The Best And Worst James Bond Films

February 17, 2007

So what was the point of my watching all twenty-something James Bond movies? So I could write several awesome “Best Of” posts laden with Bond quips, cool images, and / or sexual innuendo. So here are what I consider the best Bond films – exactly seven, in honor of “007”.

Note: These are listed in chronological order, or in “no particular order.”

Secondary note: Please click on the titles to read my previous reviews on each film. Plus, here are the links to all my James Bond movie reviews.

Best 007 James Bond Films:

001. From Russia With Love

From Russia With Love

Three aspects of Bond: suave seducer, sneaky spy, and killer were established right here.

002. Goldfinger

Goldfinger

Take From Russia With Love but add an uber bad guy and several evil henchmen (and one henchwoman).

003. Thunderball

Thunderball

You’ll certainly “get the point” of Bond during this one. There’s the addition of epic battles and an outrageously smoking hot babe to the franchise.

004. The Spy Who Loved Me

The Spy Who Loved Me

Roger Moore’s best outing, with adept, needed variations on the Bond formula.

005. The Living Daylights

The Living Daylights

Dalton is surprisingly good, playing a more serious Bond after a string of “meh” Roger Moore outings.

006. GoldenEye

Goldeneye

Pierce Brosnan comes in and resets the franchise yet again. Plus, it’s hard to “top” Xenia as the sexiest baddie since Pussy Galore.

007. Casino Royale (2006)

Casino Royale

The ultimate Bond reboot. A bit too violent for my tastes, but a shock to the system is yet again, exactly what the franchise needed.

Worst 007 Bond Films:

1. Moonraker: Space and spies don’t mix.

2. Tomorrow Never Dies: I started watching this one, and realized I’d seen it before. Totally forgettable.

3. Die Another Day: I wanted to die during this film, as it seemed to last an entire day.

4. Licence To Kill: Much too dark Dalton misfire.

5. Diamonds Are Forever: Sean Connery looks bored during his last EON Bond film.

6. Octopussy: Too many villains and Bond stoops to dressing in a clown suit.

7. The Man With The Golden Gun: Just tragically average, and in addition to the gun there’s a third nipple – gross.

(Never Say Never Again was pretty bad, but it wasn’t an EON production. Still, it ought to be mentioned as yet another bad Bond film.)

Who’s The Best Bond Actor?

So who’s the best Bond? I’m a Sean Connery fan. These next lists are my orderings based on who played Bond:

Sean Connery Bond Films from Best to Worst:

Goldfinger, Thunderball, From Russia With Love, Dr. No, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever

Roger Moore Bond Films from Best to Worst:

The Spy Who Loved Me, For Your Eyes Only, Live And Let Die, A View To A Kill, The Man With The Golden Gun, A View To A Kill, Octopussy, Moonraker

Pierce Brosnan Bond Films from Best to Worst:

GoldenEye, The World Is Not Enough, Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day

Timothy Dalton Bond Films from Best to Worst:

The Living Daylights, Licence To Kill

…and poor George Lazenby only made one Bond film, which was pretty decent. Lastly, I think the jury is still out with Daniel Craig, but he’s off to an outstanding start.

Note: Here are the links to all my James Bond movie reviews.

 

Comments

  1. Goldberg says:

    James bond is Smart man and have good personality but In casino james bond looked a Wrestler Daniel craig is not bond he’s wreslter
    his actin is worst i dont like him

  2. Goldberg says:

    Hugh Jackman has revealed he would be interested in acquiring 007 status if Daniel Craig chooses not to return to the role.

    Hugh’s name was actually on the shortlist back in 2006 when casting was underway for Casino Royale (2006), but he declined to pursue the role.

    He recalled: “I got a call from my agent saying, ‘There is some possible interest in you for Bond, are you interested?’ At the time I wasn’t. I was about to shoot X-Men 2 and Wolverine had become this thing in my life and I didn’t want to be doing two such iconic characters at once.

    “I think every male at some point thinks about playing James Bond so it was not right then, but it may be right if it comes back.”

    He also went on to say that he would embrace the challenge if he decided to actually take on the challenge, saying: “I think you’ve got to be scared as an actor and keep taking risks. It doesn’t always work out but it’s a healthy place to be.”

  3. Goldberg says:

    johnny depp is best villian for james bond movie and hugh jackman or roger moore and brosnan is best if we take them the movie will be best bond movie ever

  4. My favorite james bonds are
    001.Pierce Brosnan
    002.Sean Connery
    003.Daniel Craig
    Bond Movies are 1.Golden Eye
    2.Casino Royale
    3.Goldfinger

  5. Ken says:

    Obviously so many on here are young. The best Bond, by FAR, is Sean. He had it all. Brosnan is a joke, Dalton – forget. I also liked Roger, although he was too old in several of the films.

  6. Klara says:

    Its wrong! All of it is wrong!!

    Dr No is one of the best, and “Diamonds are forever” Is realy not one of the worst!!! And listen up, Sean Connery is THE James Bond and that´s it. Not negotiable!

  7. Mike says:

    Best Bond films
    001. Tomorrow Never Dies
    002. GoldenEye
    003. A View To A Kill
    004. Goldfinger
    005. Die Another Day
    006. Octopussy
    007. The Spy Who Loved Me

    Worst Bond films
    001. Quantum Of Solace – The worst official James Bond film
    002. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – Storyline wasn’t that bad but bad acting
    003. The World Is Not Enough – A man who cannot die so he wants to kill everyone for some reason = not a very good plot
    004. Diamonds Are Forever – Sean Connery + Humourous Bond = Fail
    005. For Your Eyes Only – Too much Romance, not enough Action or Comedy
    006. The Man With The Golden Gun – A watchable film, but not the best
    007. From Russia With Love – Still lacks something
    008. Never Say Never Again – Never watch ever again

    Who is the best Bond actor?
    Pierce Brosnan – because he brings romance, comedy and a certain toughness to the character.
    Roger Moore – he stuck around for a bit too long but his humour kept audiences world-wide amused for over a decade.

    Sean Connery Bond films from Best to Worst:
    GoldFinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Doctor No, From Russia With Love, Diamonds Are Forever

    Roger Moore Bond films from Best to Worst:
    A View To A Kill, Octopussy, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, Live & Let Die, The Man With The Golden Gun, For Your Eyes Only

    Timothy Dalton Bond films from Best to Worst:
    A Licence To Kill, The Living Daylights

    Pierce Brosnan Bond films from Best to Worst:
    Tomorrow Never Dies, GoldenEye & Die Another Day (joint), The World Is Not Enough

    Daniel Craig Bond films from Best to Worst:
    *Skyfall*, Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace

  8. Jeremy says:

    Whoever wrote this article is an idiot. Really, Moonraker a worst Bond movie? And no Bonds after Roger Moore had what Moore and Connery had – charisma. Just a bunch of British actors. Just because they are British does not qualify them as Bond. OMG, especially Dalton. He seemed so serious, like he needed some Prozac. Moore and Connery were laid back, chill, and funny.

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