Top 10 Movies: James Bond
If you want to talk about longevity and adaptability when it comes to movie franchises, look no further than the James Bond series. It’s spanned 50+ years with 6 different actors playing the lead, and these flics still draw big time attention. While not all the incarnations of Bond are represented on this list (George Lazenby and Timothy Dalton’s outings didn’t make the cut), here are the Top 10 James Bond movies to date. (Side note: trailers back in the day, over three and a half minutes long? Did you leave any for the movie?)
10. Live and Let Die – 1973
Roger Moore’s first outing as OO7, and it’s…an alright debut. A young Jane Seymour plays the part of Solitaire, and Yaphet Kotto is the villain. The title track by Paul & Linda McCartney and a fantastic extended boat chase through the rivers of Louisiana is what earns this movie a spot on the list.
9. The World Is Not Enough – 1999
Some might argue that Denise Richards’ brutal acting sunk this movie completely, but if you can look beyond that, it’s actually pretty good. Robert Carlyle plays a great villain, Sophie Marceau is beautiful yet deceptive and the sequence in the pipeline is pretty cool.
8. For Your Eyes Only – 1981
From snow covered mountains to the bottom of the ocean, “For Your Eyes Only” covers a lot of ground and has some great chase scenes, most notably the one on skis. Bond scaling the mountain is a pretty intense experience as well.
7. Skyfall – 2012
After the lackluster “Quantum of Solace”, “Skyfall” comes right back with a James Bond movie you’d come to expect. Great locations, old but new characters, and a little flash of the past make this installment Top 10 worthy.
6. Thunderball – 1965
More vintage 1960’s James Bond action, as it was originally intended. There is a certain amount of fun looking back on all these “futuristic” gadgets from the 60’s, and Sean Connery’s sharp and often tongue-in-cheek wit is classic. Yes, movies moved a bit slower back then, with some scenes that MAY have gone on a little too long, but if you’re a fan of the Connery James Bond, this one has to be up there on the list.
5. Casino Royale – 2006
No one will accept Daniel Craig as James Bond. He has fair hair and blue eyes. It will never work.
In the conversation as one of the best debuts of the James Bond character ever, Craig nailed it with an extremely convincing performance and a great story to back him up. The opening chase scene on foot is thrilling, and the race to save the massive air bus is pretty freaking good as well.
4. The Spy Who Loved Me – 1977
Moore’s best outing as Bond, who played the character with a little more humor then the others, which at times worked, but other times did NOT work. Fortunately, he’s pretty good throughout this one, with a pretty solid story and one heckuva late-70’s musical score. There are some great scenes in the desert, especially when we first meet Jaws, Bond’s towering opponent throughout the movie. The music plays off the visuals really well. The stunt to close out the teaser scene has a great climactic moment to lead us into the opening credits.
3. Diamonds Are Forever – 1971
Sean Connery is back, this time with bigger sideburns, because hey…it’s the 70’s.
Reprising the role after a one and done from George Lazenby, Connery makes you wish he had never left. A pretty exciting story with a few twists involved, some great undercover work for Bond and quite a few good laughs makes this movie a fun one to watch. The 1971 Ford Mustang and Jill St. John are great co-stars.
2. Goldeneye – 1995
It’s the chicken or the egg: Does my love for the Nintendo 64 game “Goldeneye” fuel my enjoyment for the movie, or was it the reverse? I can’t remember anymore, but nevertheless Pierce Brosnan’s first crack at the iconic secret agent was most certainly his best. He plays the role so well and most certainly looks the part, perhaps never more so than when he casually adjusts his tie after driving a tank through a statue on the streets of St. Petersburg. Sean Bean is the quintessential former OO agent turned villain, and you wish you could see more of them working as a team as we do in the opening scene. The outstanding score also helps to push “Goldeneye” to number 2 on this list. Oh yeah, Famke Janssen helps a little too.
1. Goldfinger – 1964
Classic James Bond, in every sense of the word. The perfect villain with the grandiose plot, the outstanding music, the most ridiculous name for a femme fatale ever, and the car. The Aston Martin. There’s nothing else like it. Sean Connery’s best performance as OO7.