In a crisp black tuxedo, pointing a gun with his highly trained hands and introducing himself with his typical, “The name is Bond, James Bond”, Ian Fleming’s brainchild – universally famous and loved character, Bond is a spoilt British secret service agent who has a license to kill and a bad habit of sleeping with hot and dangerous girls. The third highest-grossing movie series and more than eight authors building on Ian Fleming’s novel series is a testament to the series’ popularity. The MI6 agent movies are also famous for brand advertising, earning a lot by showcasing branded products. Here, we have compiled a list of the best and worst James Bond movies of all time (ranked in worst to best order):
26. Casino Royale (1967)
The earlier version of Casino Royale, directed by Ken Hughes, features an old retired James Bond who has been knighted and referred to as Sir James Bond. Following the death of ‘M’, who heads MI6, the ever-reliable British agent is called back into service to face off against SMERSH. 007 has a cheeky trick up his sleeve.
He names all the MI6 agents James Bond to baffle the enemy. The antagonist and Bond’s rival, Le Chiffre is not so easy to handle. The movie was nominated for an Oscar in Best Music/Original Song category.
25. A View to Kill (1985)
The classy Roger Moore dressed as James Bond finds himself on yet another mission to save the world from catastrophe (Roger Moore remains the oldest actor to play James Bond). On his return from Russia with a microchip that seems capable to withstand nuclear emission, Bond finds himself facing off against the manufacturer of this chip, Zorin Industries.
Max Zorin, the owner of the company, and his companion aspire to destroy Silicon Valley in San Andreas. With a super-hot Stacy Sutton (Tanya Roberts) as the ‘Bond Girl”, Bond looks to stop Zorin and his evil plan.
24. Octopussy (1983)
Directed by John Glen, Octopussy is another adventure of Roger Moore as James Bond. This time, the British agent must prevent a third world war, orchestrated by the Russian general. The plan comes to light when a 00 agent is found dead with a Faberge egg.
Always finding himself in tight spots, this time 007 has to work along a stunningly attractive Octopussy, who happens to be antagonist’s close friend. Bond has to act fast to prevent a nuclear blow-up and a possible third world war.
23. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
The MI6 agent finds himself on the checklist of a world-class assassin when he goes after him and is caught between two dazzling beauties a gorgeous Mar Goodnight (Britt Ekland) alongside him and the assassin Scaramanga’s sensuous lover Andrea (Maud Adams) on the other side.
22. The World is Not Enough (1999)
One of the better-looking Bonds of his time, Pierce Brosnan makes his third appearance in Michael Apted’s adaption of Ian Fleming’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. French beauty, Sophie Marceau, features as the daughter of a British oil tycoon who gets assassinated in a bombing at MI6 headquarters.
The ever-reliable 007 is assigned to protect her and also save Europe from nuclear destruction at the hands of Renard, a known terrorist. Is the charming Elektra (Sophie Marceau) what she really seems to be? It is up to the British agent to find out.
21. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
Sleeping with the wrong girls is second nature to the British agent. This time, Pierce Brosnan as James Bond finds himself in a stand-off against a media tycoon whose wife is Bond’s former lover. Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce), the tycoon, intends to instigate a war between the UK and China to achieve Global coverage for his company.
On his heels, aided by Michelle Yeoh (Wai Lin) is 007 to stop the evil plan. With a Saturn Award for Pierce Brosnan as Best Actor (Academy of Science Fiction), Tomorrow Never Dies is one of the best Bond films directed by Roger Spottiswoode.
20. Die Another Day (2002)
For the last time, Pierce Brosnan dresses up as James Bond in Lee Tamahori’s adaption of the fiction novel character. A captured Bond is released after more than a year in exchange for a dangerous terrorist held by MI6.
Accused of leaking information and held in detention, Her majesty’s bad boy escapes and heads off after Zao, the North Korean terrorist. Playing the Bond girl is a fashion model, Jinx (Halle Berry). 007 unveils a plan of billionaire Gustav Graves to use a laser beam from a satellite and works with his American counterpart to stop it.
19. Moonraker (1979)
Starring Roger Moore as her majesty’s favorite spy and Lois Chiles with her great sex appeal making the Bond girl, director Lewis Gilbert’s Moonraker was a predictable success. We have seen Bond travel in the remotest parts of the world, but here he takes off into space.
A space shuttle is hijacked and it is up to him to find out the villain behind this to prevent a genocide. Moonraker was nominated for an Oscar in Best Effect/Visual Effects category.
18. Never Say Never Again (1983)
Former model and exotic beauty, Barbara Carrera makes an appearance as Bond Girl and gives a great performance getting herself nominated for Golden Globe in Best Supporting Actress category. 007’s mission this time is to recover the stolen nuclear warheads from US Airbase in the UK by a SPECTRE agent.
17. Spectre (2015)
The blue-eyed Englishman, Daniel Craig, plays the super spy 007 in the latest installment of Bond series. With his impressive physique and a calm demeanor, Daniel makes a fine James Bond. Playing opposite him is a striking French actress, Lea Seydoux.
A new player, Max Denbigh who is head of the Center of National Security, enters the forum and tries to shut down 00 networks. While M, Bond’s boss, handles the political battle, Bond is busy in Mexico where he stops an Italian hitman from bombing a parade. This leads him to uncover an evil organization by name of SPECTRE which must be stopped.
16. Quantum of Solace (2008)
Following on from Casino Royale, the British spy is seen showing emotion for the first time over the loss of his lover, Vesper Lynd, in the previous installment. An assassination attempt on ‘M’ leads Bond to pursue the assailant, who leads him to Dominic Greene, a green technology developer who intends to get his hands on barren land in Bolivia.
007 sets on to find why Greene is after that piece of land. A lot of action follows and our efficient Bond is the last man standing in the fights. The movie was nominated for 2 BAFTA awards in Best Music and Best visual effects category.
15. Live and Let Live (1973)
James Bond’s expensive shoes are filled by Roger Moore this time. He sets out to investigate the deaths of his fellow secret service agents and meets a powerful villain known as Mr. Big. To make matters more interesting, the on-duty spy charms and seduces a very pretty solitaire, a tarot card reader, very close to Mr. Big.
Speedboat chases and more action follows with 007 in the thick of it. Live and Let Live was nominated for an Oscar in Best Music category.
14. Diamonds are Forever (1971)
Starring Sean Connery as the British spy, this time James Bond finds himself on a mission to fish out the responsible person behind diamond smuggling.
By changing his identity, he sneaks in the network and meets a lot of shady characters. Guy Hamilton’s venture was nominated for an Oscar in Best Music category.
13. The Living Daylights (1987)
Timothy Dalton, a charming English actor takes the center stage as James Bond. The agent helps in the recapture of a Soviet General and then helps unravel nefarious designs of an arms dealer who intends on starting a war in the world.
With a pretty face and super attractive physique, Maryam d’Abo plays the Bond Girl in director John Glen’s venture.