The Worst-to-Best James Bond movies

Recently, I have been watching a section of James Bond movies on ITV1. God I love James Bond. Who doesn’t? I’ve enjoyed the movies ever since I was a kid. Myself and the rest of the family obtain a long history with the James Bond franchise. My mother’s read some of the novels, even recalls seeing at least one of the films in the cinema. I even have 007 Racing on PlayStation and a compilation album consisting of the theme songs on CD.

The James Bond films have led a massive impact on many filmmakers and TV producers over the years. These people include Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, who used James Bond as an inspiration for their Indiana Jones films, even casting Sean Connery in the third one. Even Gerry Anderson seems to have created James Bond-style characters, hence Lady Penelope and her FAB1 in Thunderbirds and Joe 90, about a 9 year-old spy. The films have been numerously referenced in The Simpsons and some British sitcoms. In fact, there are some comparisons between the films and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Parodies include the Austin Powers trilogy and Johnny English.

It is over fifty years since the release of the first film, Dr. No and a new movie called Spectre is due to be released later this year. This is why I am ranking all the movies I have watched which relate to James Bond himself.

  1. Die Another Day

Released: 2002

Directed by: Lee Tamahori

Bond actor: Pierce Brosnan

Composer: David Arnold

Budget: $142,000,000

Gross amount: $431,971,116

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We begin the shooting with what I consider the weakest link of the franchise. Die Another Day takes that bullet. It ain’t totally dreadful, but it contains a few forgettable characters, including Zao, who just appears from nowhere and he, let’s be fair to him, is just trying to be creepy. He is one of the most boring Bond villains of all time. I give the film credit for the invisible car (it’s the invisible car, der-der, it’s the invisible car, der-der, it’s incredible how you can woooooooo see right through it) and the incredible opening scene. However, it’s not enough to hold a not-so brilliantly scripted synopsis, nor can it rid that awful theme tune. Madonna or no Madonna.

  1. Diamonds Are Forever

Released: 1971

Directed by: Guy Hamilton

Bond actor: Sean Connery

Composer: John Barry

Budget: $7,200,000

Gross amount: $116,000,000

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The diamonds they are forever, saaaaahhhhh! So sang good ol’ Shirley Bassey. Diamonds Are Forever contains such a wonderful theme tune from such a wonderful British singeress. Too bad it had to be wrecked by some rapper 34 years later. As for the film, this was Sean Connery’s brief return as 007. It ain’t exactly the strongest film in the franchise. Blofeld’s return isn’t that interesting, nor is his new look, compared to his earlier films. There’s also a fairly cool scene with James fighting two women, but the film ain’t really that memorable.

  1. A View To A Kill

Released: 1985

Directed by: John Glen

Bond actor: Roger Moore

Composer: John Barry

Budget: $30,000,000

Gross amount: $152,400,000

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Yet again, another slightly forgettable film in the franchise. Apart from one of the most awesome villains in James Bond history, that is May Day, threatening and fairly silent, don’t mess with her. Well nobody would dare, except Bond of course. And how about the thrilling shoot-out on the Eiffel Tower?

  1. Never Say Never Again

Released: 1983

Directed by: Irvin Kershner

Bond actor: Sean Connery

Composer: Michel Legrand

Budget: $36,000,000

Gross amount: $160,000,000

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Okay, Never Say Never Again may not be considered a traditional Bond movie, considering it was not produced by Eon Productions, but so what? It’s got Sean Connery in it. He was in some of the Eon produced movies, so what more do you want? Never Say Never Again is basically the comedy in the franchise. James Bond ages in this one. No surprise considering Sean was in his fifties at the time. Plus he pays visits to a clinic after failing a training exercise. Also, Rowan Atkinson’s performance is awesome. If you don’t believe me, check out The Witches, Four Weddings & A Funeral and The Thin Blue Line and you’ll see that it pays off. Unfortunately, Never Say Never Again is a film I may need to watch again.

  1. Thunderball

Released: 1965

Directed by: Terence Young

Bond actor: Sean Connery

Composer: John Barry

Budget: $9,000,000

Gross amount: $141,200,000

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Thunderball has one of my favourite theme tunes out of all the movies on this list and also my favourite song ever to be sung by Tom Jones. However I don’t remember much from this movie, apart from the speedboat battle and Blofeld’s badass appearance, except for his face of course.

19. Octopussy

Released: 1983

Directed by: John Glen

Bond actor: Roger Moore

Composer: John Barry

Budget: $27,500,000

Gross amount: $183,700,000

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Octopussy, Octopussy,… 13st Bond movie to come out, the sixth one with Roger Moore in it. Also starring Maud Adams as Octopussy herself. We saw her in another Bond movie. I saw this movie twice. On the first time, I couldn’t remember much about it, apart from Bond hijacking the train. But on the second time, a bit more memorable; Bond fiddles with Q’s camera and observes a woman’s boobs. He also disguises himself as a clown in order to get rid of a bomb set to blow up a circus. Lovely.

18. For Your Eyes Only

Released: 1981

Directed by: John Glen

Bond actor: Roger Moore

Composer: Bill Conti

Budget: $28,000,000

Gross amount: $194,900,000

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I’ve only seen For Your Eyes Only once. And yet, I can remember that epic opening; Bond battling Blofeld one last time (I won’t say too much more about it for those who ain’t seen it yet), Bond’s first meeting with Melina, who wants to avenge her parents, Q’s awesome gadgets (including what we could call an early example of a digital photo scanning thing), Melina’s funny parrot and speaking of funny, Margaret Thatcher’s (personally not my favourite prime minister) cameo appearance! And of course the cars. Apart from that, I can’t remember much else. This was John Glen’s first film as the director, and I ain’t talking about the astronaut.

17. Live & Let Die

Released: 1973

Directed by: Guy Hamilton

Bond actor: Roger Moore

Composer: John Barry

Budget: $7,000,000

Gross amount: $126,400,000

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Gee, I could listen to Paul McCartney’s theme tune all day. Live & Let Die is memorable for Roger Moore’s introduction as the spy himself, Bond fighting against the crocodiles, JW Pepper’s introduction (speaking of which) and them tough guy villains. The film is about a drug lord in Harlem, Mr. Big, who attempts to rival out all the other drug barons out of their businesses. Man, this is a bit like an episode of The A-Team. And then, Bond finds three British agents dead, leading him to a fight with Dr. Kanager and facing a gang of gangsters and voodoo magic, just like in the awesome 2nd Indiana Jones film. Plenty of action to enjoy. You don’t see JW for long, but at least you saw more of him in the next film, find out later.

16. Moonraker

Released: 1979

Directed by: Lewis Gilbert

Bond actor: Roger Moore

Composer: John Barry

Budget: $34,000,000

Gross amount: $210,300,000

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(childish singing) Jaws has a girlfriend, Jaws has a girlfriend. (ceases singing) Okay enough of that. James Bond in Space, how Moonraker is remembered. But also as I just explained through my immature rant, Jaws gets himself a brand new bird, which I suppose is cute to watch; a villain with a serious romantic feeling for Dolly after she saves him from a cable car wreckage. Jaws will forever stand out as one of the best Bond villains of all time; no dialogue until near the very end. This of course is one of the best moments in the film as are the cable car scene and the finale in the spaceship. I will also offer praise to Derek Meddings’ special effects.

15. Casino Royale

Released: 2006

Directed by: Martin Campbell

Bond actor: Daniel Craig

Composer: David Arnold

Budget: $150,000,000

Gross amount: $599,000,000

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I, of course, am referring to the most recent version, which introduced Daniel Craig as the new James Bond, not the comedy version which starred David Niven and was directed by the same bloke who did Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Unfortunately, I can’t talk about Casino Royale without mentioning the scene where Bond gets stripped naked and tortured; “Now the whole world’s gonna know that you died scratching my balls”. That line really cracks me up. Nor can I not mention the opening scene which I think is pretty unique for a gun barrel sequence. Then there’s the old school casino settings, it’s Casino Royale, what do you expect? Plus, Casino Royale is the first Bond movie to not finish with a happy ending, since On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Yeah, don’t think I’m giving anything away. Casino Royale may not be as awesome as Daniel Craig’s later films, but it’s certainly an improvement compared to Die Another Day.

14. The World Is Not Enough

Released: 1999

Directed by: Michael Apted

Bond actor: Pierce Brosnan

Composer: David Arnold

Budget: $135,000,000

Gross amount: $361,832,400

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If you thought Die Another Day was dull, then how about The World Is Not Enough, Pierce Brosnan’s third film as James Bond? A much more investible storyline, of course bearing in mind this was so before Die Another Day. Opening scene, great. Speedboat, exploding glasses, Millennium Dome, you name it.  Valentin Zukovsky returns, with his evil daughter Electra. He’s as charming as ever, though Electra isn’t very interesting, apart from the scene as explored in the image above. But I’ve seen a little more boring, i.e. Christmas Jones, but having said that, I think awarding her the Razzie for worst actress was a bit too harsh. And who can forget Renard who isn’t very interesting for a villain. I just ain’t a huge fan of Robert Carlyle. He’s just an okay actor. But Robbie Coltrane, or as I like to call the British John Goodman, is a lot of fun as Zukovsky, as is John Cleese (‘duh’) who portrays R. I should also mention Gladiators’ Diesel and Vulcan as the henchmen. I’ve given The World Is Not Enough credit for the storyline, but I also give credit for the gadgets and of course for Desmond Llewellyn’s final starring role as Q.

Rest in peace Desmond.

13. From Russia With Love

Released: 1963

Directed by: Terence Fisher

Bond actor: Sean Connery

Composer: John Barry

Budget: $2,000,000

Gross amount: $78,200,000

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For starters, the theme tune is one of my favourite songs of all time! Good old Matt Monro. Movin’ on, From Russia With Love is basically a sequel, and by sequel, I mean continuation, following Dr. No where SPECTRE plots to avenge the death of one of their henchmen. Red Grant takes part in their scheme to kill James Bond. From Russia With Love features a memorable introduction to Inspector Gadget himself, Q. And portrayed by Desmond Llewelynn. He’s probably the only guy who survived over more than fifteen movies with the same role. And of course, there’s the introduction to Blofeld, excluding his face of course. I also love the train/helicopter related climax.

  1. Skyfall

Released: 2012

Directed by: Sam Mendes

Bond actor: Daniel Craig

Composer: Thomas Newman

Budget: $200,000,000

Gross amount: $1,108,600,000

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We always knew Daniel Craig would make a difference to the franchise since Casino Royale (the recent one that is to avoid confusion). Well Skyfall is not only different to Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace, but to James Bond movies in general. The storyline is most certainly unique as the conflict actually involves M herself; yes the actor is Judi Dench in case you wanted to know why I said ‘herself’. It was also her final role as M. As confirmed for the next film yet to be released, the new M will be Ralph Fiennes who is mainly known for his villains (Amon Goeth from Schindler’s List, Victor from that Wallace & Gromit movie, etc). Why? In case anybody ain’t seen Skyfall yet, I mustn’t say or I’ll spoil the ending, but have a look and see for yourself.

  1. Tomorrow Never Dies

Released: 1997

Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode

Bond actor: Pierce Brosnan

Composer: David Arnold

Budget: $110,000,000

Gross amount: $333,011,068

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Tomorrow Never Dies contains some of the coolest gadgets the franchise has ever provided us. As far as action thrillers go, this is a movie that marks an awesome contribution to the codes and conventions. As usual we have Bond mucking about with Q’s inventions, added to that, a rather suspenseful moment where he drives his new remote-controlled BMW towards Q and manages to stop right in front of him by an inch. It’s like “wow!” The car of course proves useful during the always exciting parking lot scene; Bond of course needs not to sit in the car in order to distract his assassins. Wai-Lin is also dead sexy and the finale in the ship is a lot of fun.

  1. Goldfinger

Released: 1964

Directed by: Guy Hamilton

Bond actor: Sean Connery

Composer: John Barry

Budget: $3,000,000

Gross amount: $124,900,000

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Starter from ten, some of you lot are probably going to scowl at me for placing what has long been regarded as the (pronounced ‘thee’) masterpiece of the franchise. Not to say that there’s anything bad about Goldfinger, because there ain’t. It’s actually really really good. The opening scene is always great; Bond and Jill fighting Oddjob, Bond knocked unconscious, then discovering that Jill is covered in gold and dead. It’s a very symbolic opening, as is Shirley Bassey’s forever awesome theme song. I just bet Alfred Hitchcock wished he directed Goldfinger. In fact, there is another scene which many viewers seem to enjoy and I enjoy too and that is when Goldfinger ties Bond to a gold cutting table and a laser slices through almost reaching Bond’s groin. It’s enough to make one cringe. Somehow the actor of Goldfinger, Gert Frobe, reminds me of Dustin Hoffman. I also remember seeing him as Baron Bomburst in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and you’d hardly recognise the actor. Maybe the moustache is part of it, because he doesn’t have on in Goldfinger. Plus both characters have slightly different voices.

  1. Dr. No

Released: 1962

Directed by: Terence Young

Bond actor: Sean Connery

Composer: John Barry

Budget: $1,100,000

Gross amount: $59,500,000

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I just couldn’t avoid placing the very first Bond movie in the top ten. The Dr. No in question is a man who works for SPECTRE and intends to disrupt an early American launching using a radio beam weapon. He even introduces SPECTRE to Bond, not literally if you know what I mean. We didn’t need to know their faces yet, because the producers knew and we knew sequels would follow, considering how many novels Ian Fleming wrote and we were right. Not only was this film a success at the box office, but all the rest that followed were.

What else do I like about Dr. No? I mentioned the villain. I also enjoy Bond’s first appearances and the suspenseful moments. The tarantula bit, I could watch over and over again. The three blind mice song is a bit goofy, but still symbolic considering them three guys we see in the opening.

  1. The Living Daylights

Released: 1987

Directed by: John Glen

Bond actor: Timothy Dalton

Composer: John Barry

Budget: $40,000,000

Gross amount: $191,200,000

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What could people possibly be wrong with Timothy Dalton’s movies? Many people consider Timothy the weakest of all Bond actors. Unfortunately I don’t hate any of them, nor do I have a favourite. But I reckon Timothy provided a unique portrayal of James Bond. After all, not all films from the franchise have to look the same. The Living Daylights contains some of the greatest gadgets since The Spy Who Loved Me. If you don’t believe me, check out the car chase scene. Shame that Aston Martin V8 Vantage (Series 2) wasn’t used in the game 007 Racing. The side laser, the snow skids and so forth. In fact, the whistle bomb cracks me up. One what-appears-to-be-harmless wolf whistle and BOOM!

Gee, I even admire Bond’s dialogue. “He got the boot!” One of the best moments in James Bond history. I just bet Arnold Schwarzenegger wishes he was given that line. I even wonder if The Living Daylights was the inspiration to True Lies. Did I mention that Tim Dalton portrays the kind of Bond who stuffs M’s orders and is like “M can fire me for all I care. I’m strong and I don’t need his authority”.

Of course, even children admire James Bond in general. Mind you, they would obviously need serious accompaniment by an adult. Anyhow, The Living Daylights is a thrilling underrated action thriller which will even appeal to fans of say Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, any action movie starring Arnie, you never know.

  1. Quantum Of Solace

Released: 2008

Directed by: Marc Forster

Bond actor: Daniel Craig

Composer: David Arnold

Budget: $200,000,000

Gross amount: $586,100,000

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Many consider Casino Royale the best of all the Bond movies that star Daniel Craig. For me, Quantum Of Solace tops it. I’d probably say it’s the From Russia With Love of the Daniel era, considering that From Russia With Love is a definite sequel to Dr. No, due to SPECTRE avenging No. Well Quantum Of Solace depicts Bond avenging his girlfriend (yup, kind of spoiler from Casino Royale). But Bond ain’t the only one seeking vengeance. His new lady friend, Camille Montes, wants to avenge her family, actually also a bit like For Your Eyes Only. And in-between, we can enjoy the terrorist atmospheric action.

  1. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Released: 1969

Directed by: Peter Hunt

Bond actor: George Lazenby

Composer: John Barry

Budget: $7,000,000

Gross amount: $64,600,000

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The producers, and probably at the time fans, was so unfair to poor old George Lazenby. He’s only ever had one role as James Bond, that in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. I just hope the fact that it grossed lower than You Only Live Twice was not part of the case. Any viewer who is still betrayed by the fact Sean Connery bowed out in the first place must bear in mind that even high profile actors want to move on like many people do in life. They should also give newcomers, namely at the time George, the chance to adapt to a new role. It’s actually because George encountered bad experiences with the producers, hence why On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is his only film. Experienced or inexperienced, George pulls it off. He even takes his romancing with Tracy deadly seriously. In fact, who would’ve thought Bond would literally propose to his girlfriend in one of the most bitter-sweet scenes in the film. That’s quite rare for a character like James Bond. Speaking of which, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service contains what I regard as the best ending scene ever to have occurred in a James Bond movie. Not only that, that was the scene which gave me tears to my eyes and I won’t give anything away, but this was something that wouldn’t occur again until Daniel Craig’s movies. In-between, we’re provided an amazing acting talent from Kojak himself, Telly Salavas, as Blofeld and some cool skiing and bob-sleighing sequences.

  1. You Only Live Twice

Released: 1967

Directed by: Lewis Gilbert

Bond actor: Sean Connery

Composer: John Barry

Budget: $10,300,000

Gross amount: $111,000,000

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You Only Live Twice is probably the first Bond film I ever saw. Now where to begin… I know; the scene which really turns me on; when Blofeld reprimands Osato and Helga for failing to kill Bond. “This organisation does not tolerate failure,” he makes clear and then sends Helga plunging to her death in a pool of piranhas. This scene always gives me a giant grin. Seeing this as a kid, I thought; “should I be watching this?” Now I really love it.

I have also been long impressed with the opening sequence which is quite dark; an unidentified spacecraft captures an American ship snapping a cord from an astronaut still dangling out. Added to that, Bond, who is romancing with some woman in Hong Kong is gunned down and presumed dead. But after the opening credits, we are relieved when we discovered he has another life. And did I mention that after a few faceless appearances, Blofeld finally comes across Bond and this is the first time we see him as a whole?

Many consider From Russia With Love or Goldfinger as the best Bond movie that stars Sean Connery. Personally, I vote You Only Live Twice. One other thing, did I mention Nancy’s Sinatra lovely theme song? Shame Robbie Williams had to ruin it 31 years later.

  1. Licence To Kill

Released: 1989

Directed by: John Glen

Bond actor: Timothy Dalton

Composer: Michael Kamen

Budget: $32,000,000

Gross amount: $156,100,000

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Licence To Kill is a film most James Bond fans seem to dislike the most. For that, I cannot understand why. Is it to do with the fact that the film is the least child-friendly and that it’s the only film with a 15 certificate? That is sooo inexcusable. Licence To Kill is a very unique James Bond film. It is in fact unlike most of the other films a revenge flick, which highlights Bond’s personality much deeply. Bond is seeking vengeance on a drug baron who has injured his best mate, Felix, and murdered Felix’s new wife. And speaking of violence and women, have you noticed in the opening scene the way Sanchez beats up a woman (extremely powerful scene)? Following Felix’s casualty, Bond begins his own investigation, but after refusing an assignment in Istanbul, M removes the licence to kill from Bond, thus Bond is like ‘then I’ll have to do this myself’. However, he teams up with Pam Bouvier and Q, who of course is a loyal friend to Bond.

Speaking of Q, I totally love the scene where he and Bond meet each other in the hotel room; “Pam, this is Q, my uncle. Uncle, this is Miss Kennedy, my cousin,” says Bond. “Ah we must be related,” replies Q. And after a brief showing of Q’s latest gadgets, “I hope you don’t snore, Q”. Why do people say Licence To Kill lacks humour. This scene is hilarious enough to make me laugh.

Licence To Kill contains some of the most powerful scenes I’ve ever encountered in a James Bond film. One of my favourites is when Bond pushes Killifer in a shark’s tank with a briefcase full of money; “You want it, you keep it old buddy!” great line! The finale involving the cocaine and gas trucks is so fun to watch, as is the lovely ending. Who says Tim Dalton was so bad? He was so involved in the productions, even achieving his own stunts. Licence To Kill is definitely one to check out.

  1. The Spy Who Loved Me

Released: 1977

Directed by: Lewis Gilbert

Bond actor: Roger Moore

Composer: Martin Hamlisch

Budget: $14,000,000

Gross amount: $185,400,000

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The Spy Who Loved Me is one of the films my mom saw in her teenage years. She also loves the title song and I have to agree. The song is great, but the opening titles are visually stunning and contrast well with the music. As for the other bits, the opening scene, brilliant. Villains, great, especially Jaws; Needs he no dialogue for his part. All he needs is his strength and steel made teeth. Seriously though, Jaws marks a valid contribution to the film. If you don’t believe me, take a look at the glorious yet hilarious finale where Bond magnetises Jaws.

I should also mention the famous Lotus Esprit. This car is as magical as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In fact, our introduction to the car is provided by Q (duh!), but the lecture is only very brief as Bond drives off leaving him behind in the middle of nowhere. Then we get a fantastic car chase followed by the Esprit’s dive in the sea and transforming into a submarine. Gee, is there anything Ian Fleming or Albert R Broccoli or whoever came with the idea can’t do?

The Spy Who Loved Me is overall a pleasant experience which you will never get bored of.

  1. GoldenEye

Released: 1995

Directed by: Martin Campbell

Bond actor: Pierce Brosnan

Composer: Eric Serra

Budget: $58,000,000

Gross amount: $352,194,034

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I’d be a right slug-head if I didn’t give GoldenEye a position in the Top 10 or even a number 2 spot, where it is now. GoldenEye, the Beauty & The Beast of James Bond (not that it got nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, hardly any of the movies did), was not only a perfect introduction to the then new actor Pierce Brosnan, but it’s actually his best one. There are so many badass plot elements, stunts, props and awesome bits of dialogue which highlight GoldenEye. First of all, each time I see Bond attaching a rope to the dam and jumping off, my epidermis shows.

Man, even the villains are as cool as hell. Xenia is my favourite of them all. She’s the one who enjoys a good squeeze and somehow reminds me of Lara Croft. She’s feisty and energetic, yet almost impossible to defeat. Boris makes me laugh with his catchphrase, “I am invincible”. I have a bit of empathy for Alec, aka 006. Yes he’s nasty and betrays Bond, but I can understand his bitterness. His motive is to avenge the death of his parents after they were betrayed by the British government during the aftermath of WW2, and so secretly attempts to lure Bond in a trap during the opening scene and pretends to die. As for the Russian Colonel, he is so great. After 006’s apparent death, he attempts to kill Bond, but Bond shields himself with a trolley of gas barrels, so orders his soldiers to hold their fire. One soldier disobeys and the Col shoots him as a result, for disobedience and to shut him up. That was the impression I got. That bit is so hilarious, but also rather dark. I mean GoldenEye is more light-hearted than Licence To Kill, but it just goes to show how dangerous it can be to live/work in a nation run by dictatorship.

In-between, we get the usual epic transport chases, the forever amusing gadget introductions from Q; this Q scene in particular being one of my favourites; “don’t touch that! It’s my lunch”, leading to a thrilling showdown between 00s 7 & 6. This is what GoldenEye is all about.

In fact, GoldenEye is a favourite Bond movie, starring Pierce, of most people. The only nitpick they seem to have is the soundtrack. But I don’t think it’s that bad. In fact, I’m surprised Tina Turner’s theme song didn’t even get an Oscar nomination. Still, the film was so popular that even a video game of the film was released and that was also a blockbuster. I’ve only managed to play a bit of it though, but that was because I never owned a Nintendo 64.

  1. The Man With The Golden Gun

Released: 1974

Directed by: Guy Hamilton

Bond actor: Roger Moore

Composer: John Barry

Budget: $7,000,000

Gross amount: $98,500,000

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And Thunderbirds they are go! Some of you may not agree with this choice, but in my opinion, The Man With The Golden Gun is the film I would award a gold medal in the James Bond Olympics. Suspenseful opening scene – check. Awesome villains – check. Fantastic gadgets, including a gun made out of a cigarette case and lighter, cuff link and fountain pen all made of gold – check. Beautiful women – check. Hilarious scenes, i.e. any part including JW Pepper – check. Upbeat music – check. Epic car chase – you guessed it, check. Well choreographed fight scenes – double check.

Before I move on, I forgot to point out when I ranked GoldenEye that M at one point refers to Bond as a ‘sexist, sexist, misogynist dinosaur. A relic of the Cold War, whose boyish charms, though wasted on me, obviously appealed to that young woman I sent out to evaluate you’. There is one scene in The Man With The Golden Gun where Bond flees a karate dojo, comes across two twin schoolgirls and faces the karate students. He tells the girls ‘stand back, girls’, which relates to his casual sexism, but the girls teach him a lesson by proving useful and helping him out with the fight. It’s hilarious, but it does have an anti-sexist and anti-ageist message.

And speaking of politics, The Man With The Golden Gun does concern the energy crisis that was occurring around the time of the film’s release. I, of course, wasn’t yet born then, but the film does provide the idea of how people suffered from the events. Francisco Scaramanga, who I have to say is my favourite Bond villain, is responsible for the stolen solar energy which he uses to create powerful gadgets and weapons and charges a large sum of money for each kill he commits. Like 006 in GoldenEye, we get to know Scaramanga’s back-story including how he spent his early childhood in a circus and experienced low wages and high level of work with the KGB forcing him to be an independent assassin, hence how this leads to burglary in regards to money and solar energy, thus putting the world in economic danger.

The Man With The Golden Gun is an extremely underrated film, which never gets tiring. Plenty of action, getting to know characters, politics, humour, etc. This is what James Bond is all about.

So this is my personal ranking of all the James Bond movies I have watched in my life. I still have yet to see Casino Royale, the one directed by Ken ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ Hughes and starring David ‘Pink Panther’ Niven that is. But when I do see it, I’ll rank it.

Now which position do you suppose Spectre will be placed?

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