James Bond has been a cultural icon for more than 50 years. Created by Sir Ian Fleming in 1953, Bond has left his trademark from action spectacular, to gorgeous women, to vodka martini's ... "shaken not stirred" of course. With now 24 films and six actors that helm the name, I break down the worst to best, in my opinion, Bond films. Apologizes to Casino Royale (1967) and Never Say Never Again for not making the list only because they were not associated with Eon Productions.
0024 A View to a Kill
Silly, absurd and lacked energy. Every franchise hits rock bottom at one point or another and in 1985, Bond had hit an all-time low. Roger Moore, 57, was way too old for the role as the MI6 agent and the entire film felt like it had Bond fatigue.
0023 Die Another Day
Again, we see another example of Bond fatigue and it being Pierce Brosnan's last Bond film was disappointing. Too much over-the-top action sequences even by Bond standards to even comply.
A very slow and boring Bond film until the very end. Moonraker takes 007 to space, what more can you say?
One-time Bond! After Sean Connery bailed Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli needed a Bond fast. Cue George Lazenby. Lazenby was not a bad Bond nor was he a good Bond and after coming off of the classic Connery, he just couldn't compete. Though, On Her Majesty's Secret Service had some brilliant action sequences and a fantastic Bond girl (Diana Rigg) it still ranks low for me due to its Bond, damn.
0020 The Man with the Golden Gun
A mildly amusing Bond affair, but The Man with the Golden Gun suffers from a menacing villain who overshadows 007.
A couple of electrifying action sequences, but formulaic. Nevertheless, Octopussy proved that 007 can save the day even dressed up as a clown.
The World is Not Enough is a by-the-numbers Bond film, but the film is mostly saved thanks to its Bond-worthy action sequences and sly villains.
0017 Quantum of Solace
After coming off the high success of Casino Royale, Quantum is a rather disappointing Bond affair. Daniel Craig gives us a more brutal and breathless Bond, however, it didn't make up for the film's lack of story.
0016 Diamonds Are Forever
Sean Connery returns to complete his role as 007! No, Never Say Never Again doesn't count as a true James Bond movie, in my opinion, because it was not associated with Eon Productions. Diamonds Are Forever works thanks to terrific stunts and the healing presence of Connery.
0015 Live and Let Die
Roger Moore's first appearance and staple to the Bond franchise. Live and Let Die adds more humor to Bond and is still able to remain entertaining.
0014 You Only Live Twice
You Only Live Twice is a fun Bond flick with exotic locales, engaging gadgets, impressive special effects and even introducing Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Bond's arch nemesis.
0013 The Living Daylights
Timothy Dalton's first shot as 007 gives us a more serious take on the British agent. The Living Daylights stays smart and is still able to deliver an exciting and colorful Bond flick.
0012 Tomorrow Never Dies
I'm a bit bias on this one, but this was my first experience seeing 007 on the screen and I was instantly hooked. I quickly started watching more Bond films until I had seen all of them. Tomorrow Never Dies remains a special place in my heart and it gave us one the most thrilling car chase scenes of the '90s. Not even a bazooka could stop James Bond's car!
0011 For Your Eyes Only
Another satisfying and fun Bond adventure helmed by Roger Moore. In this outing, For Your Eyes Only brings more romance and thrills to the table for Bond fans to enjoy. Cheers!
Honestly, this was the first and best entry from Pierce Brosnan to the Bond franchise. Filled with plot twists, exploding pens and runaway tanks; Goldeneye takes 007 to a more modern context. Oh that tank!
009 Licence To Kill
Timothy Dalton's final entry to the Bond canon and it's electrifying. Licence To Kill is still one of the darkest and most brutal Bond films to-date. With solid chases and fight scenes, Dalton went out on a damn good high note!
Big. Bold. Bond. Spectre brings Daniel Craig's Bond full throttle and full circle. Shot on glorious 35mm film, Spectre delivers spectacular action, beautiful Bond girls, exotic locations and riveting Bond villains. Hopefully, this isn't Craig's last outing.
With great action set pieces and more of Sean Connery's charm, Thunderball was another worthy entry to the Bond canon. Thunderball gave us more action-loving escapism, while not loosing its since of story. The film even introduced us to the famous 007 jetpack.
006 Dr. No
In 1962, audiences everywhere were introduced to "Bond ... James, Bond" for the first time on the big screen. This iconic line has stuck with the franchise ever since. Sean Connery kicked off Dr. No with action, romance and style. From there, the rest is history.
The Spy Who Loved Me undoubtedly marks the best entry for the Roger Moore era. It's sleek, witty and introduces us to the second best henchmen, Jaws, of the franchise. In the end, The Spy Who Loved Me is good clean British fun.
004 Casino Royale (2006)
Casino Royale (2006) marked Daniel Craig's first appearance as the British spy and in the end, he delivered what both fans and critics had been waiting for: a modern reinvention of 007. This reboot to the franchise was much needed and has since payed off. Casino Royale (2006) is thrilling, real and at times haunting. "Do I look like I give a damn?"
Skyfall brought back classic Bond and true 007 fans loved every minute of it. The film has been marked as one of 007's best outings to-date and I couldn't agree more. Skyfall is beautifully filmed, intensely packed with action and menacing modern villains. As Adele belts out her song at the beginning you're instantly hooked. Daniel Craig's third outing keeps Bond both classy and sexy. In my opinion, he's the second best actor to play 007 right behind Mr. Connery.
Third movie for the franchise and it still remains as one of James Bond's best outings ever. Goldfinger even introduces us to one of 007's most famous lines, "A martini. Shaken, not stirred." With suspense, beauty, gadgets and the best henchmen, Oddjob, to-date; Goldfinger is one hell of a Bond film. "No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!"
In my opinion, From Russia with Love is the best 007 film ever made. It has everything we need to make a good James Bond movie: electrifying action sequences, gorgeous women, razor-sharp plot/dialog and sinister villains. It's a Cold War thriller that will entertain you from start to finish. From Russia with Love is a grand cinematic experience that boasts why we love 007 so much.