James Bond is one of the longest-lived characters in the history of cinema; Films of the British agent who works in the service of Her Majesty have been released since the 1960s, when the writer whose intrigue novels were adapted, Ian Fleming, was still alive. The sleek and deadly spy known as 007 has been a fixture in movies since Sean Connery first portrayed him in 1962. Numerous actors have since taken on the role.
Such a long-running franchise can’t hope to get it right every time, and there are a few lackluster Bond movies that got by uneventfully. However, the series has shown that it can deliver some really fun and exciting action blockbusters when handled well. Thus, moviegoers have voted on IMDb, the most important cinema database in the world, to choose which, in their opinion, are the best films of the character.
With ‘No Time to Die’, Daniel Craig’s latest film, a stage in the adaptation of the adventures of the British spy is coming to an end and we don’t know when (and with whom) another will begin. Meanwhile, and taking advantage of the fact that all the James Bond movies have just arrived on Amazon Prime Video, we’ll give you a list of the best 007 feature films according to IMDb.
1) ‘Casino Royale’ (2006)
The James Bond movie series was going downhill quite a bit in the latest Pierce Brosnan titles. Feature films had lost in spectacularity and plot and had gained in nonsense, so a reset of the character was necessary, with a new actor to bring him to life. Daniel Craig, whom we had seen in ‘Munich’ (Steven Spielberg, 2005), was chosen to bring the superspy to life. The film was planned as a ‘reboot’ of the first Bond film, with its first mission, in which he participates in a high-stakes poker game against a money launderer for terrorists. The premise may seem boring, but the action is intense and Craig delivers a more brutal Bond than fans have seen before.
2) ‘Skyfall’ (2012)
Several factors came together in this feature film that managed to make it one of the best films of the character. On the one hand, the director, the award-winning Sam Mendes; on the other, the director of photography, Roger Deakins (‘Blade Runner 2049’); on the other, a villain of tremendous quality (Javier Bardem) and a very interesting insight into Bond’s personality. This beautiful spy movie tells us that James Bond’s loyalty to M will be tested when M’s past comes back to haunt her. His life will be in danger and 007 must locate and eliminate the threat, regardless of the personal price he will have to pay.
3) ‘James Bond versus Goldfinger’ (1964)
Third James Bond film starring Sean Connery. The spy has to keep an eye on millionaire Auric Goldfinger, suspected of smuggling large amounts of gold. Bond seduces Jill, Goldfinger’s right-hand woman, in the casino, but she is found murdered in bed, completely covered in gold paint. The film had all the elements that fans have come to expect from great Bond movies. The villain, the Bond girl, the henchman, and the theme song were some of the best in the series. It all came together in an incredibly fun and stylish adventure that has been imitated by many of the subsequent films.
4) ‘From Russia with love’ (1963)
‘From Russia with Love’, the second film in the Bond saga, began to incorporate some of the character’s best-known and most beloved characteristics and, in it, Sean Connery is frankly comfortable while Robert Shaw brings to life a great wicked. The story follows Bond to Russia, where a Russian spy willingly sets him up in hopes of obtaining a Soviet decoding device. However, Bond is pursued by a murderer (Robert Shaw). This simple plot does however allow for some outstanding action scenes, such as the brutal fight sequence on the train.
5) ‘No time to die’ (2021)
Bond has left active duty and is enjoying a quiet life in Jamaica, which is suddenly interrupted when his old CIA friend Felix Leiter turns up for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more dangerous than expected, leading Bond on the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology. The latest Bond film has set the bar very high and has been a great farewell for Daniel Craig; It features plenty of surprises and those big action sequences that fans have come to expect from modern Bond movies.
6) ‘Golden Eye’ (1995)
In the 90s, Pierce Brosnan was in charge of putting a face on James Bond, although the plot and the quality of the films were not always up to his talent as an actor. ‘Goldeneye’ was his first film as 0007 and they start with the character on vacation, but his break is interrupted because Janus, a powerful and corrupt Russian organization that wants to take over the future of humanity, steals a NATO helicopter. A very funny film in which Brosnan brings a soft, cool and elegant touch to the role, and the action is a big step up from the previous films.
7) ‘Agent 007 vs. Dr. No’ (1962)
The first Bond film is also very much to the taste of moviegoers, which they rank as the seventh best of the entire saga. Sean Connery was commissioned to embody him in this story in which James Bond travels to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of agent John Strangways. He has been killed by the men of Dr. No (Joseph Wiseman), a scientist who lives in a fortress on the island of Crab Key. Connery instantly turns Bond into a memorable hero with his seemingly effortless charm. The film was an adventure film unlike anything Hollywood had done before. It was a starring first assignment for the character and hinted at the appeal Bond would have in the years to come.
8) ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ (1977)
Craig, Connery, Brosnan… or Moore? The British Roger Moore is still the best Bond for many fans of the character, who do not hesitate to point to this film as his best performance. The film follows Bond trying to locate hijacked submarines carrying nuclear weapons. Also, he partners with a KGB agent whose lover he has killed. The film features some of the best and most memorable action sequences in the franchise, including the opening skiing sequence. Moore is the perfect mix of humor and heroism in the role and fans were introduced to one of the most iconic villains, Jaws.
9) ‘Thunderball’ (1965)
Many of the early Bond films focus their plot on the Cold War and the tension between the two superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union. This film, again with Sean Connery in the lead, is centered around the theft of some nuclear warheads by Spectra’s number two, Largo. The villain has asked for a huge sum of money and, if not given, he will launch the missiles at an American or British city. An exciting action movie that, however, at times seems a bit old-fashioned.