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Best James Bond films: All 25 movies ranked, from elegant to subpar

What’s your No. 1 007?

It’s a deeply private query influenced by many uncontrollable components: Who performed James Bond whenever you have been a child? Which films did your dad make you watch? Are you pro-gadget or anti-gadget? Can the primary character even name himself 007 if Shirley Bassey doesn’t sing his theme music?

What makes an ideal — or horrible — Bond movie is massively subjective. But that ain’t gonna cease me! Here, I rank the 007 franchise’s 25 films, from worst to finest.

25. ‘Die Another Day’ (2002)

And followers complained in regards to the excessiveness of Roger Moore’s later movies! Pierce Brosnan’s closing outing from 2002 begins with Bond being tortured in a North Korean jail camp for a 12 months and solely will get worse from there.

Pierce Brosnan and Bond girl Halle Berry in "Die Another Day."
Pierce Brosnan and Bond lady Halle Berry in “Die Another Day.”
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24. ‘A View To A Kill’ (1985)

You’ll begin to discover a development that an actor’s final time enjoying Bond is commonly his worst. Writers throw all the pieces on the wall to distract from the truth that their 007 is disenchanted, sleepy and, frankly, a bit lengthy within the tooth. Roger Moore was 58 whereas he was making out with 29-year-old Bond lady Tanya Roberts, who died this year. Sure we get Grace Jones’ unimaginable May Day and Duran Duran’s unbelievable title monitor, however the plot a couple of San Francisco actual property tycoon is not possible to comply with.

23. ‘Quantum of Solace’ (2008)

Daniel Craig’s second film was a crumpled up compromise tossed into the trash after which fished out by a dumpster diver. The secret group Quantum, which we later be taught — ugh — is a sub-sect of SPECTRE, was obscure and uninvolving. It additionally arrange Craig’s 007 as this offended dude who seeks revenge rather a lot.

22. ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ (1997)

I do know the Brits hate the press, however a media mogul as a Bond villain? Blech.

21. ‘The World Is Not Enough’ (1999)

The Bond lady is Dr. Christmas Jones, performed by Denise Richards (“Christmas came early!” Bond says at one level), and the villain is a Frenchman who can not really feel ache as a result of he has a bullet lodged in his cranium. The film is finest described by the band that sings the title monitor: Garbage.

20. ‘Spectre’ (2015)

“Spectre” methods us with a galvanizing opening motion sequence set in Mexico City throughout Día de los Muertos festivities. Then it pops an Ambien. Craig’s fourth film is just not an incompetent miss like “Quantum of Solace” is — only a snooze.

19. ‘Diamonds are Forever’ (1971)

Sean Connery returned to the franchise for giant bucks after Australian actor George Lazenby skedaddled. But you get the impression that his period had ended. The seedy outdated Las Vegas scenes don’t sq. with the actor’s refined persona. What speaks loudest is that probably the most enduring a part of “Diamonds” is Bassey’s well-known title monitor.

Sean Connery returned to the series he made famous in "Diamonds are Forever."
Sean Connery returned to the collection he made well-known in “Diamonds are Forever.”
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18. ‘License To Kill’ (1989)

The finish of the Cold War was robust on Bond, and we’re nonetheless seeing the consequences of it at this time within the many collection villains which have a private rating to settle, quite than a grand trigger. The baddie right here is Franz Sanchez, a Latin American drug lord. Ripped from the headlines? Yes. A rollicking good time? No.

17. ‘Octopussy’ (1983)

“Octopussy” was the second we knew it was time for Moore to bow out, as his movies began to look extra like misplaced Season 9 episodes of “Dynasty.” Maud Adams returns right here to play a Bond lady for the second time in a decade (what?!) and a vital plot level entails Fabergé eggs. The pre-title scene is a riot, nevertheless: Moore’s suave Bond lands a small aircraft subsequent to a Southern fuel station and says, “Fill her up, please.”

16. ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ (1974)

Folks like to come back down exhausting on “The Man with the Golden Gun,” Moore’s second go-round, however it’s innocent, silly enjoyable. Honestly, I’ll take an eccentric wealthy sharp-shooter (the outstanding Christopher Lee) and the “Ze plane! Ze plane!” man from “Fantasy Island” over regardless of the hell “Quantum” was.

15. ‘Live and Let Die’ (1973)

“Live and Let Die” would rise up as a terrific Bond film have been it not so retrospectively offensive. Set largely within the Caribbean and New York’s Harlem, the movie borrows Nineteen Seventies Blaxploitation tropes and features a entire lotta voodoo. Still, Yaphet Kotto, who died in March, was an imposing unhealthy man as Dr. Kananga. And Jane Seymour’s tarot card-reading Solitaire ranks as some of the uncommon Bond ladies ever.

14. ‘Dr. No’ (1962)

It’s by no means straightforward going first, and Connery hadn’t discovered the function but. The film is finest identified for a bikini-clad Ursula Andress rising from the ocean off Jamaica.

13. ‘No Time To Die’ (2021)

Craig’s final transfer is an explosive game-changer, and a decent manner for the blond Bond to bow out.

Timothy Dalton turns a cello case into a sled in "The Living Daylights."
Timothy Dalton turns a cello case right into a sled in “The Living Daylights.”
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12. ‘The Living Daylights’ (1987)

Let’s discuss Timothy Dalton. He’s a a lot better tremendous spy than you assume. Was he extra severe than his predecessors? Sure, however subsequent to Craig he’s Ronald McDonald. He made simply two entries and his first, “The Living Daylights,” was his finest. The most enjoyable is when Bond and his KGB agent/cellist good friend sled proper over nationwide borders in her cello case.

11. ‘You Only Live Twice’ (1967)

Before journey was made reasonably priced for common people, and any suggestion of the web was virtually witchcraft, the Bond films performed an necessary function in serving to viewers escape to faraway locales. “You Only Live Twice” — the screenplay for which was randomly penned by Roald Dahl — is without doubt one of the finest for jet-setting from the sofa. We’re whisked off to Gibraltar, the Bahamas and delightful Japan.

10. ‘Moonraker’ (1979)

James Bond heads into outer space in "Moonraker."
James Bond heads into outer house in “Moonraker.”
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“Moonraker” is an unfairly vilified film. Reviews on the time have been fairly constructive, however at this time folks can’t appear to recover from the truth that Bond goes into house for a couple of minutes. Never thoughts that it options the collection’ finest henchman since Oddjob in “Goldfinger” — Jaws — and a jaw-dropping aerial opening sequence.

9. ‘Thunderball’ (1965)

Admittedly “Thunderball” is just not my private favourite, however it did propel Bond into megahit standing on the field workplace. And the Aston Martin DB5 is a kickass automotive.

8. ‘Casino Royale’ (2006)

Bond followers have by no means heaved a sigh of reduction so loud as after “Casino Royale.” Our hope and religion had been dashed by the depressing “Die Another Day” and we questioned if there have been any drops of vodka left within the outdated martini glass. Oh, sure there have been. Craig’s inaugural brawl resuscitated the franchise whereas bringing it again to its roots and launched the fabulous Eva Green as Vesper Lynd.

7. ‘For Your Eyes Only’ (1981)

“For Your Eyes Only” doesn’t get plenty of ink, however it’s Moore’s most cut-throat and high-stakes movie. The plot is par for the course — a British ship controlling a weapons protection system is sunk — however the willpower of Carole Bouquet’s Melina Havelock to avenge her dad and mom’ demise is scorching.

6. ‘Skyfall’ (2012)

Bond the particular person had not been explored so deeply since “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” and “Skyfall,” which ends at his boyhood house, allowed Craig to do the true appearing that he’d at all times craved. That it was additionally Judi Dench’s closing flip as M and boasted a title monitor by Adele made “Skyfall” really feel like a bona fide occasion in a manner that Bond hadn’t in years.

Daniel Craig goes back to Bond's roots in "Skyfall."
Daniel Craig goes again to Bond’s roots in “Skyfall.”
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5. ‘GoldenEye’ (1995)

It all began out so effectively! Brosnan’s first Bond movie was a return to type for the collection, ending a six 12 months hiatus after Dalton’s departure. There have been Russian villains, a nymphomaniac henchwoman cheekily named Xenia Onatopp and a robust infusion of Brosnan’s “Remington Steel” appeal that Dalton had none of. Too unhealthy it’s the one profitable Bond film he made.

4. ‘From Russia With Love’ (1963)

Connery hit his stride together with his second movie, which introduces us to SPECTRE and Ernst Stavro Blofeld, fleetingly. Also, you don’t typically discover an actress pretty much as good at Lotte Lenya within the Bond franchise, however right here the legend is enjoying Blofeld’s No. 3, Rosa Klebb.

3. ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ (1977)

After “Live and Let Die” (extra offensive by the minute) and “The Man with the Golden Gun” (enjoyable however foolish), Moore lastly earned his place within the Bond firmament with the wonderful “The Spy Who Loved Me.” To today, its opening sequence, through which Bond perilously skis off a cliff solely to open a Union Jack parachute, is the collection’ most exhilarating. Karl Stromberg’s underwater lair, the Lotus Esprit; the introduction of Jaws — all sensible.

Sean Connery makes a gruesome discovery in a classic scene from "Goldfinger."
Sean Connery makes a ugly discovery in a traditional scene from “Goldfinger.”
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2. ‘Goldfinger’ (1964)

When most individuals consider 007, “Goldfinger” involves thoughts: the gold-plated bombshell within the Miami lodge mattress; Bassey’s forceful theme music; “No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!”; and, after all, Honor Blackman’s Pussy Galore (“I must be dreaming!”). It’s Connery’s No. 1.

1. ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ (1969)

The finest Bond film is one that the majority informal followers have by no means heard of. They actually don’t know squat about Lazenby, who performed 007 simply as soon as. (Check out the documentary about him, “Becoming Bond,” on Hulu.) But it’s the connoisseur’s decide for the highest spot. The writing and plot, through which Bond infiltrates Blofeld’s Alps hideaway by pretending to be a genealogist, are the collection’ most interesting. Diana Rigg’s Tracy is probably the most layered and lovable Bond lady of all time. And no 007 will ever finish as poignantly as “OHMSS” did. Oh, and by the best way, Lazenby made a swell Bond. Contrary to widespread perception, he wasn’t fired — the film made a boatload of cash. He simply didn’t wish to come again.

George Lazenby's only appearance as James Bond was in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service."
George Lazenby’s solely look as James Bond was in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.”
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