Rank and File

Best and Worst of the James Bond Movies

Can you name your top five favorites and least favorites?

Best and Worst of the James Bond MoviesI'm not writing this as some kind of definitive list, but more in response to The Playlist's ranking of what writer Oliver Lyttelton considers to be the five worst James Bond film. His list includes Diamonds are Forever (1971), Moonraker (1979) [disagree], Licence To Kill (1989), Die Another Day (2002) and Quantum of Solace (2008). Of course, like all lists these are someone else's opinion and pretending one's opinion is "right" over someone else's is preposterous, but Lyttleton's list made for a good starting point.

Of the films on his list, Diamonds are Forever and Die Another Day are spot on. The only real redeeming factor in Diamonds is Lana Wood as Plenty O'Toole and I will admit to liking Rick Yune's face scarred with diamonds in Die Another Day, but otherwise it is a disaster.

I will say Moonraker is probably the closest of his remaining three films to making my list of five worst as it is certainly absurd, but it's a little fun as a result of said absurdity. But I can't fall in line with License to Kill (I love how nasty it is with the exploding body in the pressure chamber and the gnarly death of Benicio del Toro) or Quantum of Solace (a film with a not-so-great plot and villain, but strong action in my opinion).

Certainly A View to a Kill would be among my five worst as Roger Moore (my least favorite of the six actors to play Bond) was simply too old and the film itself lacks any and all intrigue. I would then probably add Live and Let Die, Moore's first outing as Bond and a voodoo angle I never really got down with. I would probably throw For Your Eyes Only in there as well, but the opening holds a special place in history for me as Bond dropping Blofeld into the smokestack in the beginning is the first image of James Bond I remember from my childhood.

Finally, of the Sean Connery entries, on top of Diamonds are Forever, Thunderball is one I really don't like either from the jet pack in the beginning to the tedious underwater fight in the end.

Runners up would probably include Brosnan's The World is Not Enough and while many like to claim George Lazenby's On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is one of their favs, I personally don't think much of it.

In the favorite department, I honestly believe Timothy Dalton's The Living Daylights is my favorite Bond film. Connery's debut trio of Dr. No, From Russia With Love and Goldfinger are also musts and I really enjoy Brosnan's Tomorrow Never Dies.

My truest guilty pleasure in the franchise is The Man with the Golden Gun in which Christopher Lee's turn as Scaramanga I find to be a lot of fun and I love Hervé Villechaize as Nick Nack.

I tend to go back-and-forth with my thoughts on Casino Royale and I still don't know what I make of Daniel Craig's time as Bond. All three of his films I find entertaining and I'm excited he is signed to do two more after Skyfall (read my review), which will give him a worthy five films and I suspect he'll hang it up then.

Before heading into Skyfall I watched both Casino and Quantum again and was happy to see Casino played better after a year or so since last seeing it than I remembered. I have a problem with the length of that film and it's tough for me to be convinced Bond would so easily fall for Vesper and even go so far as to resign from MI6 and in an email no less. The Bond franchise, however, requires you to overlook little problem spots such as that or you're going to probably have a hard time with all of them.

Everything said, here's my quick list of favorites and least favorites, both in alphabetical order. I'd love to read what your's are so let me hear them in the comments below.

Favorites

  • Dr. No
  • From Russia with Love
  • Goldfinger
  • The Living Daylights
  • Tomorrow Never Dies

Least Favorites

  • Diamonds are Forever
  • Die Another Day
  • Live and Let Die
  • Thunderball
  • A View to a Kill

SIDE NOTE: No, I didn't consider Never Say Never Again in making my decision. If you consider that an official entry in the Bond franchise, however, don't let me stop you from including it. I will say this, however, it probably would nudge out Live and Let Die had I included it.

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

    The only ones I've seen are: Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, and Die Another Day.

    Really don't remember the Brosnan ones much besides Goldeneye. I'll say I liked all of them, but Casino Royale is the only one I remember really enjoying.

    Not sure if I'll ever have much interest in the older bond films.

    • Jake17

      These are the only ones I've ever watched as well. I only really like Tomorrow Never Dies and Casino Royale, and Casino Royale is the only one I'd consider a great movie.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mv11391/ Michael

      Same here, only seen those but also Diamonds are Forever though I clearly don't remember much of that film. Will see Skyfall. I've liked all of them, Casino Royale is by far my favorite so far. Die Another Day was meh, best part was that Halle Berry bikini scene haha.

  • FUTURE SPIELBERG

    MY FAVORITES:

    Casino Royale
    The Man with the Golden Gun
    Goldfinger

    LEAST FAVORITES:
    Quantum of Solace
    Dr. No

  • Chris

    1. Casino Royale
    2. Goldeneye
    3. Live and Let Die
    4. Goldfinger
    5. Dr. No

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Criterion10/ Criterion10

    Anyways, some of my favorites are Dr. No, Goldfinger, Live and Let Die, Licence to Kill (probably the most underrated Bond film), and Casino Royale. All of the Roger Moore Bond films are major gulity pleasures of mine, like Octopussy, The Man with the Golden Gun, and A View to a Kill. I don't really like any of the Brosnan one's, although Goldeneye and Tomorrow Never Dies are passable.

    It's been a while since I've seen many of the James Bond films. I first discovered them when I was probably in 2nd grade or so, and I obsessed over them for years. I'm hoping to get back in the Bond spirit this year with Skyfall and the new Bond 50 set.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Kessler/ Kessler

    You do have an interesting list. We'll have agree to disagree on Dalton. He may be my least favorite of the Bonds. I found him to be way too serious and I don't like The Living Daylights either.

    Here would be my ranking if the Bonds:

    1. Sean Connery
    2. Daniel Craig
    3. Pierce Bronsan
    4. Roger Moore
    5. George Lazenby
    6. Timothy Dalton

    Top 5 Bond Movies:

    1. Goldfinger
    2. Casino Royale
    3. Goldeneye
    4. From Russia With Love
    5. The Spy Who Loved Me

    Really hope that Skyfall will make my list!

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Criterion10/ Criterion10

      It's been a while since I've seen The Living Daylights, but Dalton in Licence to Kill is awesome.

      • Mike W

        Agreed! I hate it when people either dump on or overlook Dalton and especially License to Kill.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Kessler/ Kessler

        I haven't seen License to Kill yet, but I have heard that Dalton is much better in it. I'll try to watch it this weekend.

      • Chris138

        Word up. I've already professed my love for Licence to Kill here but it's worth doing again ;)

  • The Jackal

    In my house, at least until I turned 13 in 1995, only 4 men had earned the title of 007. My father repeatedly affirmed, "there is only one James Bond, and its Sean Connery." So for me, Sean Connery is still the classic Bond. The style, the effortless charm, the martini, the women, the cars, the exotic locales; everything that was Bond was embodied by the early pictures and their Scottish star.

    With the release of GoldenEye in 1995, I finally felt that my generation had gotten a real Bond, one to take the mantle from Connery. Even my father agreed that there was a #2 Bond. However, in 2006, I got the Bond and Bond Film I'd been waiting for. Casino Royale is still my favorite film in the franchise and Daniel Craig has pushed Brosnan aside for the #2 slot. Of the modern Bonds, which began with Timothy Dalton in 1987's The Living Daylights, Craig is far and away #1 in my book.

    On a side note, after watching George Lazenby in 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service, I realized there was another competitor for the position of Best Bond. I would much rather have seen the series continue with him as opposed to Roger Moore. Also, Timothy Dalton performances weren't as terrible as I'd heard, it just wasn't right for Bond.

    Best James Bond:
    1. Sean Connery
    2. Daniel Craig
    3. Pierce Brosnan
    4 George Lazenby
    5. Roger Moore
    6. Timothy Dalton

    Best Bond Films:
    1. Casino Royale (2006)
    2. Goldfinger (1964)
    3. GoldenEye (1995)
    4. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
    5. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

    Oh, and the worst Bond films:
    1. A View to a Kill (1985)
    2. The Living Daylights (1987)
    3. Quantum of Solace (2008)

    Thems the facts

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Andrew13/ Andrew13

      I've always been conflicted with my thoughts on Pierce Brosnan. I think he himself was great for the character of Bond, but, Goldeneye withstanding, the Brosnan films were very weak entries in the series.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Criterion10/ Criterion10

        I think that that's Brsonan's biggest problems: He was in some of the worst Bond films yet (I do remember being okay with Goldeneye and Tomorrow Never Dies though). Die Another Day and The World is Not Enough are simply awful.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Andrew13/ Andrew13

          I actually can get some enjoyment out of the sheer insanity of The World Is Not Enough, which does feature one of the best pre-credit sequences in the whole series, though I would by no means consider it a good film.

          Tomorrow Never Dies has some great action set pieces, but the villain is just terrible, and that really kills the film for me. And yes, the less said about Die Another Day the better, though it also starts off quite promising before completely derailing about 30 minutes in.

          • drew sandoval

            Hahaha. TWINE is probably in my top 3 of the Bond movies, but I found the action scenes to be bloated and dull on my second and third viewings. What I find so entertaining in that movie is Bronsnan (I agree with C10 & A13 that he was a great James Bond, just his pics were uneven and flat), and I thought Sophie Marceau and her relationships with both Robert Carlyle and Bronsnan were outstanding. I still get chills in the final scene where she challeneges Bond to kill her and he does, shooting off a trademark double entendre but in the most heartbroken way possible.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TimmaeXVX/ TimmaeXVX

    I have seen 16 Bond Films

    Best:
    1. Skyfall
    2. Casino Royale
    3. Goldeneye
    4. The Living Daylights
    5. The Spy Who Loved Me

    Worst:
    1. Die Another Day
    2. Tomorrow Never Dies
    3. A View to a Kill
    4. Quantum of Solace
    5. Moonraker

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Andrew13/ Andrew13

    The James Bond films were the first films that really got me into movies, so I've always had a certain amount of affection for even the worst of the series. However, I've definitely always enjoyed the grittier Bonds over the camp of the Moore, Brosnan (excluding Goldeneye), and latter Connery eras. Goldfinger was the first Bond I ever saw, so that will always be my favorite, even though I think both Casino Royale and Skyfall may be better made films. I've also always enjoyed the Timothy Dalton's Bond, Licence to Kill is one of my all time favorites and The Living Daylights is not far behind. Dalton is probably my second favorite Bond, behind only Daniel Craig. The early Connery films are excellent, but post-Goldfinger I definitely get the sense that he was showing up for the paycheck, so I don't hold him in quite as high esteem as many do.

    There are eight Bond films that I think a genuinely great films, but then there's a pretty steep drop off for the rest of them.

    Favorites:

    Casino Royale
    From Russia With Love
    Goldeneye
    Goldfinger
    Licence to Kill
    The Living Daylights
    Skyfall
    The Spy Who Loved Me

    Least Favorites:

    Diamonds are Forever
    Die Another Day
    The Man with the Golden Gun
    Moonraker
    A View to a Kill

  • drew sandoval

    Best is Spy Who Loved Me. That movie is fast & funny, with some nice cruel bits tossed in for good measure (Bond dropping that fat guy off the roof in Cairo). It inculdes a terrific disco Bond theme, along with a bizarre music cue from Lawrence of Arabia. It also has the two hottest Bond girls ever, with Barbara Bach and Caroline Munro in a bit part as the villianous helicopter pilot. Awesomeness!

    Personally, I couldn't tell you the worst, maybe QoS, but I know if it was on TV I would stop and watch it again, and enjoy it. I guess I feel there are no bad Bonds, just reallly uneven ones. But even the uneven ones offer up something great, a awesome action scene or a terrific sense of humor or a great character, or are just a great bit of old school kitsch..

  • jake_w

    Best:
    1. Casino Royale
    2. From Russia With Love
    3. Goldfinger
    4. Live and Let Die
    5. GoldenEye

    Worst:
    1. Quantum of Solace
    2. Die Another Day
    3. Tomorrow Never Dies
    4. Diamonds Are Forever
    5. Thunderball

    Octopussy, Moonraker, and The World Is Not Enough are all guilty pleasures. The Living Daylights and Licence To Kill I like about the same. A View To A Kill I didnt think was a bad Bond movie but it's fairly obvious that Roger Moore looked way too old to still be playing Bond. Dr. No and You Only Live Twice are both all right, a little bit slow at times though. The Man With The Golden Gun has a great villain, which is about the only thing it has going for it. The Spy Who Loved Me is fun, despite practically being the same as 'Thunderball' but with submarines. For Your Eyes Only is another fun Roger Moore Bond. Didn't really care all that much for On Her Majesty's Secret Service, always though that George Lazenby was a goofy-looking Bond.

    Looking forward to Skyfall.

    • jake_w

      As far as Bond songs go, my personal favorites have been Thunderball by Tom Jones, Live and Let Die by Paul McCartney and Wings, Tomorrow Never Dies by Sheryl Crow and The World Is Not Enough by Garbage.

      The worst Bond song in my opinion is Another Way To Die by Jack White & Alicia Keys. Absolutely hated that song ever since I first heard it in the theater when I saw Quantum of Solace.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

    Connery is easily my least favorite Bond so his movies do nothing for me. He just came off as an egotistical, misogynistic asshole. At least the other Bonds were charismatic and likable. For my money, Craig is probably the best bond, with Brosnan and Moore close behind.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/SirTrey/ Sir Trey

      Ah never fails, here comes AS with the counter-culture view of the week haha Doesn't like Connery as Bond, doesn't like the music of John Williams...if an article has enough comments, I always know I'll find AS disagreeing with the majority.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/DArtagnan/ DArtagnan

    My favourites:

    001. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    002. From Russia With Love
    003. Casino Royale
    004. GoldenEye
    005. The Living Daylights
    006. Dr. No
    007''''. For Your Eyes Only

    Least favourites:

    The Man With The Golden Gun
    Die Another Day
    Diamonds are Forever
    A View To A Kill

  • Jarrod

    Best:
    1. Goldfinger - it's such a brilliantly effective plot, Connery was at the height of his powers and the villain is genuinely clever and witty. The benchmark for all Bond films.
    2. Casino Royale - Craig defines the role as an alpha male for the first time since Connery, Mads is sympathetic as the villain, and it's the first time since the '60s that you actually care about Bond. Eva Green exudes sex and vulnerability, too.
    3. From Russia With Love - a simple and spare Bond film, with a number of appropriately vile villains and tight stunt choreography. If the producers were to make a more traditional Bond film again, this would be a good template as it is fun without ever being ridiculous.
    4. On Her Majesty's Secret Service - the first time you emotionally invested in a Bond film. It has the best Bond girl, and a very good Blofeld.
    5. The Spy Who Loved Me - easily the best Moore film, it has an appropriate balance between the serious and wacky elements. Moore gives his best performance as Bond, too.
    6. Goldeneye - this was written for Dalton, which explains why the film is so much darker and smarter than the later Brosa films. A good villain, nice sense of atmosphere and sexy Bond girls.
    7. The Living Daylights - John Glen couldn't direct traffic, but this is the best of the '80s films, mainly because of Dalton's powerful interpretation and a story with more moving parts than most Bond films.

    Worst:
    1. Diamonds Are Forever - a fat, lazy Bond, crap script, lame villains, unsexy 'sexy' Bond girls: Jesus, this film is terrible.
    2. Thunderball - underwater action sequences: who thought they would be a good idea?
    3. Die Another Day - enough has been written about the film. Starts OK, and then Toby Stephens appears ...

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/cradleman/ Jonathan

    Just a terrible Bond in all aspects).

    Best
    1. Dr. No: Really my favorite of them all, just feel as if it was the perfect way to start the series and it has one of my favorite villains, villain plots, and bond girls. Great film all around.
    2. From Russia With Love: Somehow hadn't seen this one til last year but it's just fantastic Bond film. Fun and exciting and everything a bond film should be.
    3. Goldeneye: Always my favorite Brosnan film, I have always loved the twist with the villain and it showed that Brosnan really could be Bond if given a good script. Sadly this was the only one that was actually good.
    4. Casino Royale: tense and gripping and really set Bond up well for the new era. Love it every time.
    5. Goldfinger: tough to choose a fifth favorite but I've got to go with Connery's third and seemingly most famous turn. It's got some great gadgets and the infamous laser scene, as well as the most well written Bond girl of all time. It barely edges out Living Daylights.

    Guilty Pleasures: Though i don't like Roger Moore's films, I really do enjoy both Octopussy and Live and Let Die for reasons that i don't even know. Both not great films, but i enjoy watching both (though Live and Let Die may be mainly for Jane Seymour).

    Worst:
    5. The World Is Not Enough: ugh, this one is so terrible. From Christmas Jones to a unfun bad guy. Just not cutting it on any level.
    4. Moonraker: Yeah, this one is a piece of crap. I just don't enjoy it at all.
    3. On Her Majesty's Secret Service: If there's a worse James Bond than Moore it's Lazenby. At least Moore has an ounce of talent. Lazenby was a wooden doll and he brought the whole film down around him.
    2. Die Another Day: really terrible film. Brosnan was just doomed from the start as Bond it seems.
    1. Man With the Golden Gun: Cant stand this film and is the only one that i actively avoid. Lee was terrible, Moore was at his worst and the ending is beyond stupid. Horrible effort.

    (as a side note the only Bond films i still have yet to see are A View to Kill and Tomorrow Never Dies)

  • xSTEVEj

    In no order:

    Favorites:
    Dr. No
    From Russia With Love
    Goldfinger
    Goldeneye
    The Living Daylights

    Least Favorites:
    Diamonds Are Forever
    Die Another Day
    A View to a Kill
    For Your Eyes Only
    Octopussy

    I could never really buy Roger Moore as Bond. He took me right out of those movies...though I think Live and Let Die is his best effort.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JimmyDiamies/ Jimmy Diamies

    Favorites:
    Casino Royale
    Goldeneye
    Goldfinger
    The Spy Who Loved Me
    From Russia With Love

    Least Favorites:
    On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    Die Another Day
    Live and Let Die
    Thunderball
    Diamonds are Forever

  • Brady

    Favorites (in chronological order):
    Goldfinger
    On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    The Spy Who Loved Me
    Goldeneye
    Casino Royale

    Least Favorites (also in chronological order):
    Diamonds are Forever
    Live and Let Die
    Octopussy
    Die Another Day
    Quantum of Solace

    I must admit that A View to a Kill is my Bond guilty pleasure. I just love Christopher Walken and Grace Jones; they chew the scenery up with reckless abandon, and it's wonderful.

  • misterweiss

    Wow, does Diamonds Are Forever get a bad rap nowadays or what? If you were old enough to see it in real time in 1971, (as I was) I think you'd be a little kinder toward it. It featured a HELLUVA car chase scene, almost as memorable as Bullitt. We were all happy that Sean Connery was back as Bond, even if he was a little older. It was the most "American" Bond movie to date, followed closely by its follow-up, Live and Let Die.

    My favorite Bond movies are:

    Goldfinger
    Goldeneye
    Casino Royale
    From Russia With Love
    On Her Majesty's Secret Service (even though Lazenby couldn't act his way out of a paper bag!)

    Least favorites:

    Living Daylights
    License To Kill
    View To A Kill
    Moonraker
    Quantum of Solace

  • Seiko

    The worst James Bond movies? This is too easy:

    1. For Your Eyes Only (just plain bad all around)
    2. Never Say Never Again (bad remake of Thunderball, terrible acting)
    3. Man With The Golden Gun (open nuclear reactors in the basement?)
    4. Licence To Kill (generally boring and the main villian is no good)
    5. Tomorrow Never Dies (interesting but looses all integritiy after 1hr...)
    I would put Octopussy but the bomb in the tent, Bond as a clown, and
    some of the stunts made it more watchable than #4-5.
    Best:
    1. Casino Royale
    2. The World Is Not Enough (ok, Denise is not an archaelogist, but Renard and Elektra were the main focus, weren't they, plus huge role for Judi Dench as M)
    3. The Spy Who Loved Me (the first truly "huge" bond movie)
    4. Goldeneye (excellent new beginning of sorts, Sean bean, agent vs. agent)
    5. Golfinger (the classic that got the series super-stardom)

    Next is probably going to be Skyfall, I was a big fan of Quantum Of Solace but it was too edited obviously, otherwise it would definitely be #6...

  • Chris138

    What! I can't believe they listed Licence to Kill as one of the five worst. I love that movie. I'm not going to rank mine, but here it goes.

    5 Best

    Dr. No (the most simple and straight forward Bond movie to date; if I had to choose a favorite, I'd say it's probably this one)
    Goldfinger (it's always listed as one of the very best Bond movies and I can't argue with that; it's great entertainment)
    Casino Royale (a great restart to the franchise and one of the most entertaining Bond movies that actually has a heart)
    Licence to Kill (I appreciate Timothy Dalton as Bond immensely, and I like that the villain in this one isn't trying to take over the world or any of the usual over the top schemes Bond villains usually have; and that truck chase at the end is impressive)
    Goldeneye (my favorite of Brosnan's Bond flicks; perhaps this will be bumped out if I like Skyfall as much as everyone else, but for me this is one of those Bond movies I used to watch when I was much younger; I also have fond memories of the video game, haha)

    5 Worst

    The Spy Who Loved Me (I know I'm in the minority here, but I find Roger Moore to be painfully dull in this one)
    Die Another Day (absolutely god awful from start to finish)
    Diamonds are Forever (I love Sean Connery but this one is a little too campy for my taste)
    Moonraker (one of the most ridiculous Bond movies ever; an obvious product of the immediate post-Star Wars era)
    The World is Not Enough (not nearly as bad as Brosnan's last entry in the franchise, but it's fairly lifeless)

    I also have to give a shout out to The Living Daylights and On Her Majesty's Secret Service for the list of best Bond films, with the latter being arguably the saddest (along with Casino Royale). I also think The Man with the Golden Gun is sort of underrated. I'm not a huge fan of the Roger Moore era overall but I find that to be one of his better 007 outings.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fan/ Fan

      Yes! Goldeye the game was the best and original 1st person shooter game back in the day. Everybody had it or played back then. Love that game. :)

    • paul

      i cant believe you put the spy who loved me in 5 worst,it should be in the top 5.also have to disagree with moonraker and diamonds are forever.i think you have to look at what really makes a good bond movie.

      • Chris138

        "i think you have to look at what really makes a good bond movie."

        I did, and none of those five films listed make them good Bond movies to me.

    • Chris138

      While I'm at it I'm surprised I didn't throw Quantum of Solace into the worst list. I re-watched the film last night for the first time in years and it brought back just how messy, disappointing and mediocre the whole thing is. The film editing is also atrocious.

  • Scott

    My tastes run different to most, I realize . . .

    Best:
    Goldfinger (the definitive James Bond movie)
    The Spy Who Loved Me (submarine car!! exceptionally hot Bond girl; bad-ass villain's sea lair; overall the ultimate example of the Roger Moore excess days)
    The Living Daylights ("We've nothing to declare." "Except a cello - o - o - o!" This one's fun from beginning to end.)
    Quantum of Solace (nobody's been able to explain his hatred for this one, without listing things that are true of ANY of the Bond movies, really. I can easily defend my love for this one.)
    Tomorrow Never Dies (Michelle Yeoh, remote control car chase was fun, great opening sequence)

    Worst:
    The Man with the Golden Gun (except for one jaw-droppingly awesome car stunt)
    Moonraker (climactic battle is an absurd Star Wars rip-off)
    Die Another Day (Madonna)
    A View to a Kill (Moore was just sadly old in this one; Grace Jones creeps me out)

    And the very worst: License to Kill (looks more like a random, run-of-the-mill low-budget action movie, not worthy of the Bond name).
    Oh, and the interminable poker sequence from Casino Royale, which shouldn't have felt bound by the movie's title to stick the audience in that damn poker game for such a long, uneventful time. Just when you think it's over, we're back at that poker table!

  • The Jackal

    Best Bond song:
    "Live and Let Die" by Paul McCartney

    Thems the facts

    • Bazellis

      Sorry but View to a Kill by Duran Duran is far better!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fan/ Fan

    I was introduce to the Bond films by my father watching Sean Connery Never Say Never Again. But it was Pierce Brosnan Goldeye that made me a fan, which made me watch my dad's Bond collection. Goldeye and The World is Not Enough (the song by Garbage is my favorite Bond song) is probably my favorite from Pierce. However Casino Royale is my favorite now and Craig is killing it as Bond so he's number 1 for me now.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Akd/ Akd

    Goldeneye is my all time favorite Bond and second woud be Casino Royale.

  • Seiko

    Their should be a whole different article for James Bond Songs:

    Worst:
    1. Alicia Keys/Jack White "Another Way To Die" (aka another way to want to
    kill yourself-even the opening credits animation stunk)
    2. Sheryl Crow "Tomorrow Never Dies" (though I like Crow-pre Detours era,
    her voice cracks terribly all over this song out of her hippie-country-rock range)

    I am not a fan of the "Moonraker" song nor the one for "Man With The Golden Gun," one seems out of place for a movie half in space and other sounds good for "Foxy Brown" in a bond movie that, well, isn't "Live And Let Die." Not bad, just unfitting.

    Best:
    1. The World Is Not Enough-Garbage (Shirley Manson is great)
    2. Shirley Bassey-Goldfinger (stretch of vocals and first real credits bond scene)
    3. Chris Cornell-You Know My Name (different and fitted with excellent credits scene)

    I really think a combination of a song with the right tune for the movie in question,
    and a large efforts put into the signature opening credits scene matters.
    I look foward to seeing what goes along with Adele's "Skyfall" but the song is excellent regardless...

  • Winchester

    I was probably more into the Bond films when I was younger but the one thing I have observed is how the tones of the films change to suit the actor playing Bond.

    By that I mean that Connery, Dalton (who was actually good but didn't get enough of a chance) and Craig are darker and edgier and get the more serious and grounded films (a bit!) but both Moore and Brosnan brought out the suaver, more charming and quippier Bonds and got the wackier Bond movies. But I like a little of all their takes.

    in terms of favourite Bonds I would currently go -

    1. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
    2. Goldfinger (1964)
    3. Goldeneye (1995) - though it has dated a good bit already.
    4. From Russia with Love (1963)
    5.

    • Winchester

      Sorry, posted too soon by accident -

      5. On Her Majestys Secret Service (1967)
      6. The World is Not Enough (1999) - which oddly has some very very mild parallels to Skyfall with M being faced by her past a little bit.
      7. The Living Daylights (1987) - this was the first Bond I ever saw in cinemas and the opening with the tubes and the plane coming out the building stuck with me too).

      My least favourite would be -

      1. Quantum of Solace (2008) - I really have zero nice to say here.
      2. License to Kill (1989) - more on that in a sec..........
      3. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
      4. Live and Let Die (1973) - the voodoo stuff was creepy when I was a kid but not now.
      5. Diamonds are Forever (1971)
      6. Thunderball (1965) - just kinda flat for me.

      The rest I'm in the middle on. The reason I don't like License is because it's not really a Bond film at all. It's (for whatever reason they did so) in fact just a generic sub Arnie/Sly/Willis type actioner that is basically just a crappy Eighties US revenge style flick grafted onto Bond and grafted badly. Don't entirely know why they did it and there's some decent action towards the end............but it was Bond trying to keep up with the violent actioners of the period and failing.

      I've got a soft spot for Moonraker despite it's Star Wars cashing in absurdity. Overlook that and it has some good sequences. I don't mind most of Moore's other films even A View to A Kill (I'll confess when I was a kid Tanya Roberts helped there..........) but none of them overly stand out and I don't hate Die Another Day as much as I think I'm 'supposed' to but it is extremely silly.

      And I don't count Never Say Never Again personally but outside early Kim Basinger and a fun turn by Barbara Carrera it's not that good.

  • Cory

    It seems no reviews for Skyfall, at all, can not withstanding taking shots at Quantum of Solace. I just don't understand the hate for the film.

    Watch it back to back with Casino Royale and it's very, very clear what that film is. It's feature length epilogue to Royale.,,and it works like gangbusters in that light. It's not the "next James Bond adventure". Watch it by itself, yeah, it doesn't quite work. But that film is not designed to be watched by itself.

    It's a character driven revenge vs. duty piece that puts Craig's Bond emotionally where he needs to be at the end of it for him to fully Bond. And considering that Craig's Bond is a reboot, it's the perfect middle chapter.

    Quantum will gets its due when Craig's run is over. It's no where even remotely close as being one of the worse Bond's. Definitely middle of the pack. But worse? Lot of group thinking going on people's reflections on that film.

    • Winchester

      I wouldn't at all disagree that it's in fact the back part of Casino Royale. Except that they didn't need two hours to tell the back part so it's padded out with a raft of uninteresting elements and characters and while there seemed an attempt at creating a larger story the film doesn't advance anything in that respect at all. It's perhaps telling that Skyfall dumps that aspect and almost acts as a reboot of the reboot itself to reposition Bond yet again.

      • Cory

        I would almost agree with this except that a) the film isn't close to 2 hours. It's about an hour and 40 tops and b) the advance of the film and the narrative is all character on Bond. That's the whole point of the film and the title. The plot narrative isn't the point of the film.

        I know the narrative being pushed in these reviews of Skyfall is that it's the most character driven of the Bond films but did people really not pay attention to Quantum?

        And yeah they dropped Quantum for Skyfall but considering there's been six years (in the film timeline) between the events of Quantum and Skyfall, anything could've happened with Quantum. Hell, they may come back to Quantum in Craig's next two pictures. We don't know.

        Skyfall is not a reboot of the reboot. It's the final piece of Bond fully becoming Bond.

        • Winchester

          I'm obviously not going to quibble over a ten percent or less variance in the runtime estimate but my main point and criticism of the film remains that it's overall a weak film and that'a due to a deficiency of plot.

          I can to a good degree see where the argument for a three film character arc exists, but if 'Quantum of Solace' was more about the character of Bond then the problem it has was trying to fit in the rest of what's expected from a Bond film. The result being a very ineffective villain role, plot and overall experience. Bond's character arc alone isn't enough here to support the whole film in my view. There are other problems as well (the excessive flash cutting basically guts the film when an action sequence does begin, leaving it unsatisfying even on that score) though.

          I don't find it a film that needs reviewed very much. On the Quantum front, then yep, it's perfectly possible they would resurface in a future film. But at the moment, out of recent Bond films, I find it very skippable myself. Again, that might change with future films. But not at the moment.

  • Winchester

    Out of curiosity - can anyone now not think of Austin Powers and Dr Evil when they watch You Only Live Twice (especially the finale and the set design therein) or is that just me?

  • goodfella676

    I'm a big Bond fan and was really looking forward to Skyfall, it absolutly blew me away!

    Best Bonds
    Dr No
    From Russia With Love
    Goldfinger (probably the greatest)
    On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Despite very poor editing)
    The Spy Who Loved Me
    For Your Eyes Only
    The Living Daylights (love Dalton as Bond)
    Licence to Kill
    Goldeneye
    Tommorow Never Dies
    Casino Royale
    Skyfall

    Flop Bonds
    Diamonds Are Forever
    Live and Let Die (despite having the best Bond theme and trying so hard to like this movie, it's just too silly)
    The Man with the Golden Gun (Lee is a great villain, apart from that it's madness)
    A View To a Kill (what were they thinking, old bond?? however I enjoyed Walken)
    The World is Not Enough/Die Another Day (just plain stupid, especially madonnas theme song she deserves to be shot)

  • http://jamesallder.wordpress.com/ Jim_A

    1. World is Not Enough
    2. License to Kill
    3. Man With the Golden Gun

    All sloppy efforts.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

    I always remember seeing Seam Connery as Bond, as Goldfinger was my fist Bond movie. After Roger Moore stepped in, I never thought he was as good as Connery. I like Timothy Dalton much more in "Lisensce to Kill" than "The Living Daylights." I liked "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," but I didn't particularly like George Lazenby. I really liked "Goldeneye" and I liked Pierce Brosnan in all his films. But said films were otherwise lackluster, especially "Die Another Day." I love Daniel Craig as Bond, and liked "Casino Royale," and (to a lesser extent) "Quantum is Solace."

    Bond
    1. Sean Connery
    2. Daniel Craig
    3. Pierce Brosnan
    4. Timothy Dalton
    5. George Lazenby
    6. Roger Moore

    Favorite Bond films
    1. "Goldfinger"
    2. "Casino Royale"
    3. "From Russia With Love"
    4. "Goldeneye"
    5. "Lisensce to Kill"
    6. Dr. No

    Least favorites
    1. "Diamonds Are Forever"
    2. "Die Another Day"
    3. "On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    4. "For Your Eyes Only"
    5. "Octopussy"
    6. "Moonraker"

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/kubrickfan/ kubrickfan

    Best Bond Films:
    1. Casino Royale
    2. Goldeneye
    3. Goldfinger
    4. The Spy Who Loved Me
    5. From Russia With Love

    Worst Bond Films:
    1. Moonraker
    2. License to Kill
    3. The Man with the Golden Gun
    4. A View to a Kill
    5. On Her Majesty's Secret Service

  • Asif

    Best:

    The Living Daylights
    Dr. No
    On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    Casino Royale
    The Spy Who Loved Me

    Worst:

    Octopussy
    Thunderball
    Die Another Day
    The World is Not Enough
    For Your Eyes Only

  • Gavi

    no love for you only live twice? maybe its just because it was the first one i saw but it was entertaining as hell

  • Ritesh Chhabra

    My favorite and best bond film: Casino Royal Least favorite:A view to kill also Quantum of solace is actually a good action film Best bond personality: Pierce Brosnan Best bond movie series:Daniel Craig's movies

  • Risa

    Cheers on Living Daylights, has always been my favourite, even after watching Skyfall, it still remains at the top. Dalton IS James Bond

    Best:

    Living Daylights
    Skyfall
    Casino Royale
    On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    Goldfinger
    Golden Eye

    The Worst ever: Quantum of Solace

    Just plain bad:

    A View to A Kill
    The World Is Not Enough
    Diamonds Are Forever
    Die Another Day
    The Man with the Golden Gun

    The rest I can tolerate

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/SirTrey/ Sir Trey

    I've seen every Bond movie at least twice - including Skyfall - and consider myself to be quite the Bond fanatic. Watched all 22 (at the time) of them in a row one weekend and got an interesting view of the series overall. Skyfall has supplanted Goldfinger at the top of the list, followed by Casino Royale, Goldenye and On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Moonraker and The Man with the Golden Gun are terrible movies, but they're also so hilarious that they become rather entertaining...meanwhile, Octopussy is, FAR AND AWAY, my least favorite of the series.

    Also, I thought Quantum of Solace was just average...it's a fairly good pure action movie, but not very "Bond-like". Also didn't think the theme song was THAT bad either...almost everything about the film was meh.

  • C.J.

    That's really cool that For Your Eyes only was your first bond movie because it was mine as well. I was about 7 I believe. And then I watched the other ones here and there after that not too long after. My top 5 James Bond films are:
    1. Goldfinger
    2. From Russia with Love
    3. For Your Eyes Only
    4. The Spy Who Loved Me
    5. GoldenEye

    My five least favorite are:
    5. You Only Live Twice
    4. License to Kill
    3. Die Another Day
    2. A View to a Kill
    1. Moonraker

    I am currenly revisiting all of the James Bond films. I have seen the first 3 connery flicks. So my opinion is subject to change.

  • Alex

    All 23 ranked on my list from best to worst
    1. Skyfall
    2. Casino Royale
    3. Goldfinger
    4. GoldenEye
    5. The Spy Who Loved Me
    6. From Russia With Love
    7. A View To A Kill
    8. Dr. No
    9. Licence To Kill
    10. The World Is Not Enough
    11. The Man With The Golden Gun
    12. Thunderball
    13. Quantum Of Solace
    14. The Living Daylights
    15. Octopussy
    16. Tomorrow Never Dies
    17. You Only Live Twice
    18. For Your Eyes Only
    19. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    20. Moonraker
    21. Die Another Day
    22. Live And Let Die
    23. Diamonds Are Forever

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JohnQ./ John Q.

    My favourites, in no order, because ordering them is too difficult;

    On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    Dr. No
    Goldeneye
    From Russia With Love
    Casino Royale/Skyfall

    Least favourites;
    Pretty much all the Roger Moore ones.

  • Rolocop

    I rewatched every single Bond film in the past 3 weeks, and I discovered that I only liked about half of them. I loved them as a kid, but now, as a film critic, I found that some of them weren't very good movies. I have a special place in my heart for the batshit crazy MOONRAKER, since that was the one I saw the most as a kid, and that one still entertained me while I rewatched it. Here is my list:

    Best:
    5. MOONRAKER
    4. THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS
    3. FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
    2. SKYFALL
    1. CASINO ROYALE

    WORST:
    5. LIVE AND LET DIE
    4. THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN
    3. ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE
    2. A VIEW TO A KILL
    1. NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN (I include it because it stars Sean Connery, and he's playing James Bond. Why not include it?)

    • Rolocop

      Let's see if I can rank them all:

      24. NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN - *
      23. A VIEW TO A KILL - *
      22. ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE - *1/2
      21. THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN - **
      20. LIVE AND LET DIE - **
      19. OCTOPUSSY - **
      18. THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH - **
      17. THUNDERBALL - **
      16. YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE - **1/2
      15. DR. NO - **1/2
      14. THE SPY WHO LOVED ME - **1/2
      13. GOLDENEYE - ***
      12. FOR YOUR EYES ONLY - ***
      11. DIE ANOTHER DAY - ***
      10. GOLDFINGER - ***
      9. DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER - ***
      8. TOMORROW NEVER DIES - ***
      7. LICENCE TO KILL - ***
      6. QUANTUM OF SOLACE - ***1/2
      5. MOONRAKER - ***1/2
      4. THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS - ***1/2
      3. FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE - ***1/2
      2. SKYFALL (might move to number one, if I see it again) - ****
      1. CASINO ROYALE - ****

  • Steve

    Best:

    1. The Spy Who Loved Me
    2. From Russia With Love
    3. Casino Royale
    4. For Your Eyes Only
    5. Thunderball

    Worst:

    1. Die Another Day
    2. Quantum Of Solace
    3. Diamonds Are Forever
    4. A View To A Kill
    5. You Only Live Twice

  • Greg

    In the order they were made my five favorites are From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and Casino Royale.

    My picks for the five worst are Dr. No (sorry everyone), Moonraker, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, and Die Another Day.

    I will say I believe Timothy Dalton is underrated. I prefer Daniel Craig in the role, but Craig is my revenge against all the Timothy Dalton haters; his Bond is not that different from Dalton's.