“Bond, James Bond”: we all have this cue on the lips. James Bond, Agent 007 in the service of the Crown, is no longer to present. Recognizable among many for its cars, gadgets and Bond Girls, the Bond saga stays the course with 26 films, almost all of them successes. As the last film in the franchise concludes with the death of the famous spy, on the fan side, it’s time to take stock.
On both sides, we wonder what is the best James Bond made to date. In this sense, we invite you to discover our ranking of the 10 best James Bond films, from Pierce Bosnan to Daniel Craig via Sean Connery.
We couldn’t talk about the best Bonds without mentioning Skyfall. It is the biggest success of the franchise. With Daniel Craig in the role of Bond, Skyfall is an introspection of the character of Bond. As MI6 comes under pressure from all sides, Bond will come to its rescue. The one who usually ignores the rules, will prove to be die-hard by being faithful to his mentor Mr. If Ian Fleming created 007, Sam Mendes will have magnified it by creating a bridge between his past and his present. On the photography side, the film is full of several action scenes including those of the train and the glass floor.
Let’s jump into the Sean Connery era. Goldfinger is, let’s not be afraid to say it, the Bond which gave architecture to future Bonds. It is thanks to him that the next ones had the same guideline: a good villain, a certain stature, deaths, gadgets and a pronounced taste for adventure. This is all the more surprising considering that it is the third film in the franchise. Some shots have even become cult, in particular the scene of the body painted in gold. It was repeated in Quantum of Solace.
Casino Royale (2006)
Yet another from Daniel Craig! Remember that Bond has been interpreted 5 times by the British actor. Casino Royale and Daniel Craig have reinvented the character of Bond. In previous Bonds, our spy was heartless. This is no longer the case since Casino Royale, which will have changed the dynamic. Bond can have feelings, Bond can hurt. In addition to this new psychological arc of the hero, Casino Royale denotes what was done previously. We notice the use of digital effects and scenes full of tension, where we are really afraid for Bond. The poker game against Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) literally nearly ended us.
GoldenEye will be remembered for two reasons. The first is that he was Pierce Brosnan’s very first Bond. He is even considered his best. The second is that M will be performed for the first time by a woman, actress Judi Dench. She will play the role of M, from 1997 to 2012. GoldenEye pays homage to the world of espionage, which balances between lies and betrayals. It is in our ranking because it is modern. Moreover, Famke Janssen’s interpretation of Bond girl who suffocates her partners after hot sex is both chilling and captivating.
From Russia with Love (1963)
What would a spy story be without a hint of the Cold War? This is what we serve with Love from Russia. Return once again to the Connery era. Bond, here, is charismatic and very up to date with what goes on in diplomatic places. At the same time, the criminal organization, the Specter, intends to get its hands on him. What could be easier than positioning beautiful curves to lure Bond into the monster’s lair?
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service will mark the post Connery period. After several successes, the producers feared the returns of the fans with a new actor. But unlike the other Bond in our ranking, this one stands out thanks to its Bond Girl. Indeed, Diana Rigg, was not confined to being one more Bond Girl, but truly to be just as up to the game of George Lazenby. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, breaks the dynamics of the previous Bonds, because the spy for the first time considers the happy ending with family life.
James Bond 007 vs. Dr. No (1962)
It would be a sin not to include the first James Bond in our ranking. While not up to par with the following ones, this film kicks off the future James Bond. Despite the gadgets, which were largely absent from the adventure, the very first Bond was used to build Bond’s personality and his universe. Moreover, unlike other Bond, James Bond 007 against Dr. No has aged well. A fairly modest start for a success that came with time and a lot of work.
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
After GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies is undeniably Pierce Brosnan’s best Leap. Bond goes from Charybdis to Scylla: he is stuck between a probable world war and a megalomaniac press magnate, nothing too complicated for our spy. But this time, a superb and athletic Bond Girl accompanies her on her adventure. Michelle Yeoh, since it’s her, fights just as well as a man. His duet with Brosnan in the motorcycle versus helicopter scene remains one of our favorite moments.
License to Kill (1989)
What could be better than adding a more intimate note to our ranking? Bond attends the wedding of good friends of his. But the bride is killed and the groom is seriously injured. Everything suggests that a drug lord is involved in this villainous crime. Our spy will then break M’s rules, and use his license to kill for a nobler cause: to avenge his friends. Far from the tribulations of the diplomatic world, and of criminal organizations, License to Kill offers a personal arc in Bond’s journey.
You Only Live Twice (1967)
Once again, James Bond is walking on tiptoe. In the middle of the Cold War, he will try to defuse yet another conflict between the East and West blocks, which the Specter wants to trigger. Very ambitious in its history and its plans, the film repeats to our dismay the clichés and the borderline racist phrases about Asians. Small special mention for the Toyota 2000 GT which makes us forget the traditional Aston Martin.