Best to worst of Bond

Listing Bond is easy, but we all seem to watch them from different points of view. I like movies with good characters, good storytelling with both humor, plot and action in a good mix. And that is what this list is about. The list is ordered, best first, worst at the end.
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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
“ Number 1 Bond of all time IMHO. The only Bond where the movie is not only close to the book but even substantially improves on it. Great cast, very good plot. Only one bad point: the weak teaser, it is embarassing. But from there, it has few weak points. ” - ingemar-4
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 blueprint for many later Bonds, the smash hit that set the style with the mix of humor and action, complete with gadgets, with great characters as Goldfinger, Oddjob and Solo. If this one isn't high on your list, then you don't really like Bond at all. I love the golf scenes, possibly the greatest Bond-villain interaction ever. ” - ingemar-4
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
“ "Bond in India", the most solid Moore-Bond, one of the best plots in any Bond movie. It gets a bit silly at times (with girl and clown jokes), but overall it is one of the best Bonds ever. ” - ingemar-4
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
“ "Bond saves the world" is the better of the two "save the world" Bonds, with a fabulous teaser. Lots of fun scenes, Jaws is a great monster-villain here, and the quest for clues is really good. Despite the over-the-top plot the movie is really well told and one of the best. ” - ingemar-4
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
“ "Magic Bond". It really is totally off course for Bond, with all the magic, but the offense actually works, due to the humor and well-cast actors. The ending of Samedi and Katanga is a bit of a letdown, though, but I think that is part of the problem, the conflict between the magic and the more realistic Bond world. The boat chase - far from the magic - is great fun. The best title tune ever, with Paul McCartney & Wings, helps keeping the tension up. ” - ingemar-4
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
“ Very good Moore-Bond, save for a few stupid filler-action scenes in the middle. The overall story about Scaramanga is very good, and stands out as a story with very few but well done villains. ” - ingemar-4
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
“ Underrated Bond, where Lazenby has no part of the movie's failure. Rather, Lazenby and Telly Savalas (as Blofeld) are carrying the movie very well. The movie really only has two weaknesses: A particularly dull first half hour (with a poor teaser and a dull theme) and the bad acting from the leading lady. But from there this is a perfectly fine Bond, up to the best ending of all Bonds. ” - ingemar-4
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
“ The first Bond is very good up to a point, the stupid nuclear power ending. Very good casting, with the superb Anthony Dawson as one of the bad guys. ” - ingemar-4
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
“ The first Dalton was terrific, with a pretty good plot, action, humor, and good actors for the most part. The Afghanistan part feels wrong today, after what happened later. ” - ingemar-4
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
“ "For your eyes only" is the back-to-basics Bond that actually works. After two over-the-top save-the-world movies, this was vital, and the movie is mostly very good, apart for some silly scenes in the Alps, the hockey scene in particular. ” - ingemar-4
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
“ "Underwater Bond" was sensational when it came, and it is partially good, but I feel less enthusiastic about it than the other early Bonds. It has a straight-forward and easy storytelling in its favor, but the underwater scenes can be rather confusing. ” - ingemar-4
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
“ "Bond in Japan" is entertaining, but has some rather embarassing moments. The opening is bad, not really called for, and the ending seems too much like a copy of Goldfinger. The book has a particularly sharp ending which they didn't dare to use here, and a better plot. But it still works and is a pretty good Bond. ” - ingemar-4
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
“ Pretty terrible script, but it is saved by some good scenes, by Connery, and by Wint and Kidd, and several other good characters. It is more a sequence of loosely connected action/thriller scenes than a real story, with plenty of script mistakes. ” - ingemar-4
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
“ Roger Moore's last is not his best, but still good entertainment. Grace Jones is terrible, can't act at all, but except for that the story is pretty good, with a good plot (although quite predictable at times), avoiding yet another save-the-world scenario but still saving the world from a disaster. The Golden Gate scene is great. ” - ingemar-4
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
“ "Bond in space" is too much a copy of "The spy who loved me" to be interesting, and the space scenes weren't good even for the time. After all, this is made after "Star Wars"! The movie is still entertaining, some fun scenes with an increasingly goofy Jaws, and has a great teaser. ” - ingemar-4
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
“ The remake of Thunderball has Rowan Atkinson in its favor, but goes over the top several times with silly scenes that got dated quickly. The teaser as well as the world domination game are particularly bad. ” - ingemar-4
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.)
“ "Bond in the news." The best Brosnan movie, best plot and best acting. Like most Brosnan-Bonds, it is not as well written as the earlier ones and relies too much on overdone action, but it has some points in its favor. The villain (Jonathan Pryce) is pretty good, but Vincent Schiavelli (as Dr Kaufmann) is the best actor in the whole movie, a true character actor who gives his character more depth in seconds than others do in hours. The plot is quite smart, although the ending is so stupid and predictable that it is embarassing. ” - ingemar-4
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
“ Brosnan stepped in, with a rather poor first. It is forced and overdone in many ways. The female villain is a carbon copy of the one in "Never say never again", only more tasteless, and the villain (Sean Bean) is dull and anonymous, not suitable for a Bond. The best villain actor is John Gottfried (Orumov), the only real character actor. Alan Cumming (Boris Grishenko) also does a good job, a much needed comic sidekick. The tank-chase is fun but not enough to make the movie great. ” - ingemar-4
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
“ After the great first Dalton movie, this was a total letdown. It is hard to say what went wrong, with all the action as well as interaction between Bond and the villain, and it is complete with gadgets and some humor. It seems to me that the problem really was the storytelling, and the uninteresting plot. We have already done drug dealing, in "Live and let die", but this was drug dealing without finesse. ” - ingemar-4
Climax! (1954 TV Series)
Episode: Casino Royale (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
American spy James Bond must outsmart card wiz and crime boss LeChiffre while monitoring his actions. (60 mins.)
Director: Don Medford
“ The first Bond episode is still the best Casino Royale, but that is for lack of competition. Worth watching as curiosity but not really good. A fairly good try, in a way, but it is very, very wrong to make Bond american. ” - ingemar-4
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
“ I would calls this "The action is not enough". The feeling of overdone, dull and uninteresting gets worse. The script is pretty terrible with several inexcusable turns, really badly told story, and can't even make the submarine scenes exciting. And the villains are really dull, how about some acting? The final appearance by Desmond Llewellyn is hardly enough to justify it. ” - ingemar-4
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
“ This is the movie that convinced me to stop following the Bond series. Only the middle part, the casino part, is excusable. The beginning and the end are terrible, awfully acted and scripted. For a while I thought Craig was a poor actor, but in the middle I saw that the problem was the lack of a good story, because he could act once the tempo allowed it. If you like a lot of running, lots of shooting on flat and dull opponents, no humor, bad casting and a badly told story, this is for you. But not for me. ” - ingemar-4
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
“ "Bond on ice", the last Brosnan-Bond, is close to unwatchable, predictable, with over-use of computer graphics for overdone action, unrealistic effects (invisible car) and cheesy camera moves. The story has all the weaknesses of other late Bonds, poorly told story with dull villains without personality, and unnecessary unrealistic violence. Not even the interaction Bond-villain (which is vital) works here. In the movie's favor: Battle between two super-cars, a fun idea in a way, plus perhaps the appearance of John Cleese. ” - ingemar-4
Casino Royale (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
In an early spy spoof, aging Sir James Bond comes out of retirement to take on SMERSH. (131 mins.)
“ I have tried watching this nonsense a few times but never managed to finish it. I like good comedies but I found nothing to laugh at. The waste of talent is significant. If you want a good Bond parody, try "Our man Flint" or "Get Smart" instead. ” - ingemar-4
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
“ Utter rubbish, high-budget rubbish. I don't know what is worst, the confusing action scenes or that they kill off Mathis, a main original Bond character from Fleming's novels, one of the few that were left after writing out both Moneypenny and Q. In particular, the movie seems to make an effort to waste great special effects by cutting them from impressive to confusing. Several times, great special effects are given just a split second, with no time to grasp how good it was. ” - ingemar-4