Every James Bond Film Ranked From Worst to Best
After Godzilla, James Bond is the character who has appeared on the big screen most often. Starting all the way back in 1954 and stretching to 2020 and beyond, Ian Fleming's seminal international superspy has dominated the screen for over 65 years. No matter who's playing him or where his mission is taking him, James Bond films continue to captivate audiences all around the world. Read on to see the best and worst the series has to offer.
Unplaced: No Time to Die (2020)
Currently slated for release on April 10, 2020, the fourth (and most likely final) Daniel Craig Bond film has taken quite a tumultuous journey to the big screen since the release of Spectre in 2015. Titled No Time to Die, the film saw all kinds of trouble behind the scenes.
Unplaced: Welcome to Japan, Mr. Bond (1967)
Welcome to Japan, Mr. Bond was a made-for-television movie that aired in anticipation of Sean Connery's sixth James Bond film, You Only Live Twice. As such, it doesn’t fit neatly into the rankings. While it's considered to be a part of the James Bond canon, it's little more than a clip show.
Unplaced: Casino Royale (Climax!)
Technically just an episode of television, the "Casino Royale" episode of the hit 1950s TV drama Climax! set the stage for the future of the James Bond franchise as we know it. Envisioned as a standalone story within an anthology series, "Casino Royale" was far more successful than expected.
Casino Royale (1967)
Released 13 years after James Bond's first live action appearance on Climax!, the 1967 version of Casino Royale had the opposite effect on fans of Fleming's iconic international man of mystery. Instead of garnering praise, it almost killed the character's on-screen presence.
Die Another Day (2002)
Pierce Brosnan's final appearance as James Bond also proved to be his absolute worst. Released in 2002 and co-starring Halle Berry, Judi Dench and Rosamund Pike, Die Another Day was as offensive as any swear word to a James Bond die-hard.
Never Say Never Again (1983)
There's something about final performances, it seems — which certainly doesn't bode well for Craig and No Time to Die. Never Say Never Again, Sean Connery's final appearance as Bond, was a disaster almost from the get-go.
The World Is Not Enough (1999)
The World Is Not Enough was the final and highest-grossing Bond film of the 21st century. Starring Pierce Brosnan alongside Sophie Marceau and Denise Richards, the 1999 film is likely nobody's favorite.
A View to a Kill (1985)
Microchips, horse racing, Silicon Valley ... three seemingly unrelated things, but they form the basis of 1985's A View to a Kill — the seventh and final Roger Moore Bond film and the actor's least favorite of his entire career as the spy.
The Roger Moore James Bond films are truly perplexing. As the 70s gave way to the 80s, the character was either incredibly serious or far too silly, with not much room between the two extremes. The back-and-forth felt like whiplash, especially for Moore himself.
Quantum Of Solace (2008)
The second of Daniel Craig's four Bond performances, 2008's Quantum of Solace is easily one of the most divisive of the entire franchise. There are countless Quantum of Solace loyalists out there, but they're definitely outnumbered by those who think the film is only mediocre.
Octopussy was one of two James Bond films to hit in 1983, with the other being Never Say Never Again. Also starring Roger Moore, this Bond film was often the punchline of jokes but didn’t amount to much in the long run.
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
A direct follow-up to 1995's GoldenEye, MGM and Eon producers hoped and prayed that their next Bond film would be able to match the skill and craft of Pierce Brosnan's first outing as the character. It almost did.
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Sean Connery's final outing as James Bond (at least officially — his 1983 appearance in Never Say Never Again is technically not canon) is one that managed to break the curse of actors’ last Bond movies being terrible. Even so, while it wasn't universally panned, the movie is by no means an exceptional Bond film.
The most recent Bond film to be released (and Daniel Craig's third outing as the famed spy), 2015's Spectre drew mixed reactions in the wake of its release. A direct follow-up to Skyfall and the highest-praised Bond film of the two Fleming adaptations to be released in the 2010s, Spectre is not terrible even if it isn’t excellent.
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
Based on the 13th and final completed Ian Fleming Bond novel, The Man with the Golden Gun remains one of the lowest-grossing films in the entire history of the series. It's difficult to picture an intellectual property as massive as Bond flopping today, but this 1974 film proved it was possible.
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
For whatever reason, For Your Eyes Only is the one and only film in the official Eon-produced James Bond saga to not feature the character of M. Coupled with the full-on embrace of a more serious Bond, this choice led to one of the better Bond movies in the franchise's history.
Live and Let Die (1973)
It's movies like 1973's Live and Let Die that proved why Roger Moore will always be Bond to certain franchise loyalists. He managed to walk the tightrope of shifting tones over the course of his Bond films, often expertly, in a way that really resonated with fans.
License to Kill (1989)
Roger Moore might be a fan favorite, but Timothy Dalton's Bond movies might be held in even higher regard. License to Kill was his third and final outing as the character, and it still ranks among the series’ best.
You Only Live Twice (1967)
Who would've thought that James Bond and the Japanese Secret Service's ninja force would be a match made in heaven? It sounds utterly ridiculous, but You Only Live Twice takes itself as seriously as any of the modern Daniel Craig Bond movies — and it's all the better for it.
Only the fourth Bond movie ever made, Thunderball was unabashedly zany in ways that no modern blockbuster could ever dare to be, Bond franchise or otherwise. It just simply wouldn't fly by today's standards. No one's out there doing anything as off-the-wall as 60s Bond movies.
The Living Daylights (1987)
One of the few Bond outings for legendary actor Timothy Dalton, The Living Daylights was met with middling reviews upon its release but has gone on to be regarded as one of the best Bond movies ever made.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Not only is On Her Majesty's Secret Service the only time that actor George Lazenby ever played James Bond, but it's also the movie with the youngest actor to ever play the character—Lazenby was only 29 when he put on the iconic black suit and tie.
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
By the time 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me hit theaters, the James Bond series was the most lucrative movie franchise in the history of the medium. (Call it bad timing — Star Wars was released later that same year.) As a result, they pulled out all the stops for this one.
All the other Pierce Brosnan Bonds might be despised by the masses, but everyone seems to agree on one thing: GoldenEye is so much better than anything else that the other three Brosnan Bonds have to offer.
Dr. No (1962)
As it turns out, sometimes the first entry proves to be the best — or one of the best, in this case. Sean Connery's original Bond appearance and the very first film in the ever-expanding James Bond canon, Dr. No laid the foundation for decades of superspy success.
From Russia With Love (1963)
The immediate follow-up to the success of Dr. No, From Russia With Love actually managed to turn out a little bit better than its predecessor. Still starring the inimitable Sean Connery as the world's most famous spy, the sequel only made the world's Bond fever worse.
Arriving right when nostalgia for pre-existing intellectual property seemed to be at an all-time high, 2012's Skyfall embraced past Bond movies in a way no other entry had done before.
The third Bond film's the charm, apparently. Goldfinger, which arrived on the coattails of Dr. No and From Russia with Love in 1964, is Sean Connery's third time playing Bond and the third Bond film in history. For fans of the franchise all over the world, Goldfinger really is gold.
Casino Royale (2006)
As it turns out, the first of the Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes Bond films is the one that is almost unanimously considered the very best that this gargantuan spy franchise has to offer.
The Past, Present and Future of James Bond
The James Bond series came from practically nothing — just a series of thrilling spy novels from a man named Ian Fleming — and has become MGM's most valuable property by a landslide nearly seven decades after Climax!'s "Casino Royale."