James Bond was a big deal in my household growing up. There were only two things my stepdad loved more than Sean Connery‘s 007: Sergio Leone Westerns and the San Francisco 49ers. As a result I saw the early Bonds quite a lot as a kid, but kind of skipped past George Lazenby and Roger Moore and went directly to Timothy Dalton.
Of course I later caught up with the ones I skipped as a kid, but it’s been a nice long while since I’ve watched any of the Bond films so when Collider asked me to rank every entry in the franchise, I figured it was high time to revisit them all, starting with Dr. No and going all the way to Spectre. That’s a whole lot of vodka martinis and Q-supplied gadgets.
Below you’ll find my rankings, from worst to best, of all 25 Bond movies. Yes, 25. I’m including the kinda unofficial Sean Connery vehicle from 1983 called Never Say Never Again. He plays James Bond, so even though it’s not recognized as an official entry into the Eon Films cannon I figured it’d be criminal to leave it out of this ranking.
One film I didn’t include was 1967’s Casino Royale, in which Bond is played by a variety of weird actors, like Woody Allen, Peter Sellers and David Niven. It’s more a spoof of the James Bond franchise instead of a real adaptation of Ian Fleming‘s character, so I felt like including it with the rest would be a little like throwing in Airplane! in a ranking of the Airport movies.
007 means different things to different people. For some the campy ones are the best. Others may they like the more dangerous and brutal version of the character. Some value the stunts over the story or the villains over the gadgets.
The below list is my own ranking, which shifted a little bit as I marathoned this series over the last couple of weeks. There might be a few surprising placements (I reaaaallly like Live and Let Die). I can’t tell you what your list would look like, but I sure can tell you what mine is.
Without any further ado, here’s how I rank all the James Bond films from Worst to Best: