10 Best James Bond Movies All Time (2020 Edition)

10 Best James Bond Movies All Time (2020 Edition)

The much-awaited 25th official James Bond film “No Time To Die” was supposed to release in April 2020, but due to the global pandemic, it’s has been pushed to November 2020. As a fan of James Bond from my childhood, it brings back lots of nostalgic memories.

So before the new Bond movie hits the theatre, why not take our time and prepare ourselves by revisiting all the best James Bond movies. Also, for those of you who haven’t seen any James Bond movies and want to give it a chance. Here’s our take on the top 10 James Bond movies of all time that you must watch.

10 Best James Bond Movies All Time

10. License to Kill

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After James Bond’s friend, Felix Leiter, is gravely injured by a drug lord, he seeks revenge. With the MI6 refusing to back him, Bond takes matters into his own hands. Released in 1989, Directed by John Glen. Timothy Dalton plays James Bond in this second and last outing of his James Bond run, gives a resilient and rugged edge to the personality of Bond.
Probably the most violent entry of Bond, with great performances from the Bad Guy Franz Sanchez, played by Robert Davi with an early performance of Benicio Del Toro playing his henchman Dario.
The film has realistic action sequences, and one of the best Bond girls, Carey Lowell who, isn’t a typical Bond girl as seen in old James Bond movies and kicks ass with Bond.
  • “In my business you prepare for the unexpected”
  • “And what business is that?”
  • “I help people with Problems”
  • “Problem Solver”
  • “More of a Problem Eliminator”

9. Tomorrow Never Dies

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Released in 1997, and directed by Roger Spottiswoode. The Secret Intelligence Service summons James Bond to prevent media baron Elliot Carver, from waging a war between China and the United Kingdom.
With the most memorable car chase sequence ever happened where Bond remote controls the car with his mobile, to Bond jumping from the roof tearing the poster of Carver and bike chase scene in Saigon handcuffed to Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh).
This Pierce Brosnan entry is fast-paced, timely, and sometimes a bit over the top. It is one pure escapist fun Bond film that went on to inspire many more spy films in later years.
  • “You forgot the first rule of mass media, Elliot! GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT”

8. Goldeneye

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Years after a friend and fellow 00 agent dies on a joint mission, a secret space-based weapons program known as “GoldenEye” is stolen. James Bond sets out to stop a Russian crime syndicate from using the weapon.
Goldeneye was a 1995 Bond film was directed by Martin Campbell. It was the first movie of Pierce Brosnan as James Bond and turns out to be the beginning era of Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond career, taking over for Timothy Dalton.
Also, the first film to mark the introduction of Dame Judi Dench as M. Brosnan captures essence from each of his predecessor, this film has all the tropes of a Bond film and a twist we all saw coming.
  • “For England, James?
  • “No, for Me”

7. For Your Eyes Only

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Bond is assigned to find a missing British vessel, equipped with a weapons encryption device and prevent it from falling into enemy hands.
The fifth entry in Roger Moore’s era of Bond released in 1981, was directed by John Glen. From great underwater visuals to one of the best car chases and stunning locations of Cortina (Italy) and Corfu (Columbo), Its much more darker entry than usual Moore’s outings and one of his best performances.
  • “I’m afraid we’re being out-horse powered!”

6. On Her Majesty's Secret Service

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James Bond woos a mob boss’ daughter and goes undercover to uncover the real reason for Ernst Stavro Blofeld’s allergy research in the Swiss Alps involving beautiful women from around the world.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was a 1969 Bond film that was directed by Peter R Hunt. It is the most criminally underrated Bond film. Bond is played by one and done George Lazenby.
The actions are mesmerizing for any action movie lover, but the helicopter assault on Blofeld’s lair is the one that particularly standouts. It is also Christopher Nolan’s favorite Bond film and took inspiration for Inception’s third level. Also, it’s one of the few Bond films with heart-wrenching final scenes.
  • “You’re hurting Me”
  • “I thought that was the idea for Tonight”

5. The Spy Who Loved Me

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After the Royal Navy Polaris submarine carrying sixteen nuclear warheads mysteriously disappears, James Bond teams up with Major Anya Amasova, whose lover he had killed in Austria. Released in 1977 is Directed by Lewis Gilbert.
The third entry of Moore’s Bond tenure is memorable for many reasons. Barbara Bach performance as Agent XXX, the introduction of metal teeth henchman Jaws (who reappears in Moonraker), and megalomaniac performance of Curd Jurgens as Karl Stromberg, and the one where the car turns into a submarine. The cinematography and production value are top-notch and still holds up. This Bond flick is a treat to watch.
  • “By the way thanks for deserting me back there.”
  • “Every woman for herself, remember?”
  • “Still, you did save my Life”
  • “We all make mistakes, Mr. Bond

4. From Russia with Love

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James Bond searches a Lektor cryptographic device that has the potential to wreak havoc in the world and tackles SPECTRE, a secret crime organization, from acquiring it. The second entry in Bond franchise starring Sean Connery released in 1963 and Directed by Terence Young.
The film based on the Cold War backdrop feels like an espionage thriller rather than an action movie and is realistic. Connery is charming as ever and on sparkling form. The train fight sequence is the one to look out for (later homaged in Daniel Craig’s Spectre), and Rosa Klebb is one of the best Bond villains ever. She will ultimately make your skin crawl.
  • “I hope you’re not Disappointed”
  • “I’ll tell you in the Morning”

3. Casino Royale

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James Bond embarks on a mission to prevent Le Chiffre, a mob banker, from winning a high stakes poker game. He is aided by Vesper Lynd, a British Treasury agent. Released in 2006 and Martin Campbell returning to the directing duty after Goldeneye, this film stars Daniel Craig as James Bond taking over from Brosnan.
After pretty cartoonish entry Die Another Day, the much needed gritty reboot of the franchise is gold struck among audiences and critics alike. Craig’s soulful, vulnerable, and no-nonsense take on Bond brings something new on the table.
La Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) is one of the best Bond villains as he is a real and believable character and still manages to torture 007 in one of the most uncomfortable torture scenes of all time. Also, Casino Royale features the best Parkour chase scene in Namibia and the most intense poker game ever leaving Chiffre blood eyed and Bond a heart attack. Also, not to overlook Eva Green looks drop-dead gorgeous.
  •  “Vodka Martini”
  • “Shaken or Stirred?”
  • “Do I look like I give a damn!”

2. Goldfinger

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Released in 1964, Directed by Guy Hamilton, follows James Bond investigating a gold-smuggling ring run by businessman Auric Goldfinger. As he delves deeper into his activities, he uncovers a sinister plan to attack Fort Knox’s gold reserves.
From the opening credits song by Shirley Bassey to Harold Sakata’s Oddjob, this Bond film was a smash hit at the time of its release. This quintessential Bond film is the blueprint for the franchise as Connery pulls off suave, ruthless and cool Bond. Also, it has one of the best Bond villains death.
  • “Do you expect me to talk?”
  • “No Mr. Bond, I expect you to Die”

1. Skyfall

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Skyfall is one of the memorable James Bond movies where Agent 007 loyalty to M tried out when her past comes back to haunt her. When MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. Directed by Sam Mendes, this 23rd Bond film released in 2012.
This Bond film, with its flaws, is still the best Bond film as it raises some major questions about being a spy in a modern world. The silhouette fight scene in Singapore is probably one of the best shot movie scenes in the history of movies.
  • “A gun and a radio, it’s not exactly Christmas, is it?”
  • “Were you expecting an exploding pen?”

Honourable Mentions

1. Quantum of Solace

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Quantum of Solace is a 2008 spy film and the twenty-second in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions. Directed by Marc Forster and written by Paul Haggis, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, it is a direct sequel to Casino Royale, and the second film to star Daniel Craig as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond.
The film also stars Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Gemma Arterton, Jeffrey Wright, and Judi Dench. An investigation leads Bond on the trail of Dominic Greene, a world-renowned developer of green technology. When Dominic assists a coup in Bolivia to fulfil his own intentions, Bond must save the day.
A nice addition to James Bond series with modern fast paced action sequences. The opening Car chase will make your heart go thumping. A well directed movie, which makes it a must watch for getting someone hooked into Bond Series.

2. Dr. No

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Dr. No is a 1962 spy film directed by Terence Young. It is based on the 1958 novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. Starring Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Joseph Wiseman, and Jack Lord, it is the first film in the James Bond series, and was adapted by Richard Maibaum, Johanna Harwood, and Berkely Mather. The film was produced by Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli, a partnership that continued until 1975.
Agent 007 decides to battle against an eccentric scientist, Dr No, who is determined to ruin the US space programme. For this purpose, he journeys to Jamaica to nip in the bud this megalomaniac peril.

3. Living Daylights

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The Living Daylights is a 1987 spy film and the fifteenth entry in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions, and the first of two to star Timothy Dalton as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Directed by John Glen, the film’s title is taken from Ian Fleming’s short story “The Living Daylights”, the plot of which also forms the basis of the first act of the film. It was the last film to use the title of an Ian Fleming story until the 2006 installment Casino Royale.
James Bond must cross several continents to confront and defeat an arms dealer who is conspiring with a Soviet general to start another world war for profit.
What do you think of 10 Best James Bond Movies All Time list? Do you agree or have something different on your mind? Let us know in the comments below what will be your 10 Best James Bond movies? If you are recently into James Bond then dont forget to check out the official Agent 007 James Bond Website.

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