I just finished re-watching the James Bond franchise (which is a misnomer because I do believe that there are several of the films that I had not seen before) and I have compiled the EYG List of James Bond films.
Starting off will be my list of James Bond actors. Quality of movie did affect my choices, even if the Bond performance was decent. Here is the order:
- Daniel Craig
- Sean Connery
- Timothy Dalton
- George Lazenby
- Roger Moore
- Pierce Brosnan
Personally, I liked Brosnan as Bond, but his movies were ones I was not a fan of so he dropped down the list. Roger Moore was my Bond growing up, but looking back, his list of movies were really hit and miss. Daniel Craig is just knocking his brooding Bond out of the park. Connery is just behind him for me. Lazenby gets overlooked a lot, but I loved his movie.
James Bond Movies
#26. Casino Royale (1968). Awful. Unfunny. Waste of time. I watched to have a complete list. Never again.
#25. Octopussy. Ridiculous. When Bond gets too campy, I check out.
#24. Die Another Day. Worst of the Pierce Brosnan films that I did not like that much anyway.
#23. A View to a Kill. Awesome theme song. Um….
#22. Moonraker. Remember when I mentioned campy? Bond in space. Jaws falls in love and turns good.
#21. The World is Not Enough. Another Brosnan flopper for me. I find these more boring than anything else.
#20. Quantum of Solace. Easily the worst of the Daniel Craig Bonds.
#19. You Only Live Twice. Japanese Bond. Ugh.
#18. GoldenEye. Yeah, I know people love this one, but I just found it exceedingly dull. Sorry.
#17. Diamonds are Forever. I’m not sure how many times Blofeld dies here. The henchmen are dull.
#16. Spectre. This film on re-watch has improved from first watch. Would have been much lower prior to re-watch. Still a step down among the Craig Bonds.
#15. Thunderball. First Bond movie was felt lacking. Underwater action galore.
#14. Tomorrow Never Dies. This is the highest ranked of the Pierce Brosnan films for me. Most relevant villain to today’s world.
#13. Never Say Never Again. Another one that many people disliked, but I found good. Connery comes back as Old Man Bond and I was in.
#12. The Man with the Golden Gun. Another one that a lot of Bond fans despise, but I enjoyed. Loved Christopher Lee and Hervé Villechaize as the villains.
#11. The Spy Who Loved Me. Just outside the top 10, this movie matched up Bond with a female Russian agent and they were great together.
#10. For Your Eyes Only. This one and The Spy Who Loved Me battled for the #10 spot. For Your Eyes Only won out. It recaptured Bond for me after the idiocy of Moonraker.
#9. The Living Daylights. The first of the Timothy Dalton movies, The Living Daylights brought us a more serious and violent Bond.
#8. Dr. No. The first James Bond film was excellent and truly set up the franchise.
#7. Licence to Kill. The second and final Timothy Dalton Bond. Helped bring the character out of the cartoon.
#6. Live and Let Die. Voodoo and black magic. Lots of crocodiles and sharks. Plus, Paul McCartney.
#5. From Russia With Love. A great train sequence that showed why Bond should not travel via train. Great villain here too.
#4. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. George Lazenby’s underrated film that develops the character of Bond and ends unlike any other Bond movie ever.
#3. Goldfinger. A classic. Auric Goldfinger is one of the greatest villains in the franchise and Pussy Galore is one of the greatest Bond girls as well.
#2. Skyfall. This had been my number one prior to the re-watch. I still love this film, as it is one of the most beautifully shot of all the Bond movies.
#1. Casino Royale (2006). During the re-watch, I found this so totally compelling and engaging that I loved every second. The poker scenes were every bit as tense as the torture scene. Casino Royale introduced us to Daniel Craig as Bond and the franchise changed forever.