Spectre marks the 24th Bond movie in the franchise, which has been running for the better part of a century. It is also the second highest grossing entry, making it apparent that 007 still has more than enough cultural reference to make an impact on moviegoers. The British secret agent has had some ups and downs over his 24 movie stint, so I thought I'd make a list from what I believe to be the 10 best films of the franchise.
10. For Your Eyes Only While not a particular fan of the Roger Moore era due to its campiness, this one was a little more grounded in reality as Bond tries to recover a stolen British targeting system. It has great fights, chases, gadgets and one of the best theme songs by Sheena Easton.
9. Skyfall The highest grossing Bond of all time has 007 going up against a form MI6 agent out for revenge. While the plot is a little wonky at times, Javier Bardem does a phenomenal job as the flamboyant Bond baddie, and Judi Dench puts in one of the best performances as M.
8. Goldeneye Pierce Brosnan's first outing as 007 is a solid entry in the franchise. Bond is pitted against his former ally 006 to try and stop him from collapsing the world's economy. A good plot, some fantastic acting and cool action scenes make for one of the best entries from post cold war Bond.
7. The Spy Who Loved Me The best movie from the Moore era, Bond investigates the disappearance of English and Russian nuclear submarines. Even though I still think Moore is unconvincing in the role, the movie features some great elements, including a car that turns into a submarine and a fantastic opening song by Carly Simon.
6. Goldfinger "Goldfinger, at number 6?! Blasphemy!" While almost all Bond fans put this film as number 1 in the franchise due to all the classic elements, I'm just going to be honest and say that it hasn't aged well. That being said the Connery film is still a fantastic movie entry with awesome gadgets, an awesome villain (Oddjob) and possibly the best title song of all time.
5. Casino Royale Daniel Craig's first and best outing as the secret agent. A fantastic origin story for Bond, which has him enter a poker tournament to beat a wealthy arms dealer. One of the more grounded entries this kickstarted the franchise again for a new generation.
4. The Living Daylights Probably the most underrated entry with the most underrated Bond, Timothy Dalton. This movie has 007 up against a former KGB agent trying to smuggle arms and drugs. A smart script, great car chases, beautiful Bond girls and gorgeous cinematography. This has everything a Bond movie needs.
3. From Russia With Love What I believe to be the seminal entry from the Connery years. James Bond is sent to retrieve a Soviet encryption device stolen by terrorist organization, SPECTRE. An incredible supporting cast and intriguing concept keep this movie going. While modern audiences might describe it as "slow" this one of the very best Bond movies.
2.On Her Majesty's Secret Service George Lazeby's only outing as Bond, but one of the best movies of the franchise. 007 goes mono e mono with his arch rival, Ernst Starvo Blofeld. This is a convincing Bond movie with some great performances, especially Terry Savalas as Blofeld who gives 007 one of the saddest endings here.
1.License to Kill It's not just because this is the darkest or grittiest Bond movie, but because of Timothy Dalton's spot on performance of the character that this takes the top spot. Dalton portrays 007 as a real human being with real feelings as he goes after the drug kingpin that savagely attacked his friend Felix Leiter. Couple that with some awesome stunts, great supporting characters, Q getting the most screentime out of any past movie, and a deliciously evil villain played by Robert Davi, and you get the best James Bond movie. Period.
Did this list leave you shaken or stirred? What's your favorite Bond movie?
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