Connery's best and my all time 3rd fav, CR OHMSS pip to the post I'm afraid, but for me still the best Bond performance of the series. ( will see what DC does with Bond 22 in a more confident & experienced 007)
It took Moore till SWLM to deliver his best Bond but SC did in his 2nd, while his GF & TB performances are great, his FRWL is devoid of too many gadgets save the practical attache case, the way it's incorporated into the train fight is simply genius and still my all time stand alone Bond moment.
Shaw as Grant, you can see why DC like's him so much, he easily the series all time best villian, ruthless, the moment he has SC on his knee's is gripping and Sean's peformance in that scene alone defines his Bond, even though at his lowest still with some sharp cracks and Grant's greed being his undoing, something which seperates him from 007.
Barry's superb score, great instrumental title theme and the reat of the score is Barrytastic so much better than Monty's DN score.
Armendez's Ali Kerim Bey is one all the all time best ally's, a brave and dignified performance considering his tragic fate.
Bianchi's Romanava is simply gorgeous and one of the best Bond girls, Lenya's Klebb so memeorable and sinister, the introduction of Blofeld is masterful and a pity he was so debunked of menace when finally unmasked in YOLT.
It's also a great believable espionage story, it would be a along time before we saw it's like again, all in all a solid gold classic and despite GF & TB being classic's as well, Connery would never be this good again, maybe confident & relaxed but this is his crowning glory and yet to be beat.
How could I forget as some have pointed out, a great script with so many memorable lines., delivered by an impecable cast, top PTS. Everything about FRWL screams class, I sometimes wonder why OHMSS pips to my top spot although now CR has grabbed the crown.
Edited by bond 16.05.72, 23 January 2007 - 11:58 PM.