Top 5 James Bond Films

Top 5 James Bond Films

Ranking the greatest Bond films of all time

The “James Bond” film series is not only one of the most popular of all time but it is also one of the most commercially successful series of films. There are officially 24 James Bond films, with the oldest being “Dr. No” (1962) and "Spectre" (2015) as the most recent release. The commercial success and longevity is of course due to the intriguing subject matter, the fast-paced, thrilling narrative that encompasses the vast majority of the movies and also, the enigmatic character of Bond himself. James Bond is defined by his constant utilization of wit, his charming, albeit arrogant personality, and his extreme dedication to Queen and country. His most defining attribute (and most controversial) would be his relentless pursuit of members of the opposite sex. All of these characteristics indeed contribute to the massive success that the series has enjoyed. However, it is relatively easy to comprehend that when a series lasts as long as this, there are undoubtedly going to be some films that are simply not up to par with the others in the series. Thus, as a lover of film and a lover of the James Bond series specifically, I will provide my list of the top 5 greatest films in the James Bond series.

1. Dr. No

The first James Bond film is undeniably my favorite in the entire series. This movie is the first real film to feature James Bond even though it is based on Ian Fleming’s (the mastermind behind James Bond) sixth book. There are a plethora of reasons as to why this film is the first to make it on this list. The first thing I considered is that this film served as the introduction for the character of James Bond, who was played by arguably the best actor suited for this role: Sean Connery. Despite some of the melodramatic elements in this film, it definitely was intended to stay relatively grounded in reality, which is something that cannot be said about later entries in the series. However, the true reason I selected this film first is because it features the iconic first words uttered by Connery, which are, “Bond, James Bond.”

2. Goldeneye

Pierce’s Brosnan’s debut as James Bond is undoubtedly his strongest. “Goldeneye” featured an extraordinarily interesting story, which is somewhat perplexing, considering that the film is not based on a book by Ian Fleming. The film also featured a legendary villain in Alec Trevelyan, portrayed by Sean Bean. Trevelyan was previously a member of the British spy agency, MI6, but he betrayed the organization in order to act out in revenge against England for a wrong committed against his ancestors during World War II. The film is a well deserved entry on this list for the inclusion of an immensely charismatic villain, fascinating plot, and the best soundtrack in the entire series.

3. The Spy Who Loved Me

Roger Moore’s tremendous portrayal of Bond is, in my opinion, second only to Sean Connery. Roger Moore in many ways embodies what the character of what Bond should be. He is more charming, more charismatic, and wittier than Connery, although he is not as physically imposing. Roger Moore could be considered my favorite actor to play Bond, however, the films that he stars in are substantially less entertaining and intriguing than the ones that had Connery as Bond. “The Spy Who Loved Me” is an exception. This is another great bond film for two major reasons. Firstly, the story itself is very fascinating, as it features Soviet and British spy operatives working together against a common enemy. Secondly, and most importantly, the film features the greatest henchman in the entire series: Jaws. An appropriate name for this hulking figure, Jaws is a gigantic man armed not only with his immensely powerful physical physique but he also possesses extraordinarily sharp metallic teeth that are capable of cutting through virtually anything. it is primarily for the latter reason that this is Roger Moore’s finest Bond film and one of the best in the series.

4. From Russia With Love

The film is legendary in many ways. First, it established the tradition of having a theme song composed for every Bond film. Second, it introduced the character of Q, who would serve as the head of research and development for M16 for numerous films and would outfit Bond with a plethora of ridiculous gadgets that the films are famous for. Lastly, the film introduced the character of Blofeld, the leader of the criminal organization SPECTRE. Blofeld serves as the nemesis of Bond and the primary antagonist of the entire series. The film sees Bond travel to Instabul, Turkey, in order to retrieve a cryptographic device from a Russian defector, who allegedly is madly in love with Bond. In actuality, her orders were to feign love for Bond so that she can successfully achieve her mission. However, as expected, her love for him becomes genuine. “From Russia With Love” is another outstanding film in the series.

5. Casino Royale

This film is definitely Daniel Craig’s finest James Bond film. Craig transformed the entire Bond film series by portraying a grittier, more realistic version of the character. The film is significantly differentiated from virtually all of the earlier films because they all have, in some way or another, references to the Cold War era. Although the film deviates significantly from the book, which of course is necessary in order to remain relevant for modern times, the film stays true to the more significant points featured in the book. One of the greatest things that was simply unchanged was the relationship between Bond and Vesper Lynd, another agent that he is forced to work with for his mission. This film portrays the character of Bond in a surprisingly human light because he cares significantly for Vesper, something that, unfortunately, simply cannot be said for the Bond girls of the other films. “Casino Royale” deserves the spot on this list for transitioning the series away from the Cold War dominated themes of the past films and focusing the series back into the present.

Cover Image Credit:

Popular Right Now

35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."

Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."

3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."

4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.

"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.

“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.

Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."

25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.

"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.

"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."

30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.

"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"

32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."

34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."

35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

Cover Image Credit: Hollywood Reporter

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

The Zodiac Signs As Bath And Body Works Scents

Just in case you want to know what scent you are!

Bath and Body Works fans could be considered to be part of a cult. The scents draw you in as if calling your name, if you ever
wondered what your scent should be based on your zodiac sign, here it is!

Aries: Country Apple

The rather impulsive Aries takes their time picking and choosing the scents from Bath and Body Works. The soothing scent of a fresh apple orchard is just what they need on a daily basis to keep up with their shenanigans.

Taurus: Japanese Cherry Blossom

The personality of a Taurus is stubborn, or what I like to say, is stuck in their ways. When they first discovered this scent in middle school, this was it. This is the only scent you will find anywhere around a Taurus.

Libra: Pink Chiffon

Pink Chiffon is another cult classic. This best selling scent went out of style for a hot second but is back and bigger than ever.

Leo: Thousand Wishes

Thousand Wishes is a purr-fect scent for a Leo. The light scent adornes the wearer just the right amount to get the desired reaction from those around them.

Aquarius: Be Enchanted

The rather cold personality of an Aquarius is counteracted by the loving scent of Be Enchanted. The scent is just enough tenderness for the wearer to be relaxed.

Gemini: Moonlight Path

Gemini's constantly change their favorite scent and are in and out of the store almost weekly to by new lotions, candles, and body washes. You will never see a full empty bottle of anything, however, Moonlight Path is the scent they keep coming back to again and again.

Virgo: Sea Island Cotton

The clean personality of a Virgo must be matched with the clean scent of Sea Island Cotton.

Capricorn: Cucumber Melon

Another clean scent of Cucumber Melon is the exact thing a Capricorn needs. The balance and calming scents are what make this scent so attractive to a Capricorn.

Scorpio: Paris Amour

The light scent is what you would expect from an extreme sign like a Scorpio. The scent lightly washes over the wearer in almost a cloud that

Sagittarius: Cashmere Glow

Cashmere Glow is a perfect scent for the winter sign. The vanilla and golden peach scent is just the mixture that creates the perfect accessory in the chilly months.

Pisces: Warm Vanilla Sugar

This lovely scent accentuates the lovely personality of a Pisces. They can never get enough of this scent so they just keep buying and buying until they have a full stockpile.

Cancer: Velvet Sugar

Velvet Sugar is the perfect blend of red velvet and strawberries and a Cancer is always changing their mind. The wearer can tell if it is a more red velvet or strawberry kind of day, and that is the balance that they need in their lives.

Related Content

Facebook Comments