I'm going to do a ranking of the James Bond movies. As of now, 25 James Bond movies have been produced (23 EON films along with Never Say Never Again and the 1967 spoof "Casino Royale"). I've seen 23 of the James Bond films this summer (I haven't seen the last two James Bond films).
Right now, this is my rank of James Bond films:
- Goldfinger (Connery) A+
- From Russia with Love (Connery) A+
- Dr. No (Connery) A+
- For Your Eyes Only (Moore) A
- Goldeneye (Brosnan) A
- Casino Royale--2006 film (Craig) A
- You Only Live Twice (Connery) A-
- The Spy Who Loved Me (Moore) A-
- Thunderball (Connery) B+
- Live and Let Die (Moore) B
- The Living Daylights (Daulton) B
- Moonraker (Moore) B
- The World is not Enough (Brosnan) B-
- Diamonds are Forever (Connery) B-
- A View to a Kill (Moore) C+
- Never Say Never Again (Connery) C+
- Licence to Kill (Dalton) C+
- Tomorrow Never Dies (Brosnan) C+
- Octopussy (Moore) C
- On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Lazenby) C
- Die Another Day (Brosnan) C-
- The Man with the Golden Gun (Moore) D
- Casino Royale--1967 film (Niven) F
I won't rank the actors that played James Bond because each actor did a great job portraying James Bond. Here are my thoughts of each actor:
Sean Connery. He was suave, somewhat charismatic, somewhat a man's man. Connery's Bond had a lot of self-confidence. He played a very intelligent James Bond that people liked, but also a Bond that tended to play his feelings closer to his vest.
David Niven. Niven's Bond was aloof, not that funny, and very clumsy. I have trouble taking his Bond as a true James Bond since this movie was a parody of the James Bond films that failed beyond its wildest dreams. Niven is a good actor, but he was given absolutely nothing to work with.
George Lazenby. Lazenby didn't look like a James Bond to me, but he was a very physical actor that made up for his appearance. He probably went a little overboard in his disguises, but that was probably more of a product of the late 1960's. Lazenby was the only Bond that ever got married.
Roger Moore. Moore played up the playboy image of Bond. Moore brought a lot of humor to James Bond, and while most of the time the humor worked, sometimes he made the character a bit of a parody (Moonraker, for example). It was hard not to like Moore as James Bond...he had the charisma. The problem with Moore tends to be he played the Bond role into his 50's.
Timothy Dalton. He was somewhat the polar opposite of Roger Moore. He played a more dark, but more sensitive James Bond. He also didn't look like what I thought James Bond would be. Dalton's acting skills are great, and I think the Bond character evolved under his watch.
Pierce Brosnan. I thought Brosnan physically looked like my vision of James Bond better than any other actor. Brosnan's Bond was more likable than Dalton and also nicer. A little soft like Moore, fairly charismatic, and maybe a little more diverse in his role as Bond.
Daniel Craig. Craig is physical like Lazenby and Connery, and very dark like Dalton. Craig is a great actor and his Bond appears to have more anger issues than any other Bond. Craig's Bond was a true assassin and was more like Ian Fleming's vision of Bond than any other actor.
Anyway, feel free to give me your two cents on this idea and how you would rank the films. One person's C film might be another person's A film. Most of the critics loved On Her Majesty's Secret Service, but I thought the film dragged on in areas where it wasn't that much fun to view.