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With more than 20 movies, it can be difficult to figure out which movies are the cream of the crop when it comes to James Bond. While all of the Bond movies are solid films due to the nostalgia or action, below are five of the absolute best James Bond movies of all time (ranked in no particular order).
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
Who can forget the film where James Bond gets married? The ski slopes of the Swiss Alps makes for an amazing background to this Bond adventure. Although the special effects of this Bond film are outstanding, the writing steals the show. This is known as one of the most romantic and emotional Bond films, and that level of romance really sets it apart from the rest. 007 Magazine’s poll in 2012 even found this to be the greatest James Bond movie ever made.
From Russia With Love (1963)
Although this is the second Bond film ever made, it is also one of the rawest movies from the Bond collection. The most notable scene from this film that was directed by Terence Young was the part where Bond and Red Grant duke it out while they’re on the Orient Express. Many fans to this day believe that this is one of the all-time greatest fight scenes in any movie, not just the Bond movies. According to two of the many actors who played James Bonds, Sean Connery and Daniel Craig both name this film as their favorite Bond movie.
Casino Royale (2006)
Let’s face it, Daniel Craig really brought James Bond back to life for a brand-new generation in Casino Royale. The amazing technological gadgets provided by Q make this movie feel exactly how a good spy film should. Craig’s take on Bond feels fresh and very modern which is why this film was such a success at the box office.
In addition, who doesn’t love the fun and sex appeal of much of the film being set in a casino? It also has one of the most famous poker scenes in the history of film — and there are a lot of great cinematic scenes. James Bond is known for his love of casinos — and his skills at the table. One of the games he plays in the movies most often is Baccarat, a popular game played around the world, which is featured in Thunderball, Dr. No, GoldenEye, and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, to name a few.
Skyfall is the most recent Bond film to make this top-five list and there’s a good reason for that. Although some of the older James Bond films are considered classics, Skyfall became an instant classic when it came out. The winning team of Sam Mendes and Roger Deakins (as the director and cinematographer, respectively) were able to make one of the most visually-appealing Bond films of all time.
Additionally, this is one of the first Bond films where you see James Bond cry. Skyfall felt like Daniel Craig was really settling into the role of James Bond and was making it entirely his own. This film has staggering amounts of emotional power and takes the classic Bond narrative to entirely new levels.
This Bond movie is so iconic that it has been parodied hundreds of time in popular culture. From the Austin Powers movie, Goldmember, to parodies on Family Guy, this is the James Bond film that we have in our head when we think of agent 007. With the iconic innuendo of the name Pussy Galore to the famous Goldfinger line, “No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die,” there’s something about this movie that is so quotable and unforgettable. Whether you love the non-stop action or the swagger of Sean Connery wearing a full tux underneath his wetsuit, odds are that you just might love this James Bond movie a little more than the rest.
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