James Bond 007, From Best To Worst

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Skyfall (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. Whilst MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. (143 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ James Bond as a character study of a tortured soul. This has everything - terrific action, a seductive (although understandibly brief) Bond Girl in Berenice Marlohe, a truly unnerving Bond villain, and Daniel Craig's cold yet vulnerable performance as Bond, but Judi Dench's portrayal of M gives the film new depths, as per Javier Bardem's creepy villain. The most emotionally engaging and character driven Bond film, this one delivers. Period. I guess taking lessons from Batman paid off superbly. Adele's haunting vocals also ensures the film would be a different beast than its predecessors. ” - dvc5159
From Russia with Love (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
James Bond willingly falls into an assassination ploy involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by SPECTRE. (115 mins.)
Director: Terence Young
“ A stylish, glossy espionage thriller with the energy of a vintage comic-book thanks to Terence Young's sharp direction. Sean Connery's finest hour, being more cool, calm and witty rather than the later entries as they get more and more outlandish. ” - dvc5159
Casino Royale (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Armed with a licence to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007 and must defeat a weapons dealer in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, but things are not what they seem. (144 mins.)
Director: Martin Campbell
“ Daniel Craig steps into the tuxedo, and re-invents the entire franchise with it. No longer reliant on ridiculous gadgets, overtly sexual innuendos and outrageous action, this Bond, on his first mission as a Double-O agent, rough, though and a blunt instrument. But, like the latter, it can be sharpened and perfected by a woman who can change him... The first time Bond is treated as a character rather than a superhero, and I love it. ” - dvc5159
GoldenEye (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
James Bond teams up with the lone survivor of a destroyed Russian research center to stop the hijacking of a nuclear space weapon by a fellow agent formerly believed to be dead. (130 mins.)
Director: Martin Campbell
“ If Dalton ended his run with a bang, then Pierce Brosnan began his with a nuclear explosion. This modernization of the Bond franchise pits Bond against a powerful enemy, complete with beautiful Bond girls, plenty of dry wit and some rollicking action sequences that rank up there amongst the franchise's best. And the finale is one to remember. ” - dvc5159
Licence to Kill (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
James Bond goes rogue and sets off to unleash vengeance on a drug lord who tortured his best friend, a C.I.A. agent, and left him for dead and murdered his bride after he helped capture him. (133 mins.)
Director: John Glen
“ Timothy Dalton was very unfortunate. A criminally underrated Bond film, it also works as a hard-boiled revenge film. Steering sharply from the Moore era to a darker, modern edge, this sees Bond pitting up against not a world-domination obsessed madman, but rather, an extravagant drug lord. Dalton's brooding, realistic (for Fleming's Bond) and cold performance, along with a well laid out story, and a slam-bang action climax (my favorite of the Bond films) involving big trucks, this one's a winner. Too bad Dalton didn't stick around for more. ” - dvc5159
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
James Bond woos a mob boss's daughter and goes undercover to uncover the true reason for Blofeld's allergy research in the Swiss Alps that involves beautiful women from around the world. (142 mins.)
Director: Peter Hunt
“ The most underrated film in the franchise. George Lazenby cannot act, but he at least tries his earnest to be Bond. Diana Rigg is that rare Bond Girl that will affect him for the rest of the franchise. Solid though slightly nonsensical plot and a terrific, superbly staged action-packed climax leads through a very emotional ending. Superb orchestral title tune as well as a great emotional song from the great Louis Armstrong. ” - dvc5159
Thunderball (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
James Bond heads to The Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by SPECTRE agent Emilio Largo in an international extortion scheme. (130 mins.)
Director: Terence Young
“ Style... style everywhere. You want gadgets? It's here. Beautiful, gorgeous European Bond girls? Here. Extravagant and exotic locations? Yep. Outlandish plot? You betcha. Fanciful villains? Need I say more? Sean Connery looking quite amused at it all? Oh yeah. Jazzy, seductive music and some impressive stunts round off this hugely entertaining Bond film. Tom Jones strikes like thunder with his theme song. ” - dvc5159
Goldfinger (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve. (110 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
“ The trend-setter. The gadgets. That car. The megalomaniacal villain. That outlandish plot. That highly suggestive name (Pussy Galore). This is the definitive Bond movie for many many people - and I can see why. It's like a bright, funny, exciting comic book come to life. Sean Connery plays Bond with cool, stylish masculinity and wit, amused at the outlandishness of the plot without breaking a sweat. Not forgetting Shirley Bassey's haunting song. ” - dvc5159
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
James Bond investigates the hijacking of British and Russian submarines carrying nuclear warheads with the help of a KGB agent whose lover he killed. (125 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
“ Roger Moore's third outing as 007 is also his best - sure the plot may riff off "You Only Live Twice" - also by the same director, Lewis Gilbert, and it might have some campy lines here and there - but this has exceptionally sensational large-scale action sequences and outlandish special effects/sets that make this an unusually thrilling and eye-popping entry in the series. This also has the best Bond song... ever. ” - dvc5159
Dr. No (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A resourceful British government agent seeks answers in a case involving the disappearance of a colleague and the disruption of the American space program. (110 mins.)
Director: Terence Young
“ How it all began. Yes, the fight-scenes have dated badly, so what? Enjoy this vintage slice of '60s style and cool as Sean Connery and the Broccoli/Saltzman team introduce the world's greatest secret agent, with suaveness, wit and stylish calm. ” - dvc5159
The Living Daylights (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
James Bond is living on the edge to stop an evil arms dealer from starting another world war. Bond crosses all seven continents in order to stop the evil Whitaker and General Koskov. (130 mins.)
Director: John Glen
“ A new era begins... at least for a few more years... Timothy Dalton debuts headfirst as Bond, and he's no Moore - he's better. Ruthless, charming yet sly, he fits Fleming's description of Bond suitably. Add an intriguing Cold-War tension filled plot, the cutest Bond girl in the franchise, and some sensational though cheeky stunts/action sequence, and you've got a winner. ” - dvc5159
The World Is Not Enough (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
James Bond uncovers a nuclear plot when he protects an oil heiress from her former kidnapper, an international terrorist who can't feel pain. (128 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
“ Brosnan's 3rd outing as Bond is a fun romp, though sometimes in predictable territory. However, Electra King makes for a great Bond villainess (the first) and the rest of the movie can't really match up to a sensational boat chase in the beginning. ” - dvc5159
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Agent 007 is assigned to hunt for a lost British encryption device and prevent it from falling into enemy hands. (127 mins.)
Director: John Glen
“ After the mixed bag that was "Moonraker", Roger Moore and editor/2nd unit director turned director John Glen steers the franchise into more down-to-earth territory. The result is same-old, same-old, albeit with an intriguing, intense plot and the stunningly beautiful Carole Bouquet. Note the scene where Moore kicks the car down the cliff. Hints of Fleming's Bond there! And a great title track, too! ” - dvc5159
You Only Live Twice (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Agent 007 and the Japanese secret service ninja force must find and stop the true culprit of a series of spacejackings before nuclear war is provoked. (117 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
“ Sean Connery starts to look bored in this one. The outlandish plot, superb set design by Ken Adams and large-scale effects/action sequences at the end, as well as the Japanese locale and Bond girls (though their acting is far from commendable) more than make up for it though. It could've been so much more though. Terrific opening song by Nancy Sinatra. ” - dvc5159
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
James Bond heads to stop a media mogul's plan to induce war between China and the UK in order to obtain exclusive global media coverage. (119 mins.)
“ A modern-day comic-book brought to life. Ridiculous but fun to watch. Brosnan is still suave and charismatic, but he has lost Dalton's edge and relies more on the ever-increasingly-implausible gadgets. The plentiful action sequences, Michelle Yeoh kicking more ass than Bond, and Jonathan Pryce's scenery chewing moments as the villain more than make up for it. Sultry songs by both Sheryl Crow and K.D. Lang, though. ” - dvc5159
Quantum of Solace (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
James Bond descends into mystery as he tries to stop a mysterious organization from eliminating a country's most valuable resource. All the while, he still tries to seek revenge over the death of his love. (106 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
“ Daniel Craig's 2nd outing as Bond is a disappointment although it has an interesting story. This is Bond going all out in rage, whilst investigating a corrupt businessman. While it has an intriguing plot, the direction and the hyper-fast editing suffers the film greatly. Alicia Keys' and Jack White's song is preposterously un-Bondian. ” - dvc5159
Octopussy (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A fake Fabergé egg and a fellow agent's death lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces. (131 mins.)
Director: John Glen
“ Roger Moore's 6th outing as 007 is laced with campy humor and ridiculous action sequences wrapped around an interesting plot. The final stunt sequence is terrific, however, and Louis Jordan makes for a very charismatic villain. Has a kinda beautiful title song. ” - dvc5159
A View to a Kill (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An investigation of a horse-racing scam leads 007 to a mad industrialist who plans to create a worldwide microchip monopoly by destroying California's Silicon Valley. (131 mins.)
Director: John Glen
“ Christopher Walken's villain saves the movie from becoming a near-wreck, with a near 60 Roger Moore trying his best to keep up with the action sequences for his swansong as Bond. Tanya Roberts is kinda whiny in the Bond Girl role although she looks nice, but Grace Jones... anyway the movie is a mixed bag. Duran Duran's song is pretty awesome though. ” - dvc5159
Never Say Never Again (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A SPECTRE agent has stolen two American nuclear warheads, and James Bond must find their targets before they are detonated. (134 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
“ Sean Connery returns in this unofficial Bond film by "Empire Strikes Back" helmer Irvin Kershner. It is a rehash of "Thunderball", but Connery keeps his tongue firmly in his cheek as progresses along the outlandish plot with ease. Fun at times but boring too. Horrible title song. ” - dvc5159
Moonraker (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
James Bond investigates the mid-air theft of a space shuttle and discovers a plot to commit global genocide. (126 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
“ No. Just no. James Bond should not jump on a bandwagon that is different from he is. Jumping on the Star Wars bandwagon? Absolutely ridiculous. The locales, special effects and stuntwork (the opening parachute jump was brilliant until they ruined it with cartoon-style humor) have highly improved and are more elaborate for its time, I give it credit for that. But no. James Bond does not belong in outer space. Roger Moore plays the role with his tongue in cheek, rendering him harmless. ” - dvc5159
Live and Let Die (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
007 is sent to stop a diabolically brilliant heroin magnate armed with a complex organization and a reliable psychic tarot card reader. (121 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
“ Roger Moore steps into the tux for the first time, and battles a drug posse/voodoo cult. A strange, surreal and sometimes uneven Bond film, with some of the humor coming from unintentional places. Moore walks through it unscathed though, and the boat chase is a fine example of terrific stunt choreography. Nice song, too. ” - dvc5159
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an evil plot involving a rich business tycoon. (120 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
“ This was smooth at parts, boring at parts, campy at parts, stylish at parts. Sean Connery returns for the last time (officially) and looks bored throughout. I was bored at times too. This was just a plain dull movie overall (not even the great opening song can save it), and they did not even resolve "OHMSS" properly. ” - dvc5159
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
James Bond is led to believe that he is targeted by the world's most expensive assassin while he attempts to recover sensitive solar cell technology that is being sold to the highest bidder. (125 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
“ How campy can Bond be? This was the first (out of many) signs that the Bond franchise was in trouble. The humor and action was too camp, and not even the exotic locales of Thailand and Christopher Lee's sneaky villain can save this movie. This was just plain bad. ” - dvc5159
Die Another Day (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
James Bond is sent to investigate the connection between a North Korean terrorist and a diamond mogul who is funding the development of an international space weapon. (133 mins.)
Director: Lee Tamahori
“ Argh. The perfect example of too much is a good thing. Too many, many action sequences (some of it are CGI, not even real stunts). Way too many many gadgets that are just there to show off. Halle Berry can't even act properly as the Bond girl despite her winning an Oscar that same year for Monster's Ball. After a great opening, random action sequences strung together to form a stupid nonsensical plot about a laser satellite. Driven home by Madonna's horrible title track, this is the bottom for James Bond. ” - dvc5159