Rank the James Bond films


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Top 5 (in no particular order)

*Casino Royale - Quite possibly the best Bond film. I definitely prefer the harder, grittier take on Bond to the campiness of the Moore films and the later Connery films. Had great action, settings, and even the minor characters were memorable.

*The Living Daylights - A great and underrated film. This was a huge improvement over the campy Moore films, and it managed to be a serious film while maintaining just the right amount of humor and gadget-oriented scenes from the earlier films. Plus it has one of the best and most underrated henchmen (Necros) in the series, and an interesting and underrated villain (Brad Whitaker - rogue American arms dealer with a "general" complex).

*Skyfall - Another likely candidate for the best Bond film, has easily one of the best villains, and manages to take Bond back to its routes (by reintroducing Q and Moneypenny, and the tricked-out Aston Martin) but without becoming a huge gadget fest, and still mantaining the harder and gritter mood of the other Craig films.

*GoldenEye - Definitely the best Brosnan film - has a great villain, possibly the best opening theme song, and plenty of great action. What's not to like?

*The Spy Who Loved Me - The best Moore film - even though I'm not big on the campy style of most of the Moore films, this film kept the cheesiness to a reasonable level, enough for you to still take the interesting plot and villain seriously.

Bottom 5 (in no particular order)

*Octopussy - Has Bond swinging from vines while yelling like Tarzan, dawning a Gorilla suit, and ending up in a clown costume. Enough said.

*The Man with The Golden Gun - Christopher Lee played a great villain, but that's all this film had going for it. Most of the film didn't even focus on "The Man with the Golden Gun himself", but on hokey martial arts scenes, an annoying comic relief character (Sherrif Pepper). and a midget sidekick who ends up locked in a suitcase at the end. No thanks. Not to mention the final duel between Bond and Scaramanga was very anticlimactic.

*Tomorrow Never Dies - The plot and setting is just too outlandish to take seriously. Apparently a world-famous media mogul is able to house a personal army of machine-gun wielding thugs in major office buildings (not some remote secret base under the ocean). Not to mention in the action scenes, Carver's men engage in large-scale firefights in the streets in major cities like London and Hong Kong in pursuit of Bond - and not a single person ever takes notice (in the age of the internet no less, where anyone with a cell phone can upload stuff to the net) - not to mention he apparently has dozens of reporters and senior officials in his company in on his conspiracy without anyone blowing the whistle. To me the plot of Moonraker was less outlandish than this.

*Live and Let Die - A mediocre cheesy film (I'm shocked that Moore managed to remain for 6 more films after this travesty). This film's most notable moments are the introduction of the annoying Sherrif Pepper, the first supernatural Bond henchman (who is pointlessly resurrected with Voodoo in the ending scene), and ends with the stupidest death scene in any Bond film (the villain swallowing a gas capsule, inflating like a balloon and exploding - is this James Bond or Austin Powers?)

*Diamonds are Forever - Features Ernst Blofield in drag, Bond's girl hiding a cassette in her bikini bottom, a pair of gay assassins/lovers, and some truly awful special effects at the climax of the plot, sorry I'm out.

Most underrated films

*Licence to Kill - Has plenty of great action, along with a memorable and diabolical villain and henchman. Not to mention it attempts to show a more personal side of Bond, which is a nice touch. I will admit though that it's definitely the least "Bond-like" of the film series, and feels more like a typical 80s action film. (Nevertheless the concept of Bond going rogue and seeking revenge for a murdered friend is actually based on one Ian Fleming's Bond stories if I'm not mistaken).

*The World is not Enough - The majority of flak I see directed at this film is over Denise Richards' role as the Bond girl - and that's it. I'll admit she was a terrible actress (but still not as bad as the Bond girl from A View to A Kill) and not at all believable as a "Nuclear Scientist" (the Moneypenny character in this film would've been more believable in that role). But aside from that single nitpick this film is definitely passable - it has good action scenes, a badass villain, and some creative plot twists (such as M's abduction, and Bond's former romantic interest in the villain's sidekick).

*A View to a Kill - This is another film where I hear most of the gripe fixated on a few small nitpicks, most of which is based off of Roger Moore looking too old for the role. Personally this doesn't bother me (the guy ages well, much better than Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull for sure) - and he was only 2 years older than he was in the previous film anyway. On the whole this film was a huge improvement over the campier Moore films, since it actually tried to be halfway serious. Not to mention it featured Christopher Walken as one of the best Bond villains in the series. The only other gripes about the film worth mentioning are the Bond Girl (the worst and ditziest in the series - her screaming during the action scenes is infamously annoying, and she sounds like she's stoned for most of the film), and the choice of "California Girls" by the Beach Boys as a theme song in an opening chase scene. Regardless this film makes Octopussy and the Man with the Golden Gun look like Citizen Kane.

Most overrated films

*Dr. No - This film just has a very low-budget feel to it - sure it was the first film in the series (and the creators obviously didn't predict it would become a multi-billion dollar franchise), but overall this film just felt drab to me, and the plot was too unambitious for a Bond film (so the villain wants to disrupt a lame rocket test flight - wup de doo). I sometimes see this film picked as the best in the series (though this usually goes to Goldfinger or From Russia with Love) and I definitely disagree, and think this is coming from bias simply because of the fact that this film was "the original". (The same goes with the Bond girl Honey Ryder, I often see her selected as the best Bond girl - but to me she's rather forgettable).

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My top five of what I've seen goes

1. Skyfall
2. The Spy Who Loved Me
3. Goldfinger
4. Casino Royale
5. On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Worst one I've seen is Die Another Day by far.

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My top five of what I've seen goes

1. Skyfall
2. The Spy Who Loved Me
3. Goldfinger
4. Casino Royale
5. On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Worst one I've seen is Die Another Day by far.
Didn't actually mind Die Another Day as much as some people did - I'd still rank it in the bottom half though - it was way too heavy on the GCI and special effects

The only ones I haven't seen completely are OHMSS and You Only Live Twice

Top 5

1. Licence to Kill
: A terribly underrated film in the series, but for my money it's the best. Timothy Dalton is phenomenal as Bond, although he had the bad fortune to try to make the role a serious again one a couple of decades before Daniel Craig would make a similar direction popular. Robert Davi is one of the best villains in the series, with his Franz Sanchez being the best villain since Telly Savalas' Blofeld in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. And, although she gets far too much criticism, Carey Lowell is a terrific Bond girl.

2. From Russia With Love: Connery is terrific as Bond here, in a story that stays relatively faithful to the Ian Fleming novel on which it is based. Robert Shaw proves to be one of Bond's most formidable henchman with his Red Grant character, with the the close-quarter fight between him and Bond being one of the highlights of the series.

3. The Living Daylights: Dalton's debut is classic Bond. A great, sweeping tale with a great performance from the new Bond as well as some great globetrotting action.

4. Dr. No: The first is still one of the best after 50+ years. Connery creates the greatest film spy ever with a confident performance. The film is decidedly the most low-key of the 23 films, but its emphasis on Bond's detective work rather than the Rambo-esque action sequences or eyebrow raising one-liners help it stand out above most of the competition.

5. Quantum of Solace: Casino Royale was great but its sequel bests it. A much tighter film that comes it at a much shorter run time than its predecessor, Quantum of Solace features a near-perfect performance by Daniel Craig as Bond. It also features some of the best visuals in the series as well as some great set pieces (Tosca, the Perla de las Lunas).

Bottom 5 (no particular order)

The Man with the Golden Gun
: Never cared for this one. It doesn't seem to know what kind of film it wants to be, with some of the series most juvenile humor while also featuring some very serious and misogynistic scenes in the series as well.

Diamonds are Forever: Maybe not a total waste of time when viewed for simply what it is, but as a sequel to On Her Majesty's Secret Service, it misses all the marks.

Die Another Day: Probably the worst. Terrible CGI, weak second-half, and bad performances all around.

The World is Not Enough: Too melodramatic. Seems more like a daytime soap than a serious Bond film. A lot of wasted potential with this one.

Goldfinger: Always hailed as the best, but I've never gotten into this one. Good villain, but Bond doesn't really drive the action (or do much of anything, really). An exciting climax at Fort Knox doesn't make up for the rest of it.

I watched all Bond films (multiple times) and this is my Top 5:

1. Goldfinger - It's the ultimate spy film. It has a perfect opening scene and the most memorable opening theme of all the Bond films. Connery is brilliant as our beloved hero, the villain is awesome, the Bond girl is a lesbian that gets "converted", there's a girl that gets painted gold and there's a Japanese guy that kills people by throwing his hat at them. What do you need more?

2. Dr. No - It's more minimalistic than most other Bond films and that's what makes it so unbelievably charming. Bond doesn't need gadgets yet. Connery's charisma and detective skills are more than enough to make him the coolest guy in the world.

3. The Spy Who Loved Me - The film with the best Bond girl, in my opinion. It's also just a very entertaining film and plot, but I think Barbara bach is the main reason why this is one of my favorite Bond films.

4. From Russia With Love - Just like Dr. No, this one is much more minimalistic than later Bond films. It's good old, vintage detective work.

5. TIE between License To Kill and Golden Eye - Just two wildly entertaining films, in my opinion. License To Kill is very dark and gory and the plot is really intense. The villain is also one of the most memorable and dangerous of the series, in my opinion. For me it worked. GoldenEye has awesome side characters and Brosnan is at his best and coolest. It's also a film that works on a more personal level for Bond, which is always interesting.
Cobpyth's Movie Log ~ 2019

Well that's the first time I've ever seen someone like Quantum of Solace over Goldfinger. What is this world coming to
I guess there's always a first for everything.

While Quantum of Solace has its faults, mostly due to the writer's strike, it has a lot going for it, notably some great cinematography, David Arnold's best Bond score, terrific performances, and a plot that's much better than it's given credit for. I think that if the writing duties on set weren't left up to Daniel Craig and Marc Forster, but rather a professional screenwriter, the film would have been widely regarded as one of the best.

Quantum of Solace and Die Another Day would be my bottom two. The first one is just plain boring and doesn't feel like a Bond film AT ALL and Die Another Day is just ridiculously over the top.

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1. Licence to Kill
2. GoldenEye
3. The Spy Who Loved Me
4. The Living Daylights
5. Goldfinger
6. From Russia with Love
7. Casino Royale
8. Skyfall
9. Tomorrow Never Dies
10. On her Majesty's Secret Service
11. You Only Live Twice
12. For Your Eyes Only
13. Live and Let Die
14. Dr. No
15. Moonraker
16. Diamonds are Forever
17. The World is Not Enough
18. Thunderball
19. Die Another Day
20. The Man with the Golden Gun
21. View to a Kill
22. Octopussy
23. Quantum of Solace
I really just want you all angry and confused the whole time.
Iro's Top 100 Movies v3.0

I don't like any of them.

If I was to write a non-biased review, the highest would probably be Moonraker but wouldn't get higher than 60%, which is
at most.

All of Pierce Brosnan's outings would be between 1-10%, which is
. The World Is Not Enough is the worst of an awful bunch from Brosnan and would be a 1-2% film for me. That boat chase at the start just destroyed the entire film.

Connery's outings would be between 50% and 60%,
and wouldn't go past 60%.

They're awful movies. Badly acted, badly written generic tat... I find myself bored stiff while watching them. I say watching them, what I mean is, trying to watch them.
And when I do keep my attention I find myself thinking "Oh come on, really? Really? Pfft!" at every scene.

Synopsis for every Bond film ever made:
*Bond gets a new gadget at start of the film that has never been seen before and he has never had a use for before and then finds a use for it within 30 seconds. Trained enemy spies and trained enemy assassins who are women find him sexually irresistible. He steers a boat on dry land*

Welcome to the human race...
Yeah, they're pretty average for the most part (and a good chunk of them are downright terrible) but every once in a while they make for half-decent action films. They've definitely got their problems (especially the sexism in damn near every film and also the racism of all the older films). Also, I'll defend the first four films I listed to a point.

Dr No

From Russia With Love



You Only Live Twice

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Diamonds Are Forever

Live And Let Die

The Man With The Golden Gun

Spy Who Loved Me


For Your Eyes Only


A View To A Kill

The Living Daylights

License To Kill


Tomorrow Never Dies

The World Is Not Enough

Die Another Day

Casino Royale

Quantum Of Solace


Surprised at you Raul... with a Top 10 like yours... and you then say that you like James Bond...

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To be fair I did have the Bond films at 46th in my Top 50 Marathons, so at least I acknowledge their existence.

I think that's the only time I've ever included a Bond film on any list I've made.

Not hating the Top 10... I meant your top 10 is solid... but then you shoot yourself in the foot by saying you like James Bond.

It's like saying "The Shawshank Redemption, Casablanca and Unforgiven are three of the best films ever made... but I also like Uwe Boll's entire filmography and The Garbage Pale Kids Movie is one of my favourites"