James Bond movies best to worst

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1.
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
“ The best James Bond film ever made. In many ways it stands apart from the rest of the series with a unique style and atmosphere and George Lazenby's stand alone but great performance. The sets and scenery are some of the most interesting in the entire series such as Blofeld's base on top of a mountain in the Swiss Alps. The fights scenes and action scenes are epic complemented by an equally epic John Barry score. ” - chicago103
 
2.
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 established himself as the best James Bond actor with this film in my view. A globe trotting action epic that takes Bond from the pyramids to the bottom of the sea and everything in between. Uses elements from other Bond films but surpasses them such a fight scene on a train, the stealing of US and USSR ships, and the threat of nuclear war. Jaws is also in my view the best henchman in the entire series. ” - chicago103
 
3.
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
“ Goldeneye is a one of a kind Bond film for sure. The movie has a unique feel to it but at the same time has all the familiar elements that make the franchise successful. Pierce Brosnan is great here and fits in the role of Bond from the very beginning. Everything from 006 as the villain and all the supporting characters add to the story. The soundtrack also creates the atmosphere for the film very well. ” - chicago103
 
4.
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 James Bond film that set the standards for those that followed. The franchise established the correct pacing, elements, and roles of supporting characters such as Q with his workshop and gadgets. Goldfinger himself is the first villain to have that conflict relationship with Bond that makes good bond films work and oddjob set the standard for henchmen to follow. The film holds up very well. ” - chicago103
 
5.
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
“ Timothy Dalton does a good job in playing James Bond in his debut film. An excellent film that combines a more down to earth story with great action sequences and one of the best scores by John Barry, his final Bond score in fact. The plot is a perhaps the most complicated of any Bond movie but if are paying close attention it holds up. ” - chicago103
 
6.
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
“ Daniel Craig is a great James Bond and the movie is very good at adapting elements from the original Ian Fleming novel as well as incorporating more modern action elements into it. The action scenes are great as is the David Arnold Score. The movie does drag a bit in it's later parts but finishes with an exciting climax. ” - chicago103
 
7.
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
“ A very good Bond film. It is so well made it is actually hard to find fault with it. The directing, the cinemetography and the soundtrack was very good. The villain Raoul Silva was very menacing but the rouge MI6 agent angle was played better in Goldeneye. Also the main Bond girl went out very early and there was a lack of henchmen. Overall though a refreshing return to a more classic Bond. ” - chicago103
 
8.
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
“ A film that receives way too much unfair criticism in my view. I actually think this movie has just about every element a good James Bond film could have. It has an exciting plot that takes you to exciting locations and scenes all across the world and eventually to outer space. Jaws and other comic relief do not bother me in fact it enhances my nostalgia for this film. The John Barry soundtrack is also amazing. An underrated classic. ” - chicago103
 
9.
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
“ In my opinion A View To A Kill is an underrated gem of the James Bond franchise. I think it was the perfect film for Roger Moore to end his 007 stint. It has everything you could expect from a good Bond film, it has great locations that are actually incorporated in the action plot (Eiffel Tower, Golden Gate Bridge). Christopher Walken is a great villain that is truly disturbing. It is certainly one of the easiest Bond films to watch if you just want to see a fun action movie. ” - chicago103
 
10.
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
“ Roger Moore has a very solid start as James Bond in this film. The movie has a pretty grounded story but also has exciting action scenes in New York City, New Orleans and surrounding parts of Louisiana and the Carribean. Sheriff J.W. Pepper is comic relief that works well and makes the boat chase scene that much more enjoyable. The all black group of villains and henchmen work well as does the Bond girl Solitaire. Not to mention the great theme song. ” - chicago103
 
11.
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
“ Octopussy is a very well balanced James Bond film in that it combines elements of being down to earth and action packed at the same time. It has over the top villains like a crazy Russian general on one hand but also has tense scenes including a nuclear bomb disarmament. Action scenes like the pre-credits mini airplane chase and the train sequences are amazing. The John Barry soundtrack is very good also. ” - chicago103
 
12.
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.)
“ Has the feel of an average Bond film in every good way. It is a fun and easy watch even if it is not spectacular. The soundtrack and action scenes are very well done and the story moves along quite nicely. The villain Elliott Carver may be a bit over the top but the performance is very entertaining and effective. The end credits theme song is actually better than the opening credits theme. ” - chicago103
 
13.
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 good Bond movie but not a spectacular one. Parts of it are really great but some of the plot elements towards the end, in particular the origin of the main villain don't work in my view. There are a number of nice homages to previous Bond films in here that I really liked and some great action scenes. It is a bit uneven of a movie, given the long running time I was hopping for a little bit more exposition of SPECTRE the organization and more scenes with the villain well portrayed by Christoph Waltz. In any event this sure does feel like a Bond film despite it's flaws, it is fun and thus well deserving of it's ranking right in the middle of the official Bond films. ” - chicago103
 
14.
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
“ This film has a very good and grounded story, perhaps the most down to earth of all the James Bond films. The train fight scene is one of the best hand to hand combat scenes in any movie. That being said there are still some pacing issues that they didn't get right yet at this early point in the franchise. I think it is a little bit overrated but still a very good film. ” - chicago103
 
15.
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 solid Bond film but not a great one. It starts out with one of the most action packed pre-credits sequences with the Thames River chase and a good theme song and up until the final exit of Desmond Lwellen's Q is great but slowly becomes mediocre and comes off as a bit formulaic in spite of an ambitious story arc. However the David Arnold soundtrack is great in this one. ” - chicago103
 
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
“ A very grounded story that shows Roger Moore had what it takes to play a slightly harder edge and gritty James Bond without losing the charm and personality. It is a simple story with a McGuffin that ties into the cold war but the lack of outlandish plots and villains does not make the story boring at all. In fact there is plenty of action and tension from ski sequences to the climax on top of a mountain monastery in Greece. ” - chicago103
 
17.
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
“ A solid and sometimes action packed James Bond film but also at times a bit slow or with mediocre action scenes like the Little Nellie battle in the air. The climax in the Volcano and confrontation with Blofeld and SPECTRE is the payoff that makes the movie worth watching and the set designs are quite amazing to look at. Set the formula for more outlandish Bond films that came later and done better in my view. ” - chicago103
 
18.
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 decent start to the universe of James Bond. The movie now seems a bit dated and they didn't quite have the pacing right yet for the films. It has some iconic scenes like the introduction of Bond, James Bond, Ursula Andress coming out the water and the introduction of Doctor No and SPECTRE but looking at it objectively I find it kind of overrated and mediocre. ” - chicago103
 
19.
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
“ An OK Bond film that has SPECTRE stealing a nuclear bomb to bribe the world. In my view it is a quite overrated but still decent, I guess. It can be a bit boring at times and there are way too many characters that never get developed well enough for me to remember or really care about them. A few interesting action sequences worth a watch. I feel somewhat bad ranking it this low as I used to rank it more towards the middle. Then I watched a few online reviews of this film, mainly that of Calvin Dyson on youtube and came to the conclusion that I agree with him that it is one of the lesser films. I think I was in denial about it because nothing sticks out as really bad about it but at the same time it is kind of forgettable and boring for me. It is probably one of the last films I feel like popping in my DVD player just for the heck of it. Even an "average" Bond film is fun an memorable for me and thus I knocked this one down quite a few notches, the only films that rank lower are those that are memorably bad. Thunderball is neither memorably good nor memorably bad but that is a faint complement given the quality I expect from Bond movies. ” - chicago103
 
20.
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
“ License to Kill feels more like a generic late 1980's action flick about revenge and drug lords than a James Bond film. The rogue agent elements did not work in my view and the whole structure of the movie deviated too much from the successful Bond formula. Q's larger than usual presence is about the only thing that keeps it remotely attached to the familiar Bond universe. ” - chicago103
 
21.
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
“ A mixed bag of a film but still a solid story, combines darker elements with comic elements (i.e. Moore's Bond is darker in parts but also has Sheriff J.W. Pepper in another scene). It has a very poor theme song but a decent John Barry Score. Goodnight is annoying but Maude Adams' character compensates for it. Christopher Lee as Scaramanga is a redeeming quality as well as his henchman Nick Nack. ” - chicago103
 
22.
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 most campy James Bond film certainly up until this point in the franchise. Sean Connery is not in the best of form and Blofeld is rather weak in this one. The redeeming quality is that it is so campy that it can be funny whether that was intended or not. Mr. Went and Mr. Kid are probably the worst henchmen ever but they are so over the top they actually provide comic relief. Everything here seems second rate compared to the 1960's Bond films. ” - chicago103
 
23.
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
“ Pierce Brosnan's leaves on somewhat of a sour note in this over the top film. The pre-credits sequence seems promising but as the movie progresses it falls apart. It feels more like a video game or a comic strip than a movie. Gustav Graves is a poor and annoying villain, it would have been better to dump the whole gene therapy plot and just use the same actor in the pre-credits as the villain throughout. It can be a fun watch but still one of the low points of the franchise. ” - chicago103
 
24.
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
“ Shows elements that had potential for at least an average Bond film but ended up being a mess of a film. The editing is poor and the plot is hard to follow. The premise of following the story right after the previous film just did not work. The movie has a few moments but the end product feels empty. The David Arnold soundtrack is a redeeming quality. ” - chicago103
 
25.
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
“ Apocryphal Bond film with TV movie production quality, poor soundtrack and slow plot leading to weak climax. The bond regulars (M, Q, Moneypenny, Felix Leiter) are all forgettable. Sean Connery's presence is good for the nostalgia factor but not enough to save this movie. ” - chicago103