary antagonist of the entire series. The film sees Bond travel to Instabul, Turkey, in order to retrieve a cryptographic device from a Russian defector, who allegedly is madly in love with Bond. In actuality, her orders were to feign love for Bond so that she can successfully achieve her mission. However, as expected, her love for him becomes genuine. “From Russia With Love” is another outstanding film in the series.

5. Casino Royale

This film is definitely Daniel Craig’s finest James Bond film. Craig transformed the entire Bond film series by portraying a grittier, more realistic version of the character. The film is significantly differentiated from virtually all of the earlier films because they all have, in some way or another, references to the Cold War era. Although the film deviates significantly from the book, which of course is necessary in order to remain relevant for modern times, the film stays true to the more significant points featured in the book. One of the greatest things that was simply unchanged was the relationship between Bond and Vesper Lynd, another agent that he is forced to work with for his mission. This film portrays the character of Bond in a surprisingly human light because he cares significantly for Vesper, something that, unfortunately, simply cannot be said for the Bond girls of the other films. “Casino Royale” deserves the spot on this list for transitioning the series away from the Cold War dominated themes of the past films and focusing the series back into the present.

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50 Quotes from the Best Vines

If you're picturing the vines in your head, you're doing it right

In 2017 we had to say goodbye to one of the best websites to ever roam the internet: Vine. In case you have been living under a rock since 2013, Vine was -(sad face)- a website and app that took the internet and the app store by storm in Winter 2013. It contained 6-second videos that were mostly comedy- but there were other genres including music, sports, cool tricks and different trends. Vine stars would get together and plan out a vine and film it till they got it right.

It was owned by Twitter and it was shut down because of so many reasons; the viners were leaving and making money from Youtube, there was simply no money in it and Twitter wanted us to suffer.

There's been a ton of threads on Twitter of everyone's favorite vines so I thought I'd jump in and share some of my favorites. So without further ado, here are some quotes of vines that most vine fanatics would know.

1. "AHH...Stahhp. I coulda dropped mah croissant"

2. "Nate how are those chicken strips?" "F%#K YA CHICKEN STRIPS.....F%#K ya chicken strips!"

3. "Road work ahead? Uh Yea, I sure hope it does"

4. "Happy Crimus...." "It's crismun..." "Merry crisis" "Merry chrysler"

5. "...Hi Welcome to Chili's"

6. "HoW dO yOu kNoW wHaT's gOoD fOr mE?" "THAT'S MY OPINIONNN!!!.."

7."Welcome to Bible Study. We're all children of Jesus... Kumbaya my looordd"

8. Hi my name's Trey, I have a basketball game tomorrow. Well I'm a point guard, I got shoe game..."

9. "It's a avocadooo...thanks"

10. "Yo how much money do you have?" "69 cents" "AYE you know what that means?" "I don't have enough money for chicken nuggets"

11. "Hurricane Katrina? More like Hurricane Tortilla."

12. "Hey Tara you want some?" "This b*%th empty. YEET!"

13. "Get to Del Taco. They got a new thing called Freesha-- Free-- Freeshavaca do"

14. "Mothertrucker dude that hurt like a buttcheek on a stick"

15. "Two brooss chillin in a hot tub 5 feet apart cuz they're not gay"

16. "Jared can you read number 23 for the class?" "No I cannot.... What up I'm Jared, I'm 19 and I never f#@%in learned how to read."

17. "Not to be racist or anything but Asian people SSUUGHHH"

18. 18. "I wanna be a cowboy baby... I wanna be a cowboy baby"

19. "Hey, I'm lesbian" "I thought you were American"

20. "I spilled lipstick in your Valentino bag" "you spilled- whaghwhha- lipstick in my Valentino White bag?"

21. "What's better than this? Guys bein dudes"

22. "How'd you get these bumps? ya got eggzma?" "I got what?" "You got eggzma?"

23. "WHAT ARE THOSEEEEE?" "THEY are my crocs!"

24. "Can I get a waffle? Can I please get a waffle?"

25. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAVEN!" "I can't sweem"

26. "Say Coloradoo" "I'M A GIRAFFE!!"

27. "How much did you pay for that taco?" Aight yo you know this boys got his free tacoo"

28. *Birds chirping* "Tweekle Tweekle"

29. "Girl, you're thicker than a bowl of oatmeal"

30. "I brought you Frankincense" "Thank you" "I brought you Myrrh" "Thank you" "Mur-dur" ""

31. "Sleep? I don't know about's summertime" "You ain't go to bed?" "Oh she caught me"

32. "All I wanna tell you is school's not important... Be whatever you wanna be. If you wanna be a dog...RUFF. You know?"33. "Oh I like ya accent where you from?" "I'm Liberian" "Oh, my bad *whispering* I like your accent..."

34. "Next Please" "Hello" "Sir, this is a mug shot" "A mug shot? I don't even drink coffee"

35. "Hey did you happen to go to class last week?" "I have never missed a class"

36. "Go ahead and introduce yourselves" "My name is Michael with a B and I've been afraid of insects my entire-" "Stop, stop, stop. Where?" "Hmm?" "Where's the B?" "There's a bee?"

37. "There's only one thing worse than a rapist...Boom" "A child" "No"

38. "Later mom. What's up me and my boys are going to see Uncle Kracker...GIVE ME MY HAT BACK JORDAN! DO YOU WANNA SEE UNCLE KRACKER OR NO?

39. "Dad look, it's the good kush." This is the dollar store, how good can it be?"

40. "Zach stop...Zach stop...You're gonna get in trouble. Zach"

41. "CHRIS! Is that a weed? "No this is a crayon-" I'm calling the police" *puts 911 into microwave* "911 what's your emergency"

42. "WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? "

43. *Blowing vape on table* * cameraman blows it away* "ADAM"

44. "Would you like the spider in your hand?" "Yea" "Say please" "Please" *puts spider in hand* *screams*

45. "Oh hi, thanks for checking in I'm still a piece of garrbaagge"

46. *girl blows vape* "...WoW"

47. *running* "...Daddy?" "Do I look like-?"

48. *Pours water onto girl's face" "Hello?"

49. "Wait oh yes wait a minute Mr. Postman" "HaaaAHH"

50. "...And they were roommates" "Mah God they were roommates"

I could literally go on forever because I just reference vines on a daily basis. Rest in peace Vine

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The Johns Creek International Festival Showed That It Should Happen Every Year Across The Nation

The two parts of our community are unity and diversity and the Johns Creek International Festival showed both with flying colors!

Diversity, unity and equality are three traits that are very prominent in the community we all live in. These traits help signify who we all are as individuals and groups of people and they determine how we act towards other people. This year, here in Johns Creek, Georgia there was an International Festival on April 21, and it had everything planned to perfection.

There were tents from local restaurants and companies, live music from performers by locals and so much more to enjoy. This was the very first annual festival that happened here, and it showed me that a festival like this should happen everywhere nationwide because of the number of people who come out and enjoy seeing other cultures.

Other cultures are sometimes hard to come by depending on the community you live in, but at this festival, there were cultures from all over the place. There were performances from China to India to even American Rock. All the performances were once in a lifetime because the performers were nothing less.

In addition to all of these professional performances, there were also performances from local schools. These include the River Trail Yo-Yo club and the Taylor Road Middle School Jazz Band. There were even Northview High School performances that killed it on stage.

These types of performances were from different parts of the world which made me realize that the rest of the world has performances just as cool and amazing as ours, but we do not see them much.

The only thing that was amazing was not only the performances, of course, but also the plethora of food trucks that were present throughout the festival. These food trucks were from all over the world as well, from Mexican to Indian to even food from Honduras! There was even rolled ice cream which I must say was to die for.

Now do not get me wrong; there were other things there besides food and performances like the tents. There were rows of tents selling their beauties from around the world. There were also tents that were playing games that are native to their motherland like at the India tent, there were people playing cricket. Lastly, there was a kids' tent that was doing crafts from all around the world, like an African face mask.

These are only a few of the fascinations that were present at this one of a kind festival, but even with these few things, thousands of people came out and supported and enjoyed the day. I know I learned a lot and I hope to see another one soon and somewhere around the nation because let us be honest, we do not know much about other cultures, and this is a fun way to learn about them. It is a step in the diverse and unified direction!

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