We saw the new James Bond flick Spectre this weekend, and while I was totally entertained by this big budget action extravaganza, it was good not great, entertaining but not epic... and despite how much I try, just cant love the Sam Smith title song.
I would say Spectre is above average Bond, which is pretty good in a huge series where every film is worth seeing. And I know, as I have seen them all...
Here's my ranking. Let me know your faves -
Moonraker: James Bond in outer space.
Octopussy: Dirty title aside, nothing really memorable here, and model Maud Adams flails in the title role. A weak link that is still pretty entertaining.
A View To A Kill: Bond takes on evil computer genius. Gets points for Grace Jones as the villain, loses those points for Tanya Roberts as a scientist.
Die Another Day
License To Kill
Tomorrow Never Dies
The Man With The Golden Gun
Live and Let Die
Never Say Never Again
Diamonds Are Forever
The World Is Not Enough
Quantum of Solace
For Your Eyes Only
The Living Daylights
From Russia With Love
You Only Live Twice
The Spy Who Loved Me: Roger Moore's best by far, with an underwater villain, a cool car, Barbara Bach, and maybe the best theme song ever, Carly Simon's "The Spy Who Loved Me".
On Her Majesty's Secret Service: George Lazenby's sole outing as Bond is one of the grittier and most underrated of the series.
Casino Royale: Daniel Craig reinvents the series with Bond as a hothead rookie with family issues, Judi Dench as M, and Eva Green as one of the best Bond girls ever.
Dr No: The first Bond film stands the test of time.
Skyfall: Craig's Bond deals with childhood trauma, Judi Dench's emotional farewell, a super creepy villain played by Javier Bardem, and that amazing Adele theme song.
Looking over my ratings, I seem to think Roger Moore was the weakest Bond, and Daniel Craig and Sean Connery are the best... which seems right.
What are your favourites? Any Moonraker fans out there?