23 Bond Films: Finest to Poorest

(Includes ''Never Say Never Again'')
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1.
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
“ Not only Connery's best but the best of the entire series. Tiger Tanaka is one of the most engaging Bond allies, and Donald Pleasance's Blofeld is deliciously enigmatic. We even get to see M in his naval uniform for the only time. Combine this with gorgeous Oriental locations and Little Nellie, then you can't go wrong. 10/10 ” - non_sequitur_21
 
2.
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
“ This film is often overlooked by casual Bond fans and unjustly so. Brilliant stuff. Dalton is my favourite Bond and lends real gravitas and intensity to the role. The sequence where Necros inflitrates a MI6 safehouse and ''kidnaps'' Koskov is absolutely superb. 10/10 ” - non_sequitur_21
 
3.
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
“ First-class. Red Grant makes for an oustanding villian, and in my view is the best villian to ever grace a Bond film. Also, having an international chess champion as a SPECTRE agent is inspired. 10/10 ” - non_sequitur_21
 
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
“ This film is brilliant enough already, but in the hands of Connery this would have been a masterpiece. Lazenby is perhaps a tad too young here to look plausible as a retired naval commander, but this is a minor quibble. The emotionally-charged ending is really well handled, and with the exception of Casino Royale is the only time Bond has ever been depicted crying. I probably did too. 9.5/10 ” - non_sequitur_21
 
5.
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
“ Brosnan's best. Intricately plotted and the pre-credit sequence depicts MI6 at its most vulnerable. The kidnapping of M is also an intriguing sub-plot. 9/10 ” - non_sequitur_21
 
6.
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
“ Connery's third-best but still a gripping and excellent film, arguably depicting Connery at his most ruthless in the scene where he disposes of Professor Dent. Jack Lord remains the best incarnation of Felix Leiter. 9/10 ” - non_sequitur_21
 
7.
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 an extraordinary movie, and the difference in class between this and the unofficial 1967 stinker is huge. Along with OHMSS this film depicts Bond at his most vulnerable and raw, the scene where Bond is strapped naked to a chair and having his testicles hammered lives long in the memory. I'm nit-picking here, but the only thing that stops me from giving this a perfect 10 is the improbable free-running pre-credits sequence. 9/10 ” - non_sequitur_21
 
8.
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 golf scene and virtually everything about this movie is extraordinary. Iconic. Bond loses marks for criticising The Beatles, however. 9/10 ” - non_sequitur_21
 
9.
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
“ This is hands-down Moore's best because it depicts him at his most gritty and ruthless. The scene where he kicks Locque's car off the cliff face is brilliantly constructed. Topol is an engaging presence as Bond's main ally, and Julian Glover as Kristatos is perhaps the most cultured adversary Bond has ever had to pit his wits against. 8.5/10 ” - non_sequitur_21
 
10.
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
“ Gritty stuff. The scene where Bond has a heated exchange with M and tenders his resignation from MI6 to go rogue is well-written. 8/10 ” - non_sequitur_21
 
11.
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
“ Moore's second-best outing. The locations are spellbinding. 8/10 ” - non_sequitur_21
 
12.
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
“ A more than decent film, but the darker subject matter would have been more suited to the talents of Dalton. Trevelyan is one of the most intriguing Bond villians for a long time, but the inclusion of Boris was an embarrassment and harms the film. 8/10 ” - non_sequitur_21
 
13.
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
“ Steven Berkoff as General Orlov is a class act and elevates this film above the ordinary. The inclusion of Vijay Armitraj could have backfired, but actually works quite well. The auction room sequence is the stand-out. 7.5/10 ” - non_sequitur_21
 
14.
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
“ Largo is a well-rounded villian, but my enjoyment of this film was marred by the superfluous underwater scenes and dodgy fight-scene editing. By Connery's standards it's not his finest hour. 7/10 ” - non_sequitur_21
 
15.
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
“ Moore was deserving of a better swangsong than this. Christopher Walken and Patrick MacNee do well with the roles they're given, but Grace Jones can't act, the character of Scarpine is wooden and leaves a lot to be desired, and Dr. Mortner is just another mad scientist cliche. Mediocre fare. 6.5/10 ” - non_sequitur_21
 
16.
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
“ The parts are much greater than the whole. Not as bad as some people make it out to be, but mediocre nonetheless. Blofeld in drag was terribly misjudged, and the special effects are laughable (probably because a sizeable chunk of the film's budget went on Connery's fee). But the inclusion of Wynt and Kidd, and the superb fight sequence in the elevator between Bond and Peter Franks elevate this film above the likes of LALD and TMWTGG. 6/10 ” - non_sequitur_21
 
17.
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
“ An unmemorably bland film. Still, at least we get a rare look inside Bond's apartment. 6/10 ” - non_sequitur_21
 
18.
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.)
“ This should have been so much better, but ends up being one long commercial for various products and the plot is rather lightweight. On the plus side, it boasts the best soundtrack of the entire franchise. 6/10 ” - non_sequitur_21
 
19.
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
“ A disappointment. The soundtrack is a shambles and Rowan Atkinson has no business being in a Bond film. Still better than TMWTGG, DAD, QOS and Moonraker though, but that's not saying much. This film contains my favourite living actor Max von Sydow as Blofeld, yet he is criminally underused. 5/10 ” - non_sequitur_21
 
20.
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
“ Far too cartoonish with a lacklustre script. Sheriff Pepper's encore appearance is a catastrophe. 5/10 ” - non_sequitur_21
 
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
“ Such a shame that this is so poor, because the pre-credits sequence where Bond kicks North Korean arse is phenomenal. It boasts the best pre-credits sequence of the Brosnan era, but that doesn't take away from the fact that the rest of the film is a disjointed shambles. 4/10 ” - non_sequitur_21
 
22.
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
“ Diabolical. Dame Judi Dench must wonder why she ever signed up for this calamity of a movie. 3/10 ” - non_sequitur_21
 
23.
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
“ This film should never have been made. Putting Bond in space is a complete no-no, for a start. The only redeeming thing about it is the centrifuge sequence. Other than that is a shameless Star Wars cash-in. The love story between Jaws and Dolly has no place in a Bond film. The only thing that prevents me from awarding this a 1 is the centrifuge sequence. 2/10 ” - non_sequitur_21