Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
With this movie being Connery’s last canon appearance as Bond, you can really tell that he’s done with the role. He just doesn’t seem into it anymore and the fact that a lot of really insane things happen in this movie for seemingly no reason just makes it an even more crazy viewing experience. I thought the scene where Bond pulls a woman’s bikini top off and chokes her with it might be the best moment or even the part where he drowns a man in a mud bath, but it gets better than that. Better than mud bath drownings you say!? Yes, read on.
Bond follows a man named Bert Saxby who is in possession of some stolen diamonds. He gets into his van and rides along until they enter a secret government base outside of Las Vegas. Inside, Bond poses as a scientist and steals them back. Here is where it gets interesting. Bond stumbles upon a sound stage in the base and the Apollo 11 moon landing is being filmed. The astronaut actors are walking and swaying their arms slowly as if they’re in space. When the security guards find Bond and he runs through the stage, the astronauts are urged to stop him but they keep moving like they’re on the moon and Bond eludes them. Even better than this is Bond then leaps into the driver’s seat for the Lunar Rover and drives out of the base. A chase then begins in the desert. Bond in the lunar rover with two police cars and three miniature three-wheeled motorcycles in pursuit. The staging is so peculiar and the music doesn’t match the scene that it might be the most out of place and unintentionally hilarious moments from the entire series.
Live and Let Die (1973)
One of the first Bond films I ever saw, so I will always have a soft spot for it. There are a lot of great moments in the film, but there isn’t a clear great Bond moment until the end of the film. While fighting with Kananga in his lair, the pair of them fall into the shark occupied water. Inside the water their struggle continues and Bond takes one of his compressed air bullets, removes the pin, and shoves it in the unsuspecting Kananga’s mouth. Forcing him under the water makes the bullet expand the air inside Kananga’s body, shooting him to the roof of the lair. He shoots out of the water like a balloon and looks like Violet Beauregard from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” He happens to explode when he touches the ceiling. Bond shrugs off these fantastic events with, “He always did have an inflated opinion of himself.”
So if you’re ever talking about Bond with people and want to sound like you know what you’re talking about and also a crazy person, just mention ‘That time Bond made a guy inflate like a balloon and he exploded’.
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
There’s really only one moment in this snoozefest of a movie that is worth revisiting and that is the climax. Bond and Francisco Scaramanga are involved in a duel, but it’s no ordinary affair as most of it takes place in a funhouse created by Scaramanga. The only tension in the film at all is in this sequence when the viewer really doesn’t know if Bond will make it out alive or not. Fitted inside Scaramanga’s funhouse are several hologram projectors, rotating mirrors, lights, sound effects and dummies dressed as cowboys, mob thugs, and even Bond himself. Bond eventually gets the upper hand by disguising as the dummy figure of himself and shooting Scaramanga. Considering up until this point Scaramanga outsmarted Bond every chance he got, this seems like a cheap trick to end the movie.
Bonus moment: The return of Sheriff J.W. Pepper.