Bond Films, From Best to Worst

A well worn thing to do, but not previously by me, so here goes.
  1. 1.
    Goldfinger
    You know those tropes of Bond films that they always fall back on? Well they all started here.
  2. 2.
    From Russia With Love
    Or was it here? Anyway, this has moved steadily up the rankings since the first time I saw them all. The train fight is still the best fight in any Bond film.
  3. 3.
    Live And Let Die
    Roger Moore flies out of the traps with his best film. They got steadily worse in an almost straight line from here onwards...
  4. 4.
    On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    What might have been... With a decent Bond actor this would probably have been the best film. Still bloody good, mind.
  5. 5.
    Casino Royale
    For many people it's now the best one. I can see why to be honest, but I haven't loved it as long as I have the ones above it. Watch this space though.
  6. 6.
    Goldeneye
    Arguably the first out-and-out reboot in the series. Martin Campbell directed both this and Casino Royale - get him back for the next Bond's debut please.
  7. 7.
    Dr No.
    A lot of people find this too slow, and they're not entirely wrong, but it sets the scene for the series superbly.
  8. 8.
    For Your Eyes Only
    I recently cited this as an underrated Bond film that non-die hard fans should seek out. So I better rank it quite highly then.
  9. 9.
    The Man With The Golden Gun
    Christopher Lee plays arguably the best baddie in the series, and his scenes are great. Lots to dislike in this though; Mary Goodnight is a terrible character, and did they really have to bring back J W Pepper?
  10. 10.
    The Living Daylights
    I think Dalton is generally underrated as Bond, and despite this falling apart at it's multiple endings, it's still a good watch.
  11. 11.
    Diamonds Are Forever
    I suspect many people rate this far lower, but I like it. A strangely nasty film, very early '70s. Wint and Kidd stake a claim for the series' best henchmen.
  12. 12.
    Skyfall
    I liked this immensely when I first saw it, but it seems baggy and slow when watching it again. Not much wrong with it though.
  13. 13.
    You Only Live Twice
    Doesn't Connery look tired and bored? Mainly this high up the list thanks to a wonderful shot of Bond running and fighting across a rooftop.
  14. 14.
    Licence To Kill
    Very dark on content yet very brightly lit, Licence To Kill is an odd beast, but a watchable one, and bonus points for sending Q out into the field.
  15. 15.
    Tomorrow Never Dies
    The first one I saw in the cinema, so probably benefits from nostalgia love on that front. Much worse was to come from Brosnan too...
  16. 16.
    The Spy Who Loved Me
    Perhaps the only Bond film that I think is overrated by many. Certainly not bad by any means but nothing special either.
  17. 17.
    Quantum Of Solace
    Another underrated one for me. Not a great plot nor a cohesive film, but lots of enjoyable sequences. Watch it again, I dare you.
  18. 18.
    Moonraker
    Okay we're getting towards the end now and to be honest it's hard to rank them fairly. Watched this recently though and it has some good moments.
  19. 19.
    A View To A Kill
    I guess this is kind of 'so bad it's good' but Christopher Walken is on fine form.
  20. 20.
    Thunderball
    Now this is a slow movie. All the underwater stuff is really boring.
  21. 21.
    Octopussy
    A good pre-credits sequence, a camp villain, this should maybe be a little higher. But pretty dull throughout
  22. 22.
    The World Is Not Enough
    Once again, another one I liked a lot when I first saw it, but it hasn't aged well on repeated viewings.
  23. 23.
    Spectre
    I must stress I have only seen this once, but I didn't find much to enjoy in it and it was far too long. Could easily move up the list in future though.
  24. 24.
    Die Another Day
    Whilst the 23 films above this may shift places if I review this in future, for me this will always be bottom of the pile. Dire.