New Netflix Streaming Releases for December

Wow, how did this year fly by so quickly?

Runaway Train

Action/Adventure: Adios Sabata, Apocalypse Now, Apocalypse Now Redux, Black Rain, For Your Eyes Only, A Knight’s Tale, Live and Let Die, The Living Daylights, Mission: Impossible, Never Say Never Again, Runaway Train, Thief, A View to a Kill, You Only Live Twice

Goldfinger

Classic: From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Hondo, The Hustler

Comedy: 2 Days in the Valley, Bewitched, Crossroads, The Grand Seduction, Jewtopia, Necessary Roughness, The Out-of-Towners, Outside Providence, Waking Up in Reno

Documentary: Darius Goes West: The Roll of His Life, McConkey, Medora, Out of the Clear Blue Sky

Drama: About Cherry, Ali, Almost Famous, American Beauty, Brightest Star, The Escape Artist, G.I. Jane, Hammett, An Innocent Man, Last Night, Legends of the Fall, Madison, One From the Heart, Perfect Sisters, Saturday Night Fever, Seven Years in Tibet, Stomp the Yard: Homecoming, Tetro, The Truman Show

Family: Dwegons and Leprechauns, Stuart Little 2, Troop Beverly Hills, Unstable Fables: Tortoise vs. Hare, VeggieTales: Veggies in Space, What She Wants for Christmas

Fantasy & Science Fiction: Batman Forever, The Dark Crystal, Frequencies, Heavenly Sword, Labyrinth, The People That Time Forgot

Foreign: Mosquita y Mari, Reincarnation

Knights of Badassdom

Horror: Damien: Omen II, Darkness, The Deadly Bees, The Dentist, The Dentist II: Brace Yourself, Dracula II: Ascension, Friday the 13th 1-8 (Marathon time!), Knights of Badassdom, Omen III: The Final Conflict, The Omen (1976)

Television: Big and Small, Black Mirror, Chuggington, Doki, Love No Matter What, Velvet

Thriller: Jade, Out of Time, Panic Room

My Name is Moore, Roger Moore

While the Connery Bond selection was disappointing (initially – then they added the three best ones), the Moore one is heartening. My two favorite Roger Moore – James Bond films are available on instant Netflix (Live and Let Die and The Man with the Golden Gun) as well as The Spy who Loved Me, Moonraker, Octopussy, For Your Eyes Only and A View to a Kill.

Live and Let Die (1973) – Rated PG

Roger Moore steps in as the suave, sophisticated Agent 007 in this eighth Bond installment. Bonds investigation of the murders of three fellow agents in New York soon puts him on the trail of Mr. Big (Yaphet Kotto), a Harlem crime boss plotting a globally threatening scheme involving tons of self-produced heroin. Jane Seymour plays Mr. Big’s Tarot card reader, the beautiful Solitaire, whose loyalties are quickly cultivated by the charming Bond.

Live and Let Die is the first and easily the best of the Roger Moore Bonds. The story is a bit problematic as the hero and main damsel in distress are white Anglo-Saxons and the villains are ummm well not so much but strangely I didn’t find that offensive so much as silly – “Watch as a white man infiltrates Harlem!” and it works as an adjunct to the then current Blaxploitation era.

If you can get past that then there is quite a bit of fun to be had here. The villains are fun (particularly Yaphet Kotto and Geoffrey Holder) and, frankly, more interesting than Bond. Our main damsel is played by a gorgeous 22-year-old Jane Seymour. The locations are interesting as are the situations – basically the operative word for this movie is fun.

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) – Rated PG

Francisco Scaramanga (Christopher Lee), the world’s deadliest assassin, has set his sights set on 007 (Roger Moore). James Bond has a license to kill, but Scaramanga isn’t playing by anyone’s rules as the cat-and-mouse game of death takes the two from the Far East to Scaramanga’s island lair.

First let me state that yes I understand that this is not a good movie. Yes Herve Villechaize is tremendously annoying. Yes the martial arts subplot is quaint and lamely attempting to cash in on the then-popular Bruce Lee craze. Yes J.W. Pepper (from Live and Let Die) makes a very unwelcome appearance here. Still with all that I have a huge soft spot for Christopher Lee as Scaramanga, Britt Ekland is quite cute and Roger Moore is still a little charming.

The Spy who Loved Me (1977) – Rated PG

This one is pretty good and is better than The Man with the Golden Gun though I like it less.

Moonraker (1979) – Rated PG

I really like the opening gag of having Bond jump out of a plane without a parachute to steal someone else’s in mid-air. After that though the rest of the film flips back and forth between aping the success of The Spy who Loved Me (even to the extent of having Richard Kiel return as Jaws), amping up the gadgetry and playing Bond for cheap laughs.

For Your Eyes Only (1981) – Rated PG

Taking a few pointers from the failures of Moonraker, Bond has almost no gadgets in this film and the one-liners are toned way down. Not only that but Bond encounters a woman who is quite willing to sleep with him and he turns her down.

Octopussy (1983) – Rated PG

See Moonraker above.

A View to a Kill (1985) – Rated PG

How can you go wrong with Christopher Walken as a villain? Well let us just say they did – after this they attempted to reboot the franchise with Timothy Dalton as Bond.