Rank your favourite Bond films


#1

Yes, we´ll keep on doing this… (and for easier handling: use the list function)

  1. THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
  2. MOONRAKER
  3. THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS
  4. FOR YOUR EYES ONLY
  5. GOLDFINGER
  6. FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
  7. SKYFALL
  8. LIVE AND LET DIE
  9. THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN
  10. OCTOPUSSY
  11. TOMORROW NEVER DIES
  12. GOLDENEYE
  13. ON HER MAJESTY´S SECRET SERVICE
  14. LICENCE TO KILL
  15. YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
  16. DR. NO
  17. CASINO ROYALE
  18. QUANTUM OF SOLACE
  19. DIE ANOTHER DAY
  20. DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
  21. A VIEW TO A KILL
  22. THUNDERBALL
  23. SPECTRE
  24. THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH
  25. NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN

#2
  1. DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
  2. THUNDERBALL
  3. FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
  4. GOLDFINGER
  5. YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
  6. LIVE AND LET DIE
  7. DR. NO
  8. CASINO ROYALE
  9. ON HER MAJESTYS SECRET SERVICE
  10. THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN
  11. THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
  12. THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS
  13. MOONRAKER
  14. QUANTUM OF SOLACE
  15. FOR YOUR EYES ONLY
  16. A VIEW TO A KILL
  17. OCTOPUSSY
  18. SKYFALL
  19. SPECTRE
  20. TOMORROW NEVER DIES
  21. GOLDENEYE
  22. LICENCE TO KILL
  23. DIE ANOTHER DAY
  24. THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH

I worked on the idea that if I were to be stuck on a desert island with x number of Bond films which x would I take (i.e. 1 - DAF; 2 - DAF, TB; 3 - DAF, TB, FRWL; etc). I’ll probably come back later and edit it to put LIVE AND LET DIE (which is absolute art) higher.

SKYFALL and SPECTRE are probably better than I’ve placed them, but I haven’t watched then since seeing them on release and don’t feel particularly compelled to. I don’t like the increasingly self-referential, self-reverential, self-congratulatory, self-celebratory nature of the recent films. Like many other long-running “franchises” today (the chief offender being, I think, new Doctor Who), the James Bond series has become a monument to itself.


#3

Interesting ranking - and, man, DAF on top? I should watch that film again! I remember that I at first was lukewarm about it, then I loved it, then I fell out of love with it… next time I probably will enjoy it again!

And I agree on your assessment of the “self-reverential”-aspect!


#4

An ever changing list, but here it goes:

From Russia with Love
Thunderball
On Her Majesty´s Secret Service
Goldfinger
The Living Daylights
Dr. No
The Man with the Golden Gun
Goldeneye
Casino Royale
For your Eyes Only
The Spy who Loved Me
Tomorrow Never Dies
Skyfall
Spectre
Live and Let Die
Quantum of Solace
The World is not Enough
Licence to Kill
You only Live Twice
A View to a Kill
Never Say Never Again
Octopussy
Moonraker
Diamonds are Forever
Die Another Day


#5
  1. ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE
  2. THUNDERBALL
  3. FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
  4. DR. NO
  5. GOLDFINGER
  6. YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
  7. MOONRAKER
  8. THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
  9. OCTOPUSSY
  10. SKYFALL
  11. CASINO ROYALE
  12. LICENCE TO KILL
  13. THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS
  14. TOMORROW NEVER DIES
  15. GOLDENEYE
  16. SPECTRE
  17. QUANTUM OF SOLACE
  18. LIVE AND LET DIE
  19. DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
  20. A VIEW TO A KILL
  21. THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN
  22. FOR YOUR EYES ONLY
  23. DIE ANOTHER DAY
  24. THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH

My list is about the same, but MR, TSWLM and OP have jumped a number of places.


#6
  1. Licence to Kill
  2. From Russia With Love
  3. The Living Daylights
  4. Dr. No
  5. Quantum of Solace
  6. For Your Eyes Only
  7. Casino Royale
  8. Octopussy
  9. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  10. Skyfall
  11. A View to a Kill
  12. Moonraker
  13. The Spy Who Loved Me
  14. Thunderball
  15. GoldenEye
  16. Tomorrow Never Dies
  17. Goldfinger
  18. You Only Live Twice
  19. Live and Let Die
  20. Diamonds are Forever
  21. The World is Not Enough
  22. The Man with the Golden Gun
  23. Die Another Day
  24. Spectre

#7

MOONRAKER has now taken my number one spot, with THE SPY WHO LOVED ME and OCTOPUSSY in second and third position. Other than that, my list remains the same.


#8

That’s why I can’t ever participate in these things. At best it’s a snapshot, and even then I can only ever list my top 3 or 4 faves, and the 3 or 4 at the very bottom. Everything else just sort of floats around in the middle in no particular order.

Having said that, FRWL, TSWLM and OHMSS are always in the top 5. After that it gets messy.


#9

My top 0014:

  1. THUNDERBALL
  2. THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS
  3. MOONRAKER
  4. ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE
  5. CASINO ROYALE
  6. FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
  7. YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
  8. OCTOPUSSY
  9. GOLDFINGER
  10. DOCTOR NO
  11. THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN
  12. THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
  13. DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
  14. LICENCE TO KILL

Many of them are within a hairline of each other. Essentially all the films from the golden, classical 1960s era, TLD and CR(the 2 best Bond films of the last 30 years IMHO) and my top 4 Roger Moore Bond films basically constitute my top 0012. I rank my top 005 by my favorite individual actor’s Bond film in the order of how I rank my top 005 Bond actors.

Not sure about the order of the rest but my bottom 003 are pretty much set(for now) at A VIEW TO A KILL, THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH and QUANTUM OF SOLACE.


#10

Interesting to see the way Brosnan’s legacy is shaping up here, so far. Or rather, failing to. As ever, GE seems to rate the highest, but it only cracks the top 10 for one respondent, and everyone else has it no higher than 15.

Possibly this is because not enough Brozza fans have transitioned to the new boards? Or maybe, as I suspect, it’s because in the long run he’ll be neither the most loved nor the most hated Bond, just the most “meh.”


#11

I enjoy Brosnan as Bond (and in other roles) very much.

I also don´t subscribe to the point of view that he just got the bad films during the tenure. In fact, TND is splendid entertainment and grew on me with each subsequent viewing. TWINE lost its allure for me, in contrast. And DAD - well, I can enjoy it, too, a lot despite its shortcomings.

In the end, Brosnan can´t rise above his predecessors for me because he seems (IMHO) to emulate their styles rather than developing his own. Which is unfair, of course, because the basic qualities MovieBond can have were already explored by Connery, Lazenby, Moore and Dalton.

Which naturally leaves the question: what did Craig achieve then?

Well, I think that Craig brought one new quality: he did not look like Bond at all. In that respect he was the Anti-Brosnan. Still, he pulled off the job because he brought back Connery´s brutal ruthlessness and danger, and turned it to eleven. That is probably what he will be remembered for. While Brosnan is remembered for bringing back success after the long hiatus.


#12

I hadn’t considered the possibility that Craig’s unconventional (for Bond) looks may have actually contributed to his casting, but it’s an interesting idea.

As you say, Brosnan failed to make much of an impact because he was sort of a walking “greatest hits” package of what went before, as opposed to anything radical or fresh. I believe if you’d had a police sketch artist draw up a picture of “James Bond” in 1994 based on the combined descriptions of thousands of daydreaming fans, you’d end up with something that looked, walked and talked like Brosnan.

And yet, that’s also what keeps him from standing out, in the end: turns out you can only get so far building your 007 from a kit. So maybe it was intentional that they went entirely, 100% in the opposite direction with Craig, picking a guy who looked the absolute least like anyone’s conception of how James Bond “should” look. Anyway, it got my attention: I had sworn off Bond after DAD and if Brosnan had stayed on for another, it would’ve been the first I’d missed in the theater since 1979… not because I hated Brosnan, but because it would have signaled a continuation of the status quo, which had become (for me) unwatchable.

When Brosnan was cast, I think the reaction was something along the lines of “well, duh…” He was the safe, obvious choice, whereas when Craig was cast, the reaction was more, “Say what?!? Okay, you’re going to have to sell me on this one.” It raised the interest level. People showed up because he was so different, just to see how it could possibly work, and in more than a few cases, to watch him fail so they could say “I told you so.” It was a very gutsy, ingenious move.

I don’t want to give the impression I hate Brosnan, because I don’t. But out of all the Bond films, I consider his the most expendable; the ones you could skip entirely without really missing anything. I actually loved TND on first viewing and went back less than a week later to watch it again. Partly this is because I got in to a free preview the first time and wanted to make sure Eon got at least a little of my money. In 89 I won tickets to LTK and saw it for free: I never went back for another viewing and then Bond was “dead” for 6 years. I felt responsible. :smile:


#13

I don’t necessarily dislike Brosnan’s Bond films. I like TND and GE quite a bit. It’s just a case of preferring other films in the franchise.


#14

1:On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
2:SPECTRE
3:Goldfinger
4:Skyfall
5:For Your Eyes Only
6:Casino Royale
7:Live and Let Die
8:Dr. No
9:Quantum of Solace
10:Octopussy
11:The Spy Who Loved Me
12:The World is Not Enough
13:GoldenEye
14:From Russia With Love
15:Thunderball
16:You Only Live Twice
17:The Living Daylights
18:License to Kill
19:Diamonds Are Forever
20:Moonraker
21:DIe Another Day
22:Never Say Never Again
23:A View to a Kill
24:Tomorrow Never Dies
25:The Man With the Golden Gun
26:Casino Royale '54
27:Casino Royale '67 :nauseated_face:


#15

Mine are pretty much changeable in the middle but the top and bottom of this list are pretty constant:

1= On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
1= From Russia With Love
3. Dr. No
4. Thunderball
5. Live and Let Die
6. Goldfinger
7. Casino Royale
8. The Spy Who Loved Me
9. Skyfall
10. For Your Eyes Only
11. You Only Live Twice
12. Octopussy
13. GoldenEye
14. The Living Daylights
15. License to Kill
16. Diamonds Are Forever
17. The World is Not Enough
18. Quantum of Solace
19. A View to a Kill
20. The Man With the Golden Gun
21, Moonraker
23. Tomorrow Never Dies
24. Spectre
25. DIe Another Day


#16

“Have no fear, a Brosnan fan is here!”

  1. GOLDENEYE
  2. ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE
  3. THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN
  4. THUNDERBALL
  5. CASINO ROYALE
  6. THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH
  7. DR. NO
  8. OCTOPUSSY
  9. LIVE AND LET DIE
  10. THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS
  11. FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
  12. THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
  13. GOLDFINGER
  14. SKYFALL
  15. DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
  16. TOMORROW NEVER DIES
  17. A VIEW TO A KILL
  18. DIE ANOTHER DAY
  19. YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
  20. SPECTRE
  21. QUANTUM OF SOLACE
  22. LICENCE TO KILL
  23. MOONRAKER
  24. FOR YOUR EYES ONLY

#17

Splendid! While it’s not one of my absolute favorites, I’ve always enjoyed other people’s enjoyment of GOLDENEYE. It has a certain style, and it made fans of alot of people.


#18

While I would in no way agree with you on either count, having GE in the number one spot and FYEO (!) dead last is so unexpected it makes your list awesome just for it’s freshness. Thanks for piping up.


#19

This is indeed unusual I should think.


#20

@freemo: Thank you, sir! Yes, I definitely fall into the made fans category.

@David_M: I appreciate it! As I was going through, though, I realized more and more that my list was drastically different from most that have been poster.

As far as my love (or lack thereof) for FYEO stems from as far back as I can remember. The weak villains are what always did it in for me. The pace is snail slow and even some of the action, to me, is quite lacking. With that said, I continue to give it a chance, because I like it as a Roger Moore movie because it was different, and I really like Columbo.

@Dustin: I guess it never really clicked for me as a Roger Moore era Bond film. You put Timothy Dalton in it, and then we’re talking. Otherwise, I just felt like it was pretty out of place.