Ranked Bond Films

by Finny36 | created - 10 Dec 2010 | updated - 05 Jan 2011 | Public

I have ranked the Bond films (including Never Say Never Again) in order of how much I like them.

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1. Goldfinger (1964)

PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.8
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87 Metascore

Investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Sean Connery, Gert Fröbe, Honor Blackman, Shirley Eaton

Votes: 149,016 | Gross: $51.08M

Absolute Bond Perfection

2. Casino Royale (2006)

PG-13 | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

8.0
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80 Metascore

Armed with a license to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007, and must defeat a private banker to terrorists in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, Montenegro, but things are not what they seem.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright

Votes: 508,207 | Gross: $167.45M

Did for Bond what Batman Begins did for Batman

3. Quantum of Solace (2008)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.6
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58 Metascore

James Bond descends into mystery as he tries to stop a mysterious organization from eliminating a country's most valuable resource.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench

Votes: 356,674 | Gross: $168.37M

To justify having this one so high on my list, I must say that I see it as the second half of Casino Royale. They should always be watched back to back.

4. GoldenEye (1995)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.2
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65 Metascore

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.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco, Famke Janssen

Votes: 211,329 | Gross: $106.60M

My very first introduction to the world of James Bond. I saw it on my 14th birthday.

5. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.5
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52 Metascore

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.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Jonathan Pryce, Michelle Yeoh, Teri Hatcher

Votes: 159,092 | Gross: $125.33M

I loved the motorcycle chase as well as the characters portrayed by Michelle Yeoh and Jonathan Pryce.

6. The World Is Not Enough (1999)

PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.4
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57 Metascore

James Bond uncovers a nuclear plot when he protects an oil heiress from her former kidnapper, an international terrorist who can't feel pain.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Marceau, Robert Carlyle, Denise Richards

Votes: 166,730 | Gross: $126.94M

The more I see this film the more I enjoy it. It is now to the point that the only thing I dislike is that they named Denise RIchards' character Christmas Jones. Oh and Elektra King is now one of my favorite characters from any Bond film.

7. Die Another Day (2002)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.1
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56 Metascore

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.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Rosamund Pike, Toby Stephens

Votes: 180,863 | Gross: $160.94M

I really liked the Miranda Frost character as well as all the references to the 19 previous Bond films that were placed throughout the film. The hyper-futuristic technology and look of the film was fun too and added to the over-the-top action scenes. This one definitely brought back some of the best of the "camp" of the earlier Bond films.

8. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

PG | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.8
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61 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter R. Hunt | Stars: George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas, Gabriele Ferzetti

Votes: 65,796 | Gross: $22.80M

I think George Lazenby made a great James Bond. I really wish he would have been allowed to make more Bond films.

9. For Your Eyes Only (1981)

PG | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.8
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54 Metascore

Agent 007 is assigned to hunt for a lost British encryption device and prevent it from falling into enemy hands.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Roger Moore, Carole Bouquet, Topol, Lynn-Holly Johnson

Votes: 77,940 | Gross: $62.30M

I like everything about this film, except perhaps that Bibi Dahl gets on my nerves, but the character called for that so I can't fault the actress.

10. A View to a Kill (1985)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.3
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40 Metascore

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.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Roger Moore, Christopher Walken, Tanya Roberts, Grace Jones

Votes: 74,450 | Gross: $50.33M

Grace Jones and Christopher Walken, enough said.

11. Licence to Kill (1989)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.6
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58 Metascore

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.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Timothy Dalton, Robert Davi, Carey Lowell, Talisa Soto

Votes: 79,945 | Gross: $34.67M

This film had great action sequences and a tight storyline, very enjoyable ride.

12. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

PG | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.8
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43 Metascore

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.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Maud Adams

Votes: 80,307 | Gross: $20.97M

Anytime Christopher Lee plays a bad guy is greatness.

13. Live and Let Die (1973)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.8
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55 Metascore

007 is sent to stop a diabolically brilliant heroin magnate armed with a complex organization and a reliable psychic tarot card reader.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour, Clifton James

Votes: 81,439 | Gross: $35.38M

I enjoyed the fact that were less white people in this film, and I really enjoy Roger Moore as Bond. Yaphet Kotto as the villain was really great also. I did not like Jane Seymour's acting or that dumb Louisiana cop.

14. Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

GP | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.7
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59 Metascore

A diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an evil plot involving a rich business tycoon.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Sean Connery, Jill St. John, Charles Gray, Lana Wood

Votes: 80,448 | Gross: $43.82M

I liked the quirky, gay, psychopathic henchmen and I liked Jill St. John as Tiffany Case. Shirley Bassey is awesome once more with the theme song.

15. Never Say Never Again (1983)

PG | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.2
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68 Metascore

A SPECTRE agent has stolen two American nuclear warheads, and James Bond must find their targets before they are detonated.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Sean Connery, Kim Basinger, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Max von Sydow

Votes: 52,431 | Gross: $55.50M

Barbara Carrera owned this film. The Largo villain was better, Kim Basinger as Domino was better. The music is horrid, but other than that its a good film.

16. Dr. No (1962)

Approved | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.3
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78 Metascore

A resourceful British government agent seeks answers in a case involving the disappearance of a colleague and the disruption of the American space program.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Bernard Lee, Joseph Wiseman

Votes: 125,414 | Gross: $16.07M

The film that started it all. While it may not have had a lot of action, it has a fantastic storyline that is very enjoyable and engaging.

17. From Russia with Love (1963)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.5
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85 Metascore

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.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Lotte Lenya, Daniela Bianchi

Votes: 97,565 | Gross: $24.80M

Colonel Klebb was awesome in this film as well as Robert Shaw's great stalking villain.

18. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

PG | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.1
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55 Metascore

James Bond investigates the hijacking of British and Russian submarines carrying nuclear warheads, with the help of a K.G.B. Agent, whose lover he killed.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curd Jürgens, Richard Kiel

Votes: 83,058 | Gross: $46.80M

I liked the introduction to the Jaws character and I liked the Carly Simon theme song.

19. Moonraker (1979)

PG | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.3
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66 Metascore

James Bond investigates the mid-air theft of a space shuttle, and discovers a plot to commit global genocide.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Michael Lonsdale, Richard Kiel

Votes: 75,805 | Gross: $70.31M

I enjoyed the villain in this film as well as Shirley Bassey singing the theme again. I could suspend my disbelief enough to accept the space station, but it was really hard for me to accept the laser guns.

20. Thunderball (1965)

PG | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.0
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64 Metascore

James Bond heads to The Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by SPECTRE agent Emilio Largo in an international extortion scheme.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi, Luciana Paluzzi

Votes: 88,669 | Gross: $63.60M

Hmmm......I liked the theme song very much. I enjoyed a female villain again, even if she wasn't the main one. The transforming boat was really cool and all the underwater vehicles and fight scenes too.

21. Octopussy (1983)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.6
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63 Metascore

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.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan, Kristina Wayborn

Votes: 80,511 | Gross: $67.90M

The circus thing really put me off but I did like Octopussy's island of women and the actual pet octopus. Louis Jourdan as the villain was nice too.

22. You Only Live Twice (1967)

PG | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.9
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61 Metascore

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.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Sean Connery, Akiko Wakabayashi, Mie Hama, Tetsurô Tanba

Votes: 81,752 | Gross: $43.08M

There isn't much that I like about this film at all except maybe the theme song from Nancy Sinatra and just the immense technical work that went into creating the volcano lair.

23. The Living Daylights (1987)

PG | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.7
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60 Metascore

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.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Timothy Dalton, Maryam d'Abo, Jeroen Krabbé, Joe Don Baker

Votes: 75,055 | Gross: $51.19M

I am hard pressed to think of anything I enjoy about this film.