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Bryan Thunkd
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I tried introducing my kids to the James Bond series with Dr. No and they were not terribly impressed. They're willing to give 007 another try and I want to make sure they really enjoy it. Which film is going to really wow them?
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Live and Let Die. Or Moonraker.
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It might depend on their ages?

As a kid - the movie that had the intro that grabbed me most was "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". And the submarine lotus in "The Spy Who Loved Me" is also pretty catchy. And Goldfinger might be the most Bond of the bond films.

If your kids are hip to today's movie glories... the new Daniel Craig flicks like Casino Royale and Skyfall are solid.


I'm partial to early Connery and Craig as Bond - they just didn't always get the best scripts.
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Pick a Bond:

Connery - From Russia With Love
Why? Hedge maze, gypsy camp, Orient Express, powerboat chase.

Lazenby - On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Why? "This never happened to the other fellow!", Blofeld (Telly Savalas), Piz Gloria, actually a really good screenplay!

Moore - The Man with the Golden Gun
Why? Mirror maze, Scaramanga (Christopher Lee), Nick-Nack (Herve Villechaize).

Dalton - The Living Daylights
Why? Necros (Andreas Wisniewski), Mujahadin, Brad Whitaker (Joe Don Baker).

Brosnan - Goldeneye
Why? The dam, Trevelyan (Sean Bean), Onatopp (Famke Janssen), tank chase.

Craig - Skyfall
Why? Train opening, Silva (Javier Bardem), firefight scene.
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Each of the later Bonds (Dalton, Brosnan, Craig) really did a Bond reboot. The latter two successfully. I'd pick Goldeneye as it gets the best balance of traditional "big" Bond and modern pace. And while Bond never will be politically correct, that just wouldn't be Bond, it's one with a stronger female lead than many others (though not all - actually who does win there?).
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Audacon wrote:

It might depend on their ages?


Very true. The earlier Bond films were much more "talky" and had less eye-popping excitement than the later ones. So, younger children might get bored between action scenes.

It also might depend on their hobbies and interests. For example, children who enjoy skiing and winter sports might enjoy ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE. Children who are into sci-fi might prefer MOONRAKER.

My personal favorites are GOLDFINGER and FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (but I'm 52 years old). I think if Sean Connery had been in ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE, that would be my favorite (although, I think Lazenby did a decent job).
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Maybe "The Spy Who Loved Me"

It's the first appearance of Richard Kiel as Jaws. In general, the Roger Moore Bonds were lighter hearted and probably a good starting point for kids.
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Even though it's one of the lamer films now, the one that pulled me in as a kid was Moonraker because of the cool gadgets. I loved that.
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Again, depending on ages, I would say any of the Brosnan films would work. They're not brilliant, but they're flashy and full of gadgets and action. Maybe Die Another Day if you want a specific film.
 
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