I love writing down lists about my favorite things, not Julie Andrews like but still I have to write. So I’ve decided to put some of those lists out here and let you the viewer decide if I’m crazy or not. Today I want to talk about everyone’s favorite secret agent that has been around 50 plus years: Bond, James Bond. I am going to rank the true Bond films (in other words the bad version of Casino Royal and Never Say Never Again will NOT be on here.) I am ranking them based of my overall opinion, I’ve learned a long time ago critics do not always get everything right. Let’s get started.
24. Moonraker. Probably no surprise this is at the bottom, right. Bond in space whomever came up with that idea must have been nuts. Now not everything in this film is bad it does have an intriguing villain and a decent Bond girl, but even that could not save this picture.
23. Quantum of Solace. I think we can all agree out of Daniel Craig’s films as 007 this was clearly the worst. Picking up after Casino Royale ends Bond’s quest for revenge seems to alienate himself from MI6. I love a rebel as much as the next gal, but this was done pretty poorly. No memorable characters in this whatsoever.
22. The Man With The Golden Gun. Now if I was judging this film based on villains this would be top 5 easy thanks to Christopher Lee’s perfomace as Scaramanga, but like the critics in 1974 I’m judging the picture as a whole, and it was not as impressive. This was supposed to be the film where Bond meets his match, but thanks to unnecessary parties (Holly Goodnight I’m looking at you, but that is a story for another day) this film failed to impress me.
21. The World Is Not Enough. I actually liked this movie, other than Denise Richards’s part. It had a memorable villain in Elektra the first and so far only main female villain as well as her henchman/lover in Renard. In my opinion Renard was the last great henchman in the Bond franchise. Meanwhile the story was pretty good, had its twists and overall a good, not great, addition to the Bond franchise
20. License to Kill. Without a doubt in my mind the darkest of all the Bond films. Timothy Dalton’s final appearance definitely left an impression, good or bad depending on your opinion. A ruthless villain to boot and this film is a good watch
19. The Living Daylights. This is a Bond film that may not be as known to fans, but it is a decent watch. Good action sequences, better chemistry with Bond and his lady friend, good not great villains; overall I would have given it a B-.
18. Octopussy. This one is a little more campier than the other Bond films, but it is a joy to watch. Personally I also loved Maude Adams’s performance at the title character, not just because she was actually age appropriate for Roger Moore’s Bond but because she always teased the line between good evil.
17. Spectre. As of this writing the latest Bond film that is out. I was not disappointed by the film, although the predictability got a little annoying. Christoph Waltz was OK as the villain, had two great Bond girls and much better performances from Ralph Fines, Naomi Harris and Ben Whishaw as M, Moneypenny and Q (of course no comparisons to the predecessors.) I also LOVED Sam Smith’s song “Writings of the Wall with that title sequence very haunting.
16. A View to A Kill. Probably surprised this is as high on the list huh. Trust me this has more to do with the performances of the films villains Christopher Walkin and Grace Jones than anything else in the film. I do liked how it was in the United States and showed some beautiful shots of San Fransico. This film does have flaws, but understandably so for Roger Moore’s last time as Bond (he was DONE.)
15. For Your Eyes Only. Believe me I do not like this film this much thanks to Bibi (God she was annoying.) I actually enjoyed the action the film provided. I felt this film had taken pretty good risks for the time being. P.S the opening scene is a must see.
14. Casino Royale. If there were some doubts on Daniel Craig’s debut performance as 007 maybe just maybe they went out of the door with this film. I cannot forget about Eva Green as the dubiously divine Vesper nor Mads Mikkelson’s Le Chife a truly unforgettable bad guy. I remember watching this for the first time and the tournament scenes were making me very nervous. I’m not a card player so I was not sure what was happening, but it was still nerve racking. This film set up the next three, so I’d probably watch this first of the Daniel Craig’s.
13. Diamonds Are Forever. For Sean Connery’s final run as 007 officially it did not disappoint. With multiple Blofelds and one of spunkier Bond girls to date it is a great watch.
12. You Only Live Twice. OK the whole Bond has to go Japanese parts were pretty offensive no doubt but this film is still watchable. Great action sequences, the start of a long road with Blofield and more beautiful women than Bond knows what to deal with. Also the title sequence is remarkable.
11. The Spy Who Loved Me. Now this is where the great films start coming in. I really loved The Spy Who Loved Me as a whole: action, acting, chemistry, gadgets; the whole nine yards. Roger Moore and Barbara Bach had a great love story much more believable than many of the other Bond films, we got to meet Jaws; overall this is one of the peak films when it comes to Bond.
10. Tomorrow Never Dies. This film is only this high for a few reasons. Brosnan’s performance, great action, probably one of the most memorable Bond girls of all time in Wai-Lin, memorable crazy villain and last but not least the gadgets. My only complaint about the film was the lack of chemesity I felt between Bond and Lin. Other than that it was cool.
9. Die Another Day. Surprised to see this film so high. Believe me it was all about the action, gadgets and ladies not the effects. I loved both Jinx and Frost in here. Good villains and henchmen but the effects did not do this film favors.
8. From Russian With Love. I have seen this film on many top 10 Bond films lists and yet people are like “What is that” when I tell them. This was a great follow up to Dr. No with it’s action and memorable villains. On another note this started the trend of big blond henchman but no one had come close to Robert Shaw’s performance.
7. Skyfall. Definitely one of the best Bond films in recent memory. Great song, action, villain and who could forget Judi Dench’s final performance as M in my opinion the greatest in her career.
6. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. One of the most memorable Bond films but this time for the right reasons. Sure George Lazenby’s performance was not great as Bond, but that is forgivable with the AMAZING performance by Diana Rigg as the only woman to marry Bond Tracy. Sadly this film has one of the most heartbreaking moments not just in Bond films but in entertainment all together.
5. Live and Let Die. Yes, the film has some questionable moments but overall I was in awe. Roger Moore’s first try as 007 did not disappoint. I also loved Jane Seymore as Solitaire, and I am not big on damsels in distresses. Add an equally great villain to boot and you have a great Bond film.
4. Dr. No. The first has to be in the top 5 because it started it all. From beginning to end this film will lay the ground work of the franchise, action, a great villain in Dr. No and of course the beautiful Honey Rider has the most iconic swimsuit entrance maybe in film.
3. Thunderball. I am proably the only person to love this movie as much, but I was very impressed. Given the time period when the film was released and how 75% of the film was underwater I had to give the film makers the praise they deserved.
2. Goldeneye. Yep this cannot be a surprise. This film was everything a 90’s Bond fan thought was missing in the other films. Memorable action sequences, just as memorable villains and women; plain and simple it was AWESOME. On another note did anyone else take as much joy as I did when Alec died.
- Goldfinger. No shocker this is number one. I do not think this film will ever be topped with it’s story, women, henchman and of course Goldfinger himself. You cannot find a better Bond film than this one.