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For the second time, 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.

The Albert R. Broccoli Lifetime Achievement Award
  Posthumously awarded to: Desmond Llewelyn, for his long running connection with the Bond series as the character of Q

When Desmond Llewelyn was tragically killed in a car accident, the world of Bond fandom was dramatically shaken. It seemed improbable that a man, who had played the same character for nearly forty years, and had remained a constant despite changes in personnel and hiatus, could ever die. Q was almost an ageless character, like 007. No matter how old he actually was at the time, Llewelyn played the grumpy inventor to perfection. This is why he became a favourite of not just the fans, but also the general public. It is also why he was frequently typecast, even in Broccoli and Saltzman's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Nonetheless, he was clever enough to realise it, and never tired of the part, unlike so many other actors tied to a long running series. The fact that he was in reality nothing like his jargon spouting character is another indicator of just how talented an actor Llewleyn was - his performances are seamless. His devotion to the series became particularly poignant in what turned out to be his final Bond movie, The World is Not Enough. After the customary interplay with his fifth Bond, Llewelyn slowly disappears from view, with dignity, and with one final line- "Never let them see you bleed" that will forever tie him with the role. That he would die weeks later gives the scene even greater emotional resonance. Of all the legends who have worked in the Bond series, you would be hard pressed to find one more towering than Desmond Llewelyn, the posthumous first recipient of the Albert R. Broccoli Lifetime Achievement Award.

Best Screenplay
  The Living Daylights - Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson

Maibaum's reputation as the most prolific Bond writer is exemplified by the fact that he wins both the Best and Worst Screenplay categories. However, more of his scripts are hits rather than misses, including this late classic. Although by this time, he was one of the oldest members of the Bond team, he and Michael G. Wilson create a refreshingly different Bond adventure, with a dynamic new 007 and a clever plot that demands the attention of the viewer. His creative ability had clearly not dimmed since 1962.

Runner Ups: From Russia with Love - Richard Maibaum, You Only Live Twice - Roald Dahl, On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Richard Maibaum, The World is Not Enough - Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Bruce Feirstein

Previous Winner: From Russia with Love - Richard Maibaum

Best Stunt Choreography
  The Spy who Loved Me - Bob Simmons

Simmons, arguably the greatest stunt choreographer to work on the series, is the winner of this new category for his incredible work on the action-packed The Spy who Loved Me. Aside from the obviously incredible stunt that opens the movie, the fight sequences dotted throughout the movie suggest earlier work, such as his own Thunderball and Peter Perkins' From Russia with Love, while the final battle sequence shows his versatility in creating masterfully exciting sequences whatever the location or resources.

Runner Ups: From Russia with Love - Peter Perkins, Thunderball - Bob Simmons, You Only Live Twice - Bob Simmons, On Her Majesty's Secret Service - George Leech

Previous Winner: First time category

Best Special Effects
  Moonraker - Rene Albouze, Charles-Henri Assola, John Evans, Serge Pouvianne and John Richardson

An unsurprising second win for the Moonraker team, but to be fair, it is deserved. No Bond movie before had even attempted such complex effects, but to their credit, it comes off beautifully. The typical Bondian ingenuity is still on show too - the rocket trails were actually cascades of salt. Without a doubt, the effects are up to the standard of other contemporary science fiction movies.

Runner Ups: On Her Majesty's Secret Service - John Stears, The Spy who Loved Me - John Evans, The Living Daylights - Chris Corbould, Tomorrow Never Dies - Chris Corbould

Previous Winner: Moonraker - Rene Albouze, Charles-Henri Assola, John Evans, Serge Pouvianne and John Richardson

Best Sound Design
  Moonraker - Jean-Pierre Lelong

The fact that Moonraker involved a nearly all French crew isn't immediately obvious, given the level of skill shown in the various fields including Sound Design and Special Effects. The various noises Lelong employs all create a convincing impression in a movie, that at times, is about as unconvincing as they come.

Runner Ups: Dr No - Archie Ludski and Norman Wanstall, Goldfinger - Harry Miller and Norman Wanstall, You Only Live Twice - Harry Miller and Norman Wanstall, On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Harry Miller and Nicholas Stevenson

Previous Winner: On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Harry Miller and Nicholas Stevenson

Best Song
  Live and Let Die - Paul McCartney and Wings

Arguably the only positive thing to come out of Paul McCartney's long, and often interminable, post-Beatles years, Live and Let Die is a rock classic and one of the most distinctive Bond theme tunes ever. The cocky lyrics are fitting for Moore's new take on Bond, while the tune, in its sheer ferocity, gives listeners an impression of just how action packed and exciting the movie will be. Slightly tarnished by the inferior Guns 'n' Roses cover version, but still one of the most memorable Bond themes in series history.

Runner Ups: Nobody Does It Better - Carly Simon, A View to a Kill - Duran Duran, The Living Daylights - Aha, The World is Not Enough - Garbage

Previous Winner: Live and Let Die - Paul McCartney and Wings

Best Musical Score
  The Living Daylights - John Barry

Barry's final score is a perfect conclusion to his Bond career. Edgy yet traditional too, it tells us that this will be a distinctively different Bond adventure, while still containing some of the classic Bondian touches. Action, romance, intrigue - all brilliantly summed up by the master in his consistently excellent cues. He even makes a cameo appearance as an orchestra conductor, perhaps EON's way of thanking him for all the fine work he has done for them.

Runner Ups: You Only Live Twice - John Barry, Diamonds Are Forever - John Barry, A View to a Kill - John Barry, Tomorrow Never Dies - David Arnold

Previous Winner: On Her Majesty's Secret Service - John Barry

Best Make-up
  You Only Live Twice - Basil Newall and Paul Rabiger

We have Newall and Rabiger to thank for the creation of one of the most menacing images in Bond history - Blofeld's hideous scar. For conveying evil, it works a treat, but it's amazing to think it only came about after a hump and a limp had been dismissed as character traits. Probably because of the memorable effect achieved here, scars later became a signifier of villainy in future Bond films, particularly GoldenEye and Die Another Day.

Runner Ups: Live and Let Die - Paul Rabiger, Octopussy - George Frost, GoldenEye - Linda DeVetta, Die Another Day - Lynda Armstrong and Melissa Lackersteen

Previous Winner: Die Another Day- Mary Burton and Bron Roylance

Best Editing
  From Russia with Love - Peter R. Hunt

Peter Hunt's mastery of the art of editing is never more evident than it is here. Given the sheer number of disasters that managed to befall the production on From Russia with Love, he managed to fashion a movie that flows beautifully. Take, for example, the brief moment where Rosa Klebb peers into Blofeld's fish tank, then returns to face him - all Hunt did here was reverse the action, but you wouldn't know it. Elsewhere, the train compartment fight is classic Hunt, and influential on later editors, both in the Bond series and in movies as a whole.

Runner Ups: Goldfinger - Peter R. Hunt, On Her Majesty's Secret Service - John Glen, The Spy who Loved Me - John Glen, GoldenEye - Terry Rawlings

Previous Winner: On Her Majesty's Secret Service - John Glen

Best Costume Design
  The Spy who Loved Me - Rosemary Burrows

The banana yellow ski suit may not be remembered with great fondness, but elsewhere Burrows gives the characters costumes that entirely suit them. Take, for example, Jaws' basic outfit of shirt, trousers and braces- they perfectly imply the functionality of the character. The vivid military uniforms that feature in the final battle are also clever in how they make the two sides immediately obvious to the audience. Perhaps not the most memorable collection of costumes, but certainly amongst the most well conceived.

Runner Ups: Dr No - Tessa Prendergast, Moonraker - Jacques Fonteray, Octopussy - Emma Porteus, Die Another Day - Lindy Hemming

Previous Winner: Moonraker - Jacques Fonteray

Best Cinematography
  On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Michael Reed

Like the best of Bond cinematographers, Reed changes visual style to suit whatever is happening on screen. Contrast the cold frenzy of the racetrack scenes with the epic expanse of those taking place on the Alps - both work extremely well but are almost completely different in tone to each other. He may only have worked on one Bond movie, but his work on On Her Majesty's Secret Service puts many other cinematographers to shame.

Runner Ups: Thunderball - Ted Moore, You Only Live Twice - Freddie Young, The Spy who Loved Me - Claude Renoir, The Living Daylights - Alec Mills

Previous Winner: On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Michael Reed

Best Production Design
  You Only Live Twice - Ken Adam

To say this is the best of Ken Adam's work on the series is high praise indeed, as in almost all the Bond movies he worked on, he brings something special and unique to the fold. Naturally, the volcano base is the highlight of the film, (and rightly so - it still looks staggering), but other sets such as Osato's office, Tanaka's home and the stunning domed surgery combine Japanese flavours with his own trademark design quirks to create something that will live on as long as cinema lasts.

Runner Ups: Dr No - Ken Adam, Goldfinger - Ken Adam, The Spy who Loved Me - Ken Adam, Die Another Day - Peter Lamont

Previous Winner: You Only Live Twice - Ken Adam

Best Supporting Actor
  You Only Live Twice - Donald Pleasence

In practically disregarding the established characterisation of Blofeld in previous movies, Pleasence ensured that his own take on the evil mastermind would never be bettered. The character now comes across as almost schizophrenic thanks to his endeavours - he goes from witty, to psychotic, to gleeful, to impatient in the space of a few minutes. What's more, he understands how effective a tool the voice can be. The soft, whispery tones with which he greets Bond are creepy enough, but the Germanic bark that later became gold for parodists immediately tells the viewer that the man on screen is not particularly well balanced at all.

Runner Ups: The Man with the Golden Gun - Christopher Lee, GoldenEye - Sean Bean, Tomorrow Never Dies - Jonathan Pryce, The World is Not Enough - Desmond Llewelyn

Previous Winner: From Russia with Love - Robert Shaw

Best Supporting Actress
  GoldenEye - Famke Janssen

GoldenEye, the first Bond movie in six years, needed something special. It certainly had that in Famke Janssen, who, as Xenia Onatopp, is one of the sexiest, and most dangerous, Bond villains since the Connery era. Her chemistry with Brosnan is phenomenal and she brings much more to the table than the slightly forgettable Izabella Scorupco. She also carries off the slightly improbably aspects of her character with great finesse in a way that is reminiscent of the previous winner of this category, Lucianna Paluzzi. One of the most memorable villains in recent movie history.

Runner Ups: From Russia with Love - Lotte Lenya, Thunderball - Lucianna Paluzzi, The Man with the Golden Gun - Maud Adams, Die Another Day - Rosamund Pike

Previous Winner: Thunderball - Lucianna Paluzzi

Best Actress
  The World is Not Enough - Sophie Marceau

Despite being the villain of The World is Not Enough, Sophie Marceau is also a million times better than Denise Richards as a Bond girl too. However, she is more than just a very pretty face - the portrayal of insanity is never less than convincing, no mean feat in a series that usually dips into caricature at the expense of beliveability. This is the sort of actress EON should hire more regularly, capable of a fine performance and stunning screen presence, rather than an overhyped no-talent who greedily dominates the movie. Will we ever see Marceau's like again? If anyone values the series, we should hope so. A very deserving winner of the Best Actress award.

Runner Ups: Goldfinger - Honor Blackman, On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Diana Rigg, Live and Let Die - Jane Seymour, Octopussy - Maud Adams

Previous Winner: On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Diana Rigg

Best Actor
  Diamonds Are Forever - Sean Connery

Based on the number of nominations he received, Connery is still as popular as ever amongst Bond fans. The surprise, however, is that he won for his performance in the until now much maligned Diamonds Are Forever. To be fair, it is a fantastic performance, for different reasons to his earlier ones. The hard edge has been replaced by a sense of amused weariness, giving Connery the opportunity to indulge in some brilliantly timed comic acting. Those who call him a minor talent should be forced to watch the scene where he emerges from a pipe, and, with mocking confusion, complains of having lost his way. Forget Roger Moore - Connery is easily the funniest of the Bond actors.

Runner Ups: From Russia with Love - Sean Connery, Goldfinger - Sean Connery, The Living Daylights - Timothy Dalton, The World is Not Enough - Pierce Brosnan

Previous Winner: From Russia with Love - Sean Connery

Best Director
  Goldfinger - Guy Hamilton

Guy Hamilton is a worthy winner because for at least one movie, he understood the appeal of the Bond movies. Eschewing Terence Young's occasionally studied European stylings, Hamilton's direction is like a head-on collision between North by Northwest and a Superman comic, constantly exciting and always on the look out for a surprising, and original shot. Take the teaser sequence, for example - to emphasise the sheer silliness of it, the camera briefly lingers on the comedy duck headgear as Connery throws it into the water. Then there's the farcical moment when 007 spots an assailant in the reflection cast by his latest conquest's eye; absolutely unbelievable, but Hamilton's wonderful direction makes it all seem so right.

Runner Ups: From Russia with Love - Terence Young, On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Peter R. Hunt, The Living Daylights - John Glen, GoldenEye - Martin Campbell

Previous Winner: From Russia with Love - Terrance Young

Best Picture
  The Living Daylights

After years in the wilderness, it now seems like the Dalton years have undergone a full re-evaluation and are now considered amongst the cream of Bond. The Living Daylights is truly the finest Bond movie of the 1980s; harking back to the glory years of Bond, it is an intricate tale of arms dealing set against the backdrop of the crumbling Soviet empire during the war in Afghanistan. Because of that, it is unusally topical, and has an epic sweep missing since Moonraker. The eclectic cast bring a much needed humanity to the piece, including Dalton, who, as the new Bond, is both more enigmatic and more human than his predecessors. And don't forget, The Living Daylights is also a superb action movie - the various sequences are jam packed with tense danger, and never more than a few minutes away. The last great Bond movie? Hopefully not, but if it is, it's not half bad.

Runner Ups: From Russia with Love, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The Spy who Loved Me, GoldenEye

Previous Winner: From Russia with Love

The Razzies

Worst Screenplay
  Licence to Kill - Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson

There was some doubt about whether Licence to Kill would actually feature in this category - it was nominated for Best Screenplay as well! But in the end, you sent it down the path of shame, rather than the path of glory. In the views of many Bond fans, Licence to Kill deviates too far from the Bond formula, offering almost no light relief and scenes of unpleasant violence that far exceed anything in the series before or since. Still hugely divisive and controversial to this day.

Runner Ups: The Man with the Golden Gun - Richard Maibaum and Tom Mankiewicz, A View to a Kill - Richard Maibaum and Michael G Wilson, Tomorrow Never Dies - Bruce Feirstein, Die Another Day - Neal Purvis and Robert Wade

Previous Winner: A View to a Kill - Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson

Worst Special Effects
  Die Another Day - Chris Corbould

If anything, this new category proves the old adage that they're 'oldies but goodies.' For all their obvious limitations, these earlier movies at least don't go over the top and build their entire last half around some fairly misjudged CGI and bluescreen. Die Another Day's comedy parasurfing and synthetic Jinx provide the case that Casino Royale 2006 should be much more stripped down and much less effects driven. Everyone involved should be ashamed of themselves.

Runner Ups: You Only Live Twice - John Stears, Diamonds Are Forever - Les Hillman and Whitney McMahon, Live and Let Die - Derek Meddings, The Man with the Golden Gun - John Stears

Worst Song
  The Experience of Love - Eric Serra

Some surprise nominations here, but what they all have in common is they are slightly syrupy ballads (yes, even i>We Have All the Time in the World). The Experience of Love is easily the worst of the lot, the end credits song for GoldenEye performed by Gallic composer Eric Serra. Never has one man got the whole tone of the Bond series so dramatically wrong. He really should've been restrained.

Runner Ups: From Russia with Love - Matt Munro, We Have All the Time in the World - Louis Armstrong, All Time High - Rita Coolidge, Licence to Kill - Gladys Knight

Previous Winner: Die Another Day - Madonna

Worst Score
  Dr No - Monty Norman

This result probably has less to do with the infamous court battle between Norman and John Barry and more to do with the fact that the inaugural Bond score just hasn't dated very well. Aside from the James Bond theme, which at its conception sounds more urgent than than it would ever be again, many of the cues are blatantly theatrical and fuddy duddy. Not an easy one to listen to in this day and age, and really that's as good a criteria as any other.

Runner Ups: For Your Eyes Only - Bill Conti, Octopussy - John Barry, Licence to Kill - Michael Kamen, GoldenEye - Eric Serra

Previous Winner: GoldenEye - Eric Serra

Worst Actor
  Thunderball - Rik van Nutter

In the only tiebreaker of the voting stage, Rik van Nutter defeated Roger Moore to take the dubious honour of Worst Actor. Did he deserve it? Well, his performance is so laid back it almost disappears and he takes half an hour to drawl his way through even the simplest of lines. Definitely not the most memorable of Felix Leiters, and quite probably the least exceptional actor on the list. I mean, at least Sean Connery made an art out of how bored he could look.

Runner Ups: You Only Live Twice - Sean Connery, The Man with the Golden Gun - Herve Villechaize, Moonraker - Richard Kiel, A View to a Kill- Roger Moore

Previous Winner: A View to a Kill - Roger Moore

Worst Actress
  A View to a Kill - Tanya Roberts

A second win in this category for this legend of irritation. As if the piercing screaming that punctuates her every sentence isn't bad enough, Tanya Roberts isn't even that beautiful; she might pass muster as a background character, but perhaps that would be beyond her evidently limited acting ability. Still, at least we have something to thank her for- her character provides the name for these Evil Bondies.

Runner Ups: Dr No - Ursula Andress, The Spy who Loved Me - Barbara Bach, For Your Eyes Only - Carole Bouqet, Die Another Day - Halle Berry

Previous Winner: A View to a Kill - Tanya Roberts

Worst Director
  Die Another Day - Lee Tamahori

Die Another Day appears destined to become one of the least liked Bond movies ever. All thanks to the comically named Lee Tamahori, dominating this category once more. Die Another Day is an incomprehensible, moronic mess, and Tamahori seems more content to follow in the footsteps of such movies as The Matrix rather than create something special. By all accounts, a deeply unpleasant director too, and just look at what he's up to now - the, er, long awaited xXx 2. That says more than you might think about his level of creative ability.

Runner Ups: Thunderball - Terence Young, The Man with the Golden Gun - Guy Hamilton, Licence to Kill - John Glen, Tomorrow Never Dies - Roger Spottiswoode

Previous Winner: Die Another Day - Lee Tamahori

Worst Movie
  Casino Royale (1967)

The Bondies 2005 was the first time unofficial movies could be nominated, and you guys lept at the chance. In many ways, Casino Royale (1967) is much worse than even the most desperate official entry - because at least they have a sheen of properness about them. On the other hand, the non-EON movies, all two of them, have been fairly dire affairs, stripped of most of the elements that make Bond so memorable, and featuring pathetic excuses for scripts. Actually, hang on a minute- did Casino Royale even have a script? It is arguably the biggest mess in movie history, a series of unfunny sketches starring whichever actor turned up on the day. That's not how you make a movie. Luckily, the majority of you realised this, and now we can live safe in the knowledge that Casino Royale's reign of terror is over.

Runner Ups: Never Say Never Again, A View to a Kill, Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day

Previous Winner: A View to a Kill

A few words from Allan Johnstone, who ran the voting and compiled the results.

Well, that's that over with. Now for a few statistics:

The Living Daylights and You Only Live Twice tie for the most awards won in the Bondies- 3 each.

A View to a Kill is the only movie with more than two awards in the Stacys - quite appropriate if you think about it.

The only five movies not to win any award are: Dr No, The Man with the Golden Gun, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy and Tomorrow Never Dies.

In comparison to the previous Bondies, the results are much less straightforward. Last time, From Russia with Love and On Her Majesty's Secret Service took 5 and 4 Bondie awards respectively, while A View to a Kill and Die Another Day won 4 and 2 'Bond Razzies' respectively.


From Russia with Love - 1 award
Goldfinger - 1 award
Thunderball - 1 award
Casino Royale - 1 award
You Only Live Twice - 3 awards
On Her Majesty's Secret Service - 1 award
Diamonds Are Forever - 1 award
Live and Let Die - 1 award
The Spy who Loved Me - 2 awards
Moonraker - 2 awards
A View to a Kill - 2 awards
The Living Daylights - 3 awards
Licence to Kill - 1 award
GoldenEye - 1 award
The World is Not Enough - 1 award
Die Another Day - 1 award

The second ever Bondies since they began in 2002(?) was, in my view, a great success. Once we got the laborious process of nominating out of the way, the voting commenced, leading to many surprising results- but that can only be a welcome thing when the fans, rather than the so-called experts, are given the responsibility to award excellence.

Feel free to post your thoughts on the winners. I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on all aspects of the competition.

Finally, my thanks to everyone who took part in nominating and voting in the Bondies. My particular thanks to Pat (Poonraker) who kindly advertised the Bondie threads during his SlugFest.

Will the Bondies return? Erm. Yes.

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