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With <i>Spectre</i> on the horizon, it's time to look at the best 007 film of all time.

Glenn Gaslin
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Which Bond is the best Bond?

With Spectre released, it's time to rank the best Bond films ever*, with a tip of the hat to Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes.

*Never Say Never Again and the original Casino Royale are not considered canon, but are included so you can feel the full James Bond experience.

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26. <i>Casino Royale</i> (1967)

With an all-star cast of Woody Allen and Peter Sellers, you would think that this would be one of the best Bond films ever. Unfortunately, if you've seen the original Casino Royale, you know this is not the case. It's a clumsy spy parody that offers very few laughs.

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25. <i>A View To a Kill</i> (1985)

Even the venerable Christopher Walken and a henchwoman named May Day couldn't save A View To a Kill from itself.

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24. <i>Octopussy</i> (1983)

Octopussy was quite the spectacle when it was released in 1983. Roger Moore's James Bond must stop a crazed Russian general who is planning to blow up Germany with a nuke. Octopussy had some extremely fun action scenes, and some weird ones as well. Like when 007 dressed in a clown costume.

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23. <i>The Man With The Golden Gun</i> (1974)

Christopher Lee was so good as the assassin Scaramanga that he actually overshadowed Roger Moore in just his second appearance as Bond.

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22. <i>The World Is Not Enough</i> (1999)

With his inability to feel pain, Robert Carlyle is one of the most interesting bad guys of the Pierce Brosnan era. That and Denise Richards as a nuclear scientist make The World Is Not Enough fun, but it lacks any real substance.

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21. <i>Die Another Day</i> (2002)

Die Another Day was Pierce Brosnan's final go at being 007. The lovely Halle Berry joins Bond in a serious spectacle featuring everything from an ice hotel to an invisible car. But all that eye candy does not a great movie make, and this entry is pretty forgettable.

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20. <i>Tomorrow Never Dies</i> (1997)

In Tomorrow Never Dies, Pierce Brosnan's Bond must travel to China to stop a media mogul from starting World War III. The plot is by the numbers, but the fun action and the menacing Jonathan Pryce as Elliot Carver give the 1997 flick some much-needed life.

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19. <i>Spectre</i> (2015)

Daniel Craig reprised his role as James Bond for the fourth time in Spectre. The agent known as 007 faced off against the titular evil organization, which is headed by Cristoph Waltz (Django Unchained). Waltz's Oberhauser is a classic Bond villain, who seems to really enjoy being bad.

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18. <i>Moonraker</i> (1979)

Moonraker might be the most audacious of the James Bond movies. The film features a plot to wipe out the Earth, only to begin mankind's new life in outer space. Its plot is similar to, yet less watchable than, The Spy Who Loved Me.

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17. <i>Never Say Never Again</i> (1983)

At 53, Sean Connery reprised his role as James Bond 12 years after his last appearance in Diamonds Are Forever. Never Say Never Again is essentially a remake of the 1965 Bond film Thunderball, with more tongue-in-cheek humor and an older 007.

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16. <i>Quantum of Solace</i> (2008)

Anticipation was high for the follow-up to Daniel Craig's impressive debut in Casino Royale. Quantum of Solace didn't live up to the hype, although a vengeful James Bond is always a treat.

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15. <i>Live and Let Die</i> (1973)

In Roger Moore's 007 debut, James Bond is sent to Jamaica to stop Mr. Big, who plans to take over the world by getting everyone addicted to heroin (seriously). Paul McCartney's amazing theme song might just be the highlight of Live and Let Die.

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14. <i>Diamonds Are Forever</i> (1971)

Following a four-year hiatus, Sean Connery returned to the role of James Bond in Diamonds Are Forever. This 007 entry lacks a strong plot, but awesome stunts and catchy dialogue save it from being a bottom-tier Bond flick.

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13. <i>For Your Eyes Only</i> (1981)

For Your Eyes Only is the last Bond film adapted from an Ian Fleming story. It's one of the most pared-down 007 films to date, with a slightly less extravagant plot. The pre-credit sequence where Bond finally disposes of Blofeld makes this worth the watch.

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12. <i>You Only Live Twice</i> (1967)

Ernst Blofeld, the inspiration for Austin Powers's Dr. Evil, returns in this absurd, yet extremely fun 007 entry.

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11. <i>The Living Daylights</i> (1987)

Timothy Dalton's debut as James Bond gave the character some much-needed class, but The Living Daylights was missing a lot of the humor from the Roger Moore days. The climax of Daylights comes in a cargo plane fight loaded with opium.

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10. <i>Licence To Kill</i> (1989)

In Licence to Kill, James Bond has gone rogue, seeking revenge on drug dealer Franz Sanchez. Timothy Dalton reprises his role of 007 in this intense action thriller. Keep your eyes peeled for a young Benicio Del Toro as the henchman Dario.

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9. <i>GoldenEye</i> (1995)

Pierce Brosnan's first 007 movie was also his best. GoldenEye, which was turned into the popular Nintendo 64 game of the same name, gives the franchise a modern take, with steady action and some fun new gadgets for Bond to play with.

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8. <i>The Spy Who Loved Me</i> (1977)

Roger Moore wasn't necessarily the best actor to play James Bond, but The Spy Who Loved Me was the highlight of his tenure. Like other 007 films, Bond must stop a super villain from destroying the world, and more specifically New York City, with a nuke.

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7. <i>On Her Majesty's Secret Service</i> (1969)

Who is the only actor to portray James Bond once in film? Well, that happens to be the star of On Her Majesty's Secret Service, George Lazenby. In his singular appearance, Lazenby equips himself well as the charming Bond. Epic ski chases are the highlight of this 1969 movie.

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6. <i>Thunderball</i> (1965)

In Sean Connery's fourth James Bond film, 007 takes on the evil organization Spectre, as it plans to hijack a NATO nuclear bomb. Thunderball doesn't quite live up to the rest of Connery's bond flicks, but his charm is still as roguish as ever.

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5. <i>Skyfall</i> (2012)

Following the disappointing Quantum of Solace, Daniel Craig bounced back nicely for his third Bond flick, Skyfall. The 2012 film was full of fun action scenes and a thrilling conclusion. It's one of the best Bond movies to date.

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4. <i>Casino Royale</i> (2006)

In Daniel Craig's first appearance as James Bond, the 007 franchise gets rebooted in fitting fashion. Gone are the high-tech gadgets of past films, while Craig portrays a more intense British spy. The free-running opening is one of the best intros of any Bond movie.

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3. <i>From Russia With Love</i> (1964)

From Russia With Love was the second installment in the 007 franchise. The film is a Cold War thriller that has some fun set pieces and, of course, Lotte Lenya's infamous poison-tipped knife hidden in her shoe.

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2. <i>Dr. No</i> (1962)

Dr. No is a how-to in starting a blockbuster movie franchise. The 1964 flick brings James Bond to Jamaica in search of his missing colleague. Dr. No adds plenty of humor to its fun action, which makes this one of Sean Connery's better turns as 007.

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1. <i>Goldfinger</i> (1964)

Goldfinger was responsible for the James Bond we know and love today. Played by the great Sean Connery, Bond's intricate gadgets and famous lines like, "A martini. Shaken, not stirred," make this the best 007 film ever.