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Get Into Bondage! (Rank the Bond Films)

Ye request, ye receive. Bond, James Bond!

I shall help.


for easy links and checking casts and such.

Don’t forget the Bond TV show


or this pastiche

Dr. No (1962)
From Russia with Love (1963)
Goldfinger (1964)
Thunderball (1965)
Casino Royale (1967)*
You Only Live Twice (1967)
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Live and Let Die (1973)
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Moonraker (1979)
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Octopussy (1983)
Never Say Never Again (1983)*
A View to a Kill (1985)
The Living Daylights (1987)
Licence to Kill (1989)
GoldenEye (1995)
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Die Another Day (2002)
Casino Royale (2006)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Skyfall (2012)
Spectre (2015)

    • outside official continuity

We get a consensus, we could even have a Poll!

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My Top 5:

From Russia With Love
Goldfinger
Goldeneye
Dr. No
You Only Live Twice

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My Top 5 is problably:

Goldfinger
Dr. No
From Russia with Love
You Only Live Twice
Live and Let Die

I’m not sure I could easily rank them after that. There’s a whole load in the middle that I might watch again if I had nothing else to do, then about 3 or 4 clunkers I probably wouldn’t watch again.

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I have my favourites, but I think it’s as much the time when I saw them as anything else - they just struck a chord with me. I don’t know that they’re particularly better than the others.

You Only Live Twice is the first one I ever remember watching, and all the big concepts (the volcano base, the spaceship-eating spaceship, Little Nellie, Blofeld, Bond “dying” in the opening scene) really stuck in my mind.

Live And Let Die is weird and creepy and great.

Licence To Kill is a great thriller, but maybe as serious as I would want Bond to get.

Goldeneye was a great return for Bond and it felt like it modernised him in a necessary way.

Casino Royale is again a cracking reinvention of the character and a return to the basics (after Brosnan’s version started to go off the rails).

I’d happily sit down and watch any of those.

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  1. On her Majesty’s Secret Service

2-5 (in no particular order, subject to change)
Casino Royale
Goldfinger
From Russia With Love
Skyfall

Honourable mentions:
Dr. No, Goldeneye, License to Kill, Diamonds are Forever, The Man with the Golden Gun

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Goldfinger - prototype for the middle era, still fun.

Goldeneye - an excellent reboot

Casino Royale - also an excellent reboot, but it does feel a bit too long now (and devoid of Bond’s double entendre)

Moonraker - Drax is so droll, and space battles!

Dr. No - casts a long shadow. Rarely has there been such an effective prototype.

Live and Let Die - actually works, which is a miracle.

Man With the Golden Gun - Christopher Lee.

OHMSS - actually emotional and Lazenby would’ve got better at the job. He was perfectly fine here though, just not more than fine and when you’re working with Diana Rigg and Telly Savalas that’s not enough.

Lots more, but typing them all… maybe later.

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The Man With The Golden Dick
Goldeneye
Goldfinger
Casino Royale
Dr. No

We’re not including the Austin Powers movies.

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I’ve seen them all except the first Casino Royale & Never Say Never Again. I was a bit obsessive about the Bond films as a boy. My uncle is a mega fan and I’d call him in California from Boston to talk about which ones I’d just watched. Those are fun memories.

It’s been a while since I watched any of them, though, aside from the Daniel Craig ones (barring Quantum of Solace of course).

My favorites in rough order:

Casino Royale
GoldenEye
Skyfall
Goldfinger
From Russia with Love
You Only Live Twice
License to Kill
For Your Eyes Only
The Spy Who Loved Me
Spectre
Thunderball
The Living Daylights
A View to a Kill

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Will, I’d definitely recommend Never Say Never Again, which may be my sixth-favorite. It’s roughly a remake of Thunderball with some changes. I found it a delight to see Connery back in the role.

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Oh that’s good to hear. I’ll add it to the list. I don’t know why I avoided it, maybe continuity mattered more to me back then.

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Living Daylights all the way! Jeroen Krabbe baby!

I’m not such a big fan of the Bond series, my favorite Bond is Dalton who was probably the least Bond-y of all Bonds.

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I haven’t seen it in a long, long time but it’s definitely worth experiencing at least once. It’s completely unlike every other Bond movie.

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01/ Pussyfinger
02/ From Russia With Pussy
03/ Dr Pussy
04/ You Only Pussy Twice
05/ Pussy Royale
06/ Skypussy
07/ Pussy to Kill
08/ Thunderpussy
09/ Live And Let Pussy
10/ GoldenPussy
11/ The Living Pussy
12/ On Her Majesty’s Secret Pussy
13/ The Man With The Pussy Gun
14/ The Spy Who Loved Pussy
15/ Tomorrow Pussy Dies
16/ Diamonds Are For Pussy
17/ Moonpussy
18/ The Pussy Is Not Enough
19/ Pussy Of Solace
20/ For Your Pussy Only
21/ Pussy Another Day
22/ A View To A Pussy
23/ Octopussy
24/ Spectre - the stupid movie is so boring it doesn’t even work for this…

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Goldfinger
Casino Royale
Dr. No
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
From Russia with Love
GoldenEye
Live and Let Die
Thunderball

The rest I don’t care about one way or the other.

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Goldfinger - peak Bond for me. Stupid plot, executed perfectly, make a golf game dramatic and the cast was impeccable.
Goldeneye - I’ll go to my grave saying Pierce Brosnan was the best Bond and I only have this movie to back it up. Imagine if all his movies had been this good!
Moonraker - I realize this is full Austin Powers territory, but I love how silly it is. I prefer my Bond with a big dose of nonsense.
From Russia with Love - it’s a bit like watching a stage play. A nice change from the big action you normally get with Bond.
Live and Let Die - kinda like Moonraker, it’s ridiculous and works brilliantly.

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The World Is Not Enough was alright too.

Although I may be biased on that as it came out when I was 17 and these were the Bond girls in it.

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I never cared for it much but reading these fine lines of dialogue make it seem like the greatest and worst film in history at the same time:

https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/The_World_Is_Not_Enough

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if I was to rank Bond Girls, Denise Richards would be dead last.

as far as Movies
top 5 in no order
Casino Royale, that parkour chase at the beginning was THE most active I had seen Bond in decades.
Diamonds are Forever, the characters were incredible, Blofeld, Willard Whyte(jimmy dean)(his sausages are still good), Bambi and Thumper, Mr Kidd and Mr Wint. also the bit of Tiffany trying to hide a cassette tape in her bikini bottom
Goldfinger Pussy, Auric, Oddjob
Live and Let Die Baron Samedi, mr Big, Felix, Solitaire, Tee Hee
Goldeneye Dame Judi Dench debuts as M

I don’t want to drag this thread too much into rating and comparing the Bond girls, but on an acting basis I agree with you.

Famke Janssen was excellent in Goldeneye - one of the most fun performances, and as glamorous and attractive and dangerous as the best Bond girls should be.

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