Yet another James Bond Movie List: Best to Worst

by BumbIeBeetuna | created - 19 Apr 2011 | updated - 19 Apr 2011 | Public

My personal list of the James Bond movies from best to worst. I've seen so many of these I'm not sure why anyone would want to read mine, but I'm bored so here I go.

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1. Casino Royale (2006)

PG-13 | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

8.0
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80 Metascore

Armed with a license to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007, and must defeat a private banker to terrorists in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, Montenegro, but things are not what they seem.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright

Votes: 510,673 | Gross: $167.45M

I get giddy with excitement every time I see it. Classy, cool, and awesome. Has the right tone for my perfect Bond movie.

2. Goldfinger (1964)

PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.8
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87 Metascore

Investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Sean Connery, Gert Fröbe, Honor Blackman, Shirley Eaton

Votes: 149,822 | Gross: $51.08M

Nearly the same as above: Classy and cool. The way Bond is supposed to be. Connery is at his best and most comfortable.

3. Licence to Kill (1989)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.6
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58 Metascore

James Bond goes rogue and sets off to unleash vengeance on a drug lord who tortured his best friend, a C.I.A. Agent, and left him for dead and murdered his bride after he helped capture him.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Timothy Dalton, Robert Davi, Carey Lowell, Talisa Soto

Votes: 80,402 | Gross: $34.67M

A breath of fresh air for the series. Much darker and serious than any Bond before it. Great score and ruthless villain.

4. The Living Daylights (1987)

PG | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.7
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60 Metascore

James Bond is living on the edge to stop an evil arms dealer from starting another world war. Bond crosses all seven continents in order to stop the evil Whitaker and General Koskov.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Timothy Dalton, Maryam d'Abo, Jeroen Krabbé, Joe Don Baker

Votes: 75,469 | Gross: $51.19M

Big fan of Dalton's interpretation. I enjoy the more serious tone of his films, this one is no exception.

5. GoldenEye (1995)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.2
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65 Metascore

James Bond teams up with the lone survivor of a destroyed Russian research center to stop the hijacking of a nuclear space weapon by a fellow Agent formerly believed to be dead.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco, Famke Janssen

Votes: 212,252 | Gross: $106.60M

Pierce Brosnan, in my opinion, is the "coolest" Bond. The pace slows a bit in the second act, but the first and third acts are some of the best of the series.

6. From Russia with Love (1963)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.5
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85 Metascore

James Bond willingly falls into an assassination ploy involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by SPECTRE.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Lotte Lenya, Daniela Bianchi

Votes: 98,239 | Gross: $24.80M

The first great Bond film. Set the standard for the rest of the series.

7. Quantum of Solace (2008)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.6
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58 Metascore

James Bond descends into mystery as he tries to stop a mysterious organization from eliminating a country's most valuable resource.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench

Votes: 358,333 | Gross: $168.37M

Don't quite understand the hate. A little annoying shaky cam, but otherwise Craig is still a great Bond. I enjoyed it very much as a sequel to Casino Royale, which is all it is.

8. Dr. No (1962)

PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.3
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78 Metascore

A resourceful British government agent seeks answers in a case involving the disappearance of a colleague and the disruption of the American space program.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Bernard Lee, Joseph Wiseman

Votes: 126,122 | Gross: $16.07M

The Bond film that started it all. A few kinks hinder this one a bit, but it's still a great start.

9. The World Is Not Enough (1999)

PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.4
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57 Metascore

James Bond uncovers a nuclear plot when he protects an oil heiress from her former kidnapper, an international terrorist who can't feel pain.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Marceau, Robert Carlyle, Denise Richards

Votes: 167,464 | Gross: $126.94M

Besides Denise Richards, this one is actually pretty good. Very good villains, bigger role for M, and a nice send off for Q.

10. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

PG | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.1
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55 Metascore

James Bond investigates the hijacking of British and Russian submarines carrying nuclear warheads, with the help of a K.G.B. Agent, whose lover he killed.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curd Jürgens, Richard Kiel

Votes: 83,603 | Gross: $46.80M

As you can see, I'm not the biggest Moore fan. However, this one is probably the closest to being great than the rest of his films.

11. For Your Eyes Only (1981)

PG | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.8
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54 Metascore

Agent 007 is assigned to hunt for a lost British encryption device and prevent it from falling into enemy hands.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Roger Moore, Carole Bouquet, Topol, Lynn-Holly Johnson

Votes: 78,442 | Gross: $62.30M

I appreciate the more serious tone of this Bond film. It's more dangerous and thrilling.

12. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.5
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52 Metascore

James Bond heads to stop a media mogul's plan to induce war between China and the UK in order to obtain exclusive global media coverage.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Jonathan Pryce, Michelle Yeoh, Teri Hatcher

Votes: 159,840 | Gross: $125.33M

Brosnan's second outing is nowhere near as sharp or memorable as his first outing. Still, there's fun to be had in this Bond.

13. Live and Let Die (1973)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.8
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55 Metascore

007 is sent to stop a diabolically brilliant heroin magnate armed with a complex organization and a reliable psychic tarot card reader.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour, Clifton James

Votes: 81,910 | Gross: $35.38M

A good first outing for Moore, great title song, nice action sequences, and some stand out villains.

14. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

PG | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.8
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61 Metascore

James Bond woos a mob boss's daughter and goes undercover to uncover the true reason for Blofeld's allergy research in the Swiss Alps that involves beautiful women from around the world.

Director: Peter R. Hunt | Stars: George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas, Gabriele Ferzetti

Votes: 66,273 | Gross: $22.80M

A very different Bond, indeed. The filmmakers definitely tried some things to shake up the formula a bit and many risks paid off. I dislike how Bond is dubbed for a good solid 30 minutes (Easily the weakest part of the film) and Lazenby is too generic.

15. Thunderball (1965)

PG | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.0
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64 Metascore

James Bond heads to The Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by SPECTRE agent Emilio Largo in an international extortion scheme.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi, Luciana Paluzzi

Votes: 89,201 | Gross: $63.60M

Connery is still in top form as Bond, but the pacing at times is as slow as molasses and some fight scenes go on way too long. Still, has some good scenes and such a hot Bond girl.

16. Octopussy (1983)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.6
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63 Metascore

A fake Fabergé egg, and a fellow Agent's death, lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan, Kristina Wayborn

Votes: 80,992 | Gross: $67.90M

Has some entertaining parts to it, but Moore's starting to be a little too old to play the part.

17. A View to a Kill (1985)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.3
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40 Metascore

An investigation of a horse-racing scam leads 007 to a mad industrialist who plans to create a worldwide microchip monopoly by destroying California's Silicon Valley.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Roger Moore, Christopher Walken, Tanya Roberts, Grace Jones

Votes: 74,882 | Gross: $50.33M

Walken saves this one from being completely forgotten. It's definitely not bad, but no where near the top. Bond looks like a grandfather.

18. Moonraker (1979)

PG | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.3
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66 Metascore

James Bond investigates the mid-air theft of a space shuttle, and discovers a plot to commit global genocide.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Michael Lonsdale, Richard Kiel

Votes: 76,293 | Gross: $70.31M

Campy fun, obviously a cash in on Star Wars. Nothing more.

19. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

PG | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.8
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43 Metascore

James Bond is led to believe that he is targeted by the world's most expensive assassin while he attempts to recover sensitive solar cell technology that is being sold to the highest bidder.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Maud Adams

Votes: 80,816 | Gross: $20.97M

It's way too generic for its own good. Everyone is going through the motions, adds nothing new to the formula. Not bad, but not really good.

20. Die Another Day (2002)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.1
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56 Metascore

James Bond is sent to investigate the connection between a North Korean terrorist and a diamond mogul, who is funding the development of an international space weapon.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Rosamund Pike, Toby Stephens

Votes: 181,704 | Gross: $160.94M

It's actually not bad for the first twenty minutes or so. Then, you could tell the filmmakers wanted to go "all out." The story is pretty preposterous, Berry is a terrible Bond girl, and the CGI climax is beyond bad. It is good for a nice laugh, though.

21. You Only Live Twice (1967)

PG | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.9
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61 Metascore

Agent 007 and the Japanese secret service ninja force must find and stop the true culprit of a series of spacejackings before nuclear war is provoked.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Sean Connery, Akiko Wakabayashi, Mie Hama, Tetsurô Tanba

Votes: 82,252 | Gross: $43.08M

One of the campiest and least entertaining Bond films. Forgettable Bond girls, Blofeld is a little weasel, and Bond becoming Japanese? Oh, please.

22. Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

GP | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.7
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59 Metascore

A diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an evil plot involving a rich business tycoon.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Sean Connery, Jill St. John, Charles Gray, Lana Wood

Votes: 80,926 | Gross: $43.82M

The trashiest Bond of them all. The movie is just so boring and even Connery looks like it. Feels more like a John Waters film than anything else.