I know what you're thinking, please God no, not another James Bond movie ranking, I would rather be tortured by Le Chiffre. I'm well aware over the past couple of weeks the world wide web has been flooded with these types of articles. So why am I doing another one, you might ask? Well you cheeky bastard, this one is different of course. Unlike the other list you might have viewed, these aren't my personal rankings of Bond films as I would position them. Instead, I devised a quintessential grading system that will make you think it came straight from Q branch.
The system is broken down into eight different categories to equal fifty points. Multiply that by two, and you have your final score. This obviously is the only way to settle the globe-trotting question of what is the best Bond film.
**Eon Canon Only**
Plot | 10
Villains | 7.5
Opening scene / score | 7.5
Use of gadgets | 5
Vehicles | 5
Bond girls | 5
Locations | 5
Chase scenes | 5
Even though this list doesn't match up exactly with my personal one, it's pretty close. So kick back, mix up a martini (shaken not stirred), and be prepared to be so upset you want to fling a metal brimmed bowler hat at me. Actually, disagreeing in the comment section below will suffice.
Cheers to the best James Bond movie ranking on the internet! - Elliot Carver
Table of Contents
(25) The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Dir. Michael Apted
Bond (Pierce Brosnan) must race to defuse an international power struggle with the world's oil supply hanging in the balance. Elektra King (Sophie Marceau), is the daughter of a murdered oil tycoon whom Bond is assigned to protect. The villain is Renard (Robert Carlyle), who has a bullet lodged in his brain rendering him unable to feel pain. Also featuring nuclear weapons expert Dr. Christmas Jones (Denise Richards).
Classified Trivia: The opening credits don't begin until approximately 15 minutes into the movie -- the longest delay in the series to date of release.
Plot 5.00 | 10 Villains 6.50 | 7.5 Opening scene | score 5.75 | 7.5 Use of gadgets 2.75 | 5 Vehicles 3.50 | 5 Bond girls 2.50 | 5 Locations 3.25 | 5 Chase scenes 3.00 | 5 32.25 | 50
Plot 5.25 | 10 Villains 7.00 | 7.5 Opening scene | score 5.25 | 7.5 Use of gadgets 3.00 | 5 Vehicles 3.00 | 5 Bond girls 2.00 | 5 Locations 3.75 | 5 Chase scenes 3.50 | 5 32.75 | 50
(24) A View to a Kill (1985)
Dir. John Glen
After recovering a microchip from the body of a deceased colleague in Russia, British secret agent James Bond (Roger Moore) discovers that the technology has the potential for sinister applications. Investigating further, Bond is led to Max Zorin (Christopher Walken), the head of Zorin Industries. Soon Agent 007 faces off against the villainous Zorin and his tough Amazonian bodyguard, May Day (Grace Jones), who are scheming to cause massive destruction that will eliminate the competition.
Classified Trivia: Roger Moore turned 57 during filming, making him the oldest actor to play Bond. Sean Connery was 52 when he did Never Say Never Again (1983)
(23) Die Another Day (2002)
Dir. Lee Tamahori
James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) is captured by North Korean agents and must serve a grueling prison sentence. He's finally released and is convinced that someone in his own agency betrayed him. He escapes from custody and travels to Cuba, hot on the heels of Zao (Rick Yune), the agent who put Bond behind bars. Meanwhile, Bond begins romancing NSA agent Jinx (Halle Berry) as he uncovers a scheme concocted by Zao and British millionaire Graves (Toby Stephens), involving a highly destructive laser.
Classified Trivia: The opening credits play over scenes directly related to the plot of the film (in this case, the torture of 007). This is a first for a Bond film. Also, footage from this sequence later appears as a brief flashback - something only seen in the series twice before (OHMSS and Moonraker).
Plot 4.75 | 10 Villains 5.50 | 7.5 Opening scene | score 6.50 | 7.5 Use of gadgets 2.75 | 5 Vehicles 4.25 | 5 Bond girls 4.00 | 5 Locations 3.00| 5 Chase scenes 2.50 | 5 33.25 | 50
Plot 6.50 | 10 Villains 6.25 | 7.5 Opening scene | score 7.25 | 7.5 Use of gadgets 2.25 | 5 Vehicles 2.75 | 5 Bond girls 2.50 | 5 Locations 3.50 | 5 Chase scenes 2.75 | 5 33.75 | 50
(22) Octopussy (1983)
Dir. John Glen
(21) Quantum of Solace (2008)
Dir. Marc Forster
The hunt for those who blackmailed his lover leads him to ruthless businessman Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), a key player in the organization which coerced Vesper. Bond learns that Greene is plotting to gain total control of a vital natural resource, and he must navigate a minefield of danger and treachery to foil the plan.
Classified Trivia: Daniel Craig was injured at least three times during the making of this movie. The most prominent ones included an injury to his face, which required four stitches, another to his shoulder, which required six surgical screws to be inserted in an operation, and his arm in a sling, and then his hand was injured when one of his fingertips was sliced off.
Plot 6.25 | 10 Villains 5.75 | 7.5 Opening scene | score 5.75 | 7.5 Use of gadgets 2.00 | 5 Vehicles 2.00 | 5 Bond girls 4.25 | 5 Locations 4.00 | 5 Chase scenes 4.00 | 5 34 | 50
(20) Diamonds are Forever (1971)
Dir. Guy Hamilton
James Bond, equipped with an armory of hi-tech gadgets, infiltrates a Las Vegas diamond-smuggling ring in a bid to foil a plot to target Washington with a laser in space. However, as 007 prepares to tackle the evil Blofeld, the mastermind who threatens to destabilize the world, he is captivated by the delicious Tiffany Case - but is she really a double agent?
Classified Trivia: Reportedly, the final scene Sir Sean Connery filmed as Bond (at least in the official film franchise) was the one in which an unconscious Bond is loaded into a coffin at the funeral home. So, Connery's last day of playing James Bond for EON Productions was Friday, August 13, 1971.
Plot 5.50 | 10 Villains 7.00 | 7.5 Opening scene | score 6.75 | 7.5 Use of gadgets 3.00 | 5 Vehicles 3.75 | 5 Bond girls 2.50 | 5 Locations 3.75 | 5 Chase scenes 3.75 | 5 36 | 50
Plot 7.00 | 10 Villains 7.00 | 7.5 Opening scene | score 7.00 | 7.5 Use of gadgets 2.00 | 5 Vehicles 3.75 | 5 Bond girls 2.50 | 5 Locations 3.50 | 5 Chase scenes 3.75 | 5 36.50 | 50
(19) Spectre (2015)
Dir. Sam Mendes
A cryptic message from the past leads James Bond (Daniel Craig) to Mexico City and Rome, where he meets the beautiful widow (Monica Bellucci) of an infamous criminal. After infiltrating a secret meeting, 007 uncovers the existence of the sinister organization SPECTRE. Needing the help of the daughter of an old nemesis, he embarks on a mission to find her. As Bond ventures toward the heart of SPECTRE, he discovers a chilling connection between himself and the enemy (Christoph Waltz) he seeks.
Classified Trivia: When Bond enters the ruined MI6-HQ Building, the memorial plaque "IN MEMORY FOR THOSE WHO DIED IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY" displays several Names of the Films Art-Department Crew.
(18) Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
Dir. Roger Spottiswoode
Media mogul Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce) wants his news empire to reach every country on the globe, but the Chinese government will not allow him to broadcast there. Carver doesn't take no for an answer and plans to use his media empire to fuel flames of war between the Western world and China. Thankfully, James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) is on to the insane news tycoon and travels to China to stop him with the help of Chinese secret agent Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh).
Classified Trivia: For the fight scene in the bicycle shop, the producers had to call in Jackie Chan's stunt team because none of the stuntmen wanted to do the scene with Michelle Yeoh due to her full contact stunt fighting style, which she perfected in Hong Kong action films.
Plot 6.00 | 10 Villains 5.00 | 7.5 Opening scene | score 6.75 | 7.5 Use of gadgets 4.00 | 5 Vehicles 3.75 | 5 Bond girls 4.25 | 5 Locations 3.00 | 5 Chase scenes 4.25 | 5 37 | 50
Plot 6.75 | 10 Villains 7.25 | 7.5 Opening scene | score 6.75 | 7.5 Use of gadgets 3.50 | 5 Vehicles 2.50 | 5 Bond girls 2.50 | 5 Locations 4.00 | 5 Chase scenes 4.50 | 5 37.75 | 50
(17) The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
Dir. Guy Hamilton
James Bond is targeted by the world's most expensive assassin, while he attempts to recover sensitive solar cell technology that is being sold to the highest bidder.
Classified Trivia: The island used as the filming location for Scaramanga's beach house (Phang Nga Bay, Thailand) is known as "James Bond Island".
(16) License to Kill (1989)
Dir. John Glen
James Bond adventure in which 007 relinquishes his license to kill, disobeys his orders, and goes on a mission of revenge when his best friend's wife is killed by a drug baron. A beautiful CIA pilot flies him to Sanchez's South American headquarters where disguised as a hitman, Bond is hired by the villainous drug dealer.
Classified Trivia: The scene where Bond resigns from the MI6 was shot at Ernest Hemingway's house in Key West. That's why when M (Robert Brown) informs 007 that his license to kill is revoked, he replies, "I guess this is a farewell to arms," a nod to one of Hemingway's most famous novels.
Plot 7.75 | 10 Villains 6.75 | 7.5 Opening scene | score 7.00 | 7.5 Use of gadgets 2.75 | 5 Vehicles 3.00 | 5 Bond girls 3.25 | 5 Locations 3.00 | 5 Chase scenes 4.50 | 5 38 | 50
Plot 7.00 | 10 Villains 6.00 | 7.5 Opening scene | score 6.25 | 7.5 Use of gadgets 4.50 | 5 Vehicles 3.00 | 5 Bond girls 3.00 | 5 Locations 4.25 | 5 Chase scenes 4.50 | 5 38.5 | 50
(15) Moonraker (1979)
Dir. Lewis Gilbert
Agent 007 (Roger Moore) blasts into orbit in this action-packed adventure that takes him to Venice, Rio De Janeiro, and outer space. When Bond investigates the hijacking of an American space shuttle, he and beautiful CIA agent Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles) are soon locked in a life-or-death struggle against Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale), a power-mad industrialist whose horrific scheme may destroy all human life on earth!
Classified Trivia: The cable that Jaws bit was actually made of licorice.
Plot 7.75 | 10 Villains 5.75 | 7.5 Opening scene | score 7.25 | 7.5 Use of gadgets 2.25 | 5 Vehicles 4.00 | 5 Bond girls 3.75 | 5 Locations 4.25 | 5 Chase scenes 3.75 | 5 38.75 | 50
(14) No Time to Die (2021)
Score: 77.50 %
Dir. Cary Joji Fukunaga
James Bond is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica after leaving active service. However, his peace is short-lived as his old CIA friend, Felix Leiter, shows up and asks for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond on the trail of a mysterious villain who's armed with dangerous new technology.
Classified Trivia: First James Bond movie to feature all the characters of Q, Felix Leiter, Miss Moneypenny, and M since License to Kill (1989), which is an interval of about thirty-one years.
(13) Live and Let Die (1973)
Dir. Guy Hamilton
When Bond (Roger Moore) investigates the murders of three fellow agents, he finds himself a target, evading vicious assassins as he closes in on powerful Kananga (Yaphet Kotto). Known on the streets as Mr. Big, Kananga is coordinating a global threat, using tons of self-produced heroin. As Bond tries to unravel the mastermind's plan, he meets Solitaire (Jane Seymour), a beautiful tarot-card reader, whose magic is crucial to the crime lord.
Classified Trivia: The first Bond movie to be set in a fictional country. The next one to do this would be License to Kill (1989).
Plot 7.25 | 10 Villains 7.00 | 7.5 Opening scene | score 7.50 | 7.5 Use of gadgets 3.50 | 5 Vehicles 2.00 | 5 Bond girls 3.75 | 5 Locations 3.75 | 5 Chase scenes 4.50 | 5 39.25 | 50
Plot 6.75 | 10 Villains | Lair 5.25 | 7.5* Opening scene | score 7.00 | 7.5 Use of gadgets 4.25 | 5 Vehicles 4.00 | 5 Bond girls 4.50 | 5 Locations 4.25 | 5 Chase scenes 3.75 | 5 39.75 | 50
(12) You Only Live Twice (1967)
Dir. Lewis Gilbert
During the Cold War, American and Russian spacecraft go missing, leaving each superpower believing the other is to blame. As the world teeters on the brink of nuclear war, British intelligence learns that one of the crafts has landed in the Sea of Japan. After faking his own death, secret agent James Bond (Sean Connery) is sent to investigate. In Japan, he's aided by Tiger Tanaka (Tetsuro Tamba) and the beautiful Aki (Akiko Wakabayashi), who helps him uncover a sinister global conspiracy.
(11) On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Dir. Peter Hunt
Agent 007 (George Lazenby) and the adventurous Tracy Di Vicenzo (Diana Rigg) join forces to battle the evil SPECTRE organization in the treacherous Swiss Alps. But the group's powerful leader, Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Telly Savalas), is launching his most calamitous scheme yet: a germ warfare plot that could kill millions!
Classified Trivia: George Lazenby suggested a scene where Bond skis off a cliff and opens a parachute. This was scrapped, as the filmmakers lacked the resources to pull it off. It was used as the opening for The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).
Plot 8.00 | 10 Villains | Lair 5.75 | 7.5 Opening scene | score 6.25 | 7.5 Use of gadgets 3.00 | 5 Vehicles 2.75 | 5 Bond girls 4.75 | 5 Locations 4.50 | 5 Chase scenes 5.00 | 5 40 | 50
Plot 7.75 | 10 Villains 6.25 | 7.5 Opening scene | score 5.50 | 7.5 Use of gadgets 3.00 | 5 Vehicles 4.00 | 5 Bond girls 4.75 | 5 Locations 4.00 | 5 Chase scenes 5.00 | 5 40.25 | 50
(10) For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Dir. John Glen
British agent James Bond is dispatched to recover a strategic communications device before it finds its way into the hands of the Russians. When the secret device that controls Britain's Polaris submarines goes missing after the spy ship carrying it sinks, 007 joins forces with a vengeful woman and a wealthy hero of the Greek resistance movement to find the equipment.
Classified Trivia: To enter the identigraph booth, Q enters five digits of a seven-digit code. Those five digits were the first five notes to the chorus of "Nobody Does It Better", the theme to The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). James Bond responds by entering the final two notes.
(9) Dr. NO (1962)
Dr. Terrence Young
In the film that launched the James Bond saga, Agent 007 (Sean Connery) battles mysterious Dr. No, a scientific genius bent on destroying the U.S. space program. As the countdown to disaster begins, Bond must go to Jamaica, where he encounters beautiful Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress), to confront a villain in his massive island headquarters.
Plot 8.75 | 10 Villains 6.75 | 7.5 Opening scene | score 6.50 | 7.5 Gadgets 2.50 | 5 Vehicles 3.75 | 5 Bond girl 5.00 | 5 Locations 4.25 | 5 Chase scenes 3.00 | 5 40.50 | 50
Plot 7.50 | 10 Villains 6.75 | 7.5 Opening scene | score 7.00 | 7.5 Use of gadgets 4.00 | 5 Vehicles 5.00 | 5 Bond girls 4.00 | 5 Locations 2.75 | 5 Chase scenes 4.00 | 5 41 | 50
(8) The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Dir. Lewis Gilbert
(7) Thunderball (1965)
Dir. Terrance Young
Led by one-eyed evil mastermind Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi), the terrorist group SPECTRE hijacks two warheads from a NATO plane and threatens widespread nuclear destruction to extort 100 million pounds. The dashing Agent 007, James Bond (Sean Connery), is sent to recover the warheads from the heart of Largo's lair in the Bahamas, facing underwater attacks from sharks and men alike. He must also convince the enchanting Domino (Claudine Auger), Largo's mistress, to become a key ally.
Classified Trivia: Sir Sean Connery performed the gun-barrel sequence for the first time because of the new Panavision process used in the movie. Beginning with this movie, the sequence would be performed by the actor playing Bond in the movie.
Plot 8.25 | 10 Villains 6.25 | 7.5 Opening scene | score 7.25 | 7.5 Use of gadgets 4.00 | 5 Vehicles 3.50 | 5 Bond girls 4.00 | 5 Locations 4.50 | 5 Chase scenes 3.75 | 5 41.50 | 50
Plot 9.00 | 10 Villains 5.50 | 7.5 Opening scene | score 6.75 | 7.5 Use of gadgets 4.25 | 5 Vehicles 4.25 | 5 Bond girls 3.50 | 5 Locations 4.75 | 5 42 | 50
(6) The Living Daylights (1987)
Dir. John Glen
British secret agent James Bond (Timothy Dalton) helps KGB officer Georgi Koskov (Jeroen Krabbé) defect during a symphony performance. During his debriefing, Koskov reveals that a policy of assassinating defectors has been instated by new KGB head Leonid Pushkin (John Rhys-Davies).
(5) GoldenEye (1995)
Dir. Martin Campbell
When a powerful satellite system falls into the hands of Alec Trevelyan, only James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) can save the world from an awesome space weapon that -- in one short pulse -- could destroy the earth! As Bond squares off against his former compatriot, he also battles Trevelyan's stunning ally, Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen), an assassin who uses pleasure as her ultimate weapon.
Classified Trivia: Features the highest bungee jump from a structure in a movie. The drop was over seven hundred twenty-two feet. The man who did the jump has a cameo as the black-haired Tiger helicopter pilot shot by Xenia Onatopp.
Plot 8.50 | 10 Villains 7.00 | 7.5 Opening scene | score 7.25 | 7.5 Use of gadgets 3.75 | 5 Vehicles 4.25 | 5 Bond girls 3.00 | 5 Locations 3.75 | 5 Chase scenes 5.00 | 5 42.50 | 50
Plot 9.25 | 10 Villains | Lair 7.25 | 7.5 Opening scene | score 7.00 | 7.5 Gadgets 5.00 | 5 Vehicles 2.50 | 5 Bond girl 3.50 | 5 Locations 5.00 | 5 Chase scenes 4.00 | 5 43.50 | 50
(4) From Russia with Love (1963)
Dr. Terrance Young
Agent 007 (Sean Connery) is back in the second installment of the James Bond series, this time battling a secret crime organization known as SPECTRE. Russians Rosa Klebb (Lotte Lenya) and Kronsteen are out to snatch a decoding device known as the Lektor, using the ravishing Tatiana (Daniela Bianchi) to lure Bond into helping them. Bond willingly travels to meet Tatiana in Istanbul, where he must rely on his wits to escape with his life in a series of deadly encounters with the enemy.
Classified Trivia: The moves in Kronsteen's chess game are from the game between Boris Spassky and David Bronstein at the U.S.S.R. Championship in Leningrad in 1960.
(3) Skyfall (2012)
Dir. Sam Mendes
When James Bond's (Daniel Craig) latest assignment goes terribly wrong, it leads to a calamitous turn of events: Undercover agents around the world are exposed, and MI6 is attacked, forcing M (Judi Dench) to relocate the agency. With MI6 now compromised inside and out, M turns to the one man she can trust: Bond. Aided only by a field agent (Naomie Harris), Bond takes to the shadows and follows a trail to Silva (Javier Bardem), a man from M's past who wants to settle an old score.
Classified Trivia: In fifty years of James Bond movies, this is only the second one in which Bond suffers a gunshot wound. He was also shot in Thunderball (1965) during the Junkanoo chase.
Plot 9.75 | 10 Villains 7.50 | 7.5 Opening scene | score 7.50 | 7.5 Use of gadgets 3.00 | 5 Vehicles 4.50 | 5 Bond girls 4.00 | 5 Locations 3.75 | 5 Chase scenes 4.00 | 5 44 | 50
Plot 9.50 | 10 Villains 7.50 | 7.5 Opening scene | score 6.50 | 7.5 Use of gadgets 4.75 | 5 Vehicles 5.00 | 5 Bond girls 3.25 | 5 Locations 4.00 | 5 Chase scenes 4.00 | 5 44.50 | 50
(2) Goldfinger (1964)
Dir. Guy Hamilton
The powerful tycoon Auric Goldfinger has initiated Operation Grand Slam, a cataclysmic scheme to raid Fort Knox and obliterate the world economy. James Bond, armed with his specially equipped Aston Martin, must stop the plan by overcoming several outrageous adversaries.
Classified Trivia: First appearance of a laser beam in a 007 movie. In the original script, the scene had a spinning buzzsaw (as in the novel) until it was decided that such an image had become commonplace and unoriginal.
(1 ) Casino Royal (2006)
Dir. Martin Campbell
After receiving a license to kill, British Secret Service agent James Bond (Daniel Craig) heads to Madagascar, where he uncovers a link to Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), a man who finances terrorist organizations. Learning that Le Chiffre plans to raise money in a high-stakes poker game, MI6 sends Bond to play against him, gambling that their newest "00" operative will topple the man's organization.
Plot 10.00 | 10 Villains 7.25 | 7.5 Opening scene | score 7.25 | 7.5 Use of gadgets 2.75 | 5 Vehicles 2.75 | 5 Bond girls 5.00 | 5 Locations 5.00 | 5 Chase scenes 5.00 | 5 45 | 50