Top 10 Most Overrated James Bond Movies

This is NOT a list of the worst Bond movies.

A movie can be good and overrated at the same time.

The majority of the films on this list are, in fact, good. But they're just overhyped.
The Top Ten
1 Goldeneye Goldeneye Product Image

Pierce Brosnan was great in the role, but this movie pretty much consists of the same generic Bond plot many of the others do. Another villain with a giant laser. It's formula well done, but still formula.

The best of a terrible run - Brosnan seemed like a good idea on paper but the reality was he was wrong for the part. The closest Bond has come to being an animatronic figure. After this it was downhill FAST.

I hate this movie and I never liked the actor.

2 Skyfall Skyfall Product Image

Yes, yes, yes. A thousand times, yes. Has some truly magnificent action scenes, standout moments and wonderful performances, but an overly intelligent and metaphorical storyline that is arguably even sillier than Moonraker, and all it is is a simple revenge story. Go see this movie for your eyes only, and you will know what I mean about one Of the most overrated films in the history of cinema.

Criminally overrated simply because many critics these days think that dark and serious equals good film making. This is a film for pseudo-intellectuals and most critics are just that. Maybe that's why they ignore the same type of climax that they've seen and destroyed in any Steven Seagal movie post Under Siege.

No Craig Bond is bad and Skyfall looks beautiful, but the last thing James Bond needs is a backstory! And the plotholes are just SO glaring it is impossible to overlook. You know what I'm talking about.

I liked it, Craig/Bardem/Dench all did well, but it's overhyped. It's a clone of The Dark Knight and it runs a bit long.

3 The Spy Who Loved Me The Spy Who Loved Me Product Image

Moore, Bach and Keil do a great job on this one, but the plot is basically a rehash of You Only Live Twice. The pacing is slow, the length could have been shortened and the score was dull.

To accuse a Bond movie of rehasing plots is like accusing the sun of rising up every morning. It's gonna happen, and more than once. 2nd best Moore movie.

4 From Russia with Love From Russia with Love Product Image

Hard to pick a best Connery Bond but this one always seems to edge to the top of my list. Sean is perfect here and the villains and atmosphere of the film are unmatched in the series. In no way overrated.

Perhaps the BEST Bond - the train fight with Red Grant is still the most exciting in the series.

This movie is mint from beginning to end. Connery at his absolute best.

The first half of this movie really drags.

5 Spectre Spectre Product Image

NO movie in the entire run of Bond films has a plot as ludicrous as Skyfall. Holes you could drive a truck through. I don't ask for realism from this series but that was beyond the pale. Spectre was a modern compendium of all that is great about Bond should have been the 50th anniversary release. I enjoyed Skyfall well enough but it does not deserve the amount of praise it gets.

IMDB rated it above the majority of Bond movies. The plot of this movie is so bad that it even manages to ruin the canon of the previous films.

Plot is so bad? Have you seen Skyfall?

6 Thunderball Thunderball Product Image

I could have done with about a half hour less of scuba-diving, thank you.

Great Bond but yes, too much scuba-diving.

7 Moonraker Moonraker Product Image

The film is not ever overrated. It is actually quite underrated and doesn't get the credit it deserves. The effects of this movie is amazing and is way better than today's Star Wars and that Avengers crap. And Casino Royale is extremely overrated than Skyfall.

It has a lot of haters, but it managed to sell really well and join the annals of fantasy film history. It's a copy of a copied plot and the whole first hour is a waste of time.

Uh, I don't think this one is particularly overrated. I LOVE Moonraker from start to finish, but not many others seem to. Such good sport.

8 For Your Eyes Only For Your Eyes Only Product Image

TSWLM is literally the only Moore Bond Film worth watching in my opinion. Live and Let Die and For Your Eyes Only are only considered good/decent because films like TMWTGG and Moonraker set the bar so low.

Should have been Moore's last kick at the can, but it's great. Best balance of his humour and serious action. And Moonraker is awesome.

It gets an inflated amount of praise because it's not Moonraker.

9 Casino Royale Casino Royale Product Image

Casino Royale is the most overrated Bond movie. The movie sucked and Skyfall was miles better than this garbage. Too much overpraised by the fans

This movie is a snooze fest and none of the cation is memorable

10 On Her Majesty's Secret Service On Her Majesty's Secret Service Product Image
The Contenders
11 Never Say Never Again Never Say Never Again Product Image

Doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence as Octopussy. Even if Connery is in it, the cast is forgettable, the stage setting is awful, the directing is pedestrian and the soundtrack is bland.

Yeah, this isn't great ( except for the opening scene ).

12 Quantum of Solace Quantum of Solace Product Image
13 Die Another Day Die Another Day Product Image

You can't overrate something that's already at the bottom. Even the camera work and directing was sub par. Too bad it carries the name and is included in James Bond marathons.

14 You Only Live Twice You Only Live Twice Product Image

One of the best Bonds ever - certainly the best theme song!

15 The Man with the Golden Gun The Man with the Golden Gun Product Image

" Come come Mr. Bond, you disappoint me. You get as much fulfillment out killing as I do, so why don't you admit it? "

Yes, it has Scaramanga in there, but the rest of the movie aside from him was just random gag scenes.

Bad, yet somehow awesome at the same time.

16 Goldfinger Goldfinger Product Image

It IS overrated but is also brilliant at the same time. It should be number 1 on the list BUT I still love it.

Overrated? Seriously? One of the gold standard films of the series. It's even in the title.

Good movie but too overrated.

17 License to Kill License to Kill Product Image
18 The Living Daylights The Living Daylights Product Image
19 Diamonds are Forever Diamonds are Forever Product Image

Bambi, Thumper and Jill St. John? I'm in. Plus that cool elevator fight!

20 Tomorrow Never Dies Tomorrow Never Dies Product Image
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