James Bond- best to worst

This is a list of my ranking of the EON-James Bond films. The list represents my own personal taste in Bond movies and it is 100% subjective.

The top ten of the list consists of my absolute favourites. They are the "Good" Bond films.

Nr. 11-19 are the enjoyable even though some are quite mediocre films. Many of them may not be very good in other opinions but I still like them enough to not to stamp them as bad films.

20-24 are the worst of the series. They are all rated less than seven.

The actor's from best to worst:
-Sean Connery
-Roger Moore
-Daniel Craig
-Timothy Dalton
-Pierce Brosnan
-George Lazenby
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1.
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 best of the Bond movies. It is perfect and succesful on almost all levels. Sean Connery is the best Bond and the plot is one of the best of the series.

The balance between the humourous script and the action is just perfect, and that is gives it the final edge. It is funny, it doesn't take itself too seriously, but it's still very exiting to watch. That is the most important aspect of the film in my opninion. It all comes together nicely in an exiting way that gives it an adventerous feel without pulling your focus away from the plot or decreasing the tension.

The final battle at Fort Knox is also one of the best action sequences of all the movies.

9/10 ” - ande6190
 
2.
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 very minimalistic film that deserves a second-place on the list for it's use of very tense and realistic elements while still not taking itself too seriously. That's where the charm lies in the early Bond-films.

It starts quite slow but evolves into a very focused and simple action-adventure that still keeps your atention in some of the final minutes. The romance between Bond and Tania is one of the best of the series and it adds something extra to the plot.

The fight scene Between Bond and Grant remains very tense, even today.

9/10 ” - ande6190
 
3.
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
“ Bond could almost not have had a better introduction. Dr. No is a simple spy thriller that turns into a more adventerous mission and leads to Bond's first encounter with SPECTRE. It is simple but good.

Sean plays the role perfect and he is both very cynical and charming in the film. When he is left on his own to escape No's prison and stop his evil plans it does feel as if something is at stake, if not for the world then for Bond. He shows physical pain and gives story tale a little more tense feeling that is very important to make the script work.

8.5/10 ” - ande6190
 
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
“ It wasn't an easy job for Lazenby to continue the succes of Connery's Bond. And of course he wasn't nearly as good as his predecessor. But the film is still one of the best and if Sean had been in this movie, it would have been the best in the series.

The plot continues where the first five films left off and Bond faces Blofeld again. But this time there is also love involved, for the first and almost last time in the Bond universe. The action is good and you do at times feel that Bond is in danger, and more importantly, that he is ultimately hurt in the devastating ending.

It was still very good without Sean.

8/10 ” - ande6190
 
5.
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
“ Daniel Craig's third time as Bond works as one of the most modern and emotional of the films. It is also a lovely tribute to 007's 50th anniversary.

From start to finish you are entertained with action and numerous entertaining scenes. The humour is now a bigger part of Craig's character (although it's still miles away from Moore's) and it makes the film fresher than QOS and CR and it's definitely easier to get through the long running time than it was with the other two.

Javier Bardem delivers a great villain and his charisma on screen is one of the films biggest strengths. Judi Dench has never been better as M and overall the film seems to focus on the importance of 007 in the modern world. Is he necessary?

I can only say yes: 8/10 ” - ande6190
 
6.
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
“ A fantasticly adventerous Bond mission that still preserves a certain seriousness for the character (and also the first of the films to mention the events of OHMSS). Roger Moore in his prime. The plot is fast, action packed and memorable.

From the opening stunt, that has never been topped, you are completely sold, and though the film slows down a little in the middle, the final action set rivals that of Goldfinger. Pure entertaining Bond.

8/10 ” - ande6190
 
7.
Spectre (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE. (148 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ In spite of a drawn out third act and a somewhat contrived personal link between Bond and Blofeld, SPECTRE is Bond at its best. Craig is more comfortable in the role than ever, and the villains and women are cast to perfection.

With one of the most memorable pre-title sequences of the entire franchise, a plot that moves along at a nice pace, and numerous references to earlier adventures, this is a rock-solid Bond-film. The increased focus on the rest of the MI6 staff and their troubles in London leaves one hungry for the next instalment .

8/10 ” - ande6190
 
8.
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
“ The dark and action packed reboot of James Bond is a much more serious and brutal story than any of the previous instalments. Daniel Craig is a good Bond, although not as good as the others (he still has to show some more in films to come).

The plot is easy to follow and from the beginning you are aware of the more brutal direction Bond is going. It isn't an action-adventure as the Moore-movies. It is instead a movie about international terror, that uses some very clever elements, such as the poker game. Le Chifre is one of the better villains and the love story also works perfectly. In the end it is a little too long, but the final scenes are the perfect setup for future films.

The film has emotional weight just like OHMSS, and has the same physical brutality of the early Connery-films. It did suffer from the lack of charm from Daniel's performance.

8/10 ” - ande6190
 
9.
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
“ This is the first film in wich Sean starts to show some age and weariness with the character. It doesn't feel as fresh as his earlier films, but it is still an entertaining instalment that features some of the most memorable sets and THE most memorable villain Blofeld.

The plot is structured almost completely similair to Dr. No, but this time Bond goes to Japan and ends up in the villains lair inside a volcano. It is entertaining, although not as tense as the earlier films.

8/10 ” - ande6190
 
10.
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
“ I never really embraced Dalton's films like Moore's and Connery's. His version of Bond is more serious and lacks some of the humour and charm that I think the character needs in order to work in more than 20 films. Luckily enough the film has charm and features some memorable set-pieces. The cello-chase is still among my favourites.

The film is a simple but tense cold-war-thriller with multiple plot-twists. In fact it is one of the most realistic Bond-films. And that is were the films strength lies. Dalton's performance may not be the most mesmerizing in the series but it fits quite well with the movies tone, and what you get in the end is a very complete and satisfying action-adventure.

7.5/10 ” - ande6190
 
11.
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
“ To top the succes of Goldfinger was an impossible task but Thunderball came pretty close to being one of the best. It deserves a place in the top 10.

Thunderball is one of the most memorable missions and also the original choise for the first Bond-movie. The villains' plan is classic and entertaining to watch and many of the underwater scenes are spectacular. The film does however drag a little and that's a shame. Connery gives a fine performance and the character of Domino is both one of the more memorable Bond-girls and certainly one of the most interesting ones.

7.5/10 ” - ande6190
 
12.
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
“ The most succesfull of the "funny" Bond-movies. This film delivers action from start to finish and also some very tense train scenes along with one of Moore's best performances. He hits the right balance between the humour and seriousness, and the scenes with the bomb in the train do have a tense atmosphere.

Perhaps the most entertaining 80's Bond-film.

7.5/10 ” - ande6190
 
13.
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
“ There aren't any Brosnan-movies in the top 10 and that is for a reason. To have Goldeneye as number 13 just means that there have been many fantastic movies in the series. But Goldeneye isn't quite the reinvention it perhaps should have been. The old element are in place: action, humour, charm, and Pierce plays the role quite well.

In fact it is so classic in many ways that it also drags the film down. Some might argue with my taste in Bond-films and the fact that I will often look past the sometimes silly humour of the Moore-era, but with Goldeneye I did feel that the film was almost too perfect and too well crafted to leave a bigger impression. Not saying it is bad. It is still better than For Your Eyes Only (a classic among many).

As the films enters the Brosnan-era you are left satisfied but not as impressed as with the older movies.

7/10- though it may deserve a higher rating. ” - ande6190
 
14.
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
“ In many ways the most simple of the Moore Bond-films. I liked Moore for his humour and rather distant approach to the character. It does still feel very much like the cynical Connery though it is a little lighter. But that isn't a bad thing. It still feels like Bond and that's the important part.

The plot is very simple and fast paced. Bond has to face the Man with the Golden Gun, a notorious assassin. From the start it sounds very cool, and it is. Some may be bothered by the humorous relief but I only found that it added to the pace of the film. It is fast and action-packed and contains the right charm for a Moore Bond-film.

I don't understand why many consider this to be one of the worst. The face-off between Bond and Scaramanga is a perfect setup. I am not denying that it has flaws but it is still very enjoyable to watch.

7/10 ” - ande6190
 
15.
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.)
“ Pierce Brosnan's second film is one of the most entertaining films in the series. When I saw it the first time I considered it to be my favourite. You are just never bored when watching this one because of the entertaining plot and good action secquences.

Watching for the second time I began to see the flaws though. Alot of the film is very clichéd and it may not be the most thrilling or engaging movie in the series.

It may be too much of a step back to the older Bond-films (fx Octopussy's silly action) but Goldeneye was the peak of Brosnans career as Bond. That's why I respect the film for what it is and enjoy its entertaining qualities.

A fun movie 7/10 ” - ande6190
 
16.
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
“ The films biggest mistake is the opening scene. It starts promissing, Bond is at his wife's grave, but then Blofeld shows up with a helicopter, trying to kill Bond. There is a cool scene where Bond climbs around the helicopter while it is flying, gains control, but then he picks up Blofeld's wheelchair with the helicopter and drops him into a factory chimney. The worst possible death to a villain who has meant so much to the Bond saga. You couldn't have opened a Bond-film in a more disappointing way.

But now I will stop ranting about the opening and talk about the rest. After Moonraker, EON thought it would be good to bring Bond down to earth again with a simple plot and raw action. This time Bond is meaner than he has ever been portayed by Moore (he kicks a car with an injured man down a cliffside) and it doesn't work quite as intended. It deliver's some needed tension in action scenes and some weight to character, but it is hard to forget the opening and focus on this new style. Moore's age is starting to show (actually more than in Octopussy) and he feels tired with the role somehow.

A disappointing film, that doesn't really fit in Moore's Bond-universe. The plot is nice and simple though, delivering tension at times.

7/10 ” - ande6190
 
17.
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
“ Licence to Kill has always divided my mind. On the one hand I want to enjoy it for what it is and what Dalton and the film makers tried to do with the character, but on the other hand it doesn't really feel like a Bond-film.

The whole film is about Bond trying to get revenge and having his licence revoked. And the down to earth villain works okay, but he doesn't have the impact and charisma of many of the earlier ones. The violence is also very realistic and down to earth, and it works to the films advantage. However, Dalton's performance is too cold and cruel to accept as Bond. He is at times even more violent than Craig. And that is the films biggest flaw, because during the last act I was suddenly thinking that the film reminded me alot about an american revenge-movie. And that is not what Bond is about.

The film does have qualities though. Some scenes are very well filmed, and if you watch it as an independent action-flick it can be quite engaging.

I would have liked Dalton to have done more films, because he was so good in The Living Daylights, but this movie was a misstep for him.

6.5/10 ” - ande6190
 
18.
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
“ Moore's first time as Bond is a very atypical entry in the series. It features supernatural elements such as Voodoo and fortune-telling. Moore isn't quite as convincing as Sean was from the start but he got better for each movie he made.

But somehow Moore's take on the character feels very fresh in this one. It was certainly needed after Connery's very dull performance in Diamonds are Forever.

However, the film has too many flaws. Much of the acting and plot is very weak. At times the film feels unnecessarily silly, especialy when Moore aproaches the women. It's not one of Moore's best but it represented an important transition for the series.

6.5/10 ” - ande6190
 
19.
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
“ Though this is often viewed as one of the worst in the series, there's still much to enjoy in the film. The Las Vegas location, a fantastic theme song, some hilarious lines ("Lean over darling.") and of course Sean Connery. He will always be the best Bond, but this film is his worst. He felt old and tired with his role.

The film does however have a nostalgic feel to it as it was the first Bond film I saw. But now, it's flaws are too apparent.

The last of the mediocre films on this list.

6.5/10 ” - ande6190
 
20.
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
“ The first half of the film is great. It has a nice pace and it's one of Moore's best performances. But when Bond reaches space it starts falling apart. The humor is as campy as ever and the writers completely destroy the character of Jaws.

Many consider it to be the worst. I consider it to be a disappointment.

6/10 ” - ande6190
 
21.
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
“ The modern Moonraker. It starts great but gets increasingly strange and stupid. Too much effort is put into the hints to earlier films (with this being the 20th). Over all a disappointing film that feels like a commercial for the Bond series, with more focus on outlandish elements with the occational slide into the sci-fi genre, just like Moonraker.

Just because Bond has to deal with twenty lasers instead of one, it doesn't make it a better film.

5.5/10 ” - ande6190
 
22.
Quantum of Solace (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 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
“ After Casino Royale the film-makers felt like following the dark and violent tone. What they did here was however more than the franchise could carry. The editing is frantic, the plot boring, it moves from location to location faster than you can blink. Craig has nothing to do with his charm so the film ends with men hitting each other. No humor, no wit, no tension.

Simply the worst sequel they could have made after Casino Royale.

5.5/10 ” - ande6190
 
23.
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
“ 4 words: Moore was too OLD!

5.5/10 ” - ande6190
 
24.
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
“ The most uninspiring Bond-film ever with a dull villain, dull plot and a misplaced Elektra that would fit better in a realistic Bond-film, which this unfortunately isn't. Chainsaws hanging from helicopers, a villain who can't feel pain, Denise Richards as a scientist and M being kidnapped. That last plot point worked perfectly in Skyfall, but here it was stupid and misplaced.

I didn't chuckle once, wasn't involved in any of the plot and was generally bored by the action sequences.

5/10 ” - ande6190