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For those who have seen them all
25) View to a Kill 2/10
24) Quantum of Solace 2/10
23) Moonraker 2/10
22) The Living Daylights 2/10
21) Spectre 3/10
20) The Man with the Golden Gun 3/10
19) Die Another Day 3/10
18) Thunderball 4/10
17) Tomorrow Never Dies 5/10
16) The World is Not Enough 5/10
15) Octopussy 6/10
14) Live and Let Die 6/10
13) From Russia with Love 6/10
12) Skyfall 6.5/10
11) Dr. No 6.5/10
10) No Time to Die 7/10
9) Diamonds are Forever 7/10
8) On Her Majesty's Secret Service 7/10
7) Goldeneye 7/10
6) For Your Eyes Only 7/10
5) You Only Live Twice 7.5/10
4) License to Kill 7.5/10
3) The Spy Who Loved Me 8/10
2) Casino Royale 8/10
1) Goldfinger 8/10
Never Say Never Again doesn't seem to count toward canon - if it did I would rank it 11th
RGA, could you please list the title music? I love Gladys Knight.
I would have to re-listen to them all to rank mine.
But I disagree with Esquire's list - everyone has their own opinion.
I think I could rank the top 10 - I prefer female renditions for Bond films. I just associate a Bond theme with a female singer.
This is my top 10
10) Skyfall - Adele - (Skyfall)
9) All Time High - Rita Coolidge (Octopussy)
8) Goldeneye - Tina Turner - (Goldeneye)
7) No Time to Die - Billie Eilish - (No Time to Die)
6) For Your Eyes Only - Sheena Easton (For Your Eyes Only)
5) License to Kill - Gladys Knight - (License to Kill)
4) Goldfinger - Shirly Bassey (Goldfinger)
3) You Only Live Twice - Nancy Sinatra (You Only Live Twice)
2) Nobody Does it Better - Carly Simon (The Spy Who Loved Me)
1) Diamonds Are Forever - Shirly Bassey (Diamonds are Forever)
Bad songs but guilty pleasures: Die Another Day (Madonna/Autotune) and The Man With the Golden Gun - (Lulu).
Here is Esquire's list linked with the youtube song for each.
I take it you don't like Bond movies? Or don't care how others rate movies?
I enjoyed some of them, at the time, most are crap, though, cut me some slack. Way too tame and formulaic, as it were.
I just asked 2 questions, and don't even necessarily disagree with you.
Bond movies are fun first and most, but I don't often watch them more than once in my life. I may not even have seen all of them.
As for ratings posted... as I said, I haven't watched enough to agree or disagree.
There was no "James Bond" after Sean Connery. AFAIC.
One of the most brilliant English Literature professors I had in University read Romance Novels - guilty pleasure.
There a "films" and there are "movies" and I find it sad that some people people take themselves so seriously that they can't appreciate them both.
But it follows to music and food and other aspects of life. Granted I kind of feel that most action movies, Bond included, are like roller coasters - you see it once and it's over. Scorcese argues that about the Marvel films. Sure they are intellectual bubble gum - a short flavour buzz that doesn't last. But they taste good while they last.
It's probably why the Bond films that make more money are on the sillier end of the spectrum. Serious can be found someplace else - an arthouse film.
personally I'd rank it top 12 or so, a remake of Thunderball with a lot of elan. Came out the same time as the incredibly lame Octopussy, easy a bottom 5 imho
"E Burres Stigano?"
Never Say Never Again is not an official Bond film apparently.
"Never Say Never Again is considered "unofficial" because it was not created by Eon Productions, the company behind the other James Bond films. Hence the absence of such Bond film iconography as the gun barrel opening, the distinctive title sequences, or the Monty Norman-composed James Bond theme."
I always felt Octopussy was harshly viewed because it came out the same year as Never Say Never Again and the Connery fans locked onto and nitpicked it.
Octopussy also made considerably more money than NSNA and on a smaller budget. Which infuriated the Connery fanboys.
Octopussy has its supporters
"Octopussy: A James Bond Movie That Deserves Another Chance"
Ranking the Bond movies is not something I could do with any certainty but 'Thunderball' is much better than #18 (and imo much better than 'Octopussy'). Also, as much as I liked Timothy Dalton as Bond, I never took to well to 'License to Kill' (except the theme song).
Thunderball bored me to tears - I tried to watch it again and shut it off.
I know some folks like it and Octopussy is usually ranked near the bottom but I found it found it more fun (albeit ridiculous).
Same here. Did not like Thunderball but liked Octopussy a lot.I enjoyed Octopussy on the large screen a lot more than on the small.
My favorite strangely is George Lazenby.
Ah yes George Lazenby--in the Documentary on how he got the Bond job--he relates --and they show a"reconstruction" of how the producers demanded to know whether prospective "Bonds " are Gay or not.
So he received knock on his Hotel door the night before the Audition to be confronted by serious looking gentleman in a suit /overcoat hat and clipboard accompanied by a suggestively dress young woman.
Upon entering the Room George was told he had orders to have sex with the young lady while the
Suit watched and took notes on his clipboard.
Lazenby was taken aback with this and although at first reluctant-did partake when he was told --
agree or loose the casting.
This episode is portrayed in quite a funny way in the Video aspect of the Doco-- George gives running commentary while doing his bit for Art(?)--ha!
The Documentary is worth seeing in its entirety --he is very funny actually.
Always liked this bit. Jed Bartlett the president on "On Her Majesty's Secret Service."
I personally rate From Russia With Love somewhat higher......maybe even top-5?
Daniela Bianchi was a stellar 'Bond Girl'
The rest of the cast was Excellent......Even the Gypsy Girls who fought over Bond, while small parts, were well rendered. The fight with Robert Shaw was epic and I ended up feeling sorry for Rosa Klebb....
And while bickering over a code machine is corny, even than, they had to have SOMETHING to trigger events.....
Few weird 'gimmicks' too. Though the briefcase was well done....and deadly...
Too much is never enough
I ranked it higher before but I don't think it held up as well with modern eyes. Nor does Dr. No for me.
I never had an issue with the gadgets because he is supposedly the most cutting-edge secret agent on earth - so he would probably be the most technologically armed guy on the planet. But I also understand why folks don't like the gadgets because they become the story over the performance and the gadget serves as lazy writing because the gadget will always get Bond out of a tough spot rather than Bond's ability to get Bond out of a tough spot. The gadget becomes the "Act of God" plot device saviour.
Doctor Who fell off the rails with the sonic screwdriver - it was supposed to be a plot device to open locks or when he captured it would get him out of jail (except of course when it didn't work). But in modern Doctor Who the doctor is walking around with this screwdriver as part of their arm scanning everything so the writer can have the Doctor tell you everything about where you are etc. It's lazy.
But in reality, both Doctor Who and James Bond are largely geared for 13-year-olds. So I try not to dump on them too much. It's escapist entertainment not something meant to be taken too seriously.
I do prefer earlier Dr. Who.
But wish for a rerun of Blakes Seven......which is long gone. I know this went on. I don't know how much of the series I actually DID see.
For the MOST GADGETS for a secret agent? Check out 'Our Man Flint' with James Coburn. The Sequel (!) is even more ridiculous.....'In Like Flint'......
I use one of the effects as my RINGTONE......
Too much is never enough
It's obvious the vast majority of bond movies fans never read any of the books.
With FRWL and Casino Royale four times each. I should have been studying.
In the early '60s the films more closely matched the books. Goldfinger started going off the rails by irradiating Ft. Knox rather than actually stealing it.
Fleming was the first heavy product placement guy.
I can understand that - if the film deviates from the book and you loved the book then you will probably hate the film.
The other day I watched a documentary called "The Movies that Made Us" and each documentary is on a particular hit film. This one was on Pretty Woman originally called Three Thousand and the original script was miles apart from what came to be the film. But the screenwriter was fine going along with the changes. Probably because if it followed the book it would have made $3million (maybe) at the box office and been out of the theatre after a week.
but I LOVE the movie! Sometimes when you have read the book (or in this case books) the film will not live up to your expectations. The Great Gatsby comes to mind as an example for me. BOTH versions SUCKED!
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