So, Bond 25 is officially happening and will enter production this December, for release in 2019. This is great news and gives everyone a good year to get up to date with all the previous Bond movies – all 26 of them!
I know what you’re thinking, how can Bond 25 be out next year, yet there are 26 previous Bond movies?!
Well, that’s pretty simple. There are 24 official Bond movies: Dr. No (1962) through Spectre (2015), as well as two unofficial Bond movies: Casino Royale (1967) and Never Say Never Again (1983).
But which one’s are worth a watch and which are not?
Below is a list of all 26 Bond movies, ranked according to Rotten Tomatoes. The list includes the official and unofficial films, with the name of each Bond actor noted along the side.
- 1) Goldfinger (1964) 97% (Sean Connery)
- 2) Dr. No (1962) 96% (Sean Connery)
- -) From Russia with Love (1963) 96% (Sean Connery)
- 3) Casino Royale (2006) 94% (Daniel Craig)
- 4) Skyfall (2012) 92% (Daniel Craig)
- 5) Thunderball (1965) 86% (Sean Connery)
- 6) On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) 82% (George Lazenby)
- 7) The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) 79% (Roger Moore)
- 8) GoldenEye (1995) 78% (Pierce Brosnan)
- 9) License to Kill (1989) 77% (Timothy Dalton)
- 10) You Only Live Twice (1967) 73% (Sean Connery)
- 11) For Your Eyes Only (1981) 72% (Roger Moore)
- 12) The Living Daylights (1987) 71% (Timothy Dalton)
- 13) Diamonds are Forever (1971) 67% (Sean Connery)
- 14) Live and Let Die (1973) 66% (Roger Moore)
- 15) Quantum of Solace (2008) 65% (Daniel Craig)
- 16) Never Say Never Again (1983) 64% (Sean Connery)
- 17) Spectre (2015) 63% (Daniel Craig)
- 18) Moonraker (1979) 62% (Roger Moore)
- 19) Die Another Day (2002) 58% (Pierce Brosnan)
- 20) Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) 57% (Pierce Brosnan)
- 21) The World is Not Enough (1999) 51% (Pierce Brosnan)
- 22) The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) 45% (Roger Moore)
- 23) Octopussy (1983) 42% (Roger Moore)
- 24) A View to a Kill (1985) 36% (Roger Moore)
- 25) Casino Royale (1967) 28% (Various)
Does that help you out?
According to Rotten Tomatoes, Goldfinger is the highest ranked movie, sitting just above Dr. No and From Russia with Love, which take joint second place. The lowest ranking movie is the original version of Casino Royale, which is a comedy Bond film.
As you can see, Bond films starring Sean Connery score better with audiences according to Rotten Tomatoes, while the films starring Sir Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan don’t tend to fair as well. Personally, I love both Moore and Brosnan, so I’d rank some of their films higher.
My all-time favourite Bond movie – not that you asked – is Live and Let Die, which sits in 14th place. Personally, I think this is a much better movie than the likes of Diamonds Are Forever (1971), For Your Eyes Only (1981) and Thunderball (1965), but what do I know?
So, in your opinion, which are the best Bond films and which are the worst? Sound off in the comments section!