Netflix Bond, Lack of Bond

Alright Netflix – Hulu skunked you on the James Bond series but maybe you can redeem yourself with some good movies featuring the stars of Bond.

Sean Connery will always be my Bond. I first saw him as a wee tyke in Diamonds are Forever, one of my first movie memories. Growing up I loved catching the expurgated versions on network television. When VCRs came around, you can imagine how ecstatic I was.

The Longest Day

Connery has never been the most prolific of actors but he has 93 imdb credits to his name, including such gems as The Man who Would be King, The Rock, Marnie, The Hill, The Molly Maguires, and my favorite Robin and Marian. Netflix has exactly three Connery titles: The Longest Day (pre-Bond), Playing by Heart, and the animated feature Guardian of the Highlands. Poor showing Netflix.

The Wild Geese

Ignoring the abortive Lazenby attempt, Roger Moore took over the mantle with Live and Let Die. Moore too has 93 imdb credits but not nearly as many gems. Netflix has but a single Moore title. Thankfully it is probably his best non-Bond effort: the mercenary saga, The Wild Geese with Richard Burton and Richard Harris.

Hot Fuzz

After Moore retired the 00 designation, Timothy Dalton attempted to bring back Bond’s edge. He has 67 imdb credits, including the delightful Penny Dreadful series. Netflix has Hot Fuzz (hysterically funny) and Disney’s Secret of the Wings.

Not well played at all, Netflix. Just counting Hulu’s Bond movies, they beat you on these three actors.

New Netflix Streaming Releases for October

Here are the usual flood of catalog titles for the new month including a good number of classics.

The Wild Geese

Action/Adventure: The Hunted (2003), The Wild Geese, Body Count (1997), Caught Up, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, Rescue Dawn, The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All, Three Fugitives, Tombstone, Top Dog

Classic: This Property is Condemned, An Affair to Remember, Bananas, The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel, Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Kramer vs. Kramer, Love and Death, The Parallax View, Paths of Glory, The Producers, Shane, Sleeper

Comedy: Another Gay Movie, Bear City, Chelsea Handler: Uganda Be Kidding Me Live, Longhorns, Melanie Comarcho: Hello!, Can’t Hardly Wait, Don’t Be a Menace to South Central, From the Hip, The Last Godfather, A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy, Mike Birbiglia: What I Should Have Said Was Nothing, My Father The Hero, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Radio Days, Shadows and Fog, Sleepless in Seattle, Stardust Memories, Swimming with Sharks, Team America: World Police, The Wedding Planner, Zelig

Documentary: The Heart of Bruno Wizard, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Never Say Never: Director’s Fan Cut

A Night in Old Mexico

Drama: Boy Culture, A Night in Old Mexico, Affliction, Alice, The Contender, Dirty Dancing, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, Fat Man & Little Boy, Finding Forrester, The Gambler, The Hanoi Hilton, Interiors, Nell, Romeo + Juliet, September, A Slipping Down Life

Family: Guardian of the Highlands, Annie, Annie: A Royal Adventure, Baby’s Day Out, Chicken Run, Ernest Saves Christmas, House Arrest, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs and a Baby, The Wild Thornberrys Movie

Fantasy & Science Fiction: Cool World, The Fly (1958), Galaxy Quest

Foreign: Holiday – A Soldier is Never Off Duty, Simon and the Oaks, Wolf, L’ Auberge Espagnole

Cabin Fever: Patient Zero

Horror: Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, The Monkey’s Paw, Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn, House, The Phantom of the Opera (1989), The Rage: Carrie 2, Shadow of the Vampire, Shivers, Tamara

Television: Julius Jr., Peaky Blinders, Gilmore Girls, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

Thriller: Killing Them Softly, Domestic Disturbance, Nick of Time