Top 10 James Bond Movies

It remains to be seen how well Daniel Craig will be received in "Casino Royale," but with the movie's premiere only weeks away, this is a good time to look back on the best of 007's adventures to date.
The Top Ten
1 Casino Royale (2006)

This movie came out while fans were still used to seeing Pierce Brosnan as Bond, so rebooting a franchise with a fresh face wouldn't have been easy. I loved everything about this movie and it totally beat all of Brosnan's Bond movies put together. What a way to make an Entrance. Choice of Car (Aston Martin DBS.. just ooof!), first Bond to have had a body that actually turned heads, let alone having had the pressure to act well for one of the Movie history's biggest of franchises. This Movie truly was/ is the total package of all Bond movies. The thing that stood out for me was how realistic it was, not all gimicky like all previous Bond movies.

This movie is awesome. The story was deep, Daniel Craig and the other actors were spot on, the action was intense, the casino parts put me on my edge of my seat, featured my favorite Bond girl ever. It's now my favorite Bond film over "Goldfinger", which had it for a long time.

If you don't nessisarily watch Bond films for the action, but instead for the cars, women, and bad guys you will love the movie. I found this one cuts down on the action scenes and focused more on Bond and the very special girl in the film (which turned out to be a great outcome.

This is the film that got people to take Bond seriously again. The comical and fantasy films in the series have stretched the formula thin, and Dalton's two attempts at doing this were very good but missed greatness.

2 Goldfinger (1964)

Even though the bond films are really good (especially Casino Royale) Goldfinger is full on Bond, I mean that golf game is fantastic it sums up Bond and Goldfinger perfectly, Bond uses his mind and has patience while Goldfinger is cheating with confidence. The new Bond films are slowly becoming more like the Bourne franchise: Action, (Well directed action that is) and humourless. Bond himself should be witty and once it comes to Q telling him about the new gadgets, childish. I love Goldfinger so much and many people now a days never really watch the classics they stick with the new ones. Now don't get me wrong the new ones are still class besides Quantum. I just think that directers are falling further away from what Sean Connery was, I mean he was BOND like Mel Gibson will always be Mad Max. I hope I don't get assassinated for this.

This film had it all. Cool gadgets, great fight scenes, Connery at his best and I love that car chase, one of the best. This is a true classic not just in the Bond series but in film itself. This film is certainly may have a couple of corny parts but it was made OVER 50 YEARS AGO, it's one of the best films for it's time. This is definitely the best James Bond film.

How is this not #1. Goldfinger clearly is. It has the original James Bond actor, one of the best villains, the iconic laser scene, the girls, and a bad guy that uses gold as his weapon when he painted a woman with gold. This movie is a classic, it had a great use of the theme song, one of the best introductions, the best James Bond song of the 60s. It also had some real killer quotes

Most people consider this #1 -- my argument is that since Bond spends most of the middle section of the film locked up in a cell, it's not quite as exciting as From Russia with Love. But those two films, in terms of story and direction, set a standard for the Bond films that has not been repeated since.

3 GoldenEye (1995)

This was, is, and will always be not only my favorite 007 movie but also my favorite movie of all time. GoldenEye is about two spies who were former friends and are now bitter enemies. The Bond girl actually had a major role unlike the others and the movie revived the 007 franchise. People thought that Bond was no longer good but GoldenEye brought back the 007 greatness.The fight between 007 and 006 was my favorite part of the movie, two sworn enemies at each other's throats was just exceptional.

Goldeneye is probably tied with Goldfinger in second place in my opinion. Pierce Brosnan was a creative choice for Bond, the action was vicious and exciting, all of the characters were incredibly interesting because they had their own complexities and seemed like actual people. On top of that, Sean Bean is incredible as the villain because the audience understood perfectly why he did what he did and you were invested in his character when he crossed pistols with James Bond at the climax of the film.

I have this as my most overrated Bond film. Millennials grew up with it and it had a highly popular video game adaptation, but it's a 7/10 tops.

* First hour is really slow
* Lack of originality ; Story follows the Bond formula (card game scene, card chase scene, pretty girl walks in, villain is building a solar powered death cannon, etc.) ; very predictable
* Some really stupid action hero crap. Bond jumps from a plane. Bond drives a tank in a city? He's supposed to be a spy (I.e. on the low)

Pierce Brosnan is criminally underrated and this movie is proof. Goldeneye is a forgotten gem and a movie that introduced me to bond. Still has some of the-all time best action sequences.

4 Skyfall (2012)

Skyfall wins Bronze - Favourites others are Spectre and No Time To Die from 2015 to 2020s. Great Role from Daniel Craig about the matter, much neat with describe future films and perhaps chosen already new Bond being the actor Lashana Lynch for 2022 or Further. Interesting Bond Saga and Universe.

For as brilliant as Casino Royale was, this just edges it out for the best. The acting was excellent across the board, the directing was fantastic (especially with the visuals), the action is brilliant and very well shot and thought out and the plot is quite well done (even with some conveniences with the villain).

Daniel has made 007 three dimensional. It's gritty, tense, and full of non-stop action. Gone is snobbish playboy (Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan) who would seem inept in going mano y mano, Craig's a scrapper and when he chases a villain, he does it with singular, focused and ruthless intensity. Terrific surprise ending. And great use of the classic DB5. Can't wait for the next installment. Daniel Craig is 007.

I have been a fan of James Bond movies since I was a kid. Waiting for them to be played on television was excruciating. Skyfall is the best bond movie to date, nonstop action and love the ending. Close second is Casino Royale. Daniel Craig is the best.

5 From Russia with Love (1963)

From Russia with Love is simply amazing for a Bond film. Even though it was made in the 60's, all the spy and humor elements that make Bond are present in this film. The girl he gets with is beautiful even by today's standards. The plot line is believable, there are no giant lasers and invisible cars in this film. Sean Connery pulls off the character to perfection and I believe this is his best film. Also, Red Grant is cool as Bond's nemesis and definitely a worthy opponent both physically and mentally. SPECTRE is also introduced in this movie which begins the plot line for many subsequent Bond films later on. If you call yourself a Bond fan, this is a movie you must see. Sean Connery pulls off the character to perfection and I believe this is his best film.

Buttery smooth plot, and by the time it jumped aboard a train, with one of Bond's coolest henchman-villains to date waiting on board, I realized I was genuinely enjoying this. I expected a quaint rush of cool-but-dated spy stuff from the James Bond series, not tightly-plotted thrills to match most-any modern day action film I've seen. Blofeld, despite being just a pair of hands with a deep voice this time around, is the most intimidating he's ever been, and the Specter stuff is so cool, it's almost cruel that it builds us up for even better, more twisted schemes to come - something that the later movies could never hope to live up to. Great allies, great action, and a great, underrated bond girl, who, unlike the more iconic women she's sandwiched between, is essential to the plot. (This means trading the memorably outlandish bombshell moments for a more intimate, sensual performance, which I don't find myself complaining about.)

The only Bond movie to date that truly involves espionage. It's got Sean Connery, the best Bond of all time, in top form, with the best plot of the entire series and superb villains in the form of Lotte Lenya (Rosa Klebb) and Grant (Robert Shaw). Plenty of suspense, minimal gadgets, and Bond is forced to rely on his wits as a ruthless combination of spy and detective.

Oh, yes, From Russia With Love has it all. A villain who's every bit as smart and tough as the hero (and admit it, Shaw blows Connery off-screen). Before Bond started being about exotic locations and ludicrous gadgets.

6 Dr. No (1962)

For a movie made in a short amount of time with a small amount of money and an unknown and unproven actor 57 years ago this movie is 5 times better than it has any right to be. Almost everything here is excellent: Connery's iconic and flawless performance as Bond with an extreme assuredness about him, the well done action which actually aged well compared to most other flicks from the time, Joseph Wiseman's scary and somewhat mystical Dr No, the smooth pacing which makes a short film feel like no time at all and the brilliant James Bond theme hell this movie feel timeless. This movie should have been bad. It was made in 1962 with no budget and little time to film. But they pulled it off, and it shows.

The unforgettable entrance of Ursula Andress -- still the best Bond girl -- earns this one a place in the top 10. Much grittier than many of the films that followed, with Connery especially ruthless and cold-blooded (like the scene where he shoots an extra bullet into one of his enemies for fun).

Amazing movie. Started the whole series up. Sean Connery is THE original James Bond. Casino Royal was good, but I bet that everyone who voted for it hasn't seen the older 007 movies. That's the case with most people who say Daniel Craig's 007 flicks are the best.

I love the minimalism of this film. I think the series has generally lost its way with large set pieces to where it forgot about story and making those little things matter. Less is more. We should go back in this direction.

7 The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Indeed this is Roger Moores best film in the role easily! It has the best bond girl, that helps James Bond and yet doesn't just sit around like most of the other ones, Agent X or Anya Amasova. Jaws is the most iconic sidekick ever! And the fact that fish loving maniac Karl Stromberg has Webbed hands is just amazing.
Bond is at his best when he is suave yet sofisticated, fun yet lethal and by god does Roger Moore do it! Absolutely fantastic and also has one of the best story lines of the series and we get to see more of where James bond originated from the navy, this is not shown in many of the Sean Connery films! The film also features the most iconic car of the franchise! The lotus!
Nobody does it better than Moore and it doesn't get any better than this film!

Also quick not- For Your Eyes Only- great movie with the added bonus of a one certain Margaret Thatcher!

It's a good movie but I wouldn't call it Roger's best:

* First half hour was really slow
* A lot of redundant scenes could've been cut
* It was too long
* Soundtrack, apart from the title song, was bland
* It was very formulaic
* Plot basically copied You Only Live Twice and Goldfinger.

Roger Moore's best film, and it blends most of the Bond elements perfectly, resulting in a highly entertaining movie that is never dull and features one of the most memorable Bond villains: the 7-foot steel-toothed killer Jaws.

Roger Moore's and the series' best film. This movie hit the right tone for Roger Moore's Bond. The car chase and climax are excellent and Jaws is one of the best of the series' villains.

8 Live and Let Die (1973)

I love Live And Let Die because it takes on a slightly darker tone rather than being just campy fun; instead of
Diamonds and Charles Gray, we've got voodoo, blaxploitation, drugs, exotic locations. I think Live And Let Die
Should be at number 1.

This is the best James Bond film by far. It has the greatest boat chase ever in it as well, this is a must see film. I liked the story line to this film because I think setting things I. Tropical places and exotic places are good ideas

Who wouldn't love a movie where 007 is seen jumping over alligators while Paul McCartney plays in the background! Best bond song ever in my opinion (besides the original of course).

Goldfinger was the first 007 film I saw but, Live And Let Die is even better! Live And Let Die was the first 007 movie that I actually watched the whole way through from beginning to end!

9 On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

If Connery had made this film, it wouldn't have been nearly as good. In the 1960s, Connery WAS Bond. After he left, the filmmakers were faced with a seemingly insurmountable task: they had to convince the public that Lazenby, a model with little acting experience, could fill Connery's shoes. Since the filmmakers knew that Lazenby didn't have the chops to carry the whole film, they made sure that the rest of the film--the script, the sets, the scenery, the supporting players--were stellar. Their anxiety over the film's success propelled the film makers to new creative heights, and without that spark, the film would have been lackluster.

Despite George Lazenby, this is one of the best in the series, with some scenes on par with a Hitchcock thriller. If Connery had done this movie, it probably would have been the best Bond of all time. The Bond girl is a real character instead of a bimbo, there is a compelling love story, and the ending is unforgettable, packing an emotional punch not often seen in Bond films.

Not despite George Lazenby, but partially because George Lazenby it's the best. Lazenby is not acting, he is. Salzman and Broccoli offered to Lazenby a deal (worth over 20 million dollars) for seven Bond-films and five other. Why? These two knew their busines. But Lazenby had stupid agent who didn't and said no. OHMSS was Fleming's best story. John Barry made his best score. Locations are real and stunning. Peter Hunt wanted to bring Bond back to orginal novels. Lazenby was more human than Connery. In the shootings of the last scene, when Tracy is dead Lazenby cried real. Hunt shooted other take and said "James Bond doesn't cry".

In my opinion this was by far the best film. In part because it was the best book, in part because having read all the Ian Fleming books, George Lazenby immediately seemed to fit the characterisation portrayed in the books and in part because of the stunts, spectacular scenery and gentle humour. To me it had everything.

10 Licence to Kill (1989)

My personal favorite out of the 24 Bond films. Timothy Dalton gives true character to Bond. His performance works well with the dark, gritty tone of the film. The end of the film, however, goes nuts. It has the greatest chase and action sequence in the entire series that involves big rigs loaded with cocaine. The Bond villain, Sanchez, was also my favorite in the series. He wasn't some over the top super villain, but a realistic drug dealer who was brutal and remorseless. Over this is just my favorite Bond film, with my favorite Bond and villain in the series, and action sequence. The revenge story is great, as is the overall movie. James Bond going rogue is great.

I love this Bond movie, always been my favourite one. it is probably the most underrated. Everyone views it as violent, and yes, it is quite a bit more violent compared to other films in the franchise, but Timothy Dalton was criticized for being a tougher bond, but when Daniel Craig did it after him, he was praised for it! I prefer this movie and also am a fan of the Living Daylights. I love how he seems to really care for Pam Bouvier in this movie, whereas, previous Bonds had numerous women throughout the film. Also, Franz Sanchez has to be one of the greatest James Bond villains ever.

Some spice into the original Bond formula. It's what you get if you add a dark Bond, an accident, a drug lord, and a change to the spy agenda.

Certainly the most underrated Bond, and a shame he never did more movies. I much preferred him to Brosnan. As previous comments have said Dalton has been criticised for playing a more serious Bond, yet Craig has been praised. The bottom line for me is that he was realistic and believable.

The Contenders
11 For Your Eyes Only (1981)

This is my second favorite Bond film. Roger Moore was more believable as Bond. Carole Bouquet as Melina is one of the better bond girls. The action scenes were solid. And the locations were glorious. For Your Eyes Only is a enjoyable and satisfying movie for a more mature and straightforward Bond film.

I can't help but feel like this is inflated by low standards. Yes, it's a Bond film that doesn't rely on gadgets and futuristic evil lairs. But that's about all. It takes away all of the classic Bond elements, but it doesn't add much new.

I'm a fan of Moore being a serious Bond. It's definitely a step up from Moonraker. At the same time, I feel like it strips Bond of its traditions without finding something new and compelling to replace it with.

I know I'm probably in the minority here, but I think that For Your Eyes Only is possibly my favourite out of the Roger Moore films.

12 Thunderball (1965)

As much as I love Casino Royal, Goldfinger and most of the other Bond films, Thunderball has always been my favourite film out the whole series. It seems to divide a lot of people but for me it has everything a Bond film should and is much better then many of the films that followed it. Unlike a lot of people I really enjoyed the the underwater scenes and found them well filmed for their time and never found the film too long or 'boring'.

Thunderball's pacing is excruciatingly slow, the plot is the stuff of parodies, the characters are misused, under-utilised and over-utilised all at the same time, and the editing is just cheap.

Another of Connery's better films, with a compelling plot and superior direction. The underwater scenes get a bit tedious, but Connery seems to be enjoying himself throughout.

Watching Thunderball right now on Encore. What's not to like when there are nuclear bombs and hydrofoil yachts involved? Happy Labor Day America 2016!

13 The Living Daylights (1987)

This movie needs to be higher on the list. Dalton's hard-edged Bond was an incredibly refreshing take on the character after over a decade of Moore's "Lethal Comedian" approach. My personal favourite of the series for sure.

After a dozen Bond movies that pretty much have the same rich billionaire with superweapon, this one is about a Soviet defection, weapons smuggling, coup in Afghanistan and a decoy sniper. Really original plot.

Okay people how many times do we need to see some boring scenes in a bond film which will go on forever. Yeah this movie is boring and it should lower. Only moment I like in this movie is the aeroplane scene that was fantastic

In my top 10 for sure. Very good plot and action. Dalton's performance in this movie forever transformed the franchise into the action-heavy and violent movies we'd see with Brosnan and Craig.

14 Spectre (2015)

I never liked the the daniel craig james bond movies they were just like other spy movies, but my god this movie was a blast to watch finaly a daniel craig real JAMES BOND movie, I liked everything about the movie, the only thing I kinda didn't like was the fight at the train it was james bond and the girl( I don't remember her name) vs Batista it felt kinda unfair 2 vs 1.

It's not a great Bond movie. Not a bad one either. It's a competent big budget action movie with a ludicrous story and some good nostalgic moments. I hope the next Bond movie focuses less on big budgets and more on utilizing its potential.

One of my personal favorites. The humor, the locations, the girls, it has everything a Bond fan could dream of. I am not sure why it received such low reviews. The origin story of Blofeld was wonderful in my opinion.

Very good film. Liked how there were references to previous films. Like the train fight (From Russia With Love) the torture scene (Golfinger) and the underground base (Dr Nount). If this is truly Daniel Craigs last Bond, then this was the great closer.

15 Octopussy (1983)

Completely underrated. It had a good storyline, nothing was wrong with it ( maybe just the villain), Roger Moore was great and for those who are only interested in the chases it had a good plane chase. What more could one want.

This is a bad movie. I don't get how people like this movie, Tomorrow Never Dies and The World Is Not Enough. Why do people like them so much?! They're flat, sometimes cliche, and just boring!

Easily in my top 5. Great action scenes, lots of creative humor and Moore is at his most funny and charming.

Fantastic movie! Shot in the the world's most beautiful heritage city of Udaipur, also known in the world as the city of lakes.

16 Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

Brosnan is dead last on the list of great Bonds - all his movies are mediocre to atrocious and this is the worst of the lot. At least Die Another Day had some over the top campiness to recommend it - this literally has nothing.

A pernonal favourite of mine. This was actually the first movie written for Brosnan as Goldeneye was intended for Dalton

This movie was pretty good. I think the movie made it good with a good plot and second half

This is like, in the top 3 WORST in most lists!

17 You Only Live Twice (1967)

In many ways, this is the definitive Bond film. With the volcano missile control base, and a monorail to take the bad guy to safety. Not to mention the ninja scene being the inspiration for pretty much every Austin Powers film.

This movie just has a colorful rich hypnotic feel. Really colorful lush visuals. Lots of great atmosphere. Love the sound. It's great classic Connery.

Na. Not a good movie least favourite one starring Sean Connery just a bit too old for this movie

This one is rated 5 stars in daily mirrors T.V. mag when it's on T.V. so it's really good

18 The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)

This is my personal favourite James Bond film. Sir Christopher Lee as Francisco Scaramanga was a fantastic Bond villain.

#17!? This one is easily the best roger moore and should be MUCH higher

19 Moonraker (1979)

Loved it! This was my 2nd favorite James Bond movie. Loved the character that played Jaws. Loved how he was a bad guy that turned good at the end. The girl that he falls in love with was so cute and it was the cutest scene.

I actually enjoyed the third act because it was something different. But the first two acts were basically just an inferior copy of TSWLM. This movie is a prime example of how Bond movies have a predictable formula.

I played moonraker on the James bond 007 legends,. And you wouldn't believe how cool it is. Plus I like Josh and his girl friend. Roger Moore is the funniest actor in James bond history!

Moore's best perfprmance as Bond. Not realistic? Hell no! Bond is not a realistic character, and this movie takes that idea to insane heights. I also prefer the Adam West Batman.

20 A View To A Kill (1985)

This is the weirdest james bond movie to date, but that doesn't mean its bad, the last roger moore movie, and yes he looks and is to old for the role but I still enjoy this movie the most of the roger moore james bond movies. it has good and more action than the other movies.
chrisstopher walken and grace jones is one of the best james bond antagonist ever. tanya roberts is an ok james bond girl. and if you can look past the music at the opening scene it's a pretty good opening.

It probably would have been a great Bond movie had it come 10 years earlier, but by '85, both Moore, the corny humor and the Goldfinger-formula were all showing its age.

Roger Moore felt to me he was too old that made this movie bad. It's one of the worst not the worst still hate the villain I want to kick him in the face. Henchman not good. Thanks for this junk broggili

This movies awful. And also Roger Moore is too old, his last Bond film should have been Moonraker.

21 The World Is Not Enough (1999)

My all time favorite Bond movie with my favorite Bond actor.

This film its like Goldeneye in the sense that it has a great story and all the Bond elements but this time with the story written for Pierce Brosnan and no one else.

In this film Pierce gives his best performance since he got the right confidence and he was looking at his best.

I have honestly never seen such crap in my life. The acting terrible. The plot is stupid. And last but not least, it literally has the worst villain ever.

Love this movie.
It has a great story, great twist, a great Bond girl in Sophie Marceau and Pierce Brosnan's best and most confident performance as James Bond

The best reason I have to put the world is not enough is Elektra King is the best Bond girl ever an Pierce Brosnam is one of my favorite James Bond actor ever.

22 Diamonds are Forever (1971)

No where near as good as other bonds such as you only live twice, or on her majestys secret service, but this is still a stellar movie with great action. This deserves way more credit. I would actually not put this in top 5 bonds, but definitely top 10!

I thought it was kind of good. I mean, it WAS kind of silly that he "killed" Blofeld in the first act when we should have known that 'Blofeld can't go out like that! ', but other than that, I thought it was kind of good.

It's more lighthearted and does not take itself as seriously as Connery's other films, but it is a lot of fun and still far superior to most of the Roger Moore movies that followed it.

I think that this one is setting the style and tone of the Roger Moore movies, especially Moonraker.
I still can't believe Sammy Davis Jr. Was almost in this.

23 Quantum of Solace (2008)

What destroys Quantum Of Solace for me is not the script, just the execution. I mean, the set pieces for MI6 are bland
And ugly and dull, the editing makes each shot last no more than six frames because the camera is constantly moving
Around, the title cards are tacky and unnecessary, but if you skip all of that, it's actually not that bad.
I think Greene's motive of creating a drought in Bolivia and boosting the prices of water supplies is very creative,
And sure, it's not as creative as some of the other storylines in Bond films, but it just does well for this Bond film.

Simply one of the greatest though incredibly underrated. Terrific and brilliantly crafted sequences and great performances throughout. The soundtrack and cinematography are excellent as well. Bond is at his grittiest here relying more on his wits and physical strength rather than the plentiful gadgets. Brutal, smart and super entertaining. It has become a favorite.

As a follow up to what people consider the best of the films (Casino Royale 2006), I can see why people hate it, but it's not that bad a film. Interesting story, great action and enjoyable till the end, this is one of the underrated flicks of the series' history.

Massively underrated. This is a different kind of Bond movie. One with social commentary and tender emotions. One which subtly hints to the viewer what's going on without spoonfeeding. One which has an eye for beauty and ugliness in equal portion.

24 Never Say Never Again (1983)

The worst Bond film. The directing, atmosphere and sound don't come anywhere near close to the EON films despite having a BIGGER budget than the Moore films.

Underrated! Loved this movie! It's not perfect obviously, but definitely very enjoyable.

Worst? Nah, 1954's Casino Royale, Die another Day and Casino Royale 1967 were the worst.

If your gonna remake a film. Remake a good one.

25 Die Another Day (2002)

It's not a very good movie, but it gets more hate than it deserves. It just came around at a time when people would eventually want to cross over to gritty HD realism rather than colorful crazy fantasy.

Awesome movie with tons of action and girls. Just what you expect from a James Bond movie. Pierce Brosnan is the best james bond.

Die another day isn't to bad until the scene in which bond surfs on a wave. Then it takes a turn for the worst.

Die Another Day is an abomination of James Bond films and cinema in general. There.

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