Five Favorite James Bond Movies For You To Enjoy

The name is Bond... James Bond.

Overall, I really like the James Bond movie series. Did you know that it's the second most-successful movie franchise ever created? (Although it may be time to look that statistic up again....)

ThevJames Bond movie series has been in near-constant production since 1962. So far there have been twenty-four official Bond movies, and three unofficial ones, and undoutedly a twenty-fifth movie is being planned by someone somewhere. That's six different Bond actors (seven if you count the unofficial ones), a few dozen villains, a gaggle of Bond girls and enough high-tech gadgets to put the Sharper Image catalog folks out of business. Come to think of it, Bond may have a lot to do with them staying in business...

If you've never seen a Bond film, or if you've only seen a few, here are my top five recommended favorites.

(Much like cookies or potato chips, you often can't stop at just one! )

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Goldfinger - 1964

In this installment, James Bond (Sean Connery) is on the trail of industrialist and gold bullion dealer Auric Goldfinger, trying to figure out how the businessman is smuggling gold internationally. What he then uncovers is a plot to contaminate the entire gold supply at Fort Knox.

Villains - In addition to Mr. Goldfinger, who tries to laser Bond in half, there is his trusty man servant Odd Job, who never talks but wields a steel-edged bowler as his Frisbee-like weapon of choice.

Bond Girl - Actress Honor Blackman (which is like a Bond girl name in itself) plays Goldfinger's personal pilot, Pussy Galore. There is also Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton), an associate of Goldfinger's who Bond seduces and is forced to pay the price: she is found dead, painted over entirely in gold.


The glitter of Goldfinger

Goldfinger
Goldfinger

One of the most stunning sequences is the death of one of Mr. Goldfinger's own women, punishment for helping Bond of course. Bond funds the girl dead in his own bed, completely covered in gold.

If you really had your entire body sealed, it would kill you, and the movie makeup people left the actress' scalp and a few patches on her body not seen on camera free from the gold gilt to get the shot!

 

Intro Sequence from "Goldfinger"

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Live and Let Die - 1973

With Roger Moore taking up the reins as the Britsh agent, 007 must track down Kanaga (Yaphet Koto) and find the source of his massive herion supply before it hits the world market. His chase takes him from Harlem to New Orleans to a Caribbean island.

Villains - In addition to Kanaga, there are his henchmen Tee Hee (who has a nasty steel claw for one hand), the voodoo priest Baron Samedi (Geoffrey Holder) and a literal heavy named Whisper.

Bond Girl - This movie features then-21-year-old Jane Seymour as the psychic, tarot card reader Solitare. The only catch is that if she loses her virginity, she'll lose her powers... (I think you can all guess what James Bond did with that piece of intelligence)

A bit of film history

Live and Let Die 007 (Dvd) (2012)
Live and Let Die 007 (Dvd) (2012)

Part of why I included Live and Let Die in this group is because it contains some of the most hilarious, intentional content in the entire franchise. Kids need to realize there's a reason Bond gets a new actor every few movies, and the movie studios need not to forget.

 

"Live and Let Die" Credits/Intro

Tina Turner sings "Goldeneye"

Goldeneye - 1995

Pierce Brosnan's first foray as Bond was the series' biggest grossing entry up to that point. It opens with 007 and his fellow agent 006 (Sean Bean) on a mission at a Russian chemical factory. 006 is captured and shot but Bond manages to escape. Nine years later, M (Judi Densch) sends Bond to investigate who is trying to take over the Goldeneye satellite, and Bond learns his old friend is alive and now his foe.

Villains - Sean Bean is excellent as 006/Alex Treveylan, Bond's former best friend. He also gets classic bad guy dialog such as "Why can't you be a good boy and just die?!" Famke Jansen gets to wield "killer" thighs as Xenia Onatopp, Treveylan's henchwoman.

Bond Girl - Bond gets Natalya Simonova (Izabella Scorupco), a former Russian satellite programmer.


GoldenEye
GoldenEye

Bond really shines with a good villain, and Sean Bean more than brings it. This was the Bond film that got a lot of people excited about the franchise again.

 

Casino Royale Movie Trailer

Casino Royale - 2006

After the movie makers decided to go with a new actor for James Bond, they also decided to re-energize the franchise by going back to Bond's roots, to his days as a new double-O agent. Actor Daniel Craig got the part, and they went right back to Ian Fleming's first novel, CASINO ROYALE, where 007 must try to stop a terrorist banker/financier from winning a high-stakes poker match.

Villains - Mad Mikkelsen plays Le Chiffre, who has the distinction of being able to bleed tears of blood. He likes high-stakes poker, and he'll go right for your balls if there's some info you have that he wants.

Bond Girl - Bond loses his heart to Vesper Lynd (Eva Green), the treasury officer assigned to keep an eye on the money Bond is waging. She also gets to break his heart at the end, thus ensuring our hero will become the cynical hardened agent we know and love.


Bond (Daniel Craig) and Silva (Javier Bardem)
Bond (Daniel Craig) and Silva (Javier Bardem) | Source

SKYFALL on DVD

Skyfall - 2012

After one of the longest lapses between movies since the Bond franchise started, SKYFALL proved every naysayer wrong by blowing records for the entire series out of the water. This movie has had one of the best critical and fan receptions and has the box office receipts to boot.

Villains - It's not often that you get a blond villain (there hasn't been once since Max Zorin in the 80s) nor an Academy-Award-winning actor playing the bad guy, but in SKYFALL, you get both. Javier Bardem plays Raoul Silva, a former top agent who now has some Mommy issues with M after a cyanide suicide pill didn't do the trick. Best teeth since Jaws in Moonraker.

Bond Girl - There are a few Bond girls in this one. Bérénice Lim Marlohe is Sévérine, the girl on the inside who wishes Bond could get her out, which of course doesn't happen. Naomia Harris is Eve, who learns she's not cut out for fieldwork and takes on a more important role in the Bond mythology.


Opening Credits for SKYFALL, theme song by Adele

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Which Is Your Favorite James Bond Film? 36 comments

GreenEamon 4 years ago from London

Man with the Golden Gun. Definitely Moores best film.


rik 4 years ago

daniel craig is the best bond ever , there is a pace in the movie. after watching casino royale u can easily understand that those sean connery movies could be made an 1 hour film. Unlike using those fictional gadgets in the previous films, he is damn smart in the role and what else do u expect? yes, brosnan is also good, i rate him 2nd, and sean connery 3rd.

being a fan of craig, i must say quantum of solace was so bad as good casino royale is. looking forward to skyfall, or the next one, whateva its name is.


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arunii 5 years ago from Delhi

I love all james bond movies but my all time favorite is World is not enough.


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deblipp 5 years ago

You've got some unusual choices. A View to a Kill comes out at the bottom of most people's lists.

My top five:

From Russia With Love

Goldeneye

Casino Royale

The Spy Who Loved Me

The Living Daylights


mayank 5 years ago

1-goldfinger

2-casino royale

3-On Her Majesty's Secret Service

4-From Russia with Love

5-thunderball


me 5 years ago

you cant compare daniel craig to the other actors, hes playing a different character(james as an early 00agent. The stuff that happened with vesper in casino royale is what made james cold and a womanizer. so watch craigs movies again without expecting the bond we all love. And roger moore sucks.


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Gunsnroses 5 years ago

Great list, I like any Bond film that doesn't include Halle Berry and Charlie Sheen's ex wife (what her name?)...


Siddharthan67 5 years ago

My five are - 1.the spy who loved me.2.golden eye 3.goldfinger 4.casino royale 5.the living daylights. My 5 bonds are - 1.connery/moore.2craig/dalton.3brosnan.4.lazenby


ian 5 years ago

can't agree with view to a kill, any list is PURELY personal, I do tend to think now that sean connery was pretty good, first one and all that, but AVTAK is a mix of good and poor, nice french chateux, eiffel tower and golden gate, but the rest was pretty much wanting, he was past it and he knew it.

where would bond be without john barry, I liked RM's humour, FYEO was pretty good, spy who loved me should be there, all the ingredients, near flawless bond. brosnan is wooden and cold and can't act. not seen craig, but I don't like an overt technical and cold bond, he HAS to have some character and warmth, hence my gravitating to moore.


Bond7Ghost 5 years ago

I do accept your suggestions except Daniel Craig as Bond.

His movies are Action oriented but are not in Bond Style.

Bond mostly wont get hurt, always in suits, use gadgets.

All are missing in his movies.

Best Bond is Pierce Brosnan :)


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Andy Webb 6 years ago

Although I wasn't that keen on Pierce Brosnan as James Bond I do rate Goldeneye as my favourite Bond movie, probably because it wiped out some of the memories of the corny Bond movies which went before it.

Though to combine my favourite Bond movie with my favourite Bond actor it would have to be Sean Connery in Goldfinger.


Kaji  6 years ago

Where is Thunderball? Underrated Bond film as far as I am concerned.


LeeWeal 6 years ago

As far as I'm concerned, as the old ads used to say, "Sean Connery IS James Bond"... first, last and always. My vote for favorite films are Thunderball, From Russia With Love, Dr. No, and Goldfinger in that order. For my money, Roger Moore was way too soft and mannered to be a true Bond, and Pierce Brosnan is too pretty. Daniel Craig has that classic Bond combination of suaveness / coldness/ badass that makes him a great candidate to further the genre. For me, everyone between Connery and Craig is a blur!


james 6 years ago

Timmothy Dalton is my favourite bond and he isn't that violent! his movies are the best. OHMSS sucks George Lazemby is a clown in that movie!


Grant 6 years ago

My personal favourites are On Her Majesty's Secret Service and The Man With the Golden Gun. I love all the action and scenery in these films, especially the downhill skiing sequences.

For me there is something I love in all the James Bond movies. For example, in Octopussy I really enjoyed the footage taken in India.

Of the recent 007 movies I much prefer Daniel Craig to Pierce Brosnan - I feel he gives a more accurate feel to the James Bond character.


The Name isBond.. James Bond 6 years ago

1). Casino Royale

2). Quantum of Solace

3). Golden Eye

4). Living Daylight

5). World is not enough.


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kpfingaz 6 years ago from ~~~

I've seen then all. The first one I saw though was Goldeneye which is my absolute favorite.


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LoveMadeEasy 6 years ago

I also liked GOLDFINGER. The movie soundtrack intro is also the best. Gold Finga - I want to watch it again whenever I hear it. The Bond films of today seem to rely more upon visual images like 'hot bods' coming out of the water. But Ursula was super too.


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Metalhobbit7 6 years ago

my favorite is "from russia with love". it's a portrait of an era, and it simply couldn't be replicated in modern times.


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

why no love for "On Her Majesty's Secret Service"?


dick 6 years ago

ithunderball

2from russia with love

3you only live twice

4for your eyes only

5license to kill

6goldfinger

7live and let die

8the world is not enough

9dr no

10n his magestys secret service


JRose 6 years ago

None of Roger Moore's should make anyone's top five. And From Russia with Love is easily Connery's best. My favorite is The Living Daylights, but I won't claim it's the best in the series.


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David R Bradley 6 years ago from The Active Side of Infinity

I love what their doing with Daniel Craig's Bond. Connery's early stuff is classic and I love how they capture the 60's. Moore's whit is always a good time. Dalton and Bronson put forth good efforts but never really convinced me they were Bond.


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Midasfx 6 years ago

Surprised to see " a view to a kill" on anyones list. this movie is rated as the worst Bond film ever. My personal favorite is The man with the golden gun. Similar to Goldfinger, with his unique set of attributes, killing styles, and smaller side kick. But I think the best bond is Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnen and Daniel Craig don't even come close


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

Goldfinger is my favorite, and I loved Live and Let Die. Wasn't that crazy about View to a Kill. Nice hub.


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beccas90 6 years ago from New York

my son is a big James Bond fan and when I showed him this hub I couldn't get my PC back for ages!

Becca


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gksquire9 7 years ago from America

Nice write-up. I wrote a few hubs on Bond, too. He really is a(n) (anti-)hero that crosses generations. I came aboard the Bond train during Moore's conductorship. It's fun to see how time, money, and the world has changed him. Thanks for a fun read.


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TheHonestMan 7 years ago from Inland Empire, California

Favorite Bond film I would have to say is Tomorrow Never Dies. I just like the stunts that Michelle Yeoh performs in that movie.


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4ever Mo 7 years ago

I loved die another day and the older flicks but the new...not so much. Daniel Craig is an excellent actor but the new movies aren't all that especially Quantum of solace.I like the bourne movies though.


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Renaissance Mouse 7 years ago from Asheville, North Carolina

Good choices overall, with a blend of contemporary and classic Bond. You can't really go wrong with "Goldfinger" and "Live and Let Die" and "Goldeneye" are also among my favorites in the series. For someone new to James Bond, I have to admit that "A View to a Kill" may not be Bond's best outing. Chris Walken makes a fine villain, but Roger Moore is practically held together by ducktape he's so old in that movie, not to mention totally unconvincing in any of the more athletic sequences. "Quantum of Solace" is also a departure for the Bond series, although I preferred "Casino Royale." Might I also suggest "The Living Daylights?" Dalton is quite underrated, and I think it is one of the best Bond movies.


MOM 7 years ago

WHEN I SAW GOLDEN EYE IN SAN FRANCISCO, THE WHOLE AUDIENCE CHEERED AT THAT MOTORCYCLE PLANE STUNT!!!! STUNT PEOPLE SHOULD GET OSCARS!


Dylan Edwards 7 years ago

Dear James Bond

I love your movies I have some of them.I get on the web all the time and read all about you.My favorite bond is sean connery and my favorite movie is goldfinger and my favorite bond girl is Honor blackman goldfinger. My favorite bond games are from Russia with Love and Everything or nothing and Agent Under fire.


Dave 7 years ago

Movies:

1. Thunderball

2. Dr. No

3. Goldfinger

4. Casino Royale

5. From Russia With Love

6. The Spy Who Loved Me

7. Live and Let Die

8. For Your Eyes Only

9. Goldeneye

10. Diamonds Are Forever

11. Octopussy

12. The Man With The Golden Gun

13. On Her Majesty's Secret Service

14. Licence To Kill

15. You Only Live Twice

16. Moonraker

17. The World Is Not Enough

18. The Living Daylights

19. A View To A Kill

20. Tomorrow Never Dies

21. Die Another Day

Bonds:

1. Sean Connery

2. Daniel Craig

3. Roger Moore

4. Pierce Brosnan

5. Timothy Dalton

6. George Lazenby

Bond Girls:

1. Ursula Andress (Honey Rider- Dr. No)

2. Claudene Auger (Domino- Thunderball)

3. Barbara Bach (Anya Amasova- The Spy Who Loved Me)

4. Honor Blackman (Pussy Galore- Goldfinger)

5. Jane Seymour (Solitaire- Live and Let Die)


Jorge 7 years ago

Top five films

1. For Your Eyes Only

2. Casino Royale

3. Goldeneye

4. Goldfinger

5. On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Top Three James Bonds

1. Sean Connery

2. Timothy Dalton

3. Pierce Brosnan

Top Five Bond Girls

1. Carole Bouquet (For your...)

2. Honor Blackman (Goldfin...)

3. Jane Seymour (Live and...)

4. Michelle Yeoh (Tomorrow ...)

5. Carey Lowell (License to ...) / Izabella Scorupco (Goldeneye)


george 7 years ago

1. goldfinger

2. casino royale

3.the spy who loved me

4.live and let die

5.goldeneye


guest 7 years ago

Let me instead rank them all as I see it (excluding Quantum of Solace):

1. On Her Majesty's Secret Service

2. Casino Royale

3. From Russia with Love

4. The World is Not Enough

5. The Spy Who Loved Me

6. Goldeneye

7. The Living Daylights

8. Dr. No

9. Goldfinger

10. For Your Eyes Only

11. Tomorrow Never Dies

12. Live and Let Die

13. Moonraker

14. Octopussy

15. Thunderball

16. The Man with the Golden Gun

17. Diamonds Are Forever

18. Die Another Day

19. A View to a Kill

20. Licence to Kill

21. You Only Live Twice

22. Never Say Never Again

23. Casino Royale (1967)

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