The final day of Month of Bond and fittingly I have finally seen them all! So all that is left is to put them in order, from worst to the best. Suitably there is a decent mix of the different Bond’s movies (but you won’t find any Roger Moore in the top 10 though). I won’t explain my choices for all, just the top 10 so without further ado;
21. A VIEW TO A KILL
19. DIE ANOTHER DAY
15. LIVE AND LET DIE
Sean Connery returns to Bond after George Lazenby’s poor attempt to play the spy and he brings back what makes Bond such an iconic character. He may be getting on in years but he still throws himself into each fight, gets the beautiful Bond Girl and defeats some of the series more memorable villains.
Timothy Dalton reinvents James Bond successfully. After the comical Roger Moore, Dalton brings Bond into the 90s and delivers the first of his two thrillers. No silly quips, just a more vengeful, focused and brutal Bond. A breath of fresh air.
The first movie in the whole series and the introduction of some of the most iconic Bond traditions. Sean Connery makes you take notice of 007 from the moment he utters that most famous of lines. The film that follows doesn’t resemble what we think of a James Bond movie today but sets a solid foundation to be built upon.
Timothy Dalton delivered Daniel Craig’s more violent, brutal and anger-filled Bond way before the 21st Century. License to Kill is as mature a Bond film as you’d get and has one of the best Bond villains, a sadistic, cruel drug baron who Bond successfully dispatches with vengeful glee.
Skyfall gives us the first look into James Bond past and delivers the most personal Bond story yet. Daniel Craig takes on all the pain, while Judi Dench’s M actually gets out of the office and into the action. The real strength is the scary Silva, played menacingly by Javier Bardem.
My most controversial top ten choice but one of my (new) favourite Bond films. Brosnan’s Bond is my favourite and Tomorrow Never dies delivers a great story, some of the most impressive action sequences in any Bond film and a kick-ass Bond Girl. It takes all the classic ingredients of a Bond film and mixes them together to deliver an exciting, modern classic of the Bond series.
The best example of taking everything that you’d expect from a Bond film, the girls, gadgets, action and catchphrases and offering a new, realistic and modern twist. The newest movie also manages to be one of the most traditional in more recent times and shows that Craig knows how to play a more familiar James Bond.
After a forced break and a more mature, brutal James Bond in License to Kill, Goldeneye didn’t necessarily reinvent the spy but did introduce him to a younger audience. The quips return, the womaniser is more prevalent but best of all, the times have caught up with the ambition and one of the most action-packed, cooler of the Bond films is the result. Brosnan is never better than Goldeneye.
After Die Another Day almost buried Bond, Casino Royale triumphantly rebooted the character and introduced a harder, grittier and much more realistic edge to the spy. An unofficial origin story, Casino Royale introduces Daniel Craig’s reckless, pig-headed and vengeful Bond. He may not truly be the spy until the end of the film but he is the 007 people wanted to see in the 21st Century.
It is difficult to argue any other movie as the top Bond. It may not necessarily have the best story or the greatest action sequences but Goldfinger is the template and standard that all other Bond films must be judged against. It has a great villain with a ridiculous masterplan. A memorable and brutal henchman and the best ever Bond Girl. Connery is perfectly comfortable as James Bond and no scene sums up the series better than a laser pointed at “Her Majesty’s Crown Jewels.”
Overall, as with my Best Actor who played Bond, I’m also expecting some disagreement with my choices here too but that is what Month of Bond and the blog itself is all about. Let me know what you think of my choices and if you want closer justification, click each title for the link to the full review.