Forgive me if someone else started a similar thread in the past but here are my thoughts on the the best second Bond film.
My ranking would go:
Dalton-Licence to Kill
Connery- From Russia With Love
Craig-Quantum of Solace
Brosnan-Tomorrow Never Dies
Moore-The Man With the Golden Gun
In each of these films the actor now having had a successful debut, is able to build on the performance of the previous one. Dalton and Craig especially bring a higher level of intensity due to the circumstances. Connery is more relaxed and allows us to see Bond in more casual settings. Brosnan seems far more confident and owns the role in a way he didn’t in Goldeneye. Moore is colder in The Man With the Golden Gun which I find interesting but audiences did not and a lighter approach was used henceforth.
I actually believe From Russia With Love is a superior spy thriller than Licence but Licence has highs so in tune with Dalton’s Bond that I prefer it. For all of Quantum’s flaws it shows Bond going through a grieving process. Tomorrow Never Dies is one of the more watchable Bond films. Only The Man With the Golden Gun is a disappointment.