Hi everyone, first time posting here at CBn.
I recently wrote about the 33 best hand-to-hand fights of the James Bond franchise on my film blog, hopefully my first of many James Bond articles leading up to next year's SPECTRE.
Over the years, James Bond has relied on a lot of things to get his job done: friends in foreign countries, presents from Q-Branch, a way with the ladies, fluency in many languages, superior knowledge of wines, precious metals, and butterfly species, blind luck, damaged nerve endings, engines that run 0-62 mph in 4.6 seconds, and on occasion drinking the bar out of its vodka and brazenly telling the enemy who he is and what he’s after. But more often than not the most direct way to save the day is simply to roll up the sleeves and start throwing punches.
Bond has battled atop speeding trains, aboard luxurious yachts, high on snowy peaks, deep within a volcano lair, and yes, even in outer space, using any combination of fighting styles from Krav Maga and Jiu-jitsu to Victorian boxing. He’s never lost a bout yet, but that doesn’t make the fights of the James Bond films any less thrilling. Still, with over a hundred to choose from, some have been more memorable than others. The fights mentioned here were chosen for their brutality, originality, humor, artistic merit, bearing on narrative, editing, cinematography, choreography, and use or absence of music. And of course, a cool retro-futuristic set designed by Ken Adam never hurts.
Disclaimer: Only the 23 James Bond films produced by Eon have been included. Otherwise, Never Say Never Again‘s epic health clinic battle between Sean Connery andIndiana Jones stuntman Pat Roach featuring hurled hand weights, a metallic whip, and a beaker of Bond’s own urine chucked in the face would surely have made the cut.
In the words of Elliot Carver: “Let the mayhem begin.”
Edited by White_Knight, 08 December 2014 - 01:26 AM.