- 1 Six stars. 25 movies. A numerous variety of martinis.
- 2 25Die An Additional Day (2002 ).
- 3 24A Sight to an Eliminate (1985 ).
- 4 23Diamonds Are For Life (1971 ).
- 5 22The Male With the Golden Weapon (1974 ).
- 6 21Spectre (2015 ).
- 7 20The World Is Not Enough (1999 ).
- 8 19Tomorrow Never Ever Dies (1997 ).
- 9 18Moonraker (1979 ).
- 10 Hugo Drax James Bond Moonraker YT.
- 11 17Octopussy (1983 ).
- 12 16Live and Allow Die (1973 ).
- 13 15License to Eliminate (1989 ).
- 14 14Quantum of Relief (2008 ).
- 15 12The Living Daytimes (1987 ).
- 16 11Goldeneye (1995 ).
- 17 10For Your Eyes Only (1981 ).
- 18 09Thunderball (1965 ).
- 19 08From Russia With Love (1963 ).
- 20 07Dr. No (1962 ).
- 21 05No Time to Die (2021 ).
- 22 04The Spy Who Loved Me (1977 ).
- 23 03Goldfinger (1964 ).
- 24 02Skyfall (2012 ).
- 25 01Casino Royale (2006 ).
Six stars. 25 movies. A numerous variety of martinis.
For greater than 50 years, the James Bond flicks have actually been load-bearing columns in our collective popular culture, and also their appeal isn’t vanishing anytime quickly. (Fans were sad– yet understanding– when No Time to Pass away bumped its launch date from April to November in feedback to the present health and wellness crisis.).
The franchise business is a popular enhancement to many a watchlist whenever they land on streaming services, too. James Bond motion pictures are probably extra prominent now than ever before, especially in the wake of No time at all to Die, the 25th Bond movie and also the last to star Daniel Craig. With Craig’s first (and also famous) outing as 007, Online casino Royale, celebrating its 15th anniversary today, we’ve done the rank-and-file point on every approved James Bond flick– from worst to best. (Sorry, Never Ever State Never Once again followers– that Warner Bros. motion picture was created outside the core MGM/UA series, so we aren’t counting it below.).
25Die An Additional Day (2002 ).
Pierce Brosnan’s last Bond movie was both his biggest hit and also his worst. Beginning with an absurd day-for-night searching scene and ending with Bond combating a bad guy sporting a Power Glove with a computer system mouse monitoring ball, Die One more Day contains concepts, awful CG, and also over-the-top set pieces (like that well known unseen car) that struggle to locate anything resembling a fun or rewarding time for both Bond and also audiences.
Actually, the most successful parts of the flick are the quieter, grittier scenes– like Bond being hurt and also held prisoner throughout the opening titles or speaking with M (Judi Dench) concerning possibly being endangered during his captivity. It’s a terrible paradox that Brosnan’s the majority of comfy as well as easy performance in the duty would certainly be his last.
24A Sight to an Eliminate (1985 ).
Roger Moore’s last Bond motion picture was expected to be For Your Eyes Only, which would have been a better occupation capper than this uneven slog that matches Bond versus a previous KGB operative-turned-psychopathic technology large hellbent on flooding Silicon Valley.
At 57, Moore had significantly aged in the two years considering that his last outing– and also the star understood he was too long in the tooth to be running and also gunning his means with one more mission. Unfortunately, that realization comes through in Moore’s the majority of “on autopilot” efficiency in the duty. Besides the titular Duran theme song (it’s still a bop), the only emphasize of Moore’s last flick is the fistfight he has with Bond bad guy and also Silicon Valley psychopath Max Zorin (Christopher Walken) atop the Golden Entrance Bridge.
23Diamonds Are For Life (1971 ).
After George Lazenby’s one-and-done box office misfire, On Her Grandeur’s Secret Service, the Bond producers required a hit, so they recruited Sean Connery out of retirement for one last “official” Bond flick. Sadly, Diamonds Are Forever shows he should have stayed retired.
Campy and also extreme to the point of being at times offensive– specifically in its tonally off representation of hit man Mr. Kidd (Putter Smith) as well as Mr. Wint (Bruce Glover)– Diamonds is a clunky, plot-heavy cash grab for Connery. The flick hardly resolves the loss of Bond’s spouse from the previous film, beyond the low-fi pre-titles activity series, in a noticeable effort to strike the reset switch as well as bring audiences the Bond they understood and also loved. The attempt is an embarrassing acne on the collection, save for Connery’s brutal, close-quarters fight with a baddie in a lift.
22The Male With the Golden Weapon (1974 ).
The critical face-off as well as fancy shootout between the assassin Scaramanga (Christopher Lee) as well as Roger Moore’s Bond makes enduring this uneven and cliched Bond flick practically worth it.
Moore’s second Bond flick places the superspy in the crosshairs of the titular hitman, as 007 races via Hong Kong and Macau to quit Scaramanga from utilizing a solar-powered laser to do wicked points. Its most iconic stunt, a sports car jumping a chasm while doing a snap roll, is robbed of its intended impact thanks to making use of a slide whistle (facepalm). And also don’t obtain us began on the logic-defying return of Live as well as Let Die’s stereotyped Louisiana constable, J.W. Pepper.
21Spectre (2015 ).
The end of Skyfall guaranteed a Bond ready to finally become James Bond. One capable of being the sandy assassin born in Online casino Royale as well as also the spy we like from the Connery and Moore era. Instead, the Bond of Specter remarkably, regretfully, actually, transforms his back on that particular pledge– burdened a crisis of conscience never ever developed in the previous Daniel Craig entrances. It also includes a classic villain that’s wasted as a result of soap opera-level plot twists and also negative monologuing. Spectre would have you think that 007 in some way located his means on the path to being an incredibly spy due to the fact that the father of his embraced brother/future arch-nemesis (Christoph Waltz) liked Bond better.
Yea, Franz Oberhauer (also known as Blofeld) became the leader of a very terrorist organization because, well, daddy problems. And afterwards ended up being Bond’s secret adversary for years and years, implausibly sending disparate threats to assault Bond in movie after film– with Bond never ever once realizing he remains in the facility of the longest lengthy disadvantage ever before. State what you will about Quantum of Relief, however at least it didn’t put a bullet in the heart of all the a good reputation gained by previous getaways.
20The World Is Not Enough (1999 ).
Seeds of Skyfall’s story– Bond recovering from a shoulder injury and also M’s previous coming back to haunt her– are grown here in Brosnan’s 3rd trip, which includes the longest (and one of the most exciting) pre-titles action series in the franchise’s history. Traditionally, the third time was the charm for previous Bond actors in terms of making their best flick. Regrettably, that was not the situation for Brosnan. While he provides his best and most compelling performance here, TWINE’s over-complicated story as well as by-the-numbers set pieces fail to service it.
The franchise business’s very first major women villain, the heiress to her dead papa’s oil lot of money, Elektra King (Braveheart’s Sophie Marceau), is an effective and also unfortunate foil for Brosnan’s Bond. She offers the motion picture its best scene, where Bond is forced to fire her in cold blood and after that cooly provide the line “I never miss” after calling her bluff that her previous fan would certainly not eliminate her. It’s an all-time minute for Brosnan’s too-brief period in the role. (Another all-timer, yet in the negative column? Denise Richards as a nuclear scientist called Christmas Jones.).
19Tomorrow Never Ever Dies (1997 ).
Outside of a passionate idea for a prompt bad guy– a media baron (Jonathan Price) hellbent on starting battles if it sells newspapers– Tomorrow Never ever Dies is a shoulder shrug of a film. It has all the anamorphic extent audiences anticipate from a Bond motion picture, however its undercooked script and uneven tone conspire to form a “just alright” motion picture suitable for viewing on a plane or playing behind-the-scenes while you fold washing. Yet ensure to pay attention whenever Chinese agent Wai Lin (the a-mah-zing Michelle Yeoh) is on-screen.
18Moonraker (1979 ).
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Moonraker has one of the best Bond pre-title series: Bond obtaining tossed out of an airplane without any parachute as metal-mouth Jaws (Richard Kiel) skydives after him. And this seeks we see a space shuttle pirated mid-air off the rear of a 747. It’s greatly downhill from there, as Moonraker profits from then-Star Battles hysteria and places Bond in space and up against Drax (Michael Lonsdale), the Bond bad guy equivalent of a coma. The third act unique impacts as Bond mosts likely to the Final Frontier are impressive (otherwise tacky)– and that title tune by Bond staple Shirley Bassey is significantly underrated.
17Octopussy (1983 ).
ALSO KNOWN AS “The One With the Circus.”.
Octopussy appeared poised to be a wonderful farewell performance for Moore’s Bond, particularly afterwards captivating opening series where 007 flies a micro-jet through a garage while attempting to dodge a missile. Instead, the end outcome is an irregular, complicated hit with a villain you like to dislike (Richard Jordan) as well as Maud Adams (The Man With the Golden Weapon) being the very first “Bond Woman” to show up in two Bond movies however in two various roles. And also don’t get us began on 007 literally sprucing up as a clown as he attempts to restrain a bomb under a circus tent. John Barry’s rating is an all-timer for the collection, as well as the useful feats are exceptional– specifically Bond’s battle atop a relocating train.
16Live and Allow Die (1973 ).
Roger Moore’s very first James Bond movie is one of the franchise’s worst. It’s a tone-deaf mess, attempting to be a Bond movie and a kind of “blaxploitation” activity flick– full with a hillbilly sheriff going after Bond through Louisiana– and also stopping working to do well at either.
The voodoo-centric story, which begins with a funeral in New Orleans as well as takes Bond to Harlem, has lots of racist innuendos. The only standouts are Paul McCartney and also Wings’ title song (a standard), Jane Seymour as Bond’s love interest, and the fierce Yaphet Koto as the primary villain.
15License to Eliminate (1989 ).
Permit to Kill was 17 years prematurely. Launched in the jampacked summertime of 1989, house to four-quadrant hits like Batman and also Indiana Jones and also the Last Crusade, audiences did not want a “dark and brooding” Bond out for retribution as well as taking on ripped-from-the-headlines medicine lords. They were currently less-than-sold on Timothy Dalton’s ugly Bond representation, and License to Eliminate double-downed on it.
But rewatching it currently, it works as a preview of the Daniel Craig age target markets and also followers have accepted. Dalton’s Bond in Kill is the then-most exact take on the personality from Ian Flemming’s stories, and also the motion picture’s more grounded strategy to the action scenes still retain some of that traditional Bond flare– particularly when Bond water skis barefoot while hanging off an airplane or engages in a riveting tanker truck vehicle chase that is just one of the collection’ best third act finales.
14Quantum of Relief (2008 ).
Daniel Craig James Bond Quantum of Relief.
Credit Score: Sony Pictures/Eon Manufacturing.
If Online Casino Royale was Bond’s Batman Begins, then Quantum of Solace could have been his The Dark Knight. Instead, it’s a rushed, and at times, soulless affair– regardless of Bond’s retribution story over the death of Vesper maintenance as a direct sequel (a franchise initially) to Royale and also having supervisor Marc Forrester inject the movie with some artistic visual flair (love the fonts each brand-new location gets!) The shaky-cam activity scenes seem like Bourne’s leftovers, as well as Bond should never replicate from a franchise that it contributed to motivating.
Surprisingly, 007’s revenge storyline takes a rear seat to that of a sustaining character (an underrated Olga Kurylenko), with our preferred spy failing to drive the primary story of his very own motion picture. (The parallel stories at some point converge, but never in such a way that reverberates emotionally). Bond is simply there to shoot as well as punch as well as blow things up prior to clunkily going on to the following scene as if previous ones didn’t truly issue. Extra like “Quantum of Dissatisfaction.”.
- 13You Just Live Two Times (1967 ).
Blofeld James Bond You Just Live Two Times YT.
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How Bond got away with the whitewashing on screen right here, with Connery’s 007 being made to look Japanese, is genuinely one of the franchise’s worst choices. You Just Live Twice is well related to amongst followers regardless of that troublesome story point as well as its slow-burn story involving Blofeld (Donald Pleasence) and a big spacecraft which can engulf smaller sized ones that threatens to light the fuse on WWIII. (The story would be repurposed from area to on water in The Spy That Loved Me.).
Ken Adams’s renowned hollowed-out volcanic burrow set is the real MVP of the motion picture, which lastly offers a face to Connery’s veteran bane. Without You Just Live Twice, we would certainly never have the Austin Powers movies.
12The Living Daytimes (1987 ).
Dalton’s first Bond motion picture gets a bum rap; it’s an engaging thriller with significant tension that lets Bond show off his boots-on-the-ground detective skills. Neither a huge box office hit or critical disappointment, The Living Daylights had the unenviable task of taking over for the most popular Bond, Roger Moore, and his signature brand of tongue-in-cheek exploits. Tonally, Timothy Dalton proved to be too sudden and sharp of a departure for audiences hooked on Moore’s 007, and the box office reflected that. But in the 30-plus years since the film’s release, fans have given the movie and its impressive stunt sequences (Bond fights a guy on a cargo net while dangling out of a plane!) the respect now that they didn’t get then.
11Goldeneye (1995 ).
” Bond’s valet.” That is how the late Gene Siskel described Pierce Brosnan in Goldeneye, his blockbuster debut as the super spy after 007’s six-year absence from the big screen. The wait was worth it, as Brosnan finally got his chance to play Bond * and update the character for the ’90s. The “sexist, misogynist dinosaur” that Judi Dench’s M sizes him up to be serves as a meta-commentary on the character’s past as Goldeneye charts a new future that isn’t all martinis, girls, and guns.
Martin Campbell’s assured direction– the movie is largely powered by expert editing and Brosnan’s charisma– elevates the shoulder-shrug of a plot involving 006 (Sean Bean) coming back from the dead to steal a helicopter and an EMP-delivering satellite in space. It’s not a great movie, but it is a great time at the movies– and easily the best of Brosnan’s four movies. (Fun fact: Brosnan was set to play Bond in The Living Daylights back in 1986, but a last-minute contract renewal for his NBC show, Remington Steele, got in the way.).
10For Your Eyes Only (1981 ).
Moore’s most underrated outing feels like a John Le Carre novel hiding out in Bond movie. Moore’s Bond has a darker edge here– he kills a man practically in cold blood– as 007 is on a mission to track down a top-secret decoder before the Russians get their hands on it. Sporting some of the most exotic locales in the series, along with some of the most eye-roll worthy visual gags, For Your Eyes Only is an occasionally uneven but consistently entertaining entry in the series.
09Thunderball (1965 ).
Once Bond takes off in a jet pack, you can easily lose roughly the next 40 minutes and not miss anything of substance. Still, Thunderball is a stone-cold classic, despite its padded script and threadbare plot. Its overlong but epic underwater battle is among the best action sequences ever, but the movie confuses bigger with better and struggles to be anything more than pure-polished eye candy. It furthers the template established by its predecessor, Goldfinger, and capitalizes on that film’s impressive success by letting Connery do what he does best: Swagger, drop one-liners, and fight bad guys.
08From Russia With Love (1963 ).
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Connery’s second Bond movie is a gripping (if convoluted) Cold War thriller that gives the spy more gadgets that would become a staple of the franchise while expanding further on the core tenements Flemming invested in the character. Connery’s run arguably features most of the series’ most iconic moments, with Bond’s violent and messy train fight with Russian operative Red Grant (Robert Shaw) still ranking high on that list. (SPECTRE would try to do an homage to it in a scene pitting Daniel Craig against baddie Dave Bautista aboard a speeding train.).
07Dr. No (1962 ).
The one that started it all. Lacking the spectacle and scope that would become a signature component of the series, Dr. No makes up for it with an extremely charming and dangerous lead performance from Sean Connery, as he encounters the evil organization, SPECTRE, for the first time. The classic film also makes cinematic history with Honey Ryder (Ursula Andreas) and her iconic walk out of the ocean in that white bikini.
06. ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE (1969 ).
Bond editor-turned-director Peter Hunt executes a Bond movie unlike any other, as On Her Majesty’s Secret Service tries to move on from Connery’s landmark tenure and prove that the franchise is more than whoever puts on Bond’s tux and Walther PPK. The latter proved less-than-true, as one-and-done George Lazenby, a model who lucked out in the role, was unable to resonate with audiences as Connery did.
OHMSS was neither a box office failure nor a blockbuster success, but that didn’t stop fans from thinking it was a flop. But the years have been kind on the film and its gritty, staccato action scenes and romantic subplot involving Bond falling in love and getting married– only to have his wife gunned down by Blofeld (Telly Savalas) on his wedding day. The first and only time we would see Bond cry until 2006’s Casino Royale.
05No Time to Die (2021 ).
Daniel Craig No Time to Die.
Credit: Nicola Dove/MGM/Eon Productions.
The much-anticipated and delayed release of No Time to Die, Daniel Craig’s last 007 movie (and, arguably, his most divisive), is a nearly three-hour emotional epic that goes through a check list of sorts of “what if …” scenarios that the creatives would like to see this iteration of Bond deal with before he goes. The movie executes this mostly satisfying wish-list at times with a “kitchen sink” approach and scale that rivals most of what has come before in the Bond canon.
Confidently directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, the first half of No Time to Die rockets through several load-bearing plot setups to reintroduce a very retired (and very haunted) Bond back into field service. His mission? Working with CIA pal Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) to find a missing Russian bio-weapons expert who has ties to both M (Ralph Finnes) and SPECTRE. The closer Bond gets to his target, the more dangerous his final mission becomes in a way where Bond’s fate and that of the world are tragically braided together in an explosive, if somewhat unearned, finale. But along the way, we get to see flourishes in Craig’s performances we have never seen before as he seemingly explores all the sides of the iconic spy his unique tenure in the role has left, up to this point, unrealized. It’s a lively and vulnerable performance, with Craig committing fully to every scene’s need and servicing as our emotional anchor when the plot sometimes gets in the way of the drama, especially during the run time’s final third. Rami Malek’s villain is “okay”, neither terrible nor outstanding, but he is memorable as being the only Bond villain to bring Bond to his knees without the use of some elaborate torture device. (It’s ironic that after almost 60 years in the spy game, it’s not a laser beam or being keel-hauled that does 007 in, but rather a few lucky shots from a handgun).
The “controversial” ending feels both bittersweet and undercooked, but never not daring– which seems to be this blockbuster’s M.O. It leaves no stone unturned in its full-throttle effort to give Craig a proper (and, at times, hilarious) sendoff, one that is both full of Bond iconography and refreshing, outside-the-box moments and scenes that reinforce how special Craig’s time in the tux truly was. (God help whomever picks up where the very definitive ending leaves off.).
04The Spy Who Loved Me (1977 ).
The Spy Who Loved Me did for Roger Moore what Goldfinger did for Connery: It solidified his Bond as the Bond for this era of moviegoers. From the iconic ski jump opening sequence, Moore definitively proved that the franchise can survive despite rotating actors in and out of the lead role.
Moore finds a perfect balance between his double-take sense of humor and Bond’s lethal operative ways as Bond takes on a villain obsessed with the oceans and wanting to turn the Earth into his own personal Atlantis– with the help of the two nuclear submarines he has stolen. Barbara Bach’s Triple X is the Russian equivalent of 007, oftentimes besting the over-confident secret agent as they embark on a globe-trotting mission full of inventive action scenes (a car than turn into a submarine, for example) and amazing sets, thanks again to Ken Adams’ production design. (Bond trivia: This movie first introduces audiences to the metal-mouthed thug, Jaws.).
03Goldfinger (1964 ).
The template of the franchise is established here: The Aston Martin, the elaborate pre-titles action sequence, the Bond Girls, the always-monologuing Bond villains– all of them mix together to make a somewhat bloated but effortlessly entertaining blockbuster that still holds up today.
02Skyfall (2012 ).
Skyfall takes big and bold creative swings, investing the series with its most emotionally-driven plot ever as Daniel Craig’s Bond must literally battle both his and M’s past as a former MI6 operative, the unpredictable Silva (a never-better Javier Bardem) upends 007’s entire existence.
Craig’s second-best performance as Bond, thanks to director Sam Mendes and John Logan’s script, elevated both the series and the action film genre– just in time for the series 50th anniversary. It’s also the best shot Bond movie, thanks to Roger Deakins’ flawless cinematography. All of this, along with Adele’s Oscar-winning theme song, make Skyfall the Goldfinger of Craig’s tenure– further proving that the third time’s the charm for most Bond actors.
01Casino Royale (2006 ).
It’s hard to imagine how irrational and pissed off fans were at Daniel Craig’s casting. No one wanted him in the role, especially on the heels of Brosnan’s unceremonious dismissal from the series.
But Craig, director Martin Campbell, and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson proved them wrong. Casino Royale reboots the franchise and the character, giving us a broken-not-sprained Bond who bleeds and needs a drink to settle his adrenaline shakes after killing a man in a drag-out stairwell brawl. For the first time, Bond truly feels dangerous– and scary. Craig invests him with a threat level and vulnerability we hadn’t seen before, as 007 finds himself playing poker in order to win back hundreds of millions of dollars before they fall into the hands of terrorist Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen). In between the impressive action scenes and brutal fistfights, Bond endures a tragic love story that sees him cry over the death of Vesper Lynd (Eva Green).
Casino Royale is the Batman Begins of Bond movies– and the best, most complete-feeling, of the franchise.