My ranking of the Bond series

A best to worst ranking of my favorite film franchise, the James Bond series. This is a purely subjective ranking and hopefully I won't offend anyone!
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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
“ Just simply the best film in the series. A benchmark for every subsequent film to follow, it works just as well as a stand-alone spy thriller and was particularly innovative at the time. 10/10 ” - A_Friend_of_Sarah_Connor
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
“ A brilliant debut for Craig and the best modern Bond movie. Despite the seemingly radical adjustments to the Bond formula, the movie comes together quite nicely and Craig manages to make the character dark, sympathetic, and ultimately relevent for the twenty-first century. No easy feat. 9.5/10 ” - A_Friend_of_Sarah_Connor
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
“ Roger Moore's best film and performance. While the plot slightly retreads on previous films, the entertainment value is undeniable. The best of the outlandish entries into the series. 9.5/10 ” - A_Friend_of_Sarah_Connor
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
“ One of the most thrilling films in the series. Dalton nails the gritty essence of the literary character while managing to bring out his compassionate side quite well. Villains slightly weak but overall excellent storyline. 9/10 ” - A_Friend_of_Sarah_Connor
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
“ A great debut for the series that has a genuine Cold War-era atmosphere courtesy of director Terrence Young. Connery almost immediately makes the character iconic. 9/10 ” - A_Friend_of_Sarah_Connor
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
“ An incredibly entertaining movie in it's own right, Skyfall is is an exciting chapter in the 007 saga that celebrates the past of the series while embracing a modern take on the character's own history. Craig is especially electrifying and completely establishes himself in the role after two previously strong performances. The script, humor, and action are all top notch. 8.5/10 ” - A_Friend_of_Sarah_Connor
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
“ Connery's best performance and an involving plot make this a winner. The pace is perhaps a little slow, but the film's use of the so-called formula is almost perfect. The score and cinematography are especially spectacular. 8.5/10 ” - A_Friend_of_Sarah_Connor
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
“ A sadly underappreciated entry into the series that is quickly moving up my ranking. Aside from certain plot inconsistencies, the film features a majestic score, amazing cinematography, and a tender romance between the leads. Performances are good overall and George Lazenby is a competant 007. 8/10 ” - A_Friend_of_Sarah_Connor
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
“ Dalton's second and last film is brutal and uncompromising. Dalton is perhaps even better here than in his debut and the stuntwork is amazing. Unfairly maligned for its tone, the movie is probably the closest to Fleming's dark and sadistic literary world. Sanchez is also an effective villain. 8/10 ” - A_Friend_of_Sarah_Connor
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
“ A serious effort from Roger Moore that benefits from strong action scenes and direct homages to Ian Fleming's stories. Moore in particular is effective as an actual spy, not just as a suave womanizer. The weakest part of the film is the end sequence. 8/10 ” - A_Friend_of_Sarah_Connor
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 most overrated entry in the whole series. It created a formula that was to be copied many times over (and not just by Bond films) and turned Bond into a phenomenon. Unfortunately, it also abandonned the espionage curve of the previous two entries in favor of a more comedic style. While this allowed the series to gain fame, it also caused audiences to believe that James Bond should be an outlandish character. The first hour is as close to perfect as can be but the pace slows to a standstill once Bond arrives in Kentucky. The ending in Fort Knox is however brilliant and the film is overall a classic entry in the series. 7.5/10 ” - A_Friend_of_Sarah_Connor
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
“ A throwback to classic Bond films of old, Spectre is flawed but immensely entertaining. Craig swaggers his way through the film with an assured and confident performance. Technical aspects are all top notch, even though the finale is bit underwhelming when compared to the breathlessly paced first two acts. 7.5/10 ” - A_Friend_of_Sarah_Connor
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
“ A good debut for Moore that establishes his more flamboyant take on the character. While not especially plausible or serious, the movie is a perfect snapshot of 1970's filmmaking and the bizarre voodoo undertones surprisingly work within the context of the story. Guy Hamilton's direction is not especially noteworthy, but the movie is enjoyable nonetheless. 7.5/10 ” - A_Friend_of_Sarah_Connor
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
“ Completely asinine and at times juvenile, Octopussy is at least thoroughly enjoyable. It walks the fine between absurdity and seriousness with aplomb and must be commended for the action sequences. Moore is comfortable and his performance as an aged spy hits all the right notes. Some gags do fall horribly flat however. 7/10 ” - A_Friend_of_Sarah_Connor
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
“ A fair effort that features another strong performance from Craig and a fast moving storyline. The editing during action scenes is perhaps too frantic, but the film manages to finish the storyline started in Casino Royale satisfactorily. 7/10 ” - A_Friend_of_Sarah_Connor
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.)
“ Brosnan's best Bond film. The first hour is vintage Bond but after that it becomes quite deriative and uninvolving. The musical score is great and Brosnan performs admirably but the movie ends on a rather disappointing note. Elliot Carver is a good villain however and the plot is a welcome spin on the 'create a war between two countries' angle. 7/10 ” - A_Friend_of_Sarah_Connor
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's debut has been hyped as having saved the series, but a rehash of nearly every single Bond cliché does not make for an engaging film. The middle section sags horribly and Brosnan seems uncomfortable in the role. The movie picks up in the last forty-five minutes, but everything before is pretty deriative. The bordeline politically correct nature of some scenes is especially grating. The supporting cast, however, is outstanding and the film is overall an enjoyable summation of James Bond, but nothing more. 6.5/10 ” - A_Friend_of_Sarah_Connor
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
“ A missed opportunity in the series if there ever was one. The film for some reason never capitalizes on some intriguing concepts and ideas and the action scenes seem to compensate for the plot at some points. Not terrible, but not especially remarkable. Brosnan and Marceau are quite good, however. 6.5/10 ” - A_Friend_of_Sarah_Connor
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
“ The culmination of the stylistic over-indulgences that began with Goldfinger. The plot borders on ludicrous and the effects are pretty dire. A masterful score, good pacing, and the presence of Connery (who actually gives a weaker performance in the role) and Pleasence as Blofeld perhaps make the film better than one would suspect. The plot tropes have become especially clichéd and the film becomes more and more outlandish as it progresses. The film seems to get worse every time I watch it. 5.5/10 ” - A_Friend_of_Sarah_Connor
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
“ A movie that feels way past its sell-by date, A View to a Kill is not particularly interesting or enjoyable. Highlights comes from Barry's score and Christopher Walken's manic performance, but Moore really should have called it quits with the previous film. 4.5/10 ” - A_Friend_of_Sarah_Connor
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
“ Another failure from director Guy Hamilton, the movie attempts a low key atmosphere while trying to make James Bond into a comedy. After a semi-engaging first hour or so, it eventually ends up looking cheap and the potentially interesting storyline of Bond being hunted by an assassin is all but sidelined. Christopher Lee is perhaps the one saving grace in the film. Even John Barry has a misfire here. 4/10 ” - A_Friend_of_Sarah_Connor
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
“ An unabashedly obvious cash-in on the Star Wars craze, Moonraker lifts The Spy Who Loved Me's plot quite liberally, going so far as to reproduce identical shots. Even though the movie is ridiculously cheesy and about as far from Ian Fleming's version of the character, the fun energy of the spectacle almost make it a decent watch. Almost. For Fleming purists, it is dire. The dialogue however is as good as it gets and Barry's score does the film more favors than it deserves. 4/10 ” - A_Friend_of_Sarah_Connor
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
“ A lazy, uninspired, and sleazy film that has horrible production values and an incomprehensible script. Connery sleepwalks his way through the role and the pacing is dull, dull, dull. Best feature is John Barry's score. 3.5/10 ” - A_Friend_of_Sarah_Connor
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
“ Without a doubt the worst film in the series that should be avoided at all costs. I'm not sure if the producers intended for the film to come across as a middle finger towards the fanbase, but that's what this putrile dreck is to me. James Bond is reduced to a cariacture of a playboy and the plotline is absolutely banal. In trying to celebrate the frachise's 40th anniversary, the film instead manages to defecate all over it. As close to unwatchable as I hope James Bond will ever go. 2.5/10 ” - A_Friend_of_Sarah_Connor