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Ranking 22 Bond Films on Popularity and Critics’ Cred: Hits, Misses

Ranking 22 Bond Films on Popularity and Critics' Cred: Hits, Misses

We all have our favorite James Bond and 007 films. (Sean Connery and “From Russia with Love” are mine; I see well-reviewed “Skyfall” Friday.) But what’s the consensus? Time Magazine (behind its annoying pay wall) has compiled a ranking of five decades of Bond hits and misses based on both critical acclaim (via Rotten Tomatoes) and global box office.

Here’s the final tally of the 22 Eon-produced Bond films: “Thunderball” and “Goldfinger” earned the best reviews and box office. The top ten includes five of Connery’s six Bond films, Daniel Craig’s two entries thus far, one each from Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan, and George Lazenby’s one. The bottom four films are from the 80s: two each from Moore and poor Timothy Dalton.

I’ve added RT links and adjusted worldwide grosses (in 2011 dollars).

  1. “Thunderball” (1965, Connery) $1 billion, 84%
  2. “Goldfinger” (1964, Connery) $912 million, 96%
  3. “Casino Royale” (2006, Craig) $670 million,   95%
  4. “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977, Moore) $678 million, 80%
  5. “You Only Live Twice” (1967, Connery) $756 million, 70%
  6. “Goldeneye” (1995, Brosnan) $529 million, ) 81%
  7. “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (1969, Lazenby) $506 million, 81%
  8. “Diamonds Are Forever” (1971, Connery) $648 million, 64%
  9. “Quantum of Solace” (2008, Craig) $622 million, 64%
  10. “From Russia with Love” (1963, Connery) $576 million, 96%
  11. “Moonraker” (1979, Moore) $656 million, 61%
  12. “Live and Let Die” (1973, Moore) $583 million, 63%
  13. “Dr. No” (1962, Connery) $441 million, 98%
  14. “For Your Eyes Only (1981, Moore) $486 million, 72%
  15. “Die Another Day” (2002, Brosnan) $544 million, 57%
  16. “Tomorrow Never Dies” (1997, Brosnan) $479 million,  56%
  17. “The World is Not Enough” (1999, Brosnan)  $492 million, 51%
  18. “The Man with the Golden Gun” (1974, Moore) $448 million, 47%
  19. “The Living Daylights” (1987, Dalton) $381 million, 74%
  20. “Octopussy” (1983, Moore) $426 million, 47%
  21. “License to Kill” (1989, Dalton) $285 million, 73%
  22. “A View to a Kill” (1985, Moore) $321 million, 40%


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Dalton hugely underrated. The Living Daylights is one of my favorite bond movies. License to kill was a good movie as well.

gerard kennelly

this week i am gonna watch these again…

Casino Royale (mads mikkilsen was in as much danger as any bond girl)

You Only Live Twice (nancy sinatra gave us one of the best songs ever)

Goldeneye (amazing perfect adventure with a stunning soundtrack)

Diamonds Are Forever (the only bond movie that takes the piss out of itself)

The Man with the Golden Gun (christopher lee is THE best bond villain ever)

License to Kill (under rated and even darker than craig's bond)

A View to a Kill (walken as the bad guy)


Any list that puts QUANTUM in the top ten and LICENCE (not LICENSE) next to last is beyond ridicule.


Gotta agree with 'From Russia With Love' but I'm enjoying Daniel Craig.

R.M.G. van Os

Sorry fellas, but LIVE AND LET DIE was Roger Moore's first film and not another Connery one. For the rest I can only say I am sorry to see Tim Dalton end up so low. I liked him very much.


Error – Live and Let Die was Roger Moore, you guys listed Connery.

Salty Bill

I always thought Tim Dalton was an underrated Bond, and The Living Daylights and Licence To Kill were solid entries in the series.


Amusing that one of the worst Bond films, Thunderball, is at the top and two of the best, The Living Daylights and Licence To Kill, are at the bottom. At least their RT scores are pretty good.

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