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James Bond movies: Best to worst

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People who added this item 1517 Average listal rating (987 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
Goldfinger (1964)

I have a deep appreciation for the villain here who provides one of the best adversaries Bond has ever faced. He's so smart he almost defeats Bond, and that deserves respect. And of course his main henchman Oddjob is especially memorable between his hat-throwing and being nigh indestructible. I had no complaints about anything here, and the only thing missing was that magical feeling I get from the films I give 10/10 to.
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People who added this item 1124 Average listal rating (756 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.4

Now this is a Bond film that hits all the right marks. Aside from a couple of predictable moments I couldn't think of anything to complain about. The cast is memorable and a joy to watch, the film flows much better than Dr. No, and the villain is better utilized within the plot. And Connery seems to relish his role as Bond so far, which also elevates these films. When it ended I was so pleased that I re-watched the ending one more time, and I almost never do that.
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People who added this item 4061 Average listal rating (2793 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8
Casino Royale (2006)

Now this is how you make a Bond film. From the stylish black-and-white opening to the twisty end, Casino Royale fires on all cylinders without falling too much into an obvious routine. Craig performs wonderfully as Bond and has an excellent cast surrounding him. The action scenes are still mind-blowing, and hey, wait a second, that opening credits sequence actually makes itself memorable by tying directly in to the film instead of just being a montage of bullets flying and naked ladies. Awesome.

I'd been questioning whether this was really great or not, and after sitting through all the films that preceded it I can say with complete certainty that it is. In fact it comes pretty close to being perfect, and it's not often you can say that about a Bond film.
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People who added this item 633 Average listal rating (440 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.7

I never bothered to watch this one before because I'd listened to the wrong people who insisted it's not worth watching. Turns out Lazenby did a solid job here, and I believe could have carried the franchise as well as any other Bond if he'd been given another chance. This time around we get a more believable Bond outing, with less focus on gadgets & more focus on story & characters. It pays off big time, and any complaints I have are minor. One such complaint was my initial disappointment that Donald Pleasance doesn't reprise his role as Blofeld, but Telly Savalas does a solid job of replacing him. I can't help feeling though that Pleasance would have elevated the film a bit. Ah, but then he might have had to stick around for at least one more film so maybe he was trying to avoid that.

Anyway, this came really close to getting a 9. Call it 8.5.
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People who added this item 726 Average listal rating (493 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.8

The Roger Moore run as Bond kicks off with a pair of worthwhile entries. Both are solidly entertaining with exciting action set pieces, improved by their strong villains, and boast stellar theme songs. Moore seems comfortable as Bond from the jump which is great, but he's lacking that certain something that Connery has. On the upside though he's far from bored with being here. Neither film achieves greatness, but they're definitely rewarding my enjoyment of the series as a whole. I hadn't seen either of these in so long that most of each had been lost from my memory, but I don't think that'll be a problem going forward & I'd gladly revisit them again.
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People who added this item 761 Average listal rating (518 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.7

See Live and Let Die above.
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People who added this item 704 Average listal rating (482 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.3

Nice to see Roger Moore went out on such a high note. This is easily the most fun I've had watching a Bond film in a while, thanks largely to Christopher Walken making an engaging villain & the frequently high octane action scenes. Everything fires on all cylinders and I enjoyed every moment. Only downside is now I feel like I have to check the backseat of my car daily to make sure Grace Jones isn't hiding in wait to kill me.
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People who added this item 1662 Average listal rating (1054 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.5

So I thought I'd seen this before, but it turns out I was mistaken. And honestly if I had, I would've remembered it. I'm probably in the minority here but I thought it was even better than GoldenEye, and the plot had me thinking about 9/11 and the ways American media was changed by those events which made the date I watched it appropriate. I loved Jonathan Pryce as the villain, and it was super cool to see Michelle Yeoh kicking ass with Bond. Much like its predecessor it fires on all cylinders and was rewarding to sit through in the end. It's not a Great Bond film, though it came close in my book (had Michelle Yeoh's character not caved in to Bond's advances I would've given it a 9...I get that he's supposed to get all the women, but does it really have to be all the women?) and I'd gladly watch this one again.
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People who added this item 810 Average listal rating (537 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.9

I'd forgotten most of this one, but Bond going Japanese had stuck with me as well as the villain (though the latter may be as much due to Austin Powers as anything else). It was solidly entertaining, definitely better than Thunderball but not as amazing as the films that preceded this pair. The helicopter pictured above now counts among my favorite Bond gadgets, and the fact that there were ninjas definitely helped improve things. And I'd be lying if I knew exactly how it would end up, so that worked in its favor too.
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People who added this item 769 Average listal rating (506 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.8

Overall I thought this was really good, at least on par with Skyfall. They actually shook things up this time around, which worked in the film's favor, and the ending is one of the most satisfying ones in the series as far as I'm concerned. As a matter of fact, the ending could serve as either an end to the series or an opportunity to take the franchise new places. Kinda cool.

As usual the cast is solid to excellent (nice to see David Bautista follow in the footsteps of Jaws or Oddjob), and the technical side of things works well. It doesn't quite cross the line of greatness, but it's well worth seeing & I'd watch it again.
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People who added this item 1926 Average listal rating (1327 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
Skyfall (2012)

Nice to see Bond back in good form.

Unlike the last film with Daniel Craig in the role, this time the entire film is wonderfully shot. Gone are the shaky-cams & confusing set-pieces, and good riddance to them. This film falls more into the spirit of the Bond franchise as it SHOULD be. The script is well-constructed, the characters are well-developed, and aside from a handful of lagging moments the pacing is well-handled. The only problem really is that while the film certainly impresses, it also falls almost too self-consciously into a habit of ensuring certain expectations of Bond films are met. This mostly works to the film's advantage because they get it right, but at the same time I feel like it's formulaic & thus prevents the film from achieving the status of a Great film.

How about Javier Bardem as the bad guy though, eh? Pretty impressive says I, even if at times his antics recalled The Dark Knight.
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People who added this item 760 Average listal rating (509 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.6
Octopussy (1983)

This is still a solid entry in the series and even better than the few films that precede it. The action sequences are strong and mostly memorable, the cast rocks their respective roles, and the story rolls along mostly well from start to finish. It never crosses the line of greatness thanks to the fact it's still stuck in the series formula, but overall it's well worth watching & I'd gladly watch it again down the line.
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People who added this item 2006 Average listal rating (1326 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.2
GoldenEye (1995)

It had been so long since I last watched GoldenEye that really the only thing I could recall is how super-sexy Famke Janssen is in it. And while that remains true, the sad part is I'd forgotten how much fun this film is. In his first outing at least, Brosnan makes for a good Bond...more charming than Dalton or Lazenby, possibly even running a close second in that regard to Connery. It's no wonder then that he wound up doing four films in all, though from what I've heard I should lower my expectations for the next trio of films (I'm pretty sure I've seen one of those, but maybe not). Nice to see Q is still the same, and I'd definitely forgotten that this is where Judi Dench starts her run as M. The entire film is solidly entertaining throughout, though there are two scenes which stretched beyond my suspense of disbelief (Bond diving into a falling plane & managing to take off in it & Natalya surviving the first blast from the GoldenEye thanks to a perfectly placed collapse of a tower). Another minor complaint is the music, which is uneven throughout with some selections working well and others distracting due to their awfulness (90s synths, ugh). The visuals of the film are especially well done though, and I was honestly impressed by the production at times which hasn't happened in long while. So yeah, I'd watch this one again...and not just for Famke.
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People who added this item 1325 Average listal rating (913 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2

Overall this one is definitely a solid movie. It establishes the formula that would define the series for years to come, the cast is solid, and it's mostly entertaining. Personally I found the tunnel sequence near the end went on longer than necessary, and I wasn't very impressed with the villain. Those complaints may not be major, but they did prevent the film from moving past an 8/10 for me. And if I'm being honest, it's barely an 8 in my book because a week later I was already forgetting some parts of it. So while I'd certainly watch it again, it might be as much to remind myself what happens in it as because I'd enjoyed it.
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People who added this item 674 Average listal rating (472 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.3
Moonraker (1979)

I found it far more entertaining than The Spy Who Loved Me for a variety of reasons. First off there are some truly stellar action set pieces throughout the film, and the opening is especially memorable with the girls using the gun as a trapeze. Plus we get more Jaws and he's given some depth despite the fact he still has only a couple of lines in the entire film. My only complaint here is that it's a bit over-long, but most of the time it's entertaining enough. And the villain is kinda meh, but at least his master plan takes us to some interesting places along the way. I'd be more willing to watch this again than The Spy Who Loved Me.
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People who added this item 772 Average listal rating (537 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7
Thunderball (1965)

Thunderball carries on with the pre-established traditions of the series, and all to mostly good effect. My main complaint here is that the editing of the opening third and the final battle on the boat is obnoxiously bad. There are continuity and logic errors all over the place, and some of the cuts between scenes are just sloppy (especially in the beginning). It's a marked step down from the trio of films that preceded it. Fortunately the rest of the film works well & Connery's charm helps elevate things at every turn. I'd probably watch it again some time, but it's very borderline between a 7 and an 8 in my opinion. Leaving it at 7, but you can consider it a 7.5.
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People who added this item 857 Average listal rating (565 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.6

So I wasn't sure for a while if I'd seen this film before, but then Bambi & Thumper showed up & I recalled it. That scene is pretty tough to forget. I love the hell out of the car chase scene with the Vegas cops, and the villains above make the whole thing very worthwhile. Unfortunately Connery gives off an air at times like he doesn't want to be there, and the film is often uneven. It's all entertaining, don't get me wrong, but it fell short of the previous entry in the series for me. The ending was too clean in my book too, which didn't help matters. Still, it's worth watching & despite my rating I'd watch it again. It could be better though.
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People who added this item 729 Average listal rating (467 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.6

I liked this one slightly better than The Living Daylights, mainly because for once the whole story is Bond getting personal instead of following orders. It's still formulaic, but the way it's all handled feels fresher in a way. Plus it's always cool to see more of Q than usual, as he's probably my favorite character in the entire series (sorry James). And we also get a very young Benicio del Toro which was amusing. Again it never achieves greatness, and while I'm more likely to remember parts of this one than its predecessor I doubt whether I'd go out of my way to watch it again.
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So I know I skipped this one when it came out because I have a general aversion to Denise Richards who annoys me. And had I realized she's barely in it I might have given it a chance sooner, because the rest of the cast is solid and the film is decent enough overall. Robert Carlyle makes an excellent Bond villain, though for a moment I thought he was supposed to be yet another incarnation of Blofeld (he's not). His affliction is somewhat ridiculous but at least makes him interesting and a formidable opponent for Bond. I totally saw the main "twist" coming here though, and it falls back into the whole routine formula again which is kind of a bummer. Still, it's not as bad as I'd feared and thus was worthwhile.
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People who added this item 594 Average listal rating (399 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.7

Well I've finally seen Timothy Dalton as Bond, and I can honestly say he's merely adequate in the role. He lacks the charm of Connery or even Moore, falling closer to Lazenby's performance. The story remains very much in the Bond formula though, rather than try to reinvent the character in any way, and at least it's solidly put together all around. So it's worth watching once, but I doubt I'd go out of my way to watch it again, and if it wasn't for the fact it's Dalton's debut I doubt if I'd remember much about it as time marches along.
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People who added this item 731 Average listal rating (489 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.1

The Spy Who Loved Me is entertaining enough but never manages to cross any lines into greatness. It's pretty much just your standard Bond film all around, which is fine enough but aside from Jaws it's likely I'll forget what happened before long. Despite my rating I wouldn't be opposed to watch it again, I just wouldn't go out of my way to do so.
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People who added this item 691 Average listal rating (430 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.2

After a string of Roger Moore's Bond films, this one feels like a breath of fresh air. Thank you Sean Connery for taking one last bow as Bond when you did, because it renewed my strength for moving forward through the films. Now, it's not great by any means thanks largely to a clumsy opening half hour that struggles to gain traction. That first part has some moments as it plays with the fact that Bond is past his prime here, but the film doesn't really get going until he's actually given his assignment. From there it manages to move along very nicely which helped me forgive the way it started somewhat. It's also elevated by the small role Rowan Atkinson plays, which was a pleasant surprise all around, and while the replacements here for the roles of M & Ms. Moneypenny aren't as good as the usual actors they do all right. I did think the actor who played Q here did a solid job as well. So yeah, this wound up being better than I'd anticipated.
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People who added this item 629 Average listal rating (432 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.7

Another solidly entertaining yet stuck in routine Bond film, which loses a point out of the gate with a pointless, ridiculous, and unnecessary opening scene. Seriously, if you drop that opening scene the rest of the film works just fine & they could have had a stronger start as well. The only thing it accomplishes is to remind modern viewers of the Austin Powers series, which wouldn't have meant a thing at the time it was shot. Fortunately it recovers after that, though the film doesn't deliver many truly memorable or impressive moments. As I said, it's stuck in the series routines & has the unfortunate distinction of being dated thanks to some of the '80s styles & music. I was going to give this a seven, but the more I think about the opening I can't justify it.
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People who added this item 2165 Average listal rating (1408 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.1

So let me admit that I unfairly wrote off the Brosnan run as it was playing out. All of his films have been solidly entertaining, and this one is no exception. I figured out the twist here fairly early on, but overall the story was well-handled I thought. Like the rest of his run it's not great by any means, sticks mostly to the series routine, and was ultimately worth watching once. I'm glad I didn't see this in the theatre though as the title song was fucking awful. Seeing it at home gave me the option to mute it, which I gladly did after about 30 seconds of being annoyed by the bad music and Madonna's auto-tuned voice which is barely recognizable as hers. Actually if you'd remove everything to do with her from the film I'd give it an extra star, or at least a half of one. The film also loses big points by having awful, obviously fake CGI work on display throughout, which served to distract me at times from what was going on. Little surprise then that they returned to better, more practical effects for Casino Royale.
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People who added this item 2269 Average listal rating (1522 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.6

I saw this film in the theatre, and when I left I knew I'd never watch it again. The story lacks focus & coherence, which results in a highly irritating experience. There are a couple of decent action sequences, and the cast does the best with what they're given to work with, but the film still falls apart & these things can't save it. Thankfully Skyfall came along and redeemed Craig's run as Bond, because when this ended I doubt I was alone in thinking the series had died almost as quickly as it had been relaunched.
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People who added this item 393 Average listal rating (245 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.1
Casino Royale (1967)

I know this isn't canon, but I'm throwing it on the list all the same.

Fucking hell. Seeing 6 different directors' names pop up in the opening credits should have been a warning, but out of respect for several of the actors involved I thought I'd stick it out to the end. There are some laughs here & there, but they're far and few between. Most of the "humor" falls flat, and the last 3rd of the film is a disjointed mess. The entire cast gives it their best shot, but a patchwork script & overabundance of crappy ideas overwhelms every attempt to save the film.

Don't bother.
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I spent 2015 taking a run through the majority of the Bond films from start to finish, so this is the end result. Thoughts copied over from my monthly lists for the ones I watched in 2015, the rest are either copied from similar lists or provided from memory.

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