My ranking of the James Bond films (thus far)

by GurningChimpII | created - 25 Mar 2011 | updated - 27 Oct 2012 | Public
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1. Skyfall (2012)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

81 Metascore

Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. When MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Judi Dench

Votes: 568,595 | Gross: $304.36M

Bond back up to scratch and at his best! An absolutely beautiful film with plenty of action and a chance to build on the Bond character. Bardem steals the show however.

2. Casino Royale (2006)

PG-13 | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

80 Metascore

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.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright

Votes: 515,682 | Gross: $167.45M

Bond back to his literary roots, a kick arse song from Chris Cornell, Eva Green (yum yum), a suitably menacing villain and quite possibly the most painful torture sequence I've ever watched! Just fantastic.

3. Licence to Kill (1989)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

58 Metascore

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.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Timothy Dalton, Robert Davi, Carey Lowell, Talisa Soto

Votes: 81,386 | Gross: $34.67M

Timothy Dalton at his peak (he should have got more films!) this film has quite possibly the most exhilarating chase sequence in Bond history, a pre-fame Benicio Del Toro as the creepy Dario, a great Die Hard inspired score and the coolest rebuttal ever.

4. Goldfinger (1964)

PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

87 Metascore

Investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Sean Connery, Gert Fröbe, Honor Blackman, Shirley Eaton

Votes: 151,450 | Gross: $51.08M

This is the film that started Bondmania, and for good reason! A fun-filled iconic picture that set out the general formula to most Bond films to come.

5. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

PG | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

55 Metascore

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.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curd Jürgens, Richard Kiel

Votes: 84,637 | Gross: $46.80M

Another fun-filled affair, this is definitely Roger Moore's 'Goldfinger' and will forever be the staple of my Bank Holiday, especially after an episode of a show about a certain Norwich Radio DJ...

6. The Living Daylights (1987)

PG | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

60 Metascore

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.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Timothy Dalton, Maryam d'Abo, Jeroen Krabbé, Joe Don Baker

Votes: 76,407 | Gross: $51.19M

This is the film that introduced me to Bond, so it will forever hold a special place in my heart, although the main villain was extremely underwhelming, the secondary villain, Necros, more than makes up for it. A great end to the Cold War Bond period.

7. GoldenEye (1995)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

65 Metascore

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.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco, Famke Janssen

Votes: 214,132 | Gross: $106.60M

Pierce Brosnan brings Bond kicking and screaming out of the Cold War in this affair and has time to destroy half of St. Petersburg with a tank, escape an exploding Eurofighter and attempt to out-act Sean Bean.

8. The World Is Not Enough (1999)

PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

57 Metascore

James Bond uncovers a nuclear plot when he protects an oil heiress from her former kidnapper, an international terrorist who can't feel pain.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Marceau, Robert Carlyle, Denise Richards

Votes: 168,906 | Gross: $126.94M

A sadly underrated entry into the series (I disliked Denise Richards as a nuclear physicist too!) but behind that the story drove Brozza's Bond into a different, and much more welcome, direction. Shame it didn't continue...

Garbage's title song didn't hurt either. Possibly the most 'Bondian feeling' track after You Know My Name.

9. Quantum of Solace (2008)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

58 Metascore

James Bond descends into mystery as he tries to stop a mysterious organization from eliminating a country's most valuable resource.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench

Votes: 361,721 | Gross: $168.37M

A very polarising film on the James Bond board, granted the editing drops this film a few pegs, but it's a good film still! Plus you know that behind those jumpy camera angles is a great film begging to get out. You just need to UNDERSTAND THE PLOT!

10. Moonraker (1979)

PG | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

James Bond investigates the mid-air theft of a space shuttle, and discovers a plot to commit global genocide.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Michael Lonsdale, Richard Kiel

Votes: 77,370 | Gross: $70.31M


Granted the premise is very silly and the pop culture references were just daft, as well as the Jaws love story, but COME ON! This film was very fun to watch! Especially when Michael Lonsdale is on screen. Drax is probably the most quotable villain out there.

11. For Your Eyes Only (1981)

PG | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

54 Metascore

Agent 007 is assigned to hunt for a lost British encryption device and prevent it from falling into enemy hands.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Roger Moore, Carole Bouquet, Topol, Lynn-Holly Johnson

Votes: 79,431 | Gross: $62.30M

Rog goes a bit darker here, but it adds more to the entry. It's also great to see Walter Gotell as a more malevolent force rather than the 'Uncle Gogol' figure he portrayed in other films.

12. Live and Let Die (1973)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

55 Metascore

007 is sent to stop a diabolically brilliant heroin magnate armed with a complex organization and a reliable psychic tarot card reader.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour, Clifton James

Votes: 82,956 | Gross: $35.38M

Bond meets blaxploitation (Bondsploitation?), the voodoo elements can be quite silly in a Bond film, and with the stupidest death scene I've ever laid eyes on this film just screams FAIL! However some brill set-pieces and that excellent Paul McCartney and Wings song atone for these scenes.

13. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

PG | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

61 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter R. Hunt | Stars: George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas, Gabriele Ferzetti

Votes: 67,278 | Gross: $22.80M

Lazenby's lone entry to the series is a stand up affair, but the dialogue is stilted, the dubbing is god awful in places and I know Bond is meant to be a mega womaniser, but 3 in one film? Reminds me of that SNL sketch...

14. Octopussy (1983)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

63 Metascore

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.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan, Kristina Wayborn

Votes: 82,067 | Gross: $67.90M

Another fun-filled entry to the franchise, with some wonderful scenic shots of India, Steven Berkoff being just bat sh!t insane as Orlov and those awesome yo-yo saws. However the Bond theme on the flute was unforgivable as well as the 'that should keep you in curry' line.

15. Dr. No (1962)

PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

78 Metascore

A resourceful British government agent seeks answers in a case involving the disappearance of a colleague and the disruption of the American space program.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Bernard Lee, Joseph Wiseman

Votes: 127,507 | Gross: $16.07M

The film that started it all. Although it has the excuse of being the first, this film seems like it doesn't know what to do, is Bond a human hero, or a mega-world saver? However the scene with Professor Dent leads to quite possibly the best one-liner in movie history as well Joseph Wiseman setting the benchmark, whilst being criminally underused means this is no stinker.

16. You Only Live Twice (1967)

PG | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

61 Metascore

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.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Sean Connery, Akiko Wakabayashi, Mie Hama, Tetsurô Tanba

Votes: 83,314 | Gross: $43.08M

Blofeld is awesome, Ninjas, hollowed out volcano lair.

Vulcan Bond. Nuff said.

17. From Russia with Love (1963)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

85 Metascore

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.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Lotte Lenya, Daniela Bianchi

Votes: 99,573 | Gross: $24.80M

I know this is often regarded as the best Bond film in the series, but I just found it a little...slow.

But I did enjoy the fight scene between Bond and Red Grant!

Please don't flame me....

18. Thunderball (1965)

PG | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

64 Metascore

James Bond heads to The Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by SPECTRE agent Emilio Largo in an international extortion scheme.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi, Luciana Paluzzi

Votes: 90,319 | Gross: $63.60M

This wants to be a great film but the underwater sequences are like supposed 'hot' girls from school, nice to look at but a little slow.

19. A View to a Kill (1985)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

40 Metascore

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.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Roger Moore, Christopher Walken, Tanya Roberts, Grace Jones

Votes: 75,878 | Gross: $50.33M

Bond and May Day at it? *Runs to the toilet screaming, then vomits violently*

Stacey Sutton is the most annoying Bond girl so far with her constant screaming and her calls of 'JAMES! DON'T LEAVE ME!' Looking at Rog's face during the burning elevator scene, I seriously thought (and secretly hoped) that he'd let her cook.

Saying that though, Christopher Walken is 64 flavours of awesome sauce as Zorin.

20. Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

GP | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

59 Metascore

A diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an evil plot involving a rich business tycoon.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Sean Connery, Jill St. John, Charles Gray, Lana Wood

Votes: 81,922 | Gross: $43.82M

This starts off well, but as soon as Bond reaches Vegas, the film descends into Moore style campery which Connery just doesn't suit. Jill St. John is crap and Charles Grey's Blofeld in drag will forever haunt my nightmares.

21. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

52 Metascore

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.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Jonathan Pryce, Michelle Yeoh, Teri Hatcher

Votes: 161,357 | Gross: $125.33M

The favourite film of a certain flatulent burger flipper on the Bond board is a surprisingly vapid affair even though it has a very interesting concept, a henchman that's actually threatening and Jonathan Pryce camping it up for all he's worth.

22. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

PG | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

43 Metascore

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.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Maud Adams

Votes: 81,847 | Gross: $20.97M

Christopher Lee as a villain: YES!

Midget butlers accusing Bond of being a bully, Sheriff JW Pepper returning as an even bigger caricature, schoolgirls kicking the arses of an entire martial arts class and Britt Ekland setting back the women's rights movement by about 30 years: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

23. Die Another Day (2002)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

56 Metascore

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.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Rosamund Pike, Toby Stephens

Votes: 183,488 | Gross: $160.94M

Oh dear, where do I begin here?

The bit in North Korea is great, with Bond being captured and tortured for 14 months, however once he is free (helped by turning into David Blaine and stopping his heart beat temporarily) this movie turns into an absolutely grotesque portrayal of Britain's greatest spy.

And don't get me started on Halle 'Yo Momma' Berry!