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Re: The ULTIMATE bond ranking- your 1-20

I don’t expect many of you to read this giant post, but I’ve been meaning to do this for years and I recently typed this up for a future blog post so I thought I might as well post it on here. So if anyone has the patience, here is my (detailed) Bond film ranking, worst through to best.


24. Die Another Day (2002)

At the end of the day, this would have to be the only film in the series that I genuinely don’t like. No disrespect to those few in number who love this one, but it’s just guff isn’t it? For me, it feels like someone desperately trying to make a Bond film and failing miserably. Everything here feels fake, hammy, and cheap. The CGI is dreadful, the characters are as well, with Toby Stephens, (who I think is an otherwise fine actor), absolutely awful here. Not that it’s his fault, but for my money he is without exception the worst villain in the series. I don’t buy John Cleese as Q, and Halle Berrys ‘Jinx’ is cringe worthy. The infamous kite surfing tsunami sequence is, dare I say, one of the worst scenes in 21st century blockbuster cinema, and the story is in part a Diamonds are Forever rip off, which is not a solid basis to start your new Bond film on. Having said that, Pierce does his best and Rosamund Pike is great (shame she didn’t have the opportunity to be in a better Bond film) and the pre-title sequence is passable.

23. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

As much as I wish I liked the Brosnan era, as I’ve gotten older I’ve come to see it as the weakest period in the series history. Not to say that I don’t like Brosnan or indeed 3 of his films, it’s just that I think his era has the most shortcomings. This one is a decidedly mixed bag. The villain and the plot are both quite weak and I’m not crash hot on the 2 leading ladies. Though the first 40 or 50 minutes are quite good, with the Hamburg segment of the film being the best for mind. Particularly the stuff with Bond sneaking around the paper mill, and that car chase in the car park, which is a great little scene. Special mention to the superb David Arnold score.

22. The World is Not Enough (1999)
Sorry once again Pierce...I was actually hoping to have a bottom 3 which was not entirely comprised of Brosnan’s films but it’s just the way it’s turned out. Though there is plenty to enjoy in this one and I do actually get why some people consider this one of their very favourite Bond films. Funnily enough, when I was a kid it was close to my favourite film in the series and on paper it has everything a great Bond film should, but for me it just doesn’t click and it feels a bit cold and tepid. It lacks the warmth and excitement that a Bond film should have. I love Electra King though, she’s gorgeous and a worthy adversary. The pre-title sequence is quite good, it’s also nice to have Robbie Coltrane back and the score is once again great. The title song is also very good and I do like that action sequence in the nuclear bunker. That image of Bond sliding along the chains with the explosions going off behind him is a great shot. Brosnan is excellent in this and I would say it’s his best overall performance but ultimately the film still leaves me a little cold. It’s a shame he didn’t get a better tenure because he was a worthy Bond.

21. Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
I used to really not enjoy this one but funnily enough over the last few years it is one of the Bond films that I watch the most. For me, this is without a doubt the weirdest Bond film of the alot. It’s just cooked. The villains are campy and zany (Wint and Kidd? Absolute lads), which is no more evident than the moment where Blofeld appears in drag. Ridiculous! And what is with that crazy zoo chick that morphs into a gorilla?!? Lunacy. Tiffany is a great Bond girl until the final reel when she has a similarly drastic transformation and becomes a complete idiot. Also, Connery is a little off-kilter and ironic in this one. It’s great to see him as Bond, but he’s not the same Bond anymore. What happened to the lean, mean, panther like Bond of the 60s! Still I enjoy seeing him here. Love the pre-title sequence, the song is a cracker and so is the score. John Barry is just the man. Special mention to the funeral parlour sequence where Bond ends up in a coffin, and Bambi and Thumper. Also love the sleazy production design and the 70s Las Vegas setting.  A real moment in time. Lots to enjoy, but ultimately quite a weak entry.

20. Moonraker (1979)
You know, in a way, I kind of feel that this is actually the second worst film in the series. The campy, self-parodying humour is taken to truly ridiculous and cringe-worthy heights. JAWS being back? Great. JAWS falling in love with a chick who looks like she should be standing in front of a joy division hut in Nazi Germany and then becoming a good guy as a consequence? Spare me. The Gondola sequence? Possibly the second worst moment in Bond history (go back to Die Another Day for the first). The endless, blatant product placement, the continuous miraculous escapes, the limitless slapstick jokes... it’s enough to make the head spin. Admittedly, this is quite similar to The Spy Who Loved Me, however where the two differ is that Spy is purely tongue in cheek, whereas Moonraker totally takes the piss. Yet, there is something very entertaining about  Moonraker. It’s big time film production and I think that that is what I love about it. It’s a huge undertaking and there is lot to like as a result. In fact, Ken Adam’s sets and John Barry’s music are both so great that frankly, the film doesn’t deserve them.  That pre-title sequence is awesome, (the stunt work is outta sight), Roger is in top form and I love all that stuff at Drax’s French chateau. Classic Bond. Drax himself is also a great villain. He’s dull and monotone but he does dull and monotone better than anybody. Has some great lines too. “Look after Mr Bond. See that some harm comes to him...” Brilliant. Bond girl: solid but not great. Also, Corrine is rather lovely, it’s a shame she meets such a sticky end. Moonraker is like fairy floss then. Junk food that’s fun to eat, but always leaves me feeling a little sick by the end.


19. A View To A Kill (1985)
Again, another one that I used to dislike, however have now come to be very fond of. And again, another one which I now watch quite often.  I feel that the shortcomings of this film are obvious to everyone...Moore has probably gone one too many and looks a little past it, the storyline is essentially a riff on Goldfinger, and the humour  is again a little cringe worthy (California Girls? Spare me.), Stacey is a weak, wingey Bond girl (even though she is quite, quite attractive) and if you play a spot the stunt double drinking game during this one you are guaranteed to be paralytic by films end. But! Having said all that, the film is incredibly entertaining and for once I feel that the films faults are actually part of its charm. We know that Roger is cooked at this point, but he is still great as Bond and I love him. We know that the formula feels a little tired and stale and is probably in need of a revamp,  but everything feels so familiar, the ground so well-trodden that there is something about this one that is so warm and comforting. Also the villains are top shelf. Zorin and May-day are truly great villains. Duran Duran’s tune is one of the very best and that title sequence is eye catchingly great in a very sleazy, very 1980s way. Best action scene award goes to the Paris chase. Farewell Sir Roger, you are a legend.

18. The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)

This one has always copped quite a bit of flak, but I’ve long held a fondness for it. When I was younger I would watch this one quite a lot and still do. It’s a small scale Bond film and quite understated in the context of the series. It’s incredibly pulpy and zany, and in some ways it’s quite misogynistic and inappropriate, as it indulges in sexism, women beating, masochism, and casual racism. Truly, a Bond film Fleming would be proud of then. But all the same I like the feel of this one, it’s smaller scale makes it feel a little like a forgotten Bond film. Plus Scaramanga is a great villain. One of the all time greats. The island and fun house setting are very intriguing and Nic Nac is a nifty little henchmen. I like the 70s martial arts movie vibe too. Roger is at his most inappropriate in this one. So wrong, but so, so entertaining. Though it is a bit of a missed opportunity, as it should have been more of an assassin versus assassin film, but instead it deviates through unnesseccary subplots which takes away a bit of the tension. I do get why people don’t like it, hence why it’s at number 18, but I still think it’s a decent Bond entry.

17. Quantum of Solace (2008)
I’ve flip flopped on this one quite a bit. Initially I was completely underwhelmed, then I became very fond of it and rated it highly, and now I’m somewhere in between. I get the arguments of the detractors but I also think it is underrated. I love the urgency of this film. Everything happens quickly and rapidly. Craig is once again superb, and looks amazing in this one. He’s a hard, hard bastard and I love it. Camille is stunning and one of my favourite leading ladies, and that opera scene beats the band. The pre-title chase is pulsating and I enjoy seeing Mathis again. The production design is also top notch. Down points: the editing – frenetic and confused, works for some actions scenes but also kills others (the boat and plane chases respectively), storyline – undercooked. It is also too much of a sequel and would make zero sense to someone who hadn’t seen Casino Royale. Bond films shouldn’t be like that. I quite like the fact that this is the shortest film in the series. It’s tight and compact and it works well. I suppose they didn’t really have a script so it needed to be short. Still, I’m fond of this one.  It’s status is growing.

16. Octopussy (1983)
A highly entertaining entry and one of the purest, most fun Bond films in the series. If it didn’t have  ridiculous humour scattered throughout its runtime it would be higher on this list because, despite all its charms, I simply cannot look past the Tarzan yell, (actually, that entire safari sequence), the clown suit, the gorilla suit, and the circus performers palace raid at the films climax. If I could edit those elements out, it would be top rate Bond. Despite this, the film is still a thoroughly good entry. Roger is completely at ease in the role and owns it. Love the scene in the train carriage with Ourov. He shows great range and a sterner side in that moment. In fact, all the stuff in Germany bar the clown and gorilla suits is great, particularly the stunt work on the train.  Maud Adams is a wonderful leading lady and her character is thoroughly intriguing. Kamal Khan and Ourov are a good double act and are both strong villains. Don’t love the pre-titles as much as many seem to, but there are plenty of great action sequences in this one. Another great Barry score. Bonus points for Magda and the outrageous Fleming title.

15. Spectre (2015)

And so, we arrive at the latest Bond entry, and I have to admit, I am a little surprised I have this as high as 15, because there is a good deal of it that I find frustrating. Firstly, the plot is patched together and  underdone. It could have been great however it is one or two drafts away from being a solid script. Madeleine is a fine Bond girl, however they should have deleted the falling in love bit and just had her as a routine romance. The foster brother connection is also a shocker.  Ah well...that aside and there is plenty here to like. In fact a lot of it is great. A thrilling and bombastic pre-titles, some fantastic stuff in Rome and a wonderful 30 minute segment spent in Tangier and the depths of the desert and I almost forget the films shortcomings. The cinematography and production design is wonderful. Craig is brilliant and is arguably doing his best Bond performance here. How people thought he was bored is beyond me. Bump off the ending in London, extend the fight scene at Blofeld’s lair and turn that into the climax and it would be pushing for the top half of the ranking. Heavily flawed, but brilliant in parts.

14. The Living Daylights (1987)

Now we’re venturing into the realm of films that I love, and this one is no exception . Solid, often cracking entry in the series sees Tim don the tux in a leaner, meaner and more direct version of Bond. A breath of fresh air after the Moore era, and not because the Moore era was bad, but because change can sometimes give you a shot in the arm. This is case in point. Dalton is a great Bond, and underrated by too many. He gives the character a sense of urgency and danger. The film has weak villains, and the Bond girl is  charming but altogether slight. Pushkin is a great character though and a good addition to the series. The first two thirds of this film are first class. Fantastic cold war era espionage with a suitably convoluted plot, atmospheric European settings, and a solid amount of spying and intrigue. However once the film switches to Afghanistan it loses some of its mojo. The tension goes out the door a bit. Probably would have been better to have kept it all in Europe but I have to say that the aerial fight scene on the Hercules is great. Barry’s last score, and it’s a blinder. The series will never be the same without him. Quite a fan of the Aston on ice chase, and I like the cello case chase as well. (try and say that 10 times!). Shout out to the end fight at Whittaker’s toy soldier room. I don’t know why, but I just really like this scene...there’s something about it that gets me. Anyways...you can’t go much wrong with this one.

13.  Licence to Kill (1989)

Again, and I suspect like many, I never used to be partial to this one, however over the years it has grown to become a firm favourite. I find the Dalton films very equal in quality, however I have to give the edge to this one. It’s the darkest entry for my money, it’s violence, in the context of Bond, is quite shocking, and I think is ultimately a little over the top. Where in The Living Daylights the first half was the strongest, in Licence to Kill the film takes a little while to get going, not truly gathering steam until the thrilling sequence on Krest’s boat, however, after that it’s all guns blazing. Dalton is on fire in this one. This is truly his Bond film and I think his performance in this one is one of the best in the entire series. Carey Lowell makes for a very good Bond girl and Sanchez is a brilliant villain. Truly menacing and a formidable opponent. The tanker climax is one of the finest Bond finales. Pulsating stuff. Unfortunately the first 40 minutes has a bit of a tacky, 80s American cop thriller look to it which grates on me a little bit. Bond can be left of field and gritty, but it should never look cheap. Though this is a minor criticism. There’s plenty of tension and drama in this one. Shout out to Q for his great role in the film’s second half. A fine Bond flick and it’s a damn shame Dalton never got to a third.

12. Dr. No. (1962)
In some ways, I actually prefer Licence to Kill, however the respect I have for this film is huge, and I love the fact that it feels like a Fleming novel come to life, and that’s why it just shades Licence for me in the rankings. It doesn’t have the big action scenes that would soon become engrained in the series, and is much more focused on the  details of Bond’s investigation. He does plenty of detecting in this one and I appreciate this relatively loyal adaptation of Fleming’s book. Plus, it’s thrilling to see the first Bond film, to see the blueprint laid out before your eyes. I still don’t know how they came up with that gun barrel, with that amazing theme song, with those brilliant sets and that blush, decadent look that all 60s Bond films have. Connery is raw but brilliant and pulsates with charisma. Jamaica is a glorious location and Dr. No is a memorable villain, though more screen time would have been good. Honey Ryder is a stunner, Jack Lord’s portrayal of Felix Leiter is one of the very best, and all the stuff on Crab Key is great. Best moment – “Bond, James Bond” The greatest character introduction in cinema history. Period.

11. You Only Live Twice (1967)
I used to not pay this one at all, but now I love it. It’s completely bonkers in that unique, swinging 60s way and is riotously entertaining from start to finish. Sure, the story is preposterous, the whole tone is comic book and sci-fi, and that Japanese disguise is ridiculous and hilarious, but you gotta love it. Ken Adam is at the very top of his game in this one, the sets are monumental, and the whole design of the film is fantastic. Freddie Young is a legend and his cinematography is excellent.  Connery is bored out of his mind and it irks me a bit, but he is still the ultimate Bond so I can somewhat forgive him this one.  Bond girls are rather weak, Kissy being the best of the lot for my money. Tiger is an excellent ally, and the fight in Osato’s office with the Rock’s grandfather is a cracker. That little Toyota is a very nifty little number as well. Great theme song, and the film has an excellent climax. Bonus points for the amazing location of Japan in the 60s. Top shelf.

10. For Your Eyes Only (1981)
I have a soft spot for this one, mainly because it’s the film that made me a fan, but also because it is a cracking Bond thriller. Whilst some of the silly humour is still there (Maggie Thatcher? Mental),this is largely a more ‘down to earth’ type of Bond and it’s great to see after the excesses of Moonraker. Roger Moore is brilliant in this, for me it’s his best performance. He handles the more serious elements with aplomb without losing  his easy charm and humour. That eyebrow raise he gives during the Citroen chase is a classic moment.  As is the whole night time raid on the warehouse which ends with the famous car kick of the side of the cliff. One of the best moments in the series. In fact, the action in this is first class all the way through, right from the thrilling (albeit, a tad silly) Pre-titles to the cracking ski chase, and the tense mountain scaling scene. Though I do think the film could have done without the submarine sequence, which is one action scene too many. The Bond girl is very good in this one, though her stare is a tad scary. As for Bibi...well...the less said the better. Love the identograph scene for some reason, and a shout out to Colombo, a top notch ally, and the music during the car chase that takes place after Melina crossbows the hit man. Tune!

9. Goldeneye (1995)
Brosnan’s moment of glory, and as exciting and as solid a Bond film you could ever wish to see. First class stuff all the way through this one, particularly the villains, which are all colourful and make for a fine ensemble, with Xenia being the most memorable. That women is outrageous on every level. Excellent pre-titles, and the tank chase is one of the best action scenes of the 90s. Also the climax fight between Bond and Alec is sensational. You feel every punch in that one.  Judi Dench is an ingenious bit of casting for M and Valentin Zurchovsky is a legend. Loses points for the score, which is probably the worst in the series, and the plot is a little underwhelming, but who cares. Love the cold war vibe in this one. Russia should definitely be revisited in the future. Special mention to the brilliant Q scene. I love that man. A fantastic start for Pierce and a damn shame that his tenure never scaled these heights again.

8. Live and Let Die (1973)
In my heart of hearts I know that Goldeneye is technically a better film, but I have an incredible soft spot for this one. It’s very unique in the Bond canon and has its own distinct favour. The early 70s, New  York, blaxploitation vibe and the sometimes abrasive George Martin score make it one of the coolest films in the series. Roger sets his tone early and is off and running in fine form. Kananga is a classic villain and one of my favourites and Solitaire, my goodness... the most beautiful Bond girl bar none. What a little stunner. Love the crocodile farm, and that escape is brilliant. As is the boat chase, which even Sherriff Pepper can’t kill. Honestly, what a maniac of a character, though for some strange reason he kind of just works here. Fantastic titles, and Paul McCartney provides my favourite Bond theme. Love the ending on the train, and Baron Samedi is truly memorable but ultimately underused. Special mention to the villain’s plan, which is an interesting idea for Bond.

7. Thunderball (1965)
Classic, classic Bond, and probably the film that I watch the most. I love the films luxurious, leisurely feel, and I for one greatly enjoy watching Spectre’s plan unfurl, and the underwater sequences are truly exceptional film making, particularly that battle at the end. The Bond girls in this are off the charts and without question the best bevy of beauties in the series, with Fiona a great femme fatale, and Domino a great love interest. Largo is an adequate villain, who gets bonus points for having a shark invested pool and an eye patch. His home is a brilliant pad, which caters to a thrilling sequence where Sean dons black and goes stealth. Love it, and that fight in the pool is great. Magnificent, jazzy score. Awesome theme tune. Love the ridiculous pre-titles, and Nassau is close to my favourite Bond location. I do get the arguments of the detractors, but I don’t agree at all. This is the height of Bond for me. Special mention to Connery who is firing on all cylinders here. I honestly do not get the people that say he is bored here. He’s loving Bond and is in his element. Ken Adam’s Spectre meeting set is genius. Admittedly, the film does have a few faults, like the rushed editing and some dodgy back projection which does bring it down a touch, but a minor gripe. Final thought: “Would you mind giving me something to put on?” Bond's reaction... Genius.

6. Skyfall  (2012)

At the end of the day, I think this is technically the second or third best film in the series, and the only reason I have it at number 6 is because I have spent much longer with the other films and putting this above them is not something I’m yet prepared to do. It’s not completely perfect, as many Bond fans seem to point out these days, yet overall the film is such a knock out I don’t care about a few plot holes. In actuality, it wouldn’t be Bond without a few story gaffes. Anyways, A tour de force film, highlighted by incredible cinematography (surely the best in the series) and superb performances. None more so than Craig (truly owning the role now) and Bardem (one of the finest ever adversaries). Also Judi Dench is stoic and heartbreaking in this one, and she truly shines. It’s probably the only Bond film that moves me on an emotional level, and that is a hard thing to do in this type of escapist cinema. Best moments: Pre titles (one of the very best), Bond in shanghai and the silhouette fight, Silva’s intro and the musket shoot off that follows (poor old Severine), the tube chase and the thrilling, Home Alone-esque climax. Sensational theme tune from Adele and the title sequence is stunning (Kleinman take a bow sir). Also the score is rather good, it’s just a shame that it was rehashed in Spectre. Overall, A brilliant bit of film making.

5. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
The ultimate Christmas Bond film, and a truly unique bit of epic British cinema. I don’t care if Lazenby is in it, it is one of the greatest Bond films ever made, without exception. Actually, let’s begin with Lazenby, who admittedly, is not great. Having said that, considering that he was a 28 year old model, he possesses a wealth of charisma and does quite a remarkable job. Most likely would have found his feet and could have definitely been a credible Bond had he done more. Diana Rigg is one of the top 2 or 3 Bond girls.  A rather lovely looking lady and a fine actress who brings her character vividly to life. Draco is brilliant and close to my favourite ally in the series. What a charming, dapper gent. John Barry surpasses himself and his score is out of sight. Wonderful cinematography, and the ski chase is top 5 best Bond action scene material.  Piz Gloria is close to the ultimate Bond location and Telly Salavas is charismatic and tough and my favourite Blofeld.  Definitely has a slight psychedelic, late 60s vibe once we get to the  ‘Angels of Death’ and the hypnosis, but it all adds to the appeal. Great little pre-title skirmish, and the proceeding shot of Bond in his Aston lighting a cigarette is wonderful. Moneypenny catching Bonds hat at the wedding is a brilliant touch, and of course, that ending is quite a heartbreaker. Special mention to the impressive avalanche footage. A bold, audacious action adventure.

4. Goldfinger (1964)
A game changing action film. All of its key elements are so well known, many of its scenes and lines so apart of the Bond lexicon that it’s hard to imagine a film ever taking its place as the most iconic Bond adventure. Connery is remarkable in this one. He is quite simply, the coolest, suavest man in cinema history and makes it look effortless. Goldfinger is an awesome villain who is rightly often recognised as the best in the series. Pussy Galore – One of the best Bond girls ever. That name is also disgraceful. Oddjob is a mute menace and a cracking henchmen.  The score is another work of greatness, that pre-title sequence is top 5 in the series and I love the cat and mouse of the golf game. The highlight of the film for me has always been the sequence where Bond sneaks onto Goldfinger’s facility and ends up racing around the factories in the DB5 and ultimately ends up tied to the laser table. I always find that 15 minutes very exciting. Bond at its best. Shout out to Shirley Bassey who smashes out a classic tune and the other Shirley, who rocks gold paint.


3. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Roger’s crowing moment, and the greatest example of the cinematic version of James Bond. Which is, a completely over the top, slightly ridiculous, gadget laden, action packed, lavishly expensive and imaginative adventure film stuffed full of comical henchmen, a villain hell bent on world domination, numerous exotic locales and many beauties.  I find this one endlessly entertaining. The plot isn’t exactly the most memorable, nor is the villain, but the formula just works so well here, and the slightly comic tone is pitch perfect. It may be silly, but it doesn’t go too far that it sacrifices the tension and the thrills, of which there are plenty. Greatest pre-title stunt ever. Amazing sequence. JAWS is brilliant in this one, and that whole section of Bond and Anya following him around ancient Egypt is excellent. Amazing work once again from Ken Adam, with that super tanker set being genius, and the shootout that takes place on it is ace. Truly, one of the best Bond battles. Great 70s score, and another excellent train sequence. Anya is a fine Bond girl and one of the best, though Bach’s performance is a little wooden with an accent that falters here and there which brings her down a touch for me. The Lotus is fantastic and this one contains one of the best Q lab scenes for my money, which is always a nice bonus. I first saw this film when I was 11 and it blew my mind. You Only Live Twice remake? Who cares. Favourite moment: Roger Moore riding on the top of the security camera ball whilst holding a bomb, and the Bond theme kicks in. Spine tingling.

2. From Russia With Love (1963)
The best example of Ian Fleming’s Bond onscreen in my opinion. What a sensational, taut and tense Cold War era espionage thriller this is. The intrigue is high and the action set pieces are kept relatively low, and in the context of this story that is a good thing. Connery has truly found his feet as Bond and gives the quintessential portrayal of 007, I honestly don’t think anybody can touch him from 62 to 65. The man is just a lad on all counts. And Red Grant...what a villain. Robert Shaw brings this guy to life and he is truly menacing. Obviously you know that Bond is going to win, but Grant is one of the only times where I feel that Bond is truly threatened by a villain. Which leads me to that train fight, which is just a classic, classic moment. In fact, that entire 30 minute segment of the film spent on the Orient Express is my favourite part of any Bond film. It’s exotic and adventurous , glamorous and intriguing, and has an atmosphere full of espionage . Everything a James Bond film should be. Kerim Bey is a mighty ally and maybe my favourite of the lot, Rosa Klebb is a nasty little thing and it’s great to see Blofeld in full evil mastermind, cat stroking mode. The film does wander a tad at the gypsy camp, but it still adds colour and the shootout that takes place there is a good one. Istanbul is a brilliant setting and I love the introduction of Q and the booby trapped brief case, one of my favourite Bond gadgets. In fact, all of the M and Moneypenny scenes are great in this one. There’s something so comforting about seeing Bernard Lee and Lois Maxwell in the office. Special mention to the music that plays over the titles and the moment where Bond uses the flare pistol to blow up the fuel drums. Gets me every time. Classic

1. Casino Royale (2006)
For me, there is now no question that this is the best film of the lot. Now, it’s certainly not the one I watch the most, but for me it is most definitely the finest film in the series. This one feels quite separate from the rest. Probably because it’s a hard reboot, and that it was so different to the Brosnan era. Even though it does deviate from the novel, there is the magic of Fleming in this one. You can feel it in almost every scene, none more so than when we get to the casino and gaming tables, which is where the film really takes off. These scenes are just thrilling. High stakes espionage conducted in a glamorous and decadent setting. Pure Bond cinema. No other franchise can do this type of thing. Also that black and white pre-titles sequence is brilliant. Just grabs you by the scruff of the neck. And that parkour chase is amazing and is probably my favourite action scene in the series. Fantastic titles, once again done by Kleinman, and the tune is a belter. Daniel Craig is simply phenomenal in this. I just love him. His Bond has evolved since this one and I love where his portrayal is at now, but here he is just so raw and on edge and dangerous. It’s just a great performance. Vesper is a believable love interest and one of the strongest Bond girl characters, and Mads Mikkelsen makes for a fantastic villain. Love the final scene. Makes me smile every time. Special mention to the cinematography and to Solange, what a stunner. Stone cold classic film. I sincerely hope that Craig can do another one as good as this.

Thanks for reading!

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Great effort Revolver66. I always like to read fellow Bond fans opinions on the films. Our lists are not too dissimilar which tells me you must be a man of intelligence  ajb007/wink

1.ohmss  2.cr  3.frwl  4.ltk  5.gf  6.tswlm  7.sf  8.op  9.tld  10.dn  11.lald  12.tb  13.fyeo  14.ge  15.mr  16.yolt  17.tnd  18.avtak  19.sp  20.twine  21.qos  22.tmwtgg  23.daf  24.dad

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The Wicker Man wrote:

Great effort Revolver66. I always like to read fellow Bond fans opinions on the films. Our lists are not too dissimilar which tells me you must be a man of intelligence  ajb007/wink

Thanks man ajb007/smile And yes it does seem like we have similar tastes. Great minds   ajb007/wink  ajb007/martini

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I'll try and keep it brief:

23: Diamonds are Forever

I don't mind the lighter toned Bonds, Tom M's writing talents are clearly evident and there are some very funny scenes. It's nice to have SC back and the first 30 minutes of the film is a silly, wild ride. However the film lacks any great care as to what's going on, the special effects are horrid and the characters are weak. It truly is the worst Bond of them all because the effort just isn't there. It also doesn't feel like a Bond film, it's a cheap Vegas knock off that happens to have SC involved.

22. Die Another Day

Everything up to Iceland is pretty damn good, even then it remains entertaining. Jinx Jordan is the worst Bond girl in the series, she's a Charlie's Angels girl power, early 2000s-esque load of trollop who has no chemistry whatsoever with James and the film just ends up being jammed with cliches and too many special effects. Arnold's score is brilliant (as usual) and Brosnan puts in his 2nd best performance - he's the only consistent thing within the film.

21. Tomorrow Never Dies

Fits into the late 1990s brit-pop revival set of films which at the time give off a feel-good vibe but over time date and feel flat. I find TND has "classic" moments and takes a better stride than Goldeneye - but comes across as over-confident and cliched. Bond turns more into an American machine gun toting action hero with elements of Bond tacked on to keep it all in check. It's superficial in its qualities, and remains in that DAD entertaining-only zone. "Bond is Back", but not in anything new or original.

20. You Only Live Twice

Features the best location of the entire series, Japan in the 1960s. Plus an excellent soundtrack and great levels of intrigue. The film is big, brash and goes all out - but leaves me feeling bored at times, and gives off a shallow feel. Connery isn't all there, and Bond is limited with pushing buttons and being escorted around. The ending is more about the scale than a good showdown. Feels like running before walking...

19. Live and Let Die

It's odd and interesting, but (for good reason at the time) has many Bond elements removed. It fits into the Tom M's 'removed from its past' vibe of DAF. Moore puts in a good performance as always, but I find this Bond has languid moments and a weak plot with a silly ending.

18. Skyfall

Well made, amazing to look at, brilliantly acted - one of the best in that regard - but it's inwardly focussed, Bond is a pussy and it has plot holes. Comes across as a Bond rehash of the Nolan Batmans. M's death is sad.

17. Goldfinger

Complete classic, Connery is fantastic and Goldfinger is the best villain of the lot. So many great scenes, set-ups and "Bond moments" that give the series its iconic feel. GF has dropped in recent rankings because of the fact Bond does so little, the final act is a joke and it descends into lazy storytelling. I find that the overuse of sets, green screens and dull locations affect my sentiment for the film. I love Goldfinger and its classic elements - but have tired of it.

16. Licence to Kill

It's good and bad, the one I love to hate and hate to love. Apart from the usual criticisms (TV movie, cheap etc.) I feel that they didn't quite get the revenge element right, they also have inconsistencies in the way the story is told (loaded with puns and humour). Dalton does a stand-up job, but I won't applaud it as the best performance either. It's too heavy at times, and he lost is handsome looks from TLD very quickly. My girlfriend sums it up quite well "it doesn't feel like a Bond film at all".

15. From Russia With Love

Right, we're getting into the good stuff now. From Russia With Love features a flawless performance as Bond from Connery and has a great line-up of characters and is a perfect Cold War plot. I don't watch it often as I don't find it as entertaining as the others, but when I do, I get absorbed into the story. It fits into the category of "thinking-man's Bond".

14. Thunderball

Like YOLT it's overindulgent sure, but TB makes me feel like I'm on holiday and a playboy. It's a 'cool' Bond film that avoids the classicisms and cliches that Goldfinger has and just feels like a great time. Connery, while beginning his decline, is still in good form and shape and the film is all about the sexy players who are just on holiday. Yep, plot comes second, but great times come first.

13. Casino Royale

A very solid entry into the series. It's a whirlwind film that has new and old feelings, brilliantly establishing a new Bond and new direction. I find this slipping in the rankings as time goes on as it becomes a tedious watch. Vesper annoys me, Bond annoys me and the running time could be shorter. Still, it's pretty damn great.

12. Goldeneye

Like CR, this one has slowly started slipping down the chain. Elements of the film are too apologetic about Bond's past, Brosnan isn't fully comfortable and Alec Trevellyn is bloody annoying. Other than that, the film has a brilliant feel to it, crashing into the 1990s the film continues to deliver the "Bond is Back" feel with a cool soundtrack, great gadgets and post-Cold War relevancy. Excellent chemistry between Natalya and Bond, some great sidekicks (I like Joe Don Baker here) and the best establishing 40 minutes of all Bond films (PTS to the stealing of Tiger).

11. Quantum of Solace

Hard as nails, short, sharp - brilliant. I love the film's energy and pace and the fact that Craig isn't a brooding mess - he's getting on with it. I enjoy the plot, locations and cast - and has an original style. Arnold's best work too.

10. The Man With the Golden Gun

The best of the Tom M trio, has a solid, tough performance from Moore and combines humour, oddity and intrigue well. Scaramanga is an excellent villain, matched with Nick Nack and some pretty cool locations. I've been less enamoured by the film in recent viewings because of its superficiality, weak ladies and at times, cheapness (lacks Ken Adam). I've also tired a bit of the plot and while Roger is my #1, he's not carrying the films as well as he does in later entries. He's almost placeholder like...

9. A View To A Kill

A solid, entertaining Bond film with brilliant cast of villains and an excellent Roger swan-song. It's not perfect, and is beginning to get into that churned out 1980s state that some of the films start to show. Despite this, the film always maintains my interest and fascination and regular criticisms that the film suffers (Roger's age, GF re-hash) never stick with me. Best title song in the series.

8. Octopussy

The most entertaining film in the series, Roger's most balanced performance and a fully intriguing, globe-trotting story that does the Cold War theme so well. It would be the most watched film in the collection and always brings something new when watching. Outstanding set of villains, great chemistry with everyone and fantastic action sequences. It's the Bond film that has it all.

7. Dr. No

I love the slower pacing and preview of what's to come. It has elements of a whole bunch of other movies wrapped into one with some of the Bond signatures not yet fully defined. Connery is a force, who certainly is James Bond right off the bat. Other than him, nothing specific in the film is outstanding, but it all comes together so well to create a fantastic first Bond film.

6. On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Damn it's good. Lazenby is excellent. Savales is great as Blofeld and the film just wraps you in its original world straight off. All the different puzzle pieces come together to form something not seen before (or after) in the series, something attempted, but failed with in LTK. I do believe Lazenby only doing one elevates the intrigue of his performance, but he looks the part, fights and moves well and I believe him as a great Bond. It's also an excellent Christmas Bond, with a very serious feel to it, despite the light Hillary Bray cover. Brilliant.

5. The Spy Who Loved Me

I think TSWLM is the only flawless Bond film. It's got it all including a stellar performance from Roger, great chemistry with Bach, excellent group of villains (Jaws is a triumph here) and stunning locations. While the film is formulaic, it avoids any traps by adding the original and brilliant pairing of XXX/Bond and the interactions that follow - nothing is revealed too early or dragged out like TB or YOLT. Like Goldeneye there's a real "Bond is back" feel to the film while bringing new elements to the table like the stunning PTS, solid SFX and Cold War relevancy.

4. The Living Daylights

An excellent Dalton performance, great convoluted plot and very stylish/classy. The Living Daylights is a great Cold War film that has elements of romance and adventure added in the mix too. I enjoy the Moore elements translated into this film as I think they work quite well (not too garish, but not too muted). Features Barry's best work, some brilliant photography and on the whole a very solid entry into the series that is full of evidence of how much work behind the scenes was thrown at it to make it relevant, coherent, current and deep.

3. Moonraker

Entertaining, full of scope and extremely well made. The technical achievement of the film is outstanding accompanied by a haunting Barry score, a diabolical Drax (played perfectly by Lonsdale) and Ken Adam's best and last film. While Moonraker strays into the odder territory, it features some very tight espionage and is well written. Moonraker always makes me feel like a kid. Pure, brilliant entertainment.

2. For Your Eyes Only

A beautifully made, muted Bond film. Featuring an excellent performance by Moore, a great score by Conti and an adventure which is purely about wits and alliances. Some stunning locations, well matched humour produces a Bond film which is tight and focussed.

1. The World Is Not Enough

I love the way this plot twist and turns around M and Bond and Bond has to figure things out while playing many different roles, including falling in love with Elektra. Brosnan plays this brilliantly and his acting is on point. Matched by Judi Dench and Sophie Marceau's excellent performances too. The film jumps around to interesting and intriguing locations and features some great action sequences. While Christmas Jones may not be the sharpest Bond girl, she's absolutely stunning and there's a nice chemistry between her and Bond. The film still feels current and hasn't dated one bit, plus features a very poignant sign-off from Q. Arnold's score is on point and Apted's direction of the actors is sound. I believe I'm the only one on here who has TWINE as their #1 film!

Last edited by heartbroken_mr_drax (4th Dec 2016 09:03)

1. TWINE  2. FYEO  3. MR  4. TLD  5. TSWLM 6. OHMSS  7. DN  8. OP  9. AVTAK  10. TMWTGG  11. QoS 12. GE  13. CR  14. TB  15. FRWL  16. LTK  17. GF  18. SF  19. LaLD  20. YOLT  21. TND  22. DAD  23. DAF.

"If you'll forgive me, that's a little too scented for my palate."

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Good write up Heartbroken Mr. Drax! I've always found it fascinating to see the various lists of different Bond fans, because they almost always differ. Yours is no exception!

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And no Spectre?

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Revolver66 wrote:

And no Spectre?

Only seen once at the cinema, yet to buy it  ajb007/takecover

1. TWINE  2. FYEO  3. MR  4. TLD  5. TSWLM 6. OHMSS  7. DN  8. OP  9. AVTAK  10. TMWTGG  11. QoS 12. GE  13. CR  14. TB  15. FRWL  16. LTK  17. GF  18. SF  19. LaLD  20. YOLT  21. TND  22. DAD  23. DAF.

"If you'll forgive me, that's a little too scented for my palate."

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heartbroken_mr_drax wrote:

I'll try and keep it brief:

23: Diamonds are Forever

I don't mind the lighter toned Bonds, Tom M's writing talents are clearly evident and there are some very funny scenes. It's nice to have SC back and the first 30 minutes of the film is a silly, wild ride. However the film lacks any great care as to what's going on, the special effects are horrid and the characters are weak. It truly is the worst Bond of them all because the effort just isn't there. It also doesn't feel like a Bond film, it's a cheap Vegas knock off that happens to have SC involved.

22. Die Another Day

Everything up to Iceland is pretty damn good, even then it remains entertaining. Jinx Jordan is the worst Bond girl in the series, she's a Charlie's Angels girl power, early 2000s-esque load of trollop who has no chemistry whatsoever with James and the film just ends up being jammed with cliches and too many special effects. Arnold's score is brilliant (as usual) and Brosnan puts in his 2nd best performance - he's the only consistent thing within the film.

21. Tomorrow Never Dies

Fits into the late 1990s brit-pop revival set of films which at the time give off a feel-good vibe but over time date and feel flat. I find TND has "classic" moments and takes a better stride than Goldeneye - but comes across as over-confident and cliched. Bond turns more into an American machine gun toting action hero with elements of Bond tacked on to keep it all in check. It's superficial in its qualities, and remains in that DAD entertaining-only zone. "Bond is Back", but not in anything new or original.

20. You Only Live Twice

Features the best location of the entire series, Japan in the 1960s. Plus an excellent soundtrack and great levels of intrigue. The film is big, brash and goes all out - but leaves me feeling bored at times, and gives off a shallow feel. Connery isn't all there, and Bond is limited with pushing buttons and being escorted around. The ending is more about the scale than a good showdown. Feels like running before walking...

19. Live and Let Die

It's odd and interesting, but (for good reason at the time) has many Bond elements removed. It fits into the Tom M's 'removed from its past' vibe of DAF. Moore puts in a good performance as always, but I find this Bond has languid moments and a weak plot with a silly ending.

18. Skyfall

Well made, amazing to look at, brilliantly acted - one of the best in that regard - but it's inwardly focussed, Bond is a pussy and it has plot holes. Comes across as a Bond rehash of the Nolan Batmans. M's death is sad.

17. Goldfinger

Complete classic, Connery is fantastic and Goldfinger is the best villain of the lot. So many great scenes, set-ups and "Bond moments" that give the series its iconic feel. GF has dropped in recent rankings because of the fact Bond does so little, the final act is a joke and it descends into lazy storytelling. I find that the overuse of sets, green screens and dull locations affect my sentiment for the film. I love Goldfinger and its classic elements - but have tired of it.

16. Licence to Kill

It's good and bad, the one I love to hate and hate to love. Apart from the usual criticisms (TV movie, cheap etc.) I feel that they didn't quite get the revenge element right, they also have inconsistencies in the way the story is told (loaded with puns and humour). Dalton does a stand-up job, but I won't applaud it as the best performance either. It's too heavy at times, and he lost is handsome looks from TLD very quickly. My girlfriend sums it up quite well "it doesn't feel like a Bond film at all".

15. From Russia With Love

Right, we're getting into the good stuff now. From Russia With Love features a flawless performance as Bond from Connery and has a great line-up of characters and is a perfect Cold War plot. I don't watch it often as I don't find it as entertaining as the others, but when I do, I get absorbed into the story. It fits into the category of "thinking-man's Bond".

14. Thunderball

Like YOLT it's overindulgent sure, but TB makes me feel like I'm on holiday and a playboy. It's a 'cool' Bond film that avoids the classicisms and cliches that Goldfinger has and just feels like a great time. Connery, while beginning his decline, is still in good form and shape and the film is all about the sexy players who are just on holiday. Yep, plot comes second, but great times come first.

13. Casino Royale

A very solid entry into the series. It's a whirlwind film that has new and old feelings, brilliantly establishing a new Bond and new direction. I find this slipping in the rankings as time goes on as it becomes a tedious watch. Vesper annoys me, Bond annoys me and the running time could be shorter. Still, it's pretty damn great.

12. Goldeneye

Like CR, this one has slowly started slipping down the chain. Elements of the film are too apologetic about Bond's past, Brosnan isn't fully comfortable and Alec Trevellyn is bloody annoying. Other than that, the film has a brilliant feel to it, crashing into the 1990s the film continues to deliver the "Bond is Back" feel with a cool soundtrack, great gadgets and post-Cold War relevancy. Excellent chemistry between Natalya and Bond, some great sidekicks (I like Joe Don Baker here) and the best establishing 40 minutes of all Bond films (PTS to the stealing of Tiger).

11. Quantum of Solace

Hard as nails, short, sharp - brilliant. I love the film's energy and pace and the fact that Craig isn't a brooding mess - he's getting on with it. I enjoy the plot, locations and cast - and has an original style. Arnold's best work too.

10. The Man With the Golden Gun

The best of the Tom M trio, has a solid, tough performance from Moore and combines humour, oddity and intrigue well. Scaramanga is an excellent villain, matched with Nick Nack and some pretty cool locations. I've been less enamoured by the film in recent viewings because of its superficiality, weak ladies and at times, cheapness (lacks Ken Adam). I've also tired a bit of the plot and while Roger is my #1, he's not carrying the films as well as he does in later entries. He's almost placeholder like...

9. A View To A Kill

A solid, entertaining Bond film with brilliant cast of villains and an excellent Roger swan-song. It's not perfect, and is beginning to get into that churned out 1980s state that some of the films start to show. Despite this, the film always maintains my interest and fascination and regular criticisms that the film suffers (Roger's age, GF re-hash) never stick with me. Best title song in the series.

8. Octopussy

The most entertaining film in the series, Roger's most balanced performance and a fully intriguing, globe-trotting story that does the Cold War theme so well. It would be the most watched film in the collection and always brings something new when watching. Outstanding set of villains, great chemistry with everyone and fantastic action sequences. It's the Bond film that has it all.

7. Dr. No

I love the slower pacing and preview of what's to come. It has elements of a whole bunch of other movies wrapped into one with some of the Bond signatures not yet fully defined. Connery is a force, who certainly is James Bond right off the bat. Other than him, nothing specific in the film is outstanding, but it all comes together so well to create a fantastic first Bond film.

6. On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Damn it's good. Lazenby is excellent. Savales is great as Blofeld and the film just wraps you in its original world straight off. All the different puzzle pieces come together to form something not seen before (or after) in the series, something attempted, but failed with in LTK. I do believe Lazenby only doing one elevates the intrigue of his performance, but he looks the part, fights and moves well and I believe him as a great Bond. It's also an excellent Christmas Bond, with a very serious feel to it, despite the light Hillary Bray cover. Brilliant.

5. The Spy Who Loved Me

I think TSWLM is the only flawless Bond film. It's got it all including a stellar performance from Roger, great chemistry with Bach, excellent group of villains (Jaws is a triumph here) and stunning locations. While the film is formulaic, it avoids any traps by adding the original and brilliant pairing of XXX/Bond and the interactions that follow - nothing is revealed too early or dragged out like TB or YOLT. Like Goldeneye there's a real "Bond is back" feel to the film while bringing new elements to the table like the stunning PTS, solid SFX and Cold War relevancy.

4. The Living Daylights

An excellent Dalton performance, great convoluted plot and very stylish/classy. The Living Daylights is a great Cold War film that has elements of romance and adventure added in the mix too. I enjoy the Moore elements translated into this film as I think they work quite well (not too garish, but not too muted). Features Barry's best work, some brilliant photography and on the whole a very solid entry into the series that is full of evidence of how much work behind the scenes was thrown at it to make it relevant, coherent, current and deep.

3. Moonraker

Entertaining, full of scope and extremely well made. The technical achievement of the film is outstanding accompanied by a haunting Barry score, a diabolical Drax (played perfectly by Lonsdale) and Ken Adam's best and last film. While Moonraker strays into the odder territory, it features some very tight espionage and is well written. Moonraker always makes me feel like a kid. Pure, brilliant entertainment.

2. For Your Eyes Only

A beautifully made, muted Bond film. Featuring an excellent performance by Moore, a great score by Conti and an adventure which is purely about wits and alliances. Some stunning locations, well matched humour produces a Bond film which is tight and focussed.

1. The World Is Not Enough

I love the way this plot twist and turns around M and Bond and Bond has to figure things out while playing many different roles, including falling in love with Elektra. Brosnan plays this brilliantly and his acting is on point. Matched by Judi Dench and Sophie Marceau's excellent performances too. The film jumps around to interesting and intriguing locations and features some great action sequences. While Christmas Jones may not be the sharpest Bond girl, she's absolutely stunning and there's a nice chemistry between her and Bond. The film still feels current and hasn't dated one bit, plus features a very poignant sign-off from Q. Arnold's score is on point and Apted's direction of the actors is sound. I believe I'm the only one on here who has TWINE as their #1 film!

A Bond ranking list that puts TWINE at the top is like a dog who speaks.....very rare. A Bond ranking list that puts TWINE at the top and that also gives clear and precise reasons for its rankings is like a dog who speaks Norwegian.....even rarer!

Top job sir ajb007/martini  ajb007/martini

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The perfect ones

1. Ohmss
2. FRWL
3. GF
4. CR

The really good ones

5. TB
6. GE
7. DN
8. SP
9. YOLT
10. TSWLM

The very enjoyable ones

11. LALD
12. TLD
13. TND
14. FYEO
15. SF

The flawed but still enjoyable ones:

16. MR
17. TMWTGG
18. TWINE
19. OP
20. AVTAK

The pretty bad ones but would still watch whenever on TV

21. DAF
22. LTK
23. QOS

The one I actually dislike:

24. DAD

OHMSS, FRWL, DN, GF, CR, GE, SP, YOLT, TB, TSWLM, LALD, TLD, TND, FYEO, SF, MR, TMWTGG, TWINE, OP, AVTAK, DAF, LTK, QOS, DAD

1. Connery 2. Craig 3. Brosnan 4. Dalton 5. Lazenby 6. Moore

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Agent Sidewinder wrote:

A Bond ranking list that puts TWINE at the top is like a dog who speaks.....very rare. A Bond ranking list that puts TWINE at the top and that also gives clear and precise reasons for its rankings is like a dog who speaks Norwegian.....even rarer!

Top job sir ajb007/martini  ajb007/martini

ajb007/cheers  thanks!

1. TWINE  2. FYEO  3. MR  4. TLD  5. TSWLM 6. OHMSS  7. DN  8. OP  9. AVTAK  10. TMWTGG  11. QoS 12. GE  13. CR  14. TB  15. FRWL  16. LTK  17. GF  18. SF  19. LaLD  20. YOLT  21. TND  22. DAD  23. DAF.

"If you'll forgive me, that's a little too scented for my palate."

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My ranking has shuffled a hell of a lot over the last few years, I'm shocked by how much my opinions have changed. Here's how it stands as of now...

Don't care for them tier:
24) Quantum of Solace
23) A View to a Kill
22) The Man with the Golden Gun
21) Casino Royale

Mixed feelings tier:
20) Spectre
19) Octopussy
18) Skyfall
17) Goldfinger
16) Die Another Day

Thoroughly enjoyable tier:
15) Thunderball
14) For Your Eyes Only
13) Diamonds Are Forever

Pretty damn great tier:
12) From Russia with Love
11) The Living Daylights
10) Tomorrow Never Dies
9) Dr. No

Love them to death tier:
8) Moonraker
7) GoldenEye
6) Live and Let Die
5) The World is Not Enough
4) On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Among my all-time favorite films tier:
3) You Only Live Twice
2) Licence to Kill
1) The Spy Who Loved Me

I also used to consider Dalton my favorite Bond, now I'd have to go with Pierce Brosnan

1.TSWLM 2.LTK 3.YOLT 4.OHMSS 5.TWINE 6.LALD 7.MR 8.GE 9.DN 10.FRWL
Bond: Pierce Brosnan  Villain: Hugo Drax  Girl: Pam Bouvier

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Diabolik wrote:

My ranking has shuffled a hell of a lot over the last few years, I'm shocked by how much my opinions have changed. Here's how it stands as of now...

Don't care for them tier:
24) Quantum of Solace
23) A View to a Kill
22) The Man with the Golden Gun
21) Casino Royale

Mixed feelings tier:
20) Spectre
19) Octopussy
18) Skyfall
17) Goldfinger
16) Die Another Day

Thoroughly enjoyable tier:
15) Thunderball
14) For Your Eyes Only
13) Diamonds Are Forever

Pretty damn great tier:
12) From Russia with Love
11) The Living Daylights
10) Tomorrow Never Dies
9) Dr. No

Love them to death tier:
8) Moonraker
7) GoldenEye
6) Live and Let Die
5) The World is Not Enough
4) On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Among my all-time favorite films tier:
3) You Only Live Twice
2) Licence to Kill
1) The Spy Who Loved Me

I also used to consider Dalton my favorite Bond, now I'd have to go with Pierce Brosnan

Good to see The Spy Who Loved Me getting the love it deserves  ajb007/martini

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Revolver66 wrote:

Good to see The Spy Who Loved Me getting the love it deserves  ajb007/martini

Is it just me or has its reputation fallen in recent years?

1.TSWLM 2.LTK 3.YOLT 4.OHMSS 5.TWINE 6.LALD 7.MR 8.GE 9.DN 10.FRWL
Bond: Pierce Brosnan  Villain: Hugo Drax  Girl: Pam Bouvier

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24. Thunderball
23. Tomorrow Never Dies
22. Die Another Day
21. You Only Live Twice
20. Diamonds Are Forever
19. GoldenEye
18. For Your Eyes Only
17. Quantum of Solace
16. Spectre
15. Goldfinger
14. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
13. From Russia With Love
12. The World is Not Enough
11. Moonraker
10. A View to A Kill
09. Dr. No
08. The Man With the Golden Gun
07. The Living Daylights
06. Octopussy
05. Casino Royale
04. Skyfall
03. The Spy Who Loved Me
02. Licence to Kill
01. Live and Let Die

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Goodnight007 wrote:

03. The Spy Who Loved Me
02. Licence to Kill
01. Live and Let Die

Fantastic top three. LALD is so underrated it's criminal

1.TSWLM 2.LTK 3.YOLT 4.OHMSS 5.TWINE 6.LALD 7.MR 8.GE 9.DN 10.FRWL
Bond: Pierce Brosnan  Villain: Hugo Drax  Girl: Pam Bouvier

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Howdy folks, don't forget to have a big rank if you haven't recently! Allow me to keep the tally on the AJB rankings!

1. TWINE  2. FYEO  3. MR  4. TLD  5. TSWLM 6. OHMSS  7. DN  8. OP  9. AVTAK  10. TMWTGG  11. QoS 12. GE  13. CR  14. TB  15. FRWL  16. LTK  17. GF  18. SF  19. LaLD  20. YOLT  21. TND  22. DAD  23. DAF.

"If you'll forgive me, that's a little too scented for my palate."

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Okay HMD here's my list.
1. OHMSS
2. CR
3. FRWL
4. LTK
5. GF
6. TSWLM
7. SF
8. OP
9. TLD
10. DN
11. LALD
12. TB
13. FYEO
14. GE
15. MR
16. YOLT
17. TND
18. AVTAK
19. SP
20. TWINE
21. QOS
22. TMWTGG
23. DAF
24. DAD

1.ohmss  2.cr  3.frwl  4.ltk  5.gf  6.tswlm  7.sf  8.op  9.tld  10.dn  11.lald  12.tb  13.fyeo  14.ge  15.mr  16.yolt  17.tnd  18.avtak  19.sp  20.twine  21.qos  22.tmwtgg  23.daf  24.dad

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The Wicker Man wrote:

Okay HMD here's my list.
1. OHMSS
2. CR
3. FRWL
4. LTK
5. GF
6. TSWLM
7. SF
8. OP
9. TLD
10. DN
11. LALD
12. TB
13. FYEO
14. GE
15. MR
16. YOLT
17. TND
18. AVTAK
19. SP
20. TWINE
21. QOS
22. TMWTGG
23. DAF
24. DAD

Very nice list, I see a lot of resemblance with mine.  ajb007/martini  ajb007/cool  ajb007/cheers

OHMSS, FRWL, DN, GF, CR, GE, SP, YOLT, TB, TSWLM, LALD, TLD, TND, FYEO, SF, MR, TMWTGG, TWINE, OP, AVTAK, DAF, LTK, QOS, DAD

1. Connery 2. Craig 3. Brosnan 4. Dalton 5. Lazenby 6. Moore

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Great minds think alike Mr Osato  ajb007/wink

1.ohmss  2.cr  3.frwl  4.ltk  5.gf  6.tswlm  7.sf  8.op  9.tld  10.dn  11.lald  12.tb  13.fyeo  14.ge  15.mr  16.yolt  17.tnd  18.avtak  19.sp  20.twine  21.qos  22.tmwtgg  23.daf  24.dad

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1. GoldenEye 1995 - First Bond movie. Pure nostalgia. 10
2. Casino Royale 2006 - Modern classic. 10
3. Thunderball 1965 - Defines 60s Bond. 10
4. From Russia With Love 1963 - My second film. Kinda like Hitchcock. But better. 10
5. Dr. No 1962 - Gets better every time i watch it. 9.5
6. Licence To Kill 1989 - I love 80s action films so this is just perfection. 9.5
7. Goldfinger 1964 - Iconic. 10
8. On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969 - Used to dislike. Now love it. 10
9. The Living Daylights 1987 - Classic. Slightly underwhelming third act. 9.5
10. Quantum Of Solace 2008 - Underrated and original. Moves like a bullet. 9.5

11-20 change all the time.

11. The Spy Who Loved Me 1977 - Love Rog. The only reason it's this low is the previous ten. 9.5
12. Tomorrow Never Dies 1997 - Modern TSWLM. 9.5
13. For Your Eyes Only 1981 - 80s FRWL. Great apart from the soft focus photography. 9
14. Octopussy 1983 - Nothing wrong here. Finale drags a bit. 9
15. The World Is Not Enough 1999 - I don't even mind Denise Richards. Shes great to look at. 9
16. Diamonds Are Forever 1971 - I look at it as a 70s GF. Finale could have been better and the effects are bad even for their time. 9
17. Die Another Day 2002 - Great first half. Second half still has good stuff but the CGI surfing/robosuit/and Halles dialogue is unforgivable. 8
18. A View To A Kill 1985 - Love the soundtrack and SF. Close to home. Rog is too old but he still rocks. 8
19. Live And Let Die 1973 - Good but nothing special. Luv Sherrif Pepper. RIP. 7
20. You Only Live Twice 1967 - Classic movie let down by the turning Japanese s**t and Kissy's dialogue. 7

21. The Man With The Golden Gun 1974 - Love the first 40 mins. After that, apart from JW, nothing special. 7
22. Skyfall 2012 - Great cinematography doesn't make an otherwise dull movie great. 6
23. SPECTRE 2015 - Who's idea was it to make the entire movie yellow? Only reason its above MR is because of the PTS and Rome scenes. Cant stand Madeleine or Denbigh either. 6
24. Moonraker 1979 - Gotta admit. Its beautifully shot and scored. Im just not a fan of sci-fi. Gotta be in the right mood for it. 6

The Bond Actors

.2-6 change constantly. They're all good in their own way.

1 Sean Connery - By default.
2 Timothy Dalton
3 Pierce Brosnan
4 Daniel Craig
5 Roger Moore
6 George Lazenby

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1. Connery 2. Moore 3. Dalton 4. Brosnan 5. Craig 6. Lazenby

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Okay....I totally forgot the ranking threads were moved into the trivia section. Here's mine for 2017.


1. Moonraker 10/10 - I realize I post about this film a lot and finally decided that is probably is my favorite. It's also the one I like to watch the most. The reason it gets the edge over TSWLM is John Barry's score and a memorable villain in Hugo Drax. The production values, special effects, cinematography, and locations are all superior to any other Bond film.

2. TSWLM 10/10  - Traditionally, I have always considered this my favorite, but upon recent viewings some of the disco in the soundtrack is jarring. Overall, this is the Roger Moore era at it's best. Everything on the 007 checklist in full force. This is one of three "definitive" Bond films. The other two being Goldfinger and TND.

3. Dr. No 10/10 - The original classic. Follows the novel closely and has some of the most iconic 007 scenes. Holds up better today than the other "bigger" 60's Bond films.

4. Tomorrow Never Dies 9/10 -  The 90's era throwback to TSWLM Lewis Gilbert style Bond.  A near perfect Bond film in every way. Plus, it doesn't have the politically correct lectures of Goldeneye.

5. Goldeneye 9/10 - Nostalgia factor is huge here, especially with the Nintendo 64 game. Tank chase is one of my all-time favorite action sequences. 
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6. Goldfinger 9/10 - The most iconic film of the series and has many classic scenes, while still closely following the Fleming novel. The only reason this isn't in my top 3 is the second half drags a bit with Bond in captivity and he has little effect on the outcome of the plot.

7. AVTAK 8/10 - One of the most misunderstood Bond films. The perfect combination of realism, gadgets, and glamor.  Unfairly considered a comedic Bond movie, when it was actually ushering in a new era of violence.

8. Octopussy 8/10 - Perhaps the most flat-out entertaining Bond film. Hampered by some silly gags, but overall still top-notch 80's Cold War Bond.

9. TWINE 8/10 - Another solid Bond film with a few twists and turns. Bordering on soap opera, but still delivers the goods.

10. QoS  8/10 - Short and sweet. This is as close to Fleming's Bond as I have seen on screen. The only downside for me is it is a continuation of CR instead of being a stand-alone film.

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11. LTK 8/10 - I admire the effort here to make an ultra-violent, hard-edged Bond film.

12. TMWTGG 7/10 - Quirky and strange, this is one of the coolest Bond films. Hampered by some ditzy sidekicks.

13. DAD 7/10 - Okay, I love the first half and certain parts of the second half. Not a total loss as most fans would have you believe.

14. Spectre 7/10 - On track to be one of the best Bond films, but things go badly wrong once Blofeld is introduced as Bond's brother. Dull climax doesn't help either.

15. Thunderball 7/10 -  Has enough classic Bond moments to make up for some serious pacing issues and plot holes.

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16. FRWL 6/10 - Overrated as the best Bond film. I find this one slow and rather clunky. The plot is more confusing than intriguing.

17. LALD 6/10 - Pretty cool and weird. The overlong boatchase prevents it from moving higher up.

18. YOLT 6/10 - In theory I should love this film, but it goes downhill with Aki's death, the wedding sequence and turning Bond Japanese. (of all the things to use from the Fleming novel that should not have been one)

19. TLD 5/10 - This is a hard one to rate, because the first half is a 10 and the second half is a 0. Bond should have stayed in Eastern Europe and not teamed up with the Taliban in a Lawrence of Arabia style epic.

20. DAF 5/10 - I do enjoy this film. Honestly, I think it's really funny. It's also kind of embarrassing for how campy and sleazy it is. 

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21. Casino Royale 5/10 - Better than the 1967 version by a wide margin. Glad to see Fleming's novel finally getting some justice. Vesper is one of the best Bond girls. However, this Bond Begins reboot doesn't deliver the goods that I've come to expect.

22. FYEO 4/10 - Honestly, I always forget this film exists between Moonraker and Octopussy. It's rather drab and boring compared to other Roger Moore films. The Risico portion of the film is top notch, but the rest sags. The awful Bill Conti soundtrack and Bibi Dahl bring the film way down.

23. OHMSS 4/10 - I'm glad this dark-horse film has such a devoted following. I admire it for sticking fairly close to the novel. Unfortunately, it's still pretty corny. Lack of any cool Bond moments leave me wanting more.

24. Skyfall 0/10 - Start to finish there is not one redeeming quality about this film. The only Bond film I don't like.


1. Roger Moore
2. Pierce Brosnan
3. Sean Connery
4. Daniel Craig
5. George Lazenby
6. Timothy Dalton

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1. GE 2. MR 3. OP 4. TMWTGG 5. TSWLM 6. TND 7. TWINE 8.DN 9. GF 10. AVTAK

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^ Great write up, nice eclectic mix there. Similar to mine, nice to see TWINE in your top 10.

1. TWINE  2. FYEO  3. MR  4. TLD  5. TSWLM 6. OHMSS  7. DN  8. OP  9. AVTAK  10. TMWTGG  11. QoS 12. GE  13. CR  14. TB  15. FRWL  16. LTK  17. GF  18. SF  19. LaLD  20. YOLT  21. TND  22. DAD  23. DAF.

"If you'll forgive me, that's a little too scented for my palate."

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Felt like doing this again. Same feelings, apart from MR.

1 GoldenEye 10
2 Casino Royale 10
3 Licence To Kill 10
4 The Living Daylights 10
5 Thunderball 10
6 From Russia With Love 10
7 Dr. No 10
8 On Her Majesty's Secret Service 10
9 Goldfinger 10
10 The Spy Who Loved Me 10
11 Quantum Of Solace 9
12 Tomorrow Never Dies 9
13 For Your Eyes Only 9
14 Octopussy 9
15 The World Is Not Enough 8.5
16 Diamonds Are Forever 8
17 Die Another Day 7.5
18 A View To A Kill 7.5
19 Live And Let Die 7.5
20 You Only Live Twice 7.5
21 Moonraker 7.5
22 The Man With The Golden Gun 7
23 Skyfall 6(was expecting so much more after 4 years)
24 Spectre 5(the flaw that makes this film unique is that is actually tarnishes the first 2 craig films)
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1. Connery 2. Moore 3. Dalton 4. Brosnan 5. Craig 6. Lazenby

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I love to rank things. All things  ajb007/lol

And obviously especially the Bond films.

Let me be clear first that even the film that is No 22 in my ranking is a great film in my book. When you have so many gems some have to be at the bottom.

So here it goes:

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Dalton Rulez™

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How can you have "Dalton Rulez™" as a signature and only have him as No4 in your rankings? Or are you like me and you think that rankings don't matter?

a reasonable rate of return