Bondies | Razzies | Summary | Discuss
Universal Exports and the members of the MI6 Debriefing Room message board set out to find the answers to age-old Bondian debates such as who was the best Bond, what was the worst movie, etc. After months of polling, 00-Agent Sausagebrigade compiled and released the final results. The opinions below represent the MI6 Debriefing Room community and not necessarily those of the Webmaster of this site.
Best Screenplay- Richard Maibaum, From Russia with Love
Overcoming that Razzie win, Maibaum's script for the second Bond film takes Best Screenplay. Rarely has a Bond movie been more tauter or richer in characterisation.
Best Effects- Derek Meddings, Moonraker
Derek Meddings earned his place as a Bond legend thanks to this movie- the model shots and space lazar battle are stunning and have never been bettered in the Bond series.
Best Sound Design- Gordon K. McCallum, John W. Mitchell, On Her Majesty's Secret Service
The exaggerated fight sounds add greatly to OHMSS? individuality amongst the Bond movies. Check out the fight outside Draco's office for example.
Best Music (Song)- Paul McCartney, Live and Let Die
Stealing the Best Song crown from Shirley Bassey, McCartney's appropriately hellish theme tune is a series signature tune.
Best Music (Score)- John Barry, On Her Majesty's Secret Service
How to choose just one classic Barry score when there are so many? In the end, his startling work on George Lazenby's solo Bond outing gained your favour. Surprisingly diverse, best remembered is the title theme.
Best Make-up- Mary Burton, Bron Roylance- Die Another Day
The Bond make-up artists are the unsung heroes of the franchise. Rick Yune's Zao made an impression almost solely due to the incredible work put in by Burton and Roylance.
Best Editing- John Glen, On Her Majesty's Secret Service
John Glen's technical brilliance was first seen in OHMSS. The movie represents the culmination of the revolutionary editing techniques first seen in Dr No, and then takes them a stage further. The fight scenes are arguably the most memorable in the series thanks to Glen.
Best Costume Design- Jacques Fonteray- Moonraker
One of the biggest Bond movies in the series features some of the most impressive costumes. The real standouts here are the space suits and the strangely eerie carnival costumes.
Best Cinematography- Michael Reed- On Her Majesty's Secret Service
A location like the Swiss Alps is already pretty dazzling. Michael Reed's cinematography makes it more so. An excellent eye for local detail is another hallmark of his work. The shame is he only did one movie.
Best Production Design- Ken Adam, You Only Live Twice
Adam, like John Barry, is one of the most talented people ever to grace a Bond film. The volcano set may have been surpassed in size by the Liparus and Moonraker sets, but it's the original, and the best.
Best Supporting Actress- Lucianna Paluzzi, Thunderball
In general, the Bond series? supporting actresses are usual superior to many of the Bond girls. Paluzzi upstages Claudine Auger's understated Domino with a passionate, much appreciated performance. It's hard to see how anyone else could?ve won it.
Best Supporting Actor- Robert Shaw, From Russia with Love
Facing strong competition in this category, Shaw often gets overlooked in favour of his FRWL co-stars, but without his performance the film would lack much of it's air of mystery and menace. Without gimmicks, his Donald Grant is the most threatening, almost unstoppable henchmen of the series.
Best Actress- Diana Rigg, On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Rigg admirably avoids the usual Bond girl pitfalls- either being too ditzy or too forceful- to turn in a brilliantly balanced and sympathetic performance. You really could believe that James Bond was in love with her. A pity that none of the following Bond girls ever matched her calibre.
Best Actor- Sean Connery, From Russia with Love
This category could?ve gone any way, as each Bond has a loyal fan base on Universal Exports, but in the end, Connery takes it. It's his favourite Bond film and you can see his enthusiasm on screen, as well as the brutality that none of the other actors truly matched.
Best Director- Terence Young, From Russia with Love
Young's favourite Bond movie as well. The set was plagued with problems, but through it Young delivered a real classic. And it shows that he is equally as comfortable with the espionage as he is with the action, thanks to three rousing set pieces towards the end.
Best Picture- From Russia with Love, produced by Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman
On Her Majesty's Secret Service would?ve been the more predictable winner, but in the event it got surprisingly few votes. Instead, the classic second Bond movie wins. It really is one of the quite frankly rare occasions when everything in the movie comes together and works, with the few stumbling points rendered obsolete by colourful performances and a memorable script. Magnificent.
Worst Screenplay- Richard Maibaum, Michael G. Wilson, A View to a Kill
Few surprises here. Many have pointed out that it's greatest weakness is it's similarity to the plot of Goldfinger and the emphasis on slapstick comedy.
Worst Music (Song)- Madonna, Die Another Day
The Madonna backlash continues unabated. Not only was she panned for the song, but her cameo in the movie was greeted with mass cries of derision by even the most casual cinema goers.
Worst Music (Score)- Eric Serra, GoldenEye
Eric Serra is the anti-John Barry, delivering a score so lacking in quality that it had to be redone by a different composer. Add that to the fact that the Bond theme is almost non-existent and you have the audio equivalent of a Maths exam.
Worst Actress- Tanya Roberts, A View to a Kill
Was there ever a more loathed Bond girl? Jinx may be hot on her trail but for many, Roberts is still the first lady of annoying screechiness.
Worst Actor- Roger Moore, A View to a Kill
Maybe it was his age, or maybe it was the fact that his routine was getting a little tired. Whatever it was, Roger's final performance won your vote of no-confidence.
Worst Director- Lee Tamahori, Die Another Day
If it hadn?t been for Tamahori, Die Another Day might?ve came off as less clich?and predictable. And we wouldn?t have to put up with those crappy Matrix-style effects either.
Worst Picture- A View to a Kill
AVTAK takes the dubious honour of becoming this year's big Razzie winner. There were a few good points- Christopher Walken, Duran Duran, Peter Lamont's set design, but they are lost in a mess of misjudgement. 1985 is a year many Bond fans would like to forget.
A breakdown of the results:
From Russia with Love- 5 Bondies
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Thunderball- 1 Bondie
You Only Live Twice- 1 Bondie
On Her Majesty's Secret Service- 5 Bondies
Live and Let Die- 1 Bondie
Moonraker- 2 Bondies
A View to a Kill- 4 Razzies
GoldenEye- 1 Razzie
Die Another Day- 1 Bondie, 2 Razzies
The outright winners this year are From Russia with Love and On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
Special thanks to the following MI6 Debriefing Room members for all their help in running and creating the Bondies: Agent-007, cardinal biggles, Reidy, FelixLeiter, Agent 005, Sam Copper, jamesbond_ahwhoamikidding and the man who made it all possible, SausageBrigade!