Dan’s Top 10 James Bond Movies for SpyMovieNavigator.com

Contributed by: Daniel Silvestri and SpyMovieNavigator.com

Here are my current top 10 James Bond movies.  I am not including No Time to Die here. . .. it is too tough to decide where to put that. 

 

  1. GoldenEye

 

 

Pierce Brosnan’s best outing as Bond and best screenwriting for a Brosnan Bond movie.  A solid storyline and I loved Sean Bean as an ex-MI6 OO being a terrific villain.

 

 

 

  1. Skyfall

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Daniel Craig’s second-best outing, a great storyline, a terrific villain in Silva, and the end of M which was heart-wrenching.  Good sets and much of James Bond’s back story is revealed.

 

 

 

  1. Live and Let Die

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Roger Moore’s first outing as Bond was a solid one, though dated with character representations and clothing – but loved the storyline, pre-title sequence, and acting was superb with Jane Seymour and Yaphet Kotto.  
 

 

 

  1. For Your Eyes Only

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I just love this movie. The villains are real and believable, Carole Bouquet is fabulous, it’s a solid outing for Roger Moore, beautiful scenery at Meteora and elsewhere.   Plus, a tie-back in the pre-title sequence to Bond’s late wife, Tracy as Bond drops flowers on her grave.  This is a solid Bond outing.   Love it! 
 

 

  1. The Spy Who Loved Me

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There is little not to like about this Roger Moore Bond movie.   The settings in Egypt / Middle East, Sardinia Italy – are all fabulous.   Jaws!  Yeah – and Barbara Bach and Caroline Munro – nice.   OK, Stromberg wanting to start a world war so he could build an under the sea world is a bit of a stretch – but there are megalomaniacs everywhere!
 

 

 

  1. Licence To Kill

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Alright, this is not in a lot of people’s Top 10, but for me, this is a terrific second outing for Timothy Dalton.  Robert Davi as the villain is so real, so natural, so evil yet so likable.   Benicio del Toro – as Dario – frightening!  I think Carey Lowell had a solid outing as well as a tough Bond girl who can handle herself and save Bond’s butt a few times.
 

   

 

  1. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

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Fabulous story, very close to the Fleming novel, and a unique outing for Bond as he marries.   This is so well done on so many levels, and we think George Lazenby did a great job as Bond, bringing a new dimension to 007.   Telly Savalas as Blofeld is one of my favorites.  It has grown in popularity over the years and it should continue to do so.   A great Bond movie!
 

 

  1. Casino Royale (2006)

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Daniel Craig’s first outing as Bond is an absolute home run.   The story holds closely to the novel.  Daniel Craig and the entire cast are just outstanding, as are the cinematography, location shots, casino scenes, and locations.   This IS one of the best – and I think will remain so.

 

 

  1. From Russia with Love

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Yes, you can look for flaws, and continuity errors – but this is my second favorite Bond movie – and sometimes I want to move it into number one!  There is not a weak spot in this movie, the plot is believable (getting the Lektor) and the cast is stunning;  Daniela Bianchi, Robert Shaw, and Pedro Armendáriz (one of my all-time favorite Bond allies) – are all just brilliant. 
 

 

 

  1. Goldfinger 

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Number one and fabulous.  The entire storyline, changed from the novel but I think for the better, is fabulous.   Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe) is a first-rate villain, and Oddjob (Harold Sakata) is a perfect dedicated killer for Goldfinger.   Pussy Galore – ah, Honor Blackman just perfection.  Great sets – Goldfinger’s man cave is one of the best sets ever created – Ken Adam was a genius.