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The Bond Films … Ranked!

The best and worst? We’ve gone through all 21, and here’s what we think. Hmmm. Wonder where Quantum of Solace will fall in …

21. Octopussy (1983)
OK, it’s partially the title, but seriously, the worst of the Roger Moore era — and the worst Bond movie everMaud Adams should have just stuck with Man With the Golden Gun.

[IMG:R]20. A View to a Kill (1985)
And the last Moore 007 flick isn’t much better — even if Grace Jones’ femme fatale gets to flash her enormous teeth.

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19. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
So Sean Connery hung up his gun as 007 and the baton was passed to … George Lazenby? A failed experiment, I’m afraid.

18. The Living Daylights (1987)
Another failed experiment — Timothy Dalton replaces Moore. Daylights tries to go more gritty, but we won’t really appreciate this tact until the Blonde Bond shows up in Casino Royale.

[IMG:R]17. Licence to Kill (1989) 
Dalton’s second  — and last — stab at Bond; slightly better but still not up to par. Bond Babe Talisa Soto is a tasty treat, though.

16. Moonraker (1979)
Bond in space. What can get better than that? Plenty.

15. For Your Eyes Only (1981)
A serviceable Bond film but nothing too distinguishing — except for Sheena Easton’s hit theme song.

[IMG:R]14. Die Another Day (2002)
In Pierce Brosnan’s last and most impressive performance as Bond, the action unfortunately trips into the ridiculous. Surfing a giant ice wave? Please.

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13. The World is Not Enough (1999)
They got it half right: great villain (Robert Carlyle as a guy who can’t feel pain) but really dumb Bond girl. Denise Richards as a scientist. Get real.

12. You Only Live Twice (1967)
And finally we get to the Connery years. Standouts include the hidden lair under a volcano and the Japanese ninja attack.

[IMG:R]11. Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
After the Lazenby fiasco, Connery returned for another go around. Standouts include the scorpion-loving henchmen Mr. Kidd (Putter Smith) and Mr. Wint (Bruce Glover) and the enormous satellite dish made of diamonds.

10. Thunderball (1965)
Set in the Bahamas, this is definitely one of the most lush and scenic of them all. Connery has always said it was one of his favorites.

9. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
Two words why this Bond flick ranks high: Michelle Yeoh. As the most kickass of any Bond girl, her Wai Lin should have gotten a spinoff.

[IMG:R]8. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
We are introduced to one of the more classic Bond henchmen, Jaws (Richard Kiel), who was in Moonraker as well.

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7. The Man With the Golden Gun (1974)
Definitely Moore’s best performance, and Christopher Lee rocks as bad guy Francisco Scaramanga, the titular golden gun holder.

[IMG:R]6. Live and Let Die (1973)
Moore makes his first appearance as 007 and gives us a snarkier, more light-hearted Bond. It works. Standouts include Jane Seymour as Solitaire and the New Orleans voodoo-esque setting. Oh, and Paul McCartney’s rockin’ theme song.

5. From Russia With Love (1963)
Another one of Connery’s favorites, standouts include the whole train fight sequence between Bond and Robert Shaw’s Red Grant and German hausfrau Rosa Klebb (Lotte Lenya), with her poisoned shoe tip.

[IMG:R]4. GoldenEye (1995)
With a seven-year time lapse between last Bond flick (1989’s Licence to Kill), Pierce Brosnan finally debuts as the British spy, bringing the suave back. Standouts include Famke Janssen’s thigh-crunching femme fatale and Judi Dench taking over as M.

3. Dr. No (1962) 
It ranks high because it introduces the Bond world to moviegoers for the first time, igniting the longest running movie franchise of all time. Standouts include Ursula Andress as the first voluptuous Bond girl; and the evil mastermind Dr. No (Joseph Wiseman) — in Asian makeup, no less.

2. Casino Royale (2006)
There’s no monkeying around with this 007. What Dalton couldn’t accomplish — playing the British agent as a real man rather than a caricature — Daniel Craig handles with aplomb. Standouts include the opening, hair-raising action sequence and the bad guy Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) shedding blood for tears.

[IMG:R]1. Goldfinger (1964)
The best in terms of all the things we’ve come to love about a Bond movie. Standouts include the villainous title character (Gert Frobe); his bowler-hat-throwin’ henchman Oddjob (Harold Sakata); the scheme (robbing Fort Knox); the theme song; best lines (“No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!”); and the best (or worst) Bond girl name ever: Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman).

And for the unofficial James Bond movies:

The original 1967 Casino Royale, a Bond spoof that had Peter Sellers and David Niven both playing 007 — as well as Woody Allen playing the villain, Jimmy Bond, Bond’s nephew.

Never Say Never Again, a sort of remake to Thunderball, released the same year as Octopussy. It was not produced by Albert Broccoli’s Eon Productions, and therefore has never been considered an official Bond flick. It was, however, Sean Connery’s last performance as Bond.

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