I was first introduced to the James Bond films at the age of twelve, when my parents brought my brother and I to go see ‘Goldeneye’ in 1995. At this point in my life I had no idea that these films existed, or even who this character was for that matter. And yet I loved the movie – so much so that for the following Christmas I asked for the VHS. To my surprise, not only did I get the VHS of that movie, but I also got the VHS of ‘Goldfinger’ as well. They told me that if I loved ‘Goldeneye’ I should check out some of the other films, especially the earlier films with Sean Connery as the lead. ‘Goldfinger’ had indeed been a film that I enjoyed very much, and turned me into the casual Bond fan that I am today.
Over the years since watching those two films, I’ve seen every Pierce Brosnan lead James Bond in theaters, as well as the first two of the Daniel Craig films – unfortunately, I did not get to see ‘Skyfall’ on the big screen, and until recently haven’t even watched ‘Spectre’ at all – and while I do regret missing the opportunity to see ‘Skyfall’ in theaters, reactions to ‘Spectre’ from people I highly trust lead to the decision to wait and watch it at home. However, I kept putting it off until this past December when the trailer for the upcoming 25th film, ‘No Time to Die’, was released, which instantly put me in the mood to not only revisit the Bond franchise, but to also finally catch up on the previous entry as well as others that I have not seen (at this point I had only seen 13 of the 24 films).
With the bulk of my Bond collection being on VHS, I figured now is the time to look into upgrading to Blu Ray, and as I searched Amazon to gather prices for the individual blu-ray’s I discovered a decently priced boxed set of all 24 films at a price that equates to roughly $3.30 per movie, and I couldn’t resist. When this box set finally came in, I at first considered going straight to ‘Spectre’ in order to finish off the Daniel Craig films, but after some consideration I decided to start at the beginning with the intent to watch every single movie in order and do a ranking.
I must say, though, doing a ranking on this franchise was not as easy of a task as I thought it would be; there are many great entries in this series and placing them in specific spots was a challenge – almost making me feel like I was doing a disservice by giving the edge to some over others. While my #1 pick is locked in, my choices for 2-6 can easily swap places with each other at any given moment. I do want to point out that, as with any ranking list, just because certain movies are at the bottom, it does not mean that I hate or strongly dislike any of them. In fact, there’s not a single James Bond film that I refuse to ever watch again. I find some value in all of these films, even with those that make up the bottom five.
The interesting thing here is that upon completing my list on paper I read though the rankings a couple of my friends had posted, as well as went through dozens of rankings on YouTube, for the sake of comparison, and I have yet to discover any lists that match up or agree with each other. While there are certain entries that make up the usual suspects of those placed at the top and bottom of most lists, how they’re placed all differs due to personal preference. Opinions on film are subjective based on the individual’s taste, and it’s perfectly okay to disagree with my opinions. Feel free to post your rankings on our Facebook page, because I would love to read everyone’s different opinions on this series!
Below I rank all 24 of the official movies, as well as all the Bond actors – plus my top ten villains, top ten henchmen/henchwomen, and top ten Bond girls.
So with all of that being said, let’s get to rankings!
24) ‘Die Another Day’
22) ‘Quantum of Solace’
20) ‘A View to A Kill’
19) ‘The World is Not Enough’
17) ‘For Your Eyes Only’
16) ‘Diamonds are Forever’
15) ‘Live and Let Die’
14) ‘The Man with The Golden Gun’
13) ‘Dr. No’
12) ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’
10) ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’
09) ‘You Only Live Twice’
08) ‘The Living Daylights’
07) ‘License to Kill’
06) ‘From Russia With Love’
05) ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’
04) ‘Casino Royale’
06) George Lazenby
05) Pierce Brosnan
04) Daniel Craig
03) Timothy Dalton
02) Roger Moore
01) Sean Connery
TOP TEN VILLAINS:
10) Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce – ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’)
09) Elektra King (Sophie Marceau – ‘The World Is Not Enough’)
08) Francisco Scaramanga (Christopher Lee – ‘The Man with The Golden Gun)
07) Silva (Javier Bardem – ‘Skyfall’)
06) Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen – ‘Casino Royale’)
05) Alec Trevelyan (Sean Bean – ‘Goldeneye’)
04) Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi – ‘License to Kill’)
03) Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Telly Savalas – ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’)
02) Auric Goldfinder (Gert Frobe – ‘Goldfinger’)
01) Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Donald Pleasence – ‘You Only Live Twice’)
TOP TEN HENCHMEN/HENCHWOMEN:
10) Tee Hee (Julius Harris – ‘Live and Let Die’)
09) Mr. Hinx (Dave Bautista – ‘Spectre’)
08) Fiona Volpe (Luciana Paluzzi – ‘Thunderball’)
07) Nick Nack (Herve Villechaise – ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’)
06) Irma Bunt (Ilse Steppat – ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’)
05) Dario (Benicio Del Toro – ‘License to Kill’)
04) Jaws (Richard Kiel – ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ and ‘Moonraker’)
03) Red Grant (Robert Shaw – ‘From Russia With Love’)
02) Odd Job (Harold Sakata – ‘Goldfinger’)
01) Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen – ‘Goldeneye’)
TOP TEN BOND GIRLS:
10) Kissy Suzuki (Mie Hama – ‘You Only Live Twice’)
09) Pam Bouvier (Carey Lowell – ‘License to Kill’)
08) Solitaire (Jane Seymour – ‘Live and Let Die’)
07) Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman – ‘Goldfinger’)
06) Octopussy (Maud Adams – ‘Octopussy’)
05) Mary Goodnight (Britt Ekland – ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’)
04) Anya Amasova/Agent Triple X (Barbara Bach – ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’)
03) Teresa Di Vicenzo/Tracy Bond (Diana Rigg – ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’)
02) Tatiana Romanova (Daniela Bianchi – ‘From Russia With Love’)
01) Vesper Lynd (Eva Green – ‘Casino Royale’)
RANDOM FINAL THOUGHTS:
- I hate Sheriff J.W. Pepper.
- I have yet to figure out why is Felix so happy at the end of ‘License to Kill’ considering his wife was killed on their wedding night and a drug smuggler fed him to a shark, which cost him a leg.
- I hate Sheriff J.W. Pepper.
- Timothy Dalton is criminally underrated as James Bond.
- I hate Sheriff J.W. Pepper.
- The ending to ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ hits me harder emotionally than the ending to ‘Casino Royale’, mostly because of “All the time in the world”.
- Have I mentioned that I hate Sheriff J.W. Pepper?
So what do you think? Do you agree or disagree with these rankings? Be sure to head to the Nightfall Unlimited facebook page and post YOUR rankings! We’d love to read them!