Ranking the James Bond films from Best to Worst

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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
“ Sean Connery is my favorite Bond, and this is my favorite of his films. This is one of the most realistic and serious Bond films. There's a strong element of suspense and mystery, as Bond attempts to navigate his way through dangerous territory. I enjoy that this is a low-tech film that can't be replicated today. ” - twistoffate38
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 is one of the most polarizing of all the Bond films. It's a "love it or hate it" film. Well, I love it. OHMSS is a more serious Bond film, but it has a lot of thrills, comedy, and fun as well. Telly Savalas is an outstanding villain as Blofeld. I also enjoyed seeing a more serious and emotional side out of Bond. I identified with the character more in this movie. ” - twistoffate38
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 was the best Bond film in years, and established Daniel Craig as a great Bond. This is also a more serious Bond film, but I also enjoyed the fun of the poker games and Bond's flirtations with Vesper (Eva Green). Similar to OHMSS, Bond shows an emotion here that is lacking in most other Bond films, so I was rooting for him even more. ” - twistoffate38
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
“ Goldfinger is considered by many to be the greatest Bond film. While I prefer From Russia with Love, this is still very strong. Goldfinger is a brilliant villain. The scheme, while over-the-top, is actually very clever. Goldfinger strikes the right balance between camp and seriousness. ” - twistoffate38
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
“ I really feel that this is one of the most underrated Bond films ever. Sure, it has flaws and relatively weak special effects, but it also has many great qualities. Ursela Andress establishes the Bond Girl, as no one has done it better. Dr. No the villain is also among the best ever. The film is also extremely influential, not just for other Bond films, but for the action and spy genres overall. ” - twistoffate38
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
“ Spectre was a strong return to the essence of Bond after Skyfall. The best Bond films were the early ones that involved Spectre and this film marks a return to greatness. The villains in this film are outstanding, especially Christoph Waltz ” - twistoffate38
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 my favorite of the Roger Moore films. It's very exciting from beginning to end, with great action sequences. It also features a very strong Bond girl with Carole Bouquet. The film comes off as a little more serious than other Moore films, as is more toward my tastes. ” - twistoffate38
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
“ Things got off to a very promising start for Pierce Brosnan. Goldeneye, like Casino Royale, was a Martin Campbell film and he was able to re-start the franchise in a new direction. There are great Bond girls and villains, as Bond enters the post-Cold War era. ” - twistoffate38
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
“ This was Roger Moore's favorite Bond film. It is probably also the most popular of the Moore Bond films. I really enjoy most of this film, but I feel that it doesn't hold up at the end. The underwater battle scenes are too long and boring for my tastes. Still, there's more good stuff in TSWLM than in most Bond films. ” - twistoffate38
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
“ This is a polarizing film that many people hated for taking itself too seriously. I liked it very much, and feel that it is underrated. Although it falls far short of Casino Royale, Daniel Craig is again outstanding in the role of Bond. I prefer my Bond films on the serious side. ” - twistoffate38
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
“ I love the early Connery Bond films, but Thunderball falls short of the three films that preceded it. Connery has said that this was his favorite Bond film. I feel that it's a bit overrated. The first half of the film is outstanding, but then putters out towards the end. ” - twistoffate38
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
“ This is higher on my list than most, but it has a special place in my heart. My parents got cable for the first time, when this starting showing on HBO. I must have seen it a dozen times when I was eight years old. It was my first experience with a James Bond film, and I still enjoy re-watching it today. ” - twistoffate38
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
“ This is another example of a film that I feel is above average for Bond, but below average for Connery. I enjoyed the plot, the setting, and the Bond girls. I thought that the film lost momentum at the end. This film also marked a shift towards more campy Bond films. I don't like this version of the villain Blofeld, who inspired Dr. Evil from Austin Powers. I prefer the version from OHMSS. ” - twistoffate38
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
“ This is another polarizing Bond film. It is the last official Connery film, but it's one of the most campy and cheesy of all Bond films. It doesn't take itself very seriously and is bordering on self-parody. However, it is still one of the funniest Bond films of all time and gets better with multiple viewings. So my thumb is in the middle for this one. ” - twistoffate38
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.)
“ Even though this is a medicore Bond film overall, I feel that some people underrate it. I really enjoyed Michelle Yeoh as a Bond girl. I also like the storyline about an evil media empire. While clearly a step down from Goldenye, this is Brosnan's second best Bond film. ” - twistoffate38
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
“ This film is a bit disappointing, given that it had a lot going for it. Christopher Lee plays the villain and Brit Ekland is the Bond girl. Lee's talents, in particular, are not fully realized because of the script. Like most Moore Bond films, it's also a bit too goofy for my tastes, but it's an average Moore film overall. ” - twistoffate38
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
“ For me, this is when the Brosnan run started to go badly. This film is really a mess in terms of plot. Denise Richards doesn't work as a nuclear scientist, and this film gets boring by the end. The less said about this, the better. ” - twistoffate38
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 is another example of a silly Moore film. It's a step down from TSWLM, and it doesn't feature much in the way of memorable Bond girls or villains. The only exception is Jaws, who is brought back from the previous film. When the story finally gets into space, the payoff is underwhelming. ” - twistoffate38
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
“ I'm probably in the minority here, but Skyfall is one of the most disappointing and overrated Bond films of all time, in my opinion. This film fails to capture the essence of who James Bond is. There is very little fun or joy in Skyfall. The final battle, which takes place in Scotland, is less than thrilling. ” - twistoffate38
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
“ I really dislike Timothy Dalton Bond films. This is not a knock against the actor, whom I like and respect. It's just that the films lack the sense of wonder and joy that I expect. The villain in this film does a laughably bad impersonation of Al Pacino's Scarface. Hiring Pacino himself to play the villain would have been the only way to save this turkey. ” - twistoffate38
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
“ This is another example of a Bond film that borders on self-parody. After seeing this film, it was clear that it was time for a change in Bond. Halle Berry was a huge star in 2002, but her talents were wasted here. A lot was ridiculous about this film, including an invisible car, a Korean villain played by a white actor, and atrocious misuse of CGI. ” - twistoffate38
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
“ There's a lot that I hate about Moore's first Bond film. It's a boring film. I don't find New Orleans as a particularly interesting place to put Bond. It also goes way out there in terms of its use of magic, voodoo, and mysticism. It's all downhill after Paul McCartney's iconic opening song. ” - twistoffate38
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
“ It's clear that Moore was just going though the motions at this point and that it was time for a change. Christopher Walken, an ideal actor to play a Bond villain, is wasted in this horrible script. ” - twistoffate38
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
“ Some Bond fans enjoy the Dalton flicks, and say that they are the closest to Flemming's Bond, as portrayed in the novels. Even so, I personally find them to be the least entertaining films. This one is ridiculous and also features maybe the most annoying Bond girl ever. ” - twistoffate38