Best James Bond Movies Ranked from Worst to Best - Featured - StudioBinder

James Bond movies make up one of the most successful franchises in the world. 007 films have also inspired countless other movies and even real-world inventions like the Jet Ski.

Each generation has their own relationship with Bond and the leading actors who took the role, so this list will look at things as objectively as possible, but many believe there will only ever be one true 007.

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List Preface

Which Bond movies did we rank?

For this list, we've decided to only rank the Everything or Nothing (EON) James Bond films. This means that titles like Never Say Never Again, and Casino Royale (1967) directed and produced by Charles K. Feldman.

We also skip the episode for the TV show Climax! called Casino Royale (1954) that starred Barry Nelson as 007 and Peter Lorre as Le Chiffre. 

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24. Die Another Day

Die Another Day

Die Another Day (2002) is still fun to watch despite having a lot of problems. There is a pretty great fight scene with a melange of melee weapons as well as a fun hovercraft scene, but it still lands at the bottom.

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23. License to Kill

License to Kill

License to Kill (1989) has a few really effective scenes that drive the tone of Bond into the dramatic arena, which shouldn’t be a bad thing, but the movie doesn’t deliver on some of the most important aspects of 007.

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22. Octopussy

Octopussy

While Octopussy (1983) should probably get the #1 slot for the best Bond title, it definitely takes the campy, Roger Moore tone to the next level. There are some great things about this film including the setting, but there is also a scene where 007 literally swings on vines while crying out like Tarzan. 

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21. Spectre

Spectre

Spectre (2015) was slow which might be a cardinal sin for any action film let alone for one of the most exciting film franchises. It had some cool moments and classic 007 imagery, but the producers seem overly excited to innovate and live inside story rather than pure entertainment.

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20. The World is Not Enough

The World is Not Enough

It’s honestly weird putting The World is Not Enough (1999) above Spectre, but this movie is much more exciting. There are some problems with the film to be sure, but there are also some great things like a great 007 skiing scene, the clever use of oil pipelines and a bad guy with a damaged nervous system. 

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19. The Living Daylights

The Living Daylights

The Living Daylights (1987) has some of the best action in a Bond film, but there is something about the wild tonal shifts in the film where you have this icy and brooding Timothy Dalton who also really likes roller coaster rides.

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18. Quantum of Solace

Quantum of Solace

Quantum of Solace (2000) may have suffered from high expectations coming off of the success from Casino Royale, but there are definitely some areas where the movie seems to be lacking a tiny bit. The villains were all appropriately mean, but maybe they weren’t creative enough.

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17. Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Some don’t enjoy the tone of this film or the aesthetic, but to me Live and Let Die (1972) is one of the boldest 007 movies ever to be made. It has a distinct 70’s feel that many find distasteful, but that seems like a nice change of pace while still maintaining some of the most important Bond tropes.

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16. Moonraker

Moonraker

Moonraker (1979) is one of the most blatantly campy films in the franchise, but it’s able to keep the viewer entertained throughout as well as taking warfare and espionage into outer space.

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15. Diamonds Are Forever

Diamonds Are Forever

Diamonds Are Forever (1971) takes Bond to Sin City, and the pairing works well on certain levels while coming up short on some of the others. Diamonds Are Forever feels like a movie made for Americans, which is probably the reason this 007 movie feels a bit less sophisticated.

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14. A View to a Kill (1985)

A View to a Kill

A View to a Kill is another Bond film set in America, but it seems much more earnest and less like an attempt to bring a Bond film to America. Rather it seems like a movie with an intelligent plot based around a very specific geographical opportunity that happens to be in America.

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13. The Man with the Golden Gun

The Man with the Golden Gun

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) shows how Bond films can benefit from almost supernatural characters, the type you might find in myths or in a fantasy book somewhere. The movie has some weird choices, but the locations and the casting makes for a memorable 007 movie.

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12. Tomorrow Never Dies

Tomorrow Never Dies

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) is a great Bond film for a few reasons, but the main one is that is showed us a villain that was totally unexpected. So often are the Bond villains former spies or arms dealers, but this film shows how information can be just as powerful as bombs and bullets. 

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11. You Only Live Twice

You Only Live Twice

You Only Live Twice (1967) was one of the first 007 films to submerge itself into tonal areas where the early films had merely dipped their toes. The fact that both this and Tomorrow Never Dies are next to each other is funny since they share a similar plot. 

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10. Dr. No

Dr. No

Dr. No (1962) is the first film in the franchise and there are very few movies that will ever have the same effect on cinema as much as Dr. No. It had a budget just north of $1 Million and set the tone for the franchise.

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9. Skyfall

Skyfall

Skyfall (2012) is definitely an achievement and it was such a beautiful film that it was nominated for the Oscar for Best Cinematography, and won Oscars for Best Original Song and Sound Editing.

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8. Thunderball

Thunderball

Thunderball (1965) is an important film in the history of cinema because it paved the way for new equipment and innovation. Thunderball won the Oscar for special effects due to the underwater filming sequences.

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7. The Spy Who Loved Me

The Spy Who Loved Me

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) is filmed in such a specifically 70’s way that it stands out simply from camerawork and editing, but the best part of this film is the style, as you can see from this first scene.

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6. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1967) did exactly what it needed to do by coming out swinging. This was one of the first times a blockbuster franchise replaced their lead actor, and this film made sure to cut against expectations to set itself apart from the previous films.

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5. From Russia with Love

From Russia with Love

From Russia with Love (1963) shows you what a sophisticated Bond film can look like. Because this was the second film it marks when the franchise really found its footing. The whole James Bond team took it up a notch for this one. 

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4. For Your Eyes Only

For Your Eyes Only

In For Your Eyes Only (1981), Roger Moore transformed his personality for this film, and while he still keeps the unassuming charm that made him unique as Bond, he’s able to bring some fire to the role that had been previously missing especially during key moments of the film.  

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3. Casino Royale

Casino Royale

Casino Royale (2006) has an amazing opening scene, but what made this film so special was the clever reset of the James Bond timeline. The team was smart to introduce a new timeline simultaneously with their new Bond.

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2. Goldeneye

Goldeneye

Goldeneye (1995) has everything going for it and one of the great things this movie did was to ease the new world order into the world of Bond. This is the first time we see Judi Dench as M, and we get some of the grittiest action scenes in any 007 movie to date. Plus a really great score.

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1. Goldfinger

Goldfinger

Goldfinger (1964) is the best James Bond film mainly because it is the ultimate James Bond film. It has a great dialogue, a fun plot, deadly henchmen, and a “Bond girl” that is actually a highly capable and skilled woman.

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