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Every James Bond Movie, Ranked From Worst to Best
eOnline ^ | 10/04/2012 | by John Whalen

Posted on 10/05/2012 7:36:37 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The James Bond film franchise turns 50 today, so we're celebrating something called Global James Bond Day. And if you don't, the studio bosses will evaporate the world's oceans with lasers from space.

Really and clearly, Global James Bond Day is all about promoting Skyfall, the 23rd 007 film, which opens next month.

So where will Daniel Craig's latest stack up against the previous Bond films? Will it be better than the excellent Casino Royale? More cringe-worthy than Moonraker?

To help you assess the looming threat of Global James Bond Day, we present our list of 22 the previous Bond films, ranked from worst to best.

And we're just kidding about the laser. 

See how we rank the 22 James Bond movies


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: bondjamesbond; jamesbond
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1 posted on 10/05/2012 7:36:46 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Casino Royale #1????? - my patience is being tested today. The best movie is On Her Majesty's Secret service
2 posted on 10/05/2012 7:55:39 AM PDT by Perdogg (vote like the constitution depends on it - it does)
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To: SeekAndFind

Put the Roger Moore movies at the bottom, then go up from there.


3 posted on 10/05/2012 7:56:48 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (Ambassador Stevens is dead and the Chevy Volt is alive!)
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To: SeekAndFind
I'm surprised Golden Eye only made it to 9, I would have put it in the top five. I think it got dissed only because all of the other Pierce Brosnan films were so bad. It certainly holds up better than The Living Daylights and Thunderball.

The other thing I find amazing is that there are two bond films rated worse than Moonraker. Seriously that movie is so bad it wouldn't even have made it on MST3K.
4 posted on 10/05/2012 7:56:56 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Glad to see OHMSS as #2. It’s my favorite.


5 posted on 10/05/2012 7:57:23 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: SeekAndFind

Not a bad list overall, however, I would put “You Only Live Twice” (their 13) in the top five, and “Casino Royale” (their 1) at about number 20 - absolutely hate the new Bourne-like Bond. It has no resemblance to the original books at all.


6 posted on 10/05/2012 7:59:19 AM PDT by AzSteven ("War is less costly than servitude, the choice is always between Verdun and Dachau." Jean Dutourd)
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To: Timber Rattler

RE: Glad to see OHMSS as #2. It’s my favorite.

If it’s so good, why wasn’t George Lazenby retained as James Bond?


7 posted on 10/05/2012 8:00:13 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

In terms of fidelity to Ian Fleming’s work, “From Russia With Love” is the best, IMHO


8 posted on 10/05/2012 8:01:19 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Hopey changey low emission unicorns and a crap sandwich)
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To: Timber Rattler; Perdogg

This is why I lvoe Free Republic - any site that drawss people smart enough to understand OHMSS is one of the best Bond films is definitely worth a daily visit!


9 posted on 10/05/2012 8:01:18 AM PDT by AzSteven ("War is less costly than servitude, the choice is always between Verdun and Dachau." Jean Dutourd)
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To: GonzoGOP

Bah, Moonraker still had Jaws, so it cannot be the worst.


10 posted on 10/05/2012 8:02:36 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: SeekAndFind

I wasted my time looking at this.....I disagree with their rating.......extremely


11 posted on 10/05/2012 8:02:48 AM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: SeekAndFind

It was Lazenby’s decision not to return to the role, even before the movie was released. Lazenby did not want to be controlled by the producers, so he walked.


12 posted on 10/05/2012 8:07:11 AM PDT by Perdogg (vote like the constitution depends on it - it does)
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To: SeekAndFind
If it’s so good, why wasn’t George Lazenby retained as James Bond?

I think their analysis hits it. The only thing wrong with OHMSS is Lazenby himself. It would be an excellent candidate for a semi-remake. In the same way that The Spy who Loved Me was a remake of You only Live Twice. It would be fairly easy. Move the location from the Alps to the Balkans and have the Russian mob replace the Mafia.
13 posted on 10/05/2012 8:07:35 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: muir_redwoods

From Russia with Love was Connery’s favorite. Had a good, believable story. Original stuff that was copied extensively by the following movies.


14 posted on 10/05/2012 8:07:42 AM PDT by ArtDodger
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To: Michael.SF.

puh-lease!!! Timothy Dalton deserves that honor (last place)

The latest guy does not even feel like a James Bond- more like a serious version of John McLean (Die Hard)

Sean Connery will always be number one. Roger Moore was a nice amusing Bond. Pierce Brosnan was excellent in that one where he was captured and exchanged for a prisoner.

I cant even remember any of the others...


15 posted on 10/05/2012 8:09:14 AM PDT by Mr. K ("The only thing the World would hate more than the USA in charge is the USA NOT in charge")
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To: SeekAndFind

Casino Royale #1?! The movie comes to a screeching halt with that card game.

“Mr Bond, do you have any “7’s”?

“Go fish.”

#1 is Goldfinger.


16 posted on 10/05/2012 8:12:25 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: SeekAndFind
I must be the oddball, may because it's because I grew up in the late 70’s early 80’s, but I actually like those goofy James Bond movies of that era like View to a Kill (which is probably my all time favorite), Octopussy and Moonraker.
17 posted on 10/05/2012 8:13:34 AM PDT by apillar
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To: Perdogg

I actually agree with Casino Royale being the top Bond movie. I would put From Russia with Love and Goldfinger very close to it though. Because of it being so high in my regard Quantum of Solace was a big disappointment in comparison. OHMSS I thought was ok and would put it somewhere in the middle in terms of ranking it. What I really liked about Casino though is that it deemphasized the droll humour which had been a Bond staple since Dr. No. It made a noticeable and improved difference to all the previous movies. There was still some humour but it had just the right amount.


18 posted on 10/05/2012 8:13:48 AM PDT by xp38
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To: Perdogg
The best movie is On Her Majesty's Secret service

Couldn't agree more...best soundtrack, too...

19 posted on 10/05/2012 8:15:10 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: SeekAndFind

One good line though. In Tomorrow Never Dies Bond “is tortured by North Koreans and Madonna’s title song”


20 posted on 10/05/2012 8:16:48 AM PDT by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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To: Perdogg

21 posted on 10/05/2012 8:20:26 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: muir_redwoods

While there is fidelity in much of the basic plot switching the villains from the Soviet Russians to SPECTRE and Blofeld is not a small change.


22 posted on 10/05/2012 8:22:00 AM PDT by xp38
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To: Snickering Hound

RE: #1 is Goldfinger.

Bond: “So, you expect me to talk?”

Goldfinger: “No Mr. Bind, I expect you to die!”

Yeah? Then why not just shoot 007 and be done with it? Why do the laser cutting stuff and allow him the time to escape?


23 posted on 10/05/2012 8:36:12 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: Snickering Hound

RE: #1 is Goldfinger.

Bond: “So, you expect me to talk?”

Goldfinger: “No Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!”

Yeah? Then why not just shoot 007 and be done with it? Why do the laser cutting stuff and allow him the time to escape?


24 posted on 10/05/2012 8:37:32 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: Mr. K
I cant even remember any of the others...

Likewise, I forgot about Timothy Dalton, easy enough to do.

25 posted on 10/05/2012 8:37:54 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (Ambassador Stevens is dead and the Chevy Volt is alive!)
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To: Michael.SF.

Without the Moore films we wouldn’t have Octopussy..........


26 posted on 10/05/2012 8:39:23 AM PDT by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: SeekAndFind
"Yeah? Then why not just shoot 007 and be done with it? Why do the laser cutting stuff and allow him the time to escape?"

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You just don't get it, do ya?

27 posted on 10/05/2012 8:44:51 AM PDT by freedomlover
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To: Michael.SF.
Roger Moore Movies had the most incredible stunts. Otherwise? meh.

Bond going off a cliff, then opening a Union Jack parachute? Awesome. Skydiving in Moonraker? Climbing around on top of an airplane in Octopussy? Never again to be duplicated.

But - setting the stunts aside - yeah, the movies were bad.

28 posted on 10/05/2012 8:52:52 AM PDT by wbill
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To: SeekAndFind
Then why not just shoot 007 and be done with it?

You need to read the "If I were Evil Overlord" list.

#7. When I've captured my adversary and he says, "Look, before you kill me, will you at least tell me what this is all about?" I'll say, "No." and shoot him. No, on second thought I'll shoot him then say "No."

29 posted on 10/05/2012 9:09:15 AM PDT by wbill
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To: wbill

FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTcBgs2huRo

QUOTE;

“When you have to shoot...Shoot! Don’t talk”

James Bond vilians can learn from Tuco (Eli Wallach). Instead of explaining how to they are going to take over the world to 007, just shoot his ass and be done with it! lol.


30 posted on 10/05/2012 9:16:09 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s hard to rate the cringe-worthy elements. Like in the really crude studio set of an Alpine cabin at the start of The Spy Who Loved Me; the Jaws love story in Moonraker; and the “Taliban at the London symphony” of The Living Daylights.

However, there are some truly spectacular bits as well, such as the opening sequence on Gibraltar, and the counter kidnapping from the safe house in The Living Daylights, and the opener to The World Is Not Enough including the boat chase on the Thames and the Millennium dome.


31 posted on 10/05/2012 9:16:38 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Does Queen Elizabeth parachuting into the Olympic Stadium make your list? :)


32 posted on 10/05/2012 9:18:41 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind
Certainly. But where would be the fun in that? :-)

That list covers all the bases.

"If I find my beautiful consort with access to my fortress has been associating with the hero, I'll have her executed. It's regrettable, but new consorts are easier to get than new fortresses and maybe the next one will pay attention at the orientation meeting."

"I will never accept a challenge from the hero."

And so on. Classic Stuff, and all good advice that I'll remember when I take over the world.

33 posted on 10/05/2012 9:23:29 AM PDT by wbill
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To: SeekAndFind

Since I preferred the realism of the early Fleming books, I liked the more realistic movies best as well.

1. Caisino Royale with Daniel Craig.

2. From Russia With Love. The switch from Russia’s KGB to Spectre was done for political nice/nice, but was covered by the use of Soviet style uniforms. Lotte Lenya as a villainess was superb.

3. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Once you get to the more and more unbelievable plots and villains, they are all of a piece, fighting over last place in terms of movies, but lots of fun.


34 posted on 10/05/2012 9:40:29 AM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk oMnly to me.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Diamonds are forever was not Connery’s last Bond film. The completely forgo Never Say Never Again (1983). Of course it was a pretty forgetable remake of Thunderball.


35 posted on 10/05/2012 9:49:28 AM PDT by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
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To: GSP.FAN; Guenevere; SJSAMPLE; Larry Lucido; fieldmarshaldj; Clemenza; Impy; archivist007; ...

ping


36 posted on 10/05/2012 9:50:25 AM PDT by Perdogg (Vote like the Constitution depends on it - it does!!)
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To: Michael.SF.

The first couple Roger Moore movies weren’t bad.
Then two things happened.
1) Roger Moore got older and larger so even the shots where he’s running were done by a stunt double.

2) Stupid wisecracks. While Sean Connery’s jokes were usually subtle, RM’s were childish.

It went down from there. I think his last movie was a View To a Kill. If it wasn’t for Christopher Walkin, the movie would have been a flop. No comment on Grace Jones. In this movie, RM practically had to have a double whenever you see him doing almost anything. Like the horse riding scene. I can understand the studio not wanting their star injured but the stand in was Mr. Universe compared to RM. The same goes for the fire scene in SF’s Moscone Center?? As an added bonus, they got away driving a fire engine and were still driving it the next morning. I guess the Police never put out an ABP for the stolen engine???

I prefer:
1) Sean Connery
2) Pierce Brosnan
3) The new guy
4) Roger Moore
5) Timothy Dalton
6) George Lazenby.
7) David Niven in the original Casino Royall.


37 posted on 10/05/2012 9:56:39 AM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Perdogg

I agree with the top 2 and the worst being Octopussy and the comedy A View to a Kill.
The other ones are all over the place..Daltons movies should be higher rated and so should Moonraker and Diamonds are forever...


38 posted on 10/05/2012 10:04:26 AM PDT by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: Lx

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- Roger Moore was already 48 when he made his first Bond flick

- He made the most 007 films

- Recall Moore that had already been “THE SAINT” on TV

- So which film did Roger Moore drive the silverbirch Aston Martin DB5 in?

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39 posted on 10/05/2012 10:18:28 AM PDT by devolve (----- ------- ------------c.1000_and_c.1620-------- ----------------------------)
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To: Lx
IMO

1 - Connery
2 - Craig
3 - Dalton
4 - all the others
5 - Moore

Moore was excellent as the Saint, a much more David Niven-ish, sophisticate character. But he totally failed as Bond, a "licensed killer".

Best movie (and best book) - From Russia with Love, by a wide margin.

40 posted on 10/05/2012 10:19:37 AM PDT by Eric Pode of Croydon
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To: apillar

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AVTAK - You just liked Sheena

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41 posted on 10/05/2012 10:31:54 AM PDT by devolve (----- ------- ------------c.1000_and_c.1620-------- ----------------------------)
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To: SeekAndFind

There have been 24 previous Bond movies. The original Casino Royale is the worst, followed by any Roger Moore flick.


42 posted on 10/05/2012 10:34:24 AM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: SeekAndFind

Don’t you just hate it when a movie is not logical!


43 posted on 10/05/2012 10:37:22 AM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: wbill

The evil overlord list does need a lot of updating, both to keep up with current evil overlord management trends and to eliminate the embarrassingly anachronistic advice.

For instance, just because an evil overlord is autocratic does not mean his chain of command should be disorderly or have overlapping authority, nor does it mean that he should not delegate autocratic authority to subordinates.

Military staff organization has several thousand years of testing behind it, and military planning was mostly figured out as far back as Sun Tzu.

The evil overlord needs to regularly give and receive written evaluations and efficiency reports, as well as closely track the finances, psychological and physical health of his subordinates. Likewise, subordinates should have very comfortable retirement schemes in the realm’s military industrial infrastructure, as business procurement consultants to the overlord.

By all appearances, his chief lieutenant should be the one that all other subordinates fear and who handles day to day administration. However, he must be excluded from any chance of succession, and if the evil overlord dies, he dies.

Mercantilism is underrated. Specie is far preferable to fiat currencies, and government graft and corruption should have very explicit rules known to the public. In hard times, bread and circuses give an evil overlord the popularity he needs to stay in power, and are pretty cost effective, all things considered.

A great secret of evil overlords is public education. When children are out from underfoot, parents are far less likely to be stressed and foment revolution.

If you want to exterminate some minority, the best way to do so is to give them the tools to exterminate themselves, while having fun doing it.


44 posted on 10/05/2012 10:37:53 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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To: GSP.FAN

My Worst to First

22. Quantum of Solace
21. Die Another Day
20. Tomorrow never Dies
19. The World is Not Enough
18. Casino Royale
17. Goldeneye (should have been called Browneye)
16. View To A Kill
15. Octopussy
14. Licence to Kill
13. Live and Let Die
12. The Man with Golden Gun
11. Diamonds Are Forever
10. Goldfinger
9. You Only Live Twice
8. The Living Daylights
7. Dr No
6. Thunderball
5. From Russia with love
4. Spy Who Love me
3. Moonraker
2. For Your Eyes Only
1. On her Majesty’s Secrey Service


45 posted on 10/05/2012 10:37:58 AM PDT by Perdogg (Vote like the Constitution depends on it - it does!!)
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To: SeekAndFind; All
Can we please have a thread about our favorite Bond girls?

That's hard....

46 posted on 10/05/2012 10:40:07 AM PDT by ken5050 (Barack Obama: An empty suit sitting in an empty chair...)
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To: Perdogg

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- Rarest 1/24 scale Corgi ICON James Bond Series cast metal handpainted 007 figure?

- Miss Moneypenny
(I’ll pay $50 now; no 60’s Gilbert)

- Other rare 007 1/24 figures:

- Q
- M
- 006

What’s in your wallet or Paypal account?

.


47 posted on 10/05/2012 10:42:53 AM PDT by devolve (----- ------- ------------c.1000_and_c.1620-------- ----------------------------)
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To: SeekAndFind; a fool in paradise

Number One: “Sense and Sensibility”


48 posted on 10/05/2012 10:47:13 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Perdogg

IMO I would move Goldfinger up. I thought it was hilarious that a guy who has so much gold and plans to corner the market would cheat at cards. Nice touch.

I think From Russia was a different type of movie. Smaller. As was the Man With the Golden Gun. I liked both.

To me Goldfinger perfected the plot pattern established by Dr. No. I think I could outline a Bond plot in my sleep.

I’d invite a different type of treatment, just for the change. I like that the new guy came in aggressive and somewhat lack of polish. Kind of a younger Bond who develops over time.

I must confess, I’ve seen all of the movies at least 3 times and would see them again. Hell, even the original Casino Royale.

BTW I saw the 50s TV version of Casino Royale and I wish they would run that every now and then.

I supported Clive Owen as Bond when they picked Craig. I think the black guy who played Dench’s asst would be a good Bond. And maybe a few more.

Anyone know when Craig will bail out?


49 posted on 10/05/2012 10:52:05 AM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: Revolting cat!
Double Agent 73 ranks "rank".


50 posted on 10/05/2012 11:00:47 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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