Great discussion here, guys. I can't address everything you guys have said since I was in here last, but let me just say a couple of things. First of all: Kieran! Awesome! That chronological Bond thing is fantastic. I love it. Second of all: Merlin's criticisms of Goldfinger simply cannot stand. Particularly, this problem Merlin has that Bond is an emasculated figure in Goldfinger (well, he also turns a lesbian, but I guess that's not exactly what Merlin's talking about). Allow me to posit that this is part of the reason I love the movie; this is Bond before he becomes a superhero, as he begins to in the Moore years and also in the Brosnan period. Consider, for instance, the scene with the laser, one of the most iconic scenes in the entire franchise. Of course, Bond escapes death at the laser's edge, but do you recall how? Not with some spectacular gadget, not with some incredible feat of physical strength, not even by seducing a female assistant into freeing him. He escapes by the absolute skin of his teeth, by blurting out a codename that he's overheard but knows nothing about. He takes a long gamble, bluffs Goldfinger into believing that he knows all about this operation and that MI6 does too, when nothing could be further from the truth. It's a compelling moment of Bond being both in a complete corner and yet escaping doom with his intellect. It's far more satisfying than if he'd had an exploding wristwatch or something and it's a moment that is only allowed to happen because Bond is first put in that desperate situation where he seems to have no way out. Then think about the climax when the bomb is ticking down. Bond has dispatched Oddjob and he rips into the bomb, but he doesn't know which wire to pull. He dithers, in the face of doom; Bond, James Bond, is, get this, unsure of what to do next. He's at sea and it's only one of his allies arriving and reaching over his shoulder that saves the day. Is this an emasculated Bond or is it just a *gasp* human one, a Bond who actually doesn't know everything, that actually isn't always one hundred percent poised or Johnny on the spot. It's a Bond that is capable of failure; I suppose you might say this weakens the character or emasculates him; I say victory is only compelling when failure is an option. And that's why Goldfinger, despite its over the top sections, still makes it high on my list of classics - because I'm always pursuing the truly human Bond and Goldfinger has that in spades. And, oh, yeah, Thunderball? Not good, dude; sorry. Well, except for Bond's "Queen and Country" speech and the admittedly fabulous way he actually makes lines like "He got the point" and "She's just dead" actually sound decent. It wasn't that Connery didn't get some awful lines, just like Moore did. It's that Connery actually made them seem kind of badass, something no other Bond has really been able to do. As to QoS, I do need to see it, at least before Skyfall comes out (like Merlin, I'm really looking forward to Skyfall; if they screw this up, I will be absolutely desolate).