Every James Bond movie ranked: The best and worst of 007

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Sean Connery, as James Bond in Dr. No.


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There have been 26 James Bond films in whole over the course of an unimaginable six a long time. No Time to Die, seemingly the ultimate one to star Daniel Craig as 007, hits theatres later this yr

James Bond has fairly a legacy, and whereas the legendary undercover agent franchise has introduced us numerous thrills, it is had some dud moments, too. So what’s the very best Bond movie? Glad you requested. We have got solutions.

When you’re ready for No Time to Die, aka Bond 25, you may fulfill your Bond cravings by revisiting the older 007 movies, from Sean Connery‘s debut in Dr. No in 1962 all the way in which to Craig’s most up-to-date outing, Spectre. It’s going to be a enjoyable look again, seeing how Eon Productions made the superspy an emblem of the occasions, an avatar of fashion and a man of many gadgets, with six completely different actors taking their flip as Bond.

See additionally: Being James Bond: How 007 movies got me into intelligence work

The newest plot twist for the long-running Bond franchise: In Could, tech titan Amazon ponied up $8.45 billion to buy MGM, the venerable Hollywood studio that oversees the 007 films.

If you do not know the place to begin with the Bond movies, you should definitely take a look at our recommendations and full rundown on big-screen Bond.

Or you may take a look at the James Bond film rankings under, from worst to finest. It is primarily based on an aggregate of movie reviews, particular to when the flicks got here out, as compiled by CNET sister web site Metacritic. The checklist accounts for each theatrical 007 launch, not simply the two dozen from Eon Productions but in addition two noncanonical entries — the 1967 model of On line casino Royale, a trippy flip with a number of actors taking part in Bond (David Niven chief amongst them), and 1983’s By no means Say By no means Once more, with Connery in his second comeback.

See additionally: James Bond villains build the best lairs, from volcanoes to space

It would not, nonetheless, embody the 1954 model of On line casino Royale, a 50-minute TV playhouse manufacturing that launched Ian Fleming’s hero to the world as “Jimmy” Bond, an American undercover agent. Yow will discover that on YouTube, in the event you’re curious. 

In any other case, we have got the entire litany of actors who’ve performed Bond within the official franchise — in addition to Connery and Craig, that is George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan.


James Bond films ranked, from worst to finest


26. A View to a Kill

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Based on the crucial consensus, Roger Moore is not simply the star of the worst James Bond film — this snowboarding 1985 entry — he is the star of the worst James Bond films, interval. When mixed and averaged, his 007 movies produce a franchise-low Metascore of 53.7.

A View to a Kill was Moore’s seventh and ultimate 007 film. His co-stars included Christopher Walken as gleefully murderous villain Max Zorin and Grace Jones as Bond baddie (and eventual ally) Could Day. The plot that Bond has to foil: Zorin’s scheme to destroy Silicon Valley so he can management the marketplace for pc chips.

“The James Bond collection has had its bummers, however nothing earlier than within the class of this one,” Pauline Kael wrote for The New Yorker.

Metascore: 40

25. The Man With the Golden Gun

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So far as critics are involved, this 1974 installment, Moore’s second outing as 007, is one other bottom-dweller within the James Bond franchise. “For those who loved the early Bond movies as a lot as I did, you’d higher skip this one,” Nora Sayre wrote in The New York Instances.

The Man With the Golden Gun, that includes Christopher Lee because the Bond villain and rival marksman Scaramanga and eventual Fantasy Island star Herve Villechaize as his henchman Nick Nack, grossed $97.6 million worldwide, the weakest box-office efficiency by any of the Roger Moore 007 movies.

Metascore: 43

24. On line casino Royale (1967)

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This offbeat, comic entry includes a multitude of actors as James Bond. However extra 007s don’t make issues merrier — or higher. Selection referred to as this model of On line casino Royale “a movie of astounding sloppiness” and “an insult to the Bond identify.” 

This is without doubt one of the two noncanonical, non-Eon movies in our rundown. (And for Bond completists — sorry, we’re not together with the 1954 tv manufacturing of On line casino Royale, which portrayed our hero as Jimmy Bond, and an American besides.)

1967’s Casino Royale, that includes David Niven, Peter Sellers and Orson Welles, grossed a Bond-worst $41.7 million worldwide.

Metascore: 48

23. Tomorrow By no means Dies

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The primary of the 4 Pierce Brosnan Bond films on this checklist will get credit score for giving Michelle Yeoh an early Hollywood showcase — however for little else. Based on Salon’s Charles Taylor, this 1997 movie “scores zero in suspense, wit or class.”

When averaged, Brosnan’s 4 James Bond films publish a 57.5 Metascore, the second-lowest amongst 007 actors who’ve starred in at the very least 4 films. 

On the field workplace, Tomorrow Never Dies, that includes Jonathan Pryce as villain Elliot Carver, grossed $339.5 million worldwide. That is on par with, however on the low finish of, the opposite movies of the Brosnan period.

Metascore: 52

22. For Your Eyes Solely

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Critics are kinder, if nonetheless cool, to Roger Moore’s fifth 007 journey. Within the Chicago Solar-Instances, critic Roger Ebert wrote that the 1981 film “is a reliable James Bond thriller …[b]ut it is not more than that.”

Other than its evaluations, For Your Eyes Only is a hit of the Roger Moore period: It earned an Oscar nomination for its Sheena Easton-crooned title track, and it grossed $195.3 million worldwide — the second-best field workplace exhibiting for a Moore installment. 

Metascore: 54

20 (tie). The Spy Who Beloved Me

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Nominated for a franchise-best three Oscars, this 1977 Roger Moore adventure nonetheless rated combined evaluations from critics. “After the opening sequence,” Newsweek’s Maureen Orth wrote, “a lot of the motion in The Spy Who Beloved Me … is considerably downhill.”

The Spy Who Loved Me, that includes the primary of two franchise appearances by Richard Kiel because the villainous Jaws, grossed $185.4 million worldwide, making it one of many largest field workplace hits of its launch yr.   

Metascore: 55

20 (tie). Stay and Let Die

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Roger Moore’s first James Bond film is, properly, one other middling effort — at the very least per the critics. On reflection, this 1973 film might have suffered by comparability with the just-concluded Sean Connery period.

“[E]ven the artwork path — lengthy the Bond movies’ actual secret weapon — appears to have fallen to a shrunken funds,” the Chicago Reader’s Dave Kehr wrote. “Not a lot enjoyable.”

On the field workplace, Live and Let Die, co-starring Geoffrey Holder because the voodoo-practicing henchman Baron Samedi and Yaphet Kotto as head dangerous man Katanga/Mr. Large, and that includes the hit title track by Paul McCartney’s Wings, was a massive step up from the Sean Connery movie that preceded it, Diamonds Are Perpetually. Stay and Let Die grossed $161.8 million worldwide.

Metascore: 55

19. Die One other Day

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The ultimate Pierce Brosnan James Bond movie might have launched the invisible automotive, however critics consider this 2002 film as a retread, not an innovator. “Certainly it is not going to be giving issues away to inform you there’s completely nothing new concerning the newest episode,” Desson Thomson wrote in The Washington Put up.

Co-starring then-reigning Oscar winner Halle Berry as Bond lady Jinx Johnson, with Monty Python’s John Cleese as Q, and that includes the hit title observe by Madonna, Die Another Day grossed more cash than some other Pierce Brosnan 007 movie: $431.9 million worldwide.

Metascore: 56

18. The World Is Not Sufficient

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This 1998 film is the third Pierce Brosnan James Bond movie. “This retains one fairly amused, titillated, and brain-dead for slightly over two hours,” Jonathan Rosenbaum wrote within the Chicago Reader.

The World Is Not Enough grossed a strong $361.7 million on the worldwide field workplace. It co-stars Robert Carlyle because the villain Renard, who feels no ache; Sophie Marceau because the strikingly conflicted Elektra King; and Denise Richards as a nuclear physicist. 

Metascore: 57

16 (tie). Licence to Kill

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The second — and ultimate — James Bond film of the Timothy Dalton period will get good marks as an motion film, however not essentially as a 007 film. “James Bond would possibly as properly be any of a dozen film cops,” the St. Louis Put up-Dispatch’s Joe Pollack wrote of this 1989 entry.

Licence to Kill, that includes Robert Davi because the drug lord villain Sanchez, Carey Lowell as Bond lady Pam Bouvier and a younger Benicio del Toro as a henchman, grossed $156.2 million worldwide — an enormous drop on the field workplace in contrast with Dalton’s debut 007 movie.

Metascore: 58

16 (tie). Quantum of Solace

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Thus far, this 2008 film is the worst-reviewed of the 007 Daniel Craig period. “Quantum of Solace could also be explosive with pictures of fiery infernos,” Movie Risk’s Jay Slater wrote, “nevertheless it’s convoluted and complicated.” 

On the entire, the Craig-led Bond movies boast a Metascore common of 69.8, making his films the second-best reviewed 007 films of all time.

On one hand, Quantum of Solace, co-starring Mathieu Amalric as Bond villain Dominic Greene, is the fourth-biggest-grossing James Bond film of all time, with $591.7 million in worldwide ticket gross sales. However, the movie is the lowest-grossing James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig. 

Metascore: 58

15. Diamonds Are Perpetually

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The bottom-ranked Sean Connery movie on this rundown is the Scotsman’s sixth Bond undertaking — and the final one which the long-lasting star made earlier than taking a 12-year 007 hiatus. Based on critics, Diamonds Are Forever was proof of a franchise in want of recent blood. 

The New Yorker’s Pauline Kael referred to as the movie an “unimaginative Bond image that’s usually noisy when it means to be thrilling.”

Diamonds Are Forever co-stars Charles Grey as arch-villain Blofeld and Jill St. John as Bond lady Tiffany Case, and options Putter Smith and Bruce Glover because the archly menacing Mr. Kidd and Mr. Wint, respectively. Among the many Sean Connery 007 installments, the film grossed a middling $116 million worldwide.

Metascore: 59

13 (tie). Spectre

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This 2015 Daniel Craig adventure, probably the most just lately launched James Bond film, is “stuffed with massive units, massive stunts, and what must be massive moments,” Matt Zoller Seitz famous for RogerEbert.com, “however few of them land.”

Spectre co-stars Christoph Waltz in a brand new tackle the outdated dependable Bond villain Blofeld, with Ralph Fiennes taking on as M, and like Skyfall, delves deeper into Bond’s origin story. It grossed a whopping $879.6 million worldwide, the second-biggest take for the franchise.

Metascore: 60

13 (tie). The Dwelling Daylights

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This 1987 Timothy Dalton entry, the primary of his two turns as James Bond, wins factors from critics for not being a Roger Moore entry. “After the fizzle of the later Roger Moore Bonds,” Empire’s Kim Newman wrote, “The Living Daylights brings in a brand new 007 … who manages the Connery trick of seeming suave and hard on the similar time.”

The Living Daylights outgrossed its predecessor, Roger Moore’s A View to a Kill, by almost $40 million, for a worldwide field workplace whole of $191.2 million.

Metascore: 60

11 (tie). On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

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This 1969 movie, which marks George Lazenby’s lone outing as James Bond, is a fairly good 007 entry, per critics. Whereas the New Yorker’s Pauline Kael discovered its star “fairly a boring fellow,” she referred to as the film “thrilling.”

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service broke new floor: It featured a James Bond wedding ceremony, with Diana Rigg as 007’s feisty however ill-fated bride, Tracy di Vincenzo. On the field workplace, although, the movie fell flat with an $82 million worldwide gross.

Metascore: 61

11 (tie). You Solely Stay Twice

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This 1967 entry marks Sean Connery’s fifth outing as James Bond. Chicago Solar-Instances critic Roger Ebert noticed indicators of wear and tear: “Connery labors mightily,” Ebert wrote.

For a Sean Connery James Bond film, You Only Live Twice grossed a so-so $111.6 million worldwide. The movie is nonetheless influential: Its cat-petting iteration of Blofeld (performed by Donald Pleasence), full with villain’s hideaway in a volcano, impressed the Austin Powers franchise’s Dr. Evil.  

Metascore: 61

10. Octopussy

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Based on critics, this 1983 film is Roger Moore’s second-best James Bond film. “It soars, all proper, nevertheless it does it on computerized pilot,” wrote Jay Scott for Toronto’s Globe and Mail.

Octopussy, co-starring Maud Adams in her second franchise outing (after The Man with the Golden Gun), because the titular character, grossed a strong $187.5 million worldwide.

Metascore: 63

9. Thunderball

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Based on critics, this 1965 film is a lesser Sean Connery 007 entry, however a worthy entry total. “[It] nonetheless effortlessly plies the glory Bond years, concluding with a beautiful underwater battle,” wrote Empire’s Kim Newman.

Thunderball is the top-grossing Sean Connery 007 film of the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies: It took in $141.2 million in worldwide ticket gross sales. It additionally supplied the template for Connery’s ultimate James Bond outing almost twenty years later, By no means Say By no means Once more.

Metascore: 64

8. GoldenEye

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The first Pierce Brosnan Bond movie is the finest Pierce Brosnan Bond film, per critics. “New Bond man Brosnan cannot be faulted for a lot,” Desson Thomson wrote in The Washington Put up. “On this new enterprise, he is appropriately good-looking, British-accented and suave.”

GoldenEye featured Sean Bean as a double-0 agent turned dangerous man, Famke Janssen as Bond lady Xenia Onatopp and Judi Dench in her first flip as Bond boss M. It grossed a then-huge $356.4 million worldwide. Pent-up demand might have helped: The 1995 movie was the primary James Bond film since Timothy Dalton’s License to Kill, launched six years prior.

Metascore: 65

7. Moonraker

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Launched in 1979, two years after Star Wars modified nearly all the things in Hollywood, the fourth Roger Moore James Bond film sees 007 despatched to outer area. Critics non-ironically cheered. “Moonraker is a satisfying mix of acquainted elements,”  wrote The Washington Put up’s Gary Arnold.

Moonraker, co-starring Lois Chiles as astronaut Holly Goodhead (sure, actually), is the ninth-biggest-grossing James Bond film of all time, with $210.3 million in worldwide ticket gross sales. 

General, Moonraker is the best-reviewed Bond film of the Moore period. 

Metascore: 66

6. By no means Say By no means Once more

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The highest-grossing Sean Connery Bond film, this 1983 movie can be one of many better-reviewed Bond films. 

Never Say Never Again marked Connery’s ultimate 007 look and, from a crucial standpoint, appears to have benefited from having been launched through the reviled tail finish of the Roger Moore period. 

“It’s good to see Connery’s grave stylishness on this function once more,” Time’s Richard Schickel wrote. “It makes Bond’s cynicism and opportunism appear the product of real worldliness (and world weariness) versus Roger Moore’s mere twirpishness.”

Regardless of the presence of Connery, who first embodied Bond on the massive display screen, this film wasn’t from Eon Productions, making it the second of the 2 non-canonical movies in our checklist.

Metascore: 68

5. Dr. No

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The first James Bond feature film, launched in 1962 (although it did not arrive in the USA till 1963), is without doubt one of the finest James Bond films, per critics. “Sean Connery excellently places over a cool, fearless, on-the-ball, fictional Secret Service man,” Selection praised.

Dr. No, that includes Ursula Andress as authentic Bond lady Honey Ryder (sure, actually), was certainly one of 1963’s Prime 10 box-office hits. It grossed $59.6 million worldwide.

Metascore: 78

4. On line casino Royale

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The primary Daniel Craig James Bond film, Casino Royale blew away critics with its new tackle the spy saga. “[Craig’s] Bond is at the very least the equal of the very best ones earlier than him, and beats all of them in sheer depth,” The Wall Road Journal’s Joe Morgenstern raved.

The opening minutes of the movie reveal how Bond earned his double-0 ranking, and for followers of the Ian Fleming novels, it manages to each keep true to the 1953 e book and adapt that story for audiences a half-century later.

The 2006 movie grossed a then-franchise-best $594.4 million worldwide. 

Metascore: 80

3. Skyfall

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The highest-grossing James Bond film to this point, with a worldwide take of greater than $1.1 billion, this 2012 movie is, in response to critics, the very best Daniel Craig 007 film — and that is not all.  

Skyfall is without doubt one of the finest Bonds within the 50-year historical past of moviedom’s most profitable franchise,” James Adams wrote in Toronto’s Globe and Mail.

The movie gained the collection’ first two Oscars since 1964’s Goldfinger; it claimed statuettes for sound modifying and for Adele’s title track. 

Metascore: 81

2. From Russia With Love

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The second James Bond film is, per the crucial consensus, the second-best James Bond film ever. The New Yorker’s fabled Pauline Kael praised the 1963 release: “Thrilling, handsomely staged, and campy.”

From Russia With Love, that includes Lotte Lenya as Bond baddie Rosa Klebb and Robert Shaw because the SPECTRE murderer gunning for Bond, grossed $78.9 million worldwide, a take that represented vital progress over Dr. No, and firmly established 007 as a franchise to observe.

Metascore: 84

1. Goldfinger

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Right here it’s: This 1964 Sean Connery entry is, per the crucial consensus, the very best James Bond film. It had all the weather we have come to anticipate: the megalomaniac villain with an outrageous and murderous scheme, the henchman with a unusual technique for killing (Oddjob and his hat), massive set items with extravagant motion, Bond in a dinner jacket.

“Bigger than life, faintly ridiculous, utterly cool, Goldfinger is the quintessential James Bond film,” Empire’s Ian Freer wrote.

The movie grossed a then-franchise-best $124.9 million worldwide, and gained the franchise’s first Oscar (for sound results). 

Metascore: 87

James Bond films in chronological order

Within the official Bond canon — the movies made by Eon Productions — there are 25 movies, together with the upcoming No Time to Die. Due to licensing points, there have been two different, non-canonical films: the 1967 model of On line casino Royale, and Sean Connery’s ultimate outing, 1983’s By no means Say By no means Once more.

Sean Connery

David Niven, amongst others

George Lazenby

Sean Connery, first comeback

Roger Moore

Sean Connery, second comeback

Roger Moore, nonetheless on his run

Timothy Dalton

Pierce Brosnan

Daniel Craig

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