Top 10 Bond Films

Which are the best James Bond films is one of the most fierce and divisive debates that Bond Fan's love to have. Many choose their favorite films based on many criteria, such as performances, parity with Fleming's vision, enjoyability, action & effects and so on. I've tried to take a balanced approach to this list. I enjoyed every Bond film (even the really bad ones), and I think every actor who played him brought something unique to the role. So here goes...
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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
“ Most Bond Fans will agree that From Russia With Love is the best of the Bonds. Closely resembling Fleming's novel, this film showcased Sean Connery at his finest, the actor who defined the role of Bond and made it his own. This is the 2nd Bond film I ever saw and it has resonated with me ever since. This isn't just the greatest Bond film, it stands alone as a classic of modern cinema. ” - bgcullinan
 
2.
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
“ This is the Bond that has it all, and the Bond that started it all. It was after Goldfinger that the Bond franchise went from successful to a global phenomenon. It's one of those movies you can watch over and over and over again and never get tired of it. An iconic film that helped define an era. ” - bgcullinan
 
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 for me and many fans of my generation, the first Bond film I ever saw. Brosnan combined the best elements of each actor who came before him in his best performance of his films in the franchise. It helped the franchise segue nicely from the Cold War to the modern era. It also didn't hurt to have a classic video game tie-in... ” - bgcullinan
 
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
“ The most controversial film of the franchise. For the film and the actor both you will either love it or hate. For anyone who has actually read Fleming, OHMSS is one of the best and most haunting books he wrote. Whatever you might think of Lazenby, this was the one film that neither Connery or Moore could have pulled off, and he pulled it off pretty well for someone who had no prior acting experience. Considered by many to be the finest film in the franchise, the truest to Flemings work, with John Barry's best score. ” - bgcullinan
 
5.
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
 
6.
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
 
7.
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
 
8.
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
 
9.
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
 
10.
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