6. Moonraker (1979)
> Domestic box office: $260.7 million
> IMDb rating: 6.3
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 43%
> Starring: Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Michael Lonsdale, Richard Kiel
Admittedly, Bond films are not known for the most credible of plots. But this version that has Bond tracking down a hijacking of a U.S. space shuttle was a bit over the top even by Bond standards. Bond and CIA agent Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles) struggle to stop Hugo Drax, a crazy industrialist played by Michael Lonsdale, from destroying life on earth.
5. From Russia with Love (1963)
> Domestic box office: $264.1 million
> IMDb rating: 7.4
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 84%
> Starring: Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Lotte Lenya, Daniela Bianchi
James Bond’s second film is a gritty Cold War spy thriller that has 007 chasing after a decoding device called the Lektor with the help of Tatiana Romanova, a clerk in the Soviet embassy in Istanbul. SPECTRE makes its first appearance as the shadowy crime organization hellbent on world chaos.
4. You Only Live Twice (1967)
> Domestic box office: $323.6 million
> IMDb rating: 6.9
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 68%
> Starring: Sean Connery, Akiko Wakabayashi, Mie Hama, Tetsurô Tanba
Bond tangles up with Blofeld and SPECTRE to thwart a plan to instigate a war between the U.S. and the Soviets. The title refers to the plot twist that has Bond faking his own death at the film’s beginning to uncover the conspiracy.
3. Skyfall (2012)
> Domestic box office: $350.2 million
> IMDb rating: 7.8
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 86%
> Starring: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Judi Dench
Bond’s mission isn’t to save the world in “Skyfall.” It’s to decipher who has exposed every MI6 agent and destroyed the agency’s headquarters. In addition to the villain, a traitor known as Silva, Bond locks horns with M, a role Judi Dench bowed out of after this film.
2. Goldfinger (1964)
> Domestic box office: $383.7 million
> IMDb rating: 7.7
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 89%
> Starring: Sean Connery, Gert Fröbe, Honor Blackman, Shirley Eaton
Generally considered the best of Bond films, “Goldfinger” not only has an entertaining (if somewhat unbelievable) plot, but a memorable theme song, too. The villain in this installment, Auric Goldfinger, wants to contaminate the U.S. gold supply at Fort Knox so his gold will become more valuable.