My Bond ranking - best to worst

by picklesworth | created - 25 Oct 2011 | updated - 25 Oct 2011 | Public

My ranking of all the official Bond films - Best to worst. This has changed over the years but this is how it sits currently. I have put a quick explanation next to each film explaining my reasons - and that it all it is - my opinion.

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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: 150,463 | Gross: $51.08M

For me, the definition of a Bond film. Comfortably the one I have watched most and still Connery embodies the character best in this film.

2. 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: 212,962 | Gross: $106.60M

When i first watched, it was my favourite for a time. I love the storyline and is just a fun movie to watch. Goldfinger still is a better movie overall but this is close.

3. 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: 512,487 | Gross: $167.45M

Got me very excited about the reinvigoration of the franchise after the Die another Day debacle. Craig is brilliant and has the edge required for the new age. Just the beginning of what I hope is a very exciting new sequence of movies.

4. 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: 89,623 | Gross: $63.60M

Connery still in his prime

5. 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: 75,850 | Gross: $51.19M

Another fun movie to watch. Dalton was a bit serious so mine but this films storyline and action scenes were very very good

6. 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: 83,992 | Gross: $46.80M

Best film of Roger Moore's easily. I thought his storylines were the weakest overall but this stands out as a great movie regardless.

7. Dr. No (1962)

PG | 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: 126,656 | Gross: $16.07M

Dated a lot worst than Goldfinger and Thunderball but was still the one that created the benchmarks and standards that the series was built on. Still a good movie to watch and Connery makes this special.

8. 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: 98,748 | Gross: $24.80M

More Connery, but deservedly so. Love the gadgets

9. 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: 66,687 | Gross: $22.80M

This movie reeked of potential, and only just missed becoming one of the greats.

10. 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: 82,653 | Gross: $43.08M

One of the weirder Connery movies, but still fun to watch. I keep alternating between loving the volcano ending and thinking it is just a little too over the top

11. 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: 359,569 | Gross: $168.37M

Hardest movie to rank by far. As a stand alone movie, it lacked a few things, but it certainly appears to be a linkage movie with the next Bond (or two or three). I liked the development of Quantum and given the way the world is today it probably did as much as it could developing the new villians and the reboot. While it probably shouldn't be affected by its successor I think my ranking of this movie will jump up or down depending on what we get served up in Bond 23.

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: 81,205 | Gross: $20.97M

Fun movie. Loved the ending and is definitely one of the younger Bond fan.

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: 82,324 | Gross: $35.38M

Loved bits of this but lagged in areas. One of the more intriguing storylines that needed a couple of views to properly appreciate it. Where was Baron Samedi's comeback?

14. 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: 160,440 | Gross: $125.33M

Passable effort that I enjoyed watching, but can't live up with the classics. The old formula just stopped working around the turn of the Century. Could have done more with a storyline about the influence media has in the modern world.

15. 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: 80,790 | Gross: $34.67M

Didn't like this at all the first time I watched, but its grew slightly on me on subsequent viewings. Probably the film that I think was the furtherest from the usual Bond 'formula' (excluding the larger role of Felix)

16. 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: 78,829 | Gross: $62.30M

Probably should watch this again before ranking but this is one I just never really enjoyed watching that much, although I can't say why - apart from Moore just stopped looking like James Bond by now.

17. 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: 75,271 | Gross: $50.33M

Really liked this the first time I watched it. Have watched it twice since and can't work out why.

18. 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: 81,306 | Gross: $43.82M

Another I just never got into and as such doesn't cut it when I rewatch any films. The last of the films I wouldn't call a negative on the Franchise.

19. 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: 168,024 | Gross: $126.94M

Didn't like it. Had elements that could have made it a good film, but due to a number of things just fell short of what it should have been. Silver lining - M's performance and role in the film

20. 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: 76,714 | Gross: $70.31M

Horrible film to watch now. But the opening scene is in my top 5 over all (with Casino Royale, Goldfinger, Goldeneye and Living Daylights) and I can see younger bond watchers enjoying it. Has NOT aged well.

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: 81,441 | Gross: $67.90M

Just doesn't cut it any way - acting, villian, climax or storyline.

22. 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: 182,435 | Gross: $160.94M

This is the only Bond film that made me angry to watch. Thank god the series was rebooted afterwards. Never minded Pierce's portrayal of Bond but had nothing to work with in this film. The three 'worst of the worst' elements for me - invisible car, Halle Berry and the plot.