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This Is Every James Bond Movie Ranked Worst To Best

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Bond…James Bond. He is probably the most famous spy in film history. Perhaps fitting to the secret agent character, 007 has gone through many changes since he was first introduced to movie fans in 1962.

From various actors’ portrayals and a wide range of villains to Bond films fitting the comedy as well as action thriller genres, there is much to love — and little to fix — about the British spy’s franchise.

24/7 Tempo has reviewed all movies in the series and ranked all the James Bond feature films from worst to best using online audience and critic ratings from Rotten Tomatoes and the Internet Movie Database.

Fans of the James Bond franchise suffered a major disappointment when it was announced that the release of the latest movie — “No Time to Die” — had been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The film is now expected to be released in early October.

A total of six actors have played James Bond over the years – seven if you consider 1967’s “Casino Royale,” which was a parody Bond movie. Sean Connery, the first Bond, made the character his own and catapulted it to stardom with the release of “Dr. No” in 1962. Connery quit the franchise after seven film over fears of being typecast. The only other actor who played Bond as many times was Roger Moore. The upcoming flick “No Time to Die” will be Daniel Craig’s fifth stint as Bond — and his last.

Fortunately, while enthusiasts wait patiently for the latest installment, several classic Bond movies have been added to streaming services. Movie fans looking for something new, of any genre, have many options to choose from, and they can start here — these are the best movies you’ve never seen (that are available to stream).

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To rank every James Bond movie, 24/7 Tempo developed an index based on several measures from Internet Movie Database and Rotten Tomatoes. IMDb is an online movie database owned by Amazon. Rotten Tomatoes is an online movie and TV review aggregator. The index is a composite of the movies’ IMDb rating, Rotten Tomatoes audience score, and Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score. All ratings were weighted equally. Supplemental data on domestic box office was obtained from The Numbers, an online movie database owned by consulting firm Nash Information Services. Data was collected in April 2021.

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26. Casino Royale (1967)
> Cast: David Niven, Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress
> Director: John Huston, Joseph McGrath, Robert Parish, Richard Talmadge, Val Guest, Ken Hughes
> IMDb score: 5.1 out of 10
> Tomatometer: 26%
> RT audience score: 34%
> Worldwide box office: $41.7 million

Originally conceived by producer Charles K. Feldman as an entry to Eon Productions’ James Bond series, which had already released four Bond films, “Casino Royale” was instead released as a satirical spy comedy by the now defunct Famous Artists Productions after Eon rejected the project. Despite starring Peter Sellers, Woody Allen, and Orson Welles, the movie is generally considered the worst Bond picture and — for many — is not considered a Bond picture at all.

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25. A View to a Kill (1985)
> Cast: Roger Moore, Christopher Walken, Tanya Roberts
> Director: John Glen
> IMDb score: 6.4 out of 10
> Tomatometer: 37%
> RT audience score: 40%
> Worldwide box office: $152.6 million

“A View to a Kill” is the final Bond film to star Roger Moore, who was 57 years old during the shooting. The film’s cast features Christopher Walken as psychopath Max Zorin and Grace Jones as May Day, who conspire to take over the microchip industry.

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24. Octopussy (1983)
> Cast: Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan
> Director: John Glen
> IMDb score: 6.6 out of 10
> Tomatometer: 42%
> RT audience score: 47%
> Worldwide box office: $187.5 million

“Octopussy” was released approximately four months before the independently produced “Never Say Never Again,” starring Sean Connery. The film grossed over $12 million more in the U.S. than the latter release.

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23. Die Another Day (2002)
> Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Rosamund Pike
> Director: Lee Tamahori
> IMDb score: 6.1 out of 10
> Tomatometer: 56%
> RT audience score: 41%
> Worldwide box office: $431.9 million

Pierce Brosnan played the role of James Bond in four films, completing his tenure with 2002’s “Die Another Day.” The film, which is the 20th Eon-produced Bond movie, was released 40 years after the first Bond film, “Dr. No.”

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22. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
> Cast: Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland
> Director: Guy Hamilton
> IMDb score: 6.8 out of 10
> Tomatometer: 40%
> RT audience score: 55%
> Worldwide box office: $97.6 million

Another Roger Moore turn as 007. This time, Bond faces the imperious Francisco Scaramanga (Christopher Lee), who plans to sell solar cell technology to the highest bidder. The movie is memorable for Scaramanga’s alluring hideout — an island redoubt off the coast of Thailand — and colorful supporting characters such as Scaramanga’s diminutive henchman Nick Nack (Hervé Villechaize), and tobacco-chomping Sheriff J.W. Pepper (Clifton James).

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21. The World Is Not Enough (1999)
> Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Marceau, Robert Carlyle
> Director: Michael Apted
> IMDb score: 6.4 out of 10
> Tomatometer: 52%
> RT audience score: 49%
> Worldwide box office: $361.7 million

“The World is Not Enough” is the final movie to feature actor Desmond Llewelyn in the role of Q, putting an end to a 17 film streak. It’s also the first film in the series to feature a female character as one of the lead antagonists — Sophie Marceau as Elektra King.

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20. Moonraker (1979)
> Cast: Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Michael Lonsdale
> Director: Lewis Gilbert
> IMDb score: 6.3 out of 10
> Tomatometer: 60%
> RT audience score: 43%
> Worldwide box office: $210.3 million

Eon Productions originally planned to release “For Your Eyes Only” after “The Spy Who Loved Me.” However, due to the success of “Star Wars,” which came out in 1977, the company reconsidered and instead made the space-themed “Moonraker.” The movie was the highest-grossing Bond film until the release of “GoldenEye” in 1995.

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19. Never Say Never Again (1983)
> Cast: Sean Connery, Kim Basinger, Klaus Maria Brandauer
> Director: Irvin Kershner
> IMDb score: 6.2 out of 10
> Tomatometer: 69%
> RT audience score: 37%
> Worldwide box office: $160.0 million

“Never Say Never Again” is the second film adaptation of author Ian Fleming’s novel “Thunderball.” It is one of two James Bond films not produced by Eon Productions, which released the more popular “Octopussy” the same year.

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18. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
> Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Jonathan Pryce, Michelle Yeoh
> Director: Roger Spottiswoode
> IMDb score: 6.5 out of 10
> Tomatometer: 57%
> RT audience score: 53%
> Worldwide box office: $339.5 million

The 18th Bond movie made by Eon Productions features Jonathan Pryce as media titan Elliot Carver, who wants to break into the Chinese media market. Carver tries to provoke a war between China and the West in order to obtain broadcasting rights in the world’s most populous country. Worth noting: The minister of defense in “Tomorrow Never Dies” is played by “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes.

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17. Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
> Cast: Sean Connery, Jill St. John, Charles Gray
> Director: Guy Hamilton
> IMDb score: 6.6 out of 10
> Tomatometer: 63%
> RT audience score: 58%
> Worldwide box office: $116.0 million

“Diamonds Are Forever” is the final Eon Productions James Bond film to star Sean Connery, although the actor would return to the role once more in the independently produced “Never Say Never Again.” The film is highly regarded for its humor, including a number of comical sight gags.

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16. Quantum of Solace (2008)
> Cast: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric
> Director: Marc Forster
> IMDb score: 6.6 out of 10
> Tomatometer: 64%
> RT audience score: 58%
> Worldwide box office: $591.7 million

The second Bond film starring Daniel Craig is both violent and fast-paced, with many critics such as Roger Ebert criticizing it as being too much of an action film. Yet the film has many supporters who believe it to be an exciting, modern take on Bond. It’s gritty, engaging, and, at 106 minutes — the shortest film in the series — exceedingly to the point.

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15. Spectre (2015)
> Cast: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux
> Director: Sam Mendes
> IMDb score: 6.8 out of 10
> Tomatometer: 63%
> RT audience score: 61%
> Worldwide box office: $879.5 million

“Spectre” is the most recent Bond release and the fourth to star Daniel Craig as Agent 007. It’s the first film to feature criminal organization Spectre and its leader Ernst Stavro Blofeld since “Diamonds Are Forever” in 1971. The organization’s first appearance was in 1962’s “Dr. No.”

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14. Live and Let Die (1973)
> Cast: Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour
> Director: Guy Hamilton
> IMDb score: 6.8 out of 10
> Tomatometer: 67%
> RT audience score: 64%
> Worldwide box office: $161.8 million

“Live and Let Die,” the first of Roger Moore’s seven appearances as the British agent, takes Bond to the Bayou after the mysterious deaths of several British agents. There he encounters Mr. Big (Yaphet Kotto), a major drug dealer, and voodoo master Baron Samedi (Geoffrey Holder). The comic relief is provided by good ole boy Sheriff J.W. Pepper (Clifton James). The movie is also known for its theme song, performed by Paul McCartney and Wings.

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13. License to Kill (1989)
> Cast: Timothy Dalton, Robert Davi, Carey Lowell
> Director: John Glen
> IMDb score: 6.6 out of 10
> Tomatometer: 77%
> RT audience score: 61%
> Worldwide box office: $156.2 million

“License to Kill” is the second and final film to star Timothy Dalton as James Bond. Being generally more violent than other films in the series up to that point, it is the first Bond film to receive a PG-13 rating in the U.S. There was a gap of six years until the next Bond film, “GoldenEye,” was released — the longest gap between Bond movies.

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12. For Your Eyes Only (1981)
> Cast: Roger Moore, Carole Bouquet, Topol
> Director: John Glen
> IMDb score: 6.7 out of 10
> Tomatometer: 73%
> RT audience score: 64%
> Worldwide box office: $195.3 million

Following 1979’s space-themed “Moonraker,” Roger Moore returned two years later as Bond in “For Your Eyes Only,” a more grounded entry in the series that was shot in England, Italy, Greece, and The Bahamas. The film follows Agent 007 as he attempts to retrieve a stolen Automatic Targeting Attack Communicator that can be used to control British military submarines.

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11. The Living Daylights (1987)
> Cast: Timothy Dalton, Maryam d’Abo, Jeroen Krabbé
> Director: John Glen
> IMDb score: 6.7 out of 10
> Tomatometer: 74%
> RT audience score: 66%
> Worldwide box office: $191.2 million

“The Living Daylights” is the first of two Bond films to star Timothy Dalton, following Roger Moore’s departure from the series. While some at the time criticized Dalton’s portrayal as moody and humorless, others were highly impressed, including Washington Post film critic Rita Kempley who, in 1987, described Dalton as the “best Bond ever.”

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10. You Only Live Twice (1967)
> Cast: Sean Connery, Akiko Wakabayashi, Mie Hama
> Director: Lewis Gilbert
> IMDb score: 6.9 out of 10
> Tomatometer: 73%
> RT audience score: 68%
> Worldwide box office: $111.6 million

“You Only Live Twice” is the last of the first five Bond movies starring Sean Connery, who sought to get out of Bond-age and avoid typecasting. Like the previous four Bond films, “You Only Live Twice” was a rousing success. In the movie, an American spacecraft vanishes in orbit, and the Soviets are blamed. Bond travels to a Japanese island to confront Blofeld (Donald Pleasence), the head of the crime organization Spectre that is behind the disappearance of the spacecraft.

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9. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
> Cast: George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas
> Director: Peter R. Hunt
> IMDb score: 6.7 out of 10
> Tomatometer: 81%
> RT audience score: 64%
> Worldwide box office: $82.0 million

This is the only film in which George Lazenby played 007, and the first Bond movie that did not star Sean Connery. When the movie was released, critics were not kind to Lazenby, a model who had never acted in a movie before. More recent assessments of the movie have shown a greater appreciation of Lazenby as a more vulnerable Bond. In “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” Bond battles Spectre leader Blofeld (Telly Savalas), who plans to use women from various countries to contaminate the world’s food supply.

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8. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
> Cast: Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curd Jürgens
> Director: Lewis Gilbert
> IMDb score: 7.1 out of 10
> Tomatometer: 80%
> RT audience score: 76%
> Worldwide box office: $185.4 million

There are highlights aplenty in “The Spy Who Loved Me,” from the breathtaking skiing sequence at the beginning of the film to the conversion of the Lotus sports car into a missile-firing submarine. There is also one of the great Bond assassins in Jaws (Richard Kiel), a large man with metal teeth who chomps a shark to death. Jaws is employed by madman Karl Stromberg (Curd Jügens), who tries to provoke a nuclear holocaust and then create a civilization under the sea. Bond reaches a detente with Russian spy Anya Amasova to try and stop Stromberg.

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7. Thunderball (1965)
> Cast: Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi
> Director: Terence Young
> IMDb score: 7.0 out of 10
> Tomatometer: 86%
> RT audience score: 73%
> Worldwide box office: $141.2 million

By the time “Thunderball” was released in 1965, Connery had played the unflappable James Bond three times and was becoming concerned about being typecast. Still, the movie-going public could not get enough of 007, and “Thunderball” was a huge hit. In “Thunderball,” Bond goes to the Bahamas to try and keep Spectre villain Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi) from holding the world hostage with stolen nuclear warheads. The movie is remembered for its underwater battle between scuba divers firing spears at each other.

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6. GoldenEye (1995)
> Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco
> Director: Martin Campbell
> IMDb score: 7.2 out of 10
> Tomatometer: 78%
> RT audience score: 83%
> Worldwide box office: $356.4 million

“GoldenEye” is the first Bond film to star Pierce Brosnan, who replaced Timothy Dalton in the role of James Bond. It is also the first film to feature Judi Dench in the role of M, a character never before portrayed as a woman. James Bond personally kills 39 people in the film, the second highest body count behind only “Octopussy.”

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5. Dr. No (1962)
> Cast: Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Bernard Lee
> Director: Terence Young
> IMDb score: 7.2 out of 10
> Tomatometer: 95%
> RT audience score: 82%
> Worldwide box office: $59.6 million

“Dr. No” is the movie that launched the franchise. Producers Harold Saltzman and Albert Broccoli considered Cary Grant and James Mason, among other actors, to play the British agent, while Bond author Ian Fleming preferred David Niven. But once Connery won the role, he put his stamp on the character. The plot of “Dr. No” revolves around a deranged scientific genius, Dr. No (Joseph Wiseman), who wants to disrupt the U.S. space program.

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4. From Russia with Love (1963)
> Cast: Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Lotte Lenya
> Director: Terence Young
> IMDb score: 7.4 out of 10
> Tomatometer: 95%
> RT audience score: 84%
> Worldwide box office: $78.9 million

“From Russia with Love” is one of the few Bond movies whose plot addresses Cold War tensions. Bond travels to Istanbul to try to get hold of a Soviet decoding machine before the crime organization Spectre gets it. The film is also remembered for Bond’s fight with humorless former KGB agent Rosa Klebb (Lotte Lenya), who tries to dispatch Bond with poison in the toe of her shoe.

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3. Skyfall (2012)
> Cast: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris
> Director: Sam Mendes
> IMDb score: 7.8 out of 10
> Tomatometer: 92%
> RT audience score: 86%
> Worldwide box office: $1.1 billion

“Skyfall” scored five Oscar nominations — more than any other Bond flick — and won two. It was the first Bond movie to be filmed in China — an element that may have helped it become the first movie in the franchise to gross over $1 billion worldwide.

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2. Casino Royale (2006)
> Cast: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench
> Director: Martin Campbell
> IMDb score: 8.0 out of 10
> Tomatometer: 94%
> RT audience score: 89%
> Worldwide box office: $594.4 million

2006’s “Casino Royale” is the first film to star Daniel Craig as James Bond. Fans and critics alike immediately took to the blonde-haired Craig in the role. The film is considered a reboot of the series, and classic characters such as Q and Miss Moneypenny were absent from the script. Yet the focus on other characters, such as Bond himself, is strong compared to what was seen by many as an increasingly excessive focus on gadgetry in prior Bond films.

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1. Goldfinger (1964)
> Cast: Sean Connery, Gert Fröbe, Honor Blackman
> Director: Guy Hamilton
> IMDb score: 7.7 out of 10
> Tomatometer: 99%
> RT audience score: 89%
> Worldwide box office: $124.9 million

According to audiences and critics alike, “Goldfinger” is the best Bond movie. First, the characters and actors: Gert Frobe plays the formidable Goldfinger; Shirley Eaton is the doomed, gold-painted Bond girl Jill Masterson; and Harold Sakata portrays lethal villain Oddjob who wields a deadly bowler hat. The car: Bond drives the ultra-cool, tricked-out Aston Martin, equipped with a bullet-proof shield and machine guns. The plot: Goldfinger plans to contaminate the gold at Fort Knox to boost the value of his own gold supply. The quote: It is in “Goldfinger” that Bond first utters his most famous line: “A martini. Shaken, not stirred.”

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