The Best James Bond Movies Ranked and Where to Stream Them
For over fifty years, the James Bond franchise has consistently delivered some of the most exciting movies ever released. From Sean Connery’s now-iconic debut appearance as the tuxedo-clad British super-spy in Dr. No to Daniel Craig’s upcoming No Time To Die, few action movies are as well-known as the James Bond films, with few as popular in the action genre as 007 himself.
From decade to decade, one Bond actor to the next, the series has become virtually synonymous with the spy genre, and with a filmography as impressive as some of the series’ most well-known movies, it’s easy to see why.
The Best James Bond Movies Ranked
There's no denying that Dr. No is certainly an important movie. As the first Bond film ever put out by Eon, it's responsible for introducing Bond to audiences, as well displaying some of the earliest tropes that would become so heavily associated with the character — the uniquely-named love interest, the genius villain with a distinct appearance and evil plan, and a singular setting that a majority of the film takes place in (in this case, Jamaica and the Caribbean).
The Spy Who Loved Me
The Spy Who Loved Me, was a welcome return to form for the franchise, harking back to the tone found in the original Sean Connery movies that managed to balance action, espionage, and just enough comic-book-style wackiness without overdoing it.
The fourth film in the Bond series, 1967's Thunderball was admittedly a bit weaker than its predecessors, although it certainly had a lot to live up to following Dr. No, From Russia With Love, and then Goldfinger right afterwards — that’s like trying to follow Kevin Hart, Dave Chappelle, and John Mulaney on an open-mic night.
Live and Let Die
Sean Connery might've gotten out at just the right time in Bond's history. Perhaps noting the far sillier turn the character and films had taken in Diamonds Are Forever, Connery left the role for the second time, returning to the character later in the unaffiliated one-off, 1983's Never Say Never Again. In his place, Roger Moore stepped up to bat, playing Bond for the next 12 years over the course of seven movies. In Live and Let Die, Moore’s first run at the character, Bond takes on a heroin kingpin based out of the Southern US and the Caribbean.
For Your Eyes Only
After the sci-fi-heavy wackiness of Moonraker, the Bond producers attempted to return to the more grounded realism of the original Bond movies and Fleming novels that the franchise had been increasingly distancing itself from during the Roger Moore period. The result was For Your Eyes Only, a notably darker, more realistic take on the spy genre that involved Bond attempting to find a nuclear missile that mysteriously went missing in the Mediterranean.
The Living Daylight
The Living Daylights balances the spy thriller with full-out action, featuring jaw-dropping action sequences set in the desert and involving stunts that have Bond and a henchman hanging out the back of a cargo plane. The only weak aspects of this film are the two villains, who are albeit more realistic than past Bond films, though they lack the charm and personality of the much more gimmicky franchise baddies like Goldfinger or Jaws.
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