The James Bond films

This is a list of the James Bond films in the official canon from my all-time favorite to my least favorite.
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1.
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
“ Undeniably my most favorite Bond film of all! The story was an excellent reboot, and has so much depth with an excellent performance by Daniel Craig. The action scenes were incredible, Vesper Lynd was a great Bond girl, Le Chiffre was an effective villain, a surprisingly good title song, and the best ending to any Bond movie I've seen so far. ” - Cristianos
 
2.
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 is an excellent adaptation of Ian Fleming's classic novel. Sean Connery gives his best performance as James Bond oozing with charisma, physicality, and confidence. This movie feels like an actual Hitchcock-ian thriller with suspense at every turn. Lotte Lenya's Rosa Klebb and Robert Shaw's Red Grant are likewise quite excellent and memorable. My special honors goes to Peter R. Hunt's editing, John Barry's score, and Terence Young's direction. ” - Cristianos
 
3.
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
“ While George Lazenby isn't up to snuff to Craig or Connery, he carries on Connery's machismo while giving depth to Bond's humane side. The locations were beautiful giving the film a more epic scale while John Barry gives his best score. Telly Savalas's Blofeld is the best in the series with more menace and physicality than Charles Gray and Donald Pleasance's portrayals. We find an intriguing Tracy di Vincenzo through Diane Rigg's performance and an involvingly deep romance subplot, and by staying faithful to the novel, this film makes for an exhilarating and very emotional film in the James Bond franchise. ” - Cristianos
 
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
“ One of the few movies that actually improve upon Fleming's original novels. Sean Connery was great as always, and Gert Frobe makes for a classic villain. Great Bond girls are found in Honor Blackman's Pussy Galore and the tragic Jill Masterson by Shirley Eaton. A major highlight by Shirley Bassey who sings the title song. The climax was a bit unrealistic and I find Cec Linder miscast as Felix Leiter, but it's an instant classic. ” - Cristianos
 
5.
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
“ With breathtaking cinematography by Roger Deakins, brilliant cast, an above-average storyline, and impressive action set pieces makes for a top-tier Bond film. Its only flaws was the third act falling short of the first two acts and Silva's plan a bit underwhelming. Thomas Newman's score is excellent alongside Adele's Oscar-winning title song. ” - Cristianos
 
6.
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
“ Sadly the best and only good movie from the Pierce Brosnan era, this movie successfully transitions Bond to the post-Cold War world with a high-tech action storyline and interesting set pieces. Sean Bean's treacherous Alec Trevelyan and Famke Janssen's Xenia prove to be great additions to the catalogue of Bond villains. ” - Cristianos
 
7.
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
“ This is one of the more underrated Bond films. While Whitaker and Koshov were not memorable villains, the film makes up for it with Timothy Dalton's no-nonsense performance, a romance arc between Bond and Maryam d'Abo's Kara, pulpy and thrilling action sequences, and a grounded, quite complex spy story. Kudos to John Barry's final score and one of my favorite Bond theme songs from a-Ha. ” - Cristianos
 
8.
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
“ While the film is exhaustively lengthy during the third act, the film boasts epic-scale visuals, fine set designs by Ken Adam, beautiful Bond girls with Fiona Valope as a standout, and a commanding title song by Tom Jones. Sean Connery carries the role well, and I find Rik van Nutter as one of the better actors to play Felix Leiter in the official canon. ” - Cristianos
 
9.
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
“ Having one of the best pre-title sequences and theme song, the film exceeds with up-to-par locations, visuals, and action sequences, an engaging performance by Roger Moore, and an unexpected romance arc with Barbara Bach's Triple X. It only falls short with its story recycled from "You Only Live Twice" and Stromberg's master-plan a bit contradictory. A major highlight to Richard Kiel's menacing performance as Jaws. ” - Cristianos
 
10.
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
“ An excellent throwback to the espionage Bond thrillers of the early 1960s with a harder-edged style by freshman director John Glen, with less emphasis on gadgetry and large action sequences in huge location backdrops. Roger Moore gives his best performance as Bond, and the revenge theme is greatly welcomed. Sheena Eaton's title song is romantic, though Bill Conti's score falls short with its disco-flavored music during the action sequences. A few campy scenes here and there doesn't ruin too much, but this is an overall enjoyable Bond film. ” - Cristianos
 
11.
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
“ Despite having a limited budget, the movie makes the most out of what it wants to be with lavish sets by Ken Adam, fine supporting performances from Joseph Wiseman, Ursula Andress, and John Kitzmiller, thrilling action/chase scenes, and the suaveness of Sean Connery's debut as the cinematic British spy. ” - Cristianos
 
12.
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
“ If there was one word to describe this movie, it would be "intense". Timothy Dalton's performance was intense, the action and the violence is intense and still holds up in subsequent viewings, and Robert Davi's Sanchez is one of the most brutal 007 villains, but all in a good way. ” - Cristianos
 
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
“ Like its predecessor, the first two acts is excellent showcasing superb cinematography from Hoyte van Hoytema, a memorable pre-title sequence, good action sequences, and strong direction from Sam Mendes. The third act falls weak with a villain scheme borrowed from recent spy/action films and an underwritten role for Christoph Waltz. The cast still delivers fine performances with Dave Bautista as a highlight. Sam Smith's "Writing on the Wall" sounds better in the movie and starts out very promising, but his falsetto rids the song of its emotional power. ” - Cristianos
 
14.
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
“ Putting aside the jump cuts and shaky camera, this film is a fine addition to the series. However, the film devotes more time to action sequences than to further plot development although it has a decent villain scheme. Daniel Craig's performance is raw and gritty, and David Arnold's score continues to amaze. I didn't like Alicia Key and Jack White's song at first, but I grew accustomed to it. ” - Cristianos
 
15.
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 the first Bond movie that completely diverts from Fleming's original novel, and it shows. Sean Connery was fine, though he looks uninterested; the supporting cast fit their roles quite well though Pleasance's Blofeld, while iconic, is too physically unintimidating to be taken seriously as a threatening head of a terrorist crime syndicate. That aside, the action sequences and Freddie Young's cinematography are overwhelming and larger-than-life; Ken Adam's production design (including Blofeld's volcano lair) are among the best in the series. A final highlight goes to John Barry's score for its inspired Oriental musical melodies that capture the sound of Japan and Nancy Sinatra's title song. ” - Cristianos
 
16.
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.)
“ It's a middle-of-the-road throwback to the films of "You Only Live Twice" and "The Spy Who Loved Me" where the villain tries to start World War III. Pierce Brosnan gives an excellent sophomore performance getting a hair cut and improving his physicality. Much like "Quantum of Solace", it devotes more screentime to spectacular action set-pieces than developing its ideas of media manipulation in the political world, which is surprisingly still relevant. Jonathan Pyrce's Eliot Carver was a bit over-the-top, and Paris Carver makes for a tragic Bond girl in the vien of Tracy Bond. A few more complaints are that Bond and Wai Lin lack chemistry, and k.d. lang's title sequence should have been the title song over Sheryl Crow's as lang's rendition heavily compliments David Arnold's excellent score and is more ambitious and powerful. ” - Cristianos
 
17.
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
“ While it has a deeper and more intriguing plot than its predecessor, its story ideas have real potential though it lacked skilled execution. First things first, the film contains one of the best pre-title sequences of the series, and Brosnan gives his best performance as Bond. Sophie Marcau's Elektra King was a great Bond villainess, and made for a great plot twist though at the expense of Robert Carlyle's Renard. The action was great, though at times, uninvolving. One more thing is Denise Richards's Christmas Jones: her acting was fine, though her dialogue did her no favors as well as her attire of a tank top and short jeans made it unrealistic to be taken seriously as a nuclear physicist. ” - Cristianos
 
18.
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
“ It's a major letdown from its acclaimed predecessor with its theme song by Dame Shirley Bassey, the witty dialogue, and Mr. Witt and Mr. Kidd being the film's only saving grace. Sean Connery returns to the role more uninterested and bored than ever. Jill St. John's Tiffany Case is obnoxious and Lana Wood's Plenty O'Toole was wasted. To top that, Charles Gray's Blofeld lacks menace and his extortion scheme feels tired and formulaic. The direction and cinematography is lacking in technical brilliance, the climax is underwhelming, and the film suffers from a campy moon buggy chase scene among other places. ” - Cristianos
 
19.
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
“ The film represents the height of the campiness of the Bond series that has plagued the franchise since the early 1970s. With that aside, the action sequences are thrilling and the sweeping cinematography showcases the beauties of the French and Brazilian locations. John Barry's score and the title song has a romantic feel to it. The cast is exceptional, though Hugo Drax's master plan is one of the more outlandish in the series. ” - Cristianos
 
20.
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
“ Much like "Diamonds Are Forever", the film's only saving grace is the memorable title sequence by Paul McCartney and the Wings whereas most of the film is a standard farce. Roger Moore makes for the least interesting introduction as the new Bond, but with help of Tom Mankiewicz's script and his youthful appearance, he establishes his own Bond. Jane Seymour's Solitaire is one of the most eye-appealing Bond girls, though apart from reading tarot cards and being tied up, she's just along for the ride. The villains are worth noting with the highlights being Julian Harris's Tee Hee Johnson and Geoffrey Holder's Baron Samedi. Yaphet Kotto's Mr. Big/Kananga was alright, though his villain has one of the most missed opportunities to kill Bond in the series. A special highlight is to the exhilarating speedboat chase, though it runs its own course for a few minutes too long. ” - Cristianos
 
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
“ While the film starts out great with a formidable foe from Christopher Lee's Scaramanga, the movie descends into camp during its second act. Roger Moore gives one of his better performances, though he is poorly recommended to imitate Sean Connery's interpretation of Bond which doesn't work and seems rather ill-fitting. Despite this, it isn't enough to save the picture from Britt Ekland's Mary Goodnight (easily one of the worst Bond girls) and a second coming from no-nonsense Louisiana Sheriff J.W. Pepper. The Asian locales were beautiful as well. And much to the fanbase's disagreement, I actually liked the title song from Lulu. ” - Cristianos
 
22.
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
“ While the pre-title sequence was fun and thrilling, the same can't be said for the rest of the film. Its storyline is muddled, confusing, and poorly paced and even saddled with a return to the campiness of Bond doing the Tarzan yell, applying clown makeup in mere seconds, and hiding in a gorilla suit among other things. Maud Adams's Octopussy is easily a match for Moore's Bond, and the two share great chemistry. The finale's train and airplane stunts are of worthy mention with the Indian locales adding an ethnic flavor to the story and the theme song by Rita Coolidge is quite romantic. ” - Cristianos
 
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
“ Its pre-title sequence and the first half sets the film up quite well, though its second and third acts fails to deliver the goods with its overuse of gadgets, badly dated CGI, outlandish villain scheme, and excessive product placement. Pierce Brosnan remains convincing, and the supporting cast follows after him with honorable mentions to Dame Judi Dench and Rosamund Pike. Madonna's title song is by far the worst of the Bond songs, and the dialogue (especially from Halle Berry's Jinx) is left to be desired. ” - Cristianos
 
24.
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
“ First things first, the title song by Duran Duran is a worthy addition to the catalogue of Bond songs and the pre-title sequence brings back memories of "OHMSS" though the use of "California Girls" ruins it. The storyline was more simplified and better-paced than "Octopussy", though it feels like a tired rehash of "Goldfinger" with comedic car chases in Paris and San Francisco. Roger Moore ends his tenure on a disappointing note with his facelift doing him no favors in the looks department. Christopher Walken's Zorin has an interesting background and makes for a great villain alongside Grace Jones's May Day. The film's Golden State Bridge finale was thrilling, and Tanya Roberts's Stacey was passable. ” - Cristianos