James Bond Films in order of Greatness...

by Batmans_girlfriend | created - 22 Mar 2013 | updated - 17 Dec 2015 | Public
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1. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

PG | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

61 Metascore

James Bond woos a mob boss' daughter and goes undercover to uncover the true reason for Ernst Stavro Blofeld's allergy research in the Swiss Alps involving beautiful women from around the world.

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

Votes: 95,286 | Gross: $22.80M

I love this... the most underrated, overlooked Bond film.

2. From Russia with Love (1963)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

83 Metascore

James Bond willingly falls into an assassination plot involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by S.P.E.C.T.R.E.

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

Votes: 139,484 | Gross: $24.80M

I've surprised myself, choosing this over 'Goldfinger', but I think it is the better film, as the acting and dialogue are noticeably smoother.

3. 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: 109,250 | Gross: $67.90M

Fun. Maud Adams is one of the best Bond Girls, good chases, and the circus-bomb situation is well done.

It is slightly soppy, but I still think it's Roger Moore's best.

4. 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: 172,747 | Gross: $16.07M

**Spolier Alert**

The first scene with James Bond at the Casino, dangling an about-to-be-lit cigarette is, and there's no other word for it, cool. We instantly want to know more about this character, and Sean Connery gives a magnetic performance throughout.

Dr. No himself is one of the best villains - we know this is a man of scorching intelligence, capable of making even 007 look like a 'stupid policeman', but, as is usually the case with SPECTRE villains, pride is his downfall.

Over 50 years on, the first Bond film is still engaging and satisfying viewing - with good music - and, actually, works better than many of the subsequent entries.

5. Goldfinger (1964)

PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

87 Metascore

While 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: 195,722 | Gross: $51.08M

the last quarter doesn't quite work. Otherwise excellent. Slightly overrated, I feel.

6. Casino Royale (2006)

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

80 Metascore

After earning 00 status and a licence to kill, secret agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007. Bond must defeat a private banker funding terrorists in a high-stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, Montenegro.

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

Votes: 671,046 | Gross: $167.45M

Very good, engaging entry, and a refreshing update after the corny mess of D.A.D.

Craig's is a darker Bond. We see the scars - both the physical and emotional cost of being a secret agent in a society that's at the mercy of organised terror groups. This strays a long way from Connery's more relaxed interpretation and the whole atmosphere of the 60s/70s/80s/90s Bond films. Does this result in a character that is too similar to Jason Bourne and Batman? Has James bond become a robotic killer incapable of remorse?

7. Live and Let Die (1973)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

55 Metascore

James Bond is sent to stop a diabolically brilliant heroin magnate armed with a complex organisation and a reliable psychic tarot card reader.

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

Votes: 111,202 | Gross: $35.38M

Roger Moore's first Bond film is a success. It is also by far the creepiest, oddest of the lot, which makes it quirky and therefore interesting.

The book (second in the series) is worth a read - a lot of people find it racist, but I think this is most unfair. True, he stereotypes, but no more so than his stereotyping of women. And we must remember he was writing this in the early 50s, so some of the language, that wouldn't be appropriate now, was part of normal discourse then, and therefore not meant by him offensively.

8. A View to a Kill (1985)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

40 Metascore

The recovery of a microchip off the body of a fellow agent leads James Bond 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: 101,143 | Gross: $50.33M

Christopher Walken creates one of the most memorable villains. Roger Moore looks too old, but the interesting story, locations, and other characters carry him through to make this one of his best.

Best theme song of them all IMHO.

9. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

PG | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

43 Metascore

James Bond 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: 109,105 | Gross: $20.97M

This was miles better than I remember. Glamorous, and with great locations.

10. Quantum of Solace (2008)

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

58 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 457,933 | Gross: $168.37M

Impressive second Craig instalment. Not boring at any point, and dialogue is generally smooth.

However, it is a bit miserable. Could have done with a cheerful martini to go with it.

Plus, dreadful theme song.

11. Thunderball (1965)

PG | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

64 Metascore

James Bond heads to the Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent Emilio Largo in an international extortion scheme.

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

Votes: 122,474 | Gross: $63.60M

rather dreary and slow in the first half, but picks up in the second.

12. You Only Live Twice (1967)

PG | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

61 Metascore

James Bond and the Japanese Secret Service must find and stop the true culprit of a series of space hijackings, before war is provoked between Russia and the United States.

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

Votes: 113,255 | Gross: $43.08M

Fantastic, exotic Japanese locations (and 60s interior styling) are what make this film for me - otherwise, I think, the plot too far fetched and the gadgets too gadgety.

13. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

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

52 Metascore

James Bond sets out 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: 199,306 | Gross: $125.33M

I used to love TND...but now, I feel the second half lets it down, and I think this is partly because the chemistry between Bond and his Chinese sidekick is not believable.

kudos, however, to the directors for a great opening sequence.

14. Spectre (I) (2015)

PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

60 Metascore

A cryptic message from James Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover the existence of a sinister organisation named SPECTRE. With a new threat dawning, Bond learns the terrible truth about the author of all his pain in his most recent missions.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes

Votes: 450,988 | Gross: $200.07M

This exceeded my expectations and I generally enjoyed it.

My two big criticisms are:

1. The torture scene: I don't understand why it is entertaining to watch someone have their skull drilled into. I find it upsetting and disturbing.

2. The main villain is once again is a two-dimensional nutcase. Not convincing or interesting. Obvious. Though perhaps a slight improvement on the last Bond film's villain.

I still feel there's something missing.

15. The World Is Not Enough (1999)

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

57 Metascore

James Bond uncovers a nuclear plot while protecting 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: 204,924 | Gross: $126.94M

Not bad until we reach the American Bond girl...plus I don't buy the whole villain-with-bullet-in-brain-feels-no-pain storyline. Ott.

16. GoldenEye (1995)

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

65 Metascore

Years after a friend and fellow 00 agent is killed on a joint mission, a Russian crime syndicate steals a secret space-based weapons program known as "GoldenEye" and James Bond has to stop them from using it.

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

Votes: 262,852 | Gross: $106.60M

Very good for 3/4.

the new M is a highlight.

The ending sends me to sleep.

17. 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: 112,218 | Gross: $46.80M

The first opening 5 minutes is one of the best action sequences in the whole of the franchise. Not until we reach the last quarter is this kind of quality again apparent.

I feel this could have been one of the best Bond films, but there's too many bad jokes, corny moments, and the main relationship doesn't quite work.

18. For Your Eyes Only (1981)

PG | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

54 Metascore

James Bond is assigned to find a missing British vessel, equipped with a weapons encryption device and prevent it from falling into enemy hands.

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

Votes: 104,615 | Gross: $62.30M

Not as poor as I remember - the best thing about FYEO are the chases, which are original and entertaining.

19. Skyfall (2012)

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

81 Metascore

James 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: 709,903 | Gross: $304.36M

i confess to enjoying this the second time round.

20. The Living Daylights (1987)

PG | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

59 Metascore

James Bond is sent to investigate a KGB policy to kill all enemy spies and uncovers an arms deal that potentially has major global ramifications.

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

Votes: 102,127 | Gross: $51.19M

The Bond girl is especially awful as she really lacks a brain. 'living daylights' is hopelessly unsophisticated.

Excellent theme song, though.

21. Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

PG | 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: 110,065 | Gross: $43.82M

22. 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: 104,657 | Gross: $70.31M

So this wasn't as bad as I recall - at least the plot is coherent and the locations interesting.

Otherwise, corny, predictable, and you end up wondering why Drax doesn't just shoot Bond while he has the chance, rather than continuing to dream up elaborate deaths.

23. Licence to Kill (1989)

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

58 Metascore

A vengeful James Bond goes rogue to infiltrate and take down the organization of a drug lord who has murdered his friend's new wife and left him near death.

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

Votes: 108,149 | Gross: $34.67M

Watched the first half of this the other day and didn't like it much, although it wasn't as bad as I remember. Fairly poor acting all round.

24. 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: 223,573 | Gross: $160.94M

awful dialogue, irritating Bond Girl, crap villain, stupid car, and pathetic plot.

25. Never Say Never Again (1983)

PG | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

68 Metascore

A S.P.E.C.T.R.E. agent has stolen two American nuclear warheads, and James Bond must find their targets before they are detonated.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Sean Connery, Kim Basinger, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Max von Sydow

Votes: 70,255 | Gross: $55.50M


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