> Does Lazenby count in that at all?
He only has one movie, so it doesn't makes sense taking about his worst movie.
Honestly, I do not agree with the love for that movie, and even when I was a huge fan of the series I didn't get it. Moonraker is the only one with a cheesier evil plot (although Tomorrow Never Dies has a dumber evil plot), and the story is poorly structured. I do not like Lazenby in the role at all, and do not find the ending resonant, I just find it out of place. The action scenes are good though.
I always talk about those movies when they come up, but it's still been a long time since I rewatched them. I always liked all the Connery movies (unless Never Say Never Again counts) because I liked Connery, so I liked Diamonds Are Forever, but I guess that one probably is really pretty weak.
> The 70s/early 80s style in general was really campy and has aged worse than any other period in the series, IMO.
When Connery left the series experienced an identity crisis and tried to cash in on popular trends in 3 out of his first four movies, and I agree that those haven't aged well, but I think The Spy Who Loved Me is an exception. It's campy, but it's really the '70s equivalent of what the series was doing in the '60s. And For Your Eyes Only, while still a total fantasy, is less over the top than anything between From Russia With Love and Casino Royal. It's the only Bond movie who's basic premise is a fundamentally believable cold war scenario, unless you can buy SPECTRE as an organization at least far enough to make From Russia With Love work (it would be more believable if they were back by China, which was an idea they'd use in the next movie).
I like Octopussy too, but that one is campier and Moore was getting too out of shape at that point.
I probably wouldn't enjoy rewatching any of the later ones, but maybe The Living Daylights or Goldeneye are still worth something. I think in general the Brosnan movies have to have aged worse than the better movies of the Moore era. They were clearly struggling to make movies that seemed like James Bond movies in absence of the cold war while simultaneously pleasing contemporary action fans. Goldeneye is probably the only one that people still like. It tried to acknowledge that Bond was becoming outdated, but they couldn't really carry that into the later movies. Tomorrow Never Dies tries to continue the Connery/Moore Cold War tropes with China, but it's too much of a mechanical '90s action movie and they've never had a villain whose evil plot made less sense (some of the others are equally unbelievable, but it's easier to suspend disbelief toward them as something a crazy supervillain would do).
> I maintain one other thing about Die Another Day: Its reputation is terrible *now*, but at *first* I swear to God it was initially well received!
I remember a decent number of people liking it, so you could say it got a good enough reception, but there were alot of people, including fans of the other Brosnan movies, who hated it at the time. I know that I skipped it in theaters because I heard so many bad things about it.
I've been thinking about rewatching some of them, but I do not want to do a run through the entire series. I'd expect that Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice, The Spy Who Loved Me, For Your Eyes Only, and Octopussy hold up. Less confident about Thunderball and even less about The Man With the Golden Gun, so I'd probably wait to see how the others held up before checking those out.
I suppose I should watch Skyfall at some point.