We Ranked The Top Ten Best Bond Films

We Ranked The Top Ten Best Bond Films

"The name's Bond - James Bond." Few franchises have ever achieved success that mirrors the Bond movies, which makes ranking the top ten best Bond films something of a minefield.

But, with a man so suave, a legacy so enduring and iconic performances to boot, it would be remiss of us not to give it a go. Accounting for heart-stopping action sequences, murderous villains, gorgeous sidekicks and high-tech gadgetry - as well as the performance from the man himself - I've pulled together my list of the greatest Bond movies.

I'd ask you to strap in for the ride, but you needn't worry - there's no ejector seat this time around.

10. The Living Daylights

 The Living Daylights James Bond

Timothy Dalton deserves a spot in the our top ten Bond films, injecting new life into the franchise after the fizzle of some of Roger Moore's later portrayals. Dalton is tough yet suave in his debut, bringing a broodier intensity and grittier edge to the role (which almost certainly inspiring Daniel Craig down the line).

The Living Daylights is a gripping tale of espionage, during which we see Bond uncover a complex web of deception and betrayal, orchestrated by none other than the KGB. It's less flamboyant and gadget-laden than it's predecessors but still features heart-stopping action and larger-than life villains.

And of course it's always nice to see an Aston Martin make a show.

9. The Spy Who Loved Me

The Spy Who Loved Me James Bond

For me, The Spy Who Loved Me is Roger Moore's interpretation of Bond at it's peak - effortlessly balancing wit, charm, and action-hero prowess.

Amidst a backdrop of Cold War tensions, we see Bond investigating the mysterious disappearance of British and Soviet nuclear submarines - ultimately coming face to face with one of the finest Bond villains in the towering henchman Jaws, played by Richard Kiel.

Blending espionage with romance and humour in equal measure, The Spy Who Loved Me is also notable for it's exhilarating action - a thrilling ski chase down the slopes of Austria, a car-chase strewn with gadgetry and a hair raising battle in an underwater lair make this a rollercoaster of thrills.

8. Thunderball

Thunderball James Bond

Set against the backdrop of the Bahamas, Thunderball sees Connery's Bond embroiled in a race against time to recover stolen nuclear warheads from the nefarious SPECTRE. It's a captivating blend of action, intrigue, and exotic locales which stands the test of time.

Connery is suave and formidable as ever, and his nemesis, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, is played with chilling menace by Anthony Dawson. The fourth instalment, Thunderball also truly showcases the technological wizardry we associate with classic Bond films today, with gadgets and gizmos a-plently.

7. Dr. No

Dr No James Bond

Number seven on my list is the sixth Bond novel, and the first to be brought to life on screen - Dr. No.

Although we don't yet see all of the elements of a true Bond film in full force, Dr. No sets the scene for all Bond films to come with Connery's first portrayal. Cool and calm, detached yet elegant, his leading man charisma wowed early audiences. Couple this with exotic locations and enough fast-paced action to qualify and you have a movie for the ages.

A robotic and nefarious villain in Joseph Wiseman's Dr. No, and a memorable Ursula Andress emerging from the Caribbean ocean as Bond girl Honey Ryder are all part of the building blocks for an emerging familiar formula.

6. GoldenEye

GoldenEye James Bond

After a six year hiatus, Bond returned to movie screens in spectacular fashion with Pierce Brosnans first performance.

His Bond perfectly blends the panache of Sean Connery, the cheekiness of Roger Moore, the vulnerability of George Lazenby and the grit of Timothy Dalton for an intensely watchable debut performance.

Chock full of snappy one-liners, cold-blooded cruelty and spectacular stunts from the get-go, all of the parts are in place. Both Brosnan and Sean Bean (Agent 006) are in their physical prime, ensuring their final brutal showdown is tight, raw and satisfyingly brutal.

5. SkyFall

Skyfall James Bond

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the franchise, Skyfall unarguably delivered the goods - with standout performances not just from Daniel Craig but a whole host of supporting characters. Bug-eyed antagonist Raoul Silva is instantly a classic Bond villain, thanks to a gripping performance from Javier Bardem, and Judy Dench find balance between hard-headedness and vulnerability as M.

Smart and sinewy with beautifully set cinematic landscapes ranging from bleak Scottish moorlands to doleful neon cityscapes, this instalment is perfectly orchestrated - tense, exciting and emotional in equal measure.

4. From Russia With Love

From Russia With Love James Bond

A razor sharp cold war thriller, Connery's stylish second appearance lacks some of the colourful flamboyance of successive films but is nonetheless an exciting and complete Bond movie.

We follow Bond through an intriguing espionage-based plot (perhaps one of the most complex of the series), with twists and turns as he evades SPECTRE's assassination attempts. The story unravels thorough unusual locations including the streets of Istanbul and the backwater canals of Venice.

Connery almost meets his match in villainous Russian agent Red Grant, and their final breathtaking confrontation aboard the Orient Express is Bond-action at it's best.

3. Goldfinger

GoldFinger James Bond

The third instalment of the Bond franchise, in my opinion Goldfinger is Sean Connery at his height. The quintessential Bond film, it has the consensus of serious critics - showcasing the provocative Pussy Galore, Shirley Bassey's classic theme tune and the first onscreen order of a martini - shaken not stirred.

The story follows Bond as he investigates the nefarious activities of eccentric businessman Auric Goldfinger - a mission that takes him through glitzy Miami casinos and picturesque British golf courses.

Extravagant, larger than life and ridiculous, it has everything that you'd expect - from the megalomaniac villain and quirky agent toys to the polished tuxedo and tongue-in-cheek action. This is Bond at his tightest, wildest and most invincible.

P.S. - in case you haven't read our perfect martini recipe guide - one should always take it stirred…

2. On Her Majesty's Secret Service

On Her Majesty's Secret Service James Bond

Known as the lost Bond film, George Lazenby was tasked with the near impossible job of succeeding Connery's 007 in 1969 and at the time the film hardly made a splash.

Set against the backdrop of the Swiss Alps, the story sees Bond embarking on a mission to uncover the true identity of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, portrayed by Telly Savalas, the head of the global criminal organisation SPECTRE.

Lazenby was, in many ways, Connery's antithesis. This is the first time we see Bond as vulnerable, rather than indestructible - looser and gentler than his ultra-masculine predecessor. In Dianna Rigg (who you may know as Olenna Tyrell in HBO's Game of Thrones), we see one of the best Bond girls - whose death remains one of the most devastating scenes in the franchise to this date.

It might be considered a controversial number two choice - but for me, On Her Majesty's Secret Service is classic spy thriller, which almost certainly inspired Bond movies for years to come.

1. Casino Royale

Casino Royale James Bond Top Ten Bond Films Ranked

Featuring the first 'blond Bond', 2006's reboot of the franchise does away with the silliness and gadgetry of previous eras.

Daniel Craig's Bond is arguably a closers approximation of Fleming's writing, as he attempts to thwart terrorist financier Le Chiffre. He's still suave and sophisticated when he needs to be, but he's also a human - flawed, tough, and at times, cold and calculated.

As well as intimate and bloody kills, breath-taking stunts and gripping action, Casino Royale features a depth of character not seen in previous movies. Vesper Lynd is charming and witty, yet vulnerable, and Le Chiffre is perhaps Craig's greatest adversary - icy, diabolical, unshakeable and mesmerising.

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