The year of 2012 marked fifty years since the very first James Bond film, Dr No, was released in cinemas, and in the time since then there have been twenty-three films in the iconic spy franchise. Personally I am a big fan of Mr Bond; after all I’m English and male; those facts alone sort of makes 007 my automatic idol – a man who drives the most exotic cars, charms the most beautiful women, drinks like a fish and doesn’t care about the consequences of skiing on your lunch: what’s not to like?
Despite this however, before a couple of weeks ago I hadn’t actually watched the large majority of the films. Many of the more recent Bond flicks were repeated on ITV almost every Saturday during the 1990s, so I watched the likes of Tomorrow Never Dies about forty times as a child – the other films escaped my attention though. Upon clearing out some cupboards back home, I found my dad’s complete collection of the films he received as a Christmas present about a year ago, and decided to right a few wrongs by watching the films. And as I watched, I couldn’t help but contemplate the most difficult question of them all – what is the best Bond film? There’s only one way to find out, and that’s by breaking out the list format: worst to best. Many others have tried the same impossible challenge, and I’m now throwing my two cents into the arena.
For the sake of keeping things simple, I have excluded the unofficial films from the rankings (Casino Royale (1967) & Never Say Never Again (1983)). Of course, this list is purely my own opinion; feel free to weigh in with your own comments below