We're talking Bond movies, James Bond movies
Since 1962, writer Ian Fleming's super-suave super-spy James Bond has been featured successful 27 films. So what's the champion movie -- and what's the worst?
Using the review-aggregate information from CNET sister tract Metacritic, we've ranked each theatrically released Bond movie, from Sean Connery's Dr. No (1962) to Daniel Craig's No Time to Die (2022), and including, of course, the 007 appearances of George Lazenby, Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton. Box bureau information is culled from stats compiled by The Numbers.
Note: Some radical would number lone 25 Bond movies -- those are the canonical films from Eon Productions. We'll constituent retired the 2 outliers arsenic we spell along.
So here's the rundown -- and fto our rankings beryllium your binge-watch guide.
Originally published April 6, 2020.
27. A View to a Kill
Mayday, mayday ...
A View to a Kill, co-starring Grace Jones arsenic Bond baddie (and eventual ally) May Day, is Roger Moore's seventh and last 007 movie. "The James Bond bid has had its bummers, but thing earlier successful the people of this one," Pauline Kael wrote for The New Yorker.
26. The Man with the Golden Gun
As acold arsenic critics are concerned, this 1974 installment, Roger Moore's 2nd outing arsenic 007, is different bottom-dweller successful the James Bond franchise. "If you enjoyed the aboriginal Bond films arsenic overmuch arsenic I did, you'd amended skip this one," Nora Sayre wrote successful the New York Times.
The Man with the Golden Gun, featuring Christopher Lee arsenic the Bond villain Scaramanga, grossed $97.6 cardinal worldwide, the weakest box-office show by immoderate of the Roger Moore 007 films.
25. Casino Royale (1967)
This offbeat, comic entry features a multitude of actors arsenic James Bond. But much 007s bash not marque things merrier -- oregon better. Variety called this mentation of Casino Royale "a movie of astounding sloppiness" and "an insult to the Bond name."
This is 1 of the 2 noncanonical, non-Eon films successful our rundown. (And for Bond completists -- sorry, we're not including the 1954 tv accumulation of Casino Royale, which portrayed our leader arsenic Jimmy Bond, and an American to boot.)
1967's Casino Royale, featuring David Niven, grossed a franchise-worst $41.7 cardinal worldwide.
24. Tomorrow Never Dies
When averaged, Brosnan's 4 James Bond movies station a 57.5 Metascore, the second-lowest among 007 actors who person starred successful astatine slightest 4 movies.
At the container office, Tomorrow Never Dies, featuring Jonathan Pryce arsenic villain Elliot Carver, grossed $339.5 cardinal worldwide. That's connected par with, but connected the debased extremity of, the different films of the Brosnan era.
On the agleam side
Aside from its reviews, For Your Eyes Only is simply a occurrence of the Roger Moore era: It earned an Oscar information for its Sheena Easton-crooned rubric song; and it grossed $195.3 cardinal worldwide -- the second-best container bureau showing for a Moore installment.
Something to descend your teeth into
The Spy Who Loved Me, featuring the archetypal of 2 franchise appearances by Richard Kiel arsenic the villainous Jaws, grossed $185.4 cardinal worldwide, making it 1 of the biggest container bureau hits of its merchandise year.
21 (tie). Live and Let Die
Roger Moore's archetypal James Bond movie is, well, different middling effort -- astatine slightest per critics. In retrospect, this 1973 film whitethorn person suffered from examination to the just-concluded Sean Connery era.
"Even the creation absorption -- agelong the Bond films' existent concealed limb -- seems to person fallen to a shrunken budget," the Chicago Reader's Dave Kehr wrote. "Not overmuch fun."
At the container office, Live and Let Die, co-starring Geoffrey Holder arsenic the voodoo-practicing henchman Baron Samedi, and featuring the deed rubric opus by Paul McCartney's Wings, was a large measurement up from the erstwhile Sean Connery film, Diamonds Are Forever. It grossed $161.8 cardinal worldwide.
20. Die Another Day
The last Pierce Brosnan James Bond movie whitethorn person introduced the invisible car, but critics deliberation of this 2002 film as a retread, not an innovator. "Surely it volition not beryllium giving things distant to archer you there's perfectly thing caller astir the latest episode," Desson Thomson wrote successful the Washington Post.
Going retired connected top
Co-starring then-reigning Oscar victor Halle Berry arsenic Bond miss Jinx Johnson, and featuring the deed rubric way by Madonna, Die Another Day grossed much wealth than immoderate different Pierce Brosnan 007 film: $431.9 cardinal worldwide.
Hanging successful there
The World Is Not Enough, co-starring Denise Richards arsenic a atomic physicist, grossed a coagulated $361.7 cardinal astatine the worldwide container office.
17 (tie). Licence to Kill
The 2nd -- and last -- James Bond movie of the Timothy Dalton epoch gets bully marks arsenic an enactment movie, but not needfully arsenic a 007 movie. "James Bond mightiness arsenic good beryllium immoderate of a twelve movie cops," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Joe Pollack wrote of this 1989 entry.
End of the road
Licence to Kill, featuring Carey Lowell arsenic Bond miss Pam Bouvier, grossed $156.2 cardinal worldwide -- a large driblet astatine the container bureau compared with the Dalton's erstwhile 007 film.
17 (tie). Quantum of Solace
This 2008 film is the worst-reviewed of the 007 Daniel Craig era. "Quantum of Solace whitethorn beryllium explosive with images of fiery infernos," Film Threat's Jay Slater wrote, "but it's convoluted and confusing."
On the whole, the Craig-led Bond films boast a Metascore mean of 69.4, making his movies the second-best reviewed 007 movies of each time.
Good news, atrocious news
On 1 hand, Quantum of Solace, co-starring Mathieu Amalric arsenic Bond villain Dominic Greene, is the fourth-biggest-grossing James Bond movie of each time, with $591.7 cardinal successful worldwide summons sales. On the different hand, the movie is the lowest-grossing James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig.
16. Diamonds Are Forever
The archetypal Sean Connery movie successful this rundown is the Scotsman's sixth Bond task -- and the past 1 that the iconic prima made earlier taking a 12-year 007 hiatus. According to critics, Diamonds Are Forever is grounds of a franchise successful request of caller blood.
The New Yorker's Pauline Kael called the movie an "[u]nimaginative Bond representation that is often noisy erstwhile it means to beryllium exciting."
Not rather a gem
Diamonds Are Forever co-stars Jill St. John arsenic Bond miss Tiffany Case. Among the Sean Connery 007 installments, the movie grossed a middling $116 cardinal worldwide.
Spectre, co-starring Christoph Waltz arsenic a caller instrumentality connected the aged reliable Bond villain Blofeld, grossed a whopping $879.6 cardinal worldwide, the second-biggest instrumentality for the franchise.
14 (tie). The Living Daylights
This 1987 Timothy Dalton introduction wins points from critics for not being a Roger Moore entry. "After the fizzle of the aboriginal Roger Moore Bonds," Empire's Kim Newman wrote, "The Living Daylights brings successful a caller 007 … who manages the Connery instrumentality of seeming suave and pugnacious astatine the aforesaid time."
On the upswing
The Living Daylights outgrossed its predecessor, Roger Moore's A View to a Kill, by astir $40 million, for a worldwide container bureau full of $191.2 million.
The blessed couple
On Her Majesty's Secret Service broke caller crushed with a James Bond wedding, featuring Diana Rigg arsenic 007's ill-fated bride, Tracy di Vincenzo. At the container office, though, the movie fell level with an $82 cardinal worldwide gross.
Throw the movie a frickin' bony here!
For a Sean Connery James Bond movie, You Only Live Twice grossed a so-so $111.6 cardinal worldwide. The movie is nevertheless influential: Its cat-petting iteration of Blofeld (played by Donald Pleasence) inspired the Austin Powers franchise's Dr. Evil.
Octopussy, co-starring Maud Adams successful her 2nd franchise outing (after The Man with the Golden Gun), arsenic the titular character, grossed a coagulated $187.5 cardinal worldwide.
On the beach
Thunderball, featuring Martine Beswick, different two-time Bond miss (she besides appears successful From Russia with Love), is the top-grossing Sean Connery 007 movie of the 1960s and 1970s: It took successful $141.2 cardinal successful worldwide summons sales.
GoldenEye, featuring Famke Janssen arsenic Bond miss Xenia Zaragevna Onatopp, grossed a then-huge $356.4 cardinal worldwide. Pent-up request whitethorn person helped: The 1995 movie was the archetypal James Bond movie since Timothy Dalton's License to Kill, released six years prior.
Released successful 1979, 2 years aft Star Wars changed conscionable astir everything successful Hollywood, the fourth Roger Moore James Bond film sees 007 sent to outer space. Critics non-ironically cheered. "Moonraker is simply a satisfying blend of acquainted ingredients," wrote the Washington Post's Gary Arnold.
Overall, the movie is the best-reviewed Bond movie of the Moore era.
To infinity and beyond
Moonraker, co-starring Lois Chiles arsenic astronaut Holly Goodhead (yes, really), is the ninth-biggest-grossing James Bond movie of each time, with $210.3 cardinal successful worldwide summons sales.
6 (tie). Never Say Never Again
The top-grossing Sean Connery Bond movie, this 1983 movie is besides 1 of the better-reviewed Bond movies.
Never Say Never Again marked Connery's last 007 quality and, from a captious standpoint, seems to person benefited from having been released during the reviled process extremity of the Roger Moore era.
"It is bully to spot Connery's sedate stylishness successful this relation again," Time's Richard Schickel wrote. "It makes Bond's cynicism and opportunism look the merchandise of genuine worldliness (and satellite weariness) arsenic opposed to Roger Moore's specified twirpishness."
Despite the beingness of Connery, who archetypal embodied Bond connected the large screen, this movie wasn't from Eon Productions, making it the 2nd of the 2 non-canonical films successful our list.
6 (tie). No Time to Die
The last movie to prima Daniel Craig arsenic 007 has drawn mostly affirmative reviews, pursuing an extended hold for its merchandise brought astir by accumulation delays and the coronavirus pandemic. With a moving clip of 2 hours, 43 minutes, No Time to Die is the longest Bond movie of them all.
"No Time to Die packs a quintessentially Bond punch portion besides taking immense risks with the aging quality and decades-old formula," Richard Trenholm said in CNET's No Time to Die review. "Every Bond movie markets itself arsenic a caller twist, but No Time to Die is genuinely bonkers astatine however acold it goes."
Or enactment much simply: "James Bond yet gets a life."
5. Dr. No
The archetypal James Bond diagnostic film, released successful 1962 (though it didn't get successful the United States until 1963), is 1 of the champion James Bond movies, per critics. "Sean Connery excellently puts implicit a cool, fearless, on-the-ball, fictional Secret Service guy," Variety praised.
Dr. No, featuring Ursula Andress arsenic archetypal Bond miss Honey Ryder (yes, really), was 1 of 1963's Top 10 box-office hits. It grossed $59.6 cardinal worldwide.
4. Casino Royale
The archetypal Daniel Craig James Bond movie, Casino Royale blew distant critics with its caller instrumentality connected the spy saga. "[Craig's] Bond is astatine slightest the adjacent of the champion ones earlier him, and beats each of them successful sheer intensity," the Wall Street Journal's Joe Morgenstern raved.
The 2006 movie grossed a then-franchise-best $594.4 cardinal worldwide.
The top-grossing James Bond movie to date, with a worldwide instrumentality of much than $1.1 billion, this 2012 movie is, per critics, the champion Daniel Craig 007 movie -- and that's not all.
"Skyfall is 1 of the champion Bonds successful the 50-year past of moviedom's astir palmy franchise," James Adams wrote successful Toronto's Globe and Mail.
The movie won the series' archetypal 2 Oscars since 1964's Goldfinger; it claimed statuettes for dependable editing and for Adele's rubric song.
From Russia with Love, featuring Lotte Lenya arsenic Bond baddie Rosa Klebb, grossed $78.9 cardinal worldwide, a instrumentality that represented important maturation implicit Dr. No, and firmly established 007 arsenic a franchise to watch.
Here it is: This 1964 Sean Connery introduction is, per the captious consensus, the champion James Bond movie.
"Larger than life, faintly ridiculous, wholly cool, Goldfinger is the quintessential James Bond movie," Empire's Ian Freer wrote.
The movie grossed a then-franchise-best $124.9 cardinal worldwide, and won the franchise's archetypal Oscar (for dependable effects).
When Connery's 7 007 movies are averaged, it's an wide 71.4 Metascore, making his tally the wide person among Bond movies.