Special Report

These Are the James Bond Movies That Did Best at the Box Office

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16. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
> Domestic box office: $192.2 million
> IMDb rating: 7.1
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 76%
> Starring: Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curd Jürgens, Richard Kiel

In an unusual twist, Bond teams up with KGB agent Major Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach), who vows to avenge the killing of her lover by Bond. (She doesn’t in the end.) The two set out to find an evil scientist (is there any other kind in a Bond film?) and stop his hijacking of two Russian and British nuclear submarines.

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15. Octopussy (1983)
> Domestic box office: $197.4 million
> IMDb rating: 6.6
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 47%
> Starring: Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan, Kristina Wayborn

Maud Adams has the distinction of playing a Bond Girl twice (she was also in “The Man With the Golden Gun””. Here, she plays a wealthy businesswoman and smuggler who helps Bond break up a jewel theft operation run by a rogue Soviet general. Along the way, they stop a nuclear attack on NATO forces.

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14. Quantum of Solace (2008)
> Domestic box office: $216.1 million
> IMDb rating: 6.6
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 58%
> Starring: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench

Daniel Craig’s second foray into Bond territory drew tepid reviews after the success of the 2006 non-spoof version of “Casino Royale.” Bond seeks to find who blackmailed his lover, Vesper Lynd, and comes across Quantum, an organization plotting to control the water supply in Bolivia.

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13. Spectre (2015)
> Domestic box office: $217.4 million
> IMDb rating: 6.8
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 61%
> Starring: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes

Old adversaries reunite in this recent Bond film as the British agent fights against the evil Ernst Stavro Blofeld and his worldwide criminal network, SPECTRE. Although the name is the same, Blofeld is actually a pseudonym for another person from Bond’s past who wishes to do him harm. All in all, a clever way to update the franchise’s long-standing enemy.

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12. GoldenEye (1995)
> Domestic box office: $224.1 million
> IMDb rating: 7.2
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 83%
> Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco, Famke Janssen

After a six-year absence from the screen, Bond returned with Pierce Brosnan donning 007’s custom-made suit. Also noteworthy is the fact that M, head of MI6, was played by a woman for the first time — Judi Dench. The movie has Bond trying to foil a plot by a former ally to control a satellite system.