Best Bond Movies, Ranked
Certain movie series seem to capture the imagination of us all. Figures such as Batman and Superman appear to be timeless and superhero movies have always been a big hit with fans of all ages. However, it is the spy films that first brought light to the notion of a truly good guy in the movies and no other franchise has had quite the impact as James Bond. So, if you are keeping track in your own sportsbook, here are the best Bond movies ranked.
#1 Goldfinger – 1964
Although some might argue that newer versions of the famed 007 have more validity in our modern society, it is Goldfinger that continues to be considered the best James Bond movie. It is in this movie that we learn how James Bond prefers his cocktail. Dr. No and From Russia with Love preceded Goldfinger, but this iconic Bond film was the one that really drove the series to new heights.
#2 From Russia with Love – 1963
The 1963 movie From Russia with Love is the second best Bond movie on our list. In this movie, James Bond, played by Sean Connery offers a look at how a spy escapes a worldwide threat as SPECTRE chases him across the globe. Full of espionage and plenty of double crossing scenes, From Russia with Love is an action packed film you do not want to miss.
#3 Dr. No – 1962
The first James Bond movie is actually ranked 3rd in our list of the best Bond movies. Terence Young began the Bond series with this comical, yet remarkably entertaining action movie in which Sean Connery battles villains in Jamaica. Bond is sent to investigate why US missile launches are being interfered with. Honey Ryder assists in the search for Dr. No. Ursula Andress, Jack Lord, and Joseph Wiseman play alongside Sean Connery in this riveting depiction of James Bond.
#4. Casino Royale – 2006
We jump ahead a few decades to Casino Royale in 2006. Daniel Craig graces us as James Bond and alongside him, Eva Green plays his Bond girl.
This movie also has Judi Dench playing M. Casino Royale was packed full of amazing actors that are sent to distant lands. Casino Royale takes more of a serious tone than previous films of the franchise.
#5. Skyfall – 2012
One of the most recent James Bond movies is currently ranked at number 5 on our list. Skyfall allows Sam Mendes to shine with his direction of Daniel Craig and many of the actors we loved from Casino Royale. It is in this film where we see how horribly wrong a James Bond assignment can go.
#6. Thunderball – 1965
The storyline of the hijacking of 2 nuclear warheads leads Sean Connery on a whirlwind of adventure in Thunderball. Adolfo Celi plays James Bond’s nemesis and the Bond girl in this film is played by Claudine Auger. Although Thunderball does not get the notoriety of various other Bond films, it remains as one of the best in the series.
#7. No Time To Die – 2021
Not everyone may have had the opportunity to see the final installment of Daniel Craig’s James Bond series, but director Cary Joji Fukunaga does a great job of telling the story of James Bond leaving active service and enjoying a life of leisure. However, it is not going to last and Bond is soon needed for a task only he can do.
# 8. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – 1969
A spectacular performance by Bond girl Diana Rigg who plays Tracy di Vicenzo is regarded as one of the best portrayals of the iconic character in the entire series. George Lazenby is featured as James Bond as he fights the SPECTRE organization as they have developed a villainous virus and plan to release it to the masses.
#9. The Spy Who Loved Me – 1977
Roger Moore plays James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me, directed by Lewis Gilbert. Barbara Bach, Richard Kiel, and Curt Jurgens play alongside Moore in action packed scenes involving skiing adventures in this epic spy movie. Notable wit and charm provided by Roger Moore provide plenty of flare and body to the action scenes.
#10. GoldenEye – 1995
GoldenEye was the first movie in the franchise in which we get to see Pierce Brosnan portray James Bond. The plot of this film surges around GoldenEye, a radiation surge that is designed to destroy anything possessing an electronic circuit. Bond is sent to retrieve GoldenEye with the help of an array of new and improved gadgets.
#11. License to Kill – 1989
Timothy Dalton is the hero of this film directed by John Glen. Carey Lowell plays James Bond’s love interest in this darker than average James Bond movie. The movie opens with a wedding scene in which those closest to Bond are targeted and terminated. The film features plenty of action scenes, car chases, and intense moments between characters.
#12. The Living Daylights – 1987
In this film, Timothy Dalton delivers a stunning depiction of 007 in with he is sent cover the escape of General Georgi Koscov, a defecting agent from the Soviet Union. This Bond movie is full of twists, turns, and backstabbing, but let us not forget the epic action sequences that make this James Bond movie one of the greats.
#13. For Your Eyes Only – 1981
It is in this James Bond movie that we see just how far world leaders might go to get rich. A British vessel is sunk and leaders of the world rally to see who will be the first to uncover the valuable encryption device the vessel was carrying. Bond must work to keep the device from ending up in the wrong hands in this movie directed by John Glen.
#14. You Only Live Twice – 1967
Sean Connery makes our list once again in this Cold War James Bond movie in which both Russian and American spacecrafts go missing. It is up to James Bond to find the crafts and return them to their respective countries. As one country blames the other, Sean Connery must make everything right again between these quarrelling nations.
#15. Never Say Never Again – 1983
Mistakes are never supposed to happen during a James Bond movie, but it is in Never Say Never Again that Sean Connery makes a mistake and a training mission is compromised. Irvin Kershner directs Connery along with Klaus Maria Brandauer, Max von Sydow, and Barbara Carrera.
For more Bond action, here are the remaining 12 movies of the franchise ranked by the experts:
#16. Live and Let Die – 1973
#17. Quantum of Solace – 2008
#18. Diamonds Are Forever – 1971
#19. Spectre – 2015
#20. Moonraker – 1979
#21. Die Another Day – 2002
#22. Tomorrow Never Dies – 1997
#23. The World is Not Enough – 1999
#24. Octopussy – 1983
#25. The Man with the Golden Gun – 1974
#26. A View to a Kill – 1985
#27. Casino Royale – 1967