The Best Bond films in order

A rundown of the best to worst James Bond films.
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1.
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
“ The absolute pinacle of the series. Connery has never been better, the action never more exciting or the plot ever so twisting. A fantastic spy film. ” - houseofjames
 
2.
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
“ George Lazenby makes a game attempt at filling Connery's venerable shoes. Action scenes are the best in the series. Diana Rigg is a classy and very lovely Bond girl. The shattering ending sequence is still unsurpassed in its power and eloquence. ” - houseofjames
 
3.
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 K.G.B. Agent, whose lover he killed. (125 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
“ Roger Moore's best Bond film by far. A rollercoaster ride of awesome set pieces and stunts. Richard Kiel as the henchman Jaws is one of the most terrifying and entertaining villains in screen history. Nuff said! ” - houseofjames
 
4.
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 relaunches the franchise after a 6 year hiatus. Full of jaw-dropping stunts, lush sex scenes and nonstop action. A winner all the way. ” - houseofjames
 
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 pulls the character of Bond out of the depths of self-parody. After Roger Moore's tiresome final film, Dalton and director John Glen brought everything back to basics with a new, dark interpretation of the character. Dalton is simply fantastic as Bond and is still the closest to the original Ian Fleming character. Lame villains and a typically predictable plot are drawbacks. ” - houseofjames
 
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
“ The first and still one of the best. Connery makes a few changes from Ian Flemings original character, but the result is simply explosive. A well developed, intricate plot help propel this right through to the entertaining finale. Ursula Andress is iconic and gorgeous (though her voice was dubbed in the final film). ” - houseofjames
 
7.
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 final go as Bond is different from all the others. Apeing ideas from the Lethal Weapon and Die Hard films, this one is considerable more violent and brutal than any of the others. Good villains, a sexy Bond girl (Carey Lowell) and big, large scale action scenes make this a grabber! ” - houseofjames
 
8.
Casino Royale (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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. (144 mins.)
Director: Martin Campbell
“ Bond returns, this time portrayed by the one-man battering ram known as Daniel Craig. While the film purports to return Bond to basics, with very little gadgets, it also begins to strip the character of his identity amongst screen heroes. Bond now just seems like a slightly more indestructible version of Jason Bourne. Still, this is a worthwhile entry with awesome stunts and a more thoughtful, intriguing plot than any of the films before it. ” - houseofjames
 
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
“ After Moonraker practically sank all respect the franchise ever had, this one-shot return to old school spy/espionage minimalism came along. Moore has never been better or more honest as Bond. Fantastic stunts and chases punctuate a decent script that is more thoughtful than you would expect. One major debit: Lynn Holly Johnson is horrendous as Bibi Dahl, the jail bait figure skater useless tacked onto the plot. Highlight: a fantastic sequence where Bond and leading lady Carole Bouquet are dragged over a coral reef to attract sharks. ” - houseofjames
 
10.
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.)
“ A satisfying entry in the series, the Brosnan settling comfortably into the role. The film has more action than probably any other Bond film. In fact, there's so much action it actually starts to get boring by the end. Vincent Pryce is less than stellar as the villain Elliot Carver. Michelle Yeoh is outstanding in the action scenes, but is rather unexceptional acting-wise. ” - houseofjames
 
11.
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
“ Some consider this the best Bond film, and while it is true that many of the best elements of the series began with this one, it has not aged as well as the other older films of the series. Incredibly sexist (even for a 60s Bond film), not as well photographed or acted as Dr. No or From Russia with Love. Goldfinger and Oddjob are classic villains. ” - houseofjames
 
12.
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 spicy, relatively well crafted modern Bond film. Definately Brosnan's best performance as Bond, with some strong portent and allusions to his tragic past. Sophie Marceau has my vote as the best female character (not name Moneypenny) in the series. One practically fatal flaw: Denise Richards. Would you believe her as a nuclear physicist? In hot pants no less? ” - houseofjames
 
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
“ Moore returns to Spy Who Loved Me territory with this go-for-broke Bond film. Tons of gadgets and chases help take your mind off the silly plot and overall goofy tone of the film. Lots of gags, puns and double entendres. Offers Bond a chance for a mature romance with beautiful leading lady Maud Adams. ” - houseofjames
 
14.
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
“ Pretty forgettable entry in the series. Moore is less then interesting in his first go around as Bond. Also has a weird blaxpoitation feel to everything that is just out of place. Film is almost pathetically dated by todays standards. Some great stunts and action help keep things occasionally interesting, but really adds nothing of interest to the Bond mythos. No Q either. ” - houseofjames
 
15.
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
“ Definitely the least of the Brosnan films. Cheesy special effects and a ludicrous plot pretty much derail things from the start. Good villains and some unique and fun gadgetry keep things fairly lively. John Cleese makes an all too brief first appearance as the new gadget master Q. Still nice to see Bond driving a trusty Aston Martin again. ” - houseofjames
 
16.
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
“ Pretty much the perfect bad Bond film, this one is pretty useless. The only real standout is Christopher Lee as Scaramanga, one of the best villains in the series (Lee is actually Ian Fleming's cousin in real life). ” - houseofjames
 
17.
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
“ Not bad, not great, par for the course entry. Film seems to be trying to up all the ones before it by throwing in everything but the kitchen sink. Plenty if iconic gadgetry and some mind boggling action scenes are almost done away with by the film's awkward and very sluggish pacing. Adolpho Celi is a fearsome villain and Claudine Auger is a lovely Bond girl. ” - houseofjames
 
18.
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
“ Uggh! Pretty much just a rehash of The Spy Who Loved Me, but without the class or wit. Now Bond takes his game to space with very predictable results. Michael Lonsdale is a droll and entertaining villain. Jaws returns, but this time is almost completely played for laughs. Silly, comic book plot should only appeal to children. Good score by series staple John Barry. ” - houseofjames
 
19.
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
“ Big, opulent production has effects and set design to knock your socks off, but plot and characters are extremely two-dimensional. First glimpse of arch-villain Ernst Blofeld is actually kind of laughable looking back at it with the foreknowledge of Dr. Evil. Location filming in Japan is the only real highlight. ” - houseofjames
 
20.
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
“ The less said about this entry the better. Big, long, boring, and lame. ” - houseofjames
 
21.
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 staggeringly poor Bond film. Following the exceptional On Her Majesty's Secret Service, this one has Connery returning one more time (not counting 1983's Never Say Never Again) to do his thing. Squanders a spectacular production for cheap laughs and hokey action. Jill St John is the pits as Tiffany Case (get it? Diamonds? yeesh). ” - houseofjames
 
22.
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. (106 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
“ Here we are. The cream of the crap. Everything good about Bond is gone in this two hour hell. Bond's personality is gone and the action is frenetic and incomprehensible. Mathieu Amalric is laughably cast as the worst Bond villain in the franchise's history. Only breath of fresh air is Gemma Arterton, who is scrumptious as Agent Strawberry Fields. I say it here and now, "BOND SHOULD NOT HAVE TO BE JASON BOURNE!"

Thanks for reading my list, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it. ” - houseofjames
 
23.
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
“ After the critical drubbing given to the sh*tfest known as Quantum of Solace, Sam Mendes joins the series to bring things back on track with a moody, well-written entry to the long-running series. Villain Raoul Silva is ineffectual and the film seems to believe there is some sort of mother-son relationship between Bond and M, which is barely believable. One of the best photographed films of the year. ” - houseofjames
 
24.
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
“ Big, booming sequel to Skyfall has Bond tussling with a rebooted version of Ernst Blofeld and his sinister organization, Spectre. Amazing that the filmmakers managed to cobble together a film entirely made up of scenes from previous entries. No originality to speak of, but highly entertaining nevertheless. ” - houseofjames