James Bond Movie Rankings

by ctwill02-352-732724 | created - 08 May 2012 | updated - 24 Dec 2015 | Public

In this list, I rank the movies of cinema's favorite spy as I watch them in the order in which they were produced. This includes every movie based on James Bond, including the comedy that utilized his namesake. While there may be no perfect Bond film, there are some very excellent ones.

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1. GoldenEye (1995)

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

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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: 212,276 | Gross: $106.60M

Pierce Brosnan isn't the best Bond, but he did deliver the best Bond movie in his first appearance. The first and only Bond film I've seen that never drags for even a moment, this is the way I've always thought the hero should be portrayed. Up against a friend-turned-nemesis and a satellite capable of devastating a city, he brings his best.

2. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

PG | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

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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: 83,617 | Gross: $46.80M

"Good evening, Mr. Bond. I've been expecting you."

3. Skyfall (2012)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

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81 Metascore

Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. When MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Judi Dench

Votes: 563,260 | Gross: $304.36M

I'm shocked that the 23rd movie in a series could prove to be one of the best yet. I'm not big on Daniel Craig as Bond nor Judy Dench as M, but this movie really won me over. I didn't even enjoy the villain, Silva, as much as I expected to as he went a little too psycho for me at times and seemed to be trying too hard to be The Joker from The Dark Knight. Despite all of this, the movie works incredibly well. It's beautifully shot and has a fantastic story that ties into the rest of the series, which is something you don't often see in Bond films.

4. Thunderball (1965)

PG | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

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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: 89,218 | Gross: $63.60M

"I think he got the point."

I am a fan of all things aquatic, so Bond's adventure in the Bahamas rates very highly with me.

5. Goldfinger (1964)

PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

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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: 149,857 | Gross: $51.08M

"No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die."

6. Spectre (I) (2015)

PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

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60 Metascore

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 S.P.E.C.T.R.E.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes

Votes: 326,544 | Gross: $200.07M

"It was me, James - the author of all your pain."

This is basically a continuation of Skyfall and really feels like the final Bond film in many ways. I kind of wish it was because it would be a great note to go out on. I loved the villain and even the plot, which was a huge ripoff of The Winter Soldier. Solid!

7. You Only Live Twice (1967)

PG | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

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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: 82,263 | Gross: $43.08M

"You only live twice, Mr. Bond."

This entry feels like one of the most grand in scope and also includes the best villain of the entire series; in fact, most of the villain tropes we have all come to expect from spy movies or superhero movies are set up here with Blofeld and his ridiculously awesome secret lair.

8. Live and Let Die (1973)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

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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: 81,924 | Gross: $35.38M

Roger Moore's first stint at Bond may seem a little too out there at times, but I love the choices of setting and the unique variety of villains. The ending left me a little flabbergasted, but the rest of it was very strong and entertaining.

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

PG | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

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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: 66,290 | Gross: $22.80M

"This never happened to the other fellow."

This is a really great film even though it's very different from all other Bond films. It's, of course, George Lazenby's only appearance as Bond, and he does a great job. It's shot very differently and feels a little out of this world. It's hard to explain. The action sequences are terrific as well. And the Bond girl is one of the best ever. Bond certainly seems to think so. I know some people who say it's the best Bond movie of all.

10. For Your Eyes Only (1981)

PG | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

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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: 78,455 | Gross: $62.30M

While a great many of the Bond films are probably better suited for fans of the character, this is one of the bunch that you need not to be a Bond fan to appreciate seeing. I think much of that has to do with the absolutely stunning scenery.

11. Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

GP | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

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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: 80,940 | Gross: $43.82M

Fittingly set in Las Vegas, this remains one of the more fun films in the entire Bond series. It gets a little silly at times, but I enjoy the ditzy Bond girl and the bizarre villains as a nice change of pace from all the films that precede it. There is also one situation that I truly found myself on the edge of my seat asking how Bond could possibly escape this time.

12. Octopussy (1983)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

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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: 81,013 | Gross: $67.90M

Most Bond fans seem to despise this movie, but I found it quite enjoyable. Yes, there are little things they should have thrown out, most notably the jungle chase in India. But other little things really endeared themselves to me, such as the henchmen being attacked by a crocodile and the titular cephalopod. My favorite moments, however, are those between Bond and Khan, played to perfection by Louis Jourdan.

13. Dr. No (1962)

PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

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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: 126,150 | Gross: $16.07M

"Bond. James Bond."

14. Licence to Kill (1989)

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

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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: 80,414 | Gross: $34.67M

I always find it a bit humorous that this was the first Bond film I saw, and yet it's so different from the rest of the series to that point. Timothy Dalton's dark portrayal of Bond was a little ahead of its time but came off excellent to me. Imagine me going from watching James Bond Jr. to catching this live-action Bond film on TV around the same time. This violent entry in the series was just what it needed to stay relevant, but Dalton was instead dropped afterward.

15. From Russia with Love (1963)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

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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: 98,264 | Gross: $24.80M

In the second outing for Bond, SPECTRE sends its best to take him out. Bond sends his best as well.

16. Moonraker (1979)

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

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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: 76,306 | Gross: $70.31M

By far, the most grand in scope of all the Bond adventures, this one is great fun but gets a little out of hand in the final act when the plot takes James to outer space.

17. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

PG | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

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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: 80,829 | Gross: $20.97M

"Ours is the loneliest profession, Mr. Bond."

The biggest problem with this movie is that its plot seems too grounded after all the films that come before it. I do like the idea of an assassin obsessed with besting Bond one on one, but the rest of the film just doesn't seem to work all too well.

18. The World Is Not Enough (1999)

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

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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: 167,484 | Gross: $126.94M

"Family motto."

I have to raise a martini glass to this one for the finest selection of Bond girls ever to share the screen. I guess just one wasn't enough for Bond. The villain has a great backstory, though he isn't much of a personality. Still, I really liked his showdown with Bond.

19. Never Say Never Again (1983)

PG | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

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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: 52,682 | Gross: $55.50M

Connery's last appearance as Bond is unfortunately his worst. While a pretty enjoyable film for the most part, it's a remake of the much better Thunderball. Unlike the original, there are some stretches that drag here and even characters that appear to be forgotten for much of the film. Still, Connery was born to play the role of Bond, and the villainess Fatima Bush is one of his better rivals. You can tell she really influenced the character of Xenia in Goldeneye.

20. Casino Royale (2006)

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

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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: 510,751 | Gross: $167.45M

I am not as crazy about this movie as most Bond fans seem to be. Sure, it's the most grounded in reality (aside from that ridiculous opening chase), but it also sees James needing tons of help to complete his mission and being completely duped by the broad. I think it's an entertaining but strange Bond film.

21. Die Another Day (2002)

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

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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: 181,736 | Gross: $160.94M

22. A View to a Kill (1985)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

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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: 74,896 | Gross: $50.33M

Roger Moore's last outing as Bond is among the dullest entries in the series. Christopher Walken tries to make up for the aging Moore's inactivity with his performance as the psychotic Max Zorin, but it seems out of place here. The ending was exciting but came too little too late.

23. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

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

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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: 159,858 | Gross: $125.33M

Coming on the heels of the best film in the entire series, this one could only disappoint. The main problem I have with it isn't that the Bond girl isn't stunning or that the villain's ambitions are a bit out there but that it doesn't really feel like a Bond film. James doesn't too anything too extraordinary and even seems to play second fiddle to his martial arts partner. Still, I did like Carter as a different kind of villain and Teri Hatcher's cameo was good while it lasted.

24. The Living Daylights (1987)

PG | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

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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: 75,475 | Gross: $51.19M

It's worse than any Bond movie that Connery or Moore were a part of, but it's really not Timothy Dalton's fault. He does a good job of taking on the role, but the script didn't do him any favors. The villains were too silly, and the plot hit a real snag about three-quarters of the way through.

25. Casino Royale (1967)

Not Rated | 131 min | Comedy

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In an early spy spoof, aging Sir James Bond comes out of retirement to take on SMERSH.

Directors: Ken Hughes, John Huston, Joseph McGrath, Robert Parrish, Richard Talmadge | Stars: David Niven, Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress, Orson Welles

Votes: 23,593

26. Quantum of Solace (2008)

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

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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: 358,382 | Gross: $168.37M

This is by far the worst James Bond movie ever made. There's a bunch of ridiculous action scenes in the first 20 minutes that are clumsy and downright stupid. The villains are the worst in the history of the series. The Bond girl is hot but a waste of screen time. The plot was annoyingly stupid. Horrible effort all around here.