Action Movie SUBGENRES

ADVENTURE |  ALL FOR LOVE  |  ARNOLD MOVIES |  BOND  |  BUDDY  |  CHASE  |  FIGHT  |  GRRRL POWER  |  HEIST
MARTIAL ARTS  |  REVENGE  |  SUPER COP
|  SUPERHERO  |  SUPER SOLDIER

This is a huge, ongoing project that I live to work on :D  If a movie that you think should be in a category is not there,
it's probably because I haven't gotten around to re-watching it to be sure. Same thing, if you see any glaringly wrong placements
of films in categories, please email me:  ripley@actionmoviefreak.com. For a list of movies, see my Hit List.


007 James BOND 

Our Yearly Action injection
Quantum of Solace chase scene through marble quarryIt really didn't matter if they were believable or not at first because, for years, there was nothing as exciting. I wanted every movie to give me that Bond feeling, but until there were other expensive Action blockbusters to compete, one Bond blockbuster a year was just about all Action Movie Freaks got.  When other Action Movies finally caught up on the scale of Bond effects and showcased more physically capable actors, we no longer could suspend our disbelief for Bond, and at the end of a long run of less-athletic actors, our collective dissatisfaction was redeemed by Daniel Craig's all-out Parkour-style chase scene in the opening of Casino Royale.  No more "Q" with gadgets, this new Bond was such a 'machine' he needed only a tracking device inserted in his arm, and a defibrillator in his Aston Martin DBS V12. (Yay! They returned to a British vehicle for a British Secret Agent).


ACTION MOVIE
SUBGENRE

James BOND

Dr. No

From Russia with Love

Goldfinger

Thunderball

You Only Live Twice

On Her Majesty's
Secret Service


Diamonds Are Forever

Live and Let Die

The Man with the
Golden Gun


The Spy Who Loved Me

Moonraker

For Your Eyes Only

Octopussy

A View to a Kill

The Living Daylights
 
License to Kill

GoldenEye

Tomorrow Never Dies

The World Is Not Enough
 
Die Another Day

Casino Royale

Quantum of Solace

SKYFALL

 

 

 

Dr. No (8 May 1963)
Sean Connery goes to Jamaica and meets Ursula Andress.  The most indelible thing from the movie seems to be her in that belted bikini.  It was a fun movie. You have to love the Bond movies where the villain has a secret lair. 

Being from the Bahamas, this movie appealed to me because they went to Jamaica. Being from the islands is a collective kinship (like being "Central American" or "European") From the moment Bond got there, it seemed like they tried to kill him at every turn. American Actor John Kitzmiller played a Caymanian boatman "Quarrel". According to IMDB Kitzmiller had the distinction of being the first black Actor to win Best Acting award at the Cannes Film Festival.

 (The Cayman accent is really hard to imitate. To the unaccustomed ear it's indistinguishable from a Jamaican or Trini accent but islanders know the difference.  I think it's a shame they didn't use an islander but movies do that a lot.)

 

From Russia With Love (27 May 1964)
Lotta Lenya stole the show in this movie as Colonel Rosa Klebb of the
Russian counter-intelligence agency SMERSH.  She had to be at least part of the inspiration for Edna 'E' Head in The Incredibles (although IMDB says that The Incredibles character was based on real-life costume designer Edith Head). 

The movie also starred a great 'Man's Man' Actor Robert Shaw as the villain, Codename: Donald 'Red' Grant.  He and Bond have a really great fistfight in close quarters on a train.   

 The other most memorable thing for me was the soundtrack.

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE TRAIN FIGHT

Goldfinger (9 Jan 1965)
Aaah Miami Beach in its 'heyday'. Much of the fun of this movie must be credited to Gert Frobe as Auric Goldfinger. He really makes it seem like Bond has gotten under his skin, so that when the get to the end and Bond is about to be lasered in two, there is so much satisfaction in Goldfinger's response:

 

NO MR BOND I EXPECT YOU TO DIE

Thunderball (22 Dec 1965)

You Only Live Twice (13 June 1967)

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (18 Dec 1969)

Diamonds Are Forever (17 Dec 1971)

Live and Let Die (27 June 1973)
My favorite Bond movie pre-Daniel Craig. This movie was BADDER than BAD thanks in large part to Yaphet Kotto. who played two characters "Kanaga" and "Mr. Big".  Both were the same man, which we find out in a reveal that was very "Mission: Impossible" (the TV show 1966-73).  The character Actor who stole the show was as Clifton James as "Sheriff J.W. Pepper", and that was no mean feat because Geoffrey Holder as "Baron Samedi" was enthralling with the kind of presence you can imagine fills the room when he is on the stage (and what a voice!).  Clifton James delivers that hilarious line: "Secret Agent?! On whose side?" Now that I've ruined the best line for you, I have to say this movie
has  everything you love Bond for.  If you've never seen it, what are you waiting for—it's a must see! 

The Man With The Golden Gun (20 Dec 1974)

The Spy Who Loved Me (3 Aug 1977)

Moonraker (29 June 1979)

For Your Eyes Only (26 June 1981)

Octopussy (10 June 1983)  
This movie is so campy, it makes me cringe when I watch it.  Louis Jourdan, what were they thinking?!  "Octopusseeeeeee!"

A View To A Kill (24 May 1985)
Ladies and Gentlemen . . . introducing Dolph Lundgren!   I remember thinking, "Holy crap, who is that?!"  Yes, this was his first role. The movie also featured Grace Jones.

The Living Daylights (31 July 1987)

Licence To Kill (14 July 1989)

Goldeneye (17 Nov 1995)

Tomorrow Never Dies (19 Dec 1997)

The World Is Not Enough (19 Nov 1999)

 

 

Die Another Day (22 Nov 2002)
Halle Berry does justice to the belted bikini look from Dr. No.  With the last of the Pierce Brosnan Bond movies, we said goodbye to the less physical, more gentlemanly Bond.  Although this is a very good movie, audiences were tired of suspending disbelief.  It took four years for the franchise to start again with a more physically believable actor. 

 

Casino Royale (17 Nov 2006)
This Movie is also in the category All For Love. Check it out there.

Quantum of Solace (14 Nov 2008)
This Movie is also in the category Revenge. Check it out there.

Skyfall (9 Nov 2012)
The plot of the next installment of Bond is explained on IMDB: "Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost."


Action Movie SUBGENRES
ADVENTURE |  ALL FOR LOVE  |  ARNOLD MOVIES |  BOND  |  BUDDY  |  CHASE  |  FIGHT  |  GRRRL POWER  |  HEIST
MARTIAL ARTS  |  REVENGE  |  SUPER COP
|  SUPERHERO  |  SUPER SOLDIER